Friday, June 14, 2013
Almost made it all day without discovering a new artist I HAD to share. Almost...Thankfully, I came across Stockholm based, Sailor & I. "Tough Love" provides a beautiful melancholic ballad about a relationship on it's way down. The music itself incorporates a variety of orchestra instruments while the vocals have been engineered to reflect the depth and solitude of lyrics. If Bon Iver sounded like this, I'd be a fan. Just followed Sailor & I on twitter only to find out they have like 62 followers. Help share awesome music like this.
Thursday, June 13, 2013
Just realized I haven't posted any Phil Ade since returning to blogging. Time to right that wrong. Phil just dropped this about 20 minutes ago and I'm posting it right before I have to leave for work. Nice to start my day off with some Phil Ade and a classic Dilla beat (from De La Soul's "The Grind Date" album).
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Brooklyn producer, Alan Wilkis (1 half of Big Data) recently teamed up with Childish Gambino (aka Donald Glover) to bring us "More Than Normal". Glover does an excellent job of rapping over Wilkis' more electronic/pop beat while Alan sings the chorus. Tracks like this make me happy that I decided to start do this blog again. This is exactly the kind of stuff I want to help get out there and share with everybody. Plus, this track is FREE.
Olympic Ayres compose an impressive track with "Daylight". Not only is their a beautiful build up but as the song continues, more and more instruments which catapults this track into one of the best produced tracks of the year. The vocals are entertaining while the lyrics will keep you captivated for the entire duration. Definitely one of the better bands I've recently come across. With 2 Free EP's (available at their BandCamp), Olympic Ayres seems like they will be a band that only continues to climb to the status of premier Indie-Pop. Oh yea, this track is FREE as well.
It's definitely not every day that I hear a song with this much Funk. This track is everything you'd want out of a Justin Timberlake, Pharrell, Chromeo, and Mayer Hawthorne collaboration. That's saying something. I can't really find out much about these guys (or guy. Not really sure.) other than they are from the West Coast (of course!) and they have less than 500 followers on Twitter. What the hell is wrong with people. Check this track out and tell everybody you know that you just came across audio porn. Oh yea, and it's totally FREE to download.
Grouplove dropped their first single off of their sophomore album, Spreading Rumours, available 9/17/13. "Ways to Go" shows some growth and development from the Indie-Pop band that brought us "Tongue Tied" a couple of years ago. Always excited when I see that these guys have new music. How could you not be in a good mood listening to this?
Back-to-back Jaymes Young posts? Yup! I can't get enough of this track. Honestly, I wish I could be more articulate in this description but all I could think of is "how is this not a hit?" I'm sure it will be in due time. I'm really looking forward to more music from Jaymes Young.
I never would have thought it was possible to turn the song from "A Night at the Roxbury" into this serious, emotional song. Jaymes Young does a great job of stripping the song down and bringing an emphasis to the lyrics while creating a heartfelt backdrop. Bravo, sir.
Brooklyn Brother/Sister duo, Brad and Jessica Lauretti, team up to bring us "George Clooney". Their description of the track was so beautiful that not reposting it, would be doing a disservice to both them and the track. "George Clooney” is a charmingly plainspoken ballad about the ubiquity of loneliness and the attendant desire for escapism, but the necessity to resist. It was inspired by reading an article about how George Clooney was arrested for standing up for what he believes in. (taken from SoundCloud) Best part of all, this track is FREE.
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Monday, June 10, 2013
Producer Knxwledge recently release his 5th installment of WrapTaypes with "strtdfrmthebttm" being the lead single off of it. I don't post a lot of instrumental-esque stuff but Knxwledge is a beast and I can't get this track out of my head. Here he chops up Drake's "Started From the Bottom" and makes a far more enjoyable track out of it. You can purchase this track and the rest of WrapTaypes HERE.
