Walla’s “No Time” is a track that grabs you immediately. Every layer is built with the intent to be (good) catchy, whether it’s the opening synth chords, anthemic falsetto chorus, groove-disco drums, or awesome guitar/synth sound that kicks in during the bridges, there are no weak links. LA-based Walla fit right into the current upswell of indie pop rock immediately standing alongside peers like Walk the Moon and Youngblood Hawke after only having released their debut EP Animal of Love last November. The song “No Time” will appear on the next EP Nature on June 4th. Enjoy the single below and grab the excellent Animal of Love for free HERE.
The B-side to Say Lou Lou’s new single “Julian” is pretty much that, the opposite. Even with the similar somber electronic sound, “Fool of Me” is a love story shot through a different lens. ”Fool of Me”, featuring fellow Australian Chet Faker, is the age old tale of trying to will one’s love to be returned, whereas “Julian” is hopeful yet still tragic. Both are amazing as the Lou Lou ladies keep stacking on their successes. ”Julian”/”Fool of Me” are out now for download or limited 7-inch vinyl addition.
Our favorite remixer RAC has been really active lately and it would be a shame not to feature some of it…so why not all of it. Starting off with the blippy take on Capital Cities’ “Safe and Sound”, followed the straight forward remix of Bastille’s “Laura Palmer”, then the ambient groove applied to Steel Train’s “You Are Dangerous”, and lastly the sad house mix of Yacht’s “Second Summer”. Enjoy!
Oh did you need a weekend anthem? Empire of the Sun have emerged from the icey mountains of whatever mythical place they record with “Alive”. There are few more words to say than this thing is an anthem. It will easily become the banner song of summer 2013, unless another track from Ice On The Dune overtakes it. The epically titled album is due out June 18th.
The term ski lodge conjures posh images of the privileged chuckling around a warm fire in a lavish room adorned with way too many dead animals. The Brooklyn indie poppers by the same name have nothing to do with that. Though they share a similar musical pallet with preppy peers Vampire Weekend, Ski Lodge shares little of the sunny disposition. ”Just To Be Like You” is the disheartening realization that the son will likely grow up to be just like his lousy father told through a rather upbeat jangly pop sound. See them in your neck of the woods.
LA producer duo Classixx is setting up for an incredible record release with “Holding On” and “Borderline” and now exuberant “All You’re Waiting For”. This is another dance floor jam falling somewhere between the two previous singles. ”All You’re Waiting For” uses a similar synth pallet to ”Borderline” but shows none of the restraint going straight into a heavy four on the floor. All we know for now is the record will be called Hanging Gardens. Get excited.
I’ve been sitting on this gem for a bit too long, it’s probably turned diamond. I don’t know much about Gypsy & the Cat but that I really love this song. I’d put the Melbourne, Australia band next to other psych-pop acts like MGMT. Enjoy “Only In December” and go purchase The Late Blue.
So if you haven’t heard by now The Knocks teamed up with fellow NYC artist and former tour buddy St. Lucia to give you one of the biggest party anthems of the year, “Modern Hearts”. Right from the start you can tell the tag-team brought their A+ game. Housey synths swell as Grobler woah’s the song into his unique and catchy hook. As soon as the first tom drum break hits you know there’s no turning back, your feet have already started burning a hole in your bedroom shoes and your sweating from the imaginary dance floor lights…you’ll see what I mean. The single was released this week and if that’s not enough Goldroom did a FREE REMIX.
The Swedish/Australian Kilbey twins are at it again with a new single and a new name change. Doesn’t matter if they’re Saint Lou Lou, SLL, or now Say Lou Lou they still deliver a stunning track. ”Julian” is a simple but powerful story of love and the borders they’ll cross to be with the one they love. Musically it fits the mold of “Maybe You” stitching together a blend of trip-hop and somber electronic. Enjoy!
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