Limited: "You Must Be Dreaming"
Time to add another eighties inspired synth dream pop to the summer playlist cause here comes Limited “You Must Be Dreaming”. New Jersey/New York bases, this project is made up of lush layers of noise-gaze guitars and synth funk pop. Nom nom nom. “You Must Be Dreaming” is released through New Image. Limited: Tumblr…Soundcloud
Little Dragon: "Sunshine"
In partnership with Absolut Vodka’s new tipple…peach flavour, Little Dragon have released this new track “Sunshine”. Its a perfect slice of summer with that unmistakable Little Dragon vibe. Enjoy.
A$AP Rocky: "Ridin'" ft. Lana Del Rey
Not happy with getting tongues wagging with the video for Lana’s “National Anthem”, A$AP Rocky and LDR have come together on “Ridin’” for A$AP’s upcoming album LiveLoveA$AP. The beat is smooth and soulful as Del Rey and A$AP mutually lavish love on each other. It’s nice.
Shy and The Fight: "How To Stop An Imploding Man"
I don’t what it is, but this week I’ve been sent some amazing music so keep your ears and eyes on this space. First up are Shy and The Fight, a indie rock group from Wales. Released through Popty Ping, Shy and The Fight is their first release. Catchy and heartwarmingly sweet, “How To Stop An Imploding Man” is just lovely and available for free download. (Also check out...
T. Mills: "Other Bitch Calling ft. Cocaine 80s"
I’m on this cause of the Cocaine 80s feature. But actually its kind of a nice laid back summer track and you can imagine the censored version having all kinds of radio play thrown its way.
Splash: "Ever Before"
Last night I went to see the Friends show at The Echo and it was good. Supporting them were the eccentrically fun Splash. 5 guys with a penchant for writing amazing 80s boy band funk pop. No, seriously. If you’re seeing Friends any time in the next month or so make sure you get there in time to experience this, you won’t regret it. Splash: Website…Facebook…Twitter
VIDEO: Lana Del Rey "National Anthem"
Yesterday, LDR released the trailer for new single “National Anthem” with her as Jackie O and A$AP Rocky as JFK. Needless to say she wetted appetites. So here’s the full video.
UMA: "Drop Your Soul ft. Silver Apples"
Opened my email today and discovered this lovely surprise. UMA are German married couple Ella and Florien and they make beautiful electronic music. Featuring Silver Apples, “Drop your Soul” is electronic synth dreamscape pop at its best with a mesmerising vocal and plinky plonky water drop beats. “Drop Your Soul” is from their upcoming five-track EP through Enraptured...
Best of 2012...So far
I don’t know how it happened, but its that time of the year again- we’re half way through. Somehow its June of 2012 and lists are being made of the best things that have been in our ears since January. As much of a slave to routine as anyone here is ITYLTS Best of 2012…so far. To do things a little different and challenge myself I’m only going to say three words as a...
INTERVIEW: Work Drugs
I’m gonna put it out there straight, I have no idea what ChillWave means- but I know I like it. When I chatted to Work Drugs they weren’t quite sure either. Whatever it is, they’re doing it right. The Philly duo, Benjamin Louisiana and Thomas Crystal, came together over a love of one of the best genres out there, Yacht Rock, and out of that love came- Work Drugs. Their...
LIVE: The Rosebuds "Woods"
“Woods” was one of my most favouritest songs of last years by North Carolinan band The Rosebuds. Here’s a super stripped down version of it that still packs just as much punch.
VIDEO: Slow Club "Beginners"
Here’s the video for Slow Club’s “Beginners” from their fantastic album Paradise. It stars Harry Potter himself, Dan Radcliffe, as he stumbles around an empty pub in London. A fan of the band, Radcliffe did the whole thing in one take one grey afternoon so snaps for him. (snaps was a thing right?) Also, I really like his shirt in this. Its a good look for him.
Remix Baby: AlunaGeorge "You Know You Like It...
