Founded in New York in 2012, O.C.A.D. is an amazing duo of a top-notch dancer and choreographer Olivia Cipolla and a talented singer, rapper, and producer Arie Dixon. Not only do these two deliver compelling and exciting live performances, but they also write and produce their own music, which is just as amazing.
Stockholm duo Kate Boy have proudly and honorably carried the torch of Knife inspired brand pop for the last few years alongside . They recently released their debut album One which is chalk full of gloomy bangers highlighted by their first single “Northern Lights”.
To be fair this track came out a while back, but for those unfamiliar with Kate Boy it serves as a great introduction to their ghostly anthems. Their sound is evocative by nature, so when you throw in sky-high choruses with lyrics like “Everything we touch it turns to gold/So never ever let go” you’ve got a nearly foolproof formula to get listeners hearts soaring out of their chests.
Animal Collective has shared a brand spankin’ new track titled “Floridada” from their 2016 LP Painting With. The track showcases a lot of what makes Animal Collective amazing and utterly unique from anyone else that has, is or ever will make music; lighthearted, bizarre, and incredibly intricate.
While some of my favorite Animal Collective moments are introspective, headphone-type jams (think “My Girls” or “What Would I Want? Sky”) this track makes me want to open the blinds and let some of that Floridada sunshine in.
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This is mostly just an appreciation post. There’s no new music from Tennyson sans a wavy, hazy, interlude-ish thing from last month. If anything, I’m just super-pumped that my With You 7” should be shipping soon. Tennyson is definitely on my shortlist of best bands that broke this year. The Edmonton brother-sister duo is made up of Luke Tennyson and Tess Pretty, and they make jazz-infused electronic tunes that call to mind FlyLo, BADBADNOTGOOD, and Bonobo.
The twist is that they’re 18 and 16 years old. They’re currently supporting Secret Songs Label-boss, Ryan Hemsworth, on his Sucker for Punishment Tour and building buzz snowball-style.
Tennyson manages to combine their youthful humor with a professional approach and the result feels incredibly current. An edition of 500 With You 7-inch’s along with B-Side, Lay-by, should be shipping soon, and won’t be around for long. With You is an urgent, atmospheric 2-step track with a breadth of samples that will make your head spin, while Lay-by is a gauzy, romantic cut that calls to mind boxed wine and 3am phonecalls. Both tracks are below, alongside a compilation of releases from 2014. Enjoy The Eargazm!