More awesome music from New Zealand. This time it comes from 16 year old Lorde. Kind of hard to categorize what type of music it is, blending elements of RnB, Minimalism, and Pop, "Tennis Court" features production that sounds like an updated Sade while her vocals are pretty unique. Even minors in New Zealand are making better music than most in the states. Just sayin...
Saturday, June 8, 2013
And now for a post from obscurity. Essentially this track was Kid CuDi's "Pursuit of Happiness" (Steve Aoki Remix) meets Indie-Folk/Pop. Off of Milky's debut album, Sadnecessary which is available on iTunes and Amazon at the moment, "Flashed Junk Mind" is one of those songs you know will stick with you for the rest of your life and reflect a combination of everything you loved in the past and everything you may hope to obtain again. I could barely find any info about this artist but it appears he's based out of Germany and damn it if he doesn't make some awesome music. Buy this track HERE.
Thursday, June 6, 2013
More music from Australia? Of course. They just know how to make great music. Pear Shape brings us an upbeat and happy (notice a pattern hear) track that will easily make any summer playlist. Make sure you check this one out!
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Honestly, my first thought when I heard this song was "Drive Soundtrack." This track should have been on the Drive OST. Swedish Pop star, Robyn, brings an updated 80's Electro sound that seems like the perfect type of song to ride around at night to. When she drops an album, she's got my money.
This was my first time hearing a track from the L.A. based band, Parade of Lights. This track seems to be one of the next songs to really be a hit with anybody who was a fan of .Fun or MGMT. They've essentially crafted one of the better Pop songs infused with a ton of awesome electronic elements and a catchy chorus that you can totally see a crowd of people singing every word to. I'm a sucker for music like this and they will most likely have found a customer for life.
Last May, I came across a little band called The Neighbourhood who had one song on their soundcloud, "Sweater Weather". Fast forward a year and it seems like everybody and their mom has heard that song. Well guess what. Bet you haven't heard "No Grey" because they just released this track like 2 days ago. Pretty dope song that fulfills expectations of a new track from The Neighbourhood. Make sure you either pick up their LP or their EP.
This track is one of those "Perfect for Summer" tracks. RAC does a wonderful job of capitalizing on an already wonderful track from the indie band out of Boston and adding a layer of chill to it. Plus, FREE DOWNLOAD! Who doesn't like those?!?
Goldroom has been an artist I've been super excited to hear new music from since last May. This song is every reason why I would be excited. Teaming up with Mereki, Goldroom brings us a feel good Nu-Disco/Indie Pop/Electro/Whatever you want to call good music track in "Only You Can Show Me". There's a little bit of a build up at the beginning but once you're in it, you're in it. Make sure to keep an eye on Goldroom in 2013.
Totally random. Maybe. Still awesome though. I was going through and re-listening to Rilo Kiley's 2007 Under the Blacklight album and this was definitely the song that jumped out at me. Just thought I'd share some of this awesomeness with you. Sorry about the unofficial video. Buy the track HERE.
This track comes from a a pair of brothers from where? That's right, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Weren't expecting that were you? These two brothers crafted a pretty wonderful upbeat track with the help of Jody Watley & Young Empires. Now based out of Brooklyn (naturally), these guys are looking to make a major impact on the Electro-Pop scene.
This track was my introduction to Sunni Colón and he really made one hell of a first impression. Everything that we were initially excited for when we first heard artists like Drake and Frank Ocean, Sunni seems to not only embrace it, but also completely re-brands it as his own sound. I don't know where this guy has been but I know where he's going; right into the hearts of bloggers and listeners everywhere. Corny? Maybe. That doesn't make it false.
I've made it no secret that I have an affinity for the London music scene. Artists like Fyfe are exactly the reason why. "Conversations" sees the young artist effortlessly blending genres and starkly contrasting vocals to provide one the more unique and captivating songs of the year. The only other song that seemed to do anything similar was Jai Paul's BTSTU track from last year. No word yet on an album but we'll be eagerly waiting.
