Down the Garden Path
Song - Artist - Album
Toys for Nate - If, Bwana (Al Margolis) - Red One
Well, for UConn students, the spring semester has officially started and it's colder than the prom queen swimming Mirror Lake, so it's not really feeling like spring, so what gives? Shouldn't it be "Mostly winter but like sorta spring later" semester? Probably not. Nevertheless, I hope these few tracks will keep your spirits up in this absolutely oppressive chill. But with the burden of classes starting, I haven’t had much time to collect many songs from this week. But don't fret! They're pretty darn quality and are bound to make you dance enough to shake those icicles off you.
1. Disclosure - White Noise (ft. Alunageorge)
Disclosure is a duo of English brothers that make some of the hottest minimal house music coming out these days and now they've teamed up with Alunageorge, another hot group from the Isles to make a hot, bouncing track with ultra sweet vocals supplied from AG. I feel like it has the power to instantly fill a dancehall and have a ton of bodies crammed against eachother writhing in a euphoric, throbbing mass. This is a perfect pop song that could get a listener curious in the ways of minimal house or even UK dubstep into other forms of electronic music.
2. Kavinsky – Protovision
Are you a fan of car chases? The movie Drive? Daft Punk? Justice? French House music? The 80’s aesthetic? Well then do I have something for you. Kavinsky, a French House producer is coming out with his first full-length album this year, following a few solid EP’s he’s released in years past. This track is in the same vein as all his others, featuring a driving, squelching synth line that could easily soundtrack a car chase, in which it does in the video below. It’s catchy, anthemic, perfect for driving super fast in the dark to, and most of all, coooooool. Check it out below.
3. The Knife – Full of Fire
Swedish synth duo has officially returned from their approx. 6-year absence with an album due out on April 9th, entitled “Shaking the Habitual.” Their last album, the genre defining “Silent Shout” is one of my favorite albums of all time, so when I first heard there was new material on the way I was pretty happy with the world. This track is more warped and chaotic than anything I’ve heard from them. Over its nine-minute length it packs a pulsing synth rhythm and pounding drumbeat together into a distorted factory of darkness. Karin Dreijer Andersson on vocals sounds as disturbing as ever, her vocals are pitch bent every-which-way, contorting themselves around the frantic instrumentals. It’s an extremely strong return for a favorite band of many, but unfortunately the only way you can hear the song at the moment is through a pretty low-quality mp3 youtube rip onto another hosting site, so if you’re a stickler for high quality audio you might have to wait until next week when the track officially drops. For those who can’t wait to listen to a hot, new track from a sweet-ass synth band, follow the link below.
4. Shlohmo – Later
Shlohmo, an up and coming hip-hop producer/downtempo/wonky electronic music producer had a good year in 2011 with his album “Bad Vibes” which was full of smoky, dark, laid back beats that sound like they could be floating out of a damp basement covered in greenery. That sound could be compared to maybe a lighter Flying Lotus-esque producer if you were to give an artist comparison. “Later,” however, brings Shlohmo out of his basement and onto the dance floor. With a distorted vocal sample, light trap snare peppered in and big washes of synth put together; Shlohmo effortlessly creates a catchy, grooveable piece of work that I absolutely love listening to. So far it’s easily riding with my favorite tracks of 2013, so I’d definitely check it out!