New: Mitzi

New: Mitzi – All I Heard (12″ Mix) {0}

Solid newcomers from Brisbane who sound a bit like NYC’s Holy Ghost! — translation: they totally rule! Enjoy the extended 12″ mix of their first single “All I Heard” below.

MITZI – ALL I HEARD (12″ MIX)

Re-Introducing: PENGUIN PRISON

Re-Introducing: PENGUIN PRISON {3}

Penguin Prison is Chris Glover, another talented NYC electro-pop wunderkind who makes intelligent dance music influenced by erudite New York disco types like Talking Heads and LCD Soundsystem. On his track “Golden Train,” I really dig the anti-techno intro, which features analogue bleep textures layered under Chris’ pop star vocals.

PENGUIN PRISON – GOLDEN TRAIN

File next to: James Murphy, Hot Chip, Strange Talk, Holy Ghost!

Also, update your calendars and mark Feb 11 as the date the debut album drops. Soon after, when the record gets picked up by the mass media/communication channels, I predict that we all start throwing out the Prince, JT, and Pharrell comparisons — and with good reason. Let’s do the math on this guy: (1) he has the proverbial voice of an angel, (2) he’s one of the best guitar players you’ll ever see/hear, and (3) he can do an amazing Aaron Neville impression. He’s the total package; a one-man pop machine.

The only question remaining, though, is can he dance? If Chris can indeed pop and lock like MJ, then the world may want to get ready for the second coming of the King of Pop.

New: Memory Tapes

New: Memory Tapes – Today Is Our Life {2}

In September 2009, Memory Tapes delivered a dance-pop gem with Seek Magic — an album that no one saw coming, but one that was ubiquitously loved. Fifteen months later, new music from the NJ-based producer could not possibly arrive soon enough.

My eyes lit up last week when I saw frontman Dayve Hawk tweet “New Year // New Album.” One week later and we already have a sample of things to come!

Check out the new single “Today Is Our Life” from that forthcoming second LP. The track is also available on the Love SIC Disco compilation.

Around 1:04, I’m fairly certain that I hear the opening synth line from Bruce Springsteen’s “Dancing In The Dark.” Perhaps a small ode to the most famous celebrity to ever come out of Jersey? (Aside from Snooki, unfortunately.) Respect for The Boss.

MEMORY TAPES – TODAY IS OUR LIFE

Introducing: AVICII

Introducing: AVICII {0}

Avicii happens to be a young Swedish producer with a preternatural power to churn out golden progressive house music. Since bursting onto the scene in 2008, he’s managed to release 7 singles (all very good) with the most recent being a seven-minute gem called “Street Dancer.” Check it.

File next to: Deadmau5, Mylo, Wolfgang Gartner, Daft Punk.

AVICII – STREET DANCER

New: Foster The People

New: Foster The People – Houdini {0}

Outrageously catchy new track from LA-based indie pop four-piece Foster The People, who just released their debut self-titled EP. No wordy write-up necessary for this one; hit play and enjoy!

FOSTER THE PEOPLE – HOUDINI

New: Oh No Oh My

New: Oh No Oh My – Brains {0}

Oh No Oh My are a four-piece indie rock band from Austin, Texas. Their 2006 debut album heavily favored experimental pop (e.g., “I Love You All The Time”), while the new material on upcoming LP People Problems indicates a move towards melodic pop. For that reason, the new record may be a grower for some folks, but it’s nothing compared to the ocean that lies between other band’s debut/sophomore releases. (Ahem, MGMT.) Check out the track “Brains” below.

OH NO OH MY – BRAINS

New: Outasight

New: Outasight – Losing My Mind {0}

Time to spice things up with some fresh new sounds from the world of non-radio (as of now) hip-hop. Check out this track from New York rapper/singer Outasight, who describes his art as “energetic hip-hop mixed with melodic soul.”

OUTASIGHT – LOSING MY MIND

Eumig

Eumig & Chinon Remix Ginger Ninja {0}

Can you say Best post title of all time?

Contrary to popular belief, Eumig & Chinon aren’t a duo, but rather, just one superstar Danish producer by the name of Christian Kastbjerg. It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of synth-rich house-influenced dance grooves, and I love what he’s done with the aptly upbeat tune “Sunshine” from (fellow Danes) Ginger Ninja. Simply put: the guy is phenomenal. And not to sound overly complacent, but this remix should be the gold standard for how to enhance a song without diminishing its original appeal. Give it a spin below.

GINGER NINJA – SUNSHINE (EUMIG & CHINON REMIX)