These days, I’m a sucker for a strong voice and a cool beat.
Last week I featured “Freedom” by Inky Jack, a song that really hasn’t left my head in days. Today, I found a new song to possibly replace it. Here’s “Pioneer Of Your Heart” by Florida-swamp born artist Joshua Michael Robinson (aka JMR). The song begins with delicate instrumentation and vocal melody later transforming with beats, samples with a bed of dark synth and bass.
I’m currently fighting with what has been the worst hotel Internet connection I’ve ever had to work with, in order to get this post out about new music from Canadian band Arkells. I’m in sunny Miami for a conference and this might be my only window to get some new music up this week.
I’m excited to share with you the song “Never Thought That This Would Happen” (via lyric video), from the bands’ forthcoming album (out later this coming summer). The song is all about their experience performing at the Hillside Festival in Guelph, summing up a magical Saturday into Sunday morning experience. The record was produced by Tony Hoffer (Beck, Air, Depeche Mode, M83) and had the band taking a workmanlike approach in their hometown of Hamilton; recording 5 days a week (with an hour for lunch) in a 150 year-old building, letting the buildings’ “natural reverb take the tunes into cinematic places”.
Just like how this song perfectly fits with the weather I’m enjoying right now, close your eyes and take it in. Think warm thoughts and know this song will probably soundtrack at least some part of your summer.
“I wasn’t meant for so much happiness” has been ringing in my ear since I heard the single from Museum of Love last year. Shouting into a few tin cans about it too and finally it’s getting the light it deserves premiering over at Spin. LCD Soundsystem’s Pat Mahoney moves from behind the drums to lead vocals with Jee Day from Juan MacLean. I really wasn’t meant for so much happiness.
“Play Dumb” by The Crookes, from their sophomore album, Soapbox (out April 15th via Modern Outsider). The Sheffield quartet spent most of March in the U.S. performing at SXSW, and touring west to Los Angeles, previewing the record that they recorded over a few weeks in rural northern Italy last fall. The follow up to last year’s Hold Fast LP, released in North America in September, The Crookes have racked up an international gig-count that puts most other bands to shame, prompting BBC’s Steve Lamacq to describe them as “one of the most hardworking and prolific bands of the underground.”
They hit the road in the UK and Europe in May, and will return to this side of the pond later this summer.
You can also grab another free track of their called “Marcy“.
“I’m Not Part Of Me” by Cloud Nothings, from their new album Here And Nowhere Else. The Ryan Manning-directed video sees the song soundtracking a teenage girl sleepover party complete with pillow fights and their playing along to the song on Rock Band.