The Victorian Era
Song - Artist -
Holland 1945 - Neutral Milk Hotel -
Alunageorge – Attracting Flies
So far, out of the few “Hot New Tracks” posts there have been, this is the second mention of Alunageorge, for a good reason, of course. If you’re still unknown to this bound for stardom group, they create sassy, inventive and hella catchy pop music with a serious electronic edge to it. First off, Aluna’s delivery sounds like it could definitely work on Top 40 radio today, or at least some kind of pop music station: they’re sweet yet spicy, ready to burn you at any point. The instrumental underneath it sleek yet punchy but totally danceable and it definitely fits with their previous material. I cannot wait for their debut album coming in May, it’s definitely going to be one of my favorites of the year based on all of the songs that have come off of it so far. The other track I’ve posted from the UK duo is the collab with another UK duo Disclosure on their song “White Noise” which I cannot recommend enough.
Daft Punk – 10 Seconds
Sorry for those of you who thought an actual track of Daft Punk’s came out. This isn’t really an official track, but last Saturday during SNL, a short commercial came on showing the words Daft Punk and the two French DJs helmet personas. Sure, it’s only 10 seconds of material, but HOT DAMN, these 10 seconds are GROOVY. Also, it’s the first real music we’ve heard from Daft Punk since 2005/6 that isn’t the TRON Soundtrack. I’m unreasonably excited about Daft Punk’s new album coming out this year and if any of it is like this, I’m certain that all my anticipation won’t be for nothing.
Danny Brown - #HottestMC
Danny Brown, the Detroit-born now NYC based rapper definitely has a reputation for being unorthodox. Have it be his hair, his delivery or his lifestyle; Danny Brown is certainly a character in the rap game people should be paying attention to. He’s got a new album coming out this year entitled “Old” which he has described as being his “Kid A,” comparing his previous 2011 album XXX as his “OK Computer.” This song is not appearing on his upcoming album, but it’s still a worthy addition to his catalog. His tone is huskier than some of his other songs and his lyrics are in line with his previous material: sex, drugs, Detroit and the ridiculous exploits of Danny Brown. It’s a fun track that has got me pumped for his new album.
Fear of Men – Seer
The first track off of Fear of Men’s “collection of singles organized in reverse chronological order” is a killer. Fear of Men is a indie pop group that employs aspects of twee and absolutely cavity sweet melodies. Every thing is laid out perfectly in this song, much like many others in this short but very sweet collection of songs. I really had a hard time choosing which song to put on here, since they’re all sweet and brimming with youthful energy that one would probably get riding a bike with your high school crush, but I thought Seer was the best choice. It’s the opener to the album and sets the tone perfectly. It has an effective drumbeat, jangly guitars and wonderful, light vocals. I’m in love with this band and I sincerely think you should be as well.
Grave Babies – Over and Under Ground
With a name like Grave Babies, it’s no surprise to hear their music: it’s crusty, gothic noise rock with brutal, pitch shifted (I hope) vocals and beyond-distorted guitars. At some points it reminds me of A Place to Bury Strangers, but less sleek. This lack of sleekness is definitely a plus for the sound they’re pulling off, the crunch of their guitars and over-reverbed vocals sound like they could be coming from a crumbling cassette tape found in the basement of Buffalo Bill from Silence of the Lambs. Their album they released this year, Crusher, is a lot like this song here and it’s one of my favorites of this year. Definitely check this one out.
Rustie – Slasherr
Rustie’s 2011 album, “Glass Swords” has easily become one of my favorite albums of all time, and for good reason. This young DJ effortlessly blends tons of different styles of electronic music, have it be UK funky, wonky, future garage, southern hip-hop style instrumentals, and of course the “EDM sound” together to yield extremely successful results. He definitely achieves success on his newest track, “Slasherr” which is chock full of wickedly sharp synths and an ungodly bright chorus that lays the smack down like STONE COLD ET on any unconvinced listener. This song is like a castle of ice with a rave going on inside of it, refracting tons of beams of light throughout an unforgiving wasteland of snow, so it can be seen from miles away. This will get the body moving and the soul feeling good, so turn this on and get out of your chair. Right now. I mean it.