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Miami Horror – “The Shapes” *artsy concept album

March 24th, 2017 by | Album/Mixtape/EP Review, Alternative/Indie, Electropop, New Wave, synthpop |

One of my favorite Australian bands is back with some great new music with their new concept album, The Shapes. After a two-year hiatus spent writing, experimenting and exploring, Melbourne’s Miami Horror return with their new conceptual project The Shapes.

The Shapes comes to life as a sonic / art experience and sees the band delve deep into rhythm and percussion with influences ranging from the art pop and lyrical wit of Talking Heads to Caribbean funk and African beats.  The first taste from The Shapes, “Leila” embodies the glitzy, glamorous sunshine of LA, draped in 80s synth melodies and topped with those iconic Miami Horror vocals, it’s a fitting first single.

Stream The Shapes below.

Previous: Miami Horror – “Leila”

Watch: Speelburg – “Pulse Of A Million” *alternative psychedelic pop

March 16th, 2017 by | Alternative/Indie, Dance, Electronic Rock, Electropop, Hidden Gem, Music Video, Pop |

When I first heard this song, I thought it was weird yet grabbed me because of its upbeat nature and I like the alternative, almost psychedelic vibes with uplifting lyrical content. Speelburg is intriguing, cool, strange, awesome and exciting! I really want to hear more from them and catch Speelburg (real name Noah Sacré) live!

Watch “Pulse Of A Million” below.
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Stream: Franc Moody – “Dopamine” *disco funk similar to Daft Punk

March 15th, 2017 by | Disco |

North West London collective Franc Moody announce their new single “Dopamine” following in the footsteps of their 2016 instrumental EP1. “Dopamine” takes this same lithe funk sensibility and adds a deft vocal and lyrical content that plays with the physical and emotional effects of the song. I love the funky basslines, the smooth melodies and the lyrical content keeps me into the song very much. I think Franc Moody is onto some low-fi dance music.

Stream it below. (more…)

Stream: Tuxedo – “2nd Time Around” *disco/funk

March 8th, 2017 by | Disco, Electropop, Pop, R&B, synthpop |

I love the future disco/funk vibes of Tuxedo and I’m so excited to share the first release from their upcoming album Tuxedo II (pre-order) out March 24 through Stones Throw Records. “2nd Time Around” continues the impressive upbeat debut release Tuxedo dropped in 2015 and I can’t wait for this 2nd album as it will be wholly original yet still draw influence from the future funk wobble of Zapp, Gap, Jam/Lewis and Junie Morrison, while nodding lyrically to Mtume, Jodeci and Cameo.

Tuxedo is Mayer Hawthorne and Jake One. The crystallization of their 2nd album’s concept comes courtesy of its message of universal love; thanks to the signature combination of soul and pop sensibility that have come to define Mayer’s hook. I can’t wait to hear the full length, definitely buying this album when it drops!

Stream “2nd Time Around” below, watch them perform it live on Jimmy Kimmel Live and peep the upcoming tour dates, you do not want to miss this duo live! (more…)

Stream: KYKO – Dive In *super vibrant pop

March 4th, 2017 by | Alternative/Indie, Electropop, Hidden Gem, Pop |

New KYKO is out and I can’t stop moving around and bobbing my head listening to the latest from the rising South London musician that has this silky smooth pop vibe with vibrant instrumentals that grow as the song whirls into something quite special.

I love that there is African pop vibes, lyrics that are easy to get into and just a fun smooth attitude that builds wonderfully!

“Dive In” to this song below.

If you like this, listen below for a few more of my favorites from KYKO. (more…)

Miami Horror – “Leila” *NEW ’80s-INSPIRED CONCEPTUAL RECORD

March 3rd, 2017 by | Dance, Disco, Electropop, New Wave, synthpop |

One of my all-time favorite Australian bands Miami Horror has released a new single “Leila” which will be on their new 80’s-inspired conceptual record The Shapes out March 17th.

Stream “Leila” below which has this upbeat disco vibe that is a lot of

“Leila” is the first song released from Miami Horror‘s new conceptual release The Shapes – a unique 5 track release that has Miami Horror step out of their comfort zone. The Shapes combines upbeat percussive grooves, with experimental vocal styles that echo Talking Heads and other post-new wave groups of the 80s.

In conjunction with the EP’s release, Miami Horror are working closely with visual artists that have inspired their music such as Erin Garcia, Spenceroni, Lynnie Zulu & Annukil, as well as Argentinian and South African artists John Mccam & Sebatian Borkenhagen.

I can’t wait to hear the rest of The Shapes and give you guys a thorough review of the 5-track EP, I love everything Miami Horror does and this continues their vibrant electric vibe they bring to their music.

