Chicago instrumentalists Russian Circles released word of a new album the other day along with a new song off said album titled “Mladek”. The album is going to be called Empros, and its going to be hitting stores on October 25th via Sargent House.
Check out and download this new dark, but still atmospheric track below.
Another track off of Sigur Ros’ new live release Inni was released today, and as always its pretty gorgeous, even for a live mix. No official date has been set for the release, but it is available for order over on Sigur Ros website. It’s a pretty hefty price of $79 bucks, but it comes with a bunch of cool stuff including an “artefact” from the live show itself.
For the exchange of an email, you can get the live version of Ný Batterí below, or just listen to the soundcloud.
Feist announced a few months back that she was going to be releasing a new full length at the beginning of October, and we got to catch a glimpse with the single “How Come You Never Go There”. The single was the perfect display of Feist’s talent, both instrumentally and vocally.
Her new album Metals is now available for streaming for only the exchange of an email address below. Git er done!
Wavves, ever since his emergence back around 2007 has slowly been changing the surf/beach rock and indie scene with his low-fi production style and “fuzzy” string sounds. He has almost always displayed pretty positive vibes on his releases, with many references to weed, the beach and not doing a whole lot of anything. While simple, these references/influences tied with Nathan’s catchy rhythms and some groovy vocals to top it off make for some great summertime music.
So, not a whole lot has changed in general with Wavves on this new EP, except for his lyrical content. What Nathan actually talks about on this album is noticeably different (which you can guess from the title of the EP). Nathan is displaying more emotion on these tracks, whether its regret, anger, etc. On the track “Bug” he essentially spends the whole song saying that “You’re no fun, you’re just dumb” while on the tracks “Nodding Off” and “Poor Lenore” he blames God. Though the lyrics do display some pessimistic overtones, he gives reference to a bunch pretty normal problems, like not being able to get up off the couch because your too lazy or waiting for someone to call. There’s probably a lyric somewhere on this EP that applies to the “Life Sux” in everyone, which makes the album a bit easier to connect with. The lyrics may be a little sadder than some of Wavves other stuff, they aren’t necessarily delivered in a way that shows this. The lines are delivered like any older catchy Wavves lyric; it’s as if he is trying to fill you in that sure life sucks but hey, who cares?
Though the lyrics present a distinctly negative outlook on this EP, the instruments seem to do otherwise. There are some slower paced moments on the EP, but that doesn’t prevent Nathan from tossing in one of his great catchy guitar riffs to liven the track up. Wavves also got some well-fitting musical accompaniment on this EP, with collaborations with Best Coast and members of Fucked Up. The usual great (obviously heavily distorted/muffled) guitar work of Nathan Williams along with his new lyrical approach make this album a bit more contrasting that other Wavves releases, but it is no less enjoyable.
Knoxville’s Coolrunnings just posted a new mp3 over on the Dracula Horse soundcloud page, and has made it available for free download. The track has a slightly hazier feel than the stuff Coolrunnings released earlier this year on their Dracula is Only the Beginning full length, but its still as catchy as ever.
I can’t say that I’ve ever considered bass-heavy, dub and club beats to be my favourite sounds in music, but this new track by Chicago’s Midnight Conspiracy has an undeniable groove to it. It hits hard too, but not hard enough that your ears are ringing by the end of it. The beats on this track are also pretty heavy as well, making for one hell of a club track, even if thats not usually what we post on here. Personally I haven’t heard much from this outfit other than a couple remixes, but this song shows how good they are with writing as well as just remixing.
Whether this is your cup of tea or not, its a track worth checking out.
A fresh track from UK Producer Gold Panda, one of our favourite “beat music” artists here at the beat farm. The new track “An Iceberg Hurled Northward Through Clouds”, although its song name is long, it pretty acurately describes the vibes in the song. It starts very gently, with the sounds of chimes in the wind and slowly builds into a quick paced, but gentle beat that carries you through this new icy soundscape Gold Panda has mastered.
Definately one of the softer tracks we’ve heard from Gold Panda in a while, and I’m digging it. Check it out for yourself below.
Yuck, and the people over at Fat Possum announced a little while ago that they would be releasing a deluxe, double-disc version of Yuck’s great self titled debut. The deluxe version is to feature a couple new songs as well as B-sides to many of the groups singles that were released throughout the year. We got to hear one of the tracks a couple weeks back “Cousin Corona”, which was previously unheard as well as the B-sides “Milkshake” and “Doctors In My Bed”.
Needless to say everything Yuck has put out this year hasn’t disappointed, and these extra songs are just as good. Listen to the newest installment from the deluxe LP, “Soothe Me” below. Since I didn’t post “Cousin Corona” when it was released, ill put it down there as well.
The 2 disc deluxe version comes out October 11th via Fat Possum
Another new track off of Atlas Sound’s new EP, this one is just as soft and dreamy as the last. The projects only member, Bradford Cox is only growing on his previous material from last year, and it seems like Parallax will not disappoint one bit. Check out the song below.
