Ann Arbor “dancethink” practitioners My Dear Disco have given PopMatters the honor of introducing their new single, “It Could Be”, to the world. It’s a groovy little number that could work equally well as an Ibiza dancefloor-filler or as the soundtrack to your after party. Give it a listen below:
And as if that wasn’t enough, stay tuned for an upcoming remix by Mogi Grumbles.
Also, don’t forget to check out PopMatters’ behind-the-scenes piece today on this year’s Lollapalooza 2010, during which we follow My Dear Disco on the road to their set at 3pm, Aug. 6th on Lollapalooza’s BMI Stage.
Dive Index works in true 21st century creative fashion, tapping into talent around the world by collaborating over the Internet.
Dive Index works in true 21st century creative fashion, tapping into talent around the world by collaborating over the Internet. Frontman Will Thomas developed the musical concepts in New York and then emailed his geographically scattered vocalists and they exchanged parts of the music online. The music is diverse and not easily classified, but one hears a deep urban aesthetic across the varied grooves. While so much of this sounds polished, it does venture into the lo-fi end of things as one session took place in the changing room of a London boutique. The album from which this song “Cut” derives is titled The Surface We Divide and will be released 12 October via Neutral Music. Guest artists include Joseph Arthur, Mark Gardener (Ride), Cat Martino and Patrick Cooper. “Cut” is the dreamy and soulful debut single featuring Joseph Arthur.
The inspired "No, no, no, no / No, no, no" chant sounds like the blues incarnate, and Randolph’s whirring pedal steel is the sound of pain filtered through an instrument.
Steel guitar blues master Robert Randolph and band delve into the roots of blues and R&B on their latest album We Walk This Road. Randolph and producer T Bone Burnett mined the American musical archives for the record to produce something of an ode to 20th century American music. Along the way, Randolph and his ace band rework songs by John Lennon, Bob Dylan, and Prince, as well as older tunes. Today we have the pleasure of premiering a live video performance of “Traveling Shoes” produced by Yours Truly that includes an enlightening interview segment.
Today in his review of the album for PopMatters, Ryan Reed said of “Traveling Shoes”: “Burnett’s influence behind the boards is felt immediately, with Marcus Randolph’s drums pounding, bone-dry and big. It’s a stellar track with a sweltering groove—most importantly, it does exactly what the album aspires toward: merging the ancient and the current, proving the Road hasn’t changed a bit. The inspired ‘No, no, no, no / No, no, no’ chant sounds like the blues incarnate, and Randolph’s whirring pedal steel is the sound of pain filtered through an instrument.”
Detroit’s Alex Winston may live in the indie world of the Arcade Fire, Lykke Li, and Feist in terms of immediate musical compatriots, but Winston is also a classically trained opera singer. That’s immediately from her expansive vocal range, as well as her expertise with subtle shadings and textures, all contained within a seemingly simple little pop ditty. Winston is releasing the single “Choice Notes”—so perfectly titled—today as a double A-side limited edition 7-inch with “Medicine”. If you like what you hear, head on over to Heavy Roc Music where they are offering up The Basement EP as a free download in exchange for your email address.
As an added treat, check out Winston’s live cover of Mumford and Sons’ “White Blank Page.”
No Surrender brags about making "future music" in this tune and, guess what? They actually deliver it.
New York’s No Surrender are true genre mashers, not content to reside happily in any one category. Blending hip-hop, banging electronic beats, R&B and even indie pop is their stock and trade. They seem programmed to appeal to the OutKast and N.E.R.D. audience as the new video for “Godda Get It” proves. “Godda Get It”, produced by Radioclit, is surely more overtly dancey and electro-poppy than OutKast and shows off a psychedelic aesthetic that shares more in common with electronic music and indie pysch, but it’s got the soul and flow that would make the Atlanta crew proud. No Surrender will be releasing their sophomore full-length Medicine Babies this fall on ZerOKilled Music. The group brags about making “future music” in this tune and, guess what? They actually deliver it.