Gearing up to release their second EP next week, Great Good Fine Ok follows up their 2014 debut EP Body Diamond with 2M2H, due out March 16 via Sony Music. Avowedly influenced by heavy pop hitters like Prince and Michael Jackson, the Brooklyn duo Luke Moellman and Jon Sandler have certainly honed their pop sensibilities on the album with their shimmering, fizzling synths and lushly layered vocals. Listen to the EP’s lead track, “Too Much To Handle” below — okay? Great, good, fine, OK.
Brooklyn-based duo Beacon released their EP L1 in December last year, their latest effort since 2013’s full-length debut, The Ways We Separate. Signed to Ghostly International, vocalist/producer Thomas Mullarney and producer Jacob Gossett make minimalist and R&B imprinted electronic music. Look no further than “Fault Lines,” the lead track off the EP for a sampling of their deeply haunting and percussive-heavy, after-dark instrumentation. Listen below along with the stunning “Feeling’s Gone,” from the aforementioned LP.
DC locals can catch Beacon live in concert tomorrow, February 19 at DC9.
After stealing hearts everywhere with the release of their EP, Hemiplegia in 2013 and a host of North American tour dates, HAERTS released their self-titled debut album this September. The Brooklyn-based group revealed several new songs with the release, including our favorite, “Giving Up.” This track shows off what they do best — soaring synth production and rousing vocals (in the vein of Kate Bush) from Nini Fabi that build until the final anthemic chorus swoops in to solidify its greatness. Stream below and pick up their album on iTunes.
HAERTS is also one of those rare synthpop acts that sound just as good live as in the studio. Those in the DC area will have a chance to see them this Wednesday, 11/26 at 9:30 Club with St. Lucia and The Knocks.
After offering up several singles this past year, Brooklyn outfit Paperwhite have finally released their debut EP Magic as of yesterday via Duly Noted Records. The album unveils a couple of new songs, including new track “Gold” below. It’s another shining example of the 80s-inspired synthpop sound the sibling duo Katie and Ben Marshall have been cultivating over the last year. Stream below, along with other standout track from the EP, “Take Me Back.” Looks like a promising future for this brother-sister duo.
Tei Shi is the sobriquet of Valerie Teicher, the Brooklyn-based, Argentinian-born songstress who’s been generating a ton of buzz as of late. Having inhabited Buenos Aires, Bogota, Vancouver and Boston at various stages throughout her life, her multicultural background is reflected in the complexity of her music and the texture of her voice. She recently released her first single, “Bassically” with the Mom + Pop imprint Mermaid Avenue. The compelling track is confected of high notes, low tones, and lush melodies — all backed up by Valerie’s soft reverberated vocals and a strong synth bassline. Stream this gem below.
Gather ’round Coke Can denizens, we’ve got two tickets to give away to the sold-out TV On The Radio show on Sunday, November 16 at DC’s 9:30 Club. If you missed your chance to grab tickets to see Tunde, Kyp, and the rest of the lads make music, well now’s your chance. Enter to win by leaving a comment below or sending a tweet to @CokeCanPoetry.
They’re sure to be in good form as they parade their latest wares from their forthcoming album Seeds, notably among them the new single “Happy Idiot” (which you can preview below). Even if you’re new to TVOTR’s scheduled programming, we highly encourage you to check them out. Their recent fare boasts seriously catchy melodies backed by resolute basslines, while their older releases run the gamut from lo-fi funk to semi-orchestral threnodies.
Standout tracks from their back catalog include “Ambulance,” “Will Do,” and “Wolf Like Me.” To whoever wins: if they play “Blues From Down Here” or pull out their a capella cover of the Pixies’ “Mr. Grieves,” please leave our contributor Jon a message telling him how it was.
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Sinkane is the nom de plume of Sudanese-born artist Ahmed Gallab. At the age of five, he moved to Columbus, Ohio, escaping the country’s political violence of the late 1980s. After becoming part of the city’s hardcore punk scene, Gallab eventually made his way to New York, where he began working on his solo project in Brooklyn.
He previously worked as a session multi-instrumentalist musician for Yeasayer, Caribou, Of Montreal, and more. Filled with funky, soulful basslines and a distinctive voice, Sinkane is slated to release his 2nd album Mean love via DFA Records September 2. Get your body moving with his track “How We Be,” available for streaming below.
Sinkane is scheduled to perform at DC9 on October 8.
Prinze George have released their third single, “This Time” and it is another doozy. Following up their earlier track “Victor,” the burgeoning BK band have yet another infectious serving of synthpop on their hands. Drink it in below, and if you’re in the NY area catch their debut show May 15 at Cameo Gallery in Williamsburg.
Jeremy Malvin, who creates music under the name Chrome Sparks is a young musician and native of Ann Arbor, now residing in Brooklyn. His obsession for synthesizers can be clearly seen in Marijuana, a song from his EP Sparks released March 2013. Influenced by a background in classical percussion, Chrome Sparks’ music is filled with a cloud of arpeggiators and lead sounds. Jeremy can currently be found on tour with a couple of friends — with upcoming performances at DC9 April 30, and Baby’s All Right in Brooklyn May 2.
I feel music in your eyes
Rainbows, in your ears
Welcome to another edition of Remix Roundup! Let’s get started with this Goldroom/MØ collaboration on the soulful track “Don’t Wanna Dance.” The LA producer/DJ takes the Danish artist MØ’s original to nu-disco-heights with his hypnotic, shimmering synthed-up rendition. (Sidenote: DC’ers can catch the Danish songstress performing at U Street Music Hall on May 20.) Next up is Brooklyn producer BAILE‘s electronic rework of British indie rock band Daughter‘s song “Love” — off their 2012 EP Wild Youth (via 4AD). Dark and foreboding, this downtempo and percussion-laden remix blends well with Elena Tonra’s chilling vocals. Last but not least is the gorgeous Rainer and Grimm re-imagining of Sam Smith‘s affective new ballad, “Stay With Me.” I’ve been waiting for a quality retake on this one, and it turns out the Toronto-based production duo were just the ones to step up to the plate. Stream all three tracks below — each of which is available for FREE by following their respective DL links on Soundcloud.