Monday, November 25, 2013

Isaiah Rashad - Ronnie Drake Feat. SZA

Feels Like: Kendrick Lamar, David Banner, Earl Sweatshirt

Tennessee finally has a rapper to get behind and he's signed to Kendrick and Schoolboy Q's label TDE. "Ronnie Drake" features the same hazy production as good kid, m.a.a.d. city tracks like "Bitch Don't Kill My Vibe" and "The Art of Peer Pressure," while the video provides a slice of life in Rashad's hometown of Chattanooga. TDE's other new signee SZA provides the hook.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Ásgeir - Torrent

Feels Like: Jonsi, Volcano Choir, Explosions In The Sky

And the hits keep coming from Iceland!....No, really. Im serious. I did not think that would be something that I would be saying. But it is. And I am. Ásgeir is an Icelandic singer-songwriter and "Torrents" is another one of those room-filling nordic epics. The melody starts with a simple looped piano riff and Ásgeir immediately expands the feel of the song with that same sort of harmony that we have become accustomed to hearing from the likes of Sigur Rós that always seems to create sensation of space. Get a little epic on your Sunday and check it out below!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Glass Animals - Psylla

Feels Like: Jagwar Ma, Tame Impala, Alt-J

Paul Epworth, the man behind Adele's breakout jams, has started a label, and for his first signee, he's selected Oxford-based psych-poppers Glass Animals. If that's not enough of a cosign for ya, then just listen to the catchy, moody "Psylla." Much like fellow Enlgishmen Alt-J, Glass Animals combine catchy melodies, an atmospheric sound, and just the right amount of weirdness.

Kings of Leon - Beautiful War

Feels like:  The Weeks, Desert Noises, The Revivalists, The Walkmen

New video from Kings of Leon!  Check it out right here!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Hermitude - HyperParadise

Feels Like: Jamie xx, Viceroy, Phantogram

Steel drums and spaced-out vocal samples make for good electronic music. We know this. Jamie xx did it. Viceroy always does it. And now some Aussies have caught the bug. Besides having great song-naming skills, Hermitude have a knack for making music as bright and carefree as their home country. Fellow OZlectro artist Flume remixed the song and put a wonderfully muted spin on it.

Great Divide - Moorie

Feels Like: Raphael Saadiq, Lake Street Drive, Aloe Blacc

So, I'm really not supposed to be posting from work, but what the hell....some things you have to share.

This up-and-coming soul/pop/funk group out of Chicago is primed and ready to immediately capture your attention and quickly make themselves comfortable in that weird part of your brain that keeps songs playing on repeat in your head for days on end. The band has,what seems to be, that distinct Chicago-area soulful sound that you hear from the likes of John Legend, Common, and even early Kanye West records. This may be due in part to the collaboration of James Auwarter on this latest release, a co-collaborator with the likes of Mr. West, Mr. Legend, and Lupe Fiasco. This, along with the Southside of Chicago-sourced singers brought in . "Moorie" is a more gospel-tinged/soul-ed out (my pun of the day joke) offering from the group. Take a listen below, check out the self titled LP here, and look into the rest of their YouTube channel. Really cool stuff.

Vance Joy - Play With Fire

Feels like: The Head and the Heart, Death Cab for Cutie, Jinja Safari, Pepper Rabbit, Husky, The Ceremonials, San Cisco

Are you ready for some Hardcore EDM that will have you raving deep past the night and into the morning?  Well...Vance Joy is definitely not that.  But if you are looking for a nice tune to tickle your fancy, here you go.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

John Newman - Love Me Again

Feels like: Alex Clare, Bastille, Imagine Dragons

Fifa does it again.  And in the best way possible.  Try not to get addicted to this song.  Seriously, I've had this on every playlist for the past few months.  Killin' it.

Jonny Pierce - Home

Feels Like: Viceroy, RAC, Vampire Weekend, Vitek, Solange

Jonny Pierce (of Brooklyn-based indie poppers The Drums) builds quite  a slice of comfort music for a compilation from french electronic label Kitsuné. Starting with a simple, reverb-laden guitar riff, the track builds with punchy bass, distant drums, and one hell of a melody. Jonny Pierce is gearing up for the release of his debut solo album so keep your ear to the ground.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Au Revoir Simone - Crazy/Shadows

Feels like: the naked and famous, broken bells, phantogram, motopony, haim

Oh look! It's another lady pop trio.  And so we know this fairytale a bit too well, but gosh they put such a nice spin on it.  You're gonna love it.  It's just what you needed, and there's plenty more where it came from.

Too Sexy for Work: Galantis - Smile

Feels Like: Disclosure, C2C, Duck Sauce

We don't post a lot of club-friendly music here at EB, but this new jam from Galantis (a collaboration between Christian Karlsson from Miike Snow and Linus Eklow aka Style Of Eye) is a dance gem and the associated video is perfectly cheeky. It probably won't be long until you're hearing this everywhere, so strap on your Marty McFly's and jump on the hype train now.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Solange - Cash In

Feels Like: Jhene Aiko, Erykah Badu, Autre Ne Veut

Solange is back, this time with a one-off track from Saint Huron, the alt-R&B compilation she curated for her newly-formed record label, Saint Records. "Cash In" features all the elements we've become accustomed to from Solange. Harmonized vocals, hazed-out keyboards, and lots and lots of reverb. Pop the 8-track in the El Dorado and ease on in to the groove.

