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Music Monday: July 21, 2014

No more Monday morning excuses! Stop staring at the clock and start your work week out right with five hand-picked songs from our music stylist, Corbin, who wants to fill your brainwaves with summer-ready sounds and auditory illusions.

Tom Misch - Now

"Now" is a chill hip-hop track from Tom Misch, who is keeping it super real. All his stuff has been really good. This one has a Sohn vibe, but the beat of Apollo Brown. Incredible tune here. 

Hotlane - Whenever (James Curd Remix)
"Whenever" is a poppy dance gem that brings you right back to that amazing 2006-2008 sound of pop vocals and glimmery '80s nu-disco. See: Russ Chimes, then and now. #tbt

Merle - Fannie Likes 2 Dance
This is one of those tracks where you almost can't tell whats going on, but you don't want it to stop. Very confused and very interested. Killer summer joint here. 

Sinead Harnett - No Other Way (Ryan Hemsworth Remix)
No point in explaining this Hemsworth remix... just listen.

Los Angeles Police Department - She Came Through (Again)
Insanely chill track from the forthcoming debut LP from LAPD out in September. Beach vibes all over this one.





Music Monday: July 14, 2014

No more Monday morning excuses! Stop staring at the clock and start your work week out right with five hand-picked songs from our music stylist, Corbin, who wants to fill your brainwaves with summer-ready sounds and auditory illusions.

TRACK PREMIERE: Lyon & Lowe - Everyone Walks to the Beat of a Child

New track premiere (*airhorn*)! This is Lyon & Lowe's sophomore Music Monday appearance and it's a goodie. Head to Facebook to learn more about Lyon & Lowe. And if you head to their Soundcloud, you can get a free download of this track!

"Heaven" is a nice, chill, endearing track from No Rome. "Floralpunk" is the self-declared genre of No Rome, who hail from the Philippines. This one sounds like Ryan Hemsworth would like it a lot, because it's in the similar realm of RnB infused trap-pop. Great track regardless of the genre or scene. 

If this is a demo, I'm especially interested in listening to the studio version. This is that classic, Prince-y poppy funk stuff. This one has a nice summery vibe - good for a funky beach trip for sure. 

"Time" has been floating around the interwebs for some time now (no pun intended). It was played on a Boiler Room set that left everyone wondering when and where this track would be released. Turns out it was the great Will Saul, Aus Music head, who recently included it exclusively on his DJ-Kicks. Thanks, Will. 

Solid tune from what appears to be a brand new band, Soph Nathan. This is a killer chill indie track. Listen if you like: Beach Fossils, and other awesome shoe-gaze bands. 



Music Monday: July 7, 2014

No more Monday morning excuses! Stop staring at the clock and start your work week out right with five hand-picked songs from our music stylist, Corbin, who wants to fill your brainwaves with summer-ready sounds and auditory illusions.

The Hellen Hollins Singers - Consolation (Nicolas Jaar Edit)

Well, this is amazing. We're sorry Chile lost, but this edit is out of this world. This is a bit unusual for Jaar since it's a little more straightforward, but we'll take it. 

Lil Silva - Mabel
"Mabel" is a great new song from Lil Silva. Coming from his forthcoming Mabel EP, it has a nice SBTRKT RnB/house vibe going on, and the EP will also include vocals from Banks, which is something we're so looking forward to. 

Eno & Hyde - DBF
Well, this second Eno & Hyde release is just as impressive as the first one. "DBF" has a stuttering, hip-shaking groove, which we love. It's kind of like a mix between James Brown and Talking Heads. This track really stays moving.

Naomi Punk - Firehose Face 
Summer and punk seem to go hand in hand. "Firehose Face" is taken from Naomi Punk's self-titled sophomore release out in August. This is really throwing us back to Wavves "King of the Beach."

Alex Burkat - Shower Scene
"Shower Scene" is one of the many great tunes on the new Mister Saturday Night compilation. This one has an eerie but happy mood. Really interesting stuff, and we're assuming it's pulling its name from the water/shower sound, and the fact that it's slightly reminiscent of the Psycho shower scene music.

Music Monday: June 30, 2014

No more Monday morning excuses! Stop staring at the clock and start your work week out right with five hand-picked songs from our music stylist, Corbin, who wants to fill your brainwaves with summer-ready sounds and auditory illusions.

