I am totally digging the new Metric record. Fantasies is the forth studio album from these Canadian Indie Rockers, whom you may remember from such hits as Dead Disco, Combat Baby and Monster Hospital (the latter of which made it’s way onto a dancefloor near you, courtesy of a remix by MSTRKRFT).
Released on April 7th in Canada and the U.S., Fantasies debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Heatseekers. This album is chuck-full of catchy melodies and enough synth-fueled rock to keep you pressing the repeat button! I highly recommend it! ****
The album is currently available through Metric’s website in vinyl, deluxe hardcover, digital download and a limited edition package.
Here are mp3s for first single Help, I’m Alive and one of my favorites, the quick paced album track Gold Guns Girls , plus the video for their aforementioned 2003 dancefloor smash, Dead Disco!
MP3: Metric-Help, I’m Alive (YSI)
MP3: Metric-Gold Guns Girls (YSI)
Tiga has just released his brand new album. Ciao! is the follow-up to 2007's Sexor (which featured the club smash You Gonna Want Me).
This record is along the same vein as its predecessor but seems a bit more focused on simple textures and layers. Some songs walk a fine line of sounding too cheesy (Sex O'Clock, Turn The Night On) but the campiness can be effectively catchy (Shoes).
One of the highlights, What You Need, is a great electro track full of distorted, dirty synths and techno beats that is perfect for the dance floor. The song that just doesn't fit with the overall sound of the album is Mind Dimension (edited down to 4:37). While it's still a great song, it should have stayed a single release only.
This is a quality electronic album and fans of Tiga will definitely dig it.
Just a quick post to let New York City friends know I made an impromptu visit. Didn't have much to do this the week, so I said what the heck! I'll be here till Friday so contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you wanna hang out. The place I'm staying at is in Williamsburg and it's pretty sweet! (Thanks to Paula from the Little Ramonas for hooking it up!) The weather is pretty amazing also, 90! Sounds like Miami weather to me. I'm right at home.
It's so nice to have a day off with nothing to do!!!
As I was laying out by the pool sipping margaritas, I remembered I hadn't posted my newest mixtape for you all to hear.
When I heard the Myrone Aiden remix of Urgent by Foreigner, I just had to add it to this mix. Very enjoyable and fresh version of a classic!
Enjoy and have a good rest of the week!
MP3: MIXTAPE 2
1. La Roux – In For the Kill (Lifelike Remix)
2. Fleet Foxes - White Winter Hymnal (The Twelves Remix)
3. Groove Armada - Drop The Tough (The Twelves Remix)
4. Digitalism - Taken Away (Myrone Aiden Remix)
5. Cicada - Metropolis [The Twelves' B-LIVE Rio Mix]
6. Pnau - Embrace ft. Ladyhawke (Fred Falke Remix)
7. Ghosthustler – Only Me to Trust
8. Miike Snow - Animal (Treasure Fingers Remix)
9. Mini Viva - Left My Heart In Tokyo (Fred Falke Dub Mix)
10. HK119 - Cest La Vie (David E Sugar Remix)
11. Foreigner - Urgent (Myrone Aiden Remix)
Need some cool new music for the week-end?? I know I always do! Here's a few cool tracks I've come across in the last few days.
First off we have Blacklight Flashlight from the music capital of Ohio! Ha...I'm such a kidder. For all I know they may have an amazing music scene over there, although I must admit I probably couldn't point out Ohio on a map. Is that bad? This instrumental track I got from them 'Dreaming In' is a great piece of synth pop dreaminess. Sure to set your feets a-blazing and your minds a-wandering.
Finally Fredrik Liiv from Stockholm, Sweden sent me this great instrumental track called 'Loveism' which I am definitely loving! Nice, dark electronic track. All the ingredients that turn on my buttons. Maybe he'll do the same for you.
** Keep sending me music people (email@example.com), but please make sure it kinda matches what we do (Electronic/Indie Rock/Pop/Remixes) for the most part. You'd be surprised at some of the crazy stuff that gets sent to us. Sometimes even Punk or Heavy Metal. Some of it may be cool, but it's just not what we do at Off the Radar. Look around I'm sure there's tons of blogs that cater to those genres. Just not us. Gratzi!P.S. Tiga's New Album CIAO! has been leaked. Got it last night. I'll be absorbing it over the week-end.
