If the band-name pun doesn't tip you off as to Jahcoozi's, um, energy, singer Sasha Perera will not leave you in the dark for long. "Skankin barefoot be a global movement," she coos on "Barefoot Dub," Barefoot Wanderer's first track, "gotta find a place for a barefoot temple." You won't need the remaining 10 tracks to figure out that this temple's location is not far from Black Rock City. Read more »
Rui Maia, who also records under the moniker of Maia, is now operating under the Mirror People alias. The Portuguese producer certainly has a knack for the tropical-tinged, slightly psychedelic disco that Bear Funk loves, and "Rare Jewels" is no exception. With a bouncing bass, a synthesized steel-drum melodic line, and dreamy synths creating a lush sonic jungle, the piece is an instant earworm that could easily have appeared on one of Sergio Mendes' '80s disco experiments. A breathy female vocal would send it over the top, but as it is, "Rare Jewels" is a delight that makes one even more excited for Maia's upcoming 12" on Permanent Vacation. In the meantime, Mirror People's The Heart of the Sun EP is available for free download right here.
Due to popular demand, Asthmatic Kitty is soldiering on with two additional volumes of their Library Catalog Music series. Volume 7 was put together by Instruments of Science & Technology (a.k.a. Richard Swift), while direction of the 8th installment was handed to Oakland sound designer and electronic musician Kristin Miltner. "Dreaming Longing" is the first offering from her Music for Dreaming and Playing record, and its sound isn't exactly easy to describe. Imagine the most beautiful CD skip in the known universe, stretch it for nearly 8 minutes, add extra bleeps and etheral vocals to the mix, and you might have an approximation of what Miltner's piece sounds like, but this doesn't do "Dreaming Longing" justice. A soft journey to another world, the track is like Yasunao Tone on laudanum, which is certainly a good thing.
It's hard to quantify, but it seems like John Hughes movies really did a fucking number on a huge swath of the human populace—at least folks between the ages of 18 and 45. How else can you explain Teen Daze, whose sentimental electronic bliss-pop often sounds like something from the soundtrack to 17 Candles: Long Duk Dong's Revenge? Here the young Vancouver producer covers "New Theory," the original of which appeared on Washed Out's Life of Leisure EP. And while the music's cultural reference points might be familiar, we'd be lying if we said that this didn't touch some warm, squishy place inside and make us want to overcome some teen-angst-related struggles. (via Pitchfork)
Music lover, video maker, and Texas native Tommy Boy put together a lengthy mixtape based around his admiration for what he calls the "love triangle" between Houston, Dallas, and Austin. The tunes were initially mixed at the behest of Vice UK. Read more »
Though you may know Londoners Mock & Toof better for their nu-disco remixes, "Suppress Your Feelings" throws those funky sounds out the window with grace and aplomb. Like a low-key Morgan Geist track, the piece features lush synths, distorted guitar bits, and a plodding beat that rides behind plaintive vocals somewhat reminiscent of the Junior Boys' Jeremy Greenspan. Though the lyrical content is rather depressing, "Suppress Your Feelings" has a regal flair made for gray days walking around Camden Town. Taken from the duo's debut full-length, Tuning Echoes, which comes out this week.
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