Museum of Love - In Infancy

Two of DFA Records' staple artists, Jee Day and Pat Mahoney, have teamed up to give us this incredible new tune. Really well-done classic sound here; it's reminiscent of New Order, Friendly Fires, and it's all driven through that amazing DFA tunnel. Their self-titled debut LP comes out in August. 

Rustie - Raptor
Rustie is back, and "Raptor" is a surefire way to announce it. Their album Green Language is out August 25 via Warp and you can head over to Pitchfork to see the tour dates.

Painted Palms - Hypnotic (Saint Pepsi Remix)
Great remix of this Painted Palms track. Saint Pepsi has really made a name for himself at this point and the tracks continue to improve consistently. Check out the original song which is good in a completely different way. 

Camp Claude - Camp
The first thing that grabs my attention here is the super Joy Division-sounding bass. The chugging instrumentation mixed with the whispery vocals make this a great jam.

Clap! Clap! - The Rainstick Fable
Oh man. African Poly-Rythmo with a footwork beat behind it! Badman tune!

Music Monday: June 23, 2014

No more Monday morning excuses! Stop staring at the clock and start your work week out right with five hand-picked songs from our music stylist, Corbin, who wants to fill your brainwaves with summer-ready sounds and auditory illusions.

Nao vs. A. K. Paul – So Good

Apparently this is Jai Paul's brother. We'll take it, though, since at least it's in the same realm as the ever elusive Jai. This is a jam, and boy, are we looking forward to Jai Paul's Debut LP.

MCFERRDOG – I Wanna See

This is a Monday kickstart, for sure. House beats, great textures and vocal pitching. All around big tune here. 1080p never disappoints. 

Seiho – Plastic

Seiho with a wild one here. Many surprises in this track, and to really seal the song is the Lyn Collins sample. Listen if you're into: Sophie, Night Slugs, Fade to Mind.

Sad Actor – Cringe

Wonderful nostalgic chugger from Sad Actor. This is from Sad Actor's debut EP, but they are working on releasing their debut LP this fall. It's very reminiscent of Russian Circles, older Mogwai, and that post-rock instrumental sound. 

Darkly – Animated Space Debris

Great summery lo-fi pop track from Darkly. The atmosphere and vocal style really makes me think of Niva. All the Darkly stuff is good, as per the case with Swedish artists. 

Music Monday: June 16, 2014

No more Monday morning excuses! Stop staring at the clock and start your work week out right with five hand-picked songs from our music stylist, Corbin, who wants to fill your brainwaves with summer-ready sounds and auditory illusions.

TV Girl - Louise

This is an excellent indie-pop track from TV Girl. It's very jolly and inviting all around, almost anthemic. This one is sure to lock in your head all week. 

Bones – IfYouHadAZuneIHateYou (feat. Spooky Black)

Except for the insane yell at the end of the track, this tune is Spooky Black all the way. Head to TeamSESH for the whole Bones mixtape, and go here to check out the first Spooky Black Music Monday track. (That yell at the end is very real, and all of us that have used a Zune can relate.)

Christian Rich – Better To (feat. DWNTWN)

It's always been a bit of an enigma how game-changing choirs are. This is a perfect example of that. What a killer dance pop tune here from the duo Christian Rich. 

Kolsch – Cassiopeia

Some sunset house here. Kolsch had the incredible 1977 LP last year, and this release we should see in full June 30th from Kompakt. 

Baby Guru – Anticipation (Larry Gus Remix)

This track is interesting and kind of goes all over the place. It's synthy, but then hits these strange patches of funk. Listen if you like: Studio, Air France, Lust For Youth.


Music Monday: June 9, 2014

No more Monday morning excuses! Stop staring at the clock and start your work week out right with five hand-picked songs from our music stylist, Corbin, who wants to fill your brainwaves with summer-ready sounds and auditory illusions.

Sol Monk - Ata

This is a cut off Sol Monk's forthcoming Beats, Not Words LP dropping June 23. It's got an interesting lo-fi approach. Plus, it's super rhythmic and the interesting vocal sample helps carry it through. It definitely has a nice rawness to it.