Favorite new albums can't get enough of::
Depeche Mode - Sounds of the Universe
Pet Shop Boys - Yes
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - It's Blitz!
Peaches - I Feel Cream
Peter Bjorn & John - Living Things
It's amazing what a good remix can do. The original version of Circlesquare's track Dancers is ok. A slow track with some twangy guitars, that might be ok for home/Ipod listens, but not what you'd expect for a track called Dancers. Definitely not the best material for the dancefloor.
Put that same track in the hands of two amazing remixers/artists like Russ Chimes from London and Anoraak from France and now you've got a whole different story. A dark new wave dancefloor masterpiece! Been loving this remix! Hard to believe it came from the same source material.
I'd keep an eye on both these up and coming artists. Loving everything I've been hearing from them. They've already done remixes for the likes of Solid Gold, Metronomy, Futerecop! (which I posted awhile back), as well as done great orignal tracks of their own.
Here's that amazing Circlesquare remix I was talking about, plus a couple other standout tracks sure to make your ears happy and get those feet moving.
MP3: Dancers (Russ Chimes Vs Anoraak Remix) - Circlesquare (YSI)
MP3: Nightdrive With You (Grum Remix) - Anoraak (YSI)
MP3: Continue (Russ Chimes Remix) - Minitel Rose (YSI)
The latest offering on the radar is electronic robot funk in the form of Barcelona's Golden Bug (Antoine Harispuru). He has just recently released his debut full-length Hot Robot after issuing some singles on Gomma Records (WhoMadeWho) which have been well received by the likes of Prins Thomas, Shit Robot, and Digitalism.
This record is full of 70's funk beats, nu disco grooves, and processed vocals that take you on a weird yet amazing journey through the musical gamut. The opening track, Midnight Rabbit, is a strange but satisfying slice of disco funk that is played out alongside robot-esque vocals. The lead single, Look Look Look, is full of killer dance beats and great synth lines.
Here are those tracks as well as a pretty cool video for the In Flagranti (who are so hot right now) remix of Look Look Look.
MP3: Midnight Rabbit - Golden Bug (YSI)
MP3: Look Look Look - Golden Bug (YSI)
French singer and multi-instrumentalist Sebastian Tellier is back, with a brand new offering entitled Kilometer EP. It highlights Kilometer and Roche... two songs from last year's Sexuality album which was produced by Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, of Daft Punk fame.
The new EP, features remixes by some of the most talked about producers of 2009: A-Trak (DMC Champion and Kanye West’s DJ), Aeroplane ‘Italo 84’, Kavinsky and Arpanet. All the remixes are great, but my favorites so far are the A-Trak remix of Kilometer and Kavinsky's take on Roche. The former is a great nu disco jam, with a great bass line and electro pop synths reminiscent of Chromeo (due to the fact that A-Trak's big brother , Dave 1 of Chromeo, co-produced the track with him).
The latter is a laid-back version of the song which reminds me a lot of Air and some of the mellower Daft Punk tracks. All in all, a very good EP. I highly recommend you go out and get it!
Sebastian also shot a video for Kilometer, directed by Jonas & Francois (director for Justice and Kanye West) which I've added below.
Have a good week!
MP3: Sebastian Tellier-Kilometer (A-Trak Remix) (YSI)
MP3: Sebastian Tellier-Roche (Kavinsky Remix) (YSI)
The Kickdrums from Ohio sent us this great video they made for 'When I Come Down'.
Immediately the video caught my eye. Great negative art and rocking music.
After further investigation it seems they have lots of producing experience, including their first break with 50 Cent if you can believe it, plus others like Chamillionaire, Young Joc, Scarface, Papoose, Talib Kweli & Little Brother.
They describe their music as a mixture of Indie Rock, Electro & Hip Hop. Definitely genre bending!
'When I Come Down' doesn't much remind me of Hip Hop, at most maybe Beastie Boys 'Check Your Head' era when they were experimenting with alternative rock. Which might explain why I like this so much. That was one of my favorite Beastie records.
