Sunday, January 31, 2010



MP3: "Lifted"

ALBUM: Pure Moods EP

FILE UNDER: Indie/Pop/Garage/Electronica

LABEL: True Panther

INFO: This is Lemonade's follow-up to their praised and explosive debut album. This EP is an utterly unique take on electronic dance music, this time focused and melodic. It incorporates more explicit soca, dub, and calypso influences into Lemonade's existing ravey palate. Even if those sounds are channelled through 16-bit samples and city stories the record has a certain wetness to it- a rich vegetation of sounds. Tight electronic arrangements layered with Alex Pasternak's fiercely clattered drums, Ben Steidel's invitingly rubbery bass and Callan Clendenin's wobbly vocal harmonies float in and out of scope. The whistles of Bedstuy's West Indian Day Parade ring out in "Banana Republic", Ballearic synths carress "Remain In Jah". The EP's leading track "Lifted" somehow submerges its anthemic chorus and raindrop synths under a deafening waterfall. It feels good. If their debut was citric slime, this EP is an orange; firm and almost uniform in its peel, sweet and wet inside.

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Thursday, January 28, 2010


ARTIST / BAND: Caribou

MP3: Odessa


FILE UNDER: New Psychodelia

LABEL: Merge/City Slang

INFO: If Dan Snaith has mastered one aspect of is music career, it's change. Not the remodeling or renovation, sort, more the alterations and adaptations with purpose (not even including the weird story of the Dictators' Dick Manitoba forcing Snaith to give up his pseudonym in 2004). The steady upward progression in replayability between 2001's glitchy Start Breaking My Heart and 2005's towering Milk of Human Kindness feels like a problem of some sort was solved. Which makes room for the comparative left-turn of Andorra, which both felt like a huge surprise (songs!) and a logical extension (songs with insane drumming!) of what he'd always been doing.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Yamon Yamon

ARTIST / BAND: Yamon Yamon

MP3: The Darker Place

ALBUM: This Wilderlessness

FILE UNDER: Indie / Experimental / Afro-beat

LABEL: Tenderversion

INFO: What does the capital of Scandinavia mean to you? Fashion, youth culture, style, the beautiful people and their impeccably furnished homes? None of the above? Thank you; you might be one of us. Because whenever we think of Stockholm we don’t think about the superficial stuff, we think of Yamon Yamon.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Pantha Du Prince

ARTIST / BAND: Pantha Du Prince

MP3: The Splendour

ALBUM: Black Nois

FILE UNDER: Minimal Techno

LABEL: rough trade

INFO: The herald of Minimalist Techno, Pantha Du Prince signed to Rough Tradeearlier this year and is now ready to release Black Noise on February the 8th.

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Monday, January 25, 2010


Tiga: Ciao!


MP3: Mind Dimension

ALBUM: Ciao!

FILE UNDER: electro

LABEL: Last Gang Records

INFO: Montreal’s Tiga seems best known here for his DJ skills and stellar remixes, but Ciao! is actually his second studio album. For some reason the U.S. mostly slept on 2006’sSexor, even in spite of its tracks like “You Gonna Want Me” and “Good as Gold” becoming classic dance tunes. Like his debut, Ciao! is worth noting: His second effort may just be the best dance full-length of the

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Saturday, January 23, 2010

David Byrne and Fatboy Slim f. Santigold


ARTIST / BAND: David Byrne and Fatboy Slim f. Santigold

MP3: “Please Don’t”

ALBUM: Here Lies Love


LABEL: Nonesuch Records

INFO: Norman Cook, aka Fat Boy Slim, is no stranger to high-profile collaborations. But his latest project might just take the cake. In fact, it does… like totally.

As we told you back in October, Cook and David Byrne have once again teamed up for a rather unique project. Following in the footsteps ofThe Brighton Port Authority’s I Think We’re Gonna Need a Bigger Boat, the legendary duo hit the studio with a number of other high-profile musicians for a concept album based on the life of former first lady of the Philippines Imelda Marcos — you know, the chick with all the shoes.

