Mapei’s new album will be released at some point next year via Downtown Records. In the meantime, enjoy her latest offering – “Don’t Wait”. I love this track and it’s been on heavy rotation for the last month or so. I’m super excited to hear more from this talented young lady.
J. Cole is one of my favorite hip hop artists these days, but it’s Amber Coffman’s vocals and the sampling of Cults‘ “Bad Things” that make this track stand out.
Jamie xx performed this gem during his Night + Day set in Berlin. I’m really hoping this means some new solo offerings from Jamie are on the way.
“There’s a line in that song that just slays me. It says, “Wisdom’s a gift but you trade it for youth. Age is an honor, but it’s still not the truth.” I just love that. I don’t know where you were when you wrote that line, but good lord.” via Bob Boilen, NPR: All Songs Considered
I’ve been gushing about Sleigh Bells since I started this here blog back in 2009. Since then, the NY noise-pop duo have released 3 full-length albums, and i’ve loved them all. Bitter Rivals was released this year (not even a year after 2012′s Reign of Terror) and packed full of the duo’s signature pop hooks and epic guitar riffs I love so much. I’m not sure if Sleigh Bells will ever be able to top their debut album, Treats, but if they keep releasing tracks like “Sugarcane”, I won’t complain one bit.
“’Don’t Swallow the Cap’ (maybe a reference to Tennessee Williams’ unfortunate demise) slowly builds into an anthemic ending, combining lush string arrangements with eery distortion and Bryan Davendorf’s cyclical drum work. It’s an odd melding of styles – Davendorf drums like he’s in Can; the Dessner brothers play delicate, sly melodies; Matt sings with an intimate intensity – but it works, and I’m not sure it ever won’t.” via Pretty Much Amazing
Cults’ self-titled debut was my favorite album of 2011, so needless to say, I was super excited for their sophomore effort. Like Sleigh Bells above, I don’t think Cults will top their debut, but Static did not disappoint one bit. There are a handful of worthwhile tracks, but “We’ve Got It” really showcases the duo’s signature sound of experimental pop and doo-wop vocals.
If you’re not hooked on this track after 10 seconds in, you should get your hearing checked. This track is off the fantastic self-titled EP the NY duo dropped not too long ago, which should (briefly) tide you over until their next full length, Voices, is released, which is supposedly right around the corner…
Son Lux blew me away this year. He’s got such a cool sound and his latest album, Lanterns, doesn’t disappoint one bit. Hands down one of my favorite albums of 2013 and i’ll never get tired of this track.
In late 2012, this Portland five-some almost threw in the towel, but they carried on and their perseverance definitely paid off. I can’t wait to hear more from Wild Ones, I believe they have a bright future ahead of them. In the meantime, enjoy my personal favorite track (“Curse Over Me”) from their fantastic debut album, Keep It Safe (along with a little bonus remix of “Rivals”, courtesy of Trails and Ways).
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