Avalanches, Maggie Rogers, and Kllo Keep Things Light And Colorful In The Top Songs of The Week June 11 - 17
Fri, 17 Jun 2016 15:55:07
This week contained strong efforts among electronica's finest current bunch. The Avalanches, BABNOTGOOD featuring Kaytranada, and Phantogram all shared new singles, while lesser known artists Kllo and Maggie Rogers staked their own - more than adequately - audible claims to be more known. The elusive Australian group, The Avalanches, returned out of the blue earlier this month with their madcap single "Frankie Sinatra." Now they're back again for round two, and this time it's a knockout. BABNOTGOOD latest comes via a production feature from fellow Canadian Kaytranada. With its sharp snare rolls, and smoky phased-out synths, the new song will have you reaching for your dog-eared copy of Dark Side of the Moon. But, as if you're just not feeling these "out there" pleasures, Phantogram have your back with their joyful rejoinder "You Don't Get Me High Anymore" - it's their first single in two years.
As far as runner-ups go, this week was lighter than the weeks past. That's not to say there weren't notable exceptions. Kanye's Life of Pablo update "Saint Pablo" - from here on out - the album's new closer, packs a guest spot from the gold-throated Sampha atop a clipped, industrial head-bobbing beat. Danny Brown shared the first single, "When It Rain," from his upcoming follow-up to Old - of course it came with an incredible video, which explains why it's not featured on this list. Enjoy the sun, please don't forget the sunblock, here's the top songs of the week:
The Avalanches - Colours
Featuring a heavily processed vocal sample from Mercury Rev's Jonathan Donahue, The Avalanches' "Colours" is peak psychedelic pop in the year 2016. The feel-good and surreal song submerges its listener inclarity comes in colours to a dreamlike state where clarity comes in colours.
Maggie Rogers - Alaska
Rogers reportedly built this song's beat samples off herself patting out a simple rhythm on her lap. Delicate, soulful, catchy-as-hell; homemade pop doesn't get much better than this.
Kllo - Walls To Build
This light, pulsing song by Australian newcomers Kllo is just what you need to bring the mood up. The second single from the Melbourne duo-of-cousins' upcoming sophomore EP should really put this band on your radar. The EP'll be out August 5 on Ghostly International.
Phantogram - You Don't Get Me High Anymore
It's been a couple years since we last heard from this Saratoga Springs, NY indie pop duo. The first single from their upcoming new LP, Three, (out September 16 via Republic) is brash electro pop with a charming (or bratty) call to ante-up.
BADBADNOTGOOD - Lavender [ft. Kaytranada]
Take "Lavender" for what it is - a very thoughtful rhythm workout/interlude/palette cleanser and you'll have a good time with this one. If you spend the song waiting for Sam Herring to drop from the sky (he won't), you'll only be disappointed. If, however, you can suspend disbelief, you'll be rewarded by this subtle stunner of a track. The confidence this ‘trip to nowhere' suggests should make you very excited to hear the full album, out July 8 on Arts & Crafts.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff
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