Earlier this year, famed Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich teamed up with Atoms for Peace drummer Joey Waronker and London musician Laura Bettinson to form a supergroup of sorts: Ultraista. Since then they’ve released three tracks, the latest one titled “Bad Insect,” just a few days ago. It’s an electronic whirlwind of a song, full of cascading synths and crackles of distorted noise, atop a smooth, grooving beat. Bettinson’s chilled vocals nicely complement the song’s hypnotic vibe.
Ulraista’s self-titled debut album comes out October 2nd on Temporary Residence.
Princess Music are a five-piece band comprised of classically-trained musicians from all genres who have come together to create beautiful and intelligent folk-pop. From its music-box intro to its more vibrant finale, “White Wave” is a perfect example of how Princess Music’s sound works – singer Tyler Ludwick‘s airy vocals and poignant lyrics work well with the delicate cello and violin, before building into soaring choruses. Definitely an exciting prospect for folk, Princess Music have made “White Wave” available to download on their Bandcamp.
Here we go! Felix Cartal’s notorious summertime anthem, “Tonight,” gets a bumpin’ rework at the hands of Toronto duo, Autoerotique. How this track slipped under the radar, is a complete mystery..
Maintaining that wonderfully euphoric vibe of the original, the boys notch up the tempo, and completely re-haul the drop. Thankfully though, staying true to the lifeblood of the track, the infamous vocals of Maja Ivarsson remain completely intact, in all their glory throughout the tune.. Class.
Autoerotique’s remix of Felix Cartal’s “Tonight” is out now on Dim Mak records, and is available for purchase on their official Tonight Remixes EP.
Jake Stanczak, AKA the notorious dubstep pioneer Kill The Noise, is no ordinary club sensation. He’s spent years dropping dance-floor hits, and his experimental side has seen him take genres and tear them apart before fusing them with something completely different. “Kill The Noise (Part 1)” has just been given the video treatment by Mike Diva, and it centres on a garish neon LA, filled with zombies and gore, the perfect setting for Stanczak’s hi-octane bass-buster.
Kill The Noise’s Kill Kill Kill EP is out now on OWSLA.
Brooklyn’s folk rock duo Bird Courage formed after its two members, Erik Meier and Samuel Saffery, competed for busking spots inside various New York City subway stations. For them, it’s an interesting way to meet, even more peculiar way to start a band. But thankfully they did because the music they’ve created together on A Promising Flee is precious and delicate, moving and passionate. Each song is a pleading ode, a woeful cry, full of intricate acoustic guitar work and vocal harmonies so beautiful and gentle they seem to float away like big, airy clouds. If you like Fleet Foxes, you will love Bird Courage.
Below is a track from the EP called “Wind and Oak.” You can stream and purchase all of A Promising Flee on the band’s Bandcamp page. I happened to see Meier just the other night, playing on a subway platform, his voice so distinct. He mentioned that they’ll be putting out some new music, so keep an eye out and support them, ninjas!
While surfing the web for music, I tend to have this recurring epiphany that I have nothing to lose by checking out any and every track I see. Sometimes, I hit play and find myself bored within seconds, but, if I’m lucky, I will stumble across something as dope as “Refined” by South Florida’s misfit Robb Bank$ featuring a beat from one of the most innovative trap hip-hop producers, Spaceghostgurrp. Since finding this track a few days ago, I have probably slapped it about twenty times.
The first three minutes feature an ominous, dark minimal piano beat and on-point, mischievous vocals from Bank$. At 3:08 some heavy synths creep in before SGP drops a knocking trap beat at 3:23 matched by a burst of dark lyrical energy by the young rapper. As the instrumental continues to progress, Bank$ clocks in over seven minutes of engaging bars, which is in itself a pretty impressive feat. Something about this combination just gets you hyped proving equally appealing to fans of hip-hop and electro-trap. Stream and download this epic and darkly captivating cut below and look out for these rising artists.
With a banjo in one hand and a synthesizer in the other, New York’s Freelance Whales have left their fans wanting more ever since releasing their electronic-folk hybrid of a debut Weathervanes in 2009. Last month they ended their quiet spell, releasing “Locked Out,” and now “Spitting Image,” both singles from the upcoming album Diluvia. As opposed to the synth-laden “Locked Out,” this new track features bits and pieces of electronics scattered throughout, but is mostly anchored by guitar picking and topped off with Doris Cellar’s cool, airy vocals. With two very different singles it’s tough to imagine what Diluvia will be like. It seems the band is going for more of a synthesized sound, but here’s hoping for a little bit more banjo.
Diluvia is set to be released October 9th by Mom + Pop Music and Frenchkiss Records.