J. Roddy Walston and the Business - Don't Break the Needle/Used to Did

Feels like: Dawes, The Weeks, Kings of Leon, The Bright Light Social Hour, Mystery Jets

Ok, these aren't exactly the newest songs from these guys, but they are still my favorites.  Timeless.  Give it a good ole american listen, you'll be proud of yourself with the results.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

RJD2 - Temperamental (Feat. Phonte Coleman)

Feels Like: Mayer Hawthorne, Wax Tailor, Fitz and the Tantrums, John Legend

RJD2, well known for his now iconic work on the breakbeat intro for the opening credits of AMC's Mad Men, released his fifth full length studio album , More Is Than Isn't, in early October which included this soulful little tune. The breakbeat artist continues to deliver here with his surprising and unique fusion of influences that at the same time sound familiar and completely original. I know its cliche, but its almost 100% true. "Tempermental" has RJD2 enlisting the rather unlikely help of Phonte Coleman (half of the sadly-split Little Brother rap duo) on the R&B vocals. Phonte, to my joyful surprise, shines an perfectly complements the jazzed-out soul vibe of the track. Grab some late night tuneage, check out "Tempermental" below and grab the full album here. The late night humpday trifecta.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Kenna - Relations (Remix Feat. Childish Gambino)

Feels Like: Talking Heads, Funkadelic, Pharell

Somewhere between Talking Heads "Once in a Lifetime" and N.E.R.D.'s "She Wants to Move," the off-kilter funk of "Relations" is deep-set and probably not for everyone. Like a more-outfield version of Janelle Monae's "Q.U.E.E.N.," "Relations" is a song you have to settle in to, but once you do, you might find it quite comfortable. Gambino's verse adds a little bit of flavor and continues the hype build for his upcoming album.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Funeral Suits - All Those Friendly People [Nat Walker Remix]

Feels like: Funeral Suits remixed into a Fifa Soundtrack, Crystal Fighters

Check out this awesome remix for "All Those Friendly People" by Funeral Suits.  A gooder up, down and every which way.

Monday, November 11, 2013

BROODS - Bridges

Feels Like: Ellie Golding,  CHVRCHES, Alan Wilkis, Lorde

Hello brethren! I am back online for the first time in a month and a half, and I have a stockpile of audible goodies to give out. There was a slight mixup at Brethren HQ and...someone stole my laptop. That's all old news at this point, but it is good to be back. First on the list is BROODS, a synth-pop brother-sister duo out of New Zealand. You can hear a distinct similarity that the pair shares with fellow New Zealander/household pop sensation Lorde. This is derived from the fact that the same producer for Lorde, Joel Little, provided his musical assistance on the track. Check out their glossy and alluring single, "Bridges, here.   

Yo Nashville: *repeat repeat - History / 12345678

Feels Like: Dick Dale, Pete and the Pirates, Albert Hammond Jr., Cold War Kids

Taking their cues from the lush musical landscape of '60s-era California, *repeat repeat's music is full of harmony, big drums, and scuzzed-out surf rock guitar. *repeat repeat will be playing the Lou Reed tribute show tonight at the Stone Fox with The Weeks and Escondido.

Yo Nashville is a segment in which we highlight music from right here in Music City U.S.A.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Big Scary - Leaving Home

Feels Like: X Ambassadors, The xx, The Civil Wars

Australians Big Scary are like Matt and Kim, if Matt and Kim were really depressed, which would never happen cause they're Matt and Kim. But they are a guy/girl duo and they do keep things pretty simple. A little drums, a little piano, and a little guitar is all they need to get their message across. For only using those basic elements, they craft a huge-sounding song.

Monday, November 4, 2013

The Naked and Famous - I Kill Giants

Feels like: Phantogram, AWOLNATION, Lorde

Check out The Naked and Famous' newest single "I Kill Giants".  Why?  Because that one time in high school you copied your friends homework and never got caught.  And it's been tearing you up ever since.

Joe Fletcher and the Wrong Reasons - Flat Tire

Some artists get a mythic quality from their voice alone. Joe Fletcher sounds as if he's spent his entire life playing roadhouses, getting in fights with truckers, and sleeping in seedy motels. In the world of Americana, that's exactly what you want to sound like. Hailing from the same town that spawned Deer Tick (Providence, RI), Joe Fletcher pulls from some of the same dark places that fill Deer Tick frontman John McCauley's lyrics. I'd mention tour dates but I feel like this is a band you need to stumble upon on your own, when you're far away from home, in the bad part of town.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Tall Tall Trees - Waiting on the Day

Feels Like: Punch Brothers, Benji Hughes, Bela Fleck

Tall Tall Trees take the indie-folk instrumentation that's so popular with the kids these days and then make something light-years away from the more vanilla fare pouring out of, say, a Mumford. It's folk, it's funk, it's Arabian Nights. It's definitely worth checking out.