Here’s another gathering of great remixes that some of you may not have heard recently. This week there are 2 great new Radiohead remixes, as well as remixes by Star Slinger, Moths, Peaking Lights and more. Check em out!
Generally we just post single mp3’s on the beat farm, but more and more artists are releasing their albums for stream before the actual release. Considering a lot of new albums are heard before the release anyways, this makes you feel a little better about it. Anyways, we’ve got 3 great new albums for you to listen to, and here they are.
First off is Stefanie Franciotti’s solo project Sleep∞Over with her hazy, dream-pop debut full length Forever.
Next up is another solo project, this time by Trevor Powers, a.k.a. Youth Lagoon with his first full length “The Year of Hibernation”, which takes you through a hazy, but still somewhat bright emotional journey.
Unfortunately you cannot stream this album on this page however. To give it a listen, follow THIS LINK.
And finally, the great blend of indie and pop that is The Dum Dum Girls. Check out their newest album “Only In Dreams” in it’s entirety below.
M83’s Anthony Gonzales released the single “Midnight City” from his upcoming double album about a month ago, and it had everyone stoked for the release. The full album has found its way onto the internet, and I for one am not dissapointed with the new album at all. Stereogum even made a premature evaluation of the album too. Considering that, not many of the tracks on the new release hit me as hard as Midnight City. Also since the release of the single, many artists have had their hands at remixing it.
The Midnight City EP is available for stream and purchase below. The EP features the Trentmoller remix we posted last week as well as another by Big Black Delta.
After already releasing a great full length earlier this year, indie rockers White Denim have announced a new EP for 2011. It’s called Your Work Space and it will be coming out on October 25th via Downtown Records. One of the cuts off of the EP has been released today, and you can listen to and download it below.
Since White Denims release earlier this year D ended up being on my mid-year list, this EP may just make it on there as well.
A fresh track from Italian-Belgian producer/DJ Aeroplane. He definitely turned us onto his stuff last year with his great release “We Can’t Fly” and has just dropped a new track on to his Soundcloud page titled “Big Boys Don’t Cry”.
"Big Boys Don’t Cry" is just as big a jam as any song off "We Can’t Fly", so lets hope that its featured on some kind of future release. Give the song a listen and download below, and be sure to check Aeroplane’s Soundcloud for monthly mixtapes.
Twin Shadow is the solo project of retro indie rocker George Lewis Jr, and he definitely turned us onto his stuff last year with his groovy debut “Forget”. Since then, he has been playing shows almost non stop from festivals, to a performance on Jimmy Fallon, and yet he still found the time to write a great new track which he titled “Changes”.
The song starts off with an almost dark sounding bass rhythm, but soon builds into the usual blend of smooth guitars and keys with a groovy beat. Listen and download the single below.
Since this is the first of hopefully many mini-reviews here on the beat farm, I’ll start with an intro on how our reviews will work. These reviews aren’t for tearing an album apart into pieces, and then picking out every little inconsistency. They are reviews to give any new listeners an idea about what they’re about to listen to. Each review will be given a rating, but this rating is simply the opinion of the reviewer, meaning you may like it more, or less. Now onto the review!
Neon Indian - Era Extraña
Era Extraña is technically the second full length LP by chillwave guru Neon Indian (Alan Palomo), and it is an album jam-packed with loads of synths, modulators, and very retro and muffled sounding beats. Given the main instruments in the making of this album, it could be very easy to overwhelm listeners with too much going on at once (especially since it seems like Palomo has at least 20 different synths). Yet, there isn’t a point on this album where any of the many different modulations or effects become unenjoyable. Palomo keeps the production on this LP very low-fi, which means he is staying true to the roots of his music. The keyboards all have a very raw and analog sound, which paired with the already retro sounding drums gives this thing a very groovy and vintage feel which is undeniably enjoyable.
Alan Palomo’s voice lends itself to the music perfectly too, it’s soft when it needs to be, but also enunciates enough to understand the lyrics, unlike some other chillwave outfits. Its obvious that Palomo has found the sound that he want and likes, and he doesn’t seem to want to change it anytime soon, which is fine with me. The interlude tracks “Heart: Attack, Decay and Release” are all very soft and dreamy tracks that sometimes even give the LP a M83 vibe, and allow the tracks to flow very well.
While still holding onto the sound presented in his first LP “Psychic Chasms”, Neon Indian has only taken this a step further to create what was an all around enjoyable album.
We just recieved news via e mail of the tragic loss of Ed Banger Records DJ Mehdi. Not a lot has been released regarding his death, but Bob Cornelius Rifo of Bloody Beetroots and other electronic artists have tweeted to confirm.
Regardless of how Mehdi lost his life, any tragedy like this is felt by the whole world. Even if you weren’t a listener of DJ Mehdi’s stuff, he did a lot to bring the electronic and DJ to a higher level, and he won’t be forgotten for that. R.I.P.
For those who never got to hear or appreciate Mehdi’s art, give the song “Tragicomehdi” a listen off of Ed Bangers “Let The Children Techno” compilation.