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Daily Archives: 07/20/2011

It has been almost two years since Neon Indian first burst onto the indie music scene with their debut album Psychic ChasmsPsychic Chasms  had an extremely upbeat and poppy feel to just about every song, but after it the band seemed to take a turn towards a darker more emotional tone.  First they released an extremely heavy EP with The Flaming Lips and then they released a dark clip from their album titled “Heart : Attack”.  “Heart : Decay” is also darker than anything on Psychic Chasms.  Although “Heart : Attack” and “Heart : Decay” show good signs for Neon Indian’s upcoming album Era Extraña, if the whole album is as dramatic as them, I will definitely miss the kitchiness of tracks like “Should Have Taken Acid With You” on Psychic Chasms.  Either way, I’m excited to hear where Neon Indian takes their sound for their new album.

-TC

One development the internet age has made to the music world is that now an artist can have a completely valid and legitimate reputation based solely on remixes.  In the past year or so Star Slinger has been rising to the top of this category.  Every few weeks he puts out another always exciting remix to some indie track, imprinting his updated early 2000’s hip hop sound on it.  This time, Star Slinger has taken Washed Out’s dense chill-wave jam, “Eyes Be Closed” and made it into a fairly lofty hi-hat driven track perfect for listening to on any one of these warm summer nights.  Stream below…

-TC

From the opening ethereal note of RIVKA’s self-titled album I was hooked.  At it’s core, RIVKA are a boy and girl band that make music exploring trip-hop and chill-wave.  The result is a sound that is much more epic than most boy/girl duos.  Songs like ‘Kid Animal’ and ‘Hey’ pound with heavy bass and are lifted by the singer’s angelic vocals.  I highly recommend checking out their bandcamp and streaming their self-titled effort below.

-PK

After experiencing the awesomeness of Beats, Rhymes and Life I’ve been in an old-school hip-hop sort of mood, so this mixtape came at just the right time.  The mixtape is a collection of remixes of rap tracks that are considered to be part of the golden age of hip-hop.  That theme seems to be stretched however as it focuses on some late 90s rap.  Regardless, it’s still an incredibly interesting listen and specifically the remix of Nas’ classic ‘The World is Yours’ really breathes new life into the track.  Stream below and download here via Lyfstyl…

-PK