While at a show last night, I ran in to Eastern Canada’s biggest Beach House fan and we talked about the recent Halifax show. Even though that show was taken over by an idiotic Halifax crowd, by the end of the show their MDMA fueled stupidity was worn out and Beach House finally took over to captivate everyone. Even though my blood was running hot, I finally had a moment to get lost in Victoria Legrand and the warm sounds of ‘Irene’. I didn’t know what song it was until pointed out to me last night, which is embarassing, but I’m better for it now. So I share it with everyone. Now you too can get lost in this wonderful song. I’m feeling a lot of nostalgia for great shows right now. Even though the real Beach House show for me was in Montreal, I still have a great moment to carry with me from their Halifax appearance.
Floaty, light and filled with sunshine. GOVS’ new song feels like a Washed Out track that is trying to deliver a little more than an aura of pleasant weather. Is it any surprise that this comes from Australia? Maybe it’s a product of always being upside down, but their music always feels so fresh.
Haunting, dark and beautiful vocals, and a completely unique backing of instruments and sounds. atOlla is another great band to emerge from Australia where it seems music revolutionaries make names for themselves. This is as fresh and tasty as you can get. I’m in love. Check out their three EP’s on their soundcloud.
I’ve been really enjoying the newest Wild Beasts album, ‘Present Tense’. It’s been a really pleasant surprise, and is well justified in the positive reviews it’s received so far. But this Foals remix might be the stand-out of the release. There’s a climbing, brooding feeling here that reminds me of ‘Claire de Lune’, one of the best songs I’ve heard in a long time. Big ups to Foals for putting this together, and having it be a regular play for me the last few weeks. It deserves a spot here.
Summer Heart just understands timing, and he gets summer. A new song falls on our laps, and the weather forecast shows summer temperatures in late September. We’re blessed all around. This is just another great track meant to make you feel warm inside, and bring back memories of lakes and baseball. I don’t want to let go of summer, so I won’t.
What starts out as an all-female beach rock type song, gets progressively fuzzier and the punch gets dialed up. You can really feel the potential of ‘Deers’ to make music that stirs up feelings of old. We’ve seen bands like HAIM and Warpaint do this before, and I feel a lot of genuine sound lies in what Deers has put out so far. They’re a band to keep an eye on. For now, enjoy this delicious garage track.
Maybe it’s because it’s Friday and I have all sorts of weekend energy. Maybe it’s because I’m on an electronic music kick today, and I’m feeling nostalgic about my terrible dancing at shows and house parties. Either way, I miss it. So here’s a “throwback” to last year, when Luxury put out this absolute banger with the help of Disclosure. Disclosure are magicians, and this carries on the same soul that they provide in their music.
Man I miss Disclosure.
It doesn’t matter when you get in to M83, it was always too late. You immediately feel the hole that existed in your life being filled, and you wonder why it wasn’t complete earlier. M83 was and is huge for me, and every album is it’s own theme of beauty and power. Seeing them live was a magical experience.
So any chance to have them re-introduced will be taken advantage of. This remix of the “opening” song on Dead Cities, Red Seas and Lost Ghosts is fantastic. It keeps everything you love about the original and infuses it with new life. Give it a listen, get a hold of the M83 discography and look up at the stars.
I’ve been a huge fan of Jessie James and Rejjie Snow since their work together on “Meddling Loops” and Rejjie’s “Rejovich” album (which , might I add has a hilarious cover worth looking up.) Anyway. Rejjie’s got some new work creeping up here soon and I’ve been anticipating it very patiently. Great hip hop from a remarkable group of artists. These guys are worth paying attention to if you haven’t been already.
Harrymania2 just brought a relatively unknown song in to the spotlight and I’m very happy for it. Never Let Me Down is a potent blend between M83 and Sigur Ros. It’s strikingly different from the rest of SOS’s work, which I’m not entirely fond of. But when SOS wants to be beautiful, they do it effortlessly. This is a great example of that.
Just a true gem that is turned up a little late.
We’re through two waves of the band reveal for Halifax Pop Explosion, and from what I’ve heard from those around me the feeling is a bit lackluster. Hype isn’t through the roof yet, in fact hype has faded quietly. Sure, we have huge names from Rap, both old and new in Danny Brown, Ghostface and Raekwon that will be must see on name alone. But beyond that things just kind of seem to trail off. But the mistake would be under-estimating what is inside this lineup. There’s a lot of obscure bands in there. But last year, bands like Seoul, Tops and Young Galaxy were just names to me too. Now they are intense and pleasurable memories that will stick with me forever. So what we’re gonna do right here, or what I’m gonna do, is try and point out some of the promising acts so far. When the full lineup is out, and the schedule released, Shea and I will do our full Pop Explosion preview again. We’ll know more about the bands and about ourselves.
A stand-out act from HPX 2013. They played before Killer Mike and definitely made sure the crowd was running on nothing but pure adrenaline before he could take over the stage. (And take over he did, I’ve never seen any individual bring so much energy to a show and love the crowd so much). If you saw BBNG last year, then it’s probably a guarantee you’ll see them again. I don’t know if I had a happier moment in October than their cover of Bugg’n. They killed it. If you want to see a couple of guys bring nothing but pure energy to the stage doing relentlessly powerful Hip-Hop covers and originals then BBNG is just right for you.