April Fool’s day has come and gone. So we promise there will be no surprises, no funny lies, no embarrassments, or practical jokes here. Just some honest-to-blog, down-right good music for you to enjoy. Enjoy.
Rochester, New York chillwavers Joywave put out their latest EP ‘Koda Vista’ the other day, and it’s ben getting a lot of love online. Stand-out track ‘Anemone”s combination of icily blissful synths and vocals creates a hypnotic piece of darkly magical electro. An essential release for any collection, ‘Koda Vista’ is available on Bandcamp now.
British pair Fossil Collective recently dropped ‘Let It Go’, the title track from their forthcoming EP. With choral vocals, gentle acoustic guitars and a beautiful soaring chorus, this song has great potential and should see Fossil Collective taken to heart by folk-lovers everywhere. One for the Fleet Foxes fans out there, the ‘Let It Go’ EP is released on June 11.
Santigold continues to tease us with snippets from her forthcoming LP, ‘Master Of My Make Believe’. This time around it’s the Amateur Best remix of former single ‘ Disparate Youth’. This reworking is slowburning electro at its best, with heavy rhythmic synths dominating the track and competing with Santi’s chanting vocals. One of the most anticipated releases of 2012, ‘Master Of My Make Believe’ is out on May 1.
Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeroes, the indie-folk sensation that brought us “Home”, are back with a new single today titled “That’s What’s Up”- a track that from start to finish soundtracks the summer season before it has even begun.
In a way, “That’s What’s Up” shows the band maturing from their days of singing lines like “cotton candy, pumpkin pie, you’re the apple of my eye”, a fact they’ve made known with their first single of 2012 “Man On Fire”, while keeping the cutesy, old soul, feel in tact. Letting the low fidelity of “That’s What’s Up” nod to generations past and give a modern take to a vintage soundscape, the band drops a subtle hint that their forthcoming record, titled Here, will be full of sweet and bouncy tunes that are both behind the times and ahead of the curve.
Rednek has been making a ruckus in the Dubstep community ever since he released his debut track “I Am Not Skrillex”. This UK producer’s reputation has continued to grow daily due to a consistent stream of heavy remixes and originals, all with that certain Rednek attitude to them. When I opened for him a while back I would tell this guy was serious about taking over the scene and it seems that aspiration is starting to come true. His latest single “Conspiracy” really steps up his production chops a notch or two with some intricate wobble synths, a seriously catchy reggae style vocal from Sean Byrne and effortless switchups between drum n bass and dubstep rhythms. As you can tell from the video below, there is a certain humor to Rednek that gives him the underdog advantage, and we can’t wait to see what trouble he gets into in 2012.
Whenever Holland’s Laidback Luke steps up to the decks you know the doors are about to get blown off the building. With one of the longest running careers out there, Laidback Luke has been a household name for a while now yet he still continues to come out with exciting new remixes at a staggering pace. I know from personal experience that this talented performer’s live shows will blow you away due to his unique style that sits somewhere between turntablism and big room club mixing. His latest remix of Toronto “basement pop” group Dragonette‘s single “Let It Go” is a feel good anthem turned whirlwind club banger. The abrupt drops and frequent synth switch ups keep things moving and give the track a very “live” feel. Show Luke and Drabonette some love by picking up the mp3 on Beatport tonight!