Something We Heard Before

Ah, how I do love some summer cruising music: reminds me of all those long, relaxing road trips along idyllic beaches with close friends… that I have never taken in my life. Oh well! Let’s call it an aspirational dive into the memory bank then, shall we?

Here is a wonderful track that very much reminds me of the output of Triptides, only a tad bit more hi-fi. That added boost of hi-fidelity techno-wizardry has, thankfully, done nothing to dull the simultaneously soothing and peppy tone that immediately harks back to all those days lost to the summer haze (now THAT’S poetry!). It’s what I imagine the Beach Boys might’ve been like if they removed all that natty earnestness from their music.

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Do you have problems with being the most gosh diggidy darndest coolest person you could be? Do most of your coolness inadequacies stem from the fact you use words like ‘gosh diggidy darndest’? Then you are in luck, my soon to be hip friend!

Monophonics are a band not out of Canada, for once: they hark a little more south in the musically-rich San Francisco Bay Area where they collude to create a cool collection of catchy… tunes (I ran out of positive c words). This is some effortlessly hip funk that feels like an entirely genuine slice of the 70s: bold, emotive and incredibly slick.

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This popped up in my inbox a while ago and I immediately made a note to post about it. I then proceeded to… not post anything for months? I dunno, I don’t really have a good excuse! Thankfully, time has not dulled how much I all am up in its delicious jam.

I am not one to like radically reimagined versions of classic tunes (sorry Lorde, it just ain’t baking my cookies), but something about this one stuck: it’s remarkably simple, but quite powerful, owing to STACEY’s bittersweet vocals. It’s very far removed from the perkiness of the Foundations original, but it’s pretty danged interesting how the lyrics take on a completely different intent in this version!

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I do an awful lot of scoffing at them kids these days when it’s implied that the 90s are retro. Mainly because the 90s were only, what, 10, nearly 20, years ago… oh, dangit! Ok, yeah, I now know what the generation above me felt when we said the 80s were totally retro…

My meaningless ruminations on age are, obviously, related to the fine music I bring you today: an Americana-tinged throwback to the days of the Smashing Pumpkins and a gentler strand of alternative rock. Wailing, distorted guitars, two-part harmonies and a bass line you could set your clock to. Granted, it’s 2016 now and these guys are Canadian, but it’s a wonderful sound straight out of the era of my childhood.

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It’s Thursday and I’m feeling beautifully sentimental. Why? Why not, I say! To that end, I present you with more of Pogo’s work with this piece comprised of sounds and samples from the Spielberg film A.I..

Pogo has quite the knack for striking you right in the feels with his beautifully structured compositions as they tend to capture the warmth and tones of the content that’s being sampled. And hey, while people’s opinions of the film were pretty mixed (I personally love it), you can still sit back and enjoy this piece’s ability to chill you right the hell out!

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Let’s be legit here, folks: these guys have an AMAZING sound. So many different elements come flying at your ears from the funk, rock and pop eras of yesteryear. Better yet, the blend between the various styles is done perfectly handled, as a result of some pretty darn solid compositional and performance skills. Mad skills, I’d say!

It is a joyous cacophony of awesomeness that’ll no doubt tickle your pleasure centres in a most delightful way.

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RADIOHEAD HAVE A NEW SONG! AND IT’S… oh, forget it! This song has been heard over 16 million times on YouTube, the new album has now been out for a month or so now, and it’s no longer trending, or in vogue or whatever the heck you crazy kids call it! Regardless of my tardiness, this is an amazing song that many people more intelligent and sophisticated than I have harped on about already, but I simply cannot get enough of those pizzicato strings, or the wonderful contrast between the more serene verses and the twisted chorus. Bravo, good sirs of Radiohead!

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OH MY GOD, THE AVALANCHES ARE BACK! ‘Tis the season for musical resurgence it seems, what with Radiohead releasing an altogether spiffing new track (and album) that I’ve yet to post about because I am quite the dunderhead, and now with the Avalanches FINALLY announcing that a new album is out next month! Oh happy days!

For the uninitiated or those who have forgotten, the Avalanches are an Australian electronic outfit, known for releasing only one, supremely excellent album in 2000 and then vanishing without a peep for many, many years. News of a follow-up album always persisted, and the flood gates have now finally broken! Here is the first single from the new album, which seems to carry the air of a Parov Stelar track, but more importantly, it suggests that something pretty awesome is on its way come July 8…

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I think it’s time to shake up this ol’ bloggy blog thing with some new posts! Am I right? Anyone?

To the two people still reading, here’s a tune that’s guaranteed and certified to be fresh. I will have a very stern word to my friend (who’s in this group) if it is not the case! Allow me to introduce Saint Abbé, a Sydney-based group with tunes that flirt very sensually with funk, hip-hop and good ol’ fashioned alternative rock to create something delightfully smooth but still quite vivid.

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2016 has been an abysmally depressing year for music. To lose so many prominent, larger than life artists in such quick succession and at ages that that felt like there was so much more to come from them is truly heartbreaking. Unfortunately, we’ve had to do it all over again with the passing of Prince earlier this year.

Prince’s flamboyance and showmanship were matched by his infectious and varied musical output, which is exhibited beautifully in this wholly epic, sweeping track. He was a true talent, one of the truest to ever grace this world, and one that will continue to inspire and mesmerise artists and audiences to come.

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