Electronic dance duo, Blondes, hailing from New York bring some funky grooves that make you want to dance like you’re on the opening intro to some 90s sitcom.
That is partly has to due to with the music as well as the visuals which bring patterns that belong on sweaters from The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air to life with movement. Musically, the duo continues to produce interesting sounds that deal a lot with reverb and distortion, using sounds that sound in some moments dated and breathing fresh life into them with their arrangements. It can really be seen here on “Elise” with each new sound being placed in one by one fitting in their own unique way until it slowly becomes a full and lush electronic track.
Gummy Soul presents a collection of tracks that bring A Tribe Called Quest-inspired instrumentals under a number of vocal cuts from 90s-era hip hop start The Pharcyde. Stream and enjoy via the widget above, and download it on a name-your-price basis on Bandcamp.
Philadelphia’s favorite shoegaze band, Bleeding Rainbow, have a new video for “Drift Away” that really exudes the fuzzy and fun aesthetic of the four piece. The video intermittently alternates between hazy, lo-fi footage of the band performing the song and delightfully creepy stop motion animation of a tortured mad scientist with what appears to be some sort of rodent’s skull for a head. With his nights plagued by unattainable desires of escape and his days consisting of bleak cycles of tending to foreboding machinery, the deranged alchemist is a bit of a sympathetic character even when he bears an uncanny resemblance to something I found when dissecting an owl pellet in the fifth grade… Either way, the video is fantastic, perfectly matching the vibe of the band and the vibe of the season.
Reks fresh off releasing last year’s album Rhythmatic Eternal King Supreme is set to drop another LP this year. Like R.E.K.S., it features plenty of production from Statik Selektah. A track from this forthcoming LP has just been released with a lot of lyrical talent being showed off over the Selektah beat. The production reminds me of something off of Illmatic , pushing lots of heavy on the keys and bass, with a scratched vocal cuts over the hook. Pretty sure it’s a Kanye vocal, too.
That old school, braggadocious vibe runs throughout this track delivering potent rhymes and a crisp rhythms. Straight, No Chaser is set to release April 24.
A new set of tracks with an old sound from Florida band Flashlights. The group’s latest album, I’m Not Alone, features a pretty catchy and accessible mixture of pop punk and indie rock. The track Mel has a problem has some guitar riffs that remind me a lot of the 2011 British Sea Power track “Who’s In Control?.” These guys ain’t exactly breakin’ new ground, but they’ve got this style down path, and they compliment it with a messy, lo-fi recording, too.
Yuck’s latest album is a fun embrace of the sound on classic albums from Dinosaur Jr., Yo La Tengo, Elliott Smith, and many more artists and bands considered “90s.”
While this album is an alright place to visit, it’s hard to exactly describe where you are. That’s because Yuck doesn’t have anything going for them that you could draw specifically to them.
Though I’m not against “borrowing,” or showing off your influences, I can’t say this album is enticing me. It’s just kind of making me want to listen to the classics is all.