Even though “Snowblind Friend” is undoubtedly about cocaine rather than snow, it still promotes the kind of vibe you might feel in looking out the window today in Colorado Springs.
I heard of Steppenwolf when I literally judged them by their appearance and bought this hilariously 70s-looking record Steppenwolf 7 from Independent Records my freshman year at Colorado College. When my mom first came to visit my dorm room in Slocum and saw it on the wall, she groooooaned. Steppenwolf is one of the many bands that makes her cringe and think of her and her brothers in high school. I loved that.
“He said he wanted heaven, but praying was too slow.”
Tom Misch & Carmody’s debut EP “Out to Sea,” released on December 8th, strikes a beautiful combination of R&B and electro-dream pop. The EP features five duets from the London-based duo. Misch, at 19, is an up-and-coming songwriter who makes tracks from his bedroom studio and just created a new label called Beyond the Groove (check it out here).
Their lyrics speak of love and loss and have their illustrative strengths and downfalls, but I think the most striking aspect of the EP is how Misch and Carmody’s voices gently interweave to create a real groove. On “So Close,” the EP’s strongest song, syncopated handclaps, quick guitar riffs, and other beats create a lively backdrop for the close harmonies between the two. Misch’s voice also carries a few traces of James Blake. He’s definitely one to watch. Check out the EP for yourself.
This “dream folk” song will lull you to sleep as you say goodbye to summer. LeJeune has a lovely voice, and the song picks up halfway through with some banjo. Great for studying and deep contemplation. The rest of her “Wake” EP is definitely worth checking out.
Lily & Madeleine are two Ohioan sisters who write simple, quiet songs that express a depth of emotion for their understated image. Their voices match with an eery quality when they sing in unison (you can tell they’re related), and their close harmonies will make you want to listen over and over again.
Their song “Devil We Know” sings about April and incoming spring. The piano riff gently cascades throughout, but it’s the harmonies between the two that truly shine. Enjoy.
Are you heading to the St. Paul & The Broken Bones tonight at Ivywild? Take the free SOCC Shuttle. It will be departing at 6:00pm and again at 6:30pm from the south side of Worner. Be safe! Don’t drink and drive.
This is always the go to song when I need something to lift my spirits and make me move. Mapei’s strong and genuine vocals complete with the bass of the instrumental force me to sing a long and dance every time I hear this song. It has the perfect mix of dance, rnb, and soul elements representing Mapei’s musical versatility.
Stumbling upon this song in search of the sample used on MF DOOM’s “One Beer,” I cannot get this addicting tune out of my head. I’ve now listened to the rest of Troupeau Bleu, the album the song is off of, and it is really incredible. I don’t know if my attention would have ever been brought to 1970s French jazz funk artists, but that’s one of the great parts about sampling: crate diggers bringing obscure artists to light.
“Huit Octobre 1971” has also been sampled by Jaylib (“No Games”), Wiz Khalifa (“Visions”) Tyler, the Creator (“Odd Toddlers”), among other artists. Other songs from Troupeau Bleu have been sampled by artists like Captain Murphy, Mellowhype and Rick Ross.
Get excited for June when the new Empire Of The Sun album, Ice on the Dune, finally drops. I haven’t been able to sit still since I saw a trailer for the album a few months ago, and now there is a music video! Check out the video for the killer electro-duo’s new single, “Alive.” Like with Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky,” you’ll find yourself singing the chorus in your head the rest of 8th block.
loving every minute cause you make me feel so alive
This new track by long time Atlanta star Rocko brings a unique twist to southern rap’s recent maximalist streak by toning the frequency down and creating a woozy, ambient groove. Future’s practically whispers his auto-tune drenched hook for a perfectly faded effect. The original version of this track drew a lot of controversy over a lyric from Ross that had women’s groups across america protesting, eventually losing him a multi-million dollar Reebok deal. In his absence, this remix showcases a particularly good verse from wiz, clearly forcing himself to experiment with new flows, but is actually one of 6, each with a different feature, to be released every week. Over indulgent? Sure. But the all-star roster has already included A$AP, 2 chainz, French Montana and, rumor has it, Kenrick & King Yeezus next. Google them all. [Stream: U.O.E.N.O. (Remix)]
[UPDATE: Download the CDQ/Unedited version here: http://batshare.com/84qy21975dp5]