Song to watch
Chromeo featuring Toro Y Moi – Come Alive
For me, these guys nail it every time and are the true gurus of 80s synth pop. Dave1’s voice is as captivating as always and his melodies are on point, throw in Chaz’s own smooth tones for a verse along with a falsetto duet and you have a masterpiece. No breaking ground from Chromeo here but that is exactly why it works. Also a very rad video which we wouldn’t expect any other way; damn its been way too long between albums.
Charli XCX – Allergic to Love
This is a cover of a song by Swedish band Snuffed By The Yakuza. It brings to mind of what it would be like if a sexy female fronted a band like TV Colours. ‘Nuff said.
Best Video Clip
Marijuana Deathsquads – Ewok Sadness
Wow. I don’t even know where to begin with this video. These guys have delivered potentially the best and most thought provoking video we will see all year. Even if you arent into beats, it’s worth a watch. Poor Ewok, I’m here for you man.
We raved about Steppin’ Off when it came out but somehow we kind of missed the 9 track album when that was released. This critical oversight was brought to my attention when Bedroom Suck Records uploaded one of the standout tracks, China White to Soundcloud. China White is a brilliant exploration of chilled out guitar pop from the duo.
The band manage to capture that old school laid back guitar pop vibe that is equal parts garage, surf and folk. Their repetitive and captivating guitar riffs are pure magic to anyone with ears.
Featured local band
I only discovered this Melbourne dude recently, which I’m quite ashamed of as he appears to have been on quite a few people’s radars for a while now. He manages to pull of super catchy tunes without having them fall immediately into a pop category. His style is very much along the lines of LCD Soundsystem, experimenting with repetition, organic sounds and seductive melodies.
His latest track is Riddles Come Undone, a fairly long track that gets it done right. It all sounds very genuine without sounding amateur, keen to see where things take this guy in the future.