Arthur Beatrice - Grand Union

12/31/2013 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

Arthur Beatrice - Grand Union 

I recently read somewhere that British indie rock band Arthur Beatrice is being hailed as the new xx. Whoever said that was smoking crack. I sound more like the xx when I sing in the shower (badly) than these people. I suppose the mellow/Island-y instruments could garner a comparison of sorts, but that's it. So moving on, I really like this (non-xx) song. Orlando Leopard's voice has a folk quality to it, and by utilizing it in a more glossed over environment, Arthur Beatrice has separated themselves from many other bands. 

Touch Sensitive - Pizza Guy

12/31/2013 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

   Touch Senstive - Pizza Guy

Touch Sensitive has been around awhile; since 2004 precisely. Seeing as I was 12 years old then, he is practically an indie grandfather. Yet his new track "Pizza Guy" (wtf) comes off as nothing but modern. Characterized mainly by a melodic synth loop, the 4 minute slow burner eventually merges with some airy vocals for the grand finale. It's pretty lush, and randomly reminiscent of the Drive soundtrack, so if you were into that check this out. 



Hot Natured - Reverse Skydiving (ft. Anabel Englund)

12/30/2013 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

Hot Natured - Reverse Skydiving (ft. Anabel Englund)

If I were to go to a sketchy European dance club at 5am, I feel like this song would be playing. This is meant as a compliment. A relatively compact tune, Hot Natured have given us a slow-burning beat accompanied by some smoky vocals. And although the lyrics are pretty nonsensical (Reverse Skydiving....? Also known as taking off?), it manages to sound hazy and exotic. Props for the single artwork. Wish of 2014: more pharaohs in indie cover art.

Hozier - Take Me To Church

12/30/2013 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

 Hozier - Take Me To Church

Hozier has largely been put on the map due to the viral success of this track, which debuted last summer. For good reason. "Take Me To Church" is a gospel powerhouse, starting with just the Irish musician's rich voice and a piano before building to an orchestral bellow, complete with eerie backing vocals. The lyrics are more substantive than your standard indie fare, and evoke some real sorrow ("Take me to church / I'll worship like a dog at the shrine of your lies / I'll tell you my sins and you can sharpen your knive"). It's all pretty poetic, so let's hope it isn't ruined by showing up in every mediocre television drama (looking at u Vampire Diaries) for the next hundred years.

Reva DeVito - Sweetest Taboo

12/28/2013 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

Reva DeVito - Sweetest Taboo 

Um, hello most velvety music of 2013. From the production to the vocals, Reva DeVito's new track "Sweetest Taboo" is glossy perfection. There's nothing that complex about it lyrically ("You give me the sweetest taboo/That's why I'm in love with you") or musically (soft synths & a drum loop), but its restraint and simplicity make it stand out, especially in the face of so much overproduced crap. So congrats, Reva, I am excited to see what you do in 2014. My one (yes dumb) complaint : homegirl, you are trying to sell sultry music with the last name DeVito. Sry but I feel like Danny has the monopoly on that, seeing as when I saw your name I could not help but picture the well-loved actor of humble stature.


Honey Bones - Dragg

12/28/2013 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

Honey Bones - Dragg 

Honey Bones is a pretty cool name for a band, right?! Aside from the interesting moniker, the production is a nifty kind of hybrid between the Washed Out chill-wave schtick and the peppy Phoenix/Vampire Weekend clapping stuff. It may be stealing from other people, but it's put together in a cool way. There's really nothing that innovative happening here vocally. The singer has a pretty standard "indie boy band" clipped delivery. I realize from this review it sounds like I do not care for this song. I do! They just aren't all that groundbreaking. Familiar is good too. 

Route 94 - My Love (ft. Jess Glynne)

12/28/2013 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

Route 94 - My Love (ft. Jess Glynne)

This song received attention back in September for appearing on British DJ Annie Mac's annual compilation CD. That seems appropriate, seeing as most elements of this track are quintessentially British. For starters, the soulful house track is something pretty exclusive to the UK (see: Disclosure's Latch, Rudimental's Feel the Love). The presence of a strong female vocal (shoutout to Jess Glynne, who appears on the standout Rather Be by Clean Bandit), the percussive heavy bass line, big piano, etc. Anyways, what I'm saying is this song rocks, and I wish I could be in a London club flailing around to it. 

Feder Universe - Sixto

12/28/2013 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

Feder Universe - Sixto

Maybe it's because I'm in Florida (where geriatric radio plays Barry Manilow allllllll day long), but I'm diggin this inaugural track from French producer Feder Universe. It's basically a revamp of Sixo Rodriguez' 1973 song "Can't Get Away," It retains the campy Tropicana of the original and adds a thumping percussive loop. In other words, it sounds exactly like what you'd expect from a European house man tackling a somewhat maudelin 70s track. A great improvement.  

