In 2009, Neon Indian was part of a slew of artists that defined a new era of electronica based alternative rockers combining a love for hot, hazy, summery afternoons with chill electro beats and a love for the theremin. Their debut LP, Psychic Chasms, was the kind of fever dream that yearned for bright colors, a sea of Oakley Frogskins, and broken in Vans slip-on tennis shoes with soundscapes that blended Hipster coolness with fratboy party mode. In many ways, Neon Indian, and their chillwave brethren like Com Truise and Washed Out, were instrumental in the popularity of many similar tropicool, synth heavy acts on the current electronic circuit like Goldroom, Miami Horror, or Poolside.
And now, after 2011′s much heavier, 80′s shoegaze influenced Era Extraña, Neon Indian has released a taste of their newest album.
Titled “Annie,” Neon Indian’s spirit, Alan Palomo, searches for answers by looking to the past for consolation. What happens is the best kind of discovery: by embracing past pop beats like Lionel Richie’s “All Night Long” or the lighter side of Oingo Boingo, we get a newer edge from Palomo that samples elements of ska, Latin beat, and a tinge of reggae. These details, lovingly re-appropriated by the Neon Indian crew, fleshes out a pool party anthem with optimum levels of flanger, bass, and sex appeal. Bros be warned – this isn’t going to sound like the mainstream conception of tropical house, especially as it drives into 80′s synth revival at the 3-minute mark, but it sounds fabulous, fresh, and will go incredibly well with a piña colada.
This song has all the sweet digs of a hot summer anthem. The Canadian trio add just the right amount of funk to their deep house production, fusing future pop and R&B to make this catchy, upbeat tune. The track has a modern disco feel, groovy enough to make you want to shimmy.
“Heart Break Fantasy is the first original track from us in 2015 and marks the beginning of an onslaught of new Dirty Radio music for summer. The beat practically made itself in front of our ears.”
Check out their new track “Heart Break Fantasy” and catch them on tour this month with Miami Horror.
There’s nothing quite like the sound of heavy hitting, delicately melodic synth. The Brighton duo, Mao Ra Sun, kills the production on this track, colliding a whirlwind of bright beats and darkwave sounds. Teaming up with neo-pop goddess Marin, Mao Ra Sun mixes shoegazey r&b with lush soul vibes and drenches the song with a dreamy dose of melancholic melodies. Marin provides the most beautifully sultry vocals to top this percussion driven track. Since her “Day 42″ single dropped, I’ve been waiting to see what she’ll do with the limitlessness of her vocals and she does not disappoint on “Miscommunication”.
Listen to Mao Ra Sun’s “Miscommunication”.
Ladies and gentlemen, deadmau5 is back. He posted a sample of a new track on his Soundcloud last night and this is one you won’t want to miss. Brace yourself: the beautiful vocals, harmonies, and sound design in this track may blow your mind. But that’s enough from me – listen for yourself here:
Last year, NYC indie-dance collective Holy Ghost surprised us with their eccentric, vibrant edit of Katy Perry’s “Birthday“: a treat that was both unexpected and pure dancefloor cheese. Following in that vein, the group has now tackled Perry’s pop ballad, “Unconditionally,” and reworked it into a space odyssey of synths, pads, and overflowing positivity. It’s the kind of psychedelic, electronic pop that cries out for tangerine trees and marmalade skies or, at the very least, going out into an evening cityscape with only a childlike sense of wonder to keep you company.
With that mentality in mind, the Holy Ghost rendition of “Unconditionally” plays out in many ways like a soundtrack of sorts for a night out with friends, drinks, laughs, and the hope that you’ll all still be awake as the sun comes up. Built upon a foundation of layers which peel back exposing rich harmonies that coalesce with Perry’s vocals in the latter half, the DFA rockers have outdone themselves with this remix; it beautifully captures the essence of trying to keep the inner, youthful flame ignited and lit.
Stream Holy Ghost’s remix of Katy Perry’s “Unconditionally” below and pick up their remix album, Work For Hire, via digital music retailers.