2015 is shaping up to be a very memorable year with a handful of releases from veterans announced (where is that Chromatics and James Blake record?) to newcomers dropping some great material. Looking at all the albums it’s hard to narrow everything down and pick the ones worth listening to. There’s so much more on the horizon, but for now here are the ones we have been listening to the most this year.21) Ducktails
On St. Catherine Matt Mondanile is more comfortable with his voice than ever before. The production is crisp, the melodies are bright, and the vocals are in the forefront. It’s a departure from his earlier stoned out tropical drone which we saw already on 2013’s Flower Lane. It’s Ducktails’ most expansive record to date featuring more string arrangements and some wonderful backing vocals from Julia Holter on a couple of tracks. It’s still Matt Mondanile at its core though with album opener “The Disney Afternoon” sounding like the most traditional Ducktails song we’ve heard in a while.
Keep an eye out on the site for a feature on Ducktails coming soon.20) Domenique Dumont
Antidote Recordings; 2015
Thanks to our friend at Gorilla vs Bear to alerting us on this release. Not much is known about this artist other than they make some great psychedelic surf dub ready for the [...]
Steve Jobs, based on the best-selling biography of the Apple founder written by Walter Isaacson, shows the backstage of three iconic product launches and eviscerates the man behind the curtain. Michael Fassbender plays the pioneering title character while the movie is directed by Academy Award® winner Danny Boyle and written by Academy Award® winner Aaron Sorkin.
In Theaters October 9
Directed by Colin Tilley and shot in black and white, Alright is the new Kendrick Lamar music video from his latest and excellent record, To Pimp a Butterfly (2015).
…And it doesn’t show anything. But we know that Joseph Gordon-Levitt will play Edward Snowden and that the movie is coming soon-ish. Ah and that Oliver Stone, obviously, is the helmer. Because controversy. The best part is: Nicolas Cage is in it! Can’t wait.
Gorilla VS. Bear produce yet another incredible mix that slinks back and forth between bubbly, poolside percussion, cooing that has you swaying in front of fans trying to stay cool and techno beats that melt together seamlessly. GVSB’s mixes are most impressive in how they incorporate so many different sounds, instruments, tempos and yes even languages (that first track is in French, awesome right?). Chris Cantalini, founder and editor, and David Bartholow, creative director, give you time to breath between each track but only just barely. As you trip through the mix, you never quite know whether you’re going to get a track that’s lulling like drip-133’s “this is something, now isnt it” (feat. sosi), energetic and popping like Dux Content’s “snow globe” or “dance in space” by Abelard that immediately made me think of Cyndi Lauper. Seriously though, who doesn’t love Cyndi Lauper.
This mix is guaranteed to cool you down and you won’t be able to think of anything but summer. To put it simply, it’s a refreshing cascade of techno bliss and you won’t really get it till you hear it!
01 Domenique Dumont :: Comme Ça 00:00 02 Yumi Zouma :: alena (race banyon remix) 03:40 03 Nicolas Jaar :: volver 08:50 04 swim good x merival :: since u asked 11:00 05 Eric Copeland :: cheap treat (panda bear version) 13:33 06 Years and Years :: shine (danny l harle [...]