Our friends over at Red Brick Songs recently put together a fun summertime playlist featuring tracks from their roster that relate to our personal favorite season of the year. If you’re not familiar with Red Brick Songs, you need to wise up and start paying attention. This Toronto based indie label finds some of the best folk and indie rock we’ve laid ears on. In fact, one of our favorite projects in the past few years was their Casablanca Sessions songwriter retreat from last summer. They seem to have an ear for amazing music, and we couldn’t be more appreciative.
This selection includes sunny songs from the likes of Los Encantados, Andy Shauf, Library Voices, Teen Daze and more. Press play, lie back, and enjoy the warm tunes.
In The Summertime
Jason Haberman & Golden Weekends
The Right Time
Two Little Clouds
Carl Johnson (Library Voices)
Beyond The Beach
PS I love You
Ah, Colorful Colorado. Home of the snow covered mountains, more breweries than you can count, the legendary John Elway and of course, ridiculous amounts of talented musicians. Anyone who’s had their pulse on the music industry over the past decade knows that Colorado is turning out high volumes of talented, genre bending artists regularly. Colorado has even come to have a little bit of it’s own sound, fusing hip hop beats with synth-laden melodies (i.e. Pretty Lights, Paul Basic, Paper Diamond).
Today we’re featuring a group that we recently came across that embodies what we’ve come to love about Colorado music. This Littleton based duo, comprised of producer Trent Campbell on midi controllers and Kyle Ayervais on drums, have a unique sound going on. They focus on blending miscellaneous samples from before any of us were born with worldy instruments to create what they call “Samptronic.” We asked TNERTLE to elaborate a little bit.
I think that accurately describes the wide variety of whats going on. My motto is that whatever comes out of me is what I get. That way, I have a completely organic product that no one can take away from me. We do this for our own pleasure and let people decide whether or not they like what is coming out of us. – Trent
Ten seconds into “Manidad” and we were instantly hooked. The latin samples, echoing synths, and frenetic at time drumming style of Ayervais provide the perfect soundscape for J5′s lyrics. This track is a intriguing reinvention of the original that we’ve admittedly listened to on repeat. “New Skool Saloon” has a dance inducing hip hop beat created from careful sampling and bongos. On the flip side of the first two tracks you have “Entropy.” This definitely shows the softer side of the two, providing your ears with a slow melodic feel. It’s a nice change of pace from their other tracks.
All You Have To Do Is Two
Demand Truth (prod. Paul Cantor)
The world is a chaotic place. We all know that. These days it seems like there’s widespread civil unrest in all corners of the globe. It takes only a few clicks of your mouse to learn out about issues in countries like Syria, Brazil, Turkey and more. As we sit comfortably in our homes in front of our computers, it’s become easy to disregard the situations around us. For those of us who are uneducated about the issues though, we’re lucky to have guys like Hayk to help remind us exactly why we should “Demand Truth” about these controversies.
Produced by Paul Cantor (writer/editor at AOL Boombox), “Demand Truth” revolves specifically around the current protests in Istanbul that began over the demolition of Taksim Gezi Park by the Turkish government. Born in Istanbul himself, this situation is close to Hayk’s heart, and he seeks to educate us about how exactly it escalated to the violent affair it is now, and provide insight into a crisis that isn’t receiving widespread coverage. While you may not feel an immediate connection to this particular matter, the song’s overall message of taking a stand for yourself against oppression and fighting for your civil liberties is one that should resonate with everybody.
Check out the powerful single above, and look out for more music from the Humble Ambitious Young King in the near future.
The young Jersey brothers of Synchronice are back at it releasing their four track EP titled “Countdown” on Firepower Records. The first song off the track is “Countdown” and takes the listener on an electronic adventure. The whole song feels like a timer or a clock, slowly than quickly counting down until some ending appears. The boys do an amazing job mixing their electronic melodies with intense beats. The second song, “The Sentence”, could be straight out of a good sci-fi or action movie. The song starts off with some powerful dubstep drops, and I mean powerful. The voice tells the listener the sentence is death then the boys take your mind on a rollercoaster ride of captivating noises from dub to electric to drums and back again. The boys team up with PRYSM for “This & That”, a catchy tune that again is intensified with the brother’s love for strong dub sounds. The final song is a remix of Datsik’s “Machete” which features Snak The Ripper. Again, the boys show their love for the hard hitting beats, letting Snak display his lyrics while the brothers display their music. Synchronice always impresses with their own sound and they never shy away from the passion of their in-your-face-never apologizing blows.
3. Synchronice and PRYSM
This & That
Machete (feat. Snak The Ripper) (Synchronice Remix)
The Royal Concept
On Our Way
Stockholm based indie pop quartet The Royal Concept has effectively given us something that we’ve been waiting for since the sunny summer rays started beating down on our winter whitened foreheads. It’s that summer anthem. You know what we mean, right? That song that just you belt out with your friends after a long night.
These infectious lyrics will crawl under your skin in all the best ways. Listen to it one time through, and get ready to start singing.
Ready for something different? Benin City is plenty different, and in all the best ways. The London based band named after the city in Nigeria has a lot to offer for the listener that may be a little bored with the latest trends. Simple yet eloquent, the band’s debut LP “Fires in the Park” offers some accessible and inspiring electro with a heavy hip hop influence.
“People Will Say,” starts with a head nodding bass line and a pleasant synthesized melody. The lyrics are rapped and remind the listener a little of socially conscious, uplifting messages of hip hop artists like K-OS, but without the heavy metaphysical lifting. “Wha Gwan,” is a track for fans of hip hop that delight in a slightly different cadence then he/she would typically hear in the hip hop world. The electronic instrumentals are clever and unpredictable: juxtaposing fuzzy bass lines and horns in between dreamy synth-laden interludes. “My Love” starts with synth notes serving as percussion, setting the tone for deep and poetic lyrical explosion on love–likening that state of being to an alchemical formula but at the same its deeply personal nature. The song erupts into a melodic triumph that inspires immediate respect and awe.
Typically this reviewer passes on hip hop, but this album is worth a listen even for skeptics of the genre. “Fires in the Park” is an interesting, thoughtful and ultimately worthy purchase. I highly recommend it, but taste it for yourself here.
People Will Say