We receive music from a variety of sources, and in this instance it was through a seemingly random yet serendipitous Soundcloud message. Super pleased that the Canadian quartet Men I Trust reached out and entrusted us with their communiqué as we’re digging their understated, electropop lounge vibes. For a band that only formed in 2014, Men I Trust have a solid catalog that we recommend without reservation, particularly if you’re fond of fuzzy, ethereal bands like Radiation City and Brave Shores. Based on the burbling, lush production, you would never guess that the Quebec outfit’s latest effort, “Humming Man” is a song about a reclusive old man who becomes suspicious of society and shuts himself off from the rest of the world.
Listen to “Humming Man” and earlier effort “Quiet” below.
From seemingly out of nowhere comes FOXTROTT, the electropop project and moniker of Montreal-based artist Marie-Hélène Delorme. The producer and singer-songwriter makes complex, left-of-centre pop, drawing inspiration from a diverse set of genres ranging from old Cumbia to gospel, hip-hop to reggae, and dancehall to folk. Rightfully catching buzz in Canada already, FOXTROTT is getting ready to release her debut full-length, A Taller Us via One Little Indian on November 20. Watch the video for the textured lead single, “Driven” off the forthcoming LP and stream the poppier track “Shields” for a sampling of what Delorme has to offer.
Add a little (nu) disco to your weekend and listen to the ebullient new single, “I Can See You” from electropop outfit Favored Nations. The LA trio had a chart-topping hit with previous single, “Always” and are looking to keep the momentum rolling as they prepare to release their debut album, The Great Unknown October 2 via Antler Records and etcetc.
The group consists of the collective talents of singer Morgan Phalen (who’s collaborated with Justice), DJ James Curd (DFA), and Surahn “Sid” Sidhu (touring guitarist for Empire of the Sun). Inspired by the sunlit sounds of the ’60s such as the Beach Boys, their funk-infused sound is straight up dance-house with a hint of Chromeo. Stream below.
In what is being hailed as their strongest album yet, Canadian act Braids released their third record Deep In the Iris via Arbutus this April. Although it contains the characteristically nuanced production and sophisticated soundscapes the art-rock outfit is known for, it’s also the most organic, lyrically powerful, emotionally raw and sanguine album they’ve put out to date.
Listen to standout track “Taste” for a shining example of their complex melodies and exquisite instrumentation. Braids is also currently on tour supporting Purity Ring so be sure to check them out if you have the chance.
GRRL PAL Is a new duo from Australia who are on a mission to release a song a month until the end of 2015. Their latest track, proffered for the month of May is called “Nerve” and might be the dreamiest offering to date in their platter of “star-dusted bedroom pop.” Comprised of Danny K on production and Jay LeKat on vox, the duo show a more delicate, restrained side of their electropop sensibilities on the single, revealing more complexities with each ensuing listen.
“Nerve” will be released on a four-track EP due out sometime in August. Hear the single below, along with one of their more exuberant releases off their 2015 debut EP, Paradise
. Co-produced by Parker Ighile
(Nicki Minaj, Rihanna), the track “Dare” was inspired by a boozy game of spin the bottle — so take a chance and give it a spin, okay grrrl?
Newly arrived artist on the scene Quigley makes quite the impression with just one listen. The LA songstress creates unconventional electropop in the same vein as female vocalists such as Grimes, Empress Of, and Banoffee, with a bit of Purity Ring‘s futurism as well. Her latest single “Lost Again” is a compelling, chimerical confection that will be featured on her forthcoming EP. Written, produced and mixed by Quigley herself, the debut album Initium drops May 8.
We’ve got a special treat in store for you today — in a new segment we’re calling The Cover-Up, we’re sharing a refreshingly innovative new cover from French trio We Were Evergreen. A contempo take on the track “I Wanna Be Like You” from Disney’s The Jungle Book, the electropop group give the original a fantastically modern makeover that will have you scratching your head wondering where you’ve heard this one before (had we not just told you).
Regarding the cover choice, the band said: We wanted to revisit a classic tune from everyone’s childhood: the original song not only has a great melody, but the lyrics themselves have a much deeper meaning than what the Disney film shows. By keeping the melodic base but making the arrangements darker, we wanted to bring out the idea lurking behind the song: that universal feeling of envy, the need to fit in – a theme that we already developed in our first album.
We Were Evergreen released their debut album Towards in 2014 and is currently at work on their second album. Get groovy with “Be Like You” below.
New electropop duo known as KALEIDA is the combined talents of Londoners Christina Wood (vocals, lyrics) and Cicely Goulder (keys, production, lyrics). Honing their minimal style and sultry rhythmic sound over the past year or so, the duo is now primed to release their debut EP, entitled Think on April 6 via Lex Records. Stream standout tracks “Think” and “Tropea” below.
In honor of St. Paddy’s, we implore you to listen to the new gem from Ireland’s own electropop duo, Young Wonder. The Irish act first made a splash on the scene in 2012 with their self-titled debut EP, followed by their Show Your Teeth EP in 2013. Now, the duo comprised of Ian Ring and Rachel Koeman have offered up their new track “Enchanted,” which shows off their shimmering, astral production skills and bewitching Bjork-esque vocals, respectively. Expect a full-length album reveal from these two later this year.
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.