Caribou - Can't Do Without You
Well, Caribou is back, and in a big way. It's amazing to me how this track can begin sounding like it's going to be a regular deep-house pitched vocal track, and then rises into this staple Caribou retro '60s vibe. By the end you're hypnotized by the glimmery synths, live drums and soft vocals. 

Balue - Grow Up
This track makes me visualize a beach montage. This is a great bedroom/beach pop song from Balue's Quiet Dreamer LP out June 24 on cassette and digital. Listening to a cassette tape of this while driving to the beach doesn't sound half bad at all. 

A.G.Cook - Beautiful
This is from the PC Music label, which never seems to disappoint. Rave is clearly having a resurgence. If you like this track, check out Unicorn Kid, among many other emerging acts.

Francois & The Atlas Mountains - The Way To The Forest (Ibibio Sound Machine Remix)
"Graceland," anyone? What a killer track. Piano Ombre is out now, and all summery.


Music Monday: June 2, 2014

No more Monday morning excuses! Stop staring at the clock and start your work week out right with five hand-picked songs from our music stylist, Corbin, who wants to fill your brainwaves with summer-ready sounds and auditory illusions.

Jaws - Be Slowly

This is the title track for the forthcoming Jaws debut out on July 7. This song is wispy chillwave meets shoegaze meets terrific. This reminds me a lot of "Space Age Love Song."

Youandewan - FM Jam
This is a new one from Will Saul's wonderfully consistent Aus label; it's moody but still open-air friendly. There's also a pretty killer remix by Andrés

Zeds Dead - Lost You (feat. Twin Shadow & D'Angelo Lacy)
Pretty self-explanatory after reading the title. (Is this the first Twin Shadow deep house track?) This Zeds Dead record sounds like it's coming together really well. Can't wait to hear more.

Sleep Party People - Floating Blood Of Mine
Scandinavia is at it again. What a super relaxing (but still midly upbeat) track. There's even an Air France-y movie sample towards the end. 

Nadus - Nxwxrk
This sound is becoming super duper popular, and we totally love it. Nadus is a new name on the Rnb/Trap/Synth scene and we can't wait to hear more from this one as well.

Music Monday: May 26, 2014

No more Monday morning excuses! Stop staring at the clock and start your work week out right with five hand-picked songs from our music stylist, Corbin, who wants to fill your brainwaves with summer-ready sounds and auditory illusions.

DJ Dodger Stadium - Love Songs

Pretty amazing new track from Jerome LOL and Samo Sound Boy on their Body High label. This is one track from the forthcoming debut LP Friend Of Mine. Really looking forward to this LP if it's full of this ravey-house goodness. The video for this track is also pretty neat. 

Bloom - Daydream
This is the first (!) track from Bloom and it is great. The band is from Winchester/London,  and the production is pretty spot on for this kind of sound; it's got that chill energy we are all looking for. 

Lyon & Lowe - Like Oedipus
This is reminiscent of Postal Service in more ways than one. Nice indie electronic stuff here. Love Our Records says an EP is coming mid-summer, which should be spot on for the heat and the long nights.

Kyle Kimono - Sauna
These nimble sounding indie tracks with perfect vocal placement drenched in reverb all get a big thumbs up. Recommended if you like: Beach Fossils, Real Estate, Wild Nothing.

Lido - Money
Do yourself and everyone else around you a favor and listen to this. Oslo, Norway gets really cold in the winter, so it sounds like they're taking advantage of the warm weather.






Music Monday: May 19, 2014

No more Monday morning excuses! Stop staring at the clock and start your work week out right with five hand-picked songs from our music stylist, Corbin, who wants to fill your brainwaves with summer-ready sounds and auditory illusions.

Daniel Avery - Knowing We'll Be Here (KiNK Remix)

Giant floor filler. And some great *airhorn.

Horse Party - Inbetween 
This is a great indie track from Horse Party. This has the grittiness of the likes of Cloud Nothings while still having a cool '90s nod to somber/emo vocals. Some parts are even like Dinosaur Jr. Check out "Inbetween" on the forthcoming debut LP Close My Eyes via Integrity. 

