Today’s Untz: Mechanical EP / Oliver
“Oliver have found the beating heart inside the dance machine. Mechanical, their debut Fool’s Gold EP, is the result – a four track showcase of some of the funkiest, toughest, most soulful and diverse electronic music today. The festival worthy grooves of opener “MYB” perfectly segue into the moody strut of “Night Is On My Mind,” before shifting gears with the hands-in-the-air ecstasy of “Control” and riding off into the sunset on the title track’s cinematic pulse. Already in demand as remixers and DJs par excellence, the precision-engineered tracks on Mechanical boldly announce that Oliver are true artists in their own right. Plug in with them and come alive…”
Today’s Untz: Far Nearer/ Jamie xx
I think we all know Jamie xx, but just in case… Jamie Smith (known by the stage name Jamie xx) is an English music producer and remix artist, and part of the London-based band The xx.
In 2007 Smith joined The xx accompanying old school friends Romy Madley Croft, Oliver Sim, Baria Qureshi from the Elliott School, notable for alumni including Hot Chip, Burial and Four Tet. The band’s first album “xx” was released in August 2009 and went on to become platinum in the UK.
I just happen to be on a Jamie xx kick today so this is an old track. Also be sure to check out the xx’s new album Coexist. Here’s an edit below for good measure. #untz/tom
The xx – Sunset (Jamie xx Edit)
Today’s Indie: Running for Cover / Ivan and Alyosha
‘we’ve been trying with each other to unravel the age old story’
This is the first time Ivan and Alyosha have come on my radar since I fell for their song Easy to Love back in 2011, and its great to hear they are gearing up to release a debut LP on February 26th, All The Times We Had. Like Easy to Love, Running for Cover provides easy listening, feel good folk pop with a slow tap along beat and steady, yearning vocals. I am excited to hear the rest of what this Seattle quartet comes out with next month, in the meantime enjoy the single. indie/tory
Drop everything, today is a two-poster because I just came across new Cold War Kids and I can’t sit on it.
Today’s Indie: Miracle Mile / Cold War Kids
‘I’ll be alright if I could just see you’
Cold War Kids just released the first track off of their upcoming album, Dear Miss Lonleyhearts, and it is a real keep your feet off the ground/can’t wait to see this live piano jam. I am loving the pace and kick to Miracle Mile and can’t wait to track my own miles with it on my next running playlist.
It’s hard to believe it has already been almost two years since the band released Mine is Yours, which I thought had some great slow builders like Bulldozer, but lacked strong tracks with this kind of pep to them. Dear Miss Lonleyhearts sounds off to a good start. The album will be out on April 1st via Downtown Records/Cooperative Music, and the band is gearing up for big winter/spring tour. Catch them while you can. #indie/tory
Today’s Indie: I was Wrong / The Oh Hellos
The Valley / The Oh Hellos
I found the lovely The Oh Hellos via Bandcamp today and have spent the better half of the morning listening to their debut full-length album, Through the Deep Dark Valley, released last October. Maggie and Tyler Heath are a brother/sister outfit a la Angus and Julia Stone, hailing from Texas. The siblings have a co-ed Mumford and Sons feel to their sound with lots of banjo, soaring choruses and foot stomping beats, and each track is heart stirring with the highest highs and the lowest lows. Emerging music at its finest. #indie/tory
Today’s Indie: A Violet Sky / Apparat
Germany’s Apparat, aka Sacsha Ring, has released the first track off of his upcoming release, Krieg und Frieden (Music for Theater). He composed the album based on Sebastian Hartmann’s theater production of Tolstoy’s War and Peace, proving electronic artists everywhere can have brains beyond the beats. A Violent Sky is a beautiful, sprawling opus of fingers slipping across keys and slow moving, somber vocals, and it definitely has a cinematic pull to it to draw you in.
The new record will be out next month on Mute, and Apparat had the following to say about it: “i made a record and i’m quite proud of it. It’s the first record ever that didn’t hurt at some point. It’s full of imperfection because it was made by humans… Krieg und Frieden is the theatre soundtrack i wrote last year. We went to the studio and made a bit of a weird record with not many beats and lots of drones. I hope you like it.”
Today’s Untz: The Long Road Ahead / Bit Funk
Here’s a fresh track that is just about perfect for any drive. In my case that will be up towards Tahoe. If you’re somewhere warm right now well I’m jealous. I digress…
Bit Funk is a producer, remixer and DJ currently based in Brooklyn. This track is at least in my experience, much different than his other productions. The rolling keys, cut up samples, bouncing synths, and chilled out tempo of this song should fit most tastes. #untz/tom