Elizabeth Harper, most popularly known as Class Actress, first showed up on Electric Panda Music back in 2011. Maybe it’s a sign of my changing personal tastes but, while I’ve always been a fan, the new “GFE” just wasn’t doing it for me. Too 80s, too drowned out, too slow. Luckily, Los Angeles producer SNBRN came along and scooped this lost child up, turning it into the sensual and dark jam it deserved to be in the first place. When your song is referencing a term used in prostitution, it needs to get a little filthy and this was just the trick. No pun intended.
It’s probably best to start out this blog post with a disclaimer that I’m kind of an instant sucker for anything that reminds me of Stevie Nicks or Fleetwood Mac (hence my long love affair with Rilo Kiley back in high school and college but, I digress). From that lens it’s easy to see why I love this single from Italian producer Addal. “Morning In Love” sounds like a housed-out Stevie Nicks ballad. Imagine if “Tango In The Night” wasn’t a mostly shitty album, this is what could have been.
Alright so I don’t have a lot to go off here because her internet presence is a little sparse, but this track randomly popped up in my SoundCloud feed and I just couldn’t let it go. Not only are the lyrics soft, beautiful and somber but apparently Clara La San produces her own beats too. The song stands alone wonderfully in its minimalist R&B beauty, but I also can’t help but feel like this would be ripe for some excellent remixes. She just released another track a month ago, so let’s hope there is still more in store from this talent.
Alright so there are several reasons why I love this song so much, some of which may or may not apply to you specifically so bear with me here. First of all, the track from former Odd Future members Matt Martians and Syd the Kid features Montreal producer Kaytranada, who seems to be on a real come up right now. Secondly, in light of my mother country’s landmark Supreme Court decision to legalize same sex marriage across the country, it feels more than just appropriate to share a track with Syd the Kid sweetly crooning to her lady love interest. Lastly, your Monday is probably lacking in sexy and this one is hot as fuck. Might have to unbutton the top button after a quick listen.
The Internet’s third album Ego Death drops tomorrow, June 30th.
Rock is a dying art. LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy called it years ago in “Losing My Edge,” singing “I hear you’re buying a synthesizer and an arpeggiator and are throwing your computer out the window because you want to make something real. You want to make a Yaz record.” It’s true that the alternative scene has become incredibly soft, leaning more toward electro pop and an overall strange flirtation with EDM and R&B. There are a few artists here and there like Metz and Savages keeping the torch alive, but that’s more the exception to the rule. It’s a welcome continuation of form, then, that Foals’ latest single off their upcoming album of the same name is a blistering rock anthem worthy of throwing the horns up for. What Went Down drops August 28th.