In 2011, Yuck‘s penchant for grunge and 90’s nostalgia, saw their debut offering Get Away released to an acclaim so high it was hard not to reach for the bandwagon. Ex-frontman Daniel Blumberg seemed to be steering them back into an age of raw, lo-fi sentiment. The era where abrasive authenticity was aplenty and euphoric indie rock: embraced and prevalent. Yuck’s beginnings were certainly an accolade to grunge times past. Post-Daniel departure, the question on the lips of all anticipatory Yuck fans: have the wheels left the wagon?
The exit of a frontman and co-writer/producer leaves a hole, it also leaves room for reinvention. What better to shovel into this gap than a guitar laden wall of sound, some introspection and a dream-pop, fuzzy soundscape wide enough to once again throw your hopes into.
Following their aptly titled second album Rebirth, Yuck release a preview of surprise spring EP Southern Skies. Far from 2011, fresh track “Athena” continues to evidence the band’s transition into ethereal realms. Yuck look set to front a whole new resurrection, this time turning their attentions to the British mid-nineties movement of shoe gaze. Meeting all specifications, “Athena” embodies the fuzzy form and introspection of My Bloody Valentine circa Loveless. Vocals are softened and often indistinguishable; blending with the noise-pop backdrop, in a non-abrasive and flawless fashion. Dreamy soundscapes eventually leading to a heavier more climactic closure. Whilst retaining elements of their pensive past, Yuck’s last UK tour saw Max Bloom take the wheel, steering in a direction that featured tight live performances, complete composure and a promising new form.
“Athena” can be heard above. Taken from forthcoming Spring EP, Southern Skies.
The Bellows (free download!)
Don’t you just love when you get to a show early, not knowing who the opener is, and end up being wildly impressed with what you’re witnessing? That’s exactly what happened this week when we went to check out Bad Suns at the Marquis Theater in Denver. We showed up a bit earlier than we wanted to, but we’re sure glad we did. Catching Bear on only their second live show, we were instantly hooked by their impressive sound.
Hailing from the Mile High City, this brand-spankin-new post rock outfit knows how to put on a show. Their lead singer switches back and forth between softly sung lyrics, and big, boisterous choruses. The guitar work was something to be noted as well, articulately providing a melodic, heavy and enticing backbone to their tracks.
The only song on their soundcloud happens to be one of our favorites from their live set. “Bellows” is an emotional ride driven by calculated guitar work, driving drums and powerful vocals. While the production isn’t top notch, it’s to be expected from such a new endeavor, who is most assuredly paying for studio time on their own dime. Regardless, the song still carries an impressive heft, leaving us wanting to hear more.
Man Hands (Preview)
Mike Mago authored perhaps one of this writer’s single favorite dance tracks of 2013, “The Show” which saw more remixes in the house and deep-house scene than almost any other tune. Now the Amsterdam native has once again managed to grace us with another highly addictive original dubbed “Man Hands”, albeit a preview, out on Spinnin Deep, this February 24. Mago’s utilization of premier vocal hooks and recurrently hypnotic house melodies shine brighter than ever on “Man Hands” and we’re waiting like one of Pavlov’s dogs to wrap our ears around some more tracks from the BMKLTSCH RCRDS boss. Stream the preview of “Man Hands” above.
Holy shit, it’s a cold one out here in Denver. It’s a good thing we have the weekend’s festivities to keep us warm throughout this snowstorm. Between dancing, drinking and rooting on the Broncos, we’re going to keep it going tonight through Sunday. And, as expected, we have a tasty selection of tracks to take us through it all.
French Horn Rebellion & Savoir Adore
The Fire (Autograf Remix)
AObeats & Manila Killa
Perfect Strangers (Kastra Remix)
Gloria Estefan vs. Gregori Klosman
Conga Funk (Kastra Mashup)
The Outhere Brothers
Boom Boom Boom (Kastra Remix)
Dark Horse Ft. Juicy J (Elephante Remix)
Fire (Original Mix)
Invincible (Markus Cole Remix)
Hard Rock Sofa vs. Eva Shaw
Get Down (Lookas Remix)
TPain X Up Down (Jersey Club Mix)
King Shit Ft. TI (Robot Dentist Remix)
Some artists have the ability to transport their listener directly into their song and frame of mind. Such is the case with ascending downtempo electronic producer Blackedout, who hit us with his latest effort “Vessel” this morning, and we had to give our ninjas a brief respite amongst the large amounts of hip-hop and electro we’ve been slanging your way this week. “Vessel” is the second tune to be leaked leading up to Blackedout’s forthcoming second EP this Spring, and if we were to call it like we see it, we would undoubtedly state that he’s pitching an emphatic perfect game thus far. This slow burning slice of synthetica builds behind rocky slabs of spacy synth work and flighty drums, producing a constantly evolving piece of music. As much of the weather stateside is dreary and snow filled, “Vessel” will slink you right down in your (hopefully) warm seat. Check it out above.
Railway (Daniele Di Martino Edit)
There has been a trend of stunning deep house music coming from Germany of late, and Daniele Di Martino has added to that list a hauntingly beautiful edit of an indie cult hit from Boy. It’s not often that gorgeous indie originals can retain their same essence after undergoing the remix treatment, but there is a certain element to the production behind this that still makes it all seem impeccably pure. True to this style of music, the vocals have taken on a deeper flavour, and together with the melancholic strings layered throughout there is somehow a feeling of real solace. This in combination with the percussion-induced head bopping makes this track a treasure just waiting to be discovered. You’re in luck though because we’re happy to share it.
Aerosol Can (feat. Pharrell Williams)
The year of Pharrell carries over into 2014, as the Grammy award winning musician collaborates with Major Lazer for this brand new single. While he’s worn many hats throughout his career (including this very ugly one), it seems like it’s been an eternity since we’ve heard from Pharrell the rapper. Premiered earlier today by Zane Lowe on BBC Radio One, the N.E.R.D. frontman sounds perfectly at home on this beat, enough so that you’d think he produced it himself. Stream the track above, and be on the lookout for Major Lazer’s new Apocalypse Soon EP, set to drop on Februrary 25th and include additional features from Sean Paul, Machel Montano, RDX, Moska, and Mr. Fox.