As they embark on a tour together (dates here), Twin Shadow has given Niki & The Dove’s “DJ, Ease My Mind” the remixing of a lifetime. Taking the Swedish electropop trio’s bombastic hit and dialling it down a few notches, Twin Shadow gives the song added heartbreak and poignancy, as a slowly strummed guitar and strings replace synths and powerful percussion. Hands down, this is one of the remixes of the year, and will hopefully be massive. Fingers crossed we get to see Niki collaborate with Twin Shadow on stage during what is set to be an incredible tour.
The original version of “DJ, Ease My Mind” is featured on Instinct, out now. Twin Shadow’s latest album, Confess, is also out now.
Niki & The Dove DJ, Ease My Mind (Twin Shadow Remix)
One can’t help but get excited when first hearing about a new “supergroup”. This is exactly what happened when I discovered the indie outfit Divine Fits. Comprised of Spoon frontman Britt Daniels, Dan Boeckner of Wolf Parade and Handsome Furs, and Sam Brown from New Bomb Turks, Divine Fits is a band certainly riding on high expectations for their first collaboration, entitled A Thing Called Divine Fits.
The album mostly draws from the alt-rock genre with some electronics thrown in here and there. In “Would That Not Be Nice,” the album’s single, Daniels wails over growling electric guitar with a sound that could almost be mistaken for a Spoon track. However, this is not the theme of the entire album. “For Your Heart” is almost completely electronic with a sound reminiscent of M83. “Civilian Stripes” breaks up the distorted electric guitar with acoustic guitar, piano, and harmonized vocals. But, even with the genre changes from track to track, the album itself flows seamlessly. The songs are catchy enough to demand replay and hey, how can you go wrong with Britt Daniels?
Experimental hip-hop collective WHY? are gearing up to drop Mumps, Etc later this year, so they’ve treated us to this choice cut from their record. “Jonathan’s Hope” actually references mumps and graphic T-shirts among other things, all wrapped up in minimal instrumentals. A short but perfect chorus will pull you in, making “Jonathans Hope” an unlikely earworm.
The Mumps, Etc LP is out on October 9 via Anticon, so stay tuned for more from WHY?.
We may not have a beach here in Colorado to enjoy during summertime, but we do however, have Red Rocks. Every summer thousands of music lovers gather together at the stunning amphitheater to listen to some of their favorite artists and it’s apparent that Figure enjoyed the venue, too, judging by his music video for “The Brink”. The track itself is a banger, which flows perfectly with the Red Rocks crowd during his amazing set. You can stream it below and also download it for free here.
It’s been awhile since we’ve heard from Los Angeles’ own Faded Paper Figures, but this new track, “Piledrive,” certainly makes the last two years worth the wait. The electro-pop band put their best foot forward here, churning out what could be one of the catchiest songs that Fall 2012 will see. With weaving, skittering synths, a chorus as big as the moon, and the kind of beats that will make your heart pump out of its own chest, it’s got that perfect dose of pop flavor to propel this trio amongst the ranks of popular peers Passion Pit, Foster The People and Phoenix.
“Piledrive” is off Faded Paper Figures’ forthcoming album, The Matter, due out sometime this October.
Faded Paper Figures Piledrive (from The Matter, Oct. 2012)
THE WAIT IS OVER! After a two-year lull, Wild Nothing has unveiled a new chapter of their musical repertoire. Nocturne is an eleven-song follow up to the wildly acclaimed debut gem Gemini. Wild Nothing is the dream pop vision of Virginia-grown frontman Jack Tatum, who previously played in the bands Jack and the Whale and Facepaint in the college town of Blacksburg. Since Wild Nothing was born in the summer of 2009, Tatum has left the rolling hills of the Shenandoah Valley for New York.
The album is a strong sophomoric effort for Tatum and his young musical endeavor. It is at the same time mellow and catchy; steady and experimental; pensive and exciting. Tatum said in an interview with Dazed Digital magazine that “Nocturne” is not only his favorite song on the album, but is also representative of an underlying theme “which is kind of this nighttime, drowsy, lack of sleep delirious type feeling.” I don’t think the title track is the best song on the album, but the simple guitar licks, stretchy vocals, and intoxicating harmonies come together beautifully. To me, “Nocturne” is a combination of the band’s biggest hit from Gemini, “Chinatown”, and the sound of those French guys, Phoenix.
While many of you out there might currently associate DJ Jazzy Jeff with re-runs of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, he’s out to prove that he’s more than just an icon of the past. Teaming up with LRG and Complex Magazine, Jazz proves that his skills are just as polished as ever, bringing together a smooth blend of classics like The Pharcyde’s “Passin’ Me By” with recent hits like Kendrick Lamar’s “Swimming Pools (Drank)“. He even adds some electronic flair in as well, showing that he’s very much in-tune with the modern era, and willing to expand his horizons. At just over an hour, it’s very easy to find yourself getting lost in the seamless transitions between tracks. While DJ Jazzy Jeff is not the sexiest name out there right now, he’s clearly proven why he’s still one of the top DJ’s out there and continues to demand our respect. This is an essential mix for any hip-hop fan.