Hey, meet Chris Malinchak. He’s a New York-based producer with one of the smoothest tracks to come out this year. “So Good To Me” plays out like the resolution music in an introspective indie flick. I don’t know what it is about those comforting coos breathing over a perfectly silky ocean of beats, but I’ll be damned if the first 30 seconds of this track alone doesn’t leave you with a big smile on your face. If not some temporary feeling of self-affirmation.
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Ohhhh snap! After rave reviews for St. Lucia‘s six track release this year and electrifying live performances, a full length is on the way. A gem of the HeavyRoc Music and Neon Gold rosters, they’ve released a stream for “September” ahead of an album release scheduled for sometime next year. The new jam is a slow building, atmospheric dance number that’s heavier than previous tracks. There’s a serious 90s house influence here, sounding like it was pulled straight out of the Trainspotting soundtrack. Dare you not to dance.
Usually two guys with nothing but guitars is only a recipe for subway platforms. But this duo from Eagle Rock, California capture a sound almost long forgotten on their album, Prologue, released last year. “New York” tells a melancholy tale of waiting around in the big city for a wayward love to come around.
Not a bad place to kill some time.
Looks like she’s finally answered the “Can she do it again?” question. After the massive release of her “212″ single backed by Lazy Jay, it was uncertain if Azealia Banks was a flash in the pan or the real deal. She’s back with the Diplo-powered “Fuck Up The Fun,” showcasing everything we loved about “212″ – endless sass, spitfire delivery and a sick beat.
I’d say as long as she has talented producers behind her (and she will), Banks is ready to tear into the rap game. Tracks prior to “212″ failed because they were stagnant and didn’t allow her to light up the way she does best. But things appear to be much different now and 2012 should see her on a much larger stage.
She’s getting enough blog attention from this one to do without my post, but owning many shares of her on Tastemaker X I felt obliged to add to the pot.
Brooklyn dream pop trio Chairlift are out with some new tunes on their second LP, Something. Apparently they’ve lost their snob credibility after appearing in an iTunes commercial but really, who gives a shit?
They’ve embraced the 80s as any self respecting dream/electro pop would, with a lot of similarities to the popular stuff Class Actress has been doing. Where Elizabeth Harper’s work may be a little too Brooklynized, Chairlift offers a much deeper, velvety experience. They don’t belong in your arms, they belong in your ears! (Awwwwww SNAP!)
Buy the Something LP on iTunes