Elgus weaves a stunning dance track out of the already great work by FKJ and Masego. The beats on his edit of “Tadow” are dripping analog goodness, with really “tape-y” saturation and a feel reminiscent of Junior Boys. The synth tones are vibrant and incredibly detailed, offering ambiance, rhythm and melody into a unique package. The track is brought to life by a tasteful pumping feel, a natural flow that really enhances the natural groove of the track, which allows the dynamics to really move throughout the song.
The tasteful drums in the intro, in additional with the beautiful string arrangements and guitar tones are an immediately captivating introduction to Coyle Girelli’s new exciting single. His style has a refreshing retro feel, which really echoes the great “pre-Beat” singers, such as Billy Fury or Cliff Richard. In addition to that, there is also a more modern feel to the sound of the band, which really makes me think of bands like Urge Overkill or The Blaster: This song could definitely find an awesome spot on a Quentin Tarantino soundtrack! The mix of vintage blues/rock/surf aesthetics and stunning dramatic melodies is really special.
Steady jazzy chords fill in the open spaces left by a consistent bass groove on new single from The Hails, “Younger”. The verses strut along, politely posturing, until the chorus blows the roof open, shimmering with life and energy. Like the peppy younger brother of Mac DeMarco and STRFKR who’s been hanging out with MGMT, The Hails will be a name to watch out for.
“I Can Relate” channels the songwriting heights of greats such as Kings Of Leon with vocals from the school of the late, great Chris Cornell. The guitars are huge, the drums are thunder, and you can practically feel the wind in your hair. Or is that just the air blasting from the speakers…? Maybe I should back up a little. That’ll give more room for headbanging, anyway.
An undeniable bassline and strong disco grooves mesh with Overjoy’s muted melancholy on “Same”. As with all of Overjoy’s music, the production is top-notch, not content to use the same tricks more than once. Alexis Moraites’ vocal performance ties everything together, making “Same” equally suited for emotive singalongs and dancefloors. Keep your eyes on this band – they’re on a fast track to total festival domination.
Keep the grooves coming with Overjoy’s “Women”, found on VINYL MOON Volume 034: Mazed & Confused.
As you might guess from the title, “Body Like A Weapon” is bold and seductive. It’s grab-bag of influences makes the Gorillaz a worthy comparison, but Magic City Hippies also show a powerful funk swagger that would make Rick James proud. Like its subject, this song is dangerous – careful where you point those hips.
“When Everything Was Mine” is lush and meditative, chanting the titular mantra for the first two minutes of the track before a poetic bridge releases all of the tension. The latter returns to the chant, building energy to explosive levels as synths and drones swirl overhead like a swarm of fireflies in the night sky. By discarding the typical pop structure of verse-chorus-verse and giving time to simple ideas that build layer after layer, Phoria gives the listener something to immerse themselves in – and the payoff is huge.
The Gloomies return with a new twist to their special brand of indie rock. The rhythm of their most recent release, PALMS is definitely one of the first things that stand out when listening to this track. The hypnotic rhythm patters lock in perfectly with the vocals, and the inventive production makes “PALMS” sound almost like a tantalizing combination between the experimental edge of Spoon and the infectious electro-pop of artists like Glass Animals.
Keep your infection going with “Groves” from VINYL MOON Volume 009: Shifting States.