Something is very very special when your eyes nearly pop out at a song. That just happened with this remix, when the beat drops on Bobby Tank’s cosmos bending remix of AlunaGeorge’s already brilliant “You Know You Like It”. The surprises keep coming making this one of the best remixes I’ve heard this year- of anything. Just. Press. Play.
Nicholas Jaar: "And I Say ft. Scout LaRue & Will...
Press play, sit back and be careful cause you might melt into your seat- that is how smooth and h-o-t “And I Say” is from Nicholas Jaar. Featuring sultry ‘come hither’ vocals from Scout LaRue (daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore) and a delicious sax from Will Epstein it all comes together to seduce you right out of those clothes and into their room with a glass of...
Cat Power: "Ruin"
Truth be told, I only really know one Cat Power song and its a cover from the Juno soundtrack, “Sea of Love”. Either way I know that she’s very much loved by the blogs so when news came today of a new single and upcoming album I thought I’d give it a listen, and I wasn’t disappointed. “Ruin” is a haphazard poppy track that brings together plonking pianos...
Jessie Ware: "Wildest Moments"
One of my favourite discoveries of 2012, so far, has been Jessie Ware. Every track that I have heard has been something different but undeniably Jessie Ware- a mark of a great artist, am I right? New single “Wildest Moments” is perhaps the most commercial of everything she’s done so far which is all good things as she is already getting some major airplay with what she’s...
Anonymity and ambiguity is so in right now. The Weeknd, One Room, The Neighbourhood, Summer Camp to name a few are artists that have come from seemingly nowhere and produced just amazing music- now add Rhye to that list. Rhye are playing their cards close to their chest, rumours are that they are from LA and Europe and both are members of well known bands already… whatever that means. ...
Top 3 Artists of 2012...so far
BBC6Music have joined up with Hype Machine for a special show counting down the top 25 artists of 2012 so far in a show airing Sunday June 24th on BBC6Music (for more info go here). As part of this I’ve been asked to pick my top three artists so far in 2012 and here they are… The Neighbourhood When I first heard “Sweater Weather” its safe to say I was instantly hooked....
Remix Baby: Fiona Apple "Every Single Night...
I tried to hold off from posting this for a while because I just posted on “Every Single Night” but this remix is TOO good. Sped up samples of Apple’s hook “I just want to feel everything” over a hip hop beat just goes SO amazingly together. Don’t you agree?
The Griswolds: "Heart of a Lion"
Here’s new things from The Griswolds, “Heart of a Lion”. As fun and amped up as “Mississippi”, it makes you want to get up, go get it and then dance it off (especially in that drum bit at the end)- if that makes sense. <a href=”http://wearethegriswolds.bandcamp.com/track/heart-of-a-lion”...
VIDEO: San Cisco "Rocket Ship"
Here’s the fun loving video for San Cisco’s “Rocket Ship” that is one of those perfect songs for summer and San Cisco always do summer so well. “Rocket Ship” is from their sophomore EP Awkward. San Cisco: Facebook…Twitter…Myspace
E-Dubble: "Honors Bio"
Oh its been a hot minute since we had some new e-dubble in our lives. Keeping up the tradition, this Friday E-Dubbz premiered “Honors Bio” over on Pigeons and Planes, and let me tell you know the wait has been worth it. “Honors Bio” is from the upcoming EP and it is a slowed down affair with E-Dubz gets his singing on over this poppy beat that has a sweet chord...
Fiona Apple: "Every Single Night"
I can’t remember why I haven’t posted on the first single “Every Single Night” from Fiona Apple’s eagerly, oh SO eagerly, awaited album The Idler Wheel… that has been seven years in the making since the mesmerising Extraordinary Machine. NPR has the whole album to stream right now and the opener “Every Single Night” is captivating. It’s...
