the still-mysterious and not even slightly kitschy iamamiwhoami finally released their debut, kin, after over 2 years of cockteasing. the biggest news? it’s pretty damn good. most of the good songs will be old news to fans who’ve been following the project’s much-hyped youtube page, but there are still a few surprises peppered along the nine tracks of kin to keep cynical parties from changing their tune. most notable is “sever,” a slow-grooving blend of the knife and portishead that takes all the pop-infused momentum of the project and utterly demolishes it in favor of jonna lee’s vocals and a plodding analog synth. peep in on the video below.
portuguese beat-maker joão pedro costa works under the moniker of LASERS, a project that’s rooted deep in ambience and instrumental hip-hop. the conglomeration of frenetic beats and spaced-out synths calls to mind a collaboration between baths and boards of canada, but LASERS is more than the sum of his influences. his debut ep is a deceptive 11 tracks (seven remixes pad out the back end, including one from blog favorite sun glitters), but the four originals fuse wintry, wistful synths with biting percussion, evoking equally frigid mountaintops and the sun setting over a distant, watery horizon. if shoegaze and electropop had a baby, LASERS should stand as a proud parent. check out “paris” and “porto” below:
what the hell? what the hell is this? a post? yeah, bitches, i’m back. hopefully, for a while, because there’s been a shitload of great new music that’s been making waves this year. let’s kick things off with goldroom, the solo project of los angeles-based josh legg (formerly of nightwaves). solo, legg’s work has all the qualities of the chillwave movement, namely balearic beats and swirling, dreamy synths. but on “fifteen,” legg’s beach pop takes on a cinematic focus on nu-disco, complete with chant-along chorus and handclaps. sublime. for fans of teen daze, m83, and new build.
today brings news of the new split 7″ from portland electropop favorites starfucker and their seattle-based 2011 tour mates, the hip-hop trio champagne champagne. the long-awaited split is available now for preorder on polyvinyl’s site, and features two new jams: a starfucker joint called “dragon queens (skeletron mix)” and a champagne champagne jam “i fell through.” “dragon queens” is the instrumental behind the already-heard (and -loved) mixtape track “dragon monkey,” which was paired with gucci mane’s “running back.” the rework drops the rap but keeps the two-steppin’ beat and filthy, squelching synths, effectively keeping the dancefloor hopping without an mc. champagne champagne utilizes a guttural vocal sample and solemn organs to fill the melody for their beats, granting their head-bobbing raps an almost pastoral quality, until an analog synth riffs like an angel. together, the songs mesh with an unrelenting, wizened enthusiasm that reeks of nostalgia and sentimentality. it’s the perfect, if unlikely pairing. peep both tracks below.
if matt & kim weren’t enough of a feel-good summer party band, blog favorite teen daze has reworked their latest single “block after block” (from 2010’s sidewalks) into a glittering synth pop jam that yet again proves that vancouver’s jamison is the best chillwaver around. lap-pop doesn’t get any better than this, and there’s no way this track – among others – shouldn’t work their way onto your grilling-burgers-on-the-roof-at-sunset mix. peek a listen and a download after the jump (via CoS).
Read the rest of this entry »
enigmatic swedish collective iamamiwhoami makes a long-triumphant return with the gorgeous “; john,” a dance-pop masterpiece that may just be their best work yet. does this mean the group will finally release a long-awaited album? the track is certainly less experimental and more accessible than any of their previous output, while still retaining their distinctly knife-esque creepy charm. more updates as they come, in the meantime i’ve got this on repeat, forever. shot into the night on the wings of one of the best tracks of 2011.
(also: holy shit, a post? i know, right?)
toronto threesome austra specializes in a very danceable form of gothy disco-pop, helmed by the operatic voice of frontwoman katie stelmanis. the band’s past is typically vague, but in this case the music can speak for itself. haunting, beautiful, and above all, catchy, the band’s lead single “lose it” is a swirling blend of everything you could ever want from electropop: thudding beats, floating synths, and vocals to die for. seriously. this girl has some friggin’ pipes. listen and download below.
feel it break is out may 17 on domino.