Introducing Los Colognes *tropical smooth fun

February 8th, 2017 by | Alternative/Indie, Ambient, Electropop, Hidden Gem, Pop |

Nashville-based Los Colognes have just announced their third album The Wave, out May 12th via Big Deal Media / Thirty Tigers. Last month they released the first track “Flying Apart,” which has such a tropical smooth sound I’m hooked on! The band has a run of shows in the US, including opening slots for St. Paul and the Broken Bones and an appearance at Sasquatch Festival.

Guitarist/singer Jay Rutherford opines in “Flying Apart” – ‘Nobody believed / We’re all just hoping / Floating down streams.” It’s a song that invokes “the wave” metaphor of the album’s title, while churning through its own sonic sea of shimmering keyboards and guitars anchored by drummer Aaron Mortenson. The music evokes any of the best moments of late seventies or mid eighties FM radio while never being weighed down by the specter of influence. Los Colognes are a young band who have managed to forge their own sound while channeling the best sonic worlds of the decades past.

Stream “Flying Apart” below and find out more info on the upcoming album and Los Colognes upcoming tour dates!

Unlike the live approach used to record the group’s previous records, The Wave was built from the ground up with attention to each part. There is a certain economy of space in the songs that feel’s deliberate, while never ceasing to be warm and inclusive. Guitar and keyboard lines drift off each other in between lyrical exchanges while Mortenson propels the beat, sometimes meditative, sometimes driving.
The journey to finish recording The Wave was its own quest for Rutherford and Mortenson, a more deliberate process of creation and craft that shows a band becoming fully aware of its voice and its vision. Los Colognes have given us a singular collection of quietly anthemic tunes held together by philosophical reflection and damn fine rock and roll chops. The Wave is coming.
The Wave is out May 12th, preorder the album HERE.
Read the full bio by William Tyler HERE.

Tracklisting:
1. Sneakin’ Breadcrumbs
2. Flying Apart
3. Unspoken
4. Molly B Good
5. Forever In Between
6. The White Whale
7. Man Over Bored
8. Hope Not Too Long
9. A-OK
10. Can You Remember?
Tour dates:
2/25 – Knoxville, TN @ The Mill & Mine
3/16 – Charleston, SC @ Charleston Music Hall *
3/17 – Charleston, SC @ Charleston Music Hall *
3/18 – Columbia, SC @ St Pat’s @ 5 Points *
3/23 – Orlando, FL @ Beacham Theater *
3/24 – St. Petersburg (Tampa), FL @ Jannus Live *
4/1 – New Orleans, LA @ Hogs for the Cause Festival
5/20 – Richmond, VA @ Dominion RiverRock Festival
5/29 – George, WA @ Sasquatch Festival
8/24-08/27 – Arrington, VA @ Lockn’ Festival
*with St Paul & The Broken Bones
 Follow Los Colognes on:
Facebook – Twitter – Instagram – Website

Review: Urban Cone at Bardot *electric catchy pop

February 8th, 2017 by | Concert/Festival Review, Electronic Rock, Electropop, Pop |

Monday night I caught the recently signed to Interscope band Urban Cone as they rocked the intimate stage at Bardot in front of a small but packed house in Hollywood. They were so damn catchy with their infectious electro-pop, I enjoyed just about every song they performed in their short but jam-packed set.

 

Last week they released the catchy pop hit, “Old School” which should be all over pop/top 40 radio stations and garnering tons of streams online. They’ve been making catchy alternative electro pop tracks for years and it seems with a major label backing, they could finally break out in the US as they continue to gain recognition, they clearly have what it takes and as they got a fun sound that’s hard not to like.

Stream or watch my 4 favorites they performed live below, “Old School”, “Sadness Disease” and “Come Back To Me” and “Urban Photograph”. (more…)

Introducing Molly Marlette *electro-pop starlette

January 4th, 2017 by | Electropop, Hidden Gem, Pop |

I was introduced to Molly Marlette by her manager and once I heard her single “Do Me A Favor” as well as a few demo songs yet to be released, I knew she had a sound that has potential to get radio play as she has a fresh electro-pop sound that is easy to sing and dance along to.

Stream “Do Me A Favor” below.

If you like what you heard above, follow Molly Marlette on facebook and twitter.

Kyko *tropical electronic pop/rock

November 28th, 2016 by | Alternative/Indie, Chill/Jam/Reggae, Electronic Rock, Electropop, Hidden Gem, Pop |

The latest Hidden Gem I got for you is London outfit Kyko. Formed in 2014, this young pop band is crafting a sound that keeps getting better. They just released “Nature” which is very Vampire Weekend/Paul Simon‘s Graceland-esque and I LOVE IT! They released “Nature” earlier this month and before that have had excellent releases on their soundcloud.

I discovered this band through a reddit post about people looking for music influenced by Graceland and African artists that influenced Paul Simon in making that classic album. I first heard Kyko’s “Animals” and fell in love with the tropical laid back pop/rock vibe that is very easy to groove to. Once I heard “Nature” and the several other songs on their soundcloud, I was hooked and hand to feature them on BtB.

Stream “Nature”, “Native” and “Animals” below. (more…)


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