Poolside: "Slow Down"
With a name like Poolside, “Slow Down” couldn’t be anything but a smooth cool summer song perfect for poolside lounging. I am about to move into a place with a pool and I cannot wait to bump this on my poolside fridays. In the same vein as Washed Out, Poolside make music that makes you just want to be outside soaking up some rays while appearing super cool. No wonder...
disCOVER: Usher "Pumped Up Kicks (Foster The...
This is nearly so far out of left field that it is so so right. Usher grabs a bass guitar and goes to town on last years song of the summer “Pumped Up Kicks” by Foster The People for BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge. A little rockier than the original, Usher adds that rnb smoothness with some guns ‘n’ roses esque power guitar. What can I say, I think it works.
Charli XCX: "Heartbreaks and Earthquakes- The...
Charli XCX’s EP You’re The One just came out with the titular track and “Nuclear Season” including remixes by Blood Orange amongst others. Not only that, but Charli XCX just dropped her third mixtape with tracks from Blood Orange, Blood Diamonds, Rudimental and Drake including snippets from 90s favourites The Craft, Cruel Intentions and American Beauty. It’s 21...
VIDEO: AlunaGeorge "Just A Touch"
I first stumbled across AlunaGeorge at the beginning of this year when I heard their amazing remix of Lana Del Rey’s “Born To Die” and that was great and all but then I heard their original material. I. was. blown. away. I literally wrote this ‘late night synthy goodness that will melt your face off’ about “You Know You Like It”. Cut to this summer and...
LIVE: Carly Rae Jepson, Jimmy Fallon & The Roots...
Try watching this without a huge smile spreading across your face. It can’t be done. I don’t care what kind of music you’re into, this is just great. Carly Rae Jepson joined Jimmy Fallon and The Roots in the music room to perform “Call Me Maybe” on all those instruments you used to fight over in music class: The Triangle, Xylophone, Kazoo, Bongos and that weird...
Frank Ocean: "Pyramids"
Frank Ocean has just put out the first taster of things to come, “Pyramids” from his debut full length album, Channel Orange due July 17. “Pyramids” is a sprawling electric journey across genres coming in at 9.54min that showcases Ocean at his best, a smooth singing maestro that has complete command of his talent- and he’s only just started.
disCOVER: She's So Rad "Rockin' Back Inside Your...
Nostalgic New Zealand band She’s So Rad make beautifully hazy indie shoegaze pop on tracks like “Confetti” that evoke memories of plaid flannel shirts and big mobile phones- the 90s. One of the defining tv shows of the 90s was David Lynch’s oddball soap opera-esque mysterious melodrama Twin Peaks that was full of wtf watercooler moments and creepy but wonderful music...
Azealia Banks: "Aquababe"
I wasn’t paticularly grabbed by “212” but I was won over on “Jumanji” and Azealia Banks has me on the middle ground with “Aquababe”. Kind of reminding me of Missy Elliott right now, the beat is a mish-mash of lots of different things with Banks’ familiar vocals riding in and out over the top. “Aquababe” is from the upcoming...
Passion Pit: "I'll Be Alright"
Here’s the next new track from Passion Pit’s upcoming album Gossamer follow up to the massive Manners. “I’ll Be Alright” treads familiar ground a little more than “Take A Walk” due to the hectic copy and paste sampling and big arrangements. Either way its a taste of things to come and it tastes like it is going to be awesome. Gossamer is due July 24.
Remix Baby: Theophilus London "Why Even Try...
Since chatting to The Griswolds (just down there) I’ve been on a bit of a Theophilus London rampage and found this awesome remix of “Why Even Try” by Bloody Beetroots. Enjoy.
INTERVIEW: The Griswolds
Sun tinged indie pop from Australia is a dime a dozen but when you have something as delicious and well done as “Mississippi” from The Griswolds, that doesn’t really matter. The song is full of everything that makes a catchy indie pop song, an infectious beat, sing along chorus and it makes you feel happy plain and simple. I caught up with the guys behind the awesomeness to...