At the moment their working on their second video for 'Just a Game'. They were shooting the video for it in NYC this past week. I can definitely hear some hip hop beats in that one. Check out their myspace to hear that and other tracks on their player.
For now enjoy this rocking video & mp3 for 'When I Come Down'. Can you smell crossover potential?? I do!
Enjoy & have a great week-end....
MP3: When I Come Down - The Kickdrums (YSI)
I had never heard of him, but I am a big fan of Australian artists, so upon quick inspection of his myspace page I could tell right away he's a talented fellow!
One of the descriptions of his music on his myspace page is melodramatic pop and that's exactly how I would describe his music. He can go from poppy to darker slower tracks with some cool samples thrown in from time to time for good measure. I love artists that have some range and aren't just one trick ponies. Those are usually the bands/artists I tend to like more.
His videos are pretty extraordinary! His video for 'Heart's a Mess' and 'Coming Back' remind me of Tim Burton. Dark and wonderful! The lanky robots with his face in it on 'Heart's a Mess' reminds me a bit of Nightmare Before Christmas. The others are cartoon animated and quite enjoyable as well.
Here is the mp3 for 'Thanks for Your Time' one of my favorite tracks of his, plus a dancey Styrofoamkid (Styrofoam?) Remix for 'Learnalilgivinanlovin'. His full length album 'Like Drawing Blood' is available for purchase on Itunes.
MP3: Thanks for Your Time - Gotye (YSI)
MP3: Learnalilgivinanlovin' (Styrafoamkid's Summer Remix) - Gotye (YSI)
In addition here are a couple of those great videos I was talking about. You can see the rest on his myspace page.
Got these great tracks from UltraChorus (Minneapolis, Minnesota) sent to my inbox (firstname.lastname@example.org) the other day.
They were described as kinda like Postal Service, but with harder beats. I can hear some of those similarities.
Of the two original tracks they sent me, I really loved 'Words Kept Talking'. A catchy electro-pop track with a happy feel, good dancey vibe & great minimal vocoder effects.
Here's the mp3 for that, plus a remix they did for Phoenix's '1901'. Although not as good as the original, it's still a solid effort.
MP3: Words Kept Talking - UltraChorus (YSI)
MP3: 1901 (UltraChorus Remix) - Phoenix (YSI)
Speaking of Phoenix heard they were on Saturday Night Live the other night which I always miss cause I'm at work spinning Saturdays. Here they are performing '1901' and introduced by Host Seth Rogen who seems to be everywhere at the moment. Pretty sweet performance! They sound exactly like their recordings. Can't wait for their full length.
While on the subject of Phoenix here is another great remix sent to me for '1901' by independent Brooklyn multi-instrumentalist Alan Wilkis. Great beats and a really great remix!! Check out his myspace link above to hear more from him. His style is a mixture of indie rock, classic rock & electronics. Think you guys will dig it.
MP3: 1901 (Alan Wilkis Remix) - Phoenix (YSI)
** If you are an artist/band and have music you think would fit in well with what we post here at Off the Radar (or even have recommends) send me mp3's/videos/info for consideration to email@example.com. I get alot of my content/ideas for posts from what's sent to us. Thanks!
Surfing the internet the other night I ran into this great interview with Trent Reznor from NIN on digg.com (http://www.digg.com/dialogg/Trent_Reznor) were he answered viewer questions including his perspective on the current record business.
Thought it was one of the best interviews I've seen of him. Very candid and personal. Even funny at times (see were they ask him his most embarassing song on his Ipod).
Also loved how when they asked him what's the way he finds most new music nowadays and he said 'blogs or word of mouth from friends.' Ha, just like most of us! That's how I've been doing it for quite some time. Even recommends that artists seek out blogs that they like and try to get on those to reach out to those audiences. Genious idea!
He also goes on to say if people are honest you can find almost any piece of music online for Free, so might be a good idea to give music away in hopes that people will go to your shows/buy merch and bigger fans can always buy more expensive deluxe box sets, etc. The honesty is quite refreshing...
