You'll find a cornucopia of tasty tunes to bounce off your eardrums. I update with new tunes, art and photography every week, depending on what I'm doing and listening to at the time, old and new. I'm based in London UK but I love to travel and discovery new music along the way and share my musical journey on neoloop.
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The Limiñanas, back on Trouble In Mind with their stunning third album, Costa Blanca.
The band consisting of Lio and Marie Limiñana began life in 2009 as a home studio project, inspired by John Barry and Ennio Morricone LPs, books on Victorian era architecture, Film Noir and basking in the sunshine of southern France.
The LP kicks off with the coloeur café cool of Gainsbourg's narrative style, a short track that could've been a lost song from Melody Nelson, followed by this tune My Black Sabbath - a gentle strum of guitars supports the soft Franc-o-phonic sound and lush pop vocals. Alicante - an instrumental that sets the album off into a faster pace, all jangly Morricone guitars spooky organs.
Votre Coté Yéyé M'emmerde (featuring Francesca Cusimano) was released as a single in France back in May this year, an intriguing role call - The band say - We recorded this song with a very beautiful Italian friend and actress Francesca Cusimano. We hate the boring French yéyé songs, so the song is a list of stuff we love. We took the opportunity to appoint many of the artists we love — actors, friends, filmmakers, singers, songs, Louie Louie.
I Miei Occhi Sono I Tuoi Occhi sounds very similar to the Avenues and Alleyways riff with deadpan vocal arrangements. La Mercedes De Couleur Gris Métallisé is one of the many major highlights on this marvellous fuzzed-out psychedelic LP, at 1.39 it's short and sweet, the Morricone avant-classical and experimental sonic sound is stunning. Rosas brings the funk with a swagger and style a plenty.
Bb goes totally pop 60s garage with a StereoLab wig-out, The Morricone twang is back on the mellow La Mélancolie and along with the intro La Mediterranée Serge Gainsboug's soundtrack to La Horse is an undoubtedly a major influence for the parting track Liverpool, rounding off a perfect album - superb and highly recommended.
Like this? Try: Sérge Gainsbourg, Velvet Underground, Kim Fowley, Ennio Morricone, Stereolab, Stereo Total
Danger Mouse and James Mercer of the Shins have returned as Broken Bells, and their sophomore LP After the Disco is out January 14 via Columbia. A great little tune in a similar style to their debut, but this track has added Bee Gees style vocals in the chorus soaring over the verses of strumming easy going beats. Looking forward to the LP next month.
Those bearded indie-folk are back with a new LP, their fourth - Antiphon. Following the departure of singer-songwriter Tim Smith in 2012 the band carry on with guitarist Eric Pulido stepping up to frontman. Essentially the bands overall style and sound is in tact, but ultimately this LP falls slightly short of The Trials of Van Occupanther and The Courage of Others. But there are some good psychedelic easy listening tunes that continue down the Fleetwood Mac meets Pink Floyd sound they do so well. The title track builds slowly, rolling in a ’70s baroque sound, Aurora Gone is a mellow floaty folky delight. Vale is an incredible instrumental rock-out jam that Deafheaven would be proud of. Provider is a straight up classic that's totally in tune with Midlake's prog-rock tendencies, with the dizzyingly hypnotic Provider (Reprise) finishing the album with style. Another album, another direction for ever evolving Texas group.
Like this? Try: Fleet Foxes, Tame Impala, John Grant, Midlake's Late Night Tales compilation (released in 2011).
So the Montreal band have abandoned alternative rock and made an alternative dance album! The influence of the former LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy on co-production duties has surely shaped the double LP into a masterpiece that LCD Soundsystem may have made had they not called it day in 2011.
To be honest I like Arcade Fires previous 3 albums, but I've not been completely blown away by them. With the slight change in direction I've been convinced of their brilliance. Afterlife is about as 'LCD' as it gets and is a magnificent song. Elsewhere we get to pick out all the other great influences that Murphy shares with the band, from Sound and Vision era Bowie (and his vocal contribution obviously) to 80's era Prince and Michael Jackson to the seventies disco beats and G-funk to Talking Heads and Velvet Underground. It's an altogether interesting record that throws up different highlights on every listen. Recommended.
Cass McCombs forthcoming double LP is somewhat of a magnum opus, this little ditty is the first track to see the light of day. It possesses a really infectious little melody that just eases along and you can't help nod along to it. A groove this catchy sounds like an old Rolling Stones jam with a funky drummer beat the Stone Roses would be proud of. Sit back relax and let it gently blow your mind. The new 22-song LP Big Wheel and Others is out 14 Oct.
Another LP I missed posting up about at the start of the summer is Steve Mason's Monkey Minds In the Devil's Time.
Not an instant classic for me and I'm a big fan of Steve's previous work with the Beta Band, King Biscuit Time and Black Affair. Mason's last solo LP was 2010's excellent Boys Outside. In March I couldn't quite get into it, the LP has quite a few mad little interludes that spoil the flow for me. But there are some great individual tracks on here including this one - Oh My Lord, a rising indie-pop melancholic-gospel anthem with spiky-pianos and Steve's soaring vocals.
Matthew E. White released one of 2012′s best albums, Big Inner, still a firm favourite here at neoloop. The gospel-folk-psych-soul crooner gets the electro-pop treatment on lead track Big Love by experienced remixers Hot Chip. Staying pretty close the original with total respect, the Hot Chippers beef-up the bubbling baselines and clattering drums. Steel-pans subtly tinkle in the background and piano washes flutter over the driving bass, Matthew E. Whites guitars sound more urgent, giving the track lots of BIG love.
Splendid remix of Phoenix's - Trying to Be Cool by A-Track. The Canadian DJ jacks up the indie-favourite into a shiny hand-in-the-air summer anthem. Breathing new life into the Bankrupt! cut and it doesn't even have to try to be cool now!
Not for the faint hearted Fuck buttons are a viscerally demanding listen, industrial strength sound that should come with a health warning.
This is heavy, deep electronic music that grinds down into your subconscience, slowly manifesting itself into a pulverising melodic rhythm. New LP Slow Focus makes previous album Tarot Sport sound like a walk in the park, Slow Focus is exactly that, a sound that slowly builds under meticulously distorted soundscapes before a clarity of focus prevails. This track Stalker is an emotional, ethereal power serge, the whole LP is an immersive experience from a dark alien, future-industrial film soundtrack. Bristol duo Benjamin Power and Andrew Hung deliver an impressive third album, press it and enjoy. Recommended.
This new Vampire Weekend LP Modern Vampires of the City is a grower not a shower, Diane Young is my current favourite tune. A ramshackle clattering of drums and guitars held together by punkt beats and a swinging pop melody.
A great album as it turns out, Love it!
Having wowed critics and crate-diggers alike with 2012's acclaimed Magik Cyrkles compilation, Psychemagik have now unleashed the follow-up, Magik Sunrise, on Paul Murphy and Simon Purnell's Leng label.
Bristling with psychedelic, cosmic and curiously Balearic oddities hand-picked from the depths of their vast record collections, Magik Sunrise is, if anything, even more inspired that its predecessor.
The Juggler is one of the highlights from a band called Fox, originally from the 1975 album of the same name. Featuring lead vocals from Noosha Fox. Overall it's an interesting journey into relatively unknown artists. Recommended.
Foxygen's San Francisco, the perfect tune for today's undecided weather. A charming hippie flower-power kinda tune that wouldn't feel out of place on early Kinks LP. Taken from the album We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace and Magic, which was release at the start of this year, it's only now that we are getting a bit of sunshine that this LP sounds appropriate. Most of this record is in the same vibe and although it's completely retro in style it's the clean production sound that makes you think this is what the Kinks would have sounded like if they had todays technology back in the sixties. Groovy!
Great melodically-charged pop tune from the Generationals, taken from their latest long player Heza.
Neomix Volume Two
Finally after so many people bugging me, I've put together another mixtape in the Neoloop series Neomix (I guess I can call it a series now there is a second volume!). Volume Two is as eclectic as the first and covers all the stuff we love on Neoloop.
Tracklisting is as follows:
Good to have Bowie back and returning to form, the storming second single from The Next Day is The Stars (are Out Tonight).
Psychedelic pioneer Kevin Ayers, a founding member of Soft Machine, died this week. Ayers passed away in his sleep, on February 18 at home in France. He was 68. Ayers collaborated with Brian Eno, John Cale, Nico, Syd Barrett, and many more throughout his distinctive and colourful career. This epic song is the title track of his 1971 solo album Whatevershebringswesing - regarded as one of his most acclaimed albums. it was recorded with Mike Oldfield's guitar accompaniment and Robert Wyatt’s wracked harmonies and would become a template for Ayers subsequent 70s output. It's along track with Ayers superb lyrical style set to the max, a real classic. Cheers Kev!
LA's Local Natives' follow-up their 2010 debut, Gorilla Manor, with Hummingbird this month. Tune of choice is the uplifting Heavy Feet, building a steady rhythm before pausing for breath the song continues to cascade in a rainbow of colour, hand-chaps and harmonies, and subtle guitars intersperse before bursting into strobe lights of sound. Great Track from a brilliant 2nd album.
Solange's latest EP has been well reviewed in alternative music circles, all praising her for not simply following in her older sisters footsteps. But then I just think well why would she, Beyoncé has sold millions of records as a mainstream RnB diva what would be the point in competing with that.
What Solange does really well is to come at it slightly left-field with an early 80s pop-RnB retro edge that sounds very fresh with today's production values. Signed to Brooklyn indie label Terrible Records, home to Grizzly Bear and Chairlift, on this EP she worked with Dev Hynes, aka Lightspeed Champion.
She sounds a bit Mariah Carey on Lovers in the Parking Lot, but its the production and underlying groove that makes this a refreshing and unique sound. Lead single Losing You is all over the radio now and is probably the most 'mainstream' pop tune on the EP, sounding like it could have come straight off Madonna's True Blue album. Solange certainly has a better voice than Madonna though. Some Things Never Seem To Fucking Work the EP's stellar moment with a sweeping drum loop and an infectious pop-hook melody. Solange doesn't go for the big chorus, each song tells a story and maintains a progressive high throughout. A clever mix that begs for continuous plays. Highly Recommended.
The cool vibes of TEED are spinkled over this new Foals track. Excellent work that brightens up the oringinal by keeping the best bits with minimal fuss. A class rework.
