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Now Digging / Marian Hill

Marian Hill
It is very rare that a particular song sticks in my brain.

Normally when listening to music, I forget what I listened to almost immediately. Even if it is a great song. I listen, file, and move on. If I were to hear the same song a day or two later chances are I would know I’d heard it, but not be able to identify the artist or song title in a million years.

Not so with Marian Hill. I vividly remember hearing “Got It” for the first time on KCRW. I was in my car and think I may have actually said, “Ooh!” out loud, to no one. The same reaction as when I first encountered the intro to “Settle Down” by Kimbra.
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Now Digging / Dead Times

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Photo Credit: Roman Koval

What is this sparse, synth-driven R&B trend officially being called? Neo-R&B? Electro-R&B? Whatever it is called, it is quite rare that this type of music really grabs me; while I can confidently say I am sent a great deal of this, it is a challenge to come up with a list of bands. Sure there are some winners in every catalog, but more often than not it all just sounds the same to me. The bands traversing in this area are a blur of beats and soulful moans.

Not so with the LA-based Dead Times, or at least the majority (majority!) of the tracks I’ve heard from them thus far.
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Now Digging / Steed Lord

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If you love musical theater, costume changes, fabulous leading ladies and/or dancing, you must stop reading and turn on Steed Lord right now (or just scroll down).

Hailing from Iceland, the trio is fearless and fun, yet polished, expert performers. I had the great pleasure of being at Space15Twenty for the single release party for “Stutter” a few weeks ago and the experience was a ferocious combination of all of the above descriptors. See for yourself:

Whenever music lands in my email inbox labeled “dance floor anthem” this is what I hope it will be. Too frequently I am disappointed, being serviced with a sparkly, pulsating ocean of repetitive beats and synth riffs. Steed Lord, however, cuts through the waves with real attitude, mostly due to the vocals of lead singer, Svala: clear, sultry and rich. 

https://soundcloud.com/steedlord/stutter

https://soundcloud.com/steedlord/curtain-call

Whether you’re an all night dance hall queen or just going out to grab drinks with a few friends, Steed Lord will put you in the mood to conquer the evening. If they keep making more music like “Stutter” and “Curtain Call” I will be along for the ride.

File Under: Robyn, Niki and The Dove, Austra, dance, pop, party, synth

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Neat Tracks / NONONO “Pumpin’ Blood”

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I have to admit, I don’t understand a lot of “popular” dance music. It’s repetitive and doesn’t go anywhere, and the vocals are frequently one-note.  There is no emotion, let alone an emotional arc to a song. Usually it’s the songs that I know and can sing along to that are my favorite to dance to, but every so often a curveball lands in my inbox.

Okay so, it’s possible that “Pumpin’ Blood” doesn’t really count as an electronic/dance song in the same way that “Clarity” or  “Titanium” does, and NONONO is not grouped in the same category as David Guetta but man, that song is my jam.

I can’t get enough of the combo of synth, whistles, percussion and (I think?) acoustic guitar, putting NONONO pretty squarely in the realm of electro pop/rock.  Not only am I compelled to jump out of my seat, a huge smile is on my face every time I hit repeat. It is exuberant and driving at the same time, and thankfully the rest of the EP doesn’t disappoint.

NONONO “Pumpin’ Blood”

Neat Tracks / Matt FX “Breezy (feat. Zoe Penina)”

By Amanda DK

Artist: Matt FX
Origin: New York, NY
Label: None
Latest Release: None

It was only last Friday that I made this announcement via Twitter:

Well, it’s appears that summer came early this year (or is generally always hanging around, if you live in Los Angeles like I do). Moments later I found out that I could, in fact, share this infectious tune with all of you. And the same statement I made then still holds true today.
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