Who would have thought all those years ago that Peaches would rise to the top of all the electroclash acts from the early 00's and be making the biggest splash in 2009. I certainly didn't! Not with the likes of Fischerspooner, Miss Kittin, Adult, Ladytron, etc., but it seems she may be doing that with the release of her new album 'I Feel Cream' set for release May the 4th. I've never been a huge fan of her entire albums, rather singles here and there, but I will reserve judgement on this new one till I hear the whole thing.
She has gotten just about all the hottest electronic music producers/artists of the moment to contribute to this album. From Soulwax to Simian Mobile Disco and Digitalism. So it's gotta be better from that alone, no? I mean if you have Picasso helping you draw.
Of all the tracks I've heard so far 'Talk To Me' is my favorite and it seems she thought the same, as she's made it her first single and just released a new video for it over the week-end, complete with a sweet new haircut! Good choice Peaches! Super catchy track that I'm sure will light up the dancefloor the way 'Boys Wanna Be Her' still does.
Here's the mp3 and video for it. Plus 'Boys' that I mentioned from 2006's 'Impeach My Bush'. Enjoy!
MP3: Talk to Me - Peaches (YSI)
MP3: Boys Wanna Be Her - Peaches (YSI)
(** UPDATE :: Heard the album. Upon first listen's it's pretty darn good! Probably her best yet. Some classic Peaches tracks mixed in with some electro/dancier kinda stuff. The influences definitely show, for the better I think. Should help her keep older fans and make some newer/younger ones)
Spring Break is here! For me anyways, since I'm long out of school, I get to choose the dates! So it starts as soon as I step out of the office tonight! Spring is quickly becoming my favorite season. Not as cold as winter (fine... it's NEVER cold in Miami), defintely not as hot and sticky as summer (NAAAAASSSTTYY). And I get my sunsets back! Half the year they are hidden on the other side of the building but for 6 amazing months, I get the view above every day. Even on ugly days, the weather seems to clear out for the sunset.
Well, yeah I'm not going stick around on my week off staring at sunsets (and dealing with spring breakers... de madre. I'm outta here! Next week I'm heading out to the West Coast to visit my sister and check out this place called "Los Angeles". I believe it means "a whale's vagina", no wait that's San Di-ah-go. I think the real meaning of the name Los Angeles was lost long ago by our ancestors.
Anyways, I'm psyched up to see all the sites out there. The Hollywood sign (going to attempt to hike to it), Griffith Observatory (obsessed with that building), trip out to Palm Springs, Joshua Tree, well you can imagine. It's all new to me! They have this little concert out there called "Coachella". It's some local town fair where they have stages and people play music. It's supposed to be a big thing out there. Well, I'm not going. It sounds like a tree-huggin' hippie fest. In reality I didn't care of the line-up and would rather see most of those acts at smaller venues. So step it up local promoters and bring some good shit down! (Animal Collective in June!!)
Anyways, I haven't posted in a while (no excuses and I won't dwell on it), BUT what I'll do is post up a little ol' mix tape of what I'm listening to right now (approximately). I'll divide it into chill and not chill playlists (once again approximately).
MP3: The XX - Teardrops (this song sounds like the next iPod commercial, expect it to hear it on the next The Hills episode - I'm going to see the real Hills next week! hahahaha)
MP3: Bombay Bicycle Club - Always Like This (the kids are back, presumably a bit older. Their sound definitely is)
MP3: Fredo Viola - The Turn (Fink Remix) (love the sounds this guy is producing, the remix just gives it a nice groove)
MP3: Hecuba - Tom & Jerry (I can watch Tom & Jerry cartoons over and over again. This track is by a duo currently based out of LA and the reviews of their shows are glowing, maybe I can catch them while I'm there?)
MP3: DOOM - Gazzillion Ear (Thom Yorke Remix) (it's DOOM, no need to explain, my best friend crapped himself when I told him I had the album. Oh wait and Thom Yorke remixed a track from it?? Yes please... I love Pitchfork's quote "Kanye is jealous." hahahaha)
Let's pick up the pace a bit...
MP3: Chiddy Bang - Because (aaaand what? I found this on a friend's Facebook post, damn The Cool Kids gots themselves some competition. Hold up! A Radiohead sample? Not a bad choice...)