Knox Brown - Harry's Code
Amazing authentic soul sound from Knox Brown. The rawness is reminiscent of another soul revivalist Benjamin Clementine

Bok Bok - Da Foxtrot
Bok Bok has recently been releasing quite a few killer tracks. Nice deep electro, but still with an organic funk feeling.

CFCF - Windswept
This kind of sounds like Peter Gabriel, in a good way. CFCF has so many releases that it's hard to keep up with him. Good work here, though, because this is an epic downtempo tune.



Music Monday: May 12, 2014

No more Monday morning excuses! Stop staring at the clock and start your work week out right with five hand-picked songs from our music stylist, Corbin, who wants to fill your brainwaves with summer-ready sounds and auditory illusions.

PREMIERE: Cheerleader - Waiting, Waiting

Today we are excited to introduce the B-side for the upcoming 7" from hazy electro-pop quintet Cheerleader. The Philadelphia band’s first official single is out June 16 on limited edition vinyl via Young & Lost/Bright Antenna in the UK. Pre-order the vinyl here or head over to iTunes for immediate download.

Steve Sobs - Ugh
Really terrific morning tune here from Steve Sobs. "Ugh" is from Steve Sobs' forthcoming LP Heavy Heart. Really into hearing more of this. If you enjoy this track, also try out the new Oliver Wilde.

Thunderhank - Flat Rock
Super great EP from Thunderhank. This whole EP has a nice, updated mix of nostalgia and chill wave. Head over to their Bandcamp and check this EP out. 

Francis Inferno Orchestra - Ellingfort Road
Australia strikes again. This is the second great track from Francis Inferno Orchestra that I've had the pleasure of hearing.

Donovan Blanc - Hungry A Long Time
These retro sounding sing-a-long type tracks are always fun to find. There's some good vibes here from this one forthcoming on Captured Tracks. If you're into Ariel Pink, or any of the Ariel Pink affiliates, this is a good one.

Music Monday: May 5, 2014

No more Monday morning excuses! Stop staring at the clock and start your work week out right with five hand-picked songs from our music stylist, Corbin, who wants to fill your brainwaves with summer-ready sounds and auditory illusions.

HOWLS - 004 w/ Noah Breakfast

Killer new track from Ta-ku & Kit Pop under HOWLS. This is the fourth installment in the HOWLS series, and this one takes a straight-forward approach to trap instrumental.

Wonderful dream-pop track from Blood Cultures. This track has that great bedroom lo-fi muffle. Makes me think of "Anthems of a Seventeen Year Old Girl".

Taken from Total Control's second LP Typical System, out via Iron Lung on June 24. Looking forward to this LP. 

This remix of Stockholm's Colleagues really puts the original over the edge and into wonderful synth-dance pop. Perfect summer night tune right here. 

This is a giant remix from Pomo. This sound has such a bop to it. Really reminiscent of Kaytranada's new sound. As much of this sound as possible, please!

Music Monday: April 28, 2014

No more Monday morning excuses! Stop staring at the clock and start your work week out right with five hand-picked songs from our music stylist, Corbin, who wants to fill your brainwaves with summer-ready sounds and auditory illusions.

DJ Rashad - Somethin' Bout The Things U Do (ft. Gant Man)
In honor of DJ Rashad, who unfortunately passed away this weekend, here's an incredible song from his newest EP.

Doss - Here Tonight
A dreamy new EP from Doss is out tomorrow via Acéphale. Check out a really standout remix of Doss here. 

Alvvays - Archie, Marry Me
Here's a really nice shoegaze/indie track from Alvvays. This track sounds like it stepped straight out of Empire Records. Like seriously. We'll be looking forward to more from Alvvays. 

tshima - Bird (ft. Nick Risola)
This one from tshima is super dope and very reminiscent of The Range. There are a bunch more killer tracks available from tshima over on their Soundcloud

Pizza Boys - Sharing
Pizza Boys appear to only have two tracks available right now, but they're both awesome. If you are into Beach Fossils or Slowdive, definitely check out Pizza Boys.

Music Monday: April 21, 2014

No more Monday morning excuses! Stop staring at the clock and start your work week out right with five hand-picked songs from our music stylist, Corbin, who wants to fill your brainwaves with summer-ready sounds and auditory illusions.

