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)

Introducing: THE UNION LINE

Introducing: THE UNION LINE {0}

The Union Line are a young indie band from the music mecca that is San Juan Capistrano, California. (#sarcasm.) I was initially introduced to the group when they opened for Local Natives in Chicago this past year, and was instantly drawn to their brand of less-beardy Fleet Foxes-esque Americana rock. From what I know, they’ve been busy working on new material for their debut album, which hopefully sounds a lot like the as-yet-untitled demo below.

File next to: Local Natives, The Ruby Suns, Fleet Foxes, Surfer Blood.

THE UNION LINE – UNTITLED (demo)

Oldies: Tame Impala

Oldies: Tame Impala – Half Full Glass of Wine {0}

This understated gem from Tame Impala’s 2008 self-titled EP exudes classic rock a la Cream and Led Zeppelin. The Perth four-piece hit it big last year with the release of their critically acclaimed debut LP Innerspeaker, but this previous record is equally deserving of your time.

Their label, Modular, assembled a great reflection of the track:

“['Half Full Glass Of Wine'] is the type of song you come across rarely with it’s half speed, double riffing magic. Kevin’s vocals float through the air like a magic carpet ride through an aural wonderland; the guitars dual each other in a call and response frenzy; which all leads up to a beast of a solo that holds you by the soul, galloping away in oblivion.”

TAME IMPALA – HALF FULL GLASS OF WINE