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default genders – the world ends with you

July 22, 2014

Default Genders is the alias for James Brooks, an artist you might have formerly known as Elite Gymnastics. After a brief stint as Dead Girlfriends, Brooks settled on the less controversial Default Genders and came out last week with his debut LP as such, titled magical pessimism. It took me a couple of listens before the beauty in tracks like “The World Ends With You” really came out, but when it does the payoff is well worth it. And with this new endeavor, Brooks seems to perfectly blend elements of shoegaze, dreampop, and his previous electro pop sound to form one of the boldest, most gripping records on the year. Check it out for yourself and see why we think this new emergence as default genders might be the best thing to happen to the gifted James Brooks.

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Helfer – Now That You Came

July 21, 2014

Helfer is moniker for Noam Helfer, Israeli producer, singer, and multi-instrumentalist. On his debut record Air Drops, he creates an ethereal, often trippy landscape of melodies and beats that are as catchy as they are captivating. It might partially be ingrained his vocals, but there’s a lot here that reminds me of alt-J. And after being seriously let down with their most recent singles, I couldn’t be more appreciative of the emergence of an act like Helfer to help ease the pain. There’s still plenty of room in this realm of experimental, abstract electro-folk pop to make a name for yourself, and it seems Helfer has all the right tools to get his foot in the door. Check out exceptional tracks like “Now That You Came” to see what we mean when we say Helfer is definitely on the right track towards a promising career.

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Tep No – The Drop Starts At 00:53

July 18, 2014

And the most deceivingly beautiful track of the year undoubtedly goes to Tep No’s new single “The Drop Starts At 00:53″. Hell, I almost skipped this track entirely assuming it was just another attempt at an EDM rager, but Tep No pulls a brilliantly unexpected move in this one. As that 00:53 mark approaches, you’ll see how they begin to build it up as if it’s just the start of one of another generic Calvin Harris tune — but it’s a trick, a fake-out if you will. Right at that prototypical “bass drop” moment, they instead shift to a lovely piano melody that ultimately incorporates one of the most perfectly placed vocal samples I’ve heard in a while. I’ve already been pretty enamored with Tep No’s first few singles up to this point, but with this amazing new track they have escalated themselves as one of my top acts of the year. And with a ceiling this high, it’s scary to think where this Toronto based talent can go from here.

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Fink – Too Late

July 17, 2014

The story behind Fin Greenall’s ultimate emergence as Fink is an interesting one. I can’t say I know of too many artists who’ve made the transition from electronic producer to folk rock act, but Fink is one of the few talented and versatile acts that’s been capable of pulling it off. I don’t want to disclude an artist like Beck, though, who went from the outrageously bizarre Midnight Vultures to the elegantly heartbreaking folk record Sea Change in just a couple years’ time. But back on the subject of our featured artist, Fink’s back in the spotlight this week with his sixth LP since 2000 titled Hard Believer. The first thing I’ll acknowledge is that this record is a bit more difficult to grasp than his previous efforts. Perfect Darkness, for instance, is an album in which you can realize it’s greatness the first time around. Hard Believer, while still a good record, is a much more of an acquired taste than previous Fink works. But still, once fantastic tracks like “Too Late” really click, you come to realize Fink’s full vision for this new record – and it’s definitely a grand one. So while you’re catching up with all the great new albums out the past few weeks, be sure to include Fink’s very solid new LP as well — especially if you’re in the mood to hear some mellow folk rock with real substance.

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Zola Jesus – Dangerous Days

July 16, 2014

Zola Jesus definitely has one of the more distinct, recognizable voices in the industry. And her dark, ethereal sound is generally tough to mistake unless perhaps you’re rotating on and off between she and an act like Bat For Lashes. Zola, aka Nika Roza Danilova, has got an upcoming 5th LP set for an October release and we’ve just got our hands on the lovely first single “Dangerous Days”. I haven’t delved too much into the actual content of it yet, but from a strictly melodic standpoint it’s quite the uplifting track. And while her songs aren’t generally known for their warm demeanor, Zola Jesus shows off her versatility, range, and willingness to expand her sound with this one. So if this wonderful new track is any indicator, the upcoming record is definitely one to get your hopes up for.