One of the best Late Night Tales compilations for a while, the compilation series that maintains a quality output have chosen the effervescent Friendly Fires, an inspired choice as it turns out. The selection covers many genres as well as uptempo house, obscure indie, disco-funk, art-pop and ambient chill. This tune is a stand-out, fourth track in, anthemic porn-disco Fly Like An Eagle by Dennis Parker. And it's not just the old stuff that makes for an impressive collection, Melody Echo Chamber's Endless Shore is a welcome addition from a great artist. Friendly Fires’ exclusive cover version of the ’78 electronic classic Why Don't You Answer by Eberhard Schoener and Sting sounds like one of their own.
Surprise choice perhaps is Olivia Newton-John's cover of the Elton John classic Love Song from Tumbleweed Connection, an amazing version that I've never heard before. Also includes choice cuts from Cocteau Twins, SBTRKT, Iron Galaxy, Bibio, Stereolab, Slowdive, Joe Simon and Sonna.
Definitely one of the best comps of the year and certainly one of the best Late Night Tales comps ever, no mean feat considering it's on it's thirtieth edition. Highly Recommend.
Brooklyn band Woods latest album Bend Beyond (Their seventh) is an easy folk-pop jam which I've been enjoying lately. Released last month it's a much more polished sound than previous efforts, it's all Beach Boys harmonies, Simon & Garfunkel melodies and psychedelic wig-outs with sun-dappled guitars.
This LP sounds like it could have been released by a band from California in the seventies, that's definitely not a bad thing. Singer and band leader Jeremy Earl conjures up melting pot influences from that era. Fleeting from the Beach Boys to The Doors via The Byrds with shades of Neil Young it's a pastoral delight.
Like this? Try: Teenage Fanclub, The Doors, The Byrds
Following Alt-J being shortlisted for The Mercury Music Awards with debut album An Awesome Wave, released in May this year, it's well deserved nomination. Something Good is released as a single (at the end of last month), I loved the original album version and this remix by Fort Romeau retains what is so good about it but pumps up the jam for the dance floor. Previous remixes have caned it to much for my liking and not retained enough of the looping melodies and piano flourishes that give the song it's charm.
Written by Joe Newman, Gus Unger-Hamilton, Gwilym Sainsbury, Thom Green and produced by Charlie Andrew.
Fantasic new tune revealed from Coexist...
Official The xx website states: IT’S AN EXCITING DAY TO BE ABLE TO SHARE A NEW SONG THAT WE WROTE TOWARDS THE END OF RECORDING THE NEW ALBUM. IT’S GOING TO BE THE SECOND TRACK ON COEXIST, IT’S CALLED CHAINED.
Electro-goths Trust made their debut with TRST back in February this year, the Toronto duo Robert Alfons and Maya Postepski are virtual clones of Crystal Castles with a striking resemblance to their fellow Canadians. Dirty synthesizers and pulsating electro beats, heavy influences of 80's electronic masters such as Giorgio Moroder and Kraftwerk. The album has been a slow burner for me, growing in significance with more airplay. Dark and weird, tracks like Gloryhole and (single) Bulbform twist and turn from brutal trance to hi-energy disco. This track, This Ready Flesh is a slow and heavy monster-slab of a tune, Alfons and Postepski duet with sinister under-current. Scary, but in a good way!
Not sure about that cover though, it's certainly not the artsit in the picture!
Ah, the brilliant John Maus has just a released A Collection of Rarities and Previously Unreleased Material. The usual Maus madness is evident on a mixture of tracks dating back to 1999. The Minnesota man's witty lyrics are in full effect on this track Bennington, a love story from 2007. Following the amazing 2011 album - We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves this is obscure and pure future-retro-pop.
Yppah (pronounced ‘yippah’)
Yppah's third album has been a steady grower over the last few months, I first stumbled apron it's eclectic charms back in April and while it's certainly not an instant grabber, persistent listening bears many fruits. Predominately instrumental with the vocals blending in as instruments, often fast rhythm's have an air of tranquility, creating atmospheric sounds with an overwhelming sense of playfulness. Lead track Film Burn is spectacular, Anomie Belle's vocal meanders through delicate synths, broken beats and soaring strings like Endtroducing... era DJ Shadow combining with the Cocteau Twins. Happy to See you shines with chiming guitars and R. Mullen is overwhelming anthemic with a Stone Roses sense of groove. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, beautifully uplifting music to escape to during rainy days in London.
Love a moody cloud cover too...
Los Angeles band Ghost Loft have been causing a few waves with their own brand of R&B and cool lazy beats. Early comparisons with The Weeknd mixed with the XX are not far from the truth and quite the complementary mix. This track - Seconds - possesses a baseline straight out of Jamie XX's bag. Loving all their tunes especially this and another song called Blow. Definitely one to watch! Nice seductive black and white artwork completes the package.
Brooklyn indie-rockers Fang Island will release Major, the follow-up to their self-titled 2010 album later this month. Asunder was the first new tune to materialise from the their widely anticipated second LP.
I love the chaotic arrangements and the thumping beats, the band are high-fiving all the way through this, looking forward to full album.
Seven minute disco-punk from The Rapture courtesy of a compete overhaul from Ashley Beedle, Colleen Cosmo Murphy and Yam Who. Originally appearing on the NYC bands 4th album In the Grace of Your Love released last year. This DarkStarr Diskotek remix shapes the original into a house monster with cowbells and ESG style baseline in a future retro diskotek. Cool and catchy hooks that will have your head nodding and feet tapping all day long.
Following up The band's 2009 debut, Post-Nothing Japandroids new set of songs are blistering uplifting! The appropriately titled Celebration Rock is certainly worth celebrating. The Nights of Wine and Roses kicks off the album in fine style. Highly Recommended
Born Ready To Die
Terry Urban links up with DopeCouture to present Born Ready To Die, a mash up of Notorious B.I.G.’s Ready to Die with Lana del Rey’s Born to Die.
Using the music from Lana’s Born To Die (remixed and resampled) and Lyrics from Biggie’s Ready To Die, it's fucking epic stuff, This track renamed Juicy Lolita is brilliant, I wouldn't have thought Biggie's Juicy would work without the Mtume backing tune Juicyfruit, however this sounds like the perfect Bond theme! Throughout this mixtape it all sounds so natural, Lana's strings and moody tones work perfectly with Big's gritty drawl.
A fitting tribute to the 15 year anniversary of Christopher Wallace’s death.
Great to hear some new music from Baltimore duo Beach House and even better that they haven't lost the edge. Following the amazing Teen Dream LP in 2010, new album Bloom is full of the bands lush harmonies and dreamy tunes.
First single Myth is grand song that builds in tension till the euphoria washes over the sound to lift you higher into a state of pure bliss. Other People sounds just as beautiful with a song-along chorus, Wishes has this amazing quitar riff solo halfway through. Irene is the slow late-night jam, On The Sea is a hazy folky song that is just delightful and New Year bursts with energy and colour. Lazuli is 5 minutes of graceful melodies and enchanting atmospherics. Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally have done it again just in time for summer, Beach House will surely be everywhere soundtracking sun-drenched escapades this year. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Due for release in the UK on 14th May. Pre-Order now on iTunes.
A Major Force
Major Lazer played Live at O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire this week, it was a mental gig, Toddla T got the crowd nicely warmed-up with a few special guest including the delightful Shola Ama who stole the set. You might need somebody, Taboo and Take it back all sounding good with Toddla's beats. Major Lazor take the stage and dancehall mayhem erupts for the next hour and half. Hold the Line was a special moment, Diplo mixed up the unique Major Lazer sound with classic reggae and calypso, the highlight for me was Harry Belafonte's Day-O mashed with the epic Pon de Floor, the whole of the empire went absolutely mental.
Also out this week is a new tune from Major Lazers forthcoming album due in 2 months time. Given away as a free download in exchange for your email here. Get Free features the lush vocals of Amber Coffman of the Dirty Projectors and sounds amazing, I've been playing it on repeat for the last few days. LOVE IT!
Look out for Major Lazer's forthcoming Dancehall album with Snoop Dogg too!
Grooves like a bastard
Brooklyn's The Men latest long player Open Your Heart is a refreshing burst of melodic leftfield, expansive rock and distortion. Sometimes full on, sometimes it's just weird but always entertaining. It goes from Nirvana grunge to Fucked up's (the band) psychedelic noise via fat Led Zeppelinesque riffarama! It's also has some off kilter alt-country in Candy, a song of beauty. Cube is like an old Dammed song played by Soundgarden that slaps you in the face and nicks your beer leaving you dazed and confused. Title track Open Your Heart sounds like a 2012 version of Ever fallen in love? by The Buzzcocks.
I keep coming back to this album and it's definitely going to feature in the albums of the year come December.
Like this? Try: The Dammed, The Buzzcocks, Soundgarden, Foo Fighters
Atlanta's Lockett Pundt's Lotus Plaza project debuted with The Floodlight Collective in 2009, and has spectacularly returned with Spooky Action at a Distance. Following the hugely successfully Halcyon Digest by Pundt's other band Deerhunter this LP is another indie delight. It's a beautifully breezy album full of blissed out acoustic portraits that bring a feeling of floating in a triply daydream. The Deerhunter guitarists expertly crafted folky songs are reminiscent of Kurt Vile but with a warm charm, colorfully rhythmic chord progressions with a pysch-pop edge.
It's slow gentle burner that will no doubt feature in the end of year top albums. Highly Recommended.
Deerhunter, Atlas Sound, Real Estate, Kurt Vile
Great tune form Poliça’s debut album, Give You The Ghost. Dark Star, nice baseline.
What is mine, what is all mine
Not my child not my child
Hold you just a little while
I’m gonna give her all my life
Until she's until she's
Swooped up, swooped up, by the sea of love
Attack On Memory is the third studio album from Ohio's Cloud Nothings released at the end of last month. Wasted Days is the 2nd track in and is a monster 9 minutes of rock 'n' roll, simultaneously taking in punk, psychedelic rock and grunge - meandering into a disoriented mass of noise. Lead singer Dylan Baldi's Kurt Cobain comparisons are inevitable and much of this record sounds like Bleach era Nirvana. And it's recorded by In Utero producer Steve Albini. Albini's previous production work for the likes of Nirvana, The Stooges, Pixies, The Jesus Lizard are all thrown into the mix.
Attack On Memory is out now and highly recommended. Buy on iTunes
SBTRKT RMX PRFCTON
There are some good reworks on Radiohead's new remix LP TKOL RMX 1234567, an electronic version of the excellent The King of Limbs album. Caribou, Four Tet, Modeselector, Jamie xx and Lone all turn in good efforts at reinventing Radioheads already brilliant tunes. But SBTRKT's remix of Lotus Flower is my stand-out version and a testament to the original composition. SBTRKT continues to impress this year following his self-titled debut LP. Check out the rest of the remixes, out now. To listen on iTunes click here.