The duo from Australia dropped their first single "Can't Stop Now" off of their upcoming sophomore album. This track is really Electronic/Pop music in all it's glory. This song will have to end up in a commercial or movie or something. Make sure you check it out!
I have a very specific type of woman. Ideally she's 5'3", Long brown hair, slender face, and weighs about 97-102 lbs. If a girl fits into this category, there's almost no shot of me not being attracted to her. This is musical equivalent to my type of woman. There was no way I was going to hear this and not like it. This was suppose to be the title track of their latest EP and it was suppose to be released June 4, 2013 however, it was delayed. Until then, enjoy this awesome track.
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Another artist I was happy to continuing to put out awesome music was Sene. Aside from is sweet solo FreeLP (Reality Bites) and his collaborative effort (Recess), it would appear that Sene has been teaming up with Denitia to release "His and Hers". It's hard to believe that an artist with this much talent and this much range would still be so overlooked. I imagine that will all change this year if he keeps putting out music like this.
Brooklyn's ScienZe just teamed up with the always impressive Blu for his latest offering, Charlie Brown. This track will be on his upcoming "Ella" project dropping July 9. EOM is responsible for the great beat but this is the first time I've heard anything from him. Can't wait to hear more. It's nice to hear ScienZe continuing to develop and grow as an artist.
If the awesome cover art wasn't enough, this track from Brisbane's Jeremy Neale is one of the more infectious Indie Pop/Soul songs you'll come across all year. I dare you to not feel good while listening to this track. It can't be done.
Kisses are no strangers to TOTR. Before the big hiatus, Kisses' "The Heart of Nightlife" was one of favorite posts and I was fortunate enough to purchase the CD via their BandCamp. Now Kisses has returned with their latest LP, "Kids in L.A.". It's amazing. Here's the single off their latest release that you should most definitely be picking up. Unfortunately, it received a digital only release here in the U.S.
I won't lie, I only discovered this group because of comic book artist Jamie McKelvie. Thank god for Tumblr. CHVRCHES is quickly becoming one of my favorite groups thanks in no small part to the group's innovative sound and knack for catchy chorus'. Make sure you pick up their Recover EP HERE.
Superhumanoids recently released their cover of the Nine Inch Nails song, "March of the Pigs." Their version brought more of an 80's feel in the same vein as the Drive soundtrack. I don't care what anybody says, I'm convinced this song is about a gangbang. Really listen to the lyrics and tell me otherwise. Or don't. I know my truth.
Everybody knows I'm a huge fan of "happy" music. With that said, it doesn't really get any happier than this. So far, this is the only track I could find from these guys but this definitely falls into the realm of Passion Pit-esque Indie-Pop. It's always fun to discover a band whose only song is amazing. Just an awesome sign of things to come. Oh yea, it's FREE to download.
One of the more innovative and unique artists I've come across has been none other than Denmark's, MØ. This song fuses multiple genre's resulting in a song that seems to me, to be very indicative of the future of music. I can't wait to hear more from MØ.
I recently stumbled upon JC Brooks and the Uptown and what an awesome discovery that was. Their music kind of reminds me of Mayer Hawthorne in the sense that it's a very updated, up-beat, soul sound that you can't help but enjoy. Apparently, they've been making music for a while but it was "Rouse Yourself" off of their most recent release, "Howl" that first caught my attention. They've made the track available for FREE Download via soundcloud which is pretty awesome and if you'd like to check out the album, you can purchase it HERE.
Capital Cities released their debut album today but before that, they dropped this awesome cover of the classic, "Stayin' Alive" by the Bee Gees. They really did a great job of updating a classic but at the same time preserving everything that made it great. Download the track for FREE below.
HERE. The best part, this whole project is FREE.
So after a year long hiatus that was mainly attributed to the demise of mediafire, I've decided to give it another shot with TOTR. I'm always going to have that urge to share good music with people and now that I've been dedicating more time to finding music, why not dedicate a little more time to blogging about it. Lets see how long this lasts.
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