It’s been one of those days, friends. But what better way than to remedy it with music? Here’s some free tidbits that got me going this week, and as usual, if you have any tracks to send or comments to spout, hit me at jenboyles at gmail.
TOP BILLIN’ Solid Gold – Synchronize
One of the most buzzworthy bands out of the Midwest right now and making quite a splash at SXSW this year. Some have called them “dream pop”, which seems quite accurate, but there’s more of an edge here than that term allows.
CHILL: Bonobo – Eyesdown
Featuring Andreya Triana (Real name? We bet not), this track by the always consistent Bonobo (a.k.a. Simon Green) delivers the chill flavor. Loved his last release, Days To Come (Bajka on vocals), and am expecting his new one this month called Black Sands to be just as good.
REMIX: Uffie – MCs Can Kiss (Mike D remix)
Not to be a hater, but I don’t like Uffie: Any cute waif can throw on some leggings and a tank top and squeal out lyrics (“I never force anyone to listen to my music / Never post a bulletin / Never posted shit”. Ugh). But Mike D from the Beasties remixing Uffie? Now that deserves at least a listen.
WMC: DiscoTech – IMMA (Miami We Know How To Play)
One of the best remixers on the scene today, DiscoTech release a Miami-centric track for all the party people going to South Beach next week for WMC. (Tip: If you like this one, find their remix of Rolling Stone’s epic hit ‘Satisfaction’)
THROWBACK: Timex Social Club – Rumors
There was once a girl who nearly woke up the entire floor of her apartment building from singing this song so loudly with her headphones on at 2 a.m. Roommate reported laughing hysterically from the next room. It wasn’t me, I swear. See, this is how rumors get started.
Neon Indian. Traped in a pantry with his machines.
Hiya, Ommies! It’s Friday, and that means time for some freebies to start your weekend proper. This week I’m trying out some categories because let’s face it, not all fresh-off-the-mixing-board music is great. Some weeks you can’t keep up with it all and it’s like Christmas (or whatever holiday you prefer) and other weeks you find yourself listening to Phil Collins on repeat (true story).
Love it or hate it? Feel free to email at jenboyles at gmail.
Neon Indian – Sleep Paralyst:
The 21-year-old’s music is like an electro sunset, each synth its own individual ray that warms up the tune. This track is vocal but not overpowering with a distant but optimistic vibe that kind of reminds us of Miami Horror (get familiar if you’re not, he’s great).
Danny Byrd – Sweet Harmony:
Though the liquid funk genre seems to have its feet firmly planted in Londontown, it’s tracks like this that make me wish it would pick up Stateside. Byrd is a huge highlight of that city’s Hospital Records, and this track is one that will make your heart soar (either that or I’m just a total sucker for the mircrogenre). Boh!
Rye Rye – Hip-Hop Changed (Prod by Crookers):
A Baltimore breakout after Blackstarr put her on his “Shake It To The Ground” banger (circa ‘07), Rye Rye returns to rap over a well done Crookers number that for once doesn’t sound like it’s trying to strip you of your hearing forever.