San Diego’s wonderfully weird Inspired & The Sleep just released their 6-track Eyelid Kid EP. If you have been following songs like “Sleeps Well On Knives” and “In my Labyrinth Mind” then you know we are stoked to premiere this collection on The Burning Ear. Eyelid Kid weaves some lovely and interesting soundscapes for your escapist pleasure. Flowing somewhere between a sci-fi movie and a high-school drug trip, you’ll have plenty of mental company as you drift off with them. “Peripherals” may be my favorite of the new jams but its hard to pick when each one has so much going on. Dive in and explore for yourself.
Lostboycrow has always been a man with soul but he really lets it rip from deep within on new jam “Powers”. A slightly darker groove slides beneath his silky smooth vocals, wrapping itself up into a tale of helpless abandon at the hands of another. You can feel the push and pull of kindred flow in the surging production from Sexy Electric. Just close your eyes and let the song flex its powers over you. Read more
Sit quietly with this one. Float into it and bob gently with the groove. Get up and dance a little if you want. Its fine. I won’t tell.
London’s Grades is absolutely tearing it up right now. Hot off his official remix for Lana Del Rey’s summer anthem “West Coast”, he’s lined up an exclusive premier of his new track “Owe It To Yourself” via Mixmag. It’s a dark, soulful track that’s sure to heat up dance floors and late night drives alike. It’s up for free download over at mixmag.com, so head on over and grab it while it’s warm.
Sounds Like… Deluka are having a damn blast. Nothing like a kiss-off anthem you can really get wild to. This is indie pop with just the right guitar grind to rough up the edges. Turn it up!
Location: Los Angeles.
Future: Deluka are playing a residency at Sayers Club in LA every Thursday is June. Their single “Home” is out now and new EP Bonds is coming June 23rd.
The Leeds, UK, music collective of Deuce & Charger finally follow up their killer groover “Always Broke” with another fine slice of soulful pop goodness. “Stop The Sky From Falling” feels transplanted from another era of classic female vocals. Bianca Gerald’s voice is silky smooth over the delicate breakbeat production. And you gotta love a bit of hip-flavor spiced in from Weezy Jefferson to spice up the soft edges. Give the blokes something to hang onto haha. Anyway, I’m excited to see where Deuce & Charger head next.
Maybe I’m just on a guitar kick these days, but this straight up rock stomper from Victory is doing me just right in this LA heat. Perfect for rolling down the mean streets with the windows down looking for trouble… or frozen yogurt. BADASS frozen yogurt! Get into the whole Victory Is Music album at Victory’s Bandcamp.
Its a new Viceroy “Jet Life” remix! Viceroy keep summer alive all year long!
Long time TBE fave Mayer Hawthorne has a new project with longtime DJ collaborator 14kt. Enough said. Time to get sexy and a bit spooky.
The first listen from the upcoming album The Big Knock, out 6/17 on vinyl and digital only.
It’s been a long 2 years for the band called Ambassadors that we fell in love with at our 2012 SXSW showcase. The NoteOn remix of their mega jam “Unconsolable” ended up topping our list of the years best remixes, they then added an X to their name, and recently collaborated with Keljet and The Knocks on some great dance tracks. But all that was just the prelude.
Now we have some proper new X Ambassadors tracks and damn if the main course doesn’t blow those other snacks away. The Reason EP is wall to wall with Sam Harris huge voice and their signature pounding percussion. “Unsteady” picks up where “Unconsolable” left off, beautifully showing off what they can do with the tender side of things, stripping their sound back to those bare X Ambassadors essentials. EP opener “Free & Lonely” is a more raucous affair, perfect for singing/clapping/swaying/air-sax-ing along to. I highly recommend you do all 4 of those when you see them live soon. They are on tour now.
Life isn’t easy for Gavin Turek. A name like that sets a pretty high bar for being a general badass. Luckily for her, “Remember” high fives that bar mid disco leap. With slightly spooky two-step production by TBE fave Harlan, Gavin has nailed our favorite song of hers yet.
After simmering under the radar for far too long, L.A.’s Mystery Skulls is finally dropping major league heat! “Ghost” is the debut single of his forthcoming Warner Brothers records album and I’m sure glad they gave him some budget for this killer video. Hold on tight and watch to the end. I’ll even watch with you!
Hot damn. The Knocks AND X Ambassadors!? This collaboration is hot just on paper! Two TBE faves teaming up to rock bodies and steam dance floors! Put your drink down gently on that coffee table model lady cause its about to get rowdy! Grab this one on Vinyl through Neon Gold on Feb 18th.
TBE Homies Speak just announced a tour with RAC so you know half the country just checked their calendars (don’t be in the wrong half!). To celebrate they released a new jam “Be Reasonable, Diane” and it couldn’t be sweeter. These guys from Austin craft some of the finest soulful yet party worthy tracks around. First a killer Los Angeles residency at The Bootleg and now this? 2014 is going to a be big year for Speak.
Recent TBE faves Breton tone things down a bit with this brooding spazz jammer that intermittently hiccups big things. I can only hope they get the recognition they deserve in 2014. Listen to their whole new LP War Stories below.