Like this? Try: SBTRKT's debut album, James Blake, Four Tet, Zomby
There's a cold fresh breeze, the sky is a lush shade of blue without a cloud to be seen, aeroplane vapour trails draw lines in the expansive space and the sun silhouettes the horizon.
The start of winter is here and New Jersey's Real Estate have made the perfect soundtrack to lazy Sunday's on a fresh winter morning. Following up their excellent self-titled 2009 debut, Real Estate are back with a clean crisp sound on Days. An effortlessly easy listing carefree LP that floats along with rolling rhythms and gentle shimmering guitars, rich tones and breezy harmonies.
It's real is an upbeat tune that is about as fast as it gets, a nice feel good tune that in riches the soul. The album finishes with the epic - All The Same, a perfect finish to a great LP. Days is out now, Highly Recommended.
Like this? Try: Deehunter, Beach House, Sun Airway
Love the sound of this, The Surf is a vocal track from a mainly instrumental jam-band called Lotus. Their MySpace bio reads like this… The swelling beats of a non-stop dance party and the soaring guitar and melodic triumphs of a cathartic rock experience - equal elements to the live instrumental dance rock of LOTUS. Apparently they have been around for years and have quite a few records on iTunes, this track isn't like most of their other tunes. This has a new sunshine vibe to it, almost chillwave!
You know what, I've had this tune for ages but didn't really give Holy Ghosts debut LP much of a listen when it first came out a couple of months ago. Since then they have released this as a single. It has that signature Holy Ghost sound of assured beats and crisp rhythms. This actually features the distinctive vocal talents veteran singer and Doobie Brother Michael McDonald and is perfectly married with a children's gospel choir to create a surreal pop moment. Holy Ghost!’s debut LP is out now via DFA.
Good to hear some new material from Neon Indian, aka Texas-raised musician Alan Palomo. Era Extraña is the follow-up from the excellent underground hit debut album Psychic Chasms. This new LP pretty much carries on from where he left off, more psychedelic lackadaisical dreamscapes with kaleidoscopic synth sounds. But this one has a slightly more fuzzy static sound with nuances of My Bloody Valentine, but with a much more polished production, Dave Fridmann mixed and added his trademark post-production.
This pulsating track is the first single release and sounds amazing on headphones, I hope he tours over in London again soon.
Like this? try: Toro Y Moi, Washed Out, MGMT, My Bloody Valentine, Passion Pit
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday Love
Chaz Bundick's electro-funk Toro Y Moi project picks a strange choice for a cover tune, Saturday Love was originally recorded by Alexander O'Neal & Cherrelle in 1985.
Following the critically acclaimed Underneath The Pine album from earlier this year he's back again with a new EP titled Freaking Out - due September 13th. Saturday Love is the first track to surface from the new EP, being that I love the original eighties soul classic and know it word for word it's an interesting song to hear remade. Chaz changes it from a duet to a solo performance and adds the unique Toro Y Moi lush synth sound, refreshing it for a new generation. Hear the original below…
Since Psychocandy was first released in November 1985, The Jesus And Mary Chain's seminal debut album has received a massive amount of critical acclaim and is now widely regarded as a classic. Influenced by the likes of The Velvet Underground, The Stooges, and The Shangri-Las, brothers Jim and William Reid's milestone LP went on to influence further generations of bands, the LP also includes a young Bobby Gillespie on drums. Psychocandy is a wash with feedback distortion, fuzz and a gothic undertone, the Mary Chain's wall of noise is immense. In particular Just Like Honey, a single from the LP still sounds amazing today and nowadays it's better know for being included on the soundtrack to Sofia Coppola's Lost In Translation.
The whole JAMC catalogue - six studio albums, are to be reissued as double CD's plus DVD, including B-sides, live recordings, BBC sessions and more later this year.
The title track to I Break Horses debut LP - Hearts (on Bella Union) is a very atmospheric in a warm and fuzzy kinda way. Like a soundtrack that ebbs and flows effortlessly through your mind throwing up psychedelic colours and shapes. Fans of My Bloody Valentine and Jesus & Mary Chain et al will undoubtably love this. I certainly do.
I Break Horses Press release...
Allow us to introduce you to the world of I Break Horses, the nom de plume of Maria Lindén and her musical partner Fredrik Balck. Residing in the Swedish capital of Stockholm, the duo have quietly been crafting the nine tracks that make up debut album Hearts throughout stolen moments gathered up over the past three years.
Lion In Cages is one of the great stand-out tracks from Wolf Gang's new album - Suego Faults, Memory Tapes Remix give the track laid-back spaced out feel and sounds like it came straight from their own LP Player Piano. Bringing the backing vocals to the front and sounds exactly what you want from a remix, a new track. Is it better than the original?, no probably not but it's completely different. It's Cool!
Wolf Gang's debut album is out tomorrow, this tune is all over the radio waves, The King and All of his Men is a great indie-pop summer sing-a-long full of sunny tunefulness. Wolf Gang is the singer, songwriter one-man band of 24-year-old Max McElligott, produced by Dave Fridmann who also produced MGMT of which similarities can be heard all over Wolf Gang. McElligott is an accomplished writer of orchestral pop and sounds way to mature for a debut. Expect big things for this band I've a feeling they will go far.
From Zach Condon's Beirut project. A Rip Tide is due out at the end of August and is some of Beirut’s first new songs since the EP March Of The Zapotec. Their second LP A Flying Club Cup is now a firm all-time favourite, so any new material from Zach Condon is very exciting! Recorded last winter in New York Beirut have come a long way since the debut The Gulag Orkestar LP and Lon Gisland EP. But somehow Condon has always retained a certain unique sound that comes from his rotary valve flugelhorn and ukulele.
All the hallmarks of the Beirut sound are here, the Balkan brass, French accordions and Mexican influences but overall this is much more poppy affair, this is good news as Condon certainly knows how to write a compelling riff and a catchy chorus. Listening to this album just makes me smile, it's uplifting and transcends you off into a happy place.
The mellow A Candle's Fire starts off this short LP (just over 33 minutes) in style, the instruments build throughout and creates that full and satisfying sound we've come to expect. We are then treated to the album's first epic moment in Santa Fe, Condon's home town, a hypnotic synth loop captivates you from the start, listen to it here. Next up is the first single release East Harlem, a gentle accordion intro is snapped up into a choppy acoustic rhythm with lush flourishes of brass horns, just superb. We take in some more somber moments with Goshen and Payne's Bay. The title track The Rip Tide is another bona fide winner, at the centre of the album it holds it all together, Codon's voice is spot on. Vagabond sounds like a left over track from Yann Tiersen's soundtrack to Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amélie Poulain with Condon adding his unique twist. Just beautiful. The record finishes with the stripped back The Peacock and Port of Call a marching band beat and a mandolin riff. What emerges is a style that belongs uniquely and distinctly to Beirut, one that has actually been there all along.
Condon has formed his own label Pompeii Records, the singer will now take direct control of the release and distribution of his music. Beirut will be touring the UK in September with a night at Briton Academy on the 16th. A Rip Tide is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Ah! It's good to hear Cansei de Ser Sexy (CSS) are back with more quirky pop Hit's Me Like A Rock is the bands first single from their third album La Liberación. Lovefoxxx is sounding in good voice dueting with Primal Scream’s Bobby Gillespie, who is returning the favour after Lovefoxxx appeared on Primal Scream’s last album, 2008′s Beautiful Future. Just in time for the summer then, it's like Tom Tom Club jamming with Primal Scream. Lush synths and obscure lyrics, business as usual for the Brazilian band.
The quirky, mind-bending sounds of Battles have been banging the hell out of the Neoloop speakers for some time now. see a full review of the new album below. Futura is another stand out track and our current favourite. Crazy beats and clanging guitars and a melody to die for.
From the new album Gloss Drop
The ever unique sound of the Battles returns, experimental left-field music doesn't often sound this good.
Four years on from their critically acclaimed Mirrored, Gloss Drop is the title of the New Yorkers second LP and it's a belter. A cacophony of sounds with everything chucked in and it's as barmy as we've come to expect. Much has been talked about the newly-refined three piece following the departure of vocalist Tyondai Braxton, but this is no bad thing in my opinion as it now makes way for a more eclectic array of vocal talents.
We kick off with the instrumental arrhythmic strings of Africastle, before the first guest vocal leads the way - the human instrument, Kompakt artist Matias Aguayo with first single Icecream, a fairground of organs and pounding drums collide with loud wonky guitars and Matias' unique voice. This is followed by three further instrumentals, steaming in with the propulsive funk of Futura, Inchworm (you half expect the Beastie Boys to come in at any moment) and chaotic cartoon mash-up of Wall Street. Next guest up is electronic pioneer Gary Newman on the relentless drive of My Machines, this is followed by another steel pan driven interlude Dominican Fade before clanging in with Sweetie & Shag featuring the sweet vocals of Blonde Redhead’s Kazu Makino, the steelpans continue with gusto while Kazu's voice make Battles sound like a new band and sounds incredible. Here the LP then takes a darker turn with sinister B-movie interlude Toddler followed by the massacre Rolls Bayce. White Electric is an angry bantering of drums and bass clabbering for a sweet melody that it eventually finds in the last minute courtesy of a monkey's organ.
Finally the epic ending - Sundome featuring Boredoms’ Yamantake Eye, as mad as it gets whaling organs and chopping synths lead us out to another world, three minutes in and beat takes us further into the unknown. A circus of sounds made to blow the top! Despite it being a challenging listen, I think this is more accessible than their debut. Highly Recommended! Out on June 5th on Warp.
World Unite! Lucifer Youth Foundation!
Wu Lyf are set to release their debut album Go Tell Fire To The Mountain on June 13th. The reclusive Manchester based band continue to intrigue with their secrecy while the music is of explosive quality.
Go Tell Fire To The Mountain is undoubtedly one of the year's most anticipated releases.
The superb St. Albans 3-piece Friendly Fires come storming back this week with second LP - Pala (Named after an island in an Aldous Huxley novel) the follow-up of their excellent eponymous (Mercury-nominated) debut album. The nu-rave grooves are back - tropical, balearic, euphoric, funky and drenched in sunshine. Macfarlane’s falsetto runs riot over the waves of lush hooks. The Summer starts here, Live Those Days Tonight, the first single is a blinder! Recommended. Even ?uestlove is a fan!
Brooklyn band The Antlers last album (third LP, Hospice 2009) was an absolute pleasure and now with their latest LP - Bursts Apart they continue the blissful journey into cult status. Originally the brainchild of Pete Silberman, The Antlers are now a 3-piece with Darby Cicci and Michael Lerner.
