New Pretenders

4 Feb

I’d never heard of anyone who appears in this post before say Monday. You might have your finger more firmly on the pulse than me, in which case, congratulations, but as far as I’m aware this is about as cutting edge as James Bond’s next car…

Purity Ring – Ungirthed

I like the complete mash of different styles you find in this track. It has a glitchy beat which reminds me of Star Slinger, but it’s not quite as abstract, there are some dubstep elements – fortunately well restrained and then what really sets it apart from other glitchy sample-based tracks is the use of vocals – they really take it to a new level.

Mind Spiders – No Romance

From something which sounds absolutely 2011 to something that sounds almost 1971. I don’t mean that in a bad way – nothing wrong with energetic rock. There are a few bands from across the decades who sound like Mind Spiders but there have also been legions more bands trying to sound like Mind Spiders and totally failing.

Kohwi – Reeling In The Warmth

Back to the future then with Michigan’s Kohwi, who are behind this interesting take on chillwave. It manages to sound more interesting – darker, more upbeat without sounding too far from the genre’s mainstays such as Toro y Moi and Washed Out.

Porcelain Raft – Tip of Your Tongue (Keep Shelly In Athens Remix)

So I lied, I had heard of Keep Shelly In Athens very slightly before last monday. The point still stands though. As new as they are in this remix they’ve produced something sounding rather like the work of the sadly deceased John Barry. The big band feel and the violins make this sound vaguely James Bond like – a very good characteristic indeed…

Airliner – Hush Hush

Airliner’s ‘abstract hip-hop’ reminds me of luminary DJ Shadow’s masterpiece, Midnight In a Perfect World. I know part of the beauty of this is that it’s voiceless – hip hop instrumental not for a rap focus but for a focus on the music – but you can’t deny it wouldn’t sound pretty awesome with the right kind of guy all over the top of it…

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