August 9, 2010
I put Jamaica’s “I Think I Like U 2” on the Cannabliss Mix a few months ago, yet somehow neglected to dedicate an entire to post to what is quickly becoming one of my favorite new bands of 2010. Those around me know that I’ve nearly beaten the song to death, playing it every chance I get, making it my ringtone, and downloading remix after remix. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to discover why the band is destined for big things; the Parisian duo are produced by Justice’s Xavier de Rosnay and Daft Punk sound engineer Peter Franco. With those men at the helm, success is sort of, well, guaranteed.
Imagine my excitement, then, upon hearing the band’s newest track, “Short and Entertaining,” which is just that: and under-three-minute dance-rock whirlwind. I literally cannot wait to hear more. The potential here is just enormous. If this were the NBA Draft, Jamaica would be the freak athlete who had an absurd freshman year and is projected as all-NBA first team with the right coaching. Basically, they’re this guy (not this guy).
Check “Short and Entertaining” below, as well as the slowed down 80s synth remix of “I Think I Like U 2” by Breakbot.
MP3: Jamaica – “Short and Entertaning”
MP3: Jamaica – “I Think I Like U 2 (Breakbot Remix)”
July 13, 2010
UPDATE: Song removed upon request.
HOW DID I MISS THIS? Back in February, a devastating earthquake hit Haiti (this is not the part I didn’t know, thank you). What I missed, however, was the compilation, Hear to Help, put together by FILTER and American Eagle to raise money for Oxfam America (to provide relief for the ‘quake victims) that featured new music from Grizzly Bear, Beck, and JULIAN MOTHERFLIPPIN’ CASABLANCAS. As you may know, I have a bit of a man-crush on Julian. After seeing a whole set three songs live back in January, I became obsessed with his solo album, Phrazes for the Young. Anyway, his contribution to the mix, “Long Island Blues,” sounds like classic Bob Dylan; a mostly acoustic epic with a warm organ section and cleverly opposing verses. Go. Listen. Now.
MP3: Julian Casablancas – “Long Island Blues”
July 13, 2010
Go ahead, try to get “pa’pa’americano” out of your head. Catchiest song since “Riverside” or “Calabria.” Download at your own risk.
MP3: Yolanda Be Cool & DCUP – “We No Speak Americano”
July 1, 2010
You know what doesn’t make sense? When a band called Aeroplane names a song “We Can’t Fly.” You know what makes a lot of sense? The fact that the Belgian duo that brought us the amazing remix of Friendly Fires’ “Paris” made yet another jam, this time an original. “We Can’t Fly” has all the makings of the blissed out summer jam, from the reggae-esque guitar rhythm to the smooth synths. Grab a cold beer and a babe and hit the beach, and let Aeroplane be your guide.
MP3: Aeroplane – “We Can’t Fly”
April 19, 2010
Ms. Belle Cafritz, I think I’m in love with you.
MP3: Page France – “Dogs”
November 5, 2009
So, as many of you know, this site gets its name from quite possibly the most epically beautiful song of all time; Sufjan Stevens’ “Chicago.” While Sufjan himself has remixed his own masterpiece (see: Easy Listening Version, Acoustic Version, etc.), nothing truly held a candle to the original. That still holds true, but we can’t blame others for trying. You may wonder where I am going with this, so I’ll cut to the chase: Chiddy Bang is starting to build a rep for tackling some of the most interesting indie jams, sampling Passion Pit’s “Better Things” and MGMT’s “Kids” (chronicled here). The group just kicked it up a level with their newest jam, you guessed it…”All Things Go.”
Ok, so the rapping is not top notch. IT’S FUCKING SUFJAN STEVENS IN A RAP SONG. GO. LISTEN. NOW!
MP3: Chiddy Bang – “All Things Go”
Grab a copy of their mixtape, The Swelly Express, over at Neon Gold.
October 21, 2009
By now, most all of you are aware that Julian Casablancas is set to release his debut solo album, Phrazes for the Young, in the U.S. on November 3rd. Likewise, all of you know that Julian Casablancas is the lead singer of The Strokes. What you may not know, however, is that upon listening to his first single “11th Dimension”, I promptly had to change my underwear. That’s how good Julian Casablancas is. I proudly peed my pants, and have been drinking lots and lots of Gatorade ever since to build up some ammunition for when the album drops.
Pee jokes aside, the album has built quite a bit of buzz, and is set to be the most successful and entertaining Strokes solo album yet (apologies to Albert Hammond Jr., Fab Moretti’s Little Joy, and Nikolai Fraiture’s Nickel Eye). Grab yourself a diaper and pump the jam.
MP3: Julian Casablancas – “11th Dimension”