411 posts tagged pop
Other People’s Poetry: Shine 2009
My latest piece for Yours Truly
Following up from their 2011 debut album Realism, Shine 2009 are set to release a new collection of songs filled with quirky blips and samples, plenty of groovy melodies and racing synths, and all handsomely produced for a mood enhancing listening experience.
Helsinki’s finest created a nostalgic mix dedicated to their beloved Brooklyn apartment that comes complete with a piano intro of Third Eye Blind’s “Semi-Charmed Life,” and includes a cheeky craigslist ad for the home where more than a few great nights were had. Stay cool forever guys.
553 Grand OPP Mix Tracklist:
Piano Tribute Players – Semi-Charmed Life
Luscious Jackson – Naked Eye
Drake – Best I Ever Had
Average White Band – Pick Up The Pieces
Kingdom – Viper XL
TLC – Fanmail
Kelly Rowland – Kisses Down Low
Cibo Matto – Sugar Water
Ducktails – Under Cover
RxGibbs – Temptations
Alpha – Sometime Later (Theme)
New Radicals – You Get What You Give
Oceaán Need U feat. Luca Rudlin
Remember when I said really well produced R&B will be the thing in 2013? This new mysterious producer Oceaán, out of Manchester is one of my favorites to creep up this year. Stay tuned for much more to come.
Kelly Rowland - Dirty Laundry (Rabit Rework)
Kelly Rowland Dirty Laundry (Rabit Rework)
One of my favorite discoveries of 2013 has been newcomer on the grime scene, Houston producer, Rabit. Rabit’s debut release Double Dragon is theatrical and ambitious, and every bit refreshing. I’ve never heard grime quite like this. The Kelly Rowland edit Rabit unveiled today has me floored.
Rabit’s take on pop music is dark and exploratory, and weaves his eerie cinematic touch through Rowland’s sexy “Dirty Laundry.”
I was lucky enough to meet Rabit and Paul, behind Glacial Sound, when they visited New York earlier this year. Tom Lea of FACT Mag actually had the chance to interview them for the site’s New Talent feature. Be sure to check it out here.
Rabit’s Double Dragon EP was released earlier this month on vinyl and digitally through new Dublin based label, Glacial Sound. Be sure to keep a close eye on these guys as they are just getting started.
Potty Mouth The Spins
I pissed off a ton of people with this post. That wasn’t my intention at all. Feel free to send hate mail to: email@example.com
Northampton, Massachusetts pop-punk quartet, Potty Mouth unveil the video for their catchy track ‘The Spins’.
Potty Mouth is one of those bands with mass appeal that will steal your heart before you know it, and that only come along every 5-10 years. Think Warpaintand Dum Dum Girls. The quartet’s magic formula for winning over just about everyone can be attributed to nostalgic 90s giddiness mixed with a gritty garage-washed take on pop songs. Singer Abby Weems brings a monotone charisma with her chorus-driven words that pairs perfectly with fuzzed out guitar riffs creating an infectious pop-punk anthem quality to the band’s sound. We’re beyond smitten.
Best Fit is proud to premiere Potty Mouth’s video for “The Spins.” Watch as the foursome takes you on an intimate ride through the life of a young band doing what they love most. Rocking out during rehearsals, and you guessed it, lots of spinning ensues.
Potty Mouth’s debut album, Hell Bent is out on vinyl and digitally 17th September on Marshall Teller Records.
Yours Truly Premiere: Larry Gus The Night Patrols (A Man Asleep)
The phrase, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure”, isn’t one often associated with sounds. Yet the advancements in electronic production have allowed artists to re-appropriate sounds, turning something old, into something completely new. Most often, what’s lifted from these samples is more than just sounds, it’s sentiment, relating to time and place. DFA signee, Greek producer Panagiotis Melidis, under the guise Larry Gus, constructs this wildly controlled erraticism out of these gems from music’s past. Like an orchestra conductor leading a procession, this strangely psychedelic, disco noir of neatly stacked accolades rises up from the thousands of samples and channels lighting up the electronic orchestral pit below.
Inspired by the work of Madlib, Gus’s organized mess of high shrilled vocals, rumbling guitar hooks, and layers of vintage tinged percussion, conjures up comparisons that stretch the genre gamet. The lovechild of DJ Koze and Peaking Lights, seen through the fragmented glint of a disco ball sparkling high above, Gus’s Years Not Living transcends labels and focuses almost completely on mood.
In the accompanying video for ‘The Night Patrol’, a smoke filled zombie disco is taking place; nestled within your subconscious between the folds of sleep and awake. And the beauty of it all is the individual connection each of us has to the oddly melodic, origami of sounds seeping through blaring speakers and running their hollowed words through our hair. Neither coming nor going, we hover above the impending moment, imbibing every second.
Decades In Sequins (Video)
I premiered this on The Line Of Best Fit yesterday. Finally found a band I can love.
In our humble experience, it’s always the most sheltered of beings that create the most organic of art. They construct bridges, hooks and melodies from a limited vantage point, which in the end, ends up being one of their greatest strengths. If you’ve never been to Rome, you can’t do as the Romans do, if you will.
It’s been so long since we’ve heard a band with the ability to illicit such range from slightly iridescent wails, reverbed heartaches and textural dissonance, without being too polarizing in their approach. With Decades, nothing’s forced, there’s no ego or disingenuous demeanor in an attempt to attract a particular audience– the music they make is all they know. If our memory suits, the last act able to pull off such a feat, is well, The Rapture.
Drinking up a heavy dose of Gang of Four and Joy Division influences, Decades imbibe the best of what the British post-punk era greats left as a lasting impression, and then they do something very special, they take that sound and make it their own. Splattering hints of pop and glam across a blurred post-punk existence, what materializes just beyond the horizon, Decades, is the sound we’ve been yearning for, before we even knew what it was. Watch the video for ‘In Sequins’ to see what exactly what we mean.
Decades self-titled debut album, is out 30th April on White Girl Records.
1. Tonight Again
2. Any Wonder
4. Old & Aging
5. Only After
6. In Sequins
7. Move Me
8. Can You Love Me Now
9. For From Me
Photo by Laura Lynn Petrick
NoNoNo Like The Wind (Studio Footage)
The gawd damn Swedes have done it again. This is so good. NoNoNo make the kind of pop music I love. These guys are going to be huge. Great session.
Duck House Run
One of my absolute favorite discoveries of 2012. Duck House is the side project of this pop band called The Cads. It’s always funny when the side project ends up being so much more interesting than the main project. When I wrote about them a while back I described them as, ‘Sexy, funk-splashed harmonies do a lil’ dance for a rhythm section cloaked in a synth-haze afterglow.’
Side projects are the new black (2012).
DUCK HOUSE - Flaw
DUCK HOUSE All three songs they have on their Soundcloud
Sexy, funk-splashed harmonies do a lil’ dance for a rhythm section cloaked in a synth-haze afterglow. Dem guitar lines. Do that thing you do, you know you know…
Solar Year Night & Day
Beautiful and wistful electronic pop anthems are just the tip of the iceberg for Montreal duo Solar Year. Listen to their new single, “Night & Day” above, and expect a full-length debut in 2013.
Solar Year is the first signee to one of our favorite blogs’ No Fear Of Pop, and the head of Oslo-based imprint Splendour Records new label, Stratosfear Recordings.