With the huge influx of electro pop these days, its great to hear Beach Fossils come out with a new track. “Careless” is off their upcoming LP Clash the Truth. It features the same jangly guitar we are used to heard from Beach Fossils, but this track is more ambitious in all the right ways. The chorus features fast pace, high pitched guitar which gives the track life and provides an epic conclusion.
Young Wonder’s “To You” cannot be fully appreciated on laptop speakers. The heart of this track lies in the euphoric synths that really need to be heard with good speakers with the volume turned up. But it doesn’t only take warm synths to make the Loved List. Young Wonder manipulates beautiful, asian sounding instruments in an incredibly unique and skillful way, comparable to the works of Gold Panda and Shlohmo. With an energetic female vocalist, “To You” becomes almost as anthemic M83’s “Midnight City.” Young Wonder’s music does exactly what they want it to do to their listeners, fills them with wonder.
American Royalty is a experimental outfit out of Los Angeles. Their genre is a bit hard to describe, but “Honey & Queen” definitely leans towards the psychedelic/electro-pop side. The song is driven by mechanize, droning vocals that somehow become more and more pleasant to listen to as the song goes on. With a “water cooler” percussion pattern to go with it, the track completely works as a hypnotic, tribal pump up song.
Yes, “Monster” by Magic Man is not new by any means. In fact the track was released almost 3 years ago on the album, Real Life Color. And Lower Frequencies, as a blog, almost never posts tracks older than 6 months. This will be our one exception. There are not a lot of bands that you truly believe in. That may not be on the iPods of millions now, but you could see blowing up if only they were given a chance. Magic Man is that band, the one we truly believe in. With a new album coming soon, there is no better time rehash old gems and get excited for new material. So put on “Darling” and sing along with Alex Caplow’s catchy hooks. Blast “Daughter” and dance your butt off! Or just sit down with a cup of coffee and a nice pair of headphones and listen to the entirety of Real Life Color. You will not regret it.
Is Maths Time Joy the best producer from London since James Blake? Tracks like “Let Go” seem to suggest the possibility. I meant check out 1:51. The influx of synths, sounds incredibly alike the gigantic climax of James’s Blake CMYK, one of my favorites from his collection. This guy has got the talent to make it big, you better watch him.
It always feels very profound when an artist, who generally lives out of the spotlight, releases music that is revealing, almost autobiographical. Take Frank Ocean for example. His album, “Channel Orange” revealed a side of Ocean that we had never seen before, his sexuality. As soon as he came out as bisexual, his music suddenly became deeper, realer. Earl Sweatshirt stopped making music and was sent to Somoa by his mother. His absence from Odd Future raised many questions. Was he ever coming back? Why did he leave? Did he leave on his own will? Earl Sweatshirt was a mystery, and that’s exactly why “Chum” works so well. Chum dives into the personal life of Earl, dealing with problems he had with his parents, his complicated relationship with Tyler The Creator and his knack for getting into trouble. “Too black for the white kids and too white for the blacks/ From honor roll to to crackin’ locks up off them bicycle racks.” “Chum” tells us the story of Earl Sweatshirt, a story we have been waiting to hear for a long, long time.
Before you go crazy, no this is not a new Bon Iver Song. I am sorry. However, this is a recording of “Beth/Rest” that you probably have never heard before. Sometimes, alternative recordings are exactly what you need to recognize just how prolific an artist is. Justin Vernon is a musical genius and this solo piece makes sure that you never forget that.
This seems to be the age of elctro-pop. Hoards and hoards of groups are releasing great tracks one after another. Just in the past few week or so we have covered Blackbird Blackbird, S O H N, and CHVRCHES. And today, we have yet another electro-pop group from Brooklyn called HAERTS. However, the fact that there is an abundance of this genre out today does not take away from the genre as a whole. Take “Wings” for example, HAERTS debut single. What is special here is the power and drive of the female vocalist. It is something easily comparable to Stevie Nicks. The track is a beauty, easily adding to the golden age of electro-pop that we are in.
It feels like a long time since I’ve heard the Kanye West I love. Cruel Summer, Kanye’s Good Music compilation, was an album full of radio songs. It was full of gimmicks, and sounded like every other mainstream hip hop album out there. Maybe it’s because Kanye works better when only his name is attached to the product. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy was a masterpiece, the apex of Kanye’s potential. But that was almost two years ago, and I miss Kanye. Thankfully, he’s back. “White Dress” is a song on the soundtrack of RZA’s The Man with the Iron Fists. It has a great soulful beat packed with piano licks and dreamy guitar. Kanye’s rap is more fluid then ever, starting slow and getting faster and faster throughout the song. He is calm and controlled, as if he recorded it in one take. With Kanye’s untitled solo album hopefully coming soon, man am I glad that Kanye still enjoys making music like this.
Man, I haven’t heard a piano riff this good in a long, long time. “Declaration” off Claire de Lune’s New Lion is ultra-sexy and swanky. The track is so accessible, so immediately catchy, that it is hard to turn away. The whole album is full of great R&B hooks and bluesy riffs, but here is where it really all comes together. It’s a simple formula: put an emotional voice on top of a piano looped beat. But hell, if the formula works, it works.