From the nocturnal and desolate dreamscapes of the opening track I Don't Want Love the sound is so lush and absorbing. But there are always some dark undertones creeping in and out the foreground and shards of beauty pierce through to expose an uplifting melody. This track Every Night My Teeth Are Falling Out is full of twisted emotion, as is most of the LP - distortion and pulsing downtempo beats, devastatingly romantic poetry and breathtaking elegance. Recommended
This mellow little groover oozes sunshine from every note. Swaying melody over a rolling beat with lazy hazy sweet voice of Steffaloo while it chops, clicks and glitchs to a sudden cut. Billy Comfort is a bit of an unknown other than a bandcamp page here.
The vocal talents of Steffaloo feature in her own music on bandcamp to here.
How will I know that you'll save me? Your little hands are getting shaky, It is time to let the light seep From behind your eyes, Then I'll know my night survives…
The brilliant new album from Bibio is out this week! - Mind Bokeh
It's a tough choice to find a favourite tune off this eclectic mix of songs, I've already given you the kitsch sound of K is for Kelson last month. Right now the tune that's wearing out the repeat button is Light Seep. Mind Bokeh is the fifth full-length from LP from Stephen Wilkinson, a.k.a. Bibio, and his second release on Warp Records following up the equally superb Ambivalence Avenue.
Bibio slowly wowed the underground electronic music scene with the sunny synth-pop of Ambivalence Avenue, a unique blend of crafted instrumentals and folktronica in 2009. Critical Acclaim pushed the album into many 'best of the year' album charts. With that record behind him Bibio has triumphed again with Mind Bokeh. It's another complete mash of musical styles, chucking in obscure samples that sound completely spontaneous yet you know it been meticulously constructed. There are all sorts of modern influences here, Four Tet, Gaslamp Killer, DJ Shadow and Neon Indian spring to mind. But he's also blending in a mixed bag of retro sounds liquefying genres into timeless hybrid songs. Pretentious uses jangly funk and beautiful harps with a soulful vocal creating an new angle on glick-pop before deconstructing into a mellow saxophone demise. Anything New starts as sunny sing-a-long pop and effortlessly transforms into a synth driven monster with mad distorted vocal samples. Light Seep is a pure bliss of psychedelic synths and funk. Artists' Valley sounds like a missing track from Four Tets last LP, but with added vocals from Wilkinson. Highlights are plentiful on this record and it captivates from beginning to end, how many albums can you say that about nowadays! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!! Not bad for an album entirely recorded in a bedroom, in a terraced house, in Wolverhampton.
Currently enjoying the new Kurt Vile album - Smoke Ring For My Halo.
In My Time has a nice easy summer shimmer going on, and there's a shade of The Stone Roses about this, other tunes on the album sound like old Lee Hazlewood, the Philadelphia folk-rocker's voice is very similar. A great album well worth a good listen. Recommended.
Nice and easy tune from Toronto's Bedouin Soundclash collaborating with Béatrice Martin best known as Coeur de Pirate. A stand out track from their latest Light The Horizon Album. The mesmerising percussion floats along and pulls you in as Béatrice Martin's voice caresses the strings and it's all quite beautiful.
Really enjoying the new album of singles and b-sides from The Radio Dept. – Passive Aggressive: Singles 2002-2010.
Not a band that I have really researched into but always enjoyed the odd single. This compilation really showcases what a great pop band they are and gives you the opportunity to dig deeper into the Swedish bands catalogue of great songs. The best tracks I think come from last year’s dreamy Clinging To A Scheme album. Including this track, Heaven's on Fire, which I never get bored of.
New single from Swedish band Peter Bjorn and John, Second Chance is another infectiously catchy pop tune. After releasing short rock n roll ditty Breaker Breaker. Both taken from the forthcoming Gimme Some, the band’s sixth album and picks up the direction of Writer’s Block. Whistles are replaced with cow bells on this, the cousin of Young folks and it's a cracker!
New album due at the end of March.
Micachu and the Shapes and the London Sinfonietta are set to release their live album, Chopped and Screwed and they are sharing a single with fans everywhere. The live album was recorded at Kings Place, London in May 2010 and it will be released via Rough Trade March 28th. It's an interesting collaboration of avant-pop and classical orchestration. strange and exciting, well worth a few listens to get your head round it.
Nice remix of Lykke Li's I Follow Rivers by Dave Sitek. Original version is from her forth-coming album entitled Wounded Rhymes, the enigmatic Swedish indie singer/songwriter returns with her trademark ethereal sound. set for a March 1 release via Lykke's own LL Recordings. With this track and the amazing Get Some it's already shaping up to be one of the most anticipated releases of 2011.
Great track here from the excellent new album Kiss Each Other Clean from Iron & Wine aka Sam Beam. Monkey Uptown is a real feel-good folk-funk tune. The whole album has a certain funky vibe to it compared with Beam's simpler more folky material. It's a gentle record with some excellent, well crafted songs that burst with soaring harmonies and lush melodies. Recommened
Like this? Try: Simon & Garfunkel, Midlake, John Grant, Fleet Foxes
New album from Mogwai is amazing, epic tracks that build up into a nerve-shredding frenzy. Their ninth LP, mostly instrumental, it's a real return to form.
Mexican Grand Prix is a pummelling captivating track, play it loud!
Like this? Try: Fuck Buttons, Holy Fuck, Emeralds, Primal Scream
A happy little tropical tune from Jesse Cohen and Eric Emm of Tanlines, O Seizing The Day O, featuring vocals from the frontman for fellow NYC band, The Rapture’s Luke Jenner. The track is taken from the duo's compilation album, Volume On, which features all their early EPs alongside remixes from Memory Tapes amongst others plus bonus material never heard before.
Fast propelling itself to the top of many 'end of year' album charts, Deerhunter's Halcyon Digest album has been on heavy rotation since it's release back in September. I can't praise this LP enough, it's a magnificent record, see my earlier review below at the beginning of this month. Here's is another superb track that didn't make onto Halcyon Digest and appeared on the B-side of single Revival. First half is all frantic riffs and pulsating pop before the calm and tranquility of the faded piano and tweaking owls finishing with a toy music box. Wicked!
With Warpaint's debut album on heavy rotation at Neoloop I've also been been giving their first EP Exquisite Corpse a good airing. I have to say that Billie Holiday is an amazing tune. Their enchanting, psychedelic folky rock is hypnotizing on this track. They subtly intertwine their acoustic ballad with Mary Wells’ My Guy, to create their own beautiful song.
Exquisite Corpse was recorded back in 2007, and self-released by the band in late 2008 followed by the vinyl version via Manimal in October of 2009. The EP is produced by Jake Simon Bercovici and mixed by former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante. It also features current Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Josh Klinghoffer performing the drums on this track.
Neoloop have long been big fans of Philadelphia duo Sun Airway ever since the release of the Oh, Naoko EP was given away as a free download about a year ago. All the tracks from that EP feature on Sun Airway's debut album - the brilliant Nocturne of Exploded Crystal Chandelier. Oh, Naoko, Swallowed By The Night, Put the Days Away, Your Moon and Waiting On You - all excellent tracks that have been previously given away free on the bands website and are undoubtably the albums backbone. Other newer tracks such as this road anthem American West are of the same high standard. Swirling synthesisers, meaningful melodies and glorious harmonies create a stunning LP that deserves much attention. Nocturne of Exploded Crystal Chandelier is out now and available on itunes. Highly Recommended.
This week I've mostly been listening to Teen Daze and the excellent Four More Years EP. This track Shine On You Crazy White Cap is just beautiful. Echoes filter through the beats like its been transmitted from outer space, you feel like your floating through a galaxy of stars. Cascading synthesisers wash over your ears with a subtle beauty while the soft voices weave in and out the mellow groove. love it.
Like this? Try: Millionyoung, Memory House, Washed Out, Sun Airway
Now I've got you in the undertow
An all girl Los Angeles quartet, Warpaint release The Fool, their debut album for Rough Trade. Getting rave reviews everywhere. It was produced by Tom Biller, and features mixing duties by Andrew Weatherall and Adam Samuels. Warpaint bring in lush harmonies and brooding baselines, I can hear flashes of Fleetwood Mac and even the Stone Roses on some tracks.
Subtle strands of punk, shoegaze, psychedelics, and folk all intersperse at once creating a truly captivating sound with a quality that's rarely heard. It's the perfect soundtrack for cold sunny days doing nothing or late night's chilling out with a nice single malt whiskey. It's breathtakingly good and highly Recommended.
Subtle strands of punk, shoegaze, psychedelics, and folk all intersperse at once creating a truly captivating sound with a quality that's rarely heard. It's the perfect soundtrack for cold sunny days doing nothing or late night's chilling out with a nice single malt whiskey. It's breathtakingly good and highly Recommended.
Also worth checking out their debut EP Exquisite Corpse that was produced by Red Hot Chili Peppers’ John Frusciante, which features the amazing track Billie Holiday. Warpaint's current line-up is Emily Kokal (vocals/guitar), Theresa Wayman (guitar/vocals), Jenny Lee Lindberg (bass/vocals), and Stella Mozgawa (drums). Like this? Try: The xx, Dirty Projectors, Stevie Nicks
Also worth checking out their debut EP Exquisite Corpse that was produced by Red Hot Chili Peppers’ John Frusciante, which features the amazing track Billie Holiday.
Warpaint's current line-up is Emily Kokal (vocals/guitar), Theresa Wayman (guitar/vocals), Jenny Lee Lindberg (bass/vocals), and Stella Mozgawa (drums).
Like this? Try: The xx, Dirty Projectors, Stevie Nicks
Great new material from Swedish singer Lykke Li, out on 1st November on 7" Inch vinyl. A pounding drum beat with so much energy, this rocks! Lykke's voice is as mesmerising as ever singing the dark lyrics - Like the shotgun needs an outcome, I'm your prostitute your goin' get some. This is available together with the B-side Paris Blue as a free download from Lykke Li's website.(Click Here) She states If you love it, feel free to spread it among Friends and Lovers! You can also order the tiny shiny vinyl from Rough Trade store in UK.
Following Matthew Dear's remix of The xx's VCR, this week see's the release of a new remix of VCR by Four Tet. It seems there is plenty of life yet in the revered Mercury winners seminal debut. The xx original album track is barely recognisable but for the hushed tones of Oliver Sim and Romy Madley Croft plus bursts of Jamie Smith’s xylophone fluttering in and out the hypnotic groove of Four Tet's organic percussion. While it feels somewhat unnecessary for another remix, this is quickly dismissed as you get totally captivated by Hebden's reworking that breathes new life into an already stunning piece of music.
