mp3: Arnold – 100 Dreams (i Luv Your Girl Rmx)

Arnold put out this remix over a month ago but it’s taken me that long to realize just how much I genuinely like this song.  Taking on The-Dream’s club crooner “I Luv Your Girl”, Arnold transforms the song into a properly danceable track with an increased speed, renovated beat and his “aaaaaaaarnold” tag.  True story, I showed this to a friend of mine and she hasn’t stopped playing it on a consistent loop for two weeks.  I haven’t even seen her.  She just locked herself into her room so that she wouldn’t have to do anything else but listen to this song.  Devotion.

-PK

mp3: Holm. – 45th Parallel

After putting out a song everyday for a (fucking!) year, Holm. took some time off to work on a new track for longer than just one day.  The result is “45th Parallel” and it gives a lot of insight into just how much Holm. learned and grew over the course of his 365 day long project.  ”45th Parallel” introduces for what I believe is the first time Holm.’s voice which he focuses into a blunt shout over his frantic and gorgeous percussion.  While he doesn’t push himself to Majical Cloudz emotional heights, he definitely captures the same up close and personal effect.  In case his project didn’t already put him on your map “45th Parallel” way be his way of shouting his way from faceless producer to an artist with a lot to say.

-PK

mp3: PORCHES. – Franklin the Flirt

This weekend I had the fortune of seeing PORCHES. play live at the Northside Festival in Brooklyn, and although I was already a big fan of their music that’s been floating around the internet for a while now, their live performance completely won me over.  They are currently prepping to release their debut full-length on Exploding in Sound Records and have blessed us with a single.  ”Franklin the Flirt” shows all of the reasons why PORCHES. are so awesome, with front and center vocals, tried and true song writing, and just enough synth work to not be overdone.  Slow Dance in the Cosmos is currently looking at a rough release date of late August, but if you need something to tide you over until then, I would highly suggest making your way over to PORCHES. bandcamp page for jamz galore.

-TC

EP: C.Z. – bathtub

Over the past year C.Z. (of M|O|D)’s sound has gone in a number of different directions.  He started buzzing with a sound that could be pretty easily classified as trap with songs like “Doin’ What I Do” and over the past few months has moved towards a heavy UK Garage influence with songs like “wana do”.  Now, with bathtub, C.Z, is releasing his first solo EP in a while and is finding a way to make all of these sounds work together.  On this EP he weaves influences from a huge number of genres of electronic music together into a cohesive project, maintaining a consistent well-produced but quirky sound throughout.  This is a weird time for a lot of artists who have been labeled as “trap” in the past despite creating lots of different types of music, but it looks like C.Z. is doing a really good job of keeping things interesting.  Stream my favorite track from the EP below and the whole thing after the jump.

-TC

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mp3: Fat History Month – Bald History Month

Boston lo-fi band Fat History Month is prepping to release their second full-length entitled Bad History Month, and have been kind enough to bless us with a single.  Listening to “Bald History Month” for the first time I was reminded of Foxygen’s Take The Kids Off Broadway EP, not because they sound anything alike, but because of the exciting and unpredictable songwriting style.  Just like on songs like “Middle School Dance”, “Bald History Month” ends in a completely different place than it started, and goes through at least 4 different distinct moods between then.  I can’t imagine what a full album would sound like, considering this song by itself is almost like four songs in one, so this has me extremely excited to find out.

-TC

mp3: ;) WINK ;) – STRUT 89

So, it appears that Deep House is on the rise within the indie community, which kind of makes perfect sense, because it is mostly based around taking the most over-produced and over-emphasized elements that can make other types of house kind of hard to get into out.  There are a lot of artists doing this in an awesome way lately, and although Disclosure has kind of taken a less-than-honorable turn as of late, it looks like the genre might maintain its integrity yet.  One person doing Deep House right is mysterious producer  WINK.  ”STRUT 89″ has all of the hypnotic repetitiveness of other types of house with gorgeously produced synths.  On Soundcloud “STRUT 89″ is tagged as “SPACEHOUSE” which although I’ve never heard of it, should definitely be a genre.  Its rare that a producer suddenly pops up on Soundcloud with an already extremely polished sound like this, so WINK is definitely worth keeping up with in the future.

-TC

EP: Yung Satan – Maserati

Out of all of the changing styles in M|O|D over the past year, one of the most exciting to watch in progress has been Yung Satan.  In the early stages of M|O|D’s work together Yung Satan stuck with a fairly distinct style of rapidly chopping samples to make melodic lines, but eventually started experimenting and moving away from it.  Over the course of late 2012 we saw Yung Satan mess around with a lot of different sounds, and now he is beginning to settle into one.  On PENG 003 Yung Satan contributed maybe his best track yet and is now releasing his first solo project in the form of an EP.  Maserati sees Yung Satan becoming comfortable among swelling, colorful, and melodic synths and vocal sample chops that recall his earlier style.  You can stream my favorite track off of the EP below and the whole thing after the jump.

-TC

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