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Friday, January 22, 2010

The Dustbowl Revival

ARTIST / BAND: The Dustbowl Revival

MP3: "Falling Down"

ALBUM: You Can't Go Back To The Garden Of Eden

FILE UNDER: Post punk / Blues / Folk

INFO: The Dustbowl Revival is a Venice, CA-based folk orchestra that merges old school gypsy rhythms with bluegrass, gospel, jug-band, jump blues and the hot swing of the 1930’s to form a spicy roots cocktail. Known for their raucous dance-inducing live sets, the Dustbowl Revival plays what some call hillbilly jazz—the original front porch rock n’ roll. Think Dylan and The Band in Newport meets Louis Armstrong in New Orleans meets Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeroes on the beaches of LA. It’s young people playing upbeat, vintage music and it’s all written and composed by howlin’ and stompin’ 24 year old frontman Zach Lupetin who first envisioned putting together a kind of roots supergroup when he moved from Chicago (his father is a blues harp virtuoso who sometimes sits in), to Michigan and then to sunny Los Angeles three years ago. The goal? Why, to make people feel good, of course.

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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Josh Rouse

ARTIST: Josh Rouse

MP3: I Will Live on Islands

ALBUM: El Turista

FILE UNDER: Garage / Lounge

LABEL: Yep Roc

INFO: Unexpected and utterly sublime, this sultry song cycle will shuffle seamlessly in tandem with Getz/Gilberto and Graceland, albums as boldly surprising in their eras as El Turista is in this one. The record marks a new direction for the critically acclaimed cult artist, while offering the musical sophistication and emotional depth Rouse's devoted constituents have come to expect from him thanks to a consistently enthralling body of work highlighted by the modern-day landmarks 1972 (2003) and Nashville (2005), both of which are generously sampled on the marvelous 2008 Rhino retrospective The Best of the Rykodisc years

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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Satellite Crush

ARTIST / BAND: Satellite Crush

Satellite Crush - Paris To London by MikeRog10

ALBUM: Arrows of Eros

FILE UNDER: Indie / Pop / Rock

LABEL: Disk Faktory.

INFO: After graduating from art school in Ohio, Elliot moved across the Atlantic to London, England with hopes of starting a band. Heavily influenced by British music, and determined to follow this path, he barely made ends meet by bar tending at a nearby pub and busking on the streets. In the extreme loneliness that followed, he spent much of his spare time writing songs in his small studio flat in central London. Having just left the girl with whom he was in love with, naturally she became the subject of many songs to follow.

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Monday, January 18, 2010


"To the Light House (Millionyoung Remix)"
ARTIST / BAND: Memoryhouse
MP3: "To the Light House (Millionyoung Remix)"
ALBUM: "The Years" EP (download whole album)
FILE UNDER: electro, lounge, down temo, lo fi
LABEL: arcade sound ltd
INFO: Bedroom recording project of a neo-classical composer and a photographer.
denise - sing
evan - instruments, production
See also the band member’s great photo project here

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Simone - Built To Last -(06) - Synthetic Sugar by simonestar

Simone - Built To Last -(06) - Synthetic Sugar  by  simonestar

Slow Six

MP3: The Night You Left New York
ALBUM: Tomorrow Becomes You
FILE UNDER: Rock / Experimental / Electroacoustic
LABEL: Western Vinyl
Western Vinyl (current or former home of Balmorhea, Dirty Projectors, Here We Go Magic, Ola Podrida, J. Tillman, and more) announces its first release of 2010. The Austin-based independent label will release Tomorrow Becomes You, the new album by Slow Six, on January 26th, 2010.
At the turn of the millennium in downtown New York, in an era of Moby and the Strokes, Slow Six was pulling up in front of clubs, loading in music stands, video projectors, a battery of string players, and a desktop computer programmed with custom software. Reading down its twenty-minute electro-acoustic scores to stunned audiences, Slow Six helped redefine what was possible when those who grew up with both classical and rock music re-imagined their surrounding musical landscape in their own image.
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Saturday, January 16, 2010

Elaine Lachica

ARTIST / BAND: Elaine Lachica

MP3: "Bewilder"