MP3: In Flagranti - Brash & Vulgar (their new long player is out and it will be played... but thankfully I think it's underground enough not to be played out... these guys know how to pick their samples...)
This is the part of the post where I just start dancing b/c I like the music so much... Warning some may find this "boring". And by boring they mean ridiculously infectious beats that will make your buddy move.
MP3: Davis & May - Whisper & Scream
MP3: Paulo Olarte - Siluetas (Roberto Rodriguez Remix)
MP3: Subway - Simplex (Gatto Fritto Mix) (Soul Jazz Records, don't' know how the jazz part fits in but anyhoo, just released a ridiculous 32 track compilation of their 2008 and 2009 singles - I like this one... nice way to end the mix tape)
Also, Damian Lazarus' new album is out. I posted "Moment" from the album a couple weeks back. Really interesting release. I expected more minimal house sounds but he definitely surprised with an album that sounds much warmer (with plenty of vocals).
MP3: Yaaaaay BACON!!!!! (comedian Jim Gaffigan on Bacon)
Craving some good Indie Rock??
I know I do, especially with todays music climate which for the last couple years seems to be leaning more towards the electronic realm. Some guitars and good melodies are always welcome!
Received in the mail the other day this great CD by Great Northern who hail from California. Seems their second album 'Remind Me Where the Light Is' is set to be released at the end of the month April 28th and I'm here to tell you it's a great one!
There's not a bad song in the 11 track bunch! Great guitar driven indie rock with layered male/female vocals and a sweeping panoramic sound.
They've been featured at SXSW and are also gonna be opening up for The Dears on their upcoming tour! Not too shabby right? They are sure to win over many a fan with this album. That I can guarantee.
The first two tracks on the album Story and Houses are obvious hits, but they've already been blogged about and made it onto Hype Machine, so I'm gonna post a couple other tracks from the album. Snakes which is an anthemic stomper and Numbers a more mellow track towards the end of the album that I really like!
*** Scratch that last paragraph. The label wants to keep the other tracks off Hype Machine at least till the album is released, so here are Story & Houses.
MP3: Story - Great Northern (YSI)
MP3: Houses - Great Northern (YSI)
So I was about to do a post about Chester French who was recommended to me when I saw this post/flyer on Miami New Times about Chester French doing a FREE Acoustic Set Wednesday at 3:30 like 20 blocks from my place! Sweet! Perfect timing!!
Not sure were Culture Kings is. Think it's near to were Rag Trade/Amendment XXI used to be, but if you can make it I definitely recommend checking them out, especially for FREE! Not too much of that nowadays. Get out of work early or take a late lunch or something. They have a great classic rock sound and have been opening up for Lady Gaga on her current tour. They even started a bidding war finally ending up on Pharrell Williams label Star Trak. Check the New Times link above for more info.
Here is the track that I love by them called 'She Loves Everybody' about a girl who well, loves everybody! We all know a few girls like that. The video's pretty funny too. The girl starts kicking their asses after they talk smack in front of her! Dude wait till she leaves the room at least.
Enjoy and see you guys tomorrow for a nice mid-day show!
MP3: She Loves Everybody - Chester French (YSI)
Here is another gem in the form of Zwicker. Zwicker is the alias of Swiss-born musician Cyril Boehler. His newest offering, Songs of Lucid Dreams, is set to be released this month.
He blends electro, disco, funk, house, and pop into his own brand of expansive, futuristic soundscapes and organic, percussive beats. His sound is similar to artists such as Lindstrom, Junior Boys, and Prins Thomas.
The opening track on the album, Who You Are, starts off with a great nu-disco piano groove and lush, female vocals. Oddity features propulsive beats, a funky bass line, and xylophone before closing with some processed, atmospheric guitar work.
All in all, Songs of Lucid Dreams is a great album that will be sure to turn some heads in the time to come.
Here are a couple of my favorite tracks from the album to hold you over until its release.
MP3: Oddity - Zwicker (YSI)
MP3: Strangeways - Zwicker (YSI)
'Manchester, so much to answer for...' Remember that lyric from one of the best bands ever The Smiths!
Delphic also happens to be from Manchester. Their debut single 'Counterpoint' is set for release next week on Rough Trade records, also the old label for The Smiths. Good to see they're still around!
