[STREAM/VIDEO] Gotye – “Somebody That I Used To Know (ft. Kimbra)”

told myself that you were right for me, but felt so lonely in your company, but that was love and it’s an ache i still remember

Taking a big momentum shift from last year’s list-topping “Eyes Wide Open,” Australia’s Gotye has returned with a song that hops and shuffles with delicate elegance. It took a few listens for me to really stop and listen (if you know what I mean) but once I did the whole thing took my breath right out of my lungs. Gotye’s vocals and lyrics are spot on as they wring every drop of sorrow from his broken relationship. When Kimbra comes in for the counter-point the whole things crystallizes into something truly magical. I highly recommend the video below for a visual take on the fractured love story. And for a glimpse of what one YouTube user accurately called Kimbra’s “amazing side-lip.” Stunning. All of it.

Somebody That I Used To Know (feat. Kimbra) by Gotye

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[MP3] Letting Up Despite Great Faults – “Teenage Tide”

i think it’s right before your eyes, telling you how much we’ve always been alive

♫ Letting Up Despite Great Faults – Teenage Tide

New Letting Up Despite Great Faults jam to play every day until the end of summer. Or until their new EP Paper Crush comes out August 2nd. It’s blissful summer fuzz pop and it’s exactly what I want one of my favorite new bands of 2009 to be giving me in 2011.

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[MP3] Future Islands – “Before The Bridge”

do you believe in love? hold your tongue

♫ Future Islands – Before the Bridge

The consistently underrated and underravedabout Future Islands just dropped another subtle slap in the face to everyone ignoring them. But not really a slap cause I bet these dudes are way too cool for slapping. They just continue being awesome behind everyone’s back. Their new 7″ will feature “Before The Bridge,” another thick slice of their rhythmic indie rock that sways and swells under the always incredible vocals. Future Islands always feel a bit tropical yet somehow rooted in a weightier world then their trend-riding indie-tropica peers. Maybe that’s what island life will be like in the futu… oh. I get it. Nice.

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[MP3] Boy 8-Bit – “Black Satanic Mysticism”

♫ Boy 8-Bit – Black Satanic Mysticism

TBE alum Boy-Bit seems to have been quite busy since dropping one of the best tracks of 2009 and another epic track early last year. Later in 2010 he dropped a bunch of EPs that flew under my radar but luckily I caught ahold of his latest, the Madrigal EP which features this simmering jam. Haunted-house zombie dance party in an 8-bit can. Slow, methodical, and might possibly get under your skin. Check the rest of the Madrigal EP here which seems to be up for free download at the moment.

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[MP3] Molly Wagger – “Steve”

the sun is steadily rising away from me

♫ Molly Wagger – Steve

Molly Wagger is a four piece electro/folk band from Edinburgh, Scotland, and their song “Steve” is one hell of a foot stomper. The track, coming off of their release Flambeaux later this year, is quite a stand out. With it’s rollicking beats and melancholy melodies, it’s something I don’t think any artist I’ve heard before touches on in quite the same way. It took me completely by surprise the way the music evolved, and I think it may do the same for you. James, Charlie, David, and Edward; keep it up. The band’s album Flambeaux releases September 5th, 2011, but can be previewed in it’s entirety at the label’s Soundcloud below.

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[MP3] Heems – “WOMYN aka HITCH (Demo?)”

yo i think they don’t usually like violence, they like to roll their eyes when i tell ’em i be rhymin’

♫ Heems – WOMYN aka HITCH (DEMO?)

As the half of Das Racist who doesn’t already have a side project, Heems gets up to some stuff. And thank goodness that he does because as a result the Hitch-obsessed hip-hop-head has bestowed this gem upon us (curious punctuation included). Heems waxes poetic about the many virtues and facets of the fairer sex, giving dudes everywhere an anthem to sing to their ladies. And sing loud and proud we shall. Thanks womyn. And thanks Heems. Das Racist’s first official album will be out September and appropriately titledRelax.

(And thanks to Stereogum for the album art)

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[MP3] Shabazz Places – “Swerve… The Reeping of All That Is Worthwhile (Noir Not Withstanding)”

boogie woogie let your body feel free, my mind loses connectivity

♫ Shabazz Places – Swerve… The reeping of all that is worthwhile (Noir not withstanding)

Shabazz Places are a Seattle based hip-hop group who have been getting quite a bit of buzz lately. They keep their group details a secret, preferring for the music to be the focus. Well, when your music sounds like this I can get with that. Their new album Black Up is out now and album-closer “Swerve” is a jam. It has an epic thump and groove that get pounded with what sounds like a typewriter beat, creating a smooth vibe for the verses to play off of. The two other tracks I’ve heard are more experimental and odd, I guess. You guys heard it? Recommended?

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Joel’s Summer/Birthday Mix 2011 [Calvin Harris, LMFAO, Empire of The Sun, Lady Gaga, and more…]

Ahhh the wonders of summer.  A time for great tunes, butterflies, unicorns, puppies, summer flings, confetti birthday cakes, cookies and all your favorite things.

Maybe most importantly, its for Getting Nurdy and Party Rock Shuffling your faces off.

This special time of year begs for a soundtrack.  So, I thought, what better day to post something as monumental and life altering as my summer mix, then on the most important day of the year.  MY BIRTHDAY!

Enjoy.

For more jams or by any of these artists use the ‘tags’ links at the bottom of the post!  Follow my newly launched Twitter @JoelAlbers

♫ Calvin Harris Feat. Kelis – Bounce

♫ YACHT – Dystopia

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