Listen up to the latest track from Pure Bathing Culture, “Pendulum”. The band has mastered “breezy tunes”, with the soaring vocals and chiming guitars and synths. Off the upcoming album, Moon Tides, available August 19 (UK)/August 20 (US) on Partisan Records.
Still hungry for more danceable vocoder galore (kids these days) but looking for something else than mega-hyped, impeccably arranged and Saint Laurent Paris-clad choons courtesy of French bots and their famous old friends? Then you should definitely check out After Dark 2, the much-awaited sequel to the legendary After Dark compilation put together in 2007 by American producer Johnny Jewel and released through the heavily 80′s-obsessed label Italians Do It Better.
The man behind Chromatics, Glass Candy, Desire, Symmetry and a handful of other sexy, gauzy-synthpop music projects, Jewel delivers a collection of 16 fantastic italo-disco tracks designed for vintagey romance and nighttime wandering. Get a taste of the Johnny Jewel medicine with Mirage’s master-crafted and heart-wrenching ‘Let’s Kiss’ below. After Dark 2 is now available on iTunes, and we hear that a gold-glittered triple LP might be in the cards… Stay tuned.
The new video for CSS’s single “Hangover” off their upcoming album Planta features painfully awkward office dancing, staying true to the band’s offbeat style. The coordinated marching in place could be taken as a symbol of communication in the work place, but we probably shouldn’t read into it. The new album drops on June 11th, with an accompanying tour, so go see CSS (with me) at the 9:30 club on July 1st!
Having fun is a holy activity, don’t settle for the fake stuff. A lot of people, especially those just a little too affected by the ebb and flow of a given scene, never really have fun. They pretend to have fun. These people think fun is about being at the coolest event with the coolest crowd but that’s trying too hard. Fun can only be achieved by letting all that crap go.
DFA records is about letting all that crap go and having unpretentious giggly disco fun. Not to oversimplify DFA’s diverse catalogue but you can tell a DFA record by its honest and earnest approach to having fun. It’s music you can let your guard down and dance too, it’s highbrow enough to know that being highbrow is often bullshit. If you need proof, check out the recent documentary celebrating the 12th anniversary of DFA. In the doc you won’t find super trendy elitists but instead people like a 40 year old retired english teacher turned DJ/Producer or a college radio host who is still doing his show despite graduating 10 years ago. It’s like the guys from Weezer made great dance music.
If you’re lucky enough to have a ticket, check out the 12 Years of DFA Records Celebration a “Seven-Hour, Multi-Stage Dance Party” at Brooklyn’s Grand Prospect Hall On May 25th. You’ll know you’re there when you see the hundreds of happy dancers shedding liters of joy tears.
It’s been 3 years since the release of Libraries; the follow up to the Love Language’s loud, fuzzy self-titled debut of 2008, and since then, little else has been heard of new material. Libraries left us off with the presentation of an expanded and eclectic approach to songcraft. Now, from what we’re shown by “Calm Down” of the upcoming Ruby Red, the Love Language continues to transform and enlarge their sound.
Where Libraries featured a number of expressive tracks emphasizing the atmosphere of each piece (“Wilmot,” “Blue Angel”), and The Love Language brought songs overflowing with rumbling, exclamatory energy (“Lalita,” “Sparxxx”), “Calm Down” seems to find a happy medium between the two. Propelled by a quick drumbeat and made dense by rich harmonization and layered guitars, “Calm Down” still maintains the same charming heartache of past records whilst giving us a look at a new and improved Love Language. Ruby Red, and the unveiling of the Love Language’s improving sound, is out July 23 off of Merge Records.