Discover BRAIDS

April 12, 2011 § Leave a comment

That’s an order!

Okay not really, but seriously entertain the idea of checking them out because I saw them live last week opening for Toro y Moi and they were dynamite. They used some of the strangest vocal effects my ears have ever experienced. They sounded like synthesizers wailing over the droning guitar but really it was the soft chants of two out of the four members in this Montreal-based band. The songs are very atmospheric with bursts of powerful anthems that have singer, Raphaelle Standell-Preston, belting her little voice as hard as it will go all while picking out some pretty intricate guitar lines. Check out their song ‘Lemonade’ below off of their debut LP, Native Speaker.


Balkan Goodness – La Cherga

April 1, 2011 § 1 Comment

Woke up this morning with Balkan music blaring in my head for no reason. Figured why not spend a Friday sharing some of that good Gypsy (pun intended) music from around Eastern Europe. This group is La Cherga, based out of Austria. 2008 brought their debut ‘Fake No More’ which introduced the world to a unique electronic dub Balkan style. Now they’ll soon be releasing (sometime in June) their sophomore album ‘Revolve’ which features this catchy single. Even though the female lead singer’s voice is quite deep, there is something fitting about that on top of the Balkan upbeat.

Listen to “Melaha” now to get your Friday going.

Post SXSW – Pernett

March 25, 2011 § 2 Comments

Another international artist I caught was the DJ out of Bogota, Colombia known as Pernett. There is a hot music scene coming out of Colombia right now, producing electronic/hip hop type groups like Bomba Estéreo, Choc Quib Town, Systema Solar, and more. I believe Pernett will soon be joining their ranks. What makes him so great is his Caribbean influences, not just sticking strictly to Colombian sounds but venturing elsewhere in paradise land. At SXSW, he had a packed house of traditional world fans jumping up and down, I think it’s safe to say he’s only going to get bigger in the international DJ scene.

Stream ‘La Rumba Bacana II’ released 17 days ago now

Post SXSW – Geographer

March 25, 2011 § Leave a comment

(Told you they were coming quick today)

Geographer was a group I discovered sometime last year, and was anxious to see them live but as I expected, not as good live as on record. They released their 6 song EP ‘Animal Shapes’ sometime in 2010 and I suspect are due out for a full length soon. Again, it’s probably the synthesizers, but these guys need some work live (to give them credit, I saw them on my first night there, going on 2 hours of sleep, so could have just been me). Nonetheless, this Bay area band has gradually been gaining steam and somehow mold together electronica and emotional melodies to create quite the danceable EP.

Stream “Night Winds” from last year’s ‘Animal Shapes’

Post SXSW – Misteur Valaire

March 24, 2011 § 2 Comments

On my way to my final day of SXSW, I mentioned to a friend how I wished Ratatat was playing somewhere that day. On our hunt for free food and beer, we ventured into the Brooklyn Vegan party and low and behold, there was a band quite similar to the electronic duo. Misteur Valaire is some crazy dance-punk group who all wore the same outfits and danced like fools. They hail from Montréal and really know how to get a party started. Check out Brooklyn Vegan’s short review of the show.

Go download their latest album “Golden Bombay” for free here.

See if this doesn’t wake you up.

Discovery of the Week

March 11, 2011 § Leave a comment

Start your Friday out right!

What better way to get your last day of the week started out right then with a semi-cheesy but yet quite good, bass thumping mix from an unknown artist? This track comes from one of my “discoveries” this week of The Chain Gang of 1974, which is lead by psychedelic, 80s loving Kamtin Mohager. This post could fit under SXSW excitement as they’ll be performing a few times down there, but why not make it a discovery, give this guy the credit he deserves.

Remix Wednesday; Band of Horses – The Funeral (Butch Clancy Remix)

March 9, 2011 § Leave a comment

Here’s another fresh remix to get you through those last few hours of the day. Released on Monday, never thought I would hear a Band of Horses song remixed, but remixes tend to always prove me wrong. The track begins like the regular ‘Funeral’ then gradually brings in the dubstep. Not a huge drop and not bass heavy, but the melody Butch imposes is quite touching. O yea, and he’s from Detroit. They need all the love they can get right now. Check out more of his tunes here

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