New albums usually drop Tuesday. Two weeks ago was A$ap Rocky. Today was Tegan and Sara. So far I’m very pleased with both purchases. A$ap’s got nice production from Clams Casino, guest spots from Danny Brown and the 3 guys in the video above. Tegan and Sara have the big girly power pop sound and are getting better with each album. Here is the Knocks remix of their first single “Closer”.
Archive for January, 2013
2 things happened recently. 1) Flight facilities released a singles EP which reminded everyone how great their track “Crave You” from a couple years ago was. 2) I met Sabo, Moombahton and Mad Decent producer, at the KCRW studios. He threw me a few dozen Moombahton re-works and remixes. The first one that stood out was this sick remix from Harikiri. It was so good that it apparently won the Moombahsoul remix competition. Big ups to Harikiri and Flight Facilities for making these great genre-crossing tunes. And big ups to Sabo for all the great tracks he dropped on me. I will definitely be posting more of the gems he shared with me, including some of his own works.
Flight Facilities – Crave You (Harikiri Remix) [right-click to download]
I can’t begin to describe what the hell is going on in this new Crystal Castles video for “Sad Eyes” but I’ve always described them as the last great punk band who just happens to make electronic music. And if you ever see them live you may understand what I mean. Their videos are always dark, abstract, and downright disturbing. But I love their visuals, and more importantly their sound. And in the liner notes on their new album “Crystal Castles (III)” you actually get the lyrics! Read at your own risk.
My goal in life is to be the person with the most Aaliyah remixes in the world. I’ve got a hot track from Finnebassen and a cover by the Gossip, but this Kensaye remix is one of the best. Kensaye’s groovy, smoothed out electronic sound perfectly fits with Aaliyah’s low and sexy R&B. I’ve been listening to a lot of UK electronic soul recently, what I call Boom-Snap, and they are the closest to recreating that amazing sound that Aaliyah perfected. It’s a shame because it really is a distinct vibe that no one since Aaliyah has been able to conquer. So thank you Kensaye for making Aaliyah fresh again.
Visit Kensaye’s blog here: http://kensaye.blogspot.com/
Israeli born singer-songwriter Adi Ulmansky just sent me her wild music video for “A.D.I.” Her braggadocios track blends electronica and hip hop in a way where I can’t help but make comparisons to another 3 lettered artist M.I.A. The song is fun and dancey but it was the video that made me take notice. The graphics and that home video quality is so bad its good. She has a mixtape dropping soon, so we’ll see if she is just a gimmick or the real deal.
The Coachella Music Festival in Indio, CA is my favorite time of year. The unveiling of the lineup is almost as fun as the festival itself. So every year I make a dream lineup which combines who I would love to see with who I’m guessing Coachella will book. I’ve usually get a good amount right. I’ve given up on Timberlake and Bowie, but of course Daft Punk is a mainstay. The lineup should be revealed in about a week or so. Tell me your thoughts.
Death Cab for Cutie – Lil Wayne – Underworld
Soulwax – Tegan & Sara – Frank Ocean – Hot Chip – Foster the People – Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – the Cardigans – Grimes – Layo & Bushwacka – Tame Impala – Iggy Azaelea – Felix da Housecat – Crookers – Bonde do Role – Feed Me – Lamb – Melanie Fiona – Kraak & Smaak – Danny Brown – Disclosure Electric Guest – Allen Stone – evitaN – The Knocks – Flight Facilities
Phoenix – Maybach Music – Crystal Castles
Neil Young & Crazy Horse – Drake – Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes – Madeon – Little Dragon – fun. – Kruder & Dorfmeister – Beach House – Kendrick Lamar – Cassius – Annie – The Mighty Boosh – Grouplove – Julia Stone – Niki and the Dove – Poolside – Switch – Father John Misty – Maceo Plex – Nicolas Jaar – Oddisee – Body Language – Goldfish – Cam Meekins – 14th
Jack White – My Morning Jacket – D’Angelo
Basement Jaxx – Grizzly Bear – Norah Jones – Garbage – Sasha & Digweed – La Roux – Rilo Kiley – Best Coast – 2 Chainz – Metric – Masters at Work – Roisin Murphy – Pusha T – AWOLnation – Caribou – Mates of State – Alt-J – Mylo – Yuna – Soul Clap – Riton – Friends – Icona Pop – Miguel – St. Lucia – AlunaGeorge – Haim – Viceroy