Heard this synth-poppy/indie rock number by Delphic the other day and it reminded me of Bloc Party (who they've also opened up for). Loved Bloc Party so much in that debut album, but not so much lately. What happened to them? They had such great promise with that first album, but don't feel like they've lived up to that potential with their last couple of releases. I'll keep my fingers crossed. I am a very patient person.
Anyways enough babbling... Here is the 'Counterpoint' video, mp3 plus a sweet housey remix by labelmates The Chain.
MP3: Counterpoint - Delphic (YSI)
MP3: Counterpoint (The Chain Remix) - Delphic (YSI)
WhoMadeWho were formed in 2005 in Copenhagen, Denmark. They infectiously blend rock, dance and the love of David Bowie into a euphoric disco-mash. One can definitely hear the post-punk and new-wave influences. Groups such as Magazine and A Certain Ratio come to mind.
The band just released their sophomore album The Plot on Gomma Records. The lead single TV Friend opens with an ominous woodwind arrangement before lead singer Tomas Hoefding begins chanting "No, No, No" over a slick nu-disco beat. The song Trickster is full of funky bass lines and surf-esque guitar licks. Debbie Harry would approve!
If you are a fan of disco-revivalists Hercules & Love Affair or Aeroplane then this band is for you. So to give you a little taste of the album, here is the club mix for the track The Plot as well as TV Friend.
MP3: The Plot (Club Mix) - WhoMadeWho (YSI)
MP3: TV Friend - WhoMadeWho (YSI)
Miami superstar and all around amazing guy Jose El Rey is always entertaining. Such a character!
You have to catch one of his live shows to fully appreciate his craft.
His music reminds me of early Peaches. Lo-fi electro-bass with simple rhymes and latin influences. He is Cuban after all.
He is also a part of Miami Bass Warriors with the infamous Otto Von Schirach. You may remember a video we posted for them awhile ago for 'Going Back to Calle Ocho' which made it onto a lot of big blogs all over the country including Perez Hilton!
He just put out a new video for his track 'Night Time Ladies of the Night'. As always his videos are funny as hell! Follow him around the streets of Miami as he gets into the action and showcases some of our seedy Motels. Gotta love an artist with a sense of humor!
He was kind enough to send me the video and the mp3 for the track so if any of you kids out there wanna download it.
If you like what you hear you can buy his whole debut album 'A Little Strong' on Itunes.
MP3: Night Time Ladies of the Night - Jose El Rey (YSI)
Heard Colouring In the other day on Big Stereo and I was mightily impressed!
This new London duo is just getting started, but I can already sense big things for them. Fans of artists like Hercules & Love Affair, Hot Chip or LCD Soundsystem will love these guys! Their disco tinge and operatic vocals quickly remind you of Hercules, but delve a little further and you will find they have their own style.
Check out a few excellent demos on their Myspace. Moronic Electronic is stellar!
Here is their demo for Intergalactic Romance. Demo? Oh man... We have alot to look forward to from these gentlemen!
We will keep our eye out for these guys. You should too!
MP3: Intergalactic Romantic (Demo Radio Edit) - Colouring In (YSI)
CFCF who did that great 'Crystal Mines' track that I posted a while ago sent me this great new track called 'You Hear Colours'.
A moody atmospheric instrumental track with some great subdued guitar work. Not too much of that these days.
Maybe not for the dancefloor, but a great track to chill to at home or maybe as in this great video for it, while your on a nice run. Let that mind soar.
They use footage from Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner, NASA & National Geographic.
MP3: You Hear Colours - CFCF (YSI)
Cicada (who I've posted about before) will be releasing their second album 'Roulette' May 25th on their own label Critical Mass. The album's release will be preceded by the single 'Metropolis' May the 18th. 'Falling Rockets' was pretty impressive and this track is just as good!
They were kind enough to send me this remix by The Twelves!
Everything The Twelves touch turns to gold and this remix is no different. Stupendous! I can imagine this track rocking many-a-dancefloor!
How about starting with your room/Ipod?
MP3: Metropolis (The Twelves B-Live Rio Mix) - Cicada (YSI)