The full version of “Looking For Love” clocks in at a whopping 17 minutes, but Chromatics have just unveiled a sleek 5 minute video edit that’ll help keep us tide over until the album version drops on the forthcoming Italians Do It Better compilation, After Dark 2. There isn’t a firm release date yet but when we know, you’ll know. For now, turn the lights down low and enjoy the sultry sounds of this hypnotic edit.
Because Thursday, Day 3 of CMJ, was a literal marathon (I saw SEVEN bands) I’ll try to keep each artist description down to just a few lines. First, at around 5pm I peeked into Rockwood Music Hall, a rustic, intimate venue on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. I caught the tail end portion of Kris Gruen‘s indie folk set. He’s got strong but cozy vocals, and a stunningly tight and seasoned live show that seemed far too good and spot-on to be showcased on such a small stage. After him came goodbye motel, an indie rock band from Australia. They have a real solid, soaring-type sound and are gripping live; the only thing missing is consistent hooks, but I’m confident they’ll get there soon.
I walked over to Bowery Ballroom and caught opening British act Gabriel Bruce. This guy’s one of the most electrifying frontmen that I’ve seen, with an Elvis-like zest to him (and backup singers/dancers in tow!); and I’m embarrassed to say that I can’t jive and shake my hips half as good as he can. He’s been referred to as a crazed mesh of Johnny Cash, Nick Cave and Leonard Cohen and well…that’s pretty accurate. After him came super hot commodity Sky Ferreira. The young ’80s-indebted electro-pop star, who was giddy with a case of some nervous/excited giggles, came with an incredible light show, making the rock venue seem more like a bumpin’ club. But for all the sweet, infectious bounce in her music, Ferreira has some real pipes, too. During the course of her set, which included many tracks off her new Ghost EP, she convinced me that she’s much, much more than just another throwaway pop act.
Everything is Embarrassing
I hopped a cab and rushed over to Irving Plaza because, thanks to a tip from Property of Zack writer, Jesse Richman, I learned that Daryl Palumbo (of Glassjaw and Head Automatica fame) would be performing with his new band Color Film. I used to follow all of Palumbo’s work when I was in high school and was more than happy to see what he was up to. So, what does Color Film sound like? Maybe a tad more (new wave-y) melodic than Glassjaw. That is to say: intense, ear-shattering, screech/yelp rock. After them came local indie rock band Bear Hands. For whatever dumb reason, part of the crowd would not stop booing them. I don’t think it was because they hated the Brooklyn group, but because they were tired of rock music. You see, it was primarily a hip-hop showcase with two (very randomly thrown in) rock bands. But still, c’mon, show a little respect, New York. I’d seen them before and they were great as usual.
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Houston based producer Feature Cuts stays true to his hip-hop-centric roots with this absolutely filthy banger-of-a-remix of ASAP Rocky’s “Fuckin Problem”. While we would love to show you the video, this is a family site (haha) and it’s most assuredly NSFW! But, if you’re so inclined, you can click here and check it out.
The original track laid down by Harlem based rapper ASAP Rocky is absolutely decimated by Feature Cuts’ screeching synths and devastating bass. This is one that is sure to make the dance floor bounce. What’s even better is it’s a free download as of an hour ago. Go snag your copy now!
Fuckin Problem (Feature Cuts Remix)
It has been a solid week for Trapped out bangers. Starting with an incredibly unique idea for a sample, utilzing the oldschool sound from The Chordettes track “Mr. Sandman”, RaceCarBed absolutely nails this remix. Next we got a filthy Booty from Trapticonz one of Dada Life’s biggest tunes, and this one hits hard. Serotonin decided to tackle Afrojack‘s track “Replica” and transforms it into an all out Trap banger. ETC!ETC! teases us with this massive Preview of his track “Riptide” featuring some hard samples and a filthy sound design. TrapZillas just dropped this track with RiFF RaFF titled “White Sprite”, featuring some catchy bleeps and hard rhymes from RR. We can almost guarantee that Three Six Mafia and Metallica never thought they would be on a track together, but Wick-it The Instagator had other plans delivering this track titled “Lighting Head”. Enjoy the rest of these massive tunes, and find the biggest sound system possible to bang these on. Cheers.
Mr. Sandman (RaceCarBed Trap Flip) Click the link for Free download!
Trap The Fucking Dada (Trapticonz Bootleg)
Replica (Serotonin Remix)
Lightning Head (Wick
Retro City (LOUDPVCK Remix)
Bass Cannon (Proper Villains Remix)
Out In The Streets
Crack (DjSl i i nk Remix)
Pull Up (SNAILS vs OOKAY Remix)
Bust Em Up (Skrubz Trapstyle Remix)
In the three years that I’ve been following her, Brooklyn’s Sharon Van Etten has become such a talented musician. Back in 2009, I witnessed her perform her debut album Because I Was In Love, a collection of heartbreaking and haunting indie folk tracks (you can actually read my super old review here). Since then she’s released two more solid albums, both of which show her evolution as an artist and how her music has blossomed from sparse folkishnesss to a much more full-bodied rock sound. Oh yeah, AND she’s also played numerous Late Night TV shows and shared the stage with the likes of The Antlers, The National and St. Vincent. No big deal, right? In all honesty though, it’s been thoroughly wonderful watching her grow.
After touring extensively to support her latest album Tramp, Van Etten will release a deluxe version of it on November 13th via Jagjaguwar. It will include demos of each of the tracks as well as this previously unreleased demo “Tell Me”. The aching acoustic song seems to hearken back to her old days and really places her stunning voice front and center. Check it out below:
Tell Me (Demo)
Calling Sound Remedy and up and coming producer will be a disservice to the talented now established master remixer from Los Angeles. Taking up his latest victim, indie band Carousel (who recently moved from Boston to Brooklyn this Spring), Sound Remedy packs a lot of bright melodies into a ridiculous addicting track. Already 24 hours in with 33k plays on Soundcloud, this light and fulfilling remix is bound to create happiness in your day.
Lets Go Home (Sound Remedy Remix)
Released as the hidden track on their recent cassette EP, Crash & The Coots‘ high octane rendition of Brigitte Bardot’s “Ca Pourrait Changer” is a bold choice of song to cover but one the young British band seem to pull off with ease. Much like the rest of their debut John Coles Park EP they’ve worked the sixties classic into an upbeat slice of killer lo-fi pop. Stream the cover below before bagging yourself a free copy of the alternative version of “Brian Fury Wins!”
CA POURRAIT CHANGER (Brigitte Bardot cover)
Brian Fury Wins! (Alternate Version)
John Coles Park EP is available on cassette now and to download on October 29