Hermitude - Ukiyo
I hope this track is one of many new Hermitude tracks coming out for the summer. If you haven't checked out the Hermitude Boiler Room session, head over here to give it a watch.

NAAVI - Speak
It's always nice to hear a chill-wave song that brings you back to the glorious times of Life of Leisure and early Toro.

VEYU - The Everlasting
VEYU are a good example of what a Local Natives vibe can sound like when paired with a groovier beat. This track keeps it moving in a good way.

Holy Models - Des Tropiques (Island Demo)
We're really going in on smooth summer jams this Monday, especially with this Holy Models tune. Check out some of their other songs on Soundcloud.

Bipolar Sunshine - Where Did The Love Go (A-Minor Remix)
Full of NRG. This is like Friday wrapped up in a four minute remix.

Music Monday: April 14, 2014

This week for Music Monday we're doing something a little different. We have an EP premiere from I Break Horses!


Following much acclaim for their new album Chiaroscuro, Maria Linden’s I Break Horses have now enlisted an illustrious cast of artists to rework songs from the album that will make up their new Remix EP, the premiere of which can be found below. The list of artists includes East India Youth, Clarence Clarity, The Horrors’ Tom Furse, The Field and Tim Gane of Stereolab. Check out more of I Break Horses through iTunes!

Music Monday: April 7, 2014

No more Monday morning excuses! Stop staring at the clock and start your work week out right with five hand-picked songs from our music stylist, Corbin, who wants to fill your brainwaves with summer-ready sounds and auditory illusions.

Chrome Sparks - Goddess
This is a spiraling, dizzying new one from Chrome Sparks. It encompasses the ambiguity of the seasons right now here in Philadelphia. Is it spring? Because I can't tell. Anyway, "Goddess" is a tune. Good for late night drives. If this one is for you, check out this and this

Strand of Oaks - Goshen '97
This one should be set up slightly. There's this wave that seems very strong at the moment of Springsteen-esque feel-good tunes. This is one of them. (Also worthy of calling out for this feeling is The War On Drugs new record.)

Tala - The Dutchess
This is killer. Fans of Jai Paul and Hemsworth will like this one a lot. Make sure to also check out Ben Khan. AIRHORN SOUND EFFECT, Y'ALL.

Lone - 2 Is 8
You know what? 2 IS 8. Lone, you always are the guy. 

Mirror Kisses - Genius
Nice '80s pop vibe from Mirror Kisses. Really wonderful full sound and nice Ian Curtis vocals. The track remind me a lot of Var (War, Iceage).


Music Monday: March 31, 2014

No more Monday morning excuses! Stop staring at the clock and start your work week out right with five hand-picked songs from our music stylist, Corbin, who wants to fill your brainwaves with summer-ready sounds and auditory illusions.

WOODS - With Light And With Love
What a wonderful nine minutes here from WOODS. This is the title track from the forthcoming LP due out April 15. This tune has an updated '70s blues thing happening: It's chill but still makes you want to move. These tracks are nice if you want to focus on one thing for a minute or two, for instance, the bass, all the little accents and stuff coming together for the bigger sound. This is super cool and totally summer ready.

Colours - You Can't See Me
The Australian born, London-based band Colours has a sick industrial shoegaze happening here. Some parts are so jarring while others all smoothed out and glimmering. This track reminds me of a more trip-hoppy track that saw MM ages ago, here. "You Can't See Me" is full of ups and downs and is also, totally, completely waiting for the summer. 

Francis Inferno Orchestra - G.A.B.O.S
This third track is so smooth and nice. This has the vibe of The Field, but with more of a broken four on the floor, which is becoming The Thing—mainly because of people like John Talabot, Ryan Hemsworth, and Jacques Greene.  It's kind of like an optical illusion, but an "auditory" illusion. Regardless this is super cool. 

Yumi Zouma - It Feels Good To Be Around You (ft. Air France)
I don't know where to begin here... So Air France is a staple in Swedish Balaeric pop. Check out the explanation behind this cover. Man this is interesting. And listen to the original here

Fennesz - Static Kings
This track has a delicate half in/half out sound. It's soothing, but still not there totally, which is nice. It sounds like if they did bring in a full sound with drums and all the classic elements, the internet would explode. Very nice Monday tune, since it's super gloomy in Philadelphia. 




