May Monthly Mix in Motion

Graham LeBron
05 13, 2015

We're almost halfway through the month and already so much good stuff! Shortly before their new album, Multi-Love, drops, Unknown Mortal Orchestra released another track from it, this time a murky disco commentary on "online connectivity as a substitute for being with someone IRL." Frontman, Ruban Nielson, once again did the whole record himself at his home studio. His prowess has always been formidable, and he is only getting better. Speaking of "one man recording bands," Tame Impala released two more crazy good tracks from Currents, slated for July release, again showing just how talented Kevin Parker really is in the studio. The Helio Sequence features twice as well, as their newest self titled album is so strong, I couldn't pick just one. This Portland duo also recorded and mixed their album themselves. Are you seeing the trend here?

Some local stuff figures in again this month, I couldn't help pulling another track from the superb album, Nowhere Now, from Waterstrider, and a new sweet soul jam from Oaklanders, Astronauts Etc. only adds to the mellow vibes of this mix. It gets trippy too, Other Lives' new album, Rituals, has some new sounds I hadn't heard from them before -- the excellent "Reconfiguration" explores some Portishead-like territory. I had to represent my current passion for new worldly flavors with the dubby Canadian Cumbia of Mngwa and some Afrobeat inspired funk by EMEFE

I've got to point out the similarity of the keyboard riff in My Morning Jacket's epic new track "Believe" to the one in the Kraftwerk classic "Tanzmusik." Am I crazy here? Speaking of electronics, new tunes by Blanck Mass and Nicolas Jaar get all soundscapey and cool on their new releases this month. And it wouldn't be a Drops of Gold mix without some quality folky, psychy, indie type stuff from locals The SandwitchesMikal Cronin, and Luke Sweeney. I'm pretty excited to see Luke play at Hickey Fest this June, where I will be DJing. I threw in another from Jacco Gardner too because his new record, Hypnophobia, is great and reminds me of All Night Radio and Jim Noir

I'd lost track of what my old tourmates, First Aid Kit, were up to and found that their album, Stay Gold, is quite impressive, with some interesting country and Lee Hazlewood type vibes happening. Apparently, I'm late to the party on Django Django, but digging their new album, Born under Saturn, as well. And lastly, Easy Sound Recording Co have outdone themselves again with the first album by Sam Cohen of Apollo Sunshine and Yellowbirds, released under his own name. What a gorgeous slab of grooved out psych pop this is. I think that's about it for this go round. What else? What are ya'll listening to? Let me know!

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