So Ariel Pink unveiled a new song today, and it's currently locked in a battle to the death with the new Lady Gaga video for the crown of "which internet thing have we been forwarded the most today?" Looks like the Gag-ster is going to win that battle since even our moms are freaking out about it, but take heart, Ariel Pink fans—there's no shame in second place. "Round and Round" comes from a new 7" that will be released on April 26, and is also slated to make an appearance on the forthcoming, as-yet-untitled Ariel Pink and the Haunted Graffiti album. Oh yeah, in case you're wondering what it sounds like, Mr. Pink has turned up the production quality and busted out with a psychedelic '70s, multipart-harmony, Partridge-Family-pop vibe. Groovy.
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New York's The Golden Filter sound like a mid-'80s Italo band with an icy Nordic gloss, particularly on "Hide Me," which channels Doctors Cat's anthemic qualities as much as Annie's synthetic love-pop. Arpeggiated bass propels the track, with lush pads and tinkling melodic flourishes riding on the same wavelengths as vocalist Penelope's thin, breathy vocals. With extensive tour dates coming up, including an multiple performances at SXSW this week, The Golden Filter are ready to take the synth-pop world by storm.
Though "MIDI Drift" is said to be born of a video concept involving corporate offices, a KGB-involved vixen, and a pair of Camrys, the actual sounds on the track by production duo Games are far more heart-on-sleeve than erotic espionage. The team—made up of Daniel Lopatin of Oneohtrix Point Never and Joel Ford of Tigercity—immediately presents us with a host of synths that seem to plead for us to shower them with love and attention. The flurry gives way to a standard dance beat and bouncing bass synth to set the track's groove before smoothly chopped vocal samples and another host of vintage synth tones come back to carry away the rest of our affections.
Fresh from her latest single released on her new Opit label, Subeena's given us an exclusive, unreleased track that eludes exact classification. Moving from a spacey dubstep to a more bumping house beat with a bit of funky thrown in for good measure, "Morphic Chaos" could fit right next to anything from the latest L-Vis 1990 slice to a slower Detroit number, particularly given its gut-rumbling bass.
The All City label has really been bringing the funk fire recently, what with its amazing 10" series devoted to LA artists and now this boogie number from Portland native Devonwho. Channeling the thick synths and stuttering beats of Dam-Funk, "Keepthefunkalive" is a short, sweet track with an infectious melodic hook. Its only flaw is that it doesn't stretch on for longer!
Kansas native Norrit shows how it's done on this floor-filler, moving skillfully from a jazzy French touch sound to something a bit more garage by the piece's end. With lush vocal samples and deep, soft synths, it's no wonder that everyone from Doc Daneeka to Salva have given "Nobody Baby" the remix treatment on Now Jack Swung, the Think 2wice EP from which this track is taken. Chrissy Murderbot also gets in on the remix action, contributing a juke mix of another track from the EP, which is available now.
Brooklyn's noise-pop scene just got a little bigger. Coming from bands such as Apes, The Mall, and Medications, the four members of Screens showcase their penchants for big drums, toy keyboards, and far-away vocal delivery on the song "Saturdays." This snippet from their recently finished full-length album is short and, well, short. In a minute and a half we're treated to heavy bits of HEALTH-like percussion matched with droning synths and words we're sure no one but the singer himself could actually decipher—the whole thing disappearing just as quickly as it came together.
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