The War on Drugs.
Philly-based band The War on Drugs is led by Adam Granduciel, an ex- member of Kurt Vile’s band The Violators. Kurt & Adam met back in 2003 and recorded together until 2008, when Vile branched off into solo territory. The featured track above, “Come to the City”, is from their second album, “Slave Ambient.” Their third album, “Lost in the Dream,” was released last month.
Get it from Secretly Canadian Records here.: http://www.secretlycanadian.com/onesheet.php?cat=SC310
R.I.P. Legend Frankie Knuckles
R.I.P. Frankie Knuckles. We owe so much to this godfather and purveyor of house music. Much of the music we enjoy today is because of this man. He started his dance music career in the late 70s & early 80s playing nights at a club in Chicago called The Warehouse - where the name “house” is supposedly derived from. Featured here is a contemporary mix from the late DJ & producer. #RIPFrankie WE LOVE YOU!
Tropics from London.
Here’s another track brought to you by label Innovative Leisure, a remix of Superhumanoids’ “Bad Weather” by 22 year-old London-based producer Tropics, aka Chris Ward. Once again, we find ourselves in dream pop heaven. Enjoy the free download!
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My favorite track off Nick Waterhouse's new album, Holly, is “Well, it's Fine,” a track that stands out in its jazz-driven rhythms and easy dynamics. Nick Waterhouse is a very talented musician, and he succeeds most in moments of repose, where his voice can relax and take on more range. The track featured above, “This is a Game,” however, is classically high-energy, like something you'd hear on a Quentin Tarantino soundtrack! Enjoy :)
Check out tour dates and more tracks on his website: http://nickwaterhouse.com/
For the real Northern Soul stuff, check out this album featuring Sam & Dave, the Ohio Players, Sly Stone, Ike & Tina Turner, and more.
Aussie drone pop.
Dream pop & psych rock fetishists: you’ll love Brisbane, Australia-based Morning Harvey. Their latest single, “Girl Euphoria (Come Back to Me)” hits in all the right places. They debuted with “Don’t Try It” in 2012. Enjoy!
Brownsville, Texas-based Sage of Seers, aka Kristopher Garcia, is a DJ/producer whose influences include Four Tet, Gold Panda, and Animal Collective. His EP, Phoenix Down, was inspired by a recent move to the Arizona desert. We love his minimalist vibe and resonating synths. To download/buy the featured track above, as well as a few other great ones, go to his Bandcamp: http://sageofseers.bandcamp.com/
If you never liked Pharrell William’s “Happy” (the original version), we’ve found a much better way to digest it. Philly-based DJ duo, Vaux & Rivera, aka David Vaux and Chris Rivera, have remixed the track and taken it to EDM heights. The deep house factor here is high and mighty. Enjoy! :)
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Moby remixes Washed Out.
You had me at Washed Out. Add Moby to the mix and it’s a pretty nice result. I haven’t found an avenue for purchase yet, but keep checking back on Sub Pop’s Washed Out page or Moby’s site for info. For now, enjoy the streaming audio, already posted on Stereogum and big mammoth blogs of the like.
Hope you’re all surviving the winter, Midwesterners and East Coasters!
Boogie up with Moon Boots
I can’t figure out whether the literature on Moon Boots suggests that he actually worked for NASA, or if his leaving the “military industrial space complex” is a metaphor for something else. Either way, you can enjoy his latest release, featuring UK vocalist Kyiki, and free download!
Check out on Moon Boots on Facebook for tour dates.
Mellowing out in Australia.
As much as I like the original version of Manchester-born Ben Pearce's “What I Might Do,” this remix from Sydney-based producer Kilter has a mellow vibe that’s quite appealing. Some listeners might place it under the “future bass” umbrella. Also: free download :) Enjoy.