By Your Side, a new CocoRosie remix by Chiddy Bang is the shit. Excuse my language, but it is what it is. I listened to this track five times in a row. Some might consider Chiddy Bang aka Team Swelly a little on the softer side, but the duo put out catchy cuts nonstop.
CocoRosie is the real story though. Comprised of two sisters, Bianca “Coco” and Sierra “Rosie” Casady, who were born and raised in the United States, but actually didn’t bond their musical talents together until reuniting in Paris in 2003 after years from being apart from each other. Since they have recorded four full length albums and have a massive following across the United States and Europe.
American singer-songwriter Meg Myers has been tipped as one of the artists that will own 2012, and previous tracks such as ‘Monster’ have had the blogosphere a-swooning. Now we have ‘After You’, perhaps the best example of a bittersweet love song out there. Meg’s stunning vocals power the haunting lyrics, making ‘After You’ poignant yet romantic. Watch this space for more.
Indie band Sleigh Bells have been causing uproar with teasers from their upcoming release Reign Of Terror. The new album, set for release February 21st from Mom + Pop records is now being streamed in its entirety via New York Times.
The album is an energetic work of indie pop that continues the bands already established sound. The first video for the album’s single “Comeback Kid” snapshots the albums sound almost perfectly with its leather jackets, guns, and generally bad attitude. It’s pretty catchy, too. Check it out!
Just to clarify, this isn’t a Valentine’s Day themed Indie Dojo playlist. Promise. It just happened to fall on the same day. Sure, it may contain some songs that throw the “L” word around here and there, but we honestly didn’t plan for it to work out that way. However, if you happen to be scrambling around for that last minute gift to impress that special someone, go ahead and melt some hearts ninja style. We’ll let you take full credit for the sweet and thoughtful mixtape you made just for them.
UK dubstep giant Nero has had a successful string of singles over the past few years due to his quality vocal samples and heavy wobbling bass lines. Although his tracks are good on their own they often take an innovative remixer to elevate them to greatness. Examples of this include Skrillex’s massive remix of “Promises” as well as Knife Party’s infectious and slightly maddening remix of “Crush on You”. We’ll let you be the judge of whether this trend continues with his latest single “Must Be The Feeling”. Although the smooth disco vibe of the original track stands on its own, some of our more hard core listeners out there might enjoy this drumstep remix by fellow brits the Brookes Brothers.
On their latest release, Sweet And Sour, Band Of Skulls has found a precarious balance between their already established sound and a mature new direction. While the CD is full of heavy juggernauts, the band accents these harsh points with a new softer side that mixes both psychedelic and alternative grooves.
The new twist on Band of Skulls beloved sound provides an intricate framework for the CD to work around, moving in waves under the band’s beautiful male and female vocal harmonies while they alternate through musical dynamics.
Part of the reason for this change is that the band, being a three piece, is finding new ways to work together. They’ve mastered the art of heavy music with raw energy and lyrical complexity, as shown through the song “sweet sour” itself. This kind of track is prevalent on the album and will no doubt make Band Of Skulls followers feel at home. Stylistic changes come by way of softer songs like “Hometowns” which shows the band diving head first into the swells of deep pulsing bass drums and sultry bass lines.
Overall I think that Sweet Sour will satisfy the sweet tooth of novice listeners and Band of Skulls fanboys alike.
Bonobo‘s “The Keeper” was already a hit song before Banks got ahold of it, so there wasn’t a lot of tweaking that needed to be done. That being the case, Banks was able to have a little bit of fun with the track, which will be part of Bonobo’s rerelease of 2010′s Black Sands. The result is a work of art that is atmospheric and progressive, moving like a plane taking off. It starts off slow, like when you’re stowing your bags, but once everything gets sorted the right way it moves with precision and is a steady ride all the way through. The only thing missing is a flight attendant coming around to bring you free soda and peanuts.