The xx and Four Tet together - It's a blinder!
Two of Neoloop's favourite artist combine on this excellent remix by Matthew Dear of the The XX's VCR. With all the recent publicity The XX have gained from their Mercury Award for the brilliant debut and Matthew Dears latest album Black City still dominating the speakers here at Neoloop I dug out this remix that came out back in January. I never posted it up back then (kinda thought I did) but it's an amazing mix so if you didn't hear it then, sit back and relax in the beauty of it all. It could almost be a lost track from Matthew Dear's Black City (With a guest xx vocal of course) I love it.
My new favourite track from !!!'s (best known as chk chk chk) excellent latest LP - Strange Weather, isn't it?. If you like a bit of funk in your indie disco then look no further. And indeed their previous albums Louden up Now (2004) and Myth Takes (2007) are equally recommended.
!!! is composed of Mario Andreoni (guitar), Dan Gorman (horns/percussion/keys), Nic Offer (vocals), Tyler Pope (bass/various electronic devices), and Allan Wilson (horns/percussion/keys). Touring members include Shannon Funchess (vocals), Sean McGahan (various electronic devices/sound manipulation) and Paul Quattrone (drums). The band also shared membership with the similar, defunct group Out Hud (including Tyler Pope, who has played with LCD Soundsystem and written music for Cake)
On November 18, 2009, the band's former drummer Jerry Fuchs - who was also a member of Maserati, Turing Machine and The Juan MacLean - died after falling down an elevator shaft.
Like this? Try: Out Hud, Jamie Lidell, We Have Band, Yacht
I've enjoyed everything I've heard so far from Tanlines, the duo of Jesse Cohen and Eric Emm - their remix of Memory Tapes' Bicycle is wonderful (Memory Tapes return the favour by remixing Real Life). Out now is their new LP called Settings - The percussion is brought to the foreground on most of their tunes and this fires them up for pure feel-good vibes that are irresistible foot tappers. Add to this the melodic synth's and your in dreamland.
Like This? Try: Foals, Friendly Fires, Holy Ghost
Here's another track from Maximum Balloon's forthcoming LP, If you Return features the wonderful vocal's of Yukimi Nagano from Little Dragon. There's a heavy Depeche Mode influence on this one. Maximum Balloon, the new solo project by TV On The Radio's Dave Sitek is due out later this month. Nagano has sung with Sweden's electronica-jazz outfit Koop, and she and Erik Bodin play live with José González. Nagano is also featured on the Gorillaz album Plastic Beach on the songs Empire Ants and To Binge, both of which she co-wrote.
Like this? Try: Little Dragon, Depeche Mode
Maximum Balloon, the new solo project by TV On The Radio's Dave Sitek - album due at the end of September. Groove Me features the eccentric talents of Brooklyn’s finest Theophilus London, surely only a matter of time before Theo goes big-time! This track has been reworked for the single by DOOM collaborator and Philly producer Jnerio Jarel (also available on the forthcoming iTunes deluxe version)
Sitting along side Theophilus London, the debut LP will also feature contributions from Karen O, David Byrne, Aku Orraca-Tetteh, and Little Dragon.
Like this: Try: Theophilus London
Au Revoir Simone's latest album of remixes (released last month) is a solid quality listen, called Night Light, the compilation is a remix album of Still Night, Still Light LP and features remixes from the likes of Neon Indian, Jensen Sportag, Silver Columns, Aeroplane, cocknbullkid and many others. The iTunes version incudes 20 tracks. I featured the Neon Indian remix of Another Likely Story back in December last year (check it out here). Clock Opera's remix of Tell Me is quite a wild departure from the original version and the pick of the LP for me.
Like this? Try: The XX, Dirty Projectors, Neon Indian, Little Dragon, Ladytron
The ever engaging Brooklynites School Of Seven Bells first single Windstorm is taken from the forthcoming album Disconnect From Desire, released 12/07/10 on Full Time Hobby. This remix takes to original track in an altogether darker place while retaining the beautiful background harmonies of sisters Claudia and Alejandra Deheza and adding a banging kick drum. I actually think this is better that the album version, excellent.
Like this? Try: Their first album Alpinisms
Los Angeles' HEALTH's last LP Get Color gets the remix treatment on Disco 2 LP, following the trend of their first remixed album DISCO. Pick of the remixes for me is this Tabacco remix of Die Slow (Which is an epic track anyway!) search HEALTH for more of their stuff here on neoloop.
Like this try: Joy Division, Atlas Sound, Wavves, My Bloody Valentine
Much hype for this band has circulated around the various music blogs since break through track Crown On The Ground surfaced at the end of last year. So Sleigh Bells release their debut LP Treats to much anticipation. For most of this record vocalist Alexis Krauss' sweet pop vocals are surrounded by chaotic noise of scuzzy guitars and distorted beats by the other half of the duo Derek Miller. The track here, Rill Rill is quite a clear clean cut track that stands out from the rest, not because it's any better than other tracks, it's just that the majority of tunes are full-on distorted sound bombs. Sampling Can You Get To That from Funkadelic's Maggot Brain, Rill Rill is almost like an interlude of calm in the middle. Treats is a very exciting new sound that is sure to divide music heads and casual listeners. The closest you get is a cross between Crystal Castles and the Ting Tings. RECOMMENDED
Like this? Try: Crystal Castles, Yacht, HEALTH, My Bloody Valentine
Very excited about the forthcoming album from NYC's !!! (aka Chk Chk Chk), due out on the 23 August. Their debut LP Louden Up is still undoubtably one of neoloop's favourite albums ever. The indie funkers signature sound is all over this new track, but with a touch of Chemical Brothers in there. !!! recorded part of the new album in Berlin and were influenced by Brian Eno apparently, sounds interesting. Produced by Eric Broucek (LCD Soundsystem, Hercules and Love Affair) Frontman Nic Offer said - There's these really dark moments in the record, and there's really some of the poppiest stuff we've ever done. Each record, we're always trying to get deeper and darker and funkier and catchier, and it feels further along that road. Can't wait to hear it!
Based in Los Angeles, Ariel Pink (born Ariel Marcus Rosenberg 1978) has made loads of self produced lo-fi tunes over the years, now he's put together a proper band and recorded new album Before Today for a large independent label (4AD) and is enjoying all the increased attention such a leap provides. The result is still as ramshackle and glorious, reminiscent of the Beck's classic Odelay LP. This is the stand out track and first single, mastered at Abby Road no less.
This tune is like an old Beck song in term of production and the Eric Enger remix transforms the track into a quirky pop sound. Elsinore is an indie band from Champaign, Illinois currently signed to Parasol Records. They have released one studio album, one live album, and three EPs. Their second album, Yes Yes Yes will be released on August 10th, 2010. This remix is from the Chemicals EP.
Found this cool laid back tune on MySpace from Rio Blanco, a nice dreamy-pop vibe and reminds me a bit of Miike Snow, Rio Blanco is an alias of Zach Lipkins who has made some great music under his own name too. Unsigned at present but punting his own stuff out on the net on free downloads.
For anyone who missed out on School of Seven Bells first album here's a great track Half Asleep from Alpinisms.
Mercurial French author Rene Daumal defined “alpinism” as “the art of climbing mountains.” Alpinisms is an electronically enhanced pop record of dizzying highs and claustrophobic lows, whose painstaking conception shows in its detail-laden crevices. Benjamin Curtis constructs layers of shoegazing, moire-patterned guitars, while sisters Alejandra and Claudia Deheza intertwine their near-identical voices like the fingers of praying hands. Throughout, the whole heavenly affair is tethered to the ground with a glitchy, tribal thwomp. A great album to discover or re-discover in wait for the new LP Disconnect From Desire due to surface next month.
The instrumental post-rockers Holy Fuck will follow-up their widely acclaimed LP (2007) with Latin, the band's third album and it's a lot leaner and funkier and less aggressive than its predecessors. This is the first single and first track to be leaked in to blogsville. Sounds very much like a Fuck Button's older brother with intensive grooves that build with emotion and complexities that could fall apart at any moment. A bastard relentless maelstrom of live guitars and techno -informed drum patterns that pound out a unique and utterly compelling sound.
Like this? Try: Fuck Buttons, Broken Social Scene, Wooden Shjips
This week I've been enjoying the new LP from Delorean, another high-quality chillwave pop album to put next to your Animal Collectives and Grizzly Bears. However Spanish four-piece Delorean have been kicking around the scene for awhile now and give the genre a slightly euro-pop edge and dance-pop groove widening their appeal to a broader audience. Following up from hype-building Ayrton Senna EP in 2009 the band releases Subiza, its third full-length album. 90's house groove form the backbone of much of the album with charming harmonies and soaring organs. This track has a slight tribal house vibe and is a mesmerising blistering pop tune for a perfect summer soundtrack. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Like this? Try: The Morning Benders, Sun Airway, Real Estate, Animal Collective
The excellent Foals are back with a new album on Monday 10 May titled Total Life Forever, the follow-up to their critically acclaimed debut Antidodes. And I'm please to say the new LP carries on from where they left off only raising the bar higher, it's full of potential singles and it will undoubtably propel them in to the mainstream arena. The Oxford band possess an extra edge that they didn't have before, a mature sound that really fills up your headphones to bursting point. One thing they always did well was percussion and Jack Bevan's drumming is immense, the driving force behind an incredibly accomplished second album.
Even frontman Yannis Philippakis's vocals sound better than ever, often big albums feature one or two epic tracks, Total Life Forever encompasses 4 big blow-out numbers - opening track Blue Blood, Black Gold, Spanish Sahara and After Glow each build into an exhilarating euphoria that is just amazing. In-between these are perfect pieces of hands-in-the-air sing-a-long pop such as this excellent title track. A captivating masterpiece that is surely a massive contender for one the best LP's this year. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Like this? Try: Friendly Fires, Late of the Pier, Battles
The National new LP titled High Violet is released next week, it's a very chilled and relaxing affair, I'm loving this track, Anyone's Ghost - it has a nice swagger about it. Well worth checking out the rest of the album, Bloodbuzz Ohio is available as a free download on the bands official album site, which is also a beautiful moment from the album. High Violet is high quality indeed. RECOMMENDED.
Like This? Try: Spoon, Midlake, Wilco, Calexico
I like the rousing strings on this new track from Murder By Death, Foxglove is from their new album out this month Good Morning Magpie. Sounds like the late Johnny Cash jamming in an alt. country band. New album is well worth a listen.
Like this? Try: Fleet Foxes, Johnny Cash, Mark Lanegan
Bands place in MySpace
A killer relentless driving tune that pounds along and builds up into an epic extravaganza!