Bad Suns - Salt

12/21/2013 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

Bad Suns - Salt 


"Salt" is the second single from Bad Suns first EP Transpose, which is set to drop in early 2014. Although the members of this So-cal 4 piece are babies to the music scene, they are already masters at radio rock, a genre that I think gets a lot of unfounded hate. It's dancey, the vocals sound suspiciously like Two Door Cinema Club (a good thing duh), and there's lots of jangly guitar. What's not to like?

Tensnake - Love Sublime (ft. Nile Rodgers & Fiora)

12/12/2013 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

Tensnake - Love Sublime (ft. Nile Rodgers & Fiora)





Where I get a lot of my ideas for what to say on this blog is naturally Youtube comments, and someone (user sammy ham to give credit) described this song as Disco House. I'm pretty into that label. "Love Sublime," by German DJ Marco Niemerski, aka Tensnake, has got a steady bass line going through it as well as some Donna Summer status vocals. I love the peppy guitar at the end, which I feel is comparable to Maroon 5 circa 2007, OBVIOUSLY in a great way. Also shoutout to the beginning of this song, which sounds like it was recorded under water. Keep a lookout for debut album "Glow" to drop in March.
 

Tomas Barfod - November Skies (ft. Nina Kinert)

12/12/2013 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

Tomas Barfod - November Skies (ft. Nina Kinert)

Originally released in 2012 (sry behind the times), Tomas Barfod's collaboration with Nina Kinert is arguably the highlight of his Salton Sea LP, and easily the most accessible. The marriage of Kinert's soaring vocal and Barfod's busy sonic landscape (lol that sounds so pretentious) is what makes this track stand out. It manages to sound cluttered and breezy at the same time. Check out their other collab "Till We Die" as well. Fun fact: Tomas Barfod was a drummer in another band called WhoMadeWho. He's also from Denmark. Wrd.


Bit Funk - Soul Satisfaction

12/12/2013 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

Bit Funk - Soul Satisfaction 

While the pitched-up 60s soul has been done almost to death, Bit Funk's new track "Soul Satisfaction" sounds so nice I don't care! Essentially, it's a 3 minute gospel vocal looped over standard house piano. It's simple and dance-y in the best way. Honestly, it's the kind of song Pretty Lights would make if he could ever abandon the (cough irrelevant) womp womps that persist in all his music. It's also kind of cool that the lyrics are so Jesus oriented ("My soul is satisfied/For me he bled and died"). You don't really see religion in electronic funk these days... 

Painted Palms - Forever

12/12/2013 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

Painted Palms - Forever 


These boys are cousins who must certainly be the spawn of The Shins and any band that sounds slightly like The Beatles (Morning Benders maybe). What I'm trying to say is that they create 60s psych pop and its both reverb-y and lush (assuming those things are different? Idk, they sound applicable). The lyrics are melancholy and slightly psycho "There are so many things I don't remember/ Feeling like I just can't hang onto myself," but it sounds great. Look out for their debut album also titled "Forever" out Jan. 2014. Your New Years Resolution.   

 

Raleigh Ritchie - Bloodsport

12/11/2013 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

Raleigh Ritchie - Bloodsport

 

Raleigh Ritchie is best known for "Stay Inside," a moody/ pseudo-dystopian track that slow burned through our speakers last summer. Although his new stuff isn't any sunnier, I'm not hatin it. "Bloodsport" off the aptly titled EP Black & Blue, starts with just his voice and some piano before exploding with lush percussion. It is also worth pointing out that his British accent is extra on display and it's amazing. Although I would be scared to meet this dude, check out the creepy as fuck vid he posted on his Youtube account for this song. Drip...drip..drip.

Blood Cultures - Indian Summer

12/11/2013 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

Blood Cultures - Indian Summer

While it's a little late in the year for breezy synth pop, we will appreciate any warmth we can get in upstate NY in December (even if it is virtual lol). Thus, we give you "Indian Summer," a charming (if slightly bland) track from new band Blood Cultures. This has a lot of great elements, including some distorted male vocals and jumpy aggressive synths. It also has a persistent "kung-fu-fighting" loop that I do not care for, but I guess in the dead of winter we can't be too picky.  Sounds like :  Neon Indian  

Jhene Aiko - The Vapors (Wiz Khalifa remix)

12/10/2013 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

Jhene Aiko - The Vapors (Wiz Khalifa remix)

Even though we haven't posted about Jhene Aiko before, shoutout to her whole career. She rocks, and is basically the female Weeknd. With that comparison, it seems fitting she would spend some of her time singing about drugs, her use of them, how much she likes them, etc. etc. It seems even more fitting that for her weed anthem remix, she would call upon Wiz Khalifa, the highest man in music. Even though I think lyrically his verse kind of sucks (I love hearing about all the diamonds on your watch Wiz! not), the change in tempo benefits the entire song, which is basically glorified lounge music with her vocal on top.



