This is a little sweeter than the stuff I’m used to but everyone can do with a little sweet every now and then. There is a calm cool about Fox Tales that draws you in. Perhaps it’s the use of tambourines or indulgent guitars but whatever it is, its there and its beautiful. Maybe we don’t always need garage rock and Creature Comfort have given us an example of what else we should be listening to. @LeahLovecat
This is a single that represents Cora Kim quite well in my opinion; a tasteful mix of all the reoccurring elements in her music from synth pop to Korean folk to trip hop and r&b. Sonically, this song leaves a lot of open space for the eclectic instruments involved to breath and groove, leaving us feeling like we are being lifted out of our moment in time and cast into the realm she has prepared. Her delicate vocals dance around the beat and are equal parts rhythmic and melodic. The instrumental is comprised of high tuned drums and bright synths, among other percussive elements, that make for a very colorful and light landscape. All around a great production and developed sound. @thinknotsleep
There are many different levels of being turned onto a song and why it should be appreciated in the blogosphere and abroad. Today upon discovering what will quite possibly become the most hyped song of the summer, I am all ears for that very reason. The potential for Smallpools new synth-pop, dance track ‘Dreaming‘ to take off and be heard at parties and clubs all over the world this warm season is mind blowing. The main keyboard line and Passion Pit inspired vocals are enough to grab your attention for a good 5 plays in a row and be assured that posting this track on your social media pages will make you the coolest person your followers know that day. Hard-hitting production and intelligent pop arrangement will surely bring this group to international recognition and I’m glad to have caught on in these early stages. Oh, and download that shit for free you fools! [Free Download] @thinknotsleep
Smile, laugh even, but have some gosh darn fun in your times here friends. Everyone should get laid to a track like this some time in their life, the world would be a much better place. Chill out peoples. Flows reminiscent of Tech N9ne, ‘Candy‘ by The Pack, and all that hyphy b.s. from the bay. Apparently DJs in Korea rock A Lost People, pretty cool. @dingusrecords
Plastic Rabbits have released a pop rock single about a girl at a bar. The song titles ‘Lisa’ tells the ever relatable story about meeting someone who turns out to only be not what you though or expected. But, you’re ok with that because you didn’t care in the first place. The Leeds 5 piece have effortlessly crafted something familiar and hand it over wrapped in rock and roll. Did I mention that you can download it for free? [Free Download]
Here is a collection of strange fun poppy club music from Paris. The collection is brought to you by deBonton, an entity putting out great dance music straight from a city that does that shit right. Their manifesto is fantastic, “deBonton is a world of stupid honest nudity”, they believe that “There’s no victory ceremony at the end of this shit. So live naïve and live now. Cause magic’s real.” It is always great to find a group who has a beautiful and clear direction for the future, these guys are one of em, check it. @dingusrecords
Brooklyn Based, Teen Girl Scientist Monthly, recently released their video for ‘New Age‘ off their album, Modern Dances. This video plays out like a mini movie and holds your attention all the way through. It’s fun. It’s poppy. What more could you possibly need? @LeahLovecat
It’s a smart song. Despite our previous ambitions, Happy Lives has released a single that strays so far from their original sound that you might wonder if its a joke in entirety. What it lacks: 1. The intense machine sound brought on by the sampling, 2. The complex layering of synth layers, 3. Lande’s signature rock shout. It’s a demonstration of aesthetic prowess. ’Feeling Right‘ reaches new levels of conceptual thought in the bands embryonic career. Without regard for their previous EP, Beel, (Beale) Lande and Holbrook have crafted a track that leaves a singular question on the tip of your tongue- what next? I didn’t think I’d be posting today as I run from meeting to meeting in preparation for the coding of our new website, but this couldn’t wait. ’Feeling Right’ will either be remembered as a pinacle moment of clarity that lead to a diverse career, or a stand alone flop that stuck out like a deformity in an otherwise homogeneous discography. [Free Download] @Dingusonmusic
The fact that most of you have probably never heard of The Top is an unfortunate and curious reality. As the Hands’ EP runs its’ course, I acknowledge that reality and write this to you, with hopes of turning the music onto even one more fan, one more pair of ears to then share with their friends. The overall production is hot; most noticeably the vocals peak with a warmth we all crave as lovers of Nick Drake and The Beach Boys, but also from the crispy sound of the drums that groove and break up perfectly amongst the piano, acoustic guitar and electric guitar chinks on the 2 and 4. The band certainly accomplishes their retro pop ambitions and there is no reason they shouldn’t already have toured the US with bands like Dr. Dog and The Walkmen. This is the sort of band that fans will without any hesitation take under their wings and deliver to other music lovers with glee. It’s one thing to be told by hyped up music blogs and taste makers that you should be following a cool new band, and it’s another altogether to hear a band like The Top and pass them along out of sheer disbelief that they haven’t hit it big yet. I hope this EP finds you well and that you will pass it along like a peace pipe. @thinknotsleep
I wasn’t sure how I felt about the latest EP by Modern Merchant upon first listen until I reached track three, a slow grooving, dreamy pop song called ‘Marry Me Annie‘. The song is in the vein of Grizzly Bear and Local Natives, no question, but the delicate horn based rhythm section at the top is infectious. Blankets of harmonized vocals swoop in shortly after and the lead melody immediately had my head bobbing in a Jim James fashion, entrancing in style. The song dynamically moves from section to section, sonically telling a tale for those who stumble on the play button. I’m glad to provide that button today and I hope you’ll download their EP right after. @thinknotsleep
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