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Odesza – Memories That You Call (feat. Monsoonsiren)

July 15, 2014

There isn’t much I can say about Odesza that hasn’t already been spewed a thousand times over by blogs everywhere. This gifted Seattle duo is easily one of the top 5 electronic acts out there right now, if not the best. They already graced us this year with the great “Sun Models” single, and today they’re back with the second single off their upcoming record, In Return. “Memories That Call You” doesn’t stray too far from their prototypical sound, but they’ve got at least a couple more records before they need to start shifting towards another realm of electronic pop. This one is an inherently uplifting track, as are most of their tunes, but what’s more apparent is how well they team up with the lesser known producer Monsoonsiren. We’ll definitely be coming back to this one often as we count down the release of their much anticipated sophomore record, out September 9th.

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SOS – Youth In Decline

July 14, 2014

Some of my favorite tracks of 2012 came from the lovely debut from Portland’s Shadows On Stars. I was immediately enamored with the way they seemed to perfectly blend the chillwave and dreampop genres together. But being so caught up in new releases the past couple years, I admittedly ended up forgetting about this talented group for some time. In my defense they seemed to fall off the grid for a bit, removing their album from Spotify and other streaming sources. I’m not sure of the reason behind this, perhaps gearing up for a re-release, but either way I’m relieved and grateful to see they are back with a new single, this time under the abbreviated name SOS. “Youth In Decline” is a bit more of an ominous transition in sound, but by no means does it represent a drop in quality, perhaps just the opposite. The heavy, hi-hat laced beat and droning bass make for one of the more powerful jams of the year so far. Hopefully this great new track is a sign that SOS is ready to take that step back into the spotlight where they so very much belong.

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Andy Bull – Loved Like You

July 11, 2014

Ever since hearing his captivatingly catchy tune “Keep On Running” last year, I had been keeping an eye out for Andy Bull’s much anticipated sophomore record Sea Of Approval. After getting through it this morning, I’d first like point out what a complete work it is. Most records nowadays have at least a couple of those “filler” or downtime moments, but not this one. Each track seems to progressively flow and build off the last without ever experiencing that drop in quality we’ve come to expect from artists lately. Out of all the exceptional tracks, though, “Loved Like You” had me hooked as soon as that mesmerizing chorus kicked in. You can call it RnB, you can call it dramatic electro pop, but however you label it this is sure to go down as one of my favorite new jams (and records) of the year. So if you’ve yet to jump on the Andy Bull bangwagon, now’s the perfect time to check out this Aussie’s fantastic sophomore effort and see what all the hype’s about.

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Arcade High – Heat Wave (feat. Morissa Trunzo)

July 9, 2014

I was first introduced to the “dreamwave” genre a few years back by the UK duo Futurecop!. It can slightly range in sound depending on what synths you use, but the general idea behind it is to pay homage to 80’s music and pop culture.

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Nowadays you’ll find plenty of these artists attempting to recreate their ideal retro-based sound, but the one in particular I’d like to share today is Pittsburgh’s Arcade High. He’s out this week with his new Heat Wave EP, a follow up to last year’s debut record Pixel Passion. One of my favorites off the EP is the title track “Heat Wave” featuring the lovely Morissa Trunzo. Once you delve into it you’ll immediately see what I mean when I say it’s got that nostalgic, dreamy synth sound that defines the genre so well – but at its core this is simply a great pop track regardless of genre. And it’s easy to see that Arcade High, aka Ryan Boosel, has made some nice progress from his last record to this one. I’m looking forward to seeing this sound catch on to more mainstream audiences as folks take note of talented synthwave acts like this one.

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Colour Bomb – Moth

July 8, 2014

Colour Bomb have maintained a relatively low-key persona since emerging in 2012. I was immediately drawn in by their first single “On The Run”, and I’m glad to see their back with their 3rd single in just as many years called “Moth”. It’s a track that’s got a lot of energy to it, one that I imagine would sound pretty spectacular live. And from their first single to this one, it’s easy to hear the strides this Melbourne duo has made over the years. Hopefully on the back of this great new track we’ll hear about more tunes or even a debut record from the talented Colour Bomb sometime this year.

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