Following a remix of their tune “Here is the Place” by Thomas Datt, London synth-pop duo Empathy Test has had its music put in the hands of others once more, this time the Parisian dark synth-pop outfit Minuit Machine (“Midnight Machine”). That French band has taken up the task of re-inventing the Empathy Test number “Throwing Stones”, adding a distinctly M83-esque vibe to the music.
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If you want to attract attention in today’s pop music, which is more ephemeral and virally driven than ever before, the more enormous and attention-grabbing the hook, the better. In the case of Daisha’s percussive new single, “Hiyah, bitch!” is certainly that.
The stripped-down, pulsating track, which is cut from the same cloth as Rihanna, M.I.A., Santigold, Azealea Banks, and Kanye West’s Yeezus, is murky, confrontational, and playful, its in-your-face chorus countered by some whimsical stream-of-consciousness wordplay. And wait, is that the Florida State War Chant in there as well? Either way “Hiyah (F.O.H.)” is as catchy as all get-out, and we’re pleased to premiere it here.
A collaboration between American singer Justin Taylor, Finnish producer Jaako Manninen (of Beats and Styles notoriety), and multi-instrumentalist and producer Ryan Malina, Jutty Ranx scored a surprise European hit in 2012 with “I See You”, which went double platinum in Italy and topped seven million views on YouTube. Three years later they’re set to release Discordia, an ebullient blast of R&B-tinged EDM, whose modern, international take on soul and dance is certain to appeal to fans of Daft Punk and Chromeo, and which we’re more than pleased to premiere here today.
“It’s all rock n roll”, Empty Flowers say of their genre of music on their Facebook page. One spin of “Comb Over”, a track from their upcoming record Four, and all you’ll be able to say for yourself is, “No kidding.” With a brooding, palpable energy, “Comb Over” is evidence enough that rock music runs deep in Empty Flowers’s musical DNA.
The group’s rock cred is made even more apparent by the collaborations it did on the remix record The Air You Found, released last year, which features interpretations of the tracks from its previous LP, Five. The remixes were done a a who’s-who of hard rock and metal players, including members of Gorguts, ISIS, and Khanate, among others.
In a review of Galactic‘s gig at the Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach, California earlier this year, PopMatters’ Greg M. Schwartz calls the group “one of New Orleans’ best sonic flavors.” Although these road-worn instrumentalists have more than aptly proven their musical chops over the course of their 20 years together as a band, they are certainly capable of reining in the solos and focusing on songs. “Into the Deep”, which features Macy Gray‘s powerful pipes at the front of the mix, is a fine example of Galactic’s songcraft, and it bodes well for the rest of the forthcoming Into the Deep LP. Soulful and groovy without ever being overly flashy, “Into the Deep” is a snippet of Galactic at their most enthusiastic.