Stumbled upon this beauty from Dutch artist David Douglas over at Pasta Primavera and Laurent nails it:
The electronics tipping the scales of David Douglas’ Royal Horticultural …Society all sound familiar…the beats have been struck before…the synths have buzzed my ears once or twice in the past…I have heard this so many times in so many forms…so many speakers echoed these sounds…yet why is it so fresh…
…its beautifully crafted electronic dance/chill music that is molded and chipped and massaged so wonderfully that every song on it makes you just want to close your eyes and fall backwards into a sleepwalking dance.
One-man production multi-tasker Darren Harts creates radio-friendly electro pop from his Melbourne bedroom studio, but his energetic, sustained hooks are more than capable enough to stand toe-to-toe with the best from VHS or Beta or Friendly Fires.
Check this electro-tinged tropical summer jam from Matthew Scheiner’s (Mon Khmer, Oberhofer) Tropic of Pisces. Look for the forth coming Marking debut EP and check the other single, the bubbly ”Symmetry”
Caleb from Epic Concoction turned me on to this 6 piece from Winnipeg, Manitoba. Their 4 song Extended Play, available at their bandcamp, is a clever blend of aesthetics and genres executed with a confidence and expertise usually reserved for more established groups.
Reminiscent of a more jubilent Grizzly Bear, the 4 song EP is quite the impressively solid effort. I highly suggest you check it.
My friends at social music analytics company Next Big Sound think so. They wrote a post about trend data on this song, and how the numbers predict it’s hot enough to hype. I’ve thought a lot about this, and how a lot of services are working on predictive analytics that might take the music biz in the direction of Moneyball. On the one hand, it seems that they’re simply interpreting wildly far-flung play stats that grow organically on their own. If it worked, we’d likely see more home-grown success stories. But on the other, my jaded side thinks that what’s more likely is that these sorts of analytics only reenforce the industry status quo. The players with the money will always dominate the playlists because they have the PR power to get their artists up on P4K, Vevo, Spin, Rolling Stone and the like on a regular basis.