Archive | May, 2012

bloom

23 May

Today’s Indie: Bloom / The Paper Kites

‘oh the whole world is sleeping / but my world is you’

Aussies The Paper Kites have crafted the perfect peaceful little soundtrack for those early morning moments when you wipe the sleep from your eyes and find yourself so grateful for who you are waking up next to. Gentle harmonies, simple guitar, sweet lyrics… folk bliss.

I found this song via a tip from my friend Janine to check out 8tracks, a collection of amazing user generated playlists with crafty themes like “10 Songs for When You’re Crying Because You can’t Fit into Your Summer Bikini Anymore” (workout songs), “If I Owned Urban Outfitters” (indie rock) and “You’re My Person” (pretty self explanatory). Check it out. #indie / tory

keep it rolling

21 May

Today’s Indie: Keep it Rolling / Y LUV

‘can I just hold her now’

There is something infectious in the lead singer of Y LUV’s voice that pulls you right into their songs and keeps you there. I became reacquainted with the LA band of four USC graduates when a remix of one of their songs, Never Touch the Ground, was getting a lot of buzz on Hypem last week (for good reason) but ultimately landed back to listening to last year’s Keep it Rolling over and over and over. There is a Zelda score like sound to the slow intro, which gets cut by uptempo drums that gives the track a tap along, soaring kind of feel. Love it.

And because its Monday, that remix by Gazzo:

‘simply saying that I’m never coming down / we never touch the ground’

#indie / tory

finest hour

21 May

Today’s Untz: Finest Hour (Planas Remix) / Submotion Orchestra

This is one of my favorite tracks of all time. I was tempted to post something new especially with the onslaught of awesome music recently being released, but this is a bass heavy track that will sooth your soul.

Planas, of London, creates bass-driven music usually around dubstep tempo. He is also known as Landlord, Tarqwin Smythe, one half of Seemore Productions, and as bass player/producer for Gentleman’s Dub Club.

Submotion Orchestra is a live 7-piece project from Leeds, incorporating deep bass-driven grooves and dense textures in their progressive live dubstep sound. The centerpiece, Rachel Woods, is stunning as is her voice. Check them out. #untz/tom

discuits

18 May

Today’s Untz: Discuits / Poussez

Jafar & Maxime Cescau, aka London-based DJ/Producer duo Poussez bring us Friday’s track. Throw this one on early in your set or early in the AM because it’s a cosmic groover.

This song comes from the EP of the same name. It’s by no means new, but who cares. Take a listen, buckle up, and get ready for a smooth flight to the outer reaches of the disco cosmos. #untz/tom

redline graffiti

18 May

Editors note: today’s indie comes as a guest post from our good buddy and fellow music lover, Cyrus. This is his dog, Lily. 

Today’s Indie: Orange Stone / Redline Graffiti 

Generating a tasteful chillwave, electronica, and even at times lo-fi sound, the indie infused Redline Graffiti shines out of Washington D.C.’s Brookland. It is refreshing to hear a different type of sound come out of an area that has been predominantly focused on go-go, uninspiring rock, and hip-hop. The synthie vibes and carrying celestial vocals of ‘Orange Stone’ allow for easy listening, accompanied by supreme collisions of percussion that stimulate head nodding. And let us not forget about the guitars riffs throughout, which add that complimentary edge to this already moving melodic track. Keep up the good work Redline Graffiti, I’ll be on the look out for you! #indie / cyrus / therabidrelish

call me baby

17 May

Today’s Indie: Call Me Maybe / Ben Howard (Carly Rae Jepson cover)

‘I wasn’t looking for this / but now you’re in my way’

The best covers have the ability to totally transform a song to the point where the new version could stand on its own in its own right if the other never existed in the first place. If I had not already heard Call Me Maybe maybe several hundred times (mostly due to my own volition) and had come across this Ben Howard song I would think it a somber, slow and beautiful portrayal of the emotional perils surrounding potentially unrequited love. Heart piercing strings, rushed, hushed vocals met with pointed pauses, steady guitar… quite the departure from the third place finisher of the 2007 Canadian Idol’s deliciously buttery powderpuff of a pop song.

Howard debuted the cover on BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge this week, and I love the sincerity he delivers it with, with only a hint of a smirk during the chorus. No maybes. #indie/tory

take off

16 May

Today’s Untz: Take Off (Bob Gravity Remix) / Axton Frick

Today I want to bring you a relatively unknown producer, at least in my musical world. 20 year old producer Bob Gravity could be my kid brother. The youth movement has been in full force in the last few years. I don’t know much about you Mr. Gravity, but your deep disco dance floor grooves are lifting me off the ground. Hit us up!

As for the track itself, the original is a slow groover while the remix is meant for a night out on the dancefloor. Enjoy folks. #untz/tom