Ted Feighan, who makes music under the name Monster Rally, is one of my favorite musicians these days. He’s been steadily releasing albums for the last few years and they keep getting better and better. His latest is titled Return to Paradise, which to me literally sounds like what paradise might sound like (you should imagine having a blue drink in your hand, which has a little paper umbrella inside of it). If that doesn’t sound like an amazing description to you then I’m not sure we can be friends.
I was listening to one of Rdio’s stations the other day when per chance I came across “Planetarium”, a rather impressive track from Squarepusher. Also known as Tom Jekinson, Squarepusher was/is on the forefront of techno/drum and bass/acid jazz (however you want to label it) combining electronic music with the soul of improvisational jazz.
“Planetarium” to me sounds like some sort of epic space journey, filled with tons of drums, a swell of atmospheric synths and a rhythm that swings between complex and foot tapping delightfulness.
Chris Baio, made famous for playing bass in Vampire Weekend, is continuing to explore his own music and producing through with his side project Baio. Ditching indie rock for electronic music, his newest EP Mira is an upbeat series of jams that remind me of something that Caribou would make. Mira was released today and you can listen to it on Rdio by clicking here.
James Murphy, made famous by fronting LCD Soundsystem, has seen been quite busy since the bands break-up in 2011. He’s producing the much anticipated upcoming album for Arcade Fire, and now he’s released a pretty awesome remix of David Bowie’s “Love Is Lost” from his most recent album, The Next Day.
Taking the genes from Steve Reich’s “Clapping Music”, a track consisting of yes, just clapping, Murphy has put together a sprawling track that Bowie’s vocals can swirl amongst. There’s this beautiful symbiosis of pianos, hand claps, and electronic blips that then erupts into this spontaneous, disco-tinged song. This song is a slow burn so be sure to give it enough time to really wash over you.
With his new single “Awake”, we’re getting a peek into the mind of Scott Hansen, aka Tycho, and what he has in store for his next full-length album which is due out next year. Tycho is still making dreamy, guitar filled electronic jams which are perfect for when you really need to hone in on your work. Definitely one to put on repeat.
New York duo Phantogram released last week a new self-titled EP that’s pretty dang good, and I’ve shared two of the songs down below. The first, “Black Out Days”, kind of reminds me of a really good 90s track. Sarah Barthel’s vocals fill the track with a magnificent presence, layered over a sea of keyboards and synths. You can listen to the full EP on Rdio by clicking here.
Austin-based band The Octopus Project‘s latest music video, ‘Whitby,’ is an excellent piece of stop motion animation, starring a bunch of dancing geometric shapes hanging out in a library, kitchen, and other ordinary locations. It was created, shot, and directed entirely by the band themselves, who also have a hand in a lot of the art involved in their packaging and live visuals.
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Los Angeles bubbles like a musical cauldron. Sometimes it needs to boil over for a musician to really be discovered. 23-year-old singer/songwriter Nylo has been steadily rising, leaving Texas to become a session musician and industry songwriter. Now she’s decided though to focus on her own career, putting out a sparkling EP right in the vein of the electro-hip-hop-R&B that dominates the musical zeitgeist.
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