Thursday, January 30

Wild about RÜFÜS

Currently swooning about RÜFÜS (aka Rufus Du Sol due to American licensing issues). It's in the vein of Bag RaidersEvermore, and a little bit of Cut Copy even (what's up with those Australians!), it's definitely music that you want to bust some moves to. I'm currently wildly in love with this one:

Not to mention this stellar, heavy beat driven gem:


It's in the vein of Bag Raiders, Evermore, and a little bit of Cut Copy even (what's up with those Australians!), it's definitely music that you want to bust some moves to.

They are playing SXSW and Winter Music Conference, two places with exceptional music curators, indicating they are up and coming. Potentially meteorically. They have three EPs out right now (two as RÜFÜS and one as Rufus Du Sol) and all of them are spectacular. 

Thursday, January 23

Disclosure - F for You, now with 100% more Mary J. Blige

I always say that Disclosure is receiving exactly as much attention and love as they deserve. Energetic live performances, catchy songs and a seamless house+pop music blend that can only be accomplished by someone coming onto the stage as young as they are. Everyone can love them, and so they do, and so they are deserving of their meteoric rise.

Mary J Blige gets in on the action now with a remix (as in, they mixed her vocals into the song) that adds more angst and texture to the chorus. Beautiful, seamless, catchy and energetic. If these kinds of collaborations are the future for Disclosure their next album is going to be epic.




Encore: Here is that collaboration LIVE from last week.

Monday, January 13

Holy Ghost! - Late review

Holy Ghost! mostly perplexes me, while simultaneously propelling my chair-dance-party. On one side they have catchy melodies and a driving tone that draws me in. Unfortunately, they don't deliver the same catchiness with lyrics on a regular basis, and this album seems to be far from the regular basis. A little of this may be blamed on this being their sophomore album so I have to give them that benefit of the doubt while also hoping they continue to develop as musicians.

Don't let my 'meh' review dissuade you from spending time with their new album. Dynamics was released last year and I just now found out about it (something that I'd rather not admit to), but as with the previous album it took awhile for their songs to fully resonate. The doorway to that album was Hold On, and now Okay is my doorway to their new album. Driving beats and crisp lyrics give a melancholy recognition of the context around a drunk phone call. 



Further listening:
https://soundcloud.com/nickraymondg/holy-ghost-hold-on-were-going

Friday, January 3

Song of the Day: Panama - Destroyer

In the middle of our winter, Australia picks up the slack with some summer disco grooves. But a good export is made for the destination, which is what Panama has shipped via their latest EP "Always". Hopeful house & disco grooves paired with melancholy lyrics beg to be turned up on a cold, sunny day like today.

I recommend: Panama - Destroyer (free download via Soundcloud!)


If you're thinking, like I did, "Panama... those voices... sound familiar?" then I'd point you to this track (Panama - Magic; free download!) from last year. I can't pinpoint exactly where I heard it - someone's set? radio? was it the original mix or one of the remixes? - but what matters is that it wasn't the last time I heard it. Worth a few more listens.

Wednesday, January 1

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