The last time I saw GEMS live at Glasslands they debuted a cover of Seal’s “Don’t Cry” for the first time. I loved it. They stayed faithful to his original vision but gave it their own spin. It was an awesome experience live, and now they’ve released an official recording of the cover which you can check out now.
Duck Sauce, the electronic tag-team duo of A-Trak and Armand Van Helden have returned with a brand new EP titled Duck Droppings.
They released the EP yesterday via Fool’s Gold, and it’s completely free to download. You just gotta head to soundcloud and download each track individually (don’t be lazy).
It features four brand new tracks.
I have the whole EP streaming below if you want to test it out before you give it the old download.
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Del the Funky Homosapien started the new year right releasing a brand new album called Iller Than Most. The best part, it’s a free LP that’s available to listen on soundcloud right now.
Along with the soundcloud stream he shared this message:
This is a new FREE LP that is futuristic and fun- but still on some Hiphop shit. Lyrically ill but fun to listen to, nothing super heavy. I did the production on it as well. Hope yall enjoy it, peace.
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Unknown Mortal Orchestra had a good year. They released their new album II, which was one of my favorite releases of the year.
A few days ago they released a new song for free. It’s a 22-minute instrumental titled “SB-01″ and it plays heavily in the ambient/drone genre.
Last month we were treated to a new track from Norweigan outfit Röyksopp called “Something In My Heart.” They’ve returned with a new track called “Twenty Thirteen” that’s a perfectly timed farewell to the year.
It features guest vocals from Jamie Irrepressible, and has very new years feel to it. It’s available to snag as a free download over at their website.
It’s also available to listen to via the stream posted below.
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Let me introduce you to Greyjoy, a duo (Karlin Courtney & Matt Crockett) from Australia who you should be listening to. If you read this blog, there’s a good chance you’re going to become a big fan of these guys after hearing their sounds.
This summer they released their debut EP, which consists of 5-tracks that bath in all the best elements of synth-friendly dream pop. They live in the finest world of dream-pop wonder on the shimmering “Idle Thoughts” which features quite a delicious bassline. “Distane” has some elements and melodies that remind me of Passion Pit, minus the heavier synth overload. Then you have the lovely ballad “Emerald.”
Most recent singles “Complications” is a r&b jam that could be happily mistaken as a lost Hot Chip track. They’ve got the right ideas to transcend many different genres and elements, all while creating their own unmistakable sound. I’m quite impressed with how far along this young duo is, and urge you to check them out and keep them locked on your radar.
These guys have a bright future ahead of them, and are a band you need to watch. Mark my words, Greyjoy are the real deal.
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ceo (who has a new album on the way // stream new track “Whorehouse”) wouldn’t have been first guess of artists who would cover Kanye West. But he has done so, and he’s interestingly chosen Yeezus track “Hold My Liquor.”
He transforms the song into a different world, giving it a dreamy, tropical, feeling. Download a free mp3 of the cover below. Read the rest of this entry »
Annie has shared with us the album’s first single, “Birth In Reverse.” You get all that you would want from a St. Vincent track, her distinctive vocals placed over her spazztastic guitars. The thing starts off hot immediately, and doesn’t lose steam at any point. She’s most definitely back.
She described the album with the following:
I wanted to make a party record you could play at a funeral
GEMS have captured my heart with the wonderful “Medusa” off their debut EP of the same name. The track was originally supposed to be a six and a half minute track, but was trimmed down for the original single release.
They’ve released the original version of the song in all its glory. It’s called “Medusa UN₡U₮,” and it puts the song in an entirely new perspective. The Uncut version is almost a two part song. It’s wonderful. Pretty amazing how they ended up cutting the single version.
Stream it below. You can grab a free mp3 download from the band if you sign up for their e-mail list.
GEMS play at Glasslands in Brooklyn tomorrow night. Tickets are still on sale.
Australian Sam Waks, who goes by the moniker Sound Strider is an electronic artist making some cool sounds. He’s recently released his Intrepid Travels EP, featuring 5 mind-bending tracks that are most easily described as trip-electronic music, but it’s really much more than that.
The sounds that Sam makes as Sound Strider aren’t possible to limit to only one description, as they have many elements at play. There’s some house, some psychadelic, and plenty of shape-shifty elements of electronic. What is known as IDM (Intelligent Dance Music), Sound Strider is creating stuff thats pretty ahead of its time, but perfect for those willing to dive in and be taken to a different place.
The whole EP is avialable to stream below. If you like what you hear, you can buy it for your own price over at the bandcamp page.