Posts Tagged ‘Groovy’

May 22, 2018

I was super excited about this song even before I heard it. It’s so good to see a talented budding artist like Madge show up on such a behemoth collaboration. The LA based Salt Lake City newcomer blew our minds when she made her debut earlier this year on Fight Or Flight Club and we’re infinitely glad she’s been receiving a whole lot of well deserved attention since. And now, here she is, lending some feisty, spunky vocals to Kaskade, Brohug, and Mr. Tape’s aptly named Fun, a funky bass house groover. Throw your hands in the air and dance your heart out to the infectious punching banger. It’s steamy fierce, an inferno of a swag jam that reminds me of both NVDES and SOFI TUKKER, but with a bouncier step and a whole lot of zestful, gutsy spirit. Grab the track, here.

April 26, 2018
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Life feels a little bit less solitary and far less lonely when accompanied by marvelous music, which is exactly what Lonely Benson serves up on his fresh new synthpop, chill disco, and psych pop jam, Let It Go. The plush grooving, sultry smoldering tune is the Nashville artist’s first single of the year. It undulates, surges, and swells, all the while winding through an intricate array of incendiary guitar work, jazzy keys, effects-laced vocals, and an infectiously lush, spacey whirring atmosphere. Let It Go arrives alongside the release of Lonely Benson’s Will Pugh produced full-length debut, featuring fan favorites like psychedelic Location and Spotify smash hit Strawberry Afternoons. Stream Lonely Benson’s eponymous debut album on Soundcloud, here, and support via iTunes, here.

April 10, 2018

Unknown Mortal Orchestra dropped their new album Sex & Food on Jagujaguwar last Friday. In case you haven’t listened to the album yet, let latest single Everyone Acts Crazy Nowadays act as your impetus to dive into the New Zealand project’s new compendium of brilliant psych soul and rock. Not only is Everyone Acts Crazy Nowadays a fabulous dose of UMO’s snazzy grooving aplomb, but it comes with an eye-popping music video, too, rife with vibrant colors and extravagant animations. It’s truly a treat for both the eyes and the ears. New album Sex & Food is available, here.

April 7, 2018
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Maryland producer Nobono made ‘This Way Dem’ because he digs groovy basslines. This lofi track got me grooving and swaying in the darkness of my room diggin Nobono. We haven’t heard from him before but we got a feeling we’ll continue to hear from him as he slowly start to make a name for himself. 

April 5, 2018
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This is probably not exactly relevant to the artist, but I love hoops, and I love music that gives me a natural high, so in some strange way, it makes sense that I love HIGH HØØPS. Bizarre associations aside, the New Zealand based musician and producer is back to liquefy our hearts with his sensual grooving, funky curling R&B soul on hazy flushed, lustful stirring, and golden luscious Body. Kaleidoscopic disco also abounds on the spacey shimmering jam. Body reinforces our belief that it’s a mighty fine development that HIGH HØØPS has taken time away from LEISURE to give us music as a solo artist, too. You can also stream Body via Spotify, here.

February 23, 2018

We’ve been eagerly watching the hip hop and trap scene burst wide open in Asia, spearheaded by an invigorating and fascinating movement in China. At the forefront of this activity is Higher Brothers, a collective of artists who mostly rap in Mandarin Chinese, but they toss in plenty of English phrases, too. The group recently toured with fellow groundbreaking Asian artists like Joji and Rich Brian on 88Rising’s Double Happiness Tour, and they’ll be making their way out to SXSW next month, too. Their latest single, Trickery, is one of their grooviest and eclectic songs yet. While other ones were rough swaggering trap jams that evoked Migos and Fetty Wap, this slick hip hop banger exudes some old school West Coast hip hop vibes. It’s like Snoop and Migos, with an iota of MJ tossed in, too. Trickery is more than dance worthy and undeniably contagious. It comes from the crew’s new EP, TYPE3, arriving next week. Higher Brothers obviously has plenty of tricks up their sleeves when it comes to the range of their hip hop sound. 

February 2, 2018

KUNZITE sure isn’t losing any time in unleashing their music upon us, even though the fascinating new project just made their debut with MONKS a few short weeks ago. And we’re not for complaining at all. Not only are they back with a new single, but the duo, whose ranks include Ratatat’s Mike Stroud and White Flight’s Justin Augustin, have already announced a debut album, too! Birds Don’t Fly is set for release on March 2nd. And the hotly tipped pair regales us with more of their “multidimensional sound stream broadcasting from the inner depths of Earth, while simultaneously emanating from the heart of the Milk Way Galaxy” with VAPORS and its music video. KUNZITE’s sound is not easy to typecast. In fact, it subverts expectations with its spacey pop and dance ready groove. If VAPORS really were a sound stream from space, it’s a swift reminder that space itself is shackled to time… This song seems to defy delineations of eons and epochs. Funk guitars, behemoth pop hooks, and psychedelic flourishes abound on the flashy alt electronic jam. A free download of VAPORS is available from KUNZITE’s website, here

September 3, 2017
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6LACK is without a doubt one of the top artists to watch in the alt R&B and hip hop arena these days, but Oakland native Arieh Berl has proven himself a gifted musician to watch too, with both his role in alt band Fever Charm and his recently debuted new solo project Pink Skies. As the latter, he’s turns 6LACK’s Gettin’ Old on its head with a magnificent cover re-work. Its shimmering chillwave and sunset groove is well worthy of his chosen pseudonym. We drift in titular pink skies to the weightless billowing, fleecy gliding re-imagination, which is nothing short of brilliant. To be honest, Pink Skies’ Gettin’ Old is more up our alley than the original with its early Washed Out vibes and Shy Girls-like cooing. The cover is out on iTunes, here. You can re-visit Pink Skies’ stellar debut single Start.End below.

August 16, 2017
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I’m sure we all remember Kisses, the Los Angeles based indie band who last put out a full length a year ago named Rest In Paradise. So, what have they been up to since? Well, I don’t know about the rest of the band, but Jesse Kivel has embarked on a new solo adventure under his given name. On October 6th, he’ll be releasing his debut EP, Content, a five track release that will be out on his own label New feelings (US) & Rallye (Japan). The announcement arrives with lead single LA Story, a sleek dreamy, chiffon wafting, and cool languid groover with plenty of snazzy brass and svelte cooing. Its jazzy R&B and chill disco almost feels like Damon Albarn gone Electric Guest, Washed Out, and Toro Y Moi, with a hefty helping of Bossa nova breeziness. Pre-order Jesse Kivel’s debut EP, here.

May 24, 2017
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Australian indie darlings The Jungle Giants hit the spot with their new single On Your Way Down, a crunchy rollicking explosion of crisp riffs and energetic yelping vocals. Grooving dance rock and funky indie pop coagulate in an uptempo gripping manner that evokes Saint Motel, with some Fitz and the Tantrums and Portugal. the Man. The Brisbane quartet spurns an afternoon solo dance party right here in my office with this banging earworm, a taste from their newly announced album Quiet Ferocity, due to arrive July 7th. Snag the fine jam via iTunes, here.