Summer love! It's a thing that happens. It inspires, makes us feel more alive, puts us on the edge of reckless obsession. On this video for "Varsity," power-poppers Smith Westerns try to nail those feelings by following an attractive two-some petting each other, hanging out and jumping on a roof. It's very sweet, and I hope their fall breakup will be the sequel.
May 9 2013
On "Calm Down," The Love Language stacks muddied-up anthemic guitars and an atonal rhythmic pulse into explosive indie-pop with emotional depth. The song has big ambitions while also unspooling as it presses forward into a swelling motorik cloud.
May 8 2013
On "Ode To Subterrania," Hooded Fang unleashes the pleasure of jamming in a basement where you can rip as loudly as possible and flail around because no one is watching. Its driving rhythms encourage lots of bopping and its punkish new-wave turnarounds will please the garage rock freaks.
Long shrouded in the dust of industrial pop, there was always a chance that Lust For Youth would clean it all up. On "Breaking Silence," Hannes Norrvide not only appears freshly scrubbed, but takes an airier route that trades the aggression and confusion for something a little closer to a distinct sonic heaven.
May 7 2013
On "Oh Sheit It's X," Thundercat engages with Mono/Poly and Flying Lotus to unleash some druggy, space-laced funk for the future. It's all about abandon with an ecstatically bonkers bassline, falsetto lyrics about release and synth parts that feel like being massaged with magical dust.
Subtle and powerful, a push and pull of impulse and emotion, "Fool Of Me" is an alienated, dreamy duet for the 21st century from Say Lou Lou and Chet Faker. As always, relationship problems rest front-and-center, but it's the vocal weaponry and pinpoint production causing the drama here. This one is from the Julian EP – out today from our big brother label Downtown Records.
May 6 2013
By the end of the year, Small Black shows are going to have entire crowds of people making out with each other and I don't even hate that. On "No Stranger," they practice open-hearted indie-pop that's more New Order and U2 than dudes in a bedroom. The crisp production highlights superior songwriting and production skills, as well as a real knack for melodies that will make you want to feel emotions and things. May 14 on Jagjaguwar!
On "Tell Me,' it's still a cold, cold world for Soft Metals as cloudy vocals drift over an analog house beat and metallic, eternally-delayed synthesizer swirls. The Los Angeles duo does what they do well – intergalactic crime driving music for both past and future. Hear more when their new one, Lenses, drops on Captured Tracks July 16.
May 3 2013
Following their sampledelic "The Throw," Jaguar Ma returns with another endlessly danceable psychedelic voyage. Happy Mondays, Primal Scream, even the Chemical Bros come to mind, but really it just makes me want to do ecstasy for the first time since I almost married my college girlfriend because her hair was magic.
On "Rattle&Rollin," Cincinnati rockers Tweens push a sugary blast of dirty pop-punk thunder. It makes me want to drink three Big Gulps in a parking lot and throw the cups on the ground, because, really, who cares.