Marika Hackman - Wolf

12/10/2013 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

Marika Hackman - Wolf

Off the release of new EP entitled Sugar Blind, we give you "Wolf" by rising British folk singer Marika Hackman. While she is being pigeon-holed as the next Laura Marling by indie critics across the pond, I would venture to say there's something darker and more interesting about her music. Her slight vocal is backed by sinister instrumentals, and her own layered/eerie Oooh's. Ultimately, I feel like this song should be playing in an indie horror movie set in the snowy Canadian wilderness. In a good way ovi.  
 

Clean Bandit - Rather Be (ft. Jess Glynne)

12/10/2013 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

Clean Bandit - Rather Be (ft. Jess Glynne)

Holy Shit! This is a new personal best for these guys, and probably the most radio friendly single to date (in A GREAT WAY). The classical strings (which are really not being used by anyone else in the electronic game, so props for that) and the jumpy synths are still present, but they have added powerhouse vocals. Emphasis on "house." Jess Glynne sounds like Katy B's more soulful/disco-friendly cousin. More of this plz. 


Gilligan Moss - Choreograph

12/10/2013 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

Gilligan Moss - Choreograph 


Honestly this is the weirdest song I've ever liked. This is what grasshoppers would sound like if they could form a band. I mean this is the best way possible. Being experimental music, there is ovi lots of distortion and off--beat percussion, but I'm here for the chorally na na na naaaaaa's that are layered really nicely and engage the average listener (me). Fav part 3:34 - 4:04.


Dornik - Rebound

12/10/2013 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

Dornik - Rebound


I am always a sucker for glossy 80s / r&b / faux Prince music, so this new single from Dornik is right up my alley. Probably best known for last summer's "Somthing About You," I think in this instance Dornik has upped his game. Rarely do we see innovative production that complements a vocal so well. In other words, the music here is perfect for his voice. There's soft synths, some vaguely video-game sounding tinkling, and a steady kickdrum, all surrounding his voice, which is like a more soulful Sam Smith (if such a thing can exist). A+ Dornik! (or whatever your real name is) 


Miracle - Never Gets Old

12/10/2013 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

Miracle - Never Gets Old

I had never heard of Miracle (a rap artist who has been releasing mixtapes since 2010) until today, but I have decided he sounds exactly like a less British version of Dizzee Rascal (maybe that makes no sense, but something about his delivery feels so similar). This is not a bad thing, per se, but does not bode well for originality. In other words, I feel like I have heard this kind of melancholy/pop-tinged rap a million times. BUT that doesn't mean I don't think it's catchy. The vocal sounds like a more accessible/poppy Active Child, which I love. If I am to believe the music video, Miracle is also singing this. In which case, please pursue a career as a singer and never look back. I think you are immensely talented. If you are lip-syncing in the music video.....awk. 

** It would seem based on this summary I didn't like this song, let me just say I like it a lot, it's just super formulaic and thus my feelings are cheapened for it (SEE: EMINEM'S MONSTER) 



ZZ Ward- 365 Days (Jerry Folk Remix)

12/09/2013 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

ZZ Ward- 365 Days (Jerry Folk Remix)



This song is electronic music at it's finest. From the beginning finger snaps and stereo static noise this song is infectious. The epic synth layered over some funky bass guitar raises it to that high quality, making this song is phresh and phuck. Definitely the tune if you're looking for a pump-up in the bleakness of finals.




Vance Joy- Riptide (FlicFlac Edit)

12/09/2013 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

Vance Joy- Riptide (FlicFlac Edit)



Vance Joy has been getting some buzz lately regarding his happy-go-lucky tune Riptide. However, the duo of Kevin Richi and Max Gain vamp this up to a whole new level. The ukulele paired with the heavy bass is INSANELY catchy while Joy's whispy, falsetto voice is pure bliss. Check out FlicFlac's other edit's on their souncloud, in particular their equally-awesome revamping of The Lumineer's Skinny Love.  


Dillon Francis- Without You (ft. T.E.E.D.)

12/01/2013 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

Dillon Francis- Without You (ft. Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs)



Orlando Higginbottom's vocals glide and coast above the song's warm synth and house piano. The presence of T.E.E.D. is eminent in the best way possible and the song just continues to build and build. The funk electronic groove makes this song a real foot-tapper and definitely one for the pre-game playlist. 




MS MR- Think Of You (RAC Remix)

12/01/2013 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

MS MR- Think Of You (RAC Remix)



Proof, once again, that the people at RAC (Remix Artist Collective) know EXACTLY what they are doing. They produce catchy tune after catchy tune and vamp up otherwise so-so songs. Their ear to detect what will remix well  is a unique trait of theirs and their choices show a stroke of real genius. This remix, headed by Andre Allen Anjos, is no different. The infectious chorus, autotuned vocals at the bridge and jivey backbeat are just some of the components that make this song KICK ASS. The song is a breath of fresh air and a boost of energy for those of you going into the bleak battlefield of finals week.