I spend my day surrounded by 13 year olds, so pardon me if I ask for your vibe check here, but I think either way, your day can’t be harmed by Auragraph. The artist behind the project, Carlos Ramirez, employed a lot more improvisation on this new record, and we’re definitely going to get some late night groove benefits from this one. You can feel the pulse, accented by this chiming cymbal sample and hollowed drum rattle that give this industrial feel to the dancefloor. If you’re willing to drop your pretension, perhaps you’ll want to spend some time with New Standard; it hits on November 17th via Dais Records.
Having received a great deal of praise after some electronic flourishes on Cola, A Beacon School has upped the ante for the latest record, yoyo. On this new single, once the ambient wash clears the floor, the song just hits that groove and locks you into the dance floor. It provides that sort of primal beat that gets heads bobbing and legs flailing, the rhythmic pulse pushing you to let your entire body float away. This is pure musical escapism, particularly as the thump from that bass kicks in during the song’s later half; I can literally feel myself just pushing my body and soul as the speakers rattle and lights flash all about me. yoyo will be out on October 13th via Grind Select.
My brain is running amok today, leaving me musically all over the place. So why not work this new dance track from Denmark’s Chopper into the mix? Jonatan Magnussen is working towards the release of Shockpop Vol. 1, and you can hear him pushing his sound with a little vocal help from singer Ama May. There’s something nostalgic in this sound, like old school club bangers, getting you all worked up and sweaty on the dancefloor. May’s performance has this little bit of coyness, like a secret wink between the listener. It’s just a freeing little dance-pop number to kind of get your spirits up in the middle of the day.
This new track from Ecstatic International has been bouncing about for a few days, but I wanted to be sure I gave it some love, particularly on a Wednesday when we could all use a little kick in the middle of the work week. The band is made up of ex-members of Ex Hex and Priests, so they’ve got the indie cred resume established, but I’m more intrigued by their sound. This single flirts with a bit of post-punk that seems to rely equally on elements of punk as it does disco; it’s like a more primal version of the early Rapture. There’s some obvious references working through the tune, but I’ll let you sit back and enjoy yourself. Their self-titled EP is out there in the world via Sister Polygon Records.
There’s no shame in getting a little bounce in your step on a Wednesday, and who better than to slide into your dance routine than Fujiya and Miyagi. Honestly, I hadn’t thought about the band in years, until news began to circulate of a new record, so I went back and broke out the jams. This new single is just what the band are known to do, working in a propulsive groove that’s got just enough kick to it, then letting some nuanced tricks tickle your fancy as the song moves along; there’s a little guitar shuffle here, thicker beat there and maybe a vocal layer; it all works to slide you into those dancing shoes. Their new album, Slight Variations is out on September 30th via Impossible Objects of Desire.
There’s been some really incredible stuff coming out of Australia the last few years, but when e4444e shared this track below, I was totally immersed in the story of the project. Invisible Stone is a collaborative effort between lovedavid, e4444e and Skip Wilcox, with each taking on the role of creating sound, lighting and dance for a performance. As you’ll hear below, the music created from this project is ridiculously good, having this sort of melting pot of sounds like early Arcade Fire, though including the beat-laden side of LCD Soundsystem. The video is what one can expect from the live performance, though sadly for me, I’ll be stuck in ‘Merica, but at least I’ll have this jam to reminisce upon.
As we got off into the Friday sunset (though every day weirdly feels like Friday), I’m trying to offer you up some at-home dance party grooves. We’ve already tossed out the Naked Roommate tune, so now we’re here with the latest from True Blossom. The Atlanta synth outfit will be dropping In Bliss via Citrus City come this October, but here’s your first sneak peek at what you’ll get. I love the percussion that opens, giving almost a tropical feel rather than an industrial vibe; it opens up the song to a little more sunshine rather, accented by synth stabs and dreamy vocals. It’s like an updated take on 80s pop music, taking the template of dance party grooves and building in more textured depth that brings their style into the current climate. Thank me later when you’re done dizzying yourself up in your room.
In case you didn’t get hip to Too Much when they dropped their Patent Leather 7“, you’re going to be rewarded with an introduction to your new favorite dance duo! Consisting of Ian Svenonious and Rich Morel are brandishing an elevated style of club bangers. Morel crafts these pulsing beats that you’d likely hear at any number of dance clubs; the songs would be catchy and fun right there. But, not one to settle, Ian elevates the club sound with his spoken delivery; it kind of feels like Ian’s channeling a disco-ready Jarvis Cocker. The duo will release Club Emotion on Radical Elite on July 3rd.
Long time fans of Lust for Youth might shudder at the thought, but it seems like the band have completely embraced their pop sensibility for their new self-titled LP. Our first listen has this pulsing brightness, breaking through the cavernous darkness usually present in the group’s tracks; the production seems a little bit more lush, with vocal turns that charm like at 1.30 mark when the line “it hurts my eyes to see you walking by yourself.” That seems to be the theme here, a brighter sonic future, but still holding onto a grim disposition in regards to the world’s state of affairs, both personal and global. Sacred Bones will be releasing this self-titled LP on June 7th.
It’s rather rainy in these parts, which definitely makes this new single from Harry Permezel the most fitting tune for my day. It’s little more than some bedroom loops with a guitar line and voice working on top of it, though that simplicity really allows for the song’s emotional impact to connect with the listener. Harry’s self-titled album is being released this week, so spend a little time with it to see if this is something you’d like to get to know a little more…I know I would.
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