LA’s Smallpools just exploded into our ears (thanks to the dudes at Neon Gold) with their debut offering ‘Dreaming’. If you’re ready to get the long weekend started (as a Canadian), then I’d say this is the proper track to do so. Also, it was produced by remix superstars and Grouplove-affiliates Captain Cuts, so you know you’re in for something good.
As you sit on a park bench in Central Park, a bunch of children in yellow track suits emerge from the soil in a similar jaw-dropping fashion as E.T. when he first lifted off. They start running in one large circle, hands connected, creating a massive tide of wind. Their bodies morph together, forming a massive yellow blob which is at least 50 feet wide and tall. The blob begins to roll around central park, picking up every human it touches, and expanding to greater heights. It’s gaining more energy and speed, then shoots into the air, landing directly in Times Square. It absorbs the power of Times Square, then blasts into the sky, reaching the clouds. The blob begins hopping state to state, soon taking the size of the entire world.
Listen to Freaks by New York City’s Jed Nayef. One of the best debut singles we’ve heard in time.
A cloaked duo blend their ingredients together in an underground science lab, uncovering dark secrets of the mystical world. Their recipe assembles a mind that can control the circuitry of an entire city. The white and black specks of their ingredients multiply and morph into full-sized humans made of crystal, but when light touches their surface, the crystal melts to the ground below.
The sun falls behind the horizon and they exit the basement on a cold fall night. Upon exiting their apartment, they forget about the car lights and street lamps, and their night turns into chaos as they are running for forestry, trying to evade all light. Crystal sweat beads crawl down their bodies and they begin to shrink in size as car beams flash down the urban streets. They are loopy and tired and fall to their hands and knees at the entrance of a forest. One being rolls onto his back with all the power he has left, pulls a module out of his body, presses a button which kills the entire city grid’s power, but simultaneously kills him.
Mr Little Jeans (aka Monica Birkeness) is a singer hailing from Norway and now based in Los Angeles. Oh Sailor is the first single from her upcoming album.
A mermaid sits by a rock pool, her tilted back towards the sun and her eyes closed. She dives into the water, and a group of children emerge from the bushes nearby and follow her along the shore. When she swims through a waterfall into the mouth of a cave, the children jump in and follow her. Inside the cave, they find dozens of mermaids swimming, surrounded by reflections of the water dancing on the walls.
Bringing the best elements of Disclosure and the aesthetic of The Drums, Chasing Kurt, from Germany, bring us this beautiful and grooving deep house track titled From The Inside.
There’s a shadow crawling slowly along the decayed brick wall of an urban alleyway at dusk. The air is stale and a slight breeze flows through the streets. As the shadow passes by each brick, they are painted white. The paint is fresh and as it drips, it erases the paint in its path. The bricks then emit dust from their pores, making the air cloudy. At first crumbling in small chunks, then full-sized bricks fall off the wall and puncture the pavement, creating a sinkhole that opens to a new world enveloped by black light.
Last week, Kadie Elder from Århus, Denmark released their eponymous debut album. Drawing inspiration from Sufjan Stevens and Django Django, they’ve created a unique blend of orchestral and electronic music.
A naked man sprints through a Colombian jungle with a tree branch in his hand acting as a cane. The dirt lining the jungle slowly transitions into ankle-high water, and is increasing in depth as he goes further. As he runs nervously, the sounds of a group of animals chasing him begin to reverberate throughout the air. The water is rapidly changing hue and he glances behind himself. Staring him dead into his soul are a group of purple jaguar’s. The man’s skin melts into orange juice then he slowly merges with the water that has formed around him.
The LA duo Hotel Cinema released their debut EP a couple months back and somehow it has remained under the radar. Like a Freelance Whales and Hundred Waters fusion, here we present you Better Run, a track off their marvellous EP.
Deforestation has plagued the Southern hemisphere and a lone child stands in an endless field where life used to glow with wildlife. He holds a red balloon in his right hand and it begins to expand, nearing the size of his whole body. The sun drops off the face of the horizon and the moon gleams in the distance. The boy then begins to float in the air, at first just a slight levitation, but as the balloon exponentially dilates, the child rises into the sky. The dead land then begins sprouting with life, first with small shrubbery and flowers, then massive oak trees punch into the air, with deer running free.
Continuing our posts of bands with all capital letters, PROPELLERS, a five-piece from England have the mind-set of sending the crowd flying in the air with dance moves they never knew they had. They’ve released a four-song EP, and here’s the 2nd single Landslide.
A baby escapes from a stroller at the zoo and gets out of its parents sights before being noticed. The baby hijacks a golf cart that an employee is using to transport bricks. It places one of the bricks on the gas pedal, slinging the golf cart to full speed and making crowds part like the red sea. Climbing onto the roof of the cart, it jumps into the giraffe exhibit and lands on one of its necks. The giraffe spazzes frantically like a bull, and the baby flies off, going hundreds of feet in the air, and lands in the dolphin reservoir.
Stockholm’s POSTILJONEN make space-ready pop with a light disco sensibility. Dreamy and airy female vocals reverberate through the lush synths. Check out their brand new song Supreme.
A robot awakens in a jail cell and is consumed by the beam of light, born from the morning sun. Confused about how it got there, it simply changes forms and squeezes through the cell bars. It begins to hover and shoot green goo from its finger tips, killing the guards. Standing in the middle of the cafeteria, it does a 360 degree turn, looks up, and blasts through the roof.
Betty Who is an Australian native currently based in New York. High Society was released today on her debut EP.
At a cheesy high school prom, the gymnasium floor is covered by couples dancing awkwardly together. The disco ball suddenly drops to floor, shattering to pieces, and the roof lifts off the building. The teenagers shield their eyes as a bright light consumes everything. When the light fades to normal, there are only boys left in the gym standing in their tuxedos. The girls ride skateboards down empty streets, their prom dresses flapping in the cool wind.
Fear of Tigers is the one-man project of London’s Benjamin Berry. His debut album Cossus Snufsigalonica was one of 2009’s best, and severely under-appreciated. He’s back with the Madeon-esque and massive ‘Golden Age’.
A supercharged boomerang picks up speed and breaks through the barrier of time. Spinning back to the 80’s, it shoots through clubs, making people airborne. Everyone is frozen in time as the boomerang whips around the city centre and freezes. The world stands still for a few moments until the boomerang transforms into an endless stream of water, turning the city into a surfing haven.