Hey now – April floods will hopefully bring may flowers. But like the rain, great music has been flooding in over the last few weeks, and that doesn’t even take into account Daft Punk’s much, much, much-awaited LP due out in about a month.
With that, wanted to give you a mix of 8 songs to chew on. Enjoy.
1. Portugal. The Man – Purple Yellow Red and Blue
Great to see that a new album from Portugal the Man is due out in the not so distant future (june 4). A steady backbeat drum, alto-piano, and falsetto vocals bring this single from the Dangermouse-produced album to the front of the list.
2. Mr. Little Jeans – Oh Sailor
Featuring The Silverlake Conservatory Of Music Youth Chorale, this ditty is a journey all its own. Sweet-as-honey vocals lead into xylophone-backed youthful cheers that is sure to be a favorite of many remix artists out there.
3. Joywave – Tongues
Hot damn. This song has been in my head for weeks now. The mixtape 88888 put out by Joywave has its highs and lows, but this is the friggin’ Everest of it. If the looped alien vocals and the snare drum don’t keep you interested, the smoking bass will draw you in.
4. Two Door Cinema Club – Next Year (RAC remix)
RAC has been lighting it up in the remix arena lately, and this one doesn’t disappoint. Granted, he’s got a great song to deal with in the first place, but the added dimension from RAC is superb.
5. Griz – You Got to Change
Griz, you got nothing to change with this song. An absolute downtempo hip-hop gem of a beat that is begging for some vocals from a lyrical mastermind.
6. Say Lou Lou – Julian (Monsieur Adi remix)
Monseiur Adi has been lighting it up as well, with his Justice-inspired remixes (haven’t checked into this, but my gut tells me this guy must be a member of Justice) and Julian is the next in line.
7. Aaron Smith – Dancin (KRONO remix)
This is more a testament to the magic of the remix by KRONO than the song itself. The original song is, well, DREADFUL. Go find the youtube video for it and it only makes it worse. But this dark, mysterious remix is just what the DJ ordered.
8. Gypsy & The Cat – Sorry
“I know you won’t say you’re sorry, don’t you think you should be sorry for that?” This Aussie collective delights on ‘Sorry’ that is simply sublime.