[VIDEO]: Beat Connection – Illusion

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Beat Connection released their long-awaited sophomore album, Product 3 last month on ANTI- Records. Since their formation in 2010, the Seattle-based band has grown from a duo to a quartet and is currently comprised of Reed Juenger, Jarred Katz, Tom Eddy, and Mark Hunter, who are all accomplished instrumentalists. Together they create bright, exuberant beats and rhythms that blend together in seamless and satisfying ways that still manage to surprise.

We featured one of the album tracks “Illusion” back in September, but since then they’ve released a seriously slick video for the effort, featuring the moves of renowned flex dancer Brixx. Watch the video below and pick up the LP Product 3, teeming with more electronic synth jams on iTunes. Beat Connection is currently on tour in support of the album, performing at DC9 this Thursday, November 19 (more tour dates below).

2015 Upcoming Tour Dates:
11/19 – DC9 – Washington, DC
11/20 – Great Scott – Allston, MA
11/21 – Knitting Factory – Brooklyn, NY
11/22 – Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia, PA
11/25 – Mercury Lounge – New York, NY
11/27 – Theatre Fairmount – Montreal, QC
11/28 – The Drake – Toronto, ON
12/02 – The Blind Pig – Ann Arbor, MI
12/03 – Subterranean – Chicago, IL
12/04 – The Frequency – Madison, WI
12/05 – 7th Street Entry – Minneapolis, MN 12/06 – Vega – Lincoln, NE
12/09 – Larimer Lounge – Denver, CO
12/10 – Kilby Court – Salt Lake City, UT
12/11 – Watercolor – Boise, ID
12/12 – The Bartlett – Spokane, WA
12/17 – Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR
12/19 – Fortune – Vancouver, BC

Beat Connection – Illusion


Our favorite beatmakers from Seattle have shared a new single off their upcoming sophomore album, scheduled for release later this year. Beat Connection brings the funk on their latest effort “Illusion,” with an unexpected guitar riff and of course their signature shimmering synths. Stream the original below, along with an official mix from Amsterdam DJ/producer Saux — who ups the tempo for a splendid dance-floor groove.

Beat Connection will be on tour this summer supporting Django Django (including a stop in DC), so scope out the tour dates below.

Beat Connection on Tour
* with Django Django
7/16-18 – Timber! Outdoor Music Fest – Carnation, WA
7/28 – Webster Hall – New York, NY*
7/29 – 9:30 Club – Washington, DC*
7/31-8/02 – Lollapalooza – Chicago, IL
8/02 – First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN*
8/06 – Mayan Theater – Los Angeles, CA*
8/07 – The Observatory – Santa Ana, CA*
8/23 – MusicfestNW – Portland, OR
10/9-11 – ACL Music Festival – Austin, TX

Beat Connection – Another Go Round


In anticipation of their forthcoming album, Beat Connection has shared a new single, “Another Go Round.” Since their 2012 debut The Palace Garden, the Seattle trio have been unparalleled purveyors of tropic-pop, and the new track is no exception. This time around, they’ve also added sitar and tabla drums to their roster of worldly instruments.

Stream the sunny single below, along with a sleek and chilling rework of their recent track “Hesitation” from LA producer Jerome LOL. There’s nothing funny about this melancholic mix, however — a free download of which is available on SoundCloud.

Really looking forward to seeing these guys at Austin City Limits next month.

Beat Connection – Saola (Odesza Remix)


Beat Connection is quite possibly my favorite new electropop group to emerge last year. From Seattle, the tropic-vibes trio released their debut LP The Palace Garden August of 2012. They kicked off a brief West coast tour last week with fellow Washington based duo Odesza, who remixed their track “Saola” in honor of the collaboration.

Grab the track (gratis!) below, and sample some of the other ‘beats’ as well.

I feel too little and think too much.

Upcoming Tour Dates:
5/7 – Sacramento: Jambalaya (w/Odesza)
5/9 – Eugene: WOW Hall (w/Odesza)
5/10 – Vancouver: The Electric Owl (w/Odesza)
5/17 – Seattle: Neumos Crystal Ball


So long 2012 – Sydney NYE

Now that I’m back from abroad, I’m amped to finally be sharing my list of stand-out indie tracks from the last year!

In no particular order, below are my top 50 artists and/or tracks of 2012. Since I started blogging midway through the year, some of these artists have been honored with a post prior and some have not. Thus for the sake of diversifying, in some cases the featured track below is not necessarily my favorite but a varying version of the original or new track entirely (but equally adored, obv).

1. Alpine – Hands


2. Little Dragon – Ritual Union


3. Trails & Ways – Border Crosser (Seshen Remix)


4. Air Traffic Controller – You Know Me


5. Electric Guest – This Head I Hold (their cover of Little Dragon’s Ritual Union is a must-listen as well)


6. Calvin Harris ft. Florence Welch – Sweet Nothing


7. Beat Culture – Useless


8. Tennis – Origins


9. Tanlines – S.A.W.


10. Beach House – Myth


11. Blackbird Blackbird – Running Up That Hill (Kate Bush Cover)


12. Dems – Down on You (Hannes Fischer Remix)


13. Charli XCX – I’ll Never Know


14. Lord Huron – The Stranger


15. Ellie Goulding – Figure 8 (Alias Mix)


16. Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs (TEED) – Tapes & Money


17. Flight Facilities – Clair de Lune (ft. Christine Hoberg)


18. Wild Belle – It’s Too Late


19. Dirty South & Alesso – City of Dreams


20. Alt-J – Something Good


21. Bumblebeez – Next to You


22. St. Lucia – Closer Than This


23. Crystal Castles – Wrath of God


24. Sky Ferreira – Everything is Embarrassing


25. Ben Howard – The Fear (Moonlight Matters Rework)


26. No Ceremony/// – Feelsolow


27. The 1975 – You


28. Ultraista – Smalltalk


29. The Zolas – Knot In My Heart


30. Southern Shores – New Love


31. Django Django – Default


32. AlunaGeorge – You Know You Like It (Bondax Remix)


33. Dan Croll – From Nowhere


34. Germany Germany – With You (ft. Kotomi)


35. Of Monsters and Men – Little Talks (The Knocks Remix)


36. Sun Airway – Close


37. Grimes – Genesis


38. Youth Lagoon – Daydream


39. Miike Snow – Bavarian #1 (Say You Will)

(Track begins at 3:05)


40. Wild Child – The Tale of You & Me


41. The Naked and Famous – Young Blood


42. Dwntwn – See My Eyes


43. Passion Pit – Take A Walk


44. Beat Connection – Think/Feel (ft. Chelsey Scheffe)


45. Grizzly Bear – Sleeping Ute


46. Years & Years – I Wish I Knew


47. MS MR – Hurricane


48. Kindness – House


49. Hot Chip – How Do You Do (Todd Terje remix)


50. Wild Cub – Thunder Clatter



These tracks also received a considerable amount of air time on my playlist this year.

1. The Xx – Sunset


2. Bloc Party – Truth


3. Cat Power – Ruin


4. Adventure Club – Retro City (Bronze Whale Remix)


5. Panama – It’s Not Over


6. Santigold – Disparate Youth


7. Phebe Starr – Alone With You


8. Viceroy – Chase Us Around – (Jay Lamar & Jesse Oliver Remix)


9. U-Tern – You Don’t Know Me


10. The Establishment – Love Like This