Oooooh taste the syrupy sweetness. The nectar man drops a bomb for your Wednesday afternoon. The drop on “Upside Down” is nice but the less wobbly bits of the track are def the most delectable – big claps, siren sounds, sped up snare fills. Shit just got serious. Go get it, girl. #raxonraxonrax
We are hugefans of BenjaminFrancisLeftwich so we are super stoked to bring to you the North American premiere on his new track “1904”. The song, previewed from the forthcoming Last Smoke Before the Snowstorm LP, is a stunning piece of acoustic pop. Leftwich’s hushed vocal styling is framed by striking washes of accordion and harmony and held anchor by a simple percussive shuffle. Sample “1904”, as well as other tracks from Snowstorm below.
If you like Scandinavian synth pop with moody rhythmic verses, huge epic choruses, and more hooks than Jimmy Houston’s tackle box, (we totally just took it there) then you, friend, have hit some sort of song jackpot cause “Never Be the Same” is all those things, and really really well executed, an exemplar for the genre.
Rather than take someone else’s melody and recycle it, (looking at you, Rihanna and the Rapture) Bjork has recycled herself. “Crystalline” exists between the crunchy prescient remixes on Telegram and the delicate echoes of Vespertine. Taking her own sound and twisting it, you feel nostalgia for those previous records without the hangover.
Gotta admit this one of our fav hip hop tracks in a minute. Ski stretches the beat on “Parachute” to its limit, makes it taught til its paper thin, and what amounts is a super dense, compact, slim track. The perfect rudder to Tabi’s more talk-y conversational flow.
b3sci fav Jesse Boykins III returns w a new Gold Panda produced track. We’re defniitely feeling this electro-tinged change of pace for JBIII. And while the track maybe heavily synthesized/processed, colder, Boykins’ smooth tenor keeps the tune up on a steady slow burn.
“Trance Sisters” is what you’d want Memory Tapes second LP to sound like; jagged rhythms, percussive melodies, and enough syncopation to get your next Bard College rave party poppin’. Lets go to the track!
“A Creature I Don’t Know” is the lead single from Ms. Marling’s upcoming third LP of the same name due in September. “A Creature I Don’t Know” represents a realization and maturity in Marling’s writing and vocal stylings. She’s confident, she’s on top the tune, she’s bleeding out the track. It’s great.
Prize Pack??? Sweeeeeeet! Japanese Popstars are one of our favorite new acts. Their Controlling Your Allegiance LP is phenomenal. So phenomenal, in fact, we wanted you to get hooked up with a copy, a VINYL copy of The Japanese Popstars: The Remixes, for free. That’s how much we love you. Oh, and wait, that’s just the start, fam! Add a FREE T-SHIRT to the vinyl and how about A PAIR OF FREE TICKETS to the band’s July 1st gig at the Avalon in Los Angeles. Whoa! That’s some serious “Price Is Right” “Showcase Showdown” shit right there. All those sweet prizes can be yours, all you gotta do is email us with why you want this SUPER AWESOME Japanese Popstars prize pack and we’ll select our favorite response as the winner.
Japanese Popstars – Shells of Silver (Feat. James Vincent McMorrow)
Japanese Popstars U.S. Dates (Tickets)
06/30 – San Diego – Voyeur
07/01 – Los Angeles – Avalon
07/02 – Baltimore – Summer Massive
07/03 – New York – Dance Here Now Festival
070/3 – New York – Pacha
07/08 – Chicago – The MID
07/09 – Mariaville, NY – Camp Bisco Festival