[EP] Parade of Lights – BORN TO LIVE, BORN TO LOVE (w/ “Just Give It Up” )

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lets do this together, i want you more than ever

♫ Parade of Lights – Just Give It Up

  • Who: Ryan & Anthony
  • What: Alt-electro rock, like The Big Pink, Morning Parade, Joywave
  • Where: Los Angeles + Facebook
  • When: Buy the Born To Live, Born To Love EP now.
  • Why: Parade of Lights is an apt name for the band making this stadium sized jam that was built for lights shows and all-out sing-a-longs. Los Angeles, can we please get into this guys big time so when they play November 12th at The Bootleg we can all get rowdy? “Flash of Light” & “Talk To You” are other big poppy highlights on the EP. Get into it.

[EP] Don Diablo – LIGHTS OUT EP

Don Diablo

you’ve not run out of love yet, there is plenty left
in this city i know in this city i call my home

  • Who: Don & friends
  • What: Big dirty dance, like Joe and Will Ask?DJ Kue, Portasound
  • Where: Amsterdam + Facebook
  • When: Buy the Lights Out EP now.
  • Why: The first Don Diablo track I ever heard hit my iTunes the day after I started this website. Ever since then its been a solid love-fest for the Dutch beat master. He’s always got more love for his remixes on TBE but his solo stuff hasn’t gone un-followed. After a few years of building his fanbase organically it seems like DonnyD is finally poised to blow up the way he should. Lights Out EP is a tight little collection of dance jams that kicks down the door with the rowdy “Lights Out Hit” and continues with the grand ode to hometowns “The Golden Years.” “Memories”  takes the EP in another great direction and is slowly becoming my new favorite. Diablo has always shown range and while its exactly what keeps him interesting I hope that people can wrap their mind around it and get into these tracks.

[EP] Frank + Derol – FRANK + DEROL EP (w/ “Let It Go”)

Frank + Derol EP

once we say forever that’s the first lie we tell each other

I’ve had the pleasure of seeing Frank + Derol live a handful of times now and they are definitely coming into their own. Still a little wet behind the ears but their current tour with Wolf Gang should go a long way to strengthening their stage show. They certainly have no shortage of jams. Unfortunately only 4 of them are included on their debut EP. “Let It Go” is the one that makes me roll my windows down and sing along at top volume like a spastic. Get into it.

[LP / REMIX] Citizens! – HERE WE ARE [w/ “She Said” & “True Romance” (Gildas remix)]

Citizens - Here We Are

you’ll taste heaven and you’ll taste hell, and those who doubt you will doubt themselves

♫ Citizins! – True Romance (Gildas remix)

  • Who: Tom, Lawrence, Mike, Martyn, Thom
  • What: Genre, like XX
  • Where: London, UK + Facebook
  • When: Buy debut album Here We Are now.
  • Why: “True Romance” is one of the great songs of the year. It stands strong on its own and lends itself beautifully to some stellar remixes, like the one above. If Citizens!’ worthwhile contributions stopped there it would still be something appreciated. Luckily for us they have more swinging indie dance rock for us. Here We Are is chock full of bendy baselines and hopping percussion, making a set of jams sure to start up your next party. Take “She Said” for example, I just hit play and already there are people knocking. And I don’t even have enough dip!

[LP] Germany Germany – BLANK MIND EMPTY HEART (w/ “With You ft. Kotomi”)

Germany Germany - Blank Mind Empty Heart

what do i do? i’m in love with you and i feel like a fool

♫ Germany Germany – With You ft. Kotomi

  • Who: Drew Harris
  • What: Bedroom space pop, like Arrange, Youth Lagoon, The xx
  • Where: NYC via Vancouver + Bandcamp
  • When: Buy Blank Mind Empty Heart now.
  • Why: While Germany Germany has been a Burning Ear favorite for years, Drew Harris and his beautful electronic sounds have gone under-appreciated among most. It’s understandable, though. Harris doesn’t bow to anyone’s expectation or genre boundaries. He follows his heart and has evolved down more pathways than any other artist I have followed on this site. With that said, his latest album is another journey through a mellower and more ambient sound than some of his previous dance jams. I just put on the album to write this review and 90 seconds in heard my friend say “This is nice! Who is this?” One more fan!

