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Stardeath and White Dwarfs :: The Birth

Stardeath and White Dwarfs - The Birth This past Sunday was my birthday – so naturally I went to a record store to celebrate (Dallas’ own Good Records if you’re curious). Over the speakers was “Keep Score” by Stardeath and White Dwarfs from their 2009 The Birth. How I managed to live the last 6 years without this record anywhere on my radar is a complete mystery. Stardeath blends 70s-fuzz and mellowed-out space rock from one track to the next in a way that almost seems effortless, making this record a must-have for your ever-expanding collection of psych-rock. And if the band sounds familiar, you might not be surprised to learn that the frontman has an uncle named Wayne Coyne (aka the frontman of The Flaming Lips). Be sure to also check out Stardeath’s even more psychedelic sophomore, Wastoid, out last year on Federal Prism records.

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Stardeath And White Dwarfs | Keep Score

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Stardeath And White Dwarfs | The March
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Emancipator – Dusk To Dawn Remixes

Jul 9th, 2015 : by :: Tags: , ,


Emancipator is one of my new favorite producers. I’m a big sucker for ambient downtempo that incorporates stringed instruments into their arrangements. Really beautiful stuff. They just released a remix album of their 2013 release Dusk To Dawn, and I wanted to share a few of my favorites. I had to share the originals, too, for those of you who haven’t heard any of their stuff yet. Here are the tracks “Valhalla” & “Eve II” along with re-imaginings by NKLA & ODESZA.

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Frenic – DR DAD

Jun 25th, 2015 : by :: Tags: ,
DJ/Producer Frenic is a master of his craft. He splices and dices sampled tracks, everything from bluesy harmonica to Gordon Lightfoot, and layers them alongside some really great beats to breathe some modern life back into them. DR DAD, released in 2013, is my favorite of his so far. Each of his albums play out a little differently, which is what I like about him.
Here are my two favorites from the album:

And if you like what you hear, check out his latest album Monomyth: Separation, exploring the sights and sounds of Greece, an album he wrote during and after a 10-city tour of the country.

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The Dip

Jun 19th, 2015 : by :: Tags: , ,
I thought your Friday might benefit from having a little funk-soul (brother…right about now). The Dip is a talented group of dudes with some soulful tunes teeming with horns, the occasional organ, and some killer drum and bass lines…Not to mention dat voice! Their debut self-titled is an entertaining half-hour, with some songs that are just screaming to be heard live.

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Sax G – Lullaby Of The Forbidden Dancer

Jun 18th, 2015 : by :: Tags: , , ,
Sax G is the modern day embodiment of the electronic goodness of 80s and 90s R&B, minus the cheesy lyrics. His latest release, Lullaby of the Forbidden Dancer, is a collection of ideas revolving around chopped up sampled vocals and beats that showcase his talent as a producer. My favorite track, “Quotient”, plays with the iconic vocals of Sade, saying “The truth, the lies”, wrapped up tight with a simple beat and minimalist melody.

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Braids :: Deep In The Iris

Jun 15th, 2015 : by :: Tags: , , ,
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I caught the final moments of a live recording on Studio 360 while driving around on a Saturday afternoon. When I got to my destination, instead of turning off and exiting the car as I tend to do, I had to stay for the rest of the performance. I had to find out who the artist was. Turns out it was Braids, performing “Warm Like Summer” from their latest album Deep In The Iris. The blend of downtempo-jazz percussion, sparkling piano, and the beautifully haunting vocals and lyrics of leading-lady Raphaelle Standell-Preston creates a truly stunning sophomore release from this Montreal-based trio. Be sure to grab a copy for yourself from the group’s Bandcamp, or directly from Arbutus Records.

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Braids | Letting Go

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Braids | Blondie
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Electric Saturdays :: Slothfella – Savage Mountain

Jun 13th, 2015 : by :: Tags: , ,
In the wake of the most epic, totally rad thing to ever happen to the internet (I’m talking of course about the release of the 80’s throwback mini-movie, the action-packedKung Fury), I’m in a chiptune, 80’s arcade, David Hasselhoff “True Survivor” kinda mood this morning. Seemingly out of nowhere, this guy by the name of Slothfella drops a full-length synthwave monster mamajam, Savage Mountain, that has me waxing nostalgic hardcore. I can almost see the VHS tracking lines as I’m listening. And let’s not forget, friends…Be kind, rewind.

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