New York synth pop band Ra Ra Riot are gearing up to release their new album, Beta Love, on January 22nd. We’ve heard a number of the LP’s songs — “When I Dream” (below), “Dance With Me”, and the title track — but now the four-piece has put up the entire record for our listening pleasure. Stream Beta Love here via YouTube.
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Back in 2011 a guy named Trevor Powers, aka Youth Lagoon, released one of the dreamiest, dreamy dream-pop albums entitled The Year of Hibernation. Its mellow, sweet melodies, such as on songs like “Cannons” (below) or “Afternoon,” stay with you for days, weeks to come. On March 5th, he will put out his sophomore LP, Wondrous Bughouse, and today we get a sneak peek with this track “Dropla”. Though it’s not quite as instantly gratifying as his past material — it’s a bit more complex and quirky — it’s still new Youth Lagoon and that’s what matters.
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Bassnectar drops his first tune of 2013 and it’s a remix of Underwold’s track “Rez”. It starts off with a euphoric melody then builds into a filthy drop with a sound design similar to one of his recent releases, “Hologram”. You can Pre-Order this massive track by clicking the “buy” button on the link below, release date is January 16th. The bonus tune is a remix that come out about a month ago, and he tackles Starkey‘s track “Street Rockers” and slaps with an unhealthy dose of insane bass. Cheers.
Rez (Bassnectar Remix)
Street Rockers (Bassnectar Remix)
I’ve written about Jessie Ware a lot here on The Music Ninja. Go ahead and search and you’ll see my name attached to many of her posts. By now you’d think I would have gotten over the hype, or, at the very least, calmed the hell down about it. But no. I still have her debut album Devotion on repeat, and now her new If You’re Never Gonna Move EP will join that endless rotation.
While the new EP has a few cuts that we’ve heard before, it also includes her beautiful cover of “What You Won’t Do For Love” and this absolutely stunning remix of the title track. Done by London producer Two Inch Punch, it dazzles here and there, but is mostly a stripped down rework that seems to really look into the soul of the original. The sparse, bare moments are complemented, even highlighted, by the more electronic touches enabling the song to reach a truly exquisite & moving balance.
If Youre Never Gonna Move. (T.I.P RMX) *USA RELEASE
Be sure to catch Jessie Ware on Jimmy Fallon tonight. Yep, it’s happening.
Tegan and Sara easily blur the lines between indie rock and synth pop, melding the best of both worlds seamlessly. Nothing proves this more than their slew of tracks — “Closer”, “I’m Not Your Hero” — off their forthcoming album Heartthrob. The LP has all the makings of a mainstream hit; it’s light, contagious, honest, fresh and is straight-up ear candy for the masses and indie too-cool-for-school kids alike.
What’s great is that it also shows the group’s range, especially with this track “I Was A Fool”. A far more serious, wistful and downtempo cut (with delicate piano!), it gives us a glimpse of the tender, introspective side of the sisterly duo. Check it out below and be sure to pick up Heartthrob when it drops January 29th on Warner Brothers.
Tegan and Sara
I Was A Fool
California’s indie rock band Cold War Kids have released a new song, “Miracle Mile,” off their forthcoming fourth album, Dear Miss Lonelyhearts (out April 2nd via Downtown). Hearkening back to the hearty, jaunty, rickety piano-driven days of their debut, the new track is rich, sonorous and anthemic from end to end. The energy, which seems to be at an all-time high, is absolutely refreshing, and gives the song some real kickin’ lifeblood that’s likely to keep this on repeat all day.
On March 5th, Los Angeles producer Henry Laufer, aka Shlohmo, will release a new EP entitled Laid Out via Friends of Friends/Wedidit. The follow-up to last year’s beat-heavy Vacation EP, it features this warped, colorful, and curvaceous R&B-soaked journey of a track called “Later”. It’s six minutes long, but it takes you through so many ups, downs and twists, you wouldn’t even notice it. Listen in below.