I've mostly been listen to LCD Soundsystem's new album This Is Happening this week in anticipation of the live gig on Friday. However this new album from Broken Social Scene is also fighting for my ears attention. It's as eclectic as ever, for anyone unfamiliar with BSS, they are a band or musical collective made up of many different musicians mainly from Toronto. The band's core members are Kevin Drew and Brendan Canning, releasing their first album in 2001. The new LP Forgiveness Rock Record is due for a May 4th release and is a good quality listening experience. The first single World Sick is available as a free download via their MySpace page, well worth getting. Much of the album sounds like the Fuck Buttons mixing an Arcade Fire LP, especially this track here Meet Me In The Basement and Sentimental X's. Other highlights include Ungrateful Little Father and All to All.
Like This? Try: Fuck Buttons, Arcade Fire, School of Seven Bells
Back in January I posted up The High Road by Danger Mouse and James Mercer's Broken Bells, I've been playing the album for the last couple of months now, it's now been released last week and I think it's a great album thats sure to feature in the albums of the year lists come the end of the year. The Ghost Inside is my new favourite tune on this LP. It has all the qualities of The High Road, a real sing-a-long tune. Enjoy!
The original version of Health's In Heat from their Get Colour LP is only just under two minutes long and is somewhat of an interlude. This new remix by Brooklyn's Javelin makes the song a completely different animal, cleaning up the fuzzy guitars and feedback to give it a clearer pop sheen. Making this a fresh new tune for a sunshine day!
This tune reminds me Peter, Bjorn and John's 2006 smash hit Young Folks… although this is a little less mainstream it's just as catchy. We Have Band release their debut album WHB on 5th April. The Londoner's have been making waves with a variety of single releases over the last two years and creating buzz on the gig circuit, this tune was released as a single in June last year, while it was a hit on the underground scenes I think the release of the album will give the track and the band renewed exposure. It's a brilliant debut album full of quirky hits for both dancefloor and headphones alike. Part Lo-Fi and part polished indie dance its eclectic and intriguing while having more catchy hooks than velcro. Another one for the summer, for all your late night parties with friends or in your own headphones!
Like This ? Try: !!! (chk chk chk), Hot Chip, Depeche Mode, My Robot Friend
Check out the video, must have taken ages to shoot...
The wonderful Miike Snow are really killing it live on tour at the moment. Their debut album was one of neoloops top picks of 2009. This track is a bit of a hidden gem, first available as an extra track on the Japanese release of the album and the b-side to Animal. I think it sits comfortably with the rest of the album and is a welcome extension, another great song.
Miike Snow is a Swedish band, who formed in 2007. The band consists of Andrew Wyatt, and the producing team of Christian Karlsson and Pontus Winnberg, also known as Bloodshy & Avant.
We are big fans of Miike Snow here at Neoloop, so a tasty collaboration with the Crookers is an exciting prospect! And I glad to report it doesn't disappoint. Featuring Miike Snow's singer Andrew Wyatt, at first the track sounds like another tune from Miike Snow's album, then the Crookers effect takes over building a breakbeat, beeps and a wonky siren sound. Cool tune, another favourite for the summer I think! I like this low budget video as well...
Like this? Try: Diplo, Soulwax, Friendly Fires
After touring together Friendly fires and Holy Ghost have traded covers and released them as a split 12". Both bands original tunes are bona fide smashes to begin with. Friendly Fires make Hold On their own with their trademark sound, plenty of infectious percussion, cow bells and all. The St. Albans band do the tune total justice. Equally as impressive is Brooklyn's Holy Ghost's version of Friendly Fires' On Board. But I think the Friendly Fires one just edges it! Look forward to a new album from Friendly Fires this year.
Like this? Try: Holy Ghost, Foals, Delphic
Neon Indian aka Alan Polomo releases a new single this week available free on Green label sound. Sleep Paralysist, a collaboration with Chris Taylor of Grizzly Bear, was recorded in Brooklyn at Taylor’s Terrible Studios. While it includes all the blips, clicks and bleeps with lush psychedelic, indie synth-pop melodies featured on Neon Indian's critically acclaimed début album Psychic Chasms, it has a clearer production sound about it - The Chris Taylor influence perhaps. If you can't sleep, whack this on and enter into the neon dreamland.
Like This? Try: Grizzley Bear, Four Tet, Memory Tapes, Beach House
The new title track from MGMT next album Congratulations is a somewhat laid-back easy going summery freaky folky affair. Their back to basics acoustic approach is in stark contrast to the debut album Oracular Spectacular that launched last summers classic tunes. The band have been quoted saying there are no radio friendly single on this new album. But this is not a bad thing, I'm like this tune, it just sounds like a different band. There are other tracks on the album that feature the wonky organs that make Kids such a great anthem. You can download another track Flash Delirium from the bands website. Congratulations is out on 12th April.
Like This? Try: Devendra Banhart, Marc Bolan, Kings of Convenience
You fucked with the sunshine, left it in the water… Where is the sunshine then, fed up with all this rain. Brighten up your rainy days until the sunshine comes with this bright and breezy snippet of dreamy-pop. Chicago's Skybox rattle through this little feel-good tune with wonky synths and jangle guitars, a right catchy number that will have you humming it well into summer. They have a new album out, released last month Morning After Cuts. The video for this is well nuts, love it.
Like This? Try: MGMT, Animal Collective, Real Estate
Following Danton Eeprom's cover of Lost In Music below, here's The Fall's version of the same track. Taken from their 1993 covers album The Infotainment Scan, considered to be one of bands more accessible albums. The Fall have made some very challenging albums throughout an illustrious Discography of some 28 studio albums and numerous live albums. The John Peel favourites have had a major influence on many bands over the years such as LCD Soundsystem, Nirvana and Pavement to name a few. My mate Coolio introduced me to some of the bands brighter moments, some of The Fall's album's are pretty experimental to say the least. But, the fact that Mark E. Smith's band have turned this into a perfect indie alternative is testament to the quality song writing of Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards original masterpiece.
I posted up a track from Sun Airway's Oh Naoko EP last December to much appreciation. Although just a 4 track EP it's one that I keep coming back to as all four tracks are superb blissed out dream-pop loveliness. Swallowed By The Night is another song of beautifully layered lush melodies and dreamy harmonies. Philadelphia's Sun Airway have an album on the way soon, hopefully just in time to soundtrack the summer, like the Beach Boy's Pet Sounds for 2010!
Starting off like a dark nursery rhyme with a plinky plonky vibraphone going up and down scales this little Lo-Fi song then jumps into life with a marching drum beat. This is the opening track from Josiah Wolf's debut solo album Jet Lag (Release date 2nd March 2010) Josiah Wolf is the drummer from Cincinnati-born band WHY?. Understandably this track is lead by a savvy percussion, Josiah records everything himself in solitude. On the surface it's a dreamy weightless sensation, but the dark undertow is ever present threatening to flip over to a nightmare at any moment, but it never quite achieves it and the anticipation is captivating.
I'm loving Spirit Spine's new release Jungle Bridges, This track Flashes is another dreamy pop Animal Collective pastiche and a very good it is too. Mashed up loud synth's bash around in an echo chamber of booming beats and muted vocals peppered with chop stick tinkering, a uplifting feel good delight.
Spirit Spine is 19 year old Joseph Denney from Bloomington, Indiana. Apparently Spirit Spine's name comes from a 70s documentary about people who had their spinal cords severed in various ways, but they still thought they could feel their legs.
Like This Try: Neon Aztec, Starfucker, Of Montreal, Animal Collective
Leftfield sunshine-pop with slice of cheese, sprinkle in Hawaiian coconut and stir in sugar-sweet harmonies and a soaring orchestra and add a hint of psychedelic-era Beatles to make Auckland CBD.
Chant Darling is the 2nd album from Lawrence Arabia, the alter-ego of New Zealand's James Milne, but his first released in the UK. He's currently touring the UK with Beach House, see his MySpace page for details.
Like This Try: Beck, Bertrand Bergalat, Don Air, Divine Comedy
It's been a busy week! This week I went to the Miike Snow gig at London Scala, great venue - the perfect place for an intimate gig. I was pleasantly surprised how good they can cut it live. Every track was an extended version of the record, teasing in the intros before exploding into the full track and whipping up the crowd to proper rave up. Black and Blue rocked the house and Silva sparked the nights first hands-in-the-air united sing-a-long. Finishing their set with the ever popular and biggest hit Animal, Miike Snow put on a cracking gig. One track that stood out was this - Burial with it's cheeky little piano riff, marching beat and soaring chorus! I hope they came back soon.
Texan outfit Spoon release their seventh album Transference this week in the UK. Who Makes Your Money is hypnotic tune that snakes around your head and keeps your head nodding all day. looping samples and rough edge production feels very organic with an emotional vocal from Britt Daniel. The band formed in 1993, have turned in an enjoyable album that should last well into the summer and beyond. Maybe this one will give them some mainstream success in Europe. Well worth checking this new album and previous long player Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga. Recommended.
First single Stylo is a quality return from the genius of Damon Albarn's virtual band. Featuring Bobby Womack’s trademark croon and Mos Def, who will join Gorillaz as an animated character named Sun Moon Stars. Damon's unmistakeable soulful tones introduce us to the new style, before Womack enters into the Gorillaz world with a passionate chorus, Mos Def brings the track to a close, subtle in the mix.
The follow up album from the highly successful Demon Days is Plastic Beach due to drop 8th March. Albarn continues to attract stella cameos on Plastic Beach, Bobby Womack and Mos Def are joined by Snoop Dogg, De La Soul, Kano Bashy, Lou Reed, the Fall’s Mark E. Smith, Little Dragon, Gruff Rhys and the Clash’s Mick Jones and Paul Simonon all making appearances on various tracks.
Gorillaz will headline the final night of the Coachella music festival on 18 April 2010
Like This Try: Neon Neon, Rae and Christian, Yuksek
An Epic track from These New Puritans, I've had a copy of These New Puritans new album Hidden for a while and it's a hard listen first few times around. A challenging album that I keep coming back to. It's an ambitious complex affair, full of innovation and intrigue that is sure cause much debate. The song structures are intricate yet expansive. The tune here, their first single off the album, We Want War enters with a slow tribal beat declaring war with a fanfare of trumpets, whispered voices smoke in and the pounding rhythm, the beats slowly building up and gaining speed, like Massive attack fighting with The Prodigy, tribal drumming and chants of 'We Want War' with flashes of samurai swords until the mayhem breaks for some reflective verse, with spiritual voices swirling around the madness, everything building around the dark dramatic orchestral swell and clattering drums, then a sudden swipe of the sword, the battles over and the mood turns quiet and dies in the mist. a captivating epic masterpiece. Now watch the video!
