Canadian experimental rock outfit Yamantaka // Sonic Titan has dropped a new psychedelic, hard-rocking single with “One,” which features heavy guitars set against some dreamy lead vocals and foreign-flavored chants. While the cavernous reverb does take a bit of the “beef” out of Yamantaka’s instrumentation, the band still comes through with a pleasantly absurd personality. Enjoy!
Up-and-coming pop trio Haim has turned just about every head you’d want to in the blog-o-sphere with their hooky, layered, well-written pop songs that subtly reference everything from new wave to Michael Jackson.
The band just dropped a new single with “The Wire,” and it’s got to be one of the stand-out pop tunes of this year. The smooth lead vocals on the first verse; layered guitar phrasing as the song builds at the 0:43 mark; and the jubilant ending all remind me of a time when the game of chart-topping songwriting was, well, a bit classier. Enjoy!
On this new track, teenage wunderkid producer XXYYXX shows great growth and potential as an ambient artist. The song title references an airplane ride from Portland (PDX) to Seattle (SEA); within the constant change of the bells’ melody there are little engine-like noises and airy strings. The track sounds like a journey through the clouds on a rainy day, and ends with the sound of rain over water-logged Seattle. XXYYXX’s early work pegged him as a basic future garage producer, but this song shows that he could expand into many different territories with great skill.
Check Cal Chuchesta’s interview with the man himself below.
Rapsmith Milo drops his first track from his forthcoming project, Cavalcade, which will be coming out on July 9th. While it’s not one of the dude’s strongest hooks, I think the growing intensity of the instrumental and Milo’s verses is actually pretty great!
Catch a review for Milo’s new EPs and an interview with him below:
Though Motion Sickness’ tracks typically deal in the softer, more ambient side of things, this is the first song I’ve heard from this project that felt this vulnerable and delicate.
Maybe it’s the high-pitched synths that are continually swelling and fading, or maybe it’s the faint female vocals getting swallowed up in the electronics. Either way, it’s a moving 3:45. Enjoy!
Electronic music producer Mark Pritchard stirred up some buzz a few years ago as one half of the colorful and creative music duo Africa Hitech. Now, he’s back with a new EP on the way via Warp Records titled Ghosts. The label has dropped the EP’s title track for streaming, and it’s a subtle, chilling piece of footwork that features an explosive hook as well. Enjoy!
Beatmusic producer Shigeto drops the second single from this forthcoming album No Better Time Than Now. The LP is looking at an August 19th release on Ghostly, and I’m finding this new cut to be a bit more interesting than the previously dropped “Detroit Part 1.”
The rhythms throughout this very linear track are heavy, acoustic, and feel somewhat in-the-moment. It’s impressive that Shigeto pulled together a track that’s so jam-like–not to mention pretty on the ears. Enjoy!
Some patient, subtle electronics from Russia’s Anton Zap on the track “Water,” which is a cut from his forthcoming album on Apollo Records. The album is dropping on the 18th of this month, and is titled Water. Enjoy!
A piece of pop bliss that’s equally awkward and moody coming through on this previously unreleased Matthew Dear cut, which is set to be released on the expanded edition of his last full-length album, Beams. Enjoy the song above, and catch a review for the album below: