Posts Tagged ‘reggae’

May 9, 2018
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My hips have been abducted again, by who else, but The Hip Abduction! The Florida based outfit invites us into a humid, balmy paradise with their new single, Come On Get Up, which sports the six piece’s islandy beats and rootsy charm, a combo that oft reminds me of Crystal Fighters’ vibrant folktronica fused with Miami Horror’s neon-lit radiance and Sublime With Rome’s reggae tinged rock. There’s even a dash of Portugal. the Man’s recent funk pop leaning offerings to be found in The Hip Abduction’s slinky swinging, hip-swaying gem. Stream Come On Get Up and The Hip Abduction’s other releases on Spotify, here.

February 20, 2018

There’s no doubt that Milky Chance occupies their own sweet little niche in the sound spectrum when it comes to the German trio’s ever infectious and singular blend of reggae, folk rock, and electronica. Their 2017 sophomore album Blossom was a superb follow up to 2013′s Sadnecessary, arguably even better than that first LP. And now, the boys have released a music video for track number three, Firebird, in which they explore the female heroes of modern day Bolivia. It’s fantastic to see what everyone’s doing lately with their music and their videos. We live in a time when women are pressing for recognition and equality, and seeing our favorite artists embrace this movement is moving and much appreciated. And, of course, Firebird is yet another earthy stomping earworm of a gem from Milky Chance. Any reason to listen to it again is a great one. Catch the band on their expansive international tour. Tickets and info can be found, here.

February 3, 2018
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I’m still rather disheartened by the fact that I had to miss out on Quinn XCII’s sold out show at my favorite little venue in San Francisco last year. I can only imagine how stupendous he was at Rickshaw Stop, and I hope he’ll be returning to San Francisco soon. The Detroit based artist has certainly been the man of the hour this past year, whether it was his solo music or the many guest stints made with a long list of noteworthy producers. Quinn XCII returns to breath some much needed warmth into our cold winter days with a reggae-inspired pop song named Iron & Steel. The balmy waggish, soulful and heartfelt urban charmer captures us with its laid back cadence, rolling beats, and perky vibe. Iron & Steel is out now on Columbia.   

November 18, 2017

Ever since we heard Deja Vu earlier this year, Scarlet Pleasure has become one of our favorite rising Denmark bands. They bring a fresh new edge and a sexy charm to the country’s already innovative R&B pop and alt pop scene. Today, the trio released their brand new EP, Lagune, on Virgin Records, and it features this slinky drawling, torrid gyrating tune, Unreliable. Scarlet Pleasure’s trademark reggae inflected, creamy burning R&B pop leaves us flushed and swooning, as it always does. Unreliable certainly doesn’t apply when it comes to this three pieces’ music. I’m so jealous of the fans who were able to see Scarlet Pleasure make their U.S. debut last month at School Night in Los Angeles. Following a string of European tour dates with Norwegian songstress Sigrid, Scarlet Pleasure will embark on a sold out headlining run overseas in support of new single Unreliable. Stream/purchase their EP, Lagune, here.

November 2, 2017
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Swedish songcrafter and producer MagnusTheMagnus spruces up our night with plenty of fiery sass and bubbly dancehall imbued breaks & drums on Calling, a frisky fun track featuring fantastic vocals by KIDDO. With all the usual future bass and melodic bass fare we tend to come across, Calling is a breath of fresh air. It’s also whimsically infectious and piquant zestful. Grab MagnusTheMagnus’ Calling, here.

November 1, 2017

I’m still rather crestfallen I totally missed the announcement for Milky Chance’s show at the Independent in San Francisco earlier this year, which sold out long before I caught wind of the news. But at least I got to see them perform a glorious set from up close at Live 105′s BFD over the summer. The German outfit released a terrific sophomore album in Blossom this year, and now we get to watch a new music video for their song Bad Things, featuring British artist Izzy Bizu. Watch them pace city streets as you jam out to the band’s signature fusion of reggae plus folk inflected alt rock and dance ready groove. Izzy Bizu’s soulful, honeyed vocals add plenteous extra charm to the song. Blossom is available, here.

November 1, 2017
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Mina Rose may only have a couple of songs out and about on her Soundcloud since her debut two months ago, but this Londoner is quickly turning ears and drumming up buzz with her dub heavy, trip hop clattering pop bewitchment. Second single Kingdom is a moody brooder and droopy haunter, but it’s also elegantly sophisticated and percussive entrancing, like FKA Twigs’ atmospherics crossed with Ibeyi and JAIN. Its late night smoky groove and ghostly dissonance create a sense of mystique and spin a web of sensuous entrapment to which we’re inescapably drawn. You can stream debut single Lemons and Limes below and partake in its ska/reggae inspired snazzy slink. 

October 24, 2017
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Not only are Chicago sibling duo Wild Belle long known for their psych pop and funk rock talent, but the pair also have very generous and compassionate hearts. In fact, Wild Belle has unveiled a new charity single named Hurricane (accompanied by double-A side companion Paralyzed) produced by Patrick Carney of The Black Keys with string arrangements by Mat Ulery. Proceeds from the release will go to support victims of recent hurricanes in the Carribean through United For Puerto Rico and All Hands – U.S. Virgin Islands Hurricane Response. Hurricane is a bewitching amalgamation of Wild Belle’s ska tinged noire-pop and vintage styled jazzy psychedelia that kind of feels like Lucius fused with Cruel Youth, Lana Del Rey, and Cults. Stream its accompaniment, Paralyzed, below, which is certainly not a “paralyzing” slice of smoky indie pop and vintage rock with its heavy Patrick Carney aesthetic. If you missed prior single Untamed Heart, watch the music video for the well received charmer below, too. It’s a can’t miss gem. You can also stream Hurricane via Spotify, here.

June 20, 2017

Charleston five piece SUSTO is hotly tipped by some as a fast rising band, and it’s easy to see why after experiencing the new video they’ve released for their single Jah Werx. SUSTO cites Bob Marley as an influence, particularly noting that ‘Jah’ is the Rasta word for God and ‘Jah Works’ is the Rasta term for ‘God is good’ or ‘God is working’. The soothing alt rock song is comforting and heartwarming, with tender guitar strums and dreamy hooking vocals.  Jah Werx is lifted from the band’s new album & I’m Fine Today. SUSTO is in the midst of a North American tour in support of the album, which can be purchased, here.

June 9, 2017

The Danes always seem to have a firm grasp when it comes to boundary pushing alt R&B. Aside from esteemed project Liss, Denmark also has Scarlet Pleasure to boast about. We first shared the trio’s music earlier this year when the band, lead by creamy voiced Emil Goll, released their last single Deja Vu. We’re ecstatic that the song lead to much attention from foreign labels and other tastemakers with its R&B inflected synthpop and electronica. Scarlet Pleasure are more than ruddy pleasurable once again on new single Limbo. We find ourselves stuck in a limbo of adoration as we gyrate to this slinky seductive new jam. The sexy grooving heater’s dance ready R&B funk and glistening reggage pop is a unique combination, one that is sure to deepen the band’s smoldering mark on the emerging music scene.