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Mikal Cronin – Weight
Cronin, a bandmate and good friend of Ty Segall, is a lot like him: a young, talented and well-respected musician in his area of expertise, which is burning yet at times lazy noise rock. This new song is a lot lighter than most of the stuff I’ve heard from him before, featuring delicate falsetto vocals from him at one point, which are then brought back down with a noisy, distortion filled chorus. It’s an unbelievably sweet and fun song that gets me extremely pumped for his upcoming album, which I’m guessing will feature some more lighthearted jams much like this. Will Mikal Cronin in 2013 be what Ty Segall was in 2012? Let’s hope!
The Juan Maclean – You Are My Destiny
Woah. If you’re a fan of hard-hitting, groovalicious house-themed electronica, you’ll die for this. With a constant, hard-hitting bass beat with extremely well produced synth textures floating over; this track hooked me in from the very instant. Also joining the party is LCD Soundsystem/DFA affiliate Nancy Whang, who provides vocals for the tail end of the song. It’s a serious party tune that definitely gives its respects to some of the great house pioneers and reminds me a bit of some Detroit techno I’ve heard. Check this one out for sure.
Merchandise – Who Are You?
This Tampa band has been featured on this list before, and for good reason, too. They make some DAMN fine post-punk/new wave revival that is slathered with down and out romanticism and catchy as hell hooks. The band has a new EP on the way and so far they’ve graced us with the excellent track “Anxiety’s Door” but now they’ve released “Who Are You?” which is the shortest track on the album along with being the opener. It features some dusty harmonica in the background; a stamping drum beat (with an actual drummer! First time since their first EP in 2008!); their usual, fuzzy guitars floating around and of course, Carson Cox’s signature, crooning Morrissey-esque vocals. This track is a winner for sure, so if you’re into the band or wanting to get into some swooning new wave revival, CHECK THIS BAND OUT.
Roomrunner – Weird
The first thought I heard when listening to this track for the first time was “woah.” Those are some pretty crazy, uneven guitars. Then it all comes in and kicks you in the teeth while you’re caught off guard. This is a seriously great, punchy noise rock that has sarcastically delivered male vocals and a thick web of guitars being strung out for the listener to get stuck in. This track rules. It’ll punch you in the gut and then wait til you get up so it can punch you again. In a good way, of course.
Savages – She Will
If you’re into post punk and you’d rather listen to something heavier than previously mentioned Merchandise, then how about Savages? They are an all female band from the UK and they’ve only released a handful of songs thus far, but all of them have come under serious critical acclaim. They’re powerful and definitely are looking to be one of the strongest groups in the guitar game right now. It’s frenzied and manic, but controlled at the same time. These ladies know what they’re doing and it’d be a shame if you didn’t pay attention to it.
Young Fathers – The Guide
Are you a fan of alternative hip-hop? Well that’s sort of a blanket statement, but how about hip-hop that doesn’t sound like something you’d hear on a radio station besides say WHUS? Well you’re in luck; cause this new Young Fathers song is the bomb. The main thing about this track is submerging the listener in a totally different atmosphere than the one the listener was in before. It’s a dark place, but you’re in a body with hope in it to make the dark place a better one. Then there’s a ukulele or small guitar being played in the background, with an oscillating synth in the background… it’s an extremely immersive track, which I LOVE. I don’t have many hip-hop songs on these, so you best be checking it out if you’re into it!
Young Galaxy – New Summer
Alright: do you remember when I posted another Young Galaxy track earlier this year labeling it the “summer hit of the winter?” Well that label is now taken off that song and put onto this one. Hell, even the title of the song has the word “Summer” in it. It’s full of lyrics like “live it like our last” is full of youthful ambition and wonder. This band is seriously coming into their own, creating pop songs I’m really okay with. If this ends up coming up on commercial radio, I won’t be too mad. And honestly if it gets into the right hands it just might. It’s something I’d play to relive that summer before college, right after graduating high school. It brings images of firefly lit nights, skinny dipping in your neighbor’s pool, driving with the windows down (quite literally depicted in the song) throwing rocks off of a cliff at sunset, and other 80’s youth movie scenes. Hell yeah. I can’t wait for their new album.