Not much is known about today’s featured artist, SBTRKT (pronounced subtract). He’s a producer based in London who’s started making a name for himself with remixes. What I have learned, however, is that he wears a mask, has a debut full length coming out at the end of the month, and is damn good. I discovered this song through Little Dragon who guests on the track. The song starts out with a simple beat, featuring Little Dragon’s Yukimi Nagano soulfully crooning over. The sample I chose starts shortly hereafter and breaks with a slightly jarring siren. Just as the siren fades out Yukimi comes wailing in. I love the surprise and power behind her entrance. The song continues on carrying the slower yet groovy manner. SBTRKT does a great job with the syncopation; playing with the beat, and keeping your ears guessing.
Get a look at the mask and check out the full single here!
It’s fitting that my last post in my early 20’s is called “As a Child.” This song is all about reminiscing childhood and teenage years. If you haven’t heard of Yelle yet, you really should. They’re a French electro-pop trio that are making waves in the states. I saw them in concert last week and was completely blown away. Not only can namesake Yelle (Julie Budet) sing, but she can dance and have FUN. We’re talking leopard jumper costume changes fun. Today’s track opens quite softly with about a 30 second lead, leaping into heavy synths and bird-like squawks. Once the bar is raised on energy, there’s another small break. This is where we come in, a little wind up and the high energy chorus. The energy of this song is infectious…I never want the dance party to stop!
Pictures from the show!
OK I know what you’re thinking, “He’s really gone off the deep-end this time.” I swear I haven’t! Tonight’s post is all about the down and dirty dubstep. Skrillex is relatively new to the scene and making waves as a producer. Most noteworthy are his remixes of a certain Lady (seriously check out the “Alejandro” mix). The track I selected is off of his latest EP aptly titled “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites.” The song starts out with a heavy beat and deep mechanical sounds. After a brief pause (and some dark lyrics), things really start to pick up. I really love the different and interesting sounds Skrillex uses; they create nice visuals. My sample picks up right in the heat of things and you start to see some playfulness shine through. This song caught me by surprise last week and has been on constant repeat. I can’t get enough!
Check out the full track here – it’s well worth the 5 minutes!
Today’s track is the first single off of Little Dragon’s upcoming “Ritual Union.” These guys and gal are one of my favorite bands at the moment – I really love their mix of electronic and pop with jazzy overtones. “NightLight” is a great song to groove to with upbeat percussion and quick lyrics. It also features really unusual, organ-like synths. I don’t really know how else to describe this sound, thoughts? Yukimi Nagano’s unique, high-pitched yet ethereal voice is highlighted quite nicely as well. The sample I’ve chosen jumps in about half way through and features a nice combination of these elements. We hear the tail-end of the darker bridge, and jump into the high-strung chorus. Looking forward to the new album in July – you’ll be hearing more from it I’m sure!
Check out the full single streaming here.
What a crazy, music weekend! I saw today’s band open for Cut Copy last night. Both completely blew me away. Cut Copy was just fantastic, and Holy Ghost! was great considering I had heard nearly nothing about them prior. The track I chose comes from their debut, self-titled album and is a fun drawn out, Junior Boys meets LCD Soundsystem number. The quick, deep bass line adds a sense of urgency and impatience that they are singing against. When the higher pitched, echo of a synth jumps in things really start to pick up. The track continues to build on these two focal sounds adding to the ardor of youth. Overall a good start for a young, up-and-coming band.
Check out the full track here!
Chew Lips are a new discovery. Released back in Jan. 2010 (yes, I’m behind the times on this one), today’s sample comes from the opening of their first single “Play Together”. After a very brief synth line sets the tone, we jump right into my selection. I was very surprised by lead singer Tigs’ vocals; a cross between Debbie Harry and Karen O. Once she started singing I was hooked, I really love the sultry quality she brings to the light, fuzzy synth line. The beat carries on throughout the rest of the track and there’s a nice breakdown with amped up vocals. Overall a fun, catchy tune and solid introduction to Chew Lips. Given a few years, these three could be doing some great things.
Let’s try something different today – check out their video for “Play Together” here.
I saw Röyksopp in concert again this week past week – what an incredible show! Their performance reminded me of my love for today’s track and was my inspiration for the post. Bonus: it features Robyn (yes I’m obsessed). She portrays a lonely girl in love with a workaholic. Röyksopp’s signature rolling synth is ever-present and provides an excellent backdrop to Robyn’s pained vocals. The sample I’ve chosen picks up at a very interesting point in the song. On one side you have Robyn voicing her concerns overlayed with the Robot being dismissive. The Robot fades away and we’re left with Robyn, alone. The song soon winds down with another one of Röyksopp’s strong suits, integrating strings into the electronics. This is easily one of my favorite dance songs and was an inevitable feature here. Thanks for the fantastic show guys!
Dance your heartache away and get the full song here!