Posts Tagged ‘psych funk’

May 18, 2018
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One of my most epic evenings at SXSW this past March involved Cut Copy. It was the last night of my annual migration to Austin, and I had no idea what to do since most of my music buddies had already left. Serendipity brought me to the band’s headlining set on Rainey Street. I didn’t think I’d be able to get in to the show, since I expected a stupendously long line, but thanks to my music badge, I made it right in and danced to my heart’s content. And now, Cut Copy’s bassist Ben Browning has made a splendorous return with new solo music to keep me moving. We last heard from him two years ago when he dropped exuberant Friends Of Mine. Now he charms us aplenty with a new song appropriately named Sunshine Baby. It’s a golden luscious, sweetly candied, & kaleidoscopic twirling track that melds chromatic italo-wave with glamorous disco funk. Sunshine Baby will be on Ben Browning’s forthcoming sophomore album named Even Though. He says of his next  album, which arrives on June 22nd: “After listening to this record I hope people feel like they’ve gone on a smooth psychedelic journey through a colorful musical world. I wanted to create an album that people would want to play in their homes whilst cooking dinner or getting high and imagine what they’re hearing comes from a land created by Jim Henson – or perhaps they’re listening a lost George Harrison album recorded in the Caribbean and discovered on a VHS tape 30 years later."​​​​​​​

May 8, 2018

Aww yeah, I knew we’d be in for some new Jungle soon considering the collective’s recent touring activities, and here we are, with not one but two new jams (and videos) from the funk and soul loving Londoners! Happy Man and House In LA are our first new Jungle tunes since the band lit us on fire with their 2014 self-titled debut album. Hopefully, this means their sophomore album is arriving soon, and a new expansive tour is on its way, since I had to miss their stop in San Francisco a few weeks back. Happy Man is classic Jungle, a funky strutting, soulful swaggering affair. It’s lavish and opulent, dashing and suave. House In LA, however, bucks the usual Jungle pizzazz for a heady and sleek, dreamy and warped shimmer, kind of like James Vincent McMorrow gone psychedelic plush whilst enveloped by Radiohead’s orchestral electronica. While Happy Man might be the immediately hooking song out of the two, there’s no doubt House In LA is my favorite and the most brilliant offering. Happy Man and House In LA are both available now from XL Recordings, here and here, respectively.

April 18, 2018
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All the “frills” without the pretentiousness could very well be this duo’s slogan. New York based New Zealand duo Frills leave us swooning with their resplendent psych funk, dance rock, and disco pop on She’s Got Love. It’s the most intoxicating fusion of Foster The People, Portugal. the Man, and MGMT vibes we’ve ever heard, a delectable jam with suave electric guitar riffs and smooth falsettos. For more Frills, including fine gems we’ve featured in the past, visit their Soundcloud, 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.

March 28, 2018
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We’re so in love with Oakland’s Still Woozy and his funky warbling psych funk and hazy curling bedroom electronica that we rushed out to see his opening set at Popscene late last year when he opened for Knox Fortune. We can’t help but feel incredibly proud that the intoxicating new talent hails from here in the Bay, and we’re immensely excited for his sure to be upwards trajectory in the indie scene. Still Woozy confirms the merits of our devotion with new song Lucy, which features ODIE on vocals, who’s a rising R&B soul artist himself. Lucy is like Phoenix gone slenderbodies wonky and slithery, drenched in the dreamy, jazzy funk of Tom Misch. Re-visit Still Woozy’s prior singles on Soundcloud, here.

February 8, 2018

Our long time loves, Portugal. the Man, deserved every bit of the Grammy they won for their wildly successful hit single Feel It Still, which we immediately named as one of 2017′s best songs when it first surfaced last March. I do, however, feel conflicted over the fact that the Grammy Awards chose not to include any performances by Portugal. the Man, or by The War On Drugs or The National, either, despite their respective Grammy wins. In fact, there was barely any time set aside for rock music and alt music at all! But we’re still incredibly happy about the wins. Let’s celebrate by watching Portugal. the Man’s music video for their latest single off phenomenal 2017 album Woodstock (the Alaska natives’ eighth full length). Keep On is as much a swaggering brawler of a psych funk inflected alt banger as pretty much every other track on Woodstock. Its edgy video offers a more than ample amount of kinky latex, among other things. Catch Portugal. the Man on tour, details can be found, here. WOODSTOCK can be found, here.

January 18, 2018

I can’t seem to get enough of this new of Montreal today. It’s oodles of fun and insanely catchy, plus it’s impossible to resist the urge to get up and dance. The Athens, Georgia veterans just announced a new album today named White Is Relic/Irrealis Mood, due out March 9th on Polyvinyl. Paranoiac Intervals/Body Dysmorphia is their first single. It’s a squishy, wonky whirlwind of a dance funk and psych funk spectacular, perfect for dancing up a storm to. I even love the new artwork of Montreal has unveiled for their new album. Pre-order White is Relic/Irrealis Mood, here.

November 13, 2017
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Los Angeles by way of San Francisco duo Cones set out to capture “that moment in a breakup when you finally start to find peace, but some of that bitterness is still hanging around” on their new single Later. It’s a synth whirling, guitar flickering, and mellow traipsing gem sporting the brothers’ usual silky diaphanous velour and warm breezy groove. I’d say they captured the poignant balance between bittersweet and sanguine quite completely on the laid back charmer.  Later is out on Dangerbird Records’ MICRODOSE series. Catch the pair when they play a release show at Dangerbird’s Southern California offices on November 18th, free RSVP, here.

September 28, 2017
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A truly “magical tide” engulfs us as New York based New Zealand duo Frills return with some funky psychedelic pop on fresh new single My Love. The pair draw influence from the likes of Happy Mondays, Flaming Lips, and Gorillaz, but Magic Tide also echoes the playful strut of Portugal. the Man’s more recent work as well as the electro-funk flourishes of Ben Khan. This “tide” comes in like an invigorating and uplifting breeze, with perfect “frills”. Magic Tide follows on the heels of Frills’ debut single My Love, which sure left us excited about the new band earlier this year. Re-visit My Love, here.

September 28, 2017
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It was an absolute honor last month to have premiered the music video for Sure Sure’s last perky jangling indie treat, Koreatown. The quartet is quickly growing to be one of the most buzz worthy bands out of LA as they churn out a growing diet of viral chart climbing guitar pop confections. New song Hands Up Head Down is more of their imaginative brand of whimsically strolling indie rock and psych pop. It’s jazzy inebriating with a funky slink, and it’s loads of tipsy, witty fun. It even feels like Sure Sure is channeling some Gorillaz on their latest, alongside some Foster The People and Portugal. the Man. Re-visit the band’s prior releases on Soundcloud, here.