These New Puritans are a British art rock band from the Southend-on-Sea area!
Lush Melodic groovy sing-a-long, wonky blips and sound effects, clap your hands to the beat and nod your head to the stomping piano and synths. Danger Mouse has done it again, this time he's not just producing, he's in the band. Broken Bells are a the duo of Brian Burton (Danger Mouse) and James Mercer of the Shins. Everything Danger Mouse touches at the moment is given a seal of quality, jumping from genre to genre it's all about good music. This is the first single taken from their debut album which will be released on 9th March, the rest of the album is much in the same vibe, Your Head is on Fire and The Ghost Inside are two other stand out tracks. Danger's production is exceptional throughout, loads of layers that all dip in and out in perfect harmony and Mercer's vocal soars beautifully with the backing harmonies. RECOMMENDED.
Like This Try: The Shins, Black Moth Super Rainbow, Beach House
Woozy organs carry you through the disturbing dubby darkness while Robert Del Naja's hushed rap caresses the moody beats. Yes! Massive Attack return with a new album next month, the duo’s fifth studio album, Heligoland (named after a German archipelago in the north sea) is out 8 February, 7 years after the release of their last album, the disappointing 100th Window. All in all Heligoland is an accomplished album, with their well respected eclectic address book they have pulled in an impressive cast of vocalists, Damon Albarn, Guy Garvey, Martina Topley-Bird, Horace Andy, TV on the Radio's Tunde Adebimpe and Hope Sandoval. Atlas Air is the album's closer, a reworking of a previous live track called Marrakech. I still long for the soulful euphoria of their debut album Blue Lines, that will remain an all time classic, we just have to accept that they were a different band then and it will never be repeated. Heligoland is due for a complete rework from dubstep producer Burial much in the same vein as '95's Mad Professor's remixing of No Protection. Certainly one to look out for.
Sounds like the Stones Roses playing in a chilled out bar in the seventies while Cool bright coloured lights pierce through a smokey atmosphere. No one's got a care in the world.
My Robot Friend is from NYC, AKA Howard Robot his latest album Soft-core, is full of guests including Alison Moyet, Jay Kauffman and Zombie Nation… this track features the vocals of Dean Wareham of Dean & Britta duo. The album is real melting pot styles, old an new. Great tunes for late night listening.
Clanging drums and wonky tonk piano... A grand masterpiece of crazy pop... Heaven Can Wait.
Following on from her excellent album 5:55 from 2006, Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin's daughter has collaborated with Beck to make IRM, her best album to date. Full of Beck's distinctive style and lyrical nonchalance, who himself is massively influenced by Serge Gainsbourg. And it's all in there, it's an eclectic mix of tunes that hang together well, Charlotte is sounding more and more like her mother, although Charlotte does has a better voice, not to say I don't enjoy Jane Birkin's songs as she has made some quality pop with Monsieur Serge.
It's sounds practically like a new Beck album but with Charlotte doing all the singing, Beck does chip in with background vocals here and there, apart from this track which is a full on duet. So Beck plays Serge to Charlotte's Jane, and in true style of the legend they have also managed to maintain Serge's forward thinking pop while plundering from his past. It's very early indeed to think about albums of the year, I just hope come the end of the year it won't be forgotten about as it really is a magnificent album. With such talented parents the expectation bench mark is set very high, Charlotte has a lot to live up to, with IRM I think she has achieved it… The old man would have been proud. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Like This Try: Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin, Beck, Jean-Claude Vannier, Bertrand Burgalat
Enter in a dream-like state, the world of Beach House, atmospheric rhythms, floating soulful harmonies and graceful hazy lazy melodies fulfil a lush landscape of shiny dreamy pop. Magnificent! Beach House are the duo of Alex Scally on guitar and keyboards and Victoria Legrand on vocals and organ formed in 2004 in Baltimore, Maryland (Legrand is the niece of French film composer Michel Legrand and singer Christiane Legrand, cool!) New Album Teen dream is released at the end of this month.
Like This Try: Stereolab, Grizzly Bear, Yeasayer
The mighty Ian Brown gets a re-work from The Prodigy on this, his latest single Just Like You. Liam Howlett & Co. give it a scuzzed up electro vibe, letting Ian's original vocal slide over the top. I still like Ian's original from his My Way album with the funky brass section, this remix takes it in an entirely different direction firmly hitting the Indie dancefloor.
Bear's Beat is an infectious little groove, sounds like a bear banging away on an old typewriter in the woods! Written and performed by unsigned artist Eric Dana a multi-instrumentalist from Florida.
Like This Try: Rodrigo y Gabriela, Cornelius, Cassettes Won't Listen
Been listening to Memory Tapes album Seek Magic quite a bit recently, Bicycle was doing the rounds last summer, but as part of the album released the end of last year I've discovered what a great tune it really is. Skips and bangs along like Metronomy jamming with New Order at LCD Soundsystem's house.
Like this Try: Metronomy, !!!, School of Seven Bells, New Order
Chilean born, German raised Matias Aguayo new album Ay Ay Ay is taking up a lot of time the Neoloop sound system. Composed mostly of the human voice it make's sounds you've never heard before, an unfamiliar style of music that will define a whole new genre. If any thing it has an almost tribal quality sometimes hinting at the odd african rhythm and chanting. I've previously posted up the single Rollerskate off the the album, this track is magnificent blend of human voice and wind instruments to a pounding tribal beat. Go get the album. Highly Recommended
Real Estates album was only released last month, but with tracks like Beach Comber, Let's rock the beach and Pool Swimmers its all about long hot lazy sunny days and having fun, surf guitars and Hawaiian flowers. Although their are a few somber moments in Black Lake and Fake Blues and even a song about Snow days. In the middle of a cold winters day it brings in a ray of sunshine and you can only but dream about next summer. I'm sure this album will have the longevity to soundtrack your summer holidays in 2010 and beyond, a cracking debut from the New Jersey band.
Like this try: Grizzly Bear, Biblo, Freelance Whales
A pounding heavy slab of white noise, yet strangely melodic, distorted sounds crash and collide beating each other up until the most powerful one pushes to the fore until it get smashed away by another creating a captivating chaos. You need to turn the volume up to stun on this one. If you imagine My Bloody Valentine jamming with Giorgio Moroder in a dark heaving disco you come close, The main riff is oddly reminiscent of Sly & the Family Stones' Into My Own Thing (as sampled by Fatboy Slim on Weapon of Choice). Die slow is taken from their 2nd album Get Color, out now. LA's HEALTH are best known in the UK for their collaboration with Crystal Castles on hit dancefloor filler Crimewave, something of a disco departure from their usual brand of ear punishing cacophony. Also available is an album of remixes, HEALTH//DISCO featuring new versions of first their first album. Check out the video for Die Slow, pretty gruesome!
Like this try: No Age, Atlas Sound, Wavves, My Bloody Valentine
The longer U wait the more you cry… bouncin' synths and jangley guitars dominated by Simone White's folky vocal swoon. Fol Chen are a group from Los Angeles signed to Asthmatic Kitty records, this is the title track from their second album The Longer U Wait. The original version appears on their debut album Part I: John Shade, Your Fortune's Made.
Like this try: Hot Chip, The XX, Yacht, Simone White
Psychedelic bongo rock with sitars and guitars from Denmark, sounds like Jesus and Mary Chain remixed by Beyond the Wizards Sleeve. But this is all the work of one man, Tobias Winberg an unsigned from Denmark
Like this try: Jesus and Mary Chain, My Bloody Valentine, Velvet Underground
Wow what a riff! Portishead come storming in with this dark disco stomper, sounding like a futuristic version of Joe Jackson's Stepping out with Beth Gibbons haunting vocals. Chase The Tear released for Amnesty International organisation. Wicked tune!
On first listen this sounds all over the place, moving from Prog-rock to ballad to electro pop, picking 80's ups synths and Gary Numan on the way, ending up in a cascading electric guitar crash. Produced by Erol Alkan this hyperballad sounds slightly different from anything on their previous record, while still retaining their LOTP unique sound they have moved on in a higher direction to a fresh and interesting place for 2010. A storming return from Late of the Pier, following on from their brilliant debut album Fantasy Black Channel in 2008. This new tune, which is actually quite and old tune. Released this month as a pre-album single, new album due next year. Late of the Pier are a four-piece band from Castle Donington, England.
The perfect companion to Sun Airway's track below, A stunning tune from Scandinavian popsters Choir Of Young Believers. Uplifting harmonies soar over bongo rhythms and dramatic soundscapes, absolutely captivating. Released back in February this year and re-released again in September, taken from their album This is for the white in your eyes.
Sun Airway's Oh, Naoko is blissfully uplifting tune full of texture and layers of lush sounds supporting more soaring harmonies. Philadelphia's Sun Airway's should go far if they make more tunes like this.
While deciding my albums of the year I've enjoyed diggin' in the crates and rediscovering albums and tracks from the beginning of the year. I always think that most of these end of year round ups of the best albums tend to feature the later half of the year. April revealed the Super Furry's ninth excellent album Dark Days/Light Years, a whirlwind of colourful and vibrant tunes takes the listener on a psychedelic journey to oblivion. White Socks/Flip Flops is a groovy little stomper, hey hey hey!
The fabulous Neon Indian gives fellow Brooklynites Au Revoir Simone's tune a real psychedelic make-over, taken from their Another Likely story EP released last month. Neon synth's and pounding beats are pulled through the Indian echo chamber, love this.
Like this try: Neon Indian, Little Dragon, Ladytron
Loving the new tune from Vampire Weekend. A cracking tune, has all the feel good factor we've come to expect from VW. Looking forward to the new album Contra is out on 11 January 2010.
Flame is an old tune from 2006 by the Irish pop rock quintet, Bell X1, taken from the band's third album Flock. Still a great tune, the Chicken Lips remix gives it a monster groove.
I'm currently considering my albums of the year and revisiting lots of great stuff. Passion Pits album Manners is a cracking loud pop mash up. I also enjoyed Miike Snow's debut effort of quirky pop gems. Both these band have been remixed to oblivion this year. But this combination of Miike Snow remix of The Passion Pit's The reeling is one of the years great pairings. Whose albums of the year will up here soon, watch this space.
Fantastic expectations, amazing revelations… went to see Ian Brown at Brixton Academy last night, amazing gig with all his hits rounding up with an epic version the Stone Roses classic Fools Gold. His new material sounded really good, Stellify and new single Just Like You standing out the most. Marathon Man suffered from a few sound problem which was a shame. Overall Mr.Brown delivered rip roaring performance, he is real a Legend. Ian's classic tune F.E.A.R is just a lyrical masterpiece, posted here on neoloop for your pleasure although I'm sure you already own this!