Brooklyn Band Friends have just released their debut album Manifest! and a lot of people are excited about this. Rightly so, as it is full of indie funk infused tracks with a dazzling vocal from lead singer Samantha Urbani. “Home” is an upbeat track with an awesome bassline that makes me want to get up and start getting down. Grab Manifest! right now and right here. ...
Fiona Apple: "Anything We Want"
Since debuting a few new songs at this year’s SXSW, everyone and their dog have been ready and excited about studio versions of new Fiona Apple material. Here’s “Anything We Want”, a true delight of a track with heavy happy pianos and what sounds like the ocean in the background. It’s just lovely. “Anything We Want”, “Werewolf” and the...
disCOVER: Leeni "Video Games (Lana Del Rey 8-Bit...
God this good. Lana Del Rey’s “Video Games” made into video game 8-bit amazingness. The cover is from an EP Headphones On Your Heart by 8-bit maestro Leeni so check that out here. Leeni: Bandcamp…Facebook…Twitter
Remix Baby: The Weeknd "The Morning (Atlantic...
For some reason I’m all about remixes of The Weeknd this morning. No idea why, things just happen I guess. Check out this awesome remix of “The Morning” by Atlantic Connection that turns this low key laid back dedication to the hazy morning after into a bona fide party track.
Whatever “indie rnb” is, its sticking around. Ever since The Weeknd hot skip and a jumped it into the mainstream with his eerie lo-fi tales of late night debauchery, artists and producers have figured the time is right for the rest of them. Cue JMSN, a singer/songwriter based in Los Angeles whose self produced EP Priscilla toes the fine line between late night musings and the morning...
Remix Baby: Imagine Dragons "It's Time (Penguin...
The original of this track is about to be huge given its prime placement on the trailer for the upcoming film adaptation of Perks of being A Wallflower. Imagine Dragons’ “It’s Time” is one of those uplifting epic kind of tracks that are perfect for the movies. The remix by Penguin Prison injects a bit of a summer fun into the track and makes it perfect for afternoon pool...
LIVE: Watch The Throne- The Record Breaking 11th...
You are now rocking with the best. Here is the show stopping, record breaking, roof shaking 11th time they did “Niggas in Paris” in Paris. Sit back and watch two of the best who ever did it go gorilla. If you have a spare hour, you can watch ALL ELEVEN times right here via Complex
LIVE: The Secret Sisters "Tomorrow Will Be Kinder"
This is one of those songs that stops you dead in your tracks. All it is really is a guitar and two people singing, but it is so beautiful and so quietly optimistic that it is incredible, it was written after the devastating tornados in Alabama. It was later included in The Hunger Games soundtrack.
VIDEO: Coldplay "Princess of China ft. Rihanna"
Here is the video for Coldplay’s “Princess Of China” featuring Rihanna from their latest album Mylo Xyloto. I remember this track sticking out for me back when the album was first released so I’m glad to have some visuals to go with it. And the visuals are pretty damn good, taking inspiration from the kung fu genre. Great video to go with a great song.
disCOVER: Robyn "Call Your Girlfriend (Lennon &...
If you’ve seen those kids covering Nicki Minaj on Ellen you’re probably a little hesitant at pressing play on this one…don’t worry its nothing like that. These girls do a masterful cover of Robyn’s “Call Your Girlfriend” with the arrangement by another viral youtube cover Erato, with some beautiful vocals and real skill on the yoghurt pots.
Foxes: "In Her Arms"
There’s something very visual about Foxes’ “In Her Arms”, you can just imagine it on the next big TV show. “In Her Arms” is a steel drum based urgent kind of track from the London based Foxes and is from her upcoming EP Warrior. In Her Arms by iamfoxes Foxes: Website…Facebook…Twitter…Soundcloud
GIVERS got the infectious indie african influenced pop thing down to a tee on the incredibly enjoyable “Up, Up, Up”. Stepping back somewhat, “Atlantic” is a little more low key that starts off slow and builds into something rather beautiful. The beginning of the track reminds me for some reason of one of the songs from the film “Stand By Me”, which is never a...