Dinnerdate is one of my favorite breakout producers of the year. He’s able to mix super indie vocals with some minor glitchy almost minimal sounds to lighten the mood. Still, he’s conquered this beach house style genre that is on the rise and is among the few that has delivered quality time and time again. Having toured with one of our favorites Klangkarussell it’s safe to say he’s found himself a place in music. Peep his new remix of Still Parade “Actors” and make sure download it below!
Just stumbled across two new faces! Vitesse & Mazego, otherwise known as Saje hail from Paris France. This is the duo’s second release and they’re already catching fire from around the blogosphere. Their tracks are so chill…How chill are they? Well you may catch yourself putting on some hipster shades and riding with your windows down (even if it is 40 degrees out). Check out their track “Take Care of You” plus Mazego’s remix of Pharrell “Happy.” Just so much chill…
What do Steve Aoki, Jack Johnson, Rebelution, and FmlyBnd have in common? They were all hatched out of the Isla Vista local music scene. Although FmlyBnd may not be a household name yet, they are definitely in the midst of taking over the indie music scene. Their debut single “Electricity” immediately shot to #1 on The Hype Machine in 2013. “Electricity”, which can also be downloaded for free on Soundcloud, has a heavy synth hook feel reminiscent of an M83 song. The song describes the feeling of electricity and spark that one feels when in love. The band’s sound is very indicative of what is current and future-coming for the electronic indie music scene.
As if their first single wasn’t captivating enough, FmlyBnd’s inspiring song “Come Alive” was featured on the FIFA 2015 game. The song has an equally addictive hook and fits perfectly into any summer 2014 playlist. The band has already performed at a few music festivals and have become a staple amongst the Santa Barbara local music scene. Although FmlyBnd has yet to announce a tour for their new EP “Back to Life”, look forward to seeing this local Isla Vista band make a name for themselves.
If you haven’t heard of Electronic Indie Pop Duo Broods this year, I’m assuming you’ve been sleeping under a rock. The brother-sister duo, Georgia and Caleb Nott, from Nelson, New Zealand have been lighting up the blogosphere ever since the release of their first debut single “Bridges“. Their debut album Evergreen co-written and produced by Joel Little, of Lorde’s Pure Heroine fame, encompasses the theme of heartbreak and home. The album is impeccably produced and doesn’t have a single bad egg in the bunch. The first track “Mother & Father” describes the trials and tribulations every adolescent has experienced of leaving home and starting life. Brood’s writing captures the relatability of every listener, whether it be about reminiscing about a relationship or finding independence. Each track showcases Georgia’s incredible vocals and range. The songs on the album range from slow and moody to energetic and lively. The standout tracks on the album are the slow ballad “Four Walls”, the energetic and beat heavy “Everytime”, and the chill-out song “Sober”. At times, Georgia’s voice is reminiscent of Imogen Heap or Lorde, but the production of Broods is one of a kind.
Evergreen has only been released for a few days in America, yet four of their songs have already been featured on MTV’s “Catfish” and their rhythmic track “L.A.F.” has been featured on the impressive soundtrack of FIFA 2015.
Evergreen hit the #1 album spot and went gold in New Zealand in August and peaked at #5 in Australia. More than likely, Broods will become a game changer in the music scene of 2015. They have been endorsed by Lorde, Ellie Goulding and are currently on tour with the vocal slayer Sam Smith. Their trajectory only seems to be going upwards especially with the rumors of a new track on the “Hunger Games : Mockingjay” soundtrack curated by fellow New-Zealander Lorde. It will be no surprise to see them touring through most festivals next summer. Broods are here to stay, especially with such a solid debut effort.
The second day of Lollapalooza was headlined by Mumford and Sons, and also contained an array of other great acts on the bill. Unfortunately for fans who expected to see Death Grips and Azealia Banks, neither performed their scheduled due to two completely different reason. Phox, a small sextet from Wisconsin, was eager to play the festival. The band’s management bombarded Lollapalooza’s team with offers to perform if another band couldn’t take the stage. Azealia Banks was originally scheduled for late in the day, but thanks to her absence a rearrangement of the lineup was in order. Thanks to the shuffle there was an open spot to kick day two of the festival off, and Phox slid into it after their numerous requests. It was a big break for the band, playing their second festival ever and to one of the biggest audiences they’ve had. Phox continued touring, playing with various bands that included Typhoon and Laura Mvula.
On June 24th, they released their self-titled debut album, and went on a headlining tour to promote it. The album contained a mix of songs refined from previous EP’s and new songs which featured the voice and lyrics of Monica Martin and the smooth sounds of the accompanying band. Martin’s voice might draw attention initially, but with time the album showcases the well-roundedness of Phox. There were some B-sides unreleased that drummer Davey Roberts has been mixing while on tour. Those will be released in the coming months, along with a possible Christmas album.
On this stretch of the tour Phox is opening for Paolo Nutini, a Scottish singer who has achieved great success in England and Scotland. Besides Paolo and the Head and the Heart who Phox is touring with soon, they six expressed interest to tour with Sufjan Stevens, Patrick Watson and especially J. E. Sunde. While touring, the band often listens to music which is in no way influential to themselves, citing genres such as country and metal.
Phox and Paolo Nutini recently stopped in N.Y.C. to play two shows, one at Terminal 5 and one at the Apollo Theatre. After receiving a pep talk from bassist Jason Krunnfusz, the band took the stage to a smattering of applause. Over the course of their 35 minute set, however, Phox got the crowd’s attention with standout songs like “Laura”, “Blue and White”, and “Slow Motion”. A majority of the audience was previously unaware of Phox, and were audibly impressed with Martin’s vocals. The crowd was also entertained by the participation aspect, which included clapping and whistling. After their set, a few members came into the crowd to watch Paolo Nutini’s set. Multi-instrumentalist Matt Holmen noted that Nutini really seemed to be hitting his stride, and that this was the tour to see him on.
BBC has also echoed the sentiment, calling Nutini “arguably Scotland’s biggest musician right now”. Paolo took the stage and launched into his first single “Scream(Funk My Life Up) off his recent album Caustic Love. He brought such energy to the words, in a soulful and captivating manner. The new album didn’t do his voice justice, it was just something else live. The singer and guitarist played a score of songs from his new album and some from his previous two, all with the help of the enthusiastic audience. Hopefully Paolo will soon become a household name in the United States, as he already is in the United Kingdom.