Tomas Barfod - Came to Party
Some really brilliant disco stomping, deep house beats for your late evenings. Tomas Barfod’s album, Salton Sea is a flurry of different electronic styles, indie and experimental with bits of electro, disco, techno, and house all mixed together. I highly recommend you check out the album. I’ll be sharing more of it later.
While you’re at it, check out Salva’s remix of the tune here.
Tomas Barfod - Came to Party (Salva Remix)
Cut Copy - Lights and Music (Boys Noize Remix)
Boys Noize straight cuttin’ it up with this remix of one of my favorite Cut Copy songs ever. It’s giving me the disco fever, with a little bit of a Daft Punk feel to it.
lights and music… are on my mind!
Uffe - When the Sun Rose
Deep, dark, and smooth groove. Reminds me a lot of Nicolas Jaar.
Massive Attack - Paradise Circus ft. Hope Sandoval (Gui Boratto Remix)
Had to post one more track off the Lazpod. So awesome.
Ultraista - Smalltalk (Four Tet Remix)
Some serious fire. Just heard this song on Damian Lazarus’ Lazpod 25, which, in my opinion is worth a blog post on it’s own, but I’m too lazy to do a full write up right now. If you enjoy this song then do check out the full podcast as it hits many different genres in all the right places. Get into it.
Please give Justin Martin’s rework of this track a listen, it’s his signature style, a little bit more upbeat, and just awesome. Also, this podcast of his (Clash Mix Summer ‘12) was one of my favorites this summer.
Purity Ring - Fireshrine [download]
The Canadian music duo Purity Ring made some big splashes in the indie electronic music scene with their debut album of 2012, Shrines. Shrines is quite possibly one of my favorite indie electronic albums of the year. This post-dubsteppy, shoegazy, chillwave-y sound (witch house?) with some haunting vocals is an awesome blending of genres, and this duo hit the mark with their debut album. They’re kind of like Salem, but good. I highly recommend that you download this album and give it a play from start to finish, and get trapped in the hazy, blissed out beats with haunting vocals while you’re at it. Enjoy. Props to Alan for introducing me to this duo.
Purity Ring - Shrines (2012) [download]
Junior Boys - In The Morning (Hot Chip Remix) [download]
What happens when you put a dancey Hot Chip vibe on a psychedelic, indie electronic Junior Boys single? You get a heady, super experimental remix punctuated by heavenly noises. Raindrops of sound pour down from the heavens on this track. Hot Chip does a magical job of keeping the entire idea of the track intact, while doing something wonderful to the vocals and throwing the rest of the track into an experimental haze. Also, the buildup and break by [6:39] is stuff of legends.
RAC feat. Penguin Prison - Hollywood [download]
There’s too much going on that you need to belong to
It’s the only thing you know how to do
The wonderful RAC, or Remix Artist Collective teams up with Penguin Prison to produce a summer-ready, indie dance party hit. Right now it’s being offered for free on Green Label Sound’s Soundcloud, along with two awesome remixes by Belgium’s The Magician (Aeroplane!) and Chicago’s Felix Da Housecat.
Grab them all (free!) right now while it is up on Green Label’s soundcloud! Keep killing it RAC.
RAC feat Penguin Prison - Hollywood (Felix Da Housecat Remix) [download]
RAC feat Penguin Prison - Hollywood (The Magician Remix) [download]
when you wake me in the morning / that is my favorite thing
Hot Chip - How Do You Do It? [download]
Track numero dos off Hot Chip’s latest album, In Our Heads (2012). Absolutely love these guys, and this song does a great job at capturing their evolved sound. Steady and danceable beat, with a catchy and funky hook = awesome. More to come.
Junior Boys - The Equalizer [download]
From Junior Boys sophomore album, So This is Goodbye (2006), “The Equalizer” is strong representation of their funky electronic grooves. Most of you may recognize their single from the album, “In the Morning,” but in truth the entire album is a winner from start to finish. I’ll be posting up the album a little bit later, but for now, enjoy this funky gem by the Canadian indie electronic duo.
James Blake - Limit to Your Love (NPR World Cafe version) [download]
This new live album by James Blake is truly wonderful. I’m a huge fan of his music already, but these live versions of his tracks are truly special. For example, this NPR version of “Limit to Your Love” has a sweet drum improvisation / breakdown section, which is quite cool. On a lot of the tracks, you can hear a more raw sound of his voice, and “Unluck,” “The Wilhelm Scream,” and “Lindesfarne” really shine on these live versions. If you haven’t downloaded the album yet, I highly suggest you do so! I reuploaded it below, see my previous post because I think he took the free download off of his Tumblr. It has a bunch of songs that weren’t on his eponymous LP, too:
08. Anti-War Dub (Live) 09. Klavierwerke (Live) 10. CMYK (Live) 11. Once We All Agree (Live) 12. A Case Of You (Live) 13. Enough Thunder (Live) 14. Love What Happened Here (Live) 15. Tep And The Logic (Live)
James Blake has given his fans a free download of his album with his LP being performed live. Tracklist below. Download the album, James Blake - Live Album (2012) here. He was definitely one of my favorite live acts I saw last year. Free James Blake, hooray! Enjoy. *Note - I uploaded the album so you can download it directly from me, apparently Jimmy B took it off of his mediafire. Holla!
01. Unluck (Live)
02. The Wilhelm Scream (Live)
03. I Never Learnt To Share (Live)
04. Lindisfarne (Live)
05. Limit To Your Love (Live)
06. Give Me My Month (Live)
07. To Care (Like You) (Live)
08. Anti-War Dub (Live)
09. Klavierwerke (Live)
10. CMYK (Live)
11. Once We All Agree (Live)
12. A Case Of You (Live)
13. Enough Thunder (Live)
14. Love What Happened Here (Live)
15. Tep And The Logic (Live)
10/5 Show Review - The New Division at Central, Santa Monica
The New Division - Starfield [download]
My buddy Alan and I decided on a whim on Wednesday to go to The Central S.A.P.C., which is by far my favorite local venue in Santa Monica. We wanted to check out these up and coming, indie/new wave rockers The New Division, who are made up of four very talented dudes from Riverside. They kind of remind me of Cut Copy or even Two Door Cinema Club, with more new-wavy reverberating vocals. It was one of the BEST spontaneous decisions I have made in a while.
Boy was I blown away by their set. Their harmony, the reverberating vocals along with the rocking guitar and poppy synth made for an absolutely fantastic show! I know that The New Division is going to go far. Wednesday was the first time I had ever heard of the band (as I repeatedly [intoxicated] told one of the band members), and I regard them very highly now. I plan on seeing them whenever they are playing locally in Los Angeles as I was pretty blown away by their energy. The vibes were good, the crowd was super fun and really into it as well, and everybody was dancing to their electronic-indie jams. Check out their latest album, Shadows, which they were giving away for free at the show! I ended up giving $20 to the little donation bin because I was so thrilled by their performance. Stay tuned…more of The New Division to come!