Posts Tagged ‘psychedelic soul’

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 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 5, 2018

I can’t wait for tomorrow night to arrive, and I’ve been looking forward to it for a very long time. English wunderkind Yellow Days will be making his San Francisco debut at a long sold out Popscene at the Rickshaw Stop, with Mallrat in tow, too! It’s quite the fitting coincidence that the acclaimed artist has released a new song today too. The Way Things Change reminds us why we’ve fallen hard for his gravelly voice and his droopy, murky form of haunting lo-fi soul and acidic psychedelia. It even seems extra groovy for the artist compared to some of his more hazily drifting hymnals. Bluesy instrumentals embellish the nineteen year old prodigy‘s first music of the year. The British artist/producer is now working on his official debut album following 2017′s Harmless Melodies EP and his full length “Is Everything Okay In Your World?” project. Almost every date of Yellow Days’ international spring tour is sold out, unsurprisingly. Find out more on his website, here. The Way Things Change, out on Columbia, is available, here.

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.

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.

December 20, 2017
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It’s with a resounding “hell yes” that we delve into this next one, a new track from long time IHM gracing project Von Sell, aka Brooklyn based artist David Von Sell, the man who gave us one of our favorite debuts of 2015, Ivan. He re-captivates us with slinky alt soul and wonky electro pop on dynamic Hell No, his first new song since his self titled EP. It’s woolly and pilose, luxuriant and nebulous, an experimental groover with hints of Fyfe and Homeshake woven into its refined sonic canvas. Stream/purchase the song, here. Let’s hope Hell No is a harbinger of much more new Von Sell music to come in 2018.

December 20, 2017
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The music world is slowly grinding to a halt as the end of the year approaches, and the daily humdrum of releases is gradually abating. On the one hand, it’s disconcerting to have far less new music to check out, on the other hand, we’re grateful for the chance to catch up on the splendid tunes that have been backing up on our radar. One thing we’re more than grateful for as we prepare to say goodbye to 2017 is one final song for the year from Noah McBeth, the German born, Los Angeles based musical prodigy known as NoMBe who’s kept us on our toes with his many fine genre defying releases. Sex is the 12th of his monthly released singles this year, and it takes us to new levels of amped excitement for his debut album. Cosmic, spacey electro-soul and hazy alt psychedelia washes over us as NoMBe seduces us once again with his unique and unpredictable style of sound. With his deep vocals, which remind me of Oliver Sims from The xx paired with the velveteen drawl of Frank Ocean and the smoky lull of late 90s artist Eagle Eye Cherry, he belts out his intoxicating ode to physical affection. 

He explains: ‘It is a narrative and also description of everything surrounding “her” and I. This Channel Orange inspired song originally began as a very stripped-down deep-house track. Over time and after many shows performing the original arrangement I decided to go back to halftime and give the song the home I felt it deserved. It had so many lyrics that I had to make a poem out of the one’s that didn’t make the song and it became the albums opening title. Who know’s one day I might release the original demo, but for now, here’s SEX.’ There’s no more magnificent way to close out the year than this stunning addition to his wide array of sterling songs. Debut album They Might’ve Even Loved Me is set for release in early 2018 via Th3rd Brain Records. 

December 5, 2017
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Noah McBeth, aka Los Angeles based musical visionary NoMBe, continues to break new ground and captivate his growing droves of devout fans with a fresh new entry into his collection of outstanding releases. And this time around, he’s not doing it solo, either. Floridian chanteuse Geneva White joins in on mellow strolling, hazy seductive Eden, a dreamy strumming, droopy psychedelic serving of NoMBe’s unpredictable and always inebriating electro-soul. Noah and Geneva croon “we’re far from Eden” in smoky harmony on the gauzy sauntering tune, but I’m pretty sure I’m already in Eden as I lose myself to the seductive gem, which will be on NoMBe’s much anticipated debut album They Might’ve Even Loved Me, arriving January via TH3RD Brain Records. 

He says of the track: “Eden is one of the more complex songs on the album lyrically and a lot about the inner dialogues I’ve had in recent years.. In it, Love is personified and addressed as a character from my past. It deals with wanting to come back to love after having lost faith in it, but in the process also realizing that the flaws within ourselves and our partners are what makes it real. ’…Love, we’re far from Eden, but I like it […] there’s room to grow’. Furthermore, it can be taken as a conversation with god about having lost spiritual faith and also wanting to come back to it. There’s a lot of obvious religious referencing throughout the song which can be taken in many ways, but I just loved how it all interacted and shouldn’t be taken as a literal statement about my faith.” You can also stream the song via Spotify, here.

November 15, 2017
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I’ve always been a sentimental person who waxes nostalgic over the past all the time. The memories of yesterday often seems so much better than the perilous mystery of tomorrow. Chicago’s Paul Cherry swaddles us in lo-fi drapes of hazy psychedelic nostalgia on Like Yesterday, and I find myself feeling woozy and flushed as I fall hard for this mellow stroll of a gem. It’s a jazzy soulful affair whose languorous groove and laid back funk rock charm seem to fuse Mac Demarco, Homeshake, and TOPS altogether. Like Yesterday is out now via all digital stores. 

October 30, 2017
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Last Friday, an artist whom we consider one of the most talented newcomers this past year released his debut album. You can stream ‘Is Everything Okay In Your World?’ in full, here. Young English artist Yellow Days continues to haunt and stir with his signature combination of psychedelic pop and lo-fi soul on songs like this one off the album, I’ve Been Thinking Too Hard, creating a dreamy pensive, droopy yearning effect with his music. The album is a more than satiating culmination of our year long addiction to George van den Broeck and his gooey viscous, muggy churning music. His album is available from iTunes, here.