6 Must Download Songs
This week's mixtape is all new, new, brand spankin' new! Whether it's a new band, song, or music video - I've got you covered. Because I'm a good friend like that. Enjoy!
1. Korallreven (feat. Victoria Bergsman), As Young As Yesterday
Swedish duo Korallreven are releasing their debut LP, An Album by Korallreven, on November 15th. This song, featuring vocals by Taken by Trees' Victoria Bergsman, is their latest single, out September 20th. Remixes by Panda Bear and Girl Unit will also be featured on the LP. This song has become my official farewell to summer. Bye-bye, tan. Listen!
2. Das Racist, Power
I'm strangely amused and slightly horrified by these guys. Victor Vazquez, Himanshu Suri and hype man Dap (aka Ashok Kondabolu) both satirize and revere hip-hop. The Brooklyn group caught the attention of the music world in 2008 with their YouTube hit, Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell. In 2010, they self-released two mixtapes, Shut Up, Dude and Sit Down, Man, the latter featuring a song produced by Diplo. This song, featuring Danny Brown and Despot, is off their debut full-length, Relax, released September 16th. Listen!
3. Avey Tare, Oliver Twist
Avey Tare, aka David Portner, is one of the founding members of Animal Collective (featured on a recent playlist). This song is off his solo LP, Down There, released last October. The music video, however, was just released a few days ago - and it is awesome! Jack Dubizne directed the animated clip, jam packed with crocodiles, ghosts and swamps. One of his favorite animals is the crocodile, and they were a big inspiration for his solo album. Chomp, chomp! Listen!
4. Class Actress, Weekend
Remember this little gem? Class Actress' Keep You was featured on my playlist not too long ago. This song is the second single from their forthcoming LP, Rapproacher, out October 18th. Elizabeth Harper's Brooklyn-based electro-pop group generated quite a buzz with their 2010 EP, Journal of Ardency. October 18th can't come soon enough! Listen!
5. Cut Copy, Blink And You'll Miss A Revolution
Cut Copy is one of my all-time favorites! They are a staple at any good dance party. Hailing from Australia, Cut Copy started in 2001 as a solo project by Dan Whitford. Tim Hoey and Mitchell Scott joined Whitford to record their first full-length album, Bright Like Neon Love, released in the summer of 2004. In 2006, Universal's Island Records picked up the trio's distribution, and in 2008 the band released In Ghost Colors, one of my very favorite albums. After adding a fourth member, bassist Ben Browning, they released Zonoscope in 2011. This is their latest single and the music video was directed by Emile Sornin and produced by Jules de Chateleux. Listen!
6. MGMT, All We Ever Wanted Was Everything
I've faithfully followed this band since I first saw them play in early 2007 at a hole in the wall bar in NYC. I didn't even know how to pronounce their name - Management? M-G-M-T? Until they blew up almost instantly and Time To Pretend was literally everywhere. I must have seen them play at least a dozen times since. MGMT first formed in 2002, during Ben Goldwasser and Andrew Van Wyngarden's freshman year as art students at Wesleyan University in Conneticut. After graduating, their 2005 EP Time To Pretend was released on Cantora Records. In 2006, Columbia snatched them up and they moved to Brooklyn, partnered with producer Dave Fridmann, and recorded Oracular Spectacular. This song is a cover of Bauhaus' All We Ever Wanted Was Everything, which will be released on the MGMT-curated installment of the LateNightTales compilation series on October 3. Listen!