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. (more…)
As you read this I am probably on the way to a cabin in Vermont with my mother, where my Dad and brother are waiting. And by waiting, I mean likely out skiing and not really waiting for our arrival at all. Tonight we’ll open a bottle (or two) of wine and our Christmas presents, a new tradition started when my younger brother crossed the threshold of 21. (more…)
I have been obsessed with this song for a while now. I mean, it’s retro-soul that is based on a Wu-Tang Clan sample. What?! In case you missed me raving on Facebook, or were not one of the many people I forced to listen to it – here you go.
File Under: Nick Waterhouse, The Heavy, 1950’s, soul, New Zealand, glitch, rockabilly, swagger, Wu Tang sample, a good time
Willy Moon “Yeah Yeah”
The video is trippy and awesome as well. And if you’re into gangly, well-dressed men, with adorably awkward dance moves, this will make you combust. (more…)
Last March, Los Angeles DJ – and good friend of mine – DJ Bumbaclot shared Safe In Heaven, Dead with Tadpole Audio. It was an epic masterpiece almost an hour long, combining pieces of film scores with tracks by Gayngs, Nine Inch Nails, Radiohead and many more.
A year and some change later he is back with Heroin Soul. (more…)
The fact that she’s only in her early twenties can only mean that we will be hearing about Elle King for a long time. A combination Adele and Fiona Apple, the Brooklyn-raised musician started posting songs on SoundCloud and MySpace about a year ago. Now most of them have thousands of stream counts upwards of a thousand. (more…)