For each a road, For everyman a religion, Find everybody and rule, For everything and rumble, Forget everything and remember, For everything a reason, Forgive everybody and remember...
Final eternity arouses reactions, Freeing excellence affects reality, Fallen empires are ruling, Find earth and reef, Fantastic expectations Amazing revelations
Final execution and resurrection, Free expression as revolution, Finding everything and realizing... You got the fear.
After seeing the Specials live again this week, I've been listening to a lot of Specials. This tune hasn't featured in their new live sets, which is a shame as it's one my top fives! Way ahead of it's time I think.
A happy little indie pop tune from New Orleans band Generationals. This has a nice retro vibe, with sixties production sound and Beach boys harmonies. This single is their new album Con Law. Out Now.
Psychedelic euphoria, spine-tingling magic.
Brother Sport is the third single taken from Animal Collective's universally acclaimed album, Merriweather Post Pavilion. A real stand out track from the album, scaling to euphoric proportions! Available on 10" and is backed with a live version of a brand new track 'bleeding' (live) recorded recently at big sur in california. Open up your, open up your, Open up your throat, And let the all of that time, All of that time, all of that time go! Animal Collective is a band originally from Baltimore, Maryland, currently based in New York City. Animal Collective consists of Avey Tare (David Portner), Panda Bear (Noah Lennox), Deakin, or Deacon as spelled on Strawberry Jam (Josh Dibb), and Geologist (Brian Weitz).
Like This Try: Grizzly Bear, Panda Bear, Atlas Sound
While the Dirty Projectors Bitte Orca album has been well raved about since it's release earlier this Summer, I've found it to be a slow burner that just gets better with every listen. It's hard to highlight one individual track, in the world of mp3 it's easy to just pull out the popular tracks and never listen to rest of the album. So it takes a really good album stand up in its entirety. With Bitte Orca it really is a complete listening experience required. However, No Intention is a captivating listen, even if it does sound better at track 7 nestled in as part of the whole LP.
Surely a front runner contender for album of the year. Intricate melodies, epic landscapes stripped bare to reveal beauty in it's most simplistic and triumphant form. Frontman Dave Longstreth's lead vocal is strangely jarring at times but it works, add to that the female harmonies of amber coffin, angel deradoorian and haley dekle you end up with a unique record.
From the new Richard X remix of 1991's Foxbase Alpha album, the Neil Young cover "Only Love Can Break Your Heart", an epic Balearo-disco banger. Always loved the original Neil Young version and the original Saint Etienne version (amazing to think that it's nearly 20 years old, Saint Etienne were one of the bands that helped define the indie dance genre in the early 1990s), this new remix gives it a nice polish for another few years to come.
Just add clear blue skies on cold frosty morning!
Great start to winter's day, wake up with a happy face with Washington DC's Le loup's morning song. Melodic banjo's and sweat harmonies. Uplifting. Taken from Le Loup's 2nd album Family out now.
Like this, try: Fleet Foxes, Bon Iver, Bill Callahan
The xx incredible remix of Florence + the Machine's version of Candi Staton's classic 'You've Got The Love'. Originally appears on her Mercury nominated Lungs LP. Every now and again a track comes along and blows you away, this is an amazing remix, practically a complete remake, stripping the original down to basics and reconstructing it with subtle xylophone and warped harp to dubstep beat and cutting up The XX's vocals with Florance Welch's chorus. The XX can do no wrong, captivating!
Got a bit a chinese urdu going on on this remix by Memory Tapes.
Primary 1 is churning out good shit at the moment and Memory Tapes are right on the money. This just builds and builds, Tune!
The original track from Miike Snow's debut album is real stand out tune and one of the top 20 of the year so far. There have been many remixes of this track but Mark Ronson gives it a complete make over and takes to the tune in to an entirely different direction. A light ska beat, a wonky organ and Ronson's signature brass is superb. (There are a few versions of this mix on various blogs which has a bit Lady Ga Ga overlapping the end, but this is the complete version).
Freak Folk just went mainstream, Devendra Banhart's first release on major label (Warners) brings on slightly more polished sound and the tunes are more structured than previous albums. This is one of the standout tracks, sounds more indie band than folk. Love this!
What Will We Be is a Devendra Banhart album set to be released on October 27th, 2009 on Warner Brother Records. The album was co-produced by Banhart and Paul Butler from A Band of Bees. Rejoining Banhart are old band mates Noah Georgeson, Greg Rogove, Luckey Remington, and Rodrigo Amarante, all of whom worked with him on his previous album, Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon.
Album is released at the end of this month.
Quirky little sounds all over this tune, which is something quite different from Altas Sound AKA Bradford James Cox, lead singer in Indie outfit, Atlanta four-piece Deerhunter. Featuring Noah Lennox (known as Panda Bear) an experimental musician and a founding member of Animal Collective. Taken from the new album Logos, which is an indie delight. A very original album that takes on a variety of styles and sounds, well worth checking out. Released 19th Oct 2009.
A superb chilled out remix from Folk-Hippie Devendra Banhart
Devendra said: We LOVE and have LOVED Phoenix since Alphabetical, and have wanted to do more than just ogle at their awesomeness for quite some time. With the release of their luminary Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix we got the chance to un-floccinaucinihilipilificate our dreams and with awesome, oceanic glee, we took Rome for a ride... a mellow, meditative one, let’s bring out the candle-lit side, a side of the song suited for lucubration !
An inspired choice of vocalist in Michael McDonald for the b-side of Grizzly Bear's new single from the excellent Veckatimest album. I love a bit of Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan. But Michael McDonald also gave us some great tunes as a solo artist, Sweet Freedom springs to mind. Grizzly Bear's style sounds like a strange mix for McDonald on paper, but I think this sounds like it was meant to be and adds a deeper soulful meaning to the tune. Even Grizzly Bear's backing vocal has stepped up to take the track into an altogether utopian moment. Class.
Have you heard the new Mr. Brown.
Why Ian Brown hasn't done a cover of Bob Marley's Mr. Brown by now is beyond me. You know Ian loves his reggae!
His new long player is bit of a gradual grower, but this track is an instant hit, sure to be a future single. It has a bit of Beta Band vibe about it but with Ian's genius lyrics. Monkey business as usual, looking forward to his gigs in December.
Loving this album and this tune in particular. Sound like old skool funk put through an old gramophone and recorded down a crackley phoneline. Wah Wah!
Take a trip down Ambivalence Avenue!
Psychedelic swirling rhythms on a hot sunny day.
Over the top squelches and a continuous looping riff sucks you in to the kaleidoscopic chasm of Neon Indian. Expect big things from Neon Indian, from Brookyln/Austin, Texas. New album Psychic Chasms available from 13 October.
Great cover artwork too!
A burst indie pop to keep the sun shining
Nice summery vibe, twanging little riff that loops around your head and doesn't let go. Two Door Cinema Club are 3 people from Northern Ireland with the help of technology and a thirst for anything quirky.
More chilled out Scandinavian grooves.
Subtle acoustic guitars, pan pipes, hand claps, sprinkles of delicate percussion and Victoria's quietly captivating voice.
Taken By Trees is the solo project of Swedish singer songwriter Victoria Bergsman, best known for providing guest vocals for the smash hit Peter Bjorn and John single Young Folks.
Victoria Bergsman was singer of the indie pop band The Concretes from 1995 up until her 2006 departure. Since announcing her leaving the band in July 2006, she has been recording for her new solo project, Taken by Trees.
Beautiful chilled out atmospheric grooves
This tune has been all over the radio lately, a beautiful slice of atmospheric indie pop slowly builds in to a crescendo of colourful and grand guitars. Perfect for a Sunday afternoon chillaxing. Taken from their album - Conditions, out now.
The Temper Trap are a band from Melbourne, Australia.The Temper Trap took their name from the combination of their favourite song 'The Lady is a Tramp' and their favourite movie 'The Parent Trap'.
Wacked out organs and a Mustang Sally baseline!
Yo La Tengo's new long player is a grower, Popular Songs a is Cinematic, indie pop masterpiece. These guys have been making great music for a quarter-century now, so I guess they know what they are doing. Their 12th album is out now.
Carry me Hooting & Howling to the river!
A extraordinary, stunning piece of music, captivating vocals and lush arrangements.
Another contender for album of the year, Two Dancers (Wild Beasts 2nd Album) is a musical magnum opus of a masterpiece. Hooting and howling all the way to this years top ten albums of the year. Immerse yourself and drown in it's beauty.
Like the beta band with the Bee Gees on vocal duties
A slow groover with a melody that pulls you in slowly but surely, hook line and sinker.
Wave Machines, from Liverpool currently enjoying success with the single I Go I Go I Go. Their debut album is a eclectic array pop. New single Punk Spirt is another standout track.
Next time I'll be true yeah!
I've been listening to the new album from the The XX quite a bit, well worth checking out. But this old cover version of the classic Womack and Womack tune is an amazing version. I love the original, but this version is a different tune entirely. Class!
This is a song for no one, but all of you!
I hadn't really listened to this band much, until Mr. A Black @ablackcanvas told me it was a killa album. I fell in love with tune straight away, perfect pop with a funky drummer beat. Hey the sun is shining again.
Miike Snow are a Swedish band, who formed in 2007. The band consists of singer/songwriter Andrew Wyatt, and the producing team of Christian Karlsson and Pontus Winnberg, also known as Bloodshy & Avant.
Rip it up and start again!
Yacht release their new album this month, an eclectic affair to say the least, dead pan vocals, scattered beats and electronic melodies chop about all over the shop. If you like LCD Soundsystem then this is right up your street. No coincidence they are signed to James Murphy's DFA label then.
Rave it up and lose your head!
This tune came out back in January this year, I heard it being played a few weeks ago in a shitty bar, it sounded brilliant so I shazamed it.
It just picks up where New Order left off, no surprise to learn that this lot are from Manchester. "Manchester has this amazing history of bands who could mix rock and dance music," say the Delphic boys.
Bring on the drums!
Friendly Fires pound in with a samba carnival of a summer tune, already a live favorite, this tune is released as a single at the end of this month. The video is pretty cool too.
Looking forward to their next album.
When the sun is shining you need some happy tunes for the summer vibe, so for the soundtrack to your next BBQ look to further than this album Veckatimest from NYC, Brooklyn band Grizzly Bear. Everyones raving about this band all over the internet, lazy grooves with some beach boys harmonies going on. The first single from the album 'two weeks' has been getting quite a lot of airplay of late.