Somewhere between glitchy, hyperactive club bangers and Berlin minimalism sits the two-man brother act Spitzer. Though somewhat mysterious (they don't show their face in their artwork and are, at present, more known due to their own efforts than those of any record label or PR company), their punchy, energetic dance music and unfaltering love of Guns N' Roses should be enough to keep listeners intrigued.
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One of Norway's favorite sons, Kim Hiorthøy, takes a step away from his usual folktronica territory to dabble in the world of electro. My Last Day (Smalltown Supersound), is Hiorthøy's first full-length in seven years, and the jumpy synths and riffs, as well as the newly-incorporated disco flavors, are a pleasant change of pace for this artist.
"The Beautiful Ones," from L.A.-based duo The Battle of Land and Sea, is the kind of mournful, acoustic lullaby that hip emo kids enjoy crying over. The layered vocal harmonies and subtle stringed instruments add a sinister, at at times religious feel to the composition, which comes from the band's self-titled debut.
Medicine member Brad Laner, whose solo debut was released this passed Tuesday on Hometapes, has been commissioned to score the soundtrack for Eric Green's upcoming shoegaze documentary, Beautiful Noise. Here is a taste of Laner's own production work, which includes his own flavor of the shoegaze sound.
Funk is one of the most grossly overused words in music journalism, but one can't help thinking of the term when listening to The Emergency's "Spending Time." The basslines groove, the the harmonies slink, and if the vocals didn't remind us of pasty white Englishmen from the mid-'80s, we might be convinced this track is straight from the 1960s. Love those handclaps too.
Hoarse Lords–Clipd Beaks' debut for Brooklyn's Lovepump United imprint–sees the California-based band rolling out more heavy-handed synths, jagged, indecipherable vocals, and unpredictable tempo shifts. Love them or hate them, but it's hard not to pay attention to this band and its bizarre form of experimental rock.
Chilean export José Antonio "Toto" Bravo found acclaim as one-half of the Bitman and Roban duo, which combined Latin flavors with funk and hip-hop for several years. Bravo's solo work as DJ Bitman comes in the form of the recently-released Latin Bitman album, which explores a smoother, more acoustic side of multilingual hip-hop and its many sub-genres.
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