Rhythm. Soul. Congo. I present the track to send you off into your three day weekend, wherever it may take you, a song that radiates the art of feeling good so perfectly that it drives tingles from your fingers to your tapping toes. Steady tribal beats meet a choppy chorus and the perfect blend of synth pop, made complete by Ian Bevis’ distinct and captivating vocals. Bear Mountain is comprised of Vancouver BC’s Bevis and friend Kyle Stratham, and what started as a pet project has turned into an official album release this week, XO, via Last Gang Records. They remind me of Tanlines meets Passion Pit, with loads more restraint, and I have been getting lost in the album and smiling to myself all morning.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I do, and have a wonderful safe long weekend. We are unplugging and heading up to camp along the Yuba River in Northern Tahoe, captured above. #indie/tory
Today’s Indie: Get Lucky / Daughter (Daft Punk cover)
‘so let’s raise the bar / and our cups to the stars’
London trio Daughter take on Daft Punk’s first single off of Random Access Memories, and the result is an unlikely cover of an inescapable song. The hushed yet fierce vocals of Daughter’s Elena Tonra from the band’s BBC Radio One Live Lounge performance captivated my ears, like just about everything that she sings. As a bonus track, here is Atlas Genius’ take on the same tune.
Today’s Untz: Crickets (Viceroy Remix) / Drop City Yacht Club
Jewels & Sapphires (Goldroom Remix) / Owl Eyes
What a wonderful day here in the city of San Francisco. It’s sunny and warm outside and we’ve been space blessed with releases from both Viceroy and Goldroom. And since they recently played here in the city together I figured I’d highlight both tracks.
Both are ripe for good weather and good times. Whether that’s on a sunny beach, in a sunny park, or a decked out school bus chillin on the side of a San Francisco street. Enjoy! #tom
Today’s Indie: One Day – Reckoning Song (Wankelmut remix) / Asaf Avidan & The Mojos
‘one day baby we’ll be old, oh baby we’ll be old / think about all the stories that we coulda told’
Well we made it to Friday so here is some indie to put a pop into your step as you head into your weekends, a great rework on a song by Israeli folk rock band Asaf Avidan and the Mojos.
It is hard to avoid the recurring chorus of ‘one day baby we’ll be old’ in this track, and songs that focus on the inevitability of the passing of time and our circling around the sun can sometimes cause a fear in me, or a lump in the back of my throat. Yet this one makes me want to get on my feet / dance / run / move / live in the moment in a brilliant way… one day we will be old, let’s have some stories to tell. #indie / tory
Today’s Untz: Right There / Deepjack & room4space (NYDY Sunrise Edit)
“Turkish producer and DJ Emre Senol, who is known to electronic music fans as room4space, begun experimenting with electronic music a few years back and started producing his own sunset inspired music with tropical nu disco vibes, sweet vocals and funky basslines not long ago.
Playing in various well known clubs and festivals such as Cream, Faces Club, Factory, Red Room, Voxx and Secer Club, has helped him gaining a good reputation in the music business.
Along with Mehmet Kurudere, who uses Deepjack for his deeper productions and has released various bouncy and melodic tracks in recent years, the duo decided to give us their latest edit exclusively for you.” -NDYD
Today’s Indie: Am I that Lonely Tonight / Justin Townes Earle
Wont be the Last Time / Justin Townes Earle
‘maybe I broke myself a promise / that I never meant to keep / it won’t be the last time’
Am I That Lonely Tonight starts with, ‘I hear my father on the radio / singin’ “Take Me Home Again” … sometimes I wish I could just get away / sometimes I wish that he’d just call.’ Having a thrice Grammy winning father will do that to you, and the proceeding tracks of the album Nothings Going to Change the Way You Feel About Me Now follow a somber ripple of Justin Townes Earle’s revelations, as he weaves his words brilliantly through addictions and breakups and really, really bad nights.
While there are some great foot tappers interspersed throughout like Baby’s Got a Bad Idea, I am drawn to the slow the world down tracks on the album, with intimate storytelling that feels like it was made to be heard when you are curled up on the couch on a dreary day, taking in the quiet comfort of the rain. Special shout out to the darling Kristen for sharing. Happy Friday. #indie/tory