Just Keep it Cool Baby, I Don’t Wanna Know

July 7, 2010

I know I’m about, oh, a year and a half late to the U.S. Royalty party, but that’s not going to stop me from posting about a song that I literally cannot get out of my head. I downloaded “Keep it Cool” around the time that it was making it’s rounds on all the taste makers, but for some reason it just sat in my iTunes to rot. I hit up shuffle a few weeks back, and lo and behold, the Bo Flex (Yes Giantess) remix of “Keep it Cool” serenaded my ear drums, at which point I proceeded to listen to it, you know, about twenty times on repeat. The punchy drums, catchy-as-all-hell chorus, and warm synths reminiscent of Passion Pit, come together like Voltron to form my Summer jam of 2010, even if I am a year late.

I am particularly embarrassed because the band is centered in my hometown of D.C., and just played at my favorite venue (U St. Music Hall) and I missed it. For shame.

MP3: US Royalty – “Keep it Cool (Bo Flex Giantess Remix)”



You You You You You You You You You You You

April 29, 2010

At the moment, I’m completely overwhelmed by new music. The albums include the newest efforts from Blitzen Trapper, Kate Nash, Crystal Castles, Band of Horses, B.o.B, Robyn, and my two favorites; The National and The New Pornographers. Most have incomplete grades at the moment, but the aforementioned favorites, as well as the new Kate Nash, stick out so far. That’s not what this post it about, however.

This post is really just thrown together as an excuse to share “You,” the fuzzy and addicting new single from Essex-based producer/remixer Gold Panda. The song quickly grows on you, from the densely layered yet intensely simple instrumentation to the seemingly annoying chorus of “you’s” to its overall summery vibe. “You” is the refreshing artist’s best effort yet, and should set him up nicely for a debut full-length coming soon.

MP3: Gold Panda – “You” [track removed at artist’s request. You can stream the whole EP over at SoundCloud.


Odds and Ends

January 11, 2010

To those of you expecting a Top 20 albums coming from me (which I failed to make last year or the year before), it..IS coming. Soon. Promise.

To those of you hoping for more activity here, that is coming as well. We’ve got a lot on our plates at the moment. Adrian is headed back to the U.K. and I am starting up a new semester here at GW. Regardless, excuses are lame, and we’ll be back and rolling A.S.A.P.

To those of you wondering if I have been keeping up with the cool kids these days, don’t worry. I am still up on it. Expect plenty of delicious gooey musical goodness coming in a very short while.

To those of you hoping that you didn’t waste your time reading this boring post without at least one cool song attached, I got you. Check out “Crysteena” by Mille, the newest artist in the Neon Gold stable. The song is an epic synth jam, building steam throughout (much like a Justice track) but with a much more 80s-centric vibe than Parisian DJ crew music.

MP3: Mille – “Crysteena”


Spotlight On: Passion Pit

July 10, 2008

Passion Pit was introduced to me by my good friend Derek a few months back, and the adjectives he used to describe the new guys from Boston are usually reserved for only the most awe-inspiring and hype-deserving bands. After listening to “Sleepy Head”, I totally get it. The song is a two-minute-and-fifty-eight-second eargasm; one of those songs that cause feelings of nostalgia for that time two minutes ago when you were still enjoying the masterpiece that is “Sleepy Head”.

I am aware that this may not be everyone’s cup of tea, what with some peoples’ dislike of overly synthy or layered songs, but I implore you to at least give it a shot. If any of their new stuff sounds anything like “Sleepy Head”, consider Pretty Penny the frontrunner for best album in the universe.

I NEVER speak in absolutes.

MP3: Passion Pit – “Sleepy Head”

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