I’ve been a giant fan of Little Dragon for some time now and have posted their tracks numerous times since ArtistRoster’s beginning way back in 2009 (see HERE & HERE). The Gotheburg, Sweden based band Little Dragon, consists of Yukimi Nagano on vocals, along with her longtime high school friends Erik Bodin (drums), Fredrik Källgren Wallin (bass) and Håkan Wirenstrand (keyboards). I encourage you to do some research on these guys because their discography, dating back to 1996 is pretty solid. You may recognize Yukimi’s voice from numerous SUBTRKT tracks as well.
“Virgin Magnetic Material”, according to his Soundcloud page, is a remix project by Shai Vardi, a musician and artist based in Tel Aviv. That’s about all I know so far. He describes the meaning behind his remix project name as an electronic term for the core or shield material that has never been magnetized. My imagination had a better time with his name than the facts in this case. I hope to hear more from him in the future.
Bonus track from our March 2012 issue: Little Dragon – Little Man (Vindata remix)
You may remember Wild Belle from one of the July issues (HERE) when I featured the track, “Keep You”. It’s a great Jamaican/Island/Dream-Pop tune, much like the original version of “It’s Too Late” (check out the music video below to hear the original version).
Snakehips, a London producer, takes the original version of It’s Too Late and replaces any notion of their trademark island sound with a cool downtempo vibe. I think he might be a child of the 90s. Either way, this track is perfect for night owls like me.
Adam Green and Binki Shapiro, bi-coastal friends and bandmates, are releasing a full length in January 2013. Earlier this month, they released the “Fall” single with a couple bonus tracks. “Collage”, one of those bonus tracks, is pretty awesome. Adam & Binki have a 60’s folk vibe going that has become pretty hot as of late (think Leonard Cohen and Tame Impala mixed into one).
Adam Green is a pretty interesting fellow. It turns out he’s been involved in numerous facets of the creative realm. He’s an artist, director, actor, producer, member of Grammy winning band “Moldy Peaches” and in his spare time, started up a little band with Binki Shapiro. Binki, a multi-instrumentalist and songbird, is also know for being in the band “Little Joy”.
Have a listen to the bonus track “Collage” and enjoy a free download of “Here I Am”.
If you’re anything like me, it won’t bother you too much that the band “Samaris” sings entirely in Icelandic. In most cases, I’m barely listening to the lyrics anyway. I just enjoy the voice as another instrument in the mix. Don’t get me wrong, I do pick up bits of lyrics here and there, but for the most part my brain doesn’t work that way. For all I know she could be singing about how much she hates asparagus. I don’t really care.
The cinematic overtone of the song “Stofnar falla” is what sparked my interest. My imagination runs wild with the numerous plots and circumstances that this song would work well for. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, or 21 Grams, or The Social Network; any of these movies would have benefited from a song like this. My point is that you shouldn’t write off a song just because you can’t understand what they’re saying.
Way back in April, we highlighted three amazing artists from Iceland (click here), one of the artists being Samaris. The video below is for the song “Oda Tungl” that I fell in love with.
Ultraista is the brainchild of Nigel Godrich. In his spare time, he puts his producer hat on for Radiohead, Beck, Air and Beta Band. He’s also in another band you may have heard of with Thom Yorke and Flea called Atoms For Peace. You should have figured out by now that this guy is talented. Ultraista is comprised of Nigel, Laura Bettinson on vocals and Joey Waronker on drums. This remix of Ultraista – Smalltalk features the trademark rhythmic repetition that Four Tet is so good at. I”m a sucker for deep bass lines and pretty vocals. The best part of this post is that you can download the remix ep for free by clicking HERE
I’m a little late on this one, so just in case you haven’t heard of “The Zolas” yet, allow me to enlighten you. The Vancouver duo is Zachary Gray and Tom Dobrzanski. With seemingly effortless vocals, poetic lyrics and modest use of traditional instruments like keys, guitar and a drum kit, “Knot In My Heart” has embedded itself into my heart. I suggest you read the lyrics as you listen to the song and just try to tell me you don’t dig it (don’t cheat, push play first before reading on):
My friends are wilding
how winter loves wear thin
they’re cut to kindling
when summer hits our skin.
We’re like a seedling.
suck tears out of a vase
a forest fire knows
Something will take its place.
So why do I need
you’ve got that secret knock to my door.
I wake up some days with a knot in my heart
Where oh where, where are you?
It’s hard and weird not to know how your day begins
though I’m lying next to someone new.
Calm and collected.
I’m feeling nothing in the world can shake my bones.
These new distractions like growing grasses
hide the path between our homes.
20 year old Harley Streten, aka Flume is a bit of an Australian prodigy. Some have been anticipating an album from him for over seven years. At the age of 13, the young producer impressed the blogoshpere using a free production app. and since then, they’ve been waiting patiently for a full length. On November 9, Flume will release his self titled long-play via Future Classic and also available on iTunes.
I enjoy Flume’s “Insane” because it’s sexy. His use of vocal manipulation isn’t overdone, allowing Moon Holiday to show off her pipes. Flume drops a classic island beat that transports the listener to a warmer, tropical place. I love discovering music when I’m driving in my car. I’m so focused on driving that it takes a special track to make me pay attention. Flume did just that, stopping my mode of thought and forcing me to listen more intently. I can’t wait for you to experience it for yourself.
For a more in-depth analysis of Flume, head over to The Recommender where they dedicate a bunch of paragraphs on the topic.
My first introduction to School Of Seven Bells was back in 2009 when I first started this website. The song was “Connjur” from the album “Alpinisms” (Listen to the song by clicking on the YouTube video below) and it was so unique. I’ve featured them a few times since then, but Connjur is still one of my favorites.
“Secret Days”, the newest track off their forthcoming EP called “Put Your Sad Down” is another solid track from the band. Look for the release on November 13 via Vagrant Records. This track has a more upbeat tempo than we’re used to hearing from the band. It turn out that some of the songs were performed during their last tour, and they liked them so much that they decided to polish them up and give them a proper release.
School Of Seven Bells is a New York City based band consisting of Benjamin Curtis (formerly with Secret Machines) and Alejandra Deheza. Lots of sounds coming from two people if you ask me.