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This week has been slow. Very much so, in fact. We’ve got some tunes today that reflect that feeling and it’s a nice little switch-up from our previous installments. A trace of soul, melodic ambience, and gorgeous piano-driven pop are the high points of the week, so let’s go ahead and listen in.
Few are smoother than Jordan Rakei. It’s no surprise he has worked with Tom Misch previously, and “Blame It On The Youth” is a prime example of that. Four on the floor kicks, strutting basslines, and a silky voice all work together in harmony on this short, but sweet cut that precedes his upcoming album, Cloak. If this tickles your fancy, you’re going to want to keep an eye out for that project. Bump this one to hold yourself over in the mean time.
When you need to clear your mind and float away without a second thought, Izzard has you covered. The Soda Island affiliate should be scoring movies and video games by this point, because, within every release, a world is created. It’s tough to bottle it up in such a succinct manner, but Izzard’s work is something to be experienced, not simply listened to. It’s amazing how much emotion can be discovered with no lyrics at all. “Ghost Naps” prove this with aplomb.
As played out as the term “future” may be to some people, sometimes it’s the only fitting definition for certain electronic music. POLO‘s style of rapid-fire and pitched samples speed over the massive drums and thundering bass to exemplify a sound that isn’t roped into any one particular genre. Exploring something as wild as this is always a good choice because you’re hearing something complete fresh. From the structure to the progression to the My Chemical Romance sample (listen carefully, you’ll hear it), POLO really is here to have a good time making crazy stuff. We’re here for this. Don’t miss it!
“Guru” will put a smile on your face. That’s basically a guarantee. Meshing pop, electronic, and a slight bit of reggae, Coast Modern has essentially just soundtracked part of your summer already, and it isn’t even June! It’s getting time to bust out the refreshing drinks on the beach and/or poolside, and this tune is tailor-made for all of these settings. Everyone needs a feel good song at SOME point. “Guru” is a great place to start with the weather warming up in the near future. Throw on your sunglasses and enjoy.
Get your tissues ready. It’s no secret that Luke Cusato. “Breathe” is beautiful. There’s not another word for it. Swelling orchestral elements bolster the powerful piano and lift Luke’s voice into an celestial fervor. When you get chills on the first listen of a song, you know something special is happening, and “Breathe” hits all of the right spots without any semblance of artificiality. Thank you for this one, Luke Cusato.
Already an established and highly praised festival in Portland, Project Pabst is set to touch down for its first ever stop in Denver, and we’re chomping at the bit for their all-day lineup featuring the likes of TMN Favorites Best Coast, Small Black (who headlined one of our TMN Showcase parties back on Halloween), K. Flay, and local Denverites turned national darlings Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats; along with classic staples including the Violent Femmes, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires and loads more across seven stages on Saturday, May 21st in Denver’s booming and eclectic RiNo Arts District. We’ve been watching Project Pabst pick up steam as it nears closer and closer, and with the announcement yesterday that all tickets have now been sold out, it’s shaping up to be a beast of a day for music in the Mile High City.
In anticipation of this weekend’s Denver debut of Project Pabst, check out our playlist below featuring some of our favorite tunes from each headliner, start hydrating, and put aside your beer snobbery before loading your system with cheap domestic beer in the greatest craft-brew city in the U.S. We’ll be out in full force all day tomorrow, so keep your eyes peeled for our post-event review, and get in the spirit a little early with our official Project Pabst Preview Playlist (say that five times fast) below.
Los Angeles-based JOME may have just emerged into the scene, but he’s already made a sizeable dent with only one release under his belt. Just last month, this newcomer dropped his debut offering, “Brushstroke,” which was very well received by tastemaker blogs and music nerds alike, giving everyone a quick glance at what’s in store.
Today’s offering is only the second release from this talented singer/songwriter, and it’s sure to absolutely encapsulate you for the entire duration. Set to the backdrop of melodic guitar and piano that effortlessly lap across you, soft claps, and ethereal synths, “Cinnamon” slowly builds into a well-crafted, lush, and cinematic soundscape. Accompanying that backdrop is the hero of the track, which is, of course, JOME’s positively spellbinding voice.
Noa May is anything but conventional which only adds to our building affection for her unique offerings. “Soul Trap” certainly highlights that ability, showcasing something that so delightfully goes against the grain, yet ropes listeners in with the ease of a well-crafted pop hit.
Take a few moments to really drink this one in. Noa has such a well-defined vocal tone and cadence. So often, you’ll hear song after song with a voice that could be any number of artists. It’s safe to say that you’ll never confuse her’s with another. Couple those distinctive vocals with some bizarre, fluttering synths, an admittedly creepy bassline, and calculated spatterings of guitar work, and you have one hell of a tasty, twisted tune.
Once you’re done searching for the repeat button, head over to Facebook and throw Noa May a like. We’re guessing you’d like to keep tabs on her after imbibing in “Soul Trap.”
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Jet Black Alley Cat enter the dojo to premiere their new music video for their single “Roxy.” Ahead of their upcoming tour, the music video is something fans can enjoy in their own homes, while the five piece band travel around the United States. We’re here to bring it to you early, as their tour starts in Nashville on May 21st.
With “Roxy” we get an amiable alternative rock record that shows off the band’s accessible sound that has put them on the air with the likes of MTV, Lightning 100 and more. “Roxy” is a memorable record that doesn’t just stick with you for a short amount of time; it’s going to be in your playlist for a good long while. The music video is equally as impressive, with an old-school feel that plays nicely with the song. It follows a lead female character, juxtaposing images from different settings throughout her day. Check it out first below, and make sure to check out if Jet Black Alley Cat are playing in a town near you! For those who would like to purchase “Roxy,” head over to iTunes.
May 21st @ Morgan Park – Street Festival, Nashville, TN
May 25th @ The Metropolitan – Annapolis, MD
May 26th @ The Otherside – Wilkes Barre, PA
May 28th @ Pianos – New York, NY
June 2nd @ The Camphouse – Chattanooga, TN
June 4rd @ The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
June 10th @ The Prophet Bar – Dallas, TX
June 11th @ Low Brow Place – El Paso, TX
June 13th @ Rebel Lounge – Mesa, AZ
June 16th @ House of Guvera – Los Angeles, CA *
June 18th @ Billboard Live! – Salt Lake City, UT *
June 20th @ Moon Room – Denver, CO *
June 23rd @ Fubar – St. Louis, MO *
June 24th @ The HiTone – Memphis, TN *
July 1st @ Bombshells Tavern – Orlando, FL *
July 2nd @ Churchills – Miami, FL