Music Monday: March 24, 2014

Even though it may snow tomorrow [insert Charlie Brown "AUUUUUGH" here], we're still in full-blown spring mode over here. And just because winter is knockin' on our door again doesn't mean we're going to pack up our sunny weather vibes. This week, we've got a fresh batch of new tunes to keep everyone groovin' well into April. Corbin

Cyril Hahn - Getting There
Oh, y'know, just a killer dance floor-filler from Cyril Hahn. If Cyril Hahn is a new name for you, check out this and this

Ben Khan - Youth
Ben Khan, veteran Music Monday super producer, has another one for us. This one really utilizes a classic break sample and a wider vocal. What a great, great track. It's kind of insane. It has that '80s romantic aura.

Ten Walls - Walking With Elephants
New track from Ten Walls. If you're unfamiliar with Ten Walls, they have the enigmatic Gotham as well as the minimal but solid Requiem. They're all very epic and drawn out, in a good way. The backing string section in this one draws me in.

Pattern Is Movement - Climb To Me
This track has that new-wave college vibe to it. It's reminiscent of the late '90s college jam sound, but updated with new sounds and arrangements. Pattern Is Movement have an extensive tour planned that you can check out on their Soundcloud page. 

Timber Timbre - Curtains!?
This makes me think of Nick Cave. Anyone remember the scene in Scream when they are showing the town with a curfew and they play Nick Cave?

Music Monday: March 17, 2014

SXSW may be done, but that doesn't mean we are! To fill the void of the around-the-clock sounds of Austin (and the bajillion tacos that were consumed during the past two weeks), we cooked up a fresh batch of songs to kick off the official start of festival season AND the first week of spring. Yes, it's the beginning of another long work week, but by typical Monday standards, this is one that's totally worth celebrating! Corbin

Tirzah - No Romance
Greco-Roman, you've done it again, with a killer chill new track from Tirzah, taken from the forthcoming No Romance EP out April 21. 

Oliver Wilde - Play & be Saved
Another fantastic track from Oliver Wilde! While Music Monday has heard another Oliver Wilde track some time ago, this one is a bit harder and less Radio Dept. I'm looking foward to this album: The stinging guitars with the soft pillowy vocals sound really, really good. 

DJ DJ Booth - C U L8r
Activia Frenz Vol. 1 comes out March 17 and so far all of the previews of this compilation are great. This selection is bouncy, along the lines of Cashmere Cat and Arnold—and with a great artist name to boot.

Jacques Greene - No Excuse
Jacques, the now veteran broken beat dance producer, doesn't need to make any excuses for his music. This song is off his forthcoming EP on LuckyMe Records, which we're big fans of over here. This is one label we're staying "Faithful" to.

Sky Ferreira - You're Not The One (Cid Rim Remix)
Here's Cid Rim's take on Sky's big hit of last year "You're Not The One." If you dig it, we recommend you follow it up with "Draw," another one of our favorite remixes by the artist.

Music Monday: March 10, 2014

Here are five of our favorite tracks for this week, bringing us from Monday all the way to Friday! If these don't get you dancing, then check your pulse because you might be dead. Corbin

Phoenix - SOS In Bel Air (Ariel Pink's Krystal Bamboo Remix)

The always surprising and low-key Ariel Pink puts his spin on a Phoenix track. This track is really chill and has that cool '50s vibe that Ariel Pink is known for. Good way to start off the week. 

T. Williams & Shadow Child - Want You To
This is one of those "finger-gun" songs. Both of these dudes are veterans, and thanks to these two, some of the best UK bass/house tracks in recent years have been produced. Check out T Williams - Three Letters, and Shadow Child - 23. You've been warned. You may want to save this until Friday at like 4:30pm.

Holiday Sidewinder - Carousel
Solid pop track. All around good sound and everything is executed properly. 

Wild Beasts - Wanderlust (The Field Remix)
This is The Field remixing Wild Beasts. This one speaks for itself. As a bonus, here is a track that was a remix of The Field by Sonn. The Field creates an almost mechanical sound that is amazingly therapeutic. 

Lil Spook - Without U (Prod. Greaf)
Take a spin on this one and see what's good. This one is along the same lines as Yung Lean for me.