ALBUM: I Think I Can See The Ocean

FILE UNDER: Indie / Alternative / Experimental

LABEL: Stunning Models On Display

INFO: I Think I Can See the Ocean is Elaine Lachica‘s first label release on Stunning Models on Display. The album was produced and recorded by Kieran Kelly (Angus and Julia Stone, Will Stratton, The Receiver) at the Buddy Project in New York (where Sufjan Stevens recorded Illinois). Introducing the album is “Behind My Mind,” featuring what Patrick Dalton of The Mercurial Press calls a “bright, unassuming little left-handed piano riff reminiscent of Sufjan Steven’s deceptively simple style.” Contributing musicians on the album include drummer Mark Stepro (Ben Kweller), bassist Rob Calder (Ari Hest), guitarist Aaron Lee Tasjan (New York Dolls), string quartet led by violinist Rob Moose (Sufjan Stevens, Antony and the Johnsons) and brass section led by trumpeter Jon Mizrachi (Essie Jain).

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Friday, January 15, 2010

Jaga Jazzist

ARTIST / BAND: Jaga Jazzist
MP3: 'One Armed Bandit' (Radio Edit)
ALBUM: One Armed Bandit
FILE UNDER: jazz-rock-experimental
LABEL: Ninja Tune / Rough Trade
INFO: The nine piece Norwegian jazz-rock-experimental behemoth that is Jaga Jazzist return to the fray with their stunning new album, “One Armed Bandit”. All galloping rhythms, and grandiloquent reach, main man Lars Horntveth describes the new sound, tongue-a-little-in-cheek, as “Wagner meets Fela Kuti!” Certainly we find it harder to imagine a better soundtrack being written for the first Nollywood Viking epic.
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Thursday, January 14, 2010


ARTIST / BAND: Schooner

MP3: "Feel Better"

ALBUM: Duck Kee Sessions

FILE UNDER: Folk / Minimalist / Soul


INFO: Hailing from Carrboro, North Carolina, Schooner is a four-member band currently comprised of Reid Johnson (whose sister, Kathryn, played and recorded on all of the band's material until recently), Billy Alphin (The Ashley Stove, The Rosebuds), Maria Albani (Organos, Pleasant), and Chris Badger (Hotel Lights).  Together they create an understated, disheveled pop sound that ranges from narcotic sad-eyed tunes to erratic rock numbers highlighted by boy-girl harmonies and impressionist lyrics.

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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

We Are Ghosts


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ARTIST / BAND: We Are Ghosts


FILE UNDER: Ambient / Experimental / Jazz

LABEL: Unsigned

INFO: We Are Ghosts.
We are a group of artists & musicians from Israel & this is our musical project: to capture the e.s.p of live recording, a jam session with no written or pre-composed notes - it's all live, raw & without planning.
all our music was recorded live, without any overdubs or additional recordings . we hope you'll enjoy the tunes..
& if you do - consider donate us so we can continue recording!

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Wednesday, January 06, 2010



MP3: The Stranger / Visitors

ALBUM: Is Listening/Visitors


LABEL: New Granada Records

INFO: The airy, dark textures on The Tenant's debut album will certainly resonate with Summerbirds fans, especially the song "The Stranger," whose thudding bass line and buzzing synth are particularly Summerbirds-like. LeMaster's breathy harmonies, though, give Is Listening a more organic, gentle vibe than Register's previous recordings. The EP feels effortless and intricate at the same time, full of ringing tones, intense rhythms and breezy melodies.'

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Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Ben Klock

ARTIST / BAND: Ben Klock

MP3: FACT mix 31

ALBUM: Exclusive for Fact magazine

FILE UNDER: Techno / House / Electronica

LABEL: Fact magazine

INFO: Along with Marcel Dettmann, Len Faki and Andre Galluzzi, Klock is resident DJ at Berghain, the legendary Berlin club that houses Panoramabar and is the very nucleus of the city's thriving party scene. As both DJs and producers, Klock and his cohorts have developed a tough, streamlined big-room sound which recalls the 90s work of Jeff Mills and Basic Channels but invested with a certain lithe, skippy quality learned from modern-day minimal and dubstep. Having co-created the prescientBlank Scenario mini-LP with Marcel Dettmann, Klock has released several dancefloor-oriented EPs under the banner of Klockworks; last week saw the release of his debut solo album, One, an incredibly moody and stirring record that featuring the vocals of Elif Bicer and the first Ostgut Ton release since Shed's Shedding The Past.

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