Posts Tagged ‘retro’

January 4, 2018

Come January 12th, Boston indie duo Modesta will be releasing their debut studio effort, a self-produced four track EP entitled VHS. It’ll be just over a year since we first encountered the group’s indie electronica and R&B infused indie rock. The title track is a fitting homage to the 80s, considering its name. It’s also a spacey psychedelic, funky sashaying electronic cut, a bit like MGMT crossed with Tame Impala, with a drizzle of Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s diaphanous glide. How else would such a song be delivered but with a music video that feels like we’ve stepped into an old VHS tape? VHS can also be streamed via Spotify, here. We’ll be waiting for the rest of the EP to arrive in a couple of weeks. 

November 2, 2017
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London based artist and producer Peter Lyons is at it again, stealing our hearts and scintillating us with his perky vivacious, synth winding electronica and buttery sweet falsettos on his latest single, The Dirtiest. The retro tinged electronic track is silken smooth and luxuriantly opulent. A hint of Prince and a touch of Jamiroquai embellishes this song’s lavish soundscape. Snag the single, here. Stream more of Peter Lyons on Soundcloud, here.

June 9, 2017
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If you’ve yet to encounter the vintage hip hop and snazzy R&B soul vibes that come courtesy of UK collective Gotts Street Park, you’re in for a treat in the form of their latest single, Love In Bad Company. The bluesy burning number is a taste off the group’s debut EP, Volume One, arriving soon on June 16th. For more of this crew of musicians and multi-instrumentalists’ classy stirring music, visit their Soundcloud, here.

June 3, 2017

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Phoenix’s new album Ti Amo drops in a week, and it’s going to be a whole lot of fun, judging from what we’ve heard off of it so far. The French veterans say that their new ful length is inspired by summer and Italian disco. Goodbye Soleil follows on prior reveals J-Boy and the album’s title track. It’s a sun drenched slice of dreamy electronica and synthpop. Phoenix is really indulging in the French house aspect of their music with their recent releases. Goodbye Soleil quickly reminds me of M83′s recent album Junk and Daft Punk’s lighter, airier fare. Ti Amo will be out June 9th via Glassnote Records.

May 24, 2017
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Thick and viscous, glossy and luxuriant like the creamy emulsion its named after comes Lotion, the latest intoxicating chillwave meets gazey dream pop concoction from Paris’ Dead Sea. Also not to be missed is Lotion’s music video, an abstractly captivating watch, as Dead Sea’s videos seem to always be. You can stream the video below. A sliver of Chromatics’ flushed steamy italo disco imbues the crimson synthwave and pop noir found on opulent Lotion. It lubricates our ears and coats our hearts with ruddy smoldering splendor. Purchase Lotion from major outlets, here.

April 25, 2017
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Jacob Banks blew me away when the Nigerian born UK singer songwriter made his San Francisco debut at Popscene earlier this year. We were expecting it, having so eagerly shared incredible songs like Chainsmoking, Unholy War, and Monster 2.0, yet his performance exceeded even our highest expectations. With his rugged soulful voice, full of power and passion, he belted out his nostalgia laden, emotion ridden songs and drove home the fact that he’s obviously poised for great things ahead. A few days ago, Jacob Banks released his The Boy Who Cried Freedom EP, a collection of five incredible songs, some new, some previously shared. Among the fresh gems is this slow swaying ballad named Part Time Love. It’s vintage soul, retro gospel, and mellow rock are an immediate must for the plenteous people out there who love Michael Kiwanuka and Leon Bridges (both of whom I’ve had the pleasure of re-visiting lately due to my recent addiction to HBO’s Big Little Lies). Jacob Banks needs to be on season 2′s soundtrack, don’t you agree? Stream Jacob Banks’ The Boy Who Cried Freedom EP in full on Soundcloud. Purchase from iTunes, here.

April 15, 2017
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Let’s keep our early evening indie dance party going with a fresh jam from Vancouver based producer and multi-instrumentalist Adam Wazonek, who returns as Soliterre on new single Go Down Dancing. Tropical disco 80′s vibes akin to those of St. Lucia and Friendly Fires abound on this retro dance pop gem, which also sports some swooning horn and guitar solos. Go Down Dancing will be on Soliterre’s forthcoming album Double Life. 

February 4, 2017

English five piece Blossoms leaves me utterly charmed with their new song and self directed video. They shoot straight for my heart with a Back To The Future inspired video, Delorean included, for dulcet glistening single Honey Sweet, a most appropriately titled treat. Streams of synthwave endow this mellifluous and nostalgic number, giving off an effect like Future Islands crossed with Keane, topped off with some Bear’s Den. The bittersweet rock ballad could very well be my favorite alt song of the week. Honey Sweet comes from Blossoms’ self titled debut album from 2016. Honey Sweet can be purchased from iTunes, here.

January 29, 2017
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There’s no arguing the fact that R&B soul has made a grand comeback this past year. Everywhere we turn, we’re met by it in some shape, way, or form. Australia’s Winston Surfshirt gives us an easy breezy but jazzy soulful form of the genre on Be About You. This mellow hip hop and 70′s funk imbued gentle groover is like a dreamy swirling mixture of Tom Misch and the Bee Gees tossed with a generous portion of A Tribe Called Quest’s hip hop swagger. Winston Surfshirt has already grown a cult like following back home in Sydney. Be About You is their first official single via Sweat It Out. Snag the debut, here.

January 2, 2017
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We may be starting a fresh new year of music, but there are some gems from 2016 that I’ve fallen behind on in the midst of my rather stressful and busy December that are more than worthy of taking into 2017 despite the delay. One such treat is Rise And Fall, the latest from sci-fi cinematic landscape loving duo Night Drive. The Texan project inspires me to fly down neon lit highways with their synthpop meets darkwave pulse of nostalgia, a must for all the fans of New Order and The Drums that are lurking about IHM with me. Rise And Fall is Night Drive’s first single from an upcoming self titled album, due out early this year. You can purchase this slick cruising single, here