There’s nothing like a catchy, upbeat song that subverts its melody with a dark and depressing narrative. This spoonful-of-sugar method of delivering powerful pop with a bite is an age-old model, and doesn’t need to be reinvented in order to be successful. Bear Hands’ great track “Agora” is the recipe’s epitome. Jagged yet warm, the early 2014 single follows an individual who has overcome his fears of insularity and seclusion–it surely feels upbeat and optimistic, yet there’s anxiety in the lyrics and Dylan Rau’s vocals. So maybe Bear Hands is promoting an appreciation for solitary life and companionship, pain and pleasure, night and dark. Who cares–“Agora” is a blast of energy that’s meaningful with or without it’s contradictory messages and form.
And just in case it didn’t increase your heart rate and psych you up enough, Com Truise has blessed Bear Hands’ with a truly ecstatic remix of the song. Check it out below, and go get the group’s newest album Distraction, out now through Cantora Records.
Rediscovered this wonderful track from earlier this summer. Remix and edit by Cousin Cole and Nacey of Misun’s track “Miss You”. Get breezy people…
cover art by Travis :: photo by John Westrock
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Newdust Remixtape No. 5
Get breezy with Jerry Folk’s remix of Lemaitre’s “Wait”. Perfect sunny after afternoon jam, complete with disco beats and catchy hooks. Enjoy…
Here is a deep house track from Philly’s own cosmic explorers Les Professionnels remixed by DC’s M.O.T.M. M.O.T.M. bring a touch of Krautrock spookiness to this mix, a hypnotic atmospheric build a top a locked-in groove. Suggested use: mid-party slow-burner to bring all Muscle Marys, Clones, Hipsters and War Criminals a little bit closer together. Enjoy.
We’re right smack in the middle of the warm months, smiles and beach songs time. Here is a track to elicit summertime joy tears, a sped up version of MJs 1979 classic “I Can’t Help it.” Shaped by the Norwegian God of Disco Todd Terje, this is about as good as music gets. Enjoy.
Presumably in an attempt to console himself after Chile’s loss to Brazil in the World Cup (the latter of which, let’s face it, could use some major consolation of their own right now after their embarrassing defeat to Germany), American-Chilean producer Nicolas Jaar recently released via twitter this fantastic edit of The Helen Hollins Singers. Featuring a heavy bassline and a series of looped drums, his sick revision entitled “Consolation” of the soul track from the 1980’s gospel group is one for the ages. Alternating emphasis between the vocals and the instrumentation, Jaar creates a compelling and modern twist on the original. As for Chile’s chances in the Cup, there’s always 2018.
I wonder who Jaar will be rooting for in the final match on Sunday? Whomever it is, let’s hope his musical offerings continue to be inspired by athletic events on the world stage, win or lose.