I dare you to not nod your head to this.
Sometimes, when YDP listens to good new stuff, it reminds us of good old stuff – and some stuff in between. With Kanye recently leaking the super-hot track “Power” from his upcoming LP “Good Ass Job,” it got me looking at his old stuff too. This cut, from the mixtape “Graduated,” is a play on another equally awesome and even older track by Common (I smell bonus video!) Not to mention the fact that the heavy lifting is done by a Japanese B-Boy group, the Teriyaki Boyz, all within a really meta music video riffing on YouTube.
So here’s Kanye and the Teriyaki Boyz – I Still Love H.E.R.
And the bonus, Common – I Used to Love H.E.R.
If This is Happening is truly the swan song of James Murphy’s LCD Soundsystem project…bravo sir. A truly amazing album. This isn’t an introduction to a new decade music, but a nostalgic gaze upon the great musical influences in James Murphy’s life. Eno, Bowie, Byrne, Bush Tetras, Liquid Liquid etc etc etc.
Anyway the song “All I want” is James’ homage to Brian Eno (think Heroes with Bowie). It’s a 7 minute long track that hits from the beginning and barely builds through the piece. I liked it. Hopefully you will too.
We here at YDP dig the soul filled sound of Florence and The Machine so we relish any opportunity to put one of her songs back up here. “Dog Days Are Over” was originally released as a single from Lungs back in the dark ages of 2008 (really not a very spectacular year for music in my opinion). Well a year and a half later it’s back with a new vid rockin’ and rollin’… Enjoy.
Today’s track popped up on YDP’s radar recently – apparently Faded Paper figure’s follow-up album, New Medium. Don’t know much about the group, but I like the feel of electronic backing and these light vocals over top. The chimey sound of synth keys reminds me of a music box. At any rate, I like it. Here is the obligatory PR blurb:
In their much-anticipated second album, New Medium, Faded Paper Figures return with a richer, fuller sound, even as they maintain all of Dynamo‘s indie-tronica charm. Fans of the band will be happy to hear all of the familiar blips, harmonies, and intellectual pop-references, but with even more life and energy this time around. Striking melodies, lyrical images, and classic pop forms–New Medium‘s lush electronica feels both intimately familiar and astonishingly new.
Here’s the track:
Faded Paper Pictures – Invent it All Again
YDP has been sitting on this track for a few months now, but it’s definitely the right time to share it. Relation is new to me, and describes themselves in the following way:
“Essex boys Andrew Leary and Oliver Keech have developed an alternative, unique sound by combining meaningful lyrics with synth-pop to create both emotional depth and electronic rhythms. Although the compositions are truly progressive and they embrace a futuristic approach to their productions, their music has brought comparisons to New Order and the Pet Shop Boys as well as a wink to Depeche Mode.”
The track “Optimistic,” off their debut album, “Fear of the Night,” is pretty well nuanced, but if you’re comparing yourself to the heavy hitters above, you’d better bring it. The track really takes off when masters of electronica Cassette Club get a hold of it and transform it into something AMAZING. I love where CC goes with the haunting synths over the choral breaks. Brings in a whole new dimension of sound. Enjoy them both.
Relation – Optimistic (Cassette Club Remix)
Relation – Optimistic
Sleigh Bells debut LP will be out in about 2 weeks and the new single off the album (beyond “Infinity Guitars,” “Crown on the Ground,” and “A/B Machines”) just dropped. I love the track. The hip hop beats are there in full force, the overdrive on the guitars and a gushy pop sound, but with a “cleaner” overall feel.
This is grunge re-imagined by people that don’t live in the rain 80% of the year and received several gold stars in kindergarten.
Sia will be making her way to the east coast in the next few weeks. If you haven’t already picked up your tickets, see if there are a few more available. I caught Sia’s set at Coachella and it was a great show. Make me dance Sia. Make me dance.
“Hooting and Howling” is a single off the silently fantastic Two Dancers from 2009. A hauntingly beautiful song, the track is very stripped down and focuses on the unique delivery/vocals of Hayden Thorpe. The video is also interesting to say the least.
The Temper Trap were panned by Pitchfork last year when they released Conditions. While I didn’t find the music groundbreaking, I still thought the album was fun and some of the tracks beyond “Sweet Disposition” (the song from 500 days of summer) were excellent. The third single released on the album is “Fader,” a classic guitar driven song pop rock song. Either way these guys are good and we should be hearing a lot more from them in 2010. Their sound hovers somewhere between The Strokes, The Doves, and The Killers (of the Hot Fuss variety) and I imagine they bring a great live show. Listen to their stuff and enjoy.