[EP] Portasound – THE SECOND RENAISSANCE (w/ “To The Colours”)

Portasound - The Second Renaissance

  • Who: Michael, James, Luke, Thom, Graham
  • What: Instrumental electro freak pop, like Civil Civic, Is Tropical, Joe & Will Ask?
  • Where: London, UK + Facebook
  • When: Buy The Second Renaissance EP now.
  • Why: Portasound are solid favorites at TBE HQ but the world doesn’t seem to like awesome instrumental electro party jams as much as I do! With under 1000 likes on Facebook they fall squarely into the same under-appreciated camp as similar TBE instrumental faves Civil Civic. Just try cranking up “To The Colours” on a night drive and not rolling down the windows, lead-footing the pedal, and generally feeling like a badass. You cant! EP opener “Dreadnought” may start off slow but when it kicks in it brings full-on 80s car chase grooves with it! Rage on!

[LP] Joe & Will Ask? – VIKINGS (w/ “Santander”)

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With previously posted Joe & Will Ask track “Freya” kicking off Vikings you know it starts right. And if you know the legendary status of their previous jams then you can imagine it continues just as right. And then you could toast to having been 100% correct so far. Cheers. This London duo continues flying under too many radars as they drop glitchy,  bouncy, funky, groove jams that openly beg for low lights and high body movement. They may not be dancefloor crushers to everybody but the kinetic mood they set is undeniable. “Santander” builds up and then pulls back, leaving various trails of a beat in its path. Its a journey you just have to give yourself to.

Stream Vikings in full here.

[LP] Whitey – LOST SUMMER (w/ “Brief and Bright”)

Whitey - LOST SUMMER

you should dive into this night like its the only one we’ve got

  • Who: R.J. Whitey
  • What: Electro dance rock, like Alex Clare, Gemini Club, Young Empires
  • Where: Los Angeles + Facebook
  • When: Buy Lost Summer now.
  • Why: Whitey is a dude I haven’t rocked out to since pre-TBE days when “Wrap It Up” was my jaaam. Apparently he has been regularly releasing music and albums since them but the guy’s success is so underground I didn’t even know about it. Thank goodness I got my hands on his new album Lost Summer because “Brief and Bright” is one of my new favorite songs. A big beat stomp that demands to be turned up! The album is full of other jams like 1st single “Saturday Night Ate Our Lives” and “People” so dive into them below and then get caught up on one of the most talented and underrated guys making electronic indie dance music.

[LP] Jessie Ware – DEVOTION (w/ “110%”) + BONUS CORNER

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no if you’re never gonna move, oh my love, you’ll make me come to you, but i’m still dancing on my own, still dancing on my own

Jessie Ware is so killing it right now. The former back-up singer for TBE alum’s like Jack Peñate (Where is he these days?), Man Like Me, and SBTRKT already dropped one of the years best songs with “Wildest Moments.” Now that I have been selfishly getting acquainted with her debut LP Devotion, I can finally come up for air long enough to make sure you get on board. It’s beautiful, sexy, and will probably stop you in your tracks on more than one song.

JESSIE WARE BONUS CORNER:

1. I was just thinking about that Jack Peñate connection and remembering that his backup singer from the 2009 tour (with Miike Snow!) struck a chord in my mind at the time. A quick zip through my iPhoto revealed these. She is looking a lot fitter these days but it’s still hott to know I was only an arms length away from her…

Jessie Ware on tour with Jack Peñate – September 2009. Maxwells, Hoboken, NJ.

2. Star Slinger on “Wildest Moments”

3. Joe Goddard on “Night Light.”

[LP] The xx – COEXIST (w/ “Sunset”)

The xx - Coexist

when i see you again and i’m greeted as a friend, it is understood that we did all we could

If for some reason you haven’t been mellowing out to The xx’s new LP Coexist for the past few weeks then let this serve as a reminder to get with it. The subtle evolutions in their sound are slipped into Jamie xx’s slightly bigger beats and the result – while perhaps not as addictive as their debut – is fantastic. Basking in the jumpy beat of “Sunset,” its clear how his attention to perfection is evident in every sound you hear. Not to mention the perfect complimentary vocals of Romy & Oliver. However, for the full experience you’ll have to catch them live.