Tycho - Awake
When Tycho releases new music, you know that it is time to listen up. Awake is a sprawling, original track that demonstrates why it is easy to love the man’s mesmerising work.
There is a synergy between the instruments and electronics, which make for an organic listen and bridges the gap between dance, ambient music and everything in between.
If you are new to Tycho you can check out his previous two albums Past Is Prologue and Dive. He is due to release his third full length effort in early 2014.
Sun City - Colour Blind
Today’s post is coming to you from a spot in the shade in Byron Bay, New South Wales. So it only seems appropriate to deliver you a Summery song that has been crafted by a little-known Australian group that go by the name of Sun City.
Yes they are an Australian group, and the fact that their single has been spelt ‘colour,’ the correct Australian/British way, will have grammarnazis at ease. The synth heavy track follows in the tradition of a great number of new Australian acts that have been popping up all over the county in the past few years, including the likes of Cut Copy, RüFüS and Gypsy and The Cat to name a few.
But there is something refreshing about the Perth duo’s sound. Perhaps it is the well-planned razor sharp production focus of Tobes and Dan that seems to understand the need for interesting song structures and avoid irritating repetition and change up the melody wherever possible without compromising the memorability of the track.
Premiering on Triple J this week, having 3 songs featured on the Unearthed website and scoring a ‘Song of The Day’ post on IndieShuffle have helped to bolster Sun City into the consciousness of unsuspecting fans. It also won’t hurt to raise the notability of the group before the festival season.
To download this song and others, visit the Unearthed feature page.
Fatboy Slim - Praise You (Maribou State Remix)
Most people who inhabited this planet in the late 90s will be familiar with Fatboy Slim's crossover dance hit Praise You. His witty sense of sampling and DJing credentials helped in kickstarted his career. The comparatively little-known collective Maribou State may be lack Fatboy Slim's ageing fanbase, but not his production skills.
Maribou State first came to my attention with their flawless remix of Ultraista's Gold Dayzz. They certainly have a knack for creating melt in your mouth music and the warm synths feel as though they are transporting you to a Mediterranian beach on a lazy afternoon.
Time to press repeat methinks.
Download - Praise You (Maribou State Remix)
Irie Office Music - Indie Mindie
After being introduced to this track via Hillydilly, I was instantly captivated. The guitar and bassline are catchy and the it changes up enough in the short 2 minutes and 8 seconds to keep you anticipating what is about to come next.
Josiah Panella, aka Irie Office Music chose the final version to remain an instrumental, however it is only a matter of time before someone ‘borrows’ the beat to take it to the next level. Irie Office Music is based in San Diego, just a few miles south of the a similar sounding group, Foster The People.
Glitches - Warm Seas
Glitches are a new British band, who combine a progressive bassline with some otherworldly synth effects and traditional rock n roll crooning to deliver an atmospheric single Warm Seas.
Glitches have just two other releases on their Bandcamp page, where you can purchase Warm Seas and check out a few remixes of their other two tunes.
Kakkmaddafakka- Someone New
Wow! Norway have done it again and blown me away with a band that make music that warms on you despite their climate being far frostier than most.
akkmaddafakka’s appeal too good to pass up.
Kudos to The Whitest Boy Alive for helping the group with the record and for scoring cameos in this bitter-sweet lemon-filled music video.
Take the plunge and give the song/video a burl! Their new album is out June 28th.
Cayucas - Cayucos
After discovering the surf rock group Oregon Bike Trails in 2011 and falling in love with their joyous song Cayucas, (I even declared it song of the year) I have been fixated on finding more music than the four tracks they had available in obscure places on the internet. So when I revived my hunt this week I was still scouring hopelessly for new material and not getting far. Their Bandcamp page had been taken down and all traces of the band seemed to have vanished since 2011.
I did realise that after listening to Oregon Bike Trails on Youtube, several of the recommended songs were from a band called Cayucas. You’ll never guess what happened next… (just kidding) it turns out that the band sneakily reformed as Cayucas, signed a record deal, rerecorded all their old material and released it along with some new songs on April 30th this year. Bigfoot is the name of the record and it sounds like beach music, with a nod to The Beach Boys and 60s Californian surf music. It is extremely good.
Recommended for fans of The Sea of Cortez, Opus Orange and Real Estate.
James Devane - Rhubarb (Aphex Twin Cover)
I have no agenda.
I have no endorsements, no sponsors, no product placement on this website. I have never studied marketing or advertising. I have no interest in hype, in trending, in staying up to date with the most recent major label artist campaign push.
I have never sugarcoated or given my opinion of music lightly without careful contemplation and consideration on different elements and textures of the soundscape.
I don’t listen to radio, I don’t watch television and I have started falling out of the habit of attending social events for the sake of engaging in shallow conversations consisting of the same polite but generic questions and answers.
I don’t listen to music to be social or antisocial, nor do I do it to develop a false sense of superiority or alienation from those around me. I do listen to music to stimulate my brain, to engage areas of my psyche that are both primitive and highly developed. I write about music not for any personal gain, but in the hope that I can share some amazing creative works with other appreciative listeners. I don’t believe in altruism, or selflessness because I love sharing music with others and I vicariously feel a sense of joy in the process.
I often feel forced to talk a lot during the day, and far too often these spoken exchanges are dwarfed in terms of meaning, emotion, expression and understanding compared to the awesome communicative powers that music can have - which brings me to the end of my ramblings. At the end of the day, you can complain about the state of music today, or you can use your initiative and seek a world of undiscovered talent and a crowd of like-minded people to share your appreciation with, rather than your own disappointments.
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