I slog through the mire of blog hype and new music so you don’t have to. Well, you can if you want. I’m not the boss of you. In any case, I’ve rustled up the songs that have caught my attention and kept it over the past few weeks for your listening pleasure. This playlist is a little heavy on the low-end, so don your headphones or make sure you have a sub to get the full experience.
Under My Radar: Gems, CFCF, Phantogram Tracklist:
1. CFCF – “Beyond Light”
Electronic musician CFCF’s new video is basically eye candy with a dramatic electronic soundtrack. CFCF tends to walk the same line of overwhelming sound and melody that M83 pioneered with Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts. “Beyond Light” is hypnotic, but musical. It’s almost jazzy. I mean, there’s a pan flute. How can you hate the pan flute?
2. Phantogram – “Blackout Days”
Phantogram has new music out! “Blackout Days” is the lead single off their four track EP. They careen between song and shouting insanity over head -obbing beats. This is the sonic sequel to “Mouthful of Diamonds” that I’m all too happy to hear.
3. Gems – “Medusa”
Remember the Cocetau Twins? That glo-fi rock band from the ’80s that always sounded like they were singing in Martian? Their reverb-heavy sound has influenced a number of buzzbands of late, but Gems are shaping up to be my favorite. For one thing, you can actually hear Lindsay Pitt’s voice. She’s not trapped behind a wall of distortion or hiding behind autotune. Musically, they sound like a cross between Washed Out and the Cranberries. It’s a good sound.
4. Plezier – “Voyager”
I get random sounds sent to my inbox all the time, but it’s not that often that I listen to them more than once. I really, really like what Plezier does in this house track. Pitches change, chopped vocal samples are looped in and out, and the whole thing is very dynamic without being jarring. It’s really solid. Crosstown Rebels/Salted Music need to sign this dude.
5. Lxury – “J.A.W.S.”
This cut is from a new artist on Disclosure’s label. If you’ve listened to any of their music, you can probably hear how they’re related after the first minute or so. Lxury has that same pared down, bright, UK house vibe that Disclosure brought to the world’s attention earlier this year. It’s a goodun. Thanks for the tip, Purrprincess!
6. Banks – “Warm Water” (Snakehips Remix)
I know it’s not new, but it’s the best version of this song that exists on Earth. Even though I like the original, the production is a bit like listening to a disco while underwater. I like it, but this remix removes the disco and puts Banks on stage with a funk band. It’s excellent, and if you haven’t heard it yet (or payed Snakehips any attention). you’re doing yourself a disservice.
7. Ladi 6 – “Ikarus”
Long Version: Ladi 6 has had my attention with her soulful voice and clean production. So much soul. I gushed about her a few weeks back on the Blogcast, and her music hasn’t left me since then.
Short Version: Dat beat tho.
8. Diplo – “Biggie Bounce”
Mad Decent kingpin Diplo just released his brand twerkin’ new Revolution EP last week. Fans of the Mad Decent ratchet-by-any-means-necessary ethos know what to expect there. This track is my favorite. Also, this is the one most likely to get people to, ah… express themselves.