Ninjas, it has been two-odd years since we heard anything from Irish town-boy trifecta, Two Door Cinema Club. Ah, but you need not worry. Tomorrow the band will release their new second album, their shining beacon of a sophomore release: well… Beacon!
From front to back, Beacon is a refreshing new take on a solid original sound. As opposed to their 2010 debut album, Tourist History, Two Door Cinema’s Beacon has a certain polished tone and a sound which can fill a colosseum. Again, you need not worry, Beacon still has that intimate, familiar TDCC energy and flair. Indeed, the music pulses through you for all thirty-nine minutes and forty-five seconds. “Sleep Alone” (that’s track 6 for those of you keeping score) is the forerunner track. As a single it stands well on its own. It’s catchy, for the most part, but it fits into the whole of Beacon ten-fold. As do all the tracks. “Settle” and “Spring” (tracks 8 and 9) deserve note as a well-composed one-two punch. Overall, simply enough, the album is very listenable, for old fans and new.
Beacon is set to officially drop on September 4th on Glassnote (US)/ September 3rd on Kitsuné (UK). For more information on how to purchase, visit the band’s official site. Lucky enough for us, the masses, the album is streaming right now HERE.
Not only is the music video for “Bikes” hilarious, but the track itself is truly great. If you’ve ever heard Lucy Rose before, you know that her voice is simply scrumptious. A bit of a resemblance to Daughter, the English singer-songwriter has a true talent for making her listeners pay attention to the sweet little moments in her delicate voice. Watch this insanely well-made video and prepare to fall in love with Rose.
Lucy Rose has a new album coming out on September 24th called Like I Used To. Until then you can keep the video and stream on repeat! You can also find more of her music here.
Electro House mastermind, Alex Mind, has become a household name for electro fans over the past few years for his heavy basslines, melodic progressions and his immaculately complex level of production. Now, the Brazilian beatmaster has started a new side project with the help of Conrad Funk by the name of I.Y.F.F.E (In Your Face Fuck Everything). I.Y.F.F.E is already a top-notch duo, dialing in on the strengths of both producers, creating hard-hitting infectious tracks ranging from French House to Drumstep with one goal in common, make people get up and rage.
Recently, I.Y.F.F.E released a free remix of Adventure Club and Krewella’s original track “Rise & Fall”. I.Y.F.F.E’s remix is an intense rendition of the original adding energy in all the right ways. Snag the free download, turn up your speakers and get acquainted with I.Y.F.F.E because I have a feeling we are going to see a lot more of this duo in the coming months.
Adventure Club & Krewella Rise & Fall (I.Y.F.F.E Official Remix)
THEBLKHANDS are an upcoming independent rap group out of New York City. If you haven’t heard them yet, then consider this a proper introduction. The trio is comprised of rappers Cazzie Jetson and Dominic Serendip and producer ILLA. They’ve already garnered some interest, with endorsements from Big K.R.I.T., Smoke DZA, and Skyzoo, who will all be featured on their upcoming album. Their latest single features a sample of Lana Del Rey‘s breakout hit, “Video Games,” putting a spin on the track quite like any other remix before. It’s this willingness by THEBLKHANDS to consistently push the boundaries of their music that certainly gives the group one of the brightest futures in the game.
If you still haven’t gotten a chance to hear the group’s first two excellent singles, I highly suggest you check them out down below along with the accompanying video for “Downtown” after the jump.
I have many very fond memories of Death Cab For Cutie, discovering them during a particularly interesting period of my teenage years. In 2003, I remember going to a local record store and picking up Transatlanticism, motivated solely by its simple album cover. At first, I had difficulty grasping this thing called “indie rock” and its quirkiness, because at that time I was in the midst of slowly transitioning and moving away from a heavy background of pop-punk power chords à la New Found Glory and Midtown. After awhile though, I fell in love with that entire album (“A Lack Of Color” still gets me), eventually amassing the band’s entire discography.
The last DCFC album, Codes & Keys, just came out last year, but we know how how busy frontman Benjamin Gibbard can be (see: The Postal Service, his 2009 release with Jay Farrar, etc.), so it’s no real surprise that he’s putting out his own solo work. It’s actually about time. This new song, “Teardrop Windows,” features Gibbard in his comfort zone: a lolling, upbeat track, complete with a soft and sensitive tone. It hints a bit at DCFC’s earlier work, but the chorus’ pop polish is mostly reminiscent of the group’s recent efforts.
“Teardrop Windows” is off Benjamin Gibbard’s debut solo album, Former Lives, slated for release on October 15th via Death Cab For Cutie’s former indie label Barsuk Records. You can pre-order it here.
Ay carumba…EXCISION and SkisM‘s skull-rattling womp of a track. “Sexism” (EXCISION+SkisM.. clever) gets a complexin’ re-haul at the hands of UK mastermind, Oli Cash. In typical Far Too Loud fashion, as he is better known by his followers, Mr. Cash bumps up the tempo, masterfully slices and dices the bassline, and flawlessly transforms the track in to his signature complextro sound. Lots of bleeps, lots of bloops.. Lots of dancing.
Far Too Loud’s remix of EXCISION and SkisM’s, “Sexism” will be available for purchase this Tuesday, September 4th, on EXCISION’s X Rated Remixes album. Quality, folks. Quality.
Two saxophones and one drummer take it upon themselves to render archaic the whole idea of needing synthesizers to round out a song. Soulfully entering the song amidst the beautiful voice laid overtop, Wenzl McGowen and Mike Wilbur wait patiently to bring your ears a brass-filled drop. Yes a drop, and that is brass-filled not bass-filled. Fiddling with your emotions until the very cusp of the drop, you will be introduced to how saxophones get down. How these two get down, you ask? Well, they have a special flavor consisting of two ingredients: a couple pints of brass and a few shots of glitch. Step 1: Mix those together. Step 2: Pick jaw up off floor. What happens in this song redefines what can be done on instruments that most people associate with Kenny G. Literally breathing new life into what was thought to be lost, this band defines the word unique. Check out the Moon Hooch‘s bandcamp page for a free download of this track.