It’s been a while since I’ve done a Friday Free For All post, so I thought I’d clear the decks and blow it out with a giant MEGAPOST!
Here’s (almost) everything you need to be caught up:
Hanni El Khatib x Freddie Gibbs – “Satin Black”
Hanni El Khatib and Freddie Gibbs teamed up for an killer new single that’s been getting a lot of love on …
Although the year end list season is over, it bears repeating that Young Marco, Gigi Masin & Jonny Nash all released remarkable albums in 2014.
And, somehow, in the midst of touring, DJing and promoting, these 3 dudes carved out time to ALSO work on a dreamy collaborative album called “Clouds“.
If you’ve listened to any or all of their albums, you know they’ve all got pretty distinct individual, but totally complementary, styles.
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A phenomenal Future Islands remix was unleashed at the end of 2014 by BadBadNotGood and now Oakland’s Bells Atlas is taking on a track from their 2008 album” Wave Like Home”.
The Baltimore band’s slow synthy album ender is given a fresh take thanks to the sweet vocals of singer Sandra Lawson-Ndu.
They speed it up into a multi-layered pop tune with stop-start drum punctuations and …
Tropics – “Rapture”
“Rapture” is a seductive song by producer Chris Ward, aka Tropics.
It’s the title track from his forthcoming album, set for release February 17 on local label Innovative Leisure.
What I really dig about this dreamy song song are it’s many layers. It locks into a steady groove for the first half and then at exactly two minutes, another beat kicks in on top …
In honor of David Bowie’s birthday this week, I wanted to share this rendition of “Where Are We Now”, the first single from his most recent album “The Next Day”.
The lush ballad is beautifully simple and spare in the hands of Conor O’Brien, known as Villagers. The Irish singer performed it during his 2013 appearance on KCRW and it’s always stuck with me.
He’s been …
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Erol Alkan and Richard Norris’ Beyond the Wizard’s Sleeve project presaged the modern psych-rock explosion with their EPs of fuzzy, warm edits of glammy psych-outs.
Their time warp excursions felt (and still feel) like loopy trips to a Carnaby Street club that never switched formats just got weirder and weirder over time.
Temples , out of Kettering, UK, are cut from this cloth.
Their debut album “Sun Structures“ came out …
Music Director Jason Bentley did a little digging for new music on Soundcloud over the holiday break and a track by Liverpool artist Lapsley emerged as his favorite.
He says the track “Falling Short” is already “on fire” in the UK and on the BBC’s hot list. The track leads her 4-song “Understudy” EP released this week.
Fans of James Blake should love this minimalist electronica …
Given my life experience there are like 3 or 4 notions I’ve come to accept as undeniable axioms.
For example, Pizza is the Dog of foods, the snooze button doesn’t work if you only hit it once and, most importantly in relation to this post, Swedes have pop melodies in their DNA.
20 year old Baba Stiltz has been releasing music since 2009, as dreamy-folkypop Bethlehem Beard Corporation and as producer for …
Laura Marling’s debut appearance on MBE in 2010 was a session I will never forget. We were all struck by this young (20 years old), blond-haired girl seated solo in the middle of the room armed with nothing but a guitar and her voice.
She was so powerful that all of us were silent and in awe.
That album catapulted her into the public eye as …
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Foxygen is back with a new album and will be making their Morning Becomes Eclectic debut early next year! In anticipation of their appearance, Cali native Jonathan Rado (who released his debut solo album “Law and Order” in 2013) took a few moments to share an artist he’s digging.
“This November, I saw Alex Cameron perform at Silencio in Paris, David Lynche’s sssupersssecret exxxclusive subterranian …