Tuesday, 14 January 2014

The Intangibles: Sampha - Too Much (Loston Rework)

Every now and then you listen a remix that immediately clicks, and more often than not its easy to pick out what you like about it. This post is dedicated to songs that you cant quite describe in words exactly what it is thats drawn you to it. All you know is that it's catchy and your more than likely going to listen to it continuously at some point. It's inspiration was Loston's Rework of Sampha's "Too Much" that although I will admit is extremely repetitive and sounds stranger every listen, I cant quite remove it from my head. Most of the songs below are completely unique remixes and even the band itself would be hard pressed to duplicate their intricacies. I find them all extremely catchy with those intangibles that you just can't quite explain.

Sampha - Too Much (Loston Rework)

Betty Who - High Society (The Soundmen Remix)

Drones - Night Drive (Bit Funk Remix)

Electric Guest - This Head I Hold (Rudi Zygadlo Remix)

Y Luv - Driftin (Clinton VanScriver Remix)

Hey Champ - Comet (feat. BeuKes)

Monday, 6 January 2014

July Talk - Guns & Ammunition

July Talk was formed in Toronto, Canada last year and just released their debut self titled EP to the masses. With a definitive alt rock sound this band is still distinguishable in many ways, starting with Peter Dreimanis' coarse vocals. "Guns & Ammunition" has an overarching bass line with some heavier more intricate guitar riffs to follow. Which is all tied together with a chorus highlighted by a resounding repetitive "OH OHHHHH OH." Once again this band takes advantage of one of my soft spots being the combination of male and female vocals in the same song - Leah Fray's soft gentle voice is a stark contrast to her male counterpart which works perfectly for the group. Listen for yourself..

Check out more of their music at: http://julytalk.bandcamp.com/

Friday, 20 December 2013

Reverie Sound Revue - "One Marathon"

This is far from a new track and I know I missed "Throwback Thursday" by a day but I thought I would give what limited exposure I could to a band that is probably not known by many outside of Canada. I have been in love with this song since the first time I heard it and its never grown old in my eyes. Reverie Sound Revue formed in my hometown of Calgary, Alberta and disbanded after the release of their debut EP which contains "One Marathon." They reformed a couple years later but have only released one album over the past 9 years. Regardless of the bands struggles this song will always remain with me, entrancing guitar riffs, playful instrumental sections, and Lisa Lobsinger's lovely voice are just too perfect to capture in words... Listen for yourself

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Bad Suns - "Salt"

Part of the tragedy of growing up is watching people younger than you accomplish extraordinary things that can make your own successes seem rather mundane. Most commonly we find this in sports but oft times we see it in the music world as well - Bad Suns being a prime example. The band is comprised of four men who age from 19-22, and after being together for just a short year are just one month away from the release of their debut EP Transpose. Upon listening to their first two singles its quite plain to see that there are big things ahead for the Southern California based group.

The most recent release titled "Salt" hasn't yet received the same high praising reviews as their first single "Cardiac Arrest" but it instantly triggered a recollection of similarity to pioneers of indie rock from the early 2000s. Although its hard to pinpoint, their catchy guitar riffs remind me of The Bravery while Christo Bowman's vocals are reminiscent of Brandon Flowers from The Killers. Bands that absolutely dominated my listening throughout my adolescent years, combined with their modern flare Bad Suns appeals across generations. Not to mention once again I'm a sucker for a well timed instrumental section which in my opinion is the true highlight of the song. The band has actually drawn more than one comparison to The 1975 who are currently experiencing great success with their brand new album. If the Bad Sun's can replicate their sound across an entire album I can only posit that they will garner the same results. 


Cardiac Arrest

Monday, 16 December 2013

FLMYBND - "Come Alive"

Following the release of their single "Electricity" over the summer I figured that FLMYBND's debut EP Gold would be getting more attention than it currently is. A 6 piece band hailing from California their music fits in perfectly with the sunny beach atmosphere. "Come Alive" is an upbeat synthetic masterpiece reminding me a great deal of Empire of the Sun especially in the vocals.

Check out the rest of their EP at: https://soundcloud.com/fmlybnd/sets/gold-ep

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

The Colourist - "Fix This" (The Chainsmokers Remix)

The Chainsmokers just continue to pump out catchy electronic remixes of popular indie rock songs. A friend who recently returned from TomorrowWorld in Atalanta claimed that although they played in the middle of the day they were easily one of the best acts at the festival. With remixed songs by Phoenix, Two Door Cinema Club, Smallpools, Daughter and Little Daylight among others. Their newest remix of "Fix This" by The Colourist is absolutely flawless with a healthy dose of the original lyrics leading up to a drop that begs you to try to sit still. I find that you are always more likely to like a remix if you are a fan of the original, so for fans of the aforementioned bands these guys might be someone to check out even if you aren't a huge fan of electronic music.

Check out more of their music at: https://soundcloud.com/thechainsmokers

Step Rockets - "Kisser"

Step Rockets is a four piece band from Minneapolis with huge potential if their single "Kisser" is any indication of their talents. The group categorizes themselves as an indie group but its easy to see the pop influences at least in this song. They have set out to "explore psychedelia, modern hooks, and worldly grooves," and this song is definitely a great start. With a sound that should appeal to a large audience I wouldn't be surprised to see this band blowing up in 2014.

Check out more of their music at: http://www.steprockets.com/