|Shlohmo DJing live at Amoeba Hollywood|
Producer Shlohmo and R&B singer Jeremih have collaborated on a song that melds the styles of both artists, with Shlohmo’s dreamy beatscapes becoming harder-edged and Jeremih singing lushly, breathily while still singing those come-ons acrobatically (“I’m gon’ do you” he repeats, just slightly tamer than his track “Fuck U All the Time,” which Shlohmo has also remixed). It was recorded for Adidas’ “Songs from Scratch” series. Amoeba Presents Shlohmo with Jeremih at the Henry Fonda Theatre April 6; tickets are $20 (plus a $2 service fee), purchasable in-store. Read more here.
Young & Sick – “Continuum”
|Example of Young & Sick's artwork|
Young & Sick’s “House of Spirits” was a sad little piece of electronic R&B in which the L.A. based music, fashion and art project lived up to its name, with lyrics about drowning in a car with the one you love. “Continuum” is no less obsessed with drowning, but it is less directly influenced by R&B, instead spinning out ethereal soul somewhere between likeminded acts How to Dress Well and Rhye. As much as I like the song, the story of how they released it sort of takes precedence — they released it via the Tor underweb, a sort of black market of the Internet that makes Craigslist seem like the Pennysaver, with killers for hire and all sorts of unspeakable porn. That and apparently they turned down six figures to do it their way and remain anonymous. They sure have their values in check! Read all about it in Forbes — Forbes, for crying out loud.
I’m a fan of both Hanni El Khatib’s sexy garage strut and Classixx’s sexy disco noir. So when the two L.A.-based artists collaborate for a remix of the former’s song by the latter, it can only mean one thing: ONE SEXY TUNE. It’s definitely more Classixx in sound than Hanni, so it’s pretty cool he was willing to have his song changed so thoroughly. Innovative Leisure has it, check it out.
Kisses – “Huddle”
The second album by L.A. duo Kisses, Kids in L.A., is coming out on Cascine May 14. Some real freestyle vibes on this one. Lots of people go for that, but Kisses have hit it on the nose with those synth stabs and 808 beats. Download it here.
GRMLN – “Teenage Rhythm”
Pretty excited about So. Cal’s GRMLN, who have released an EP in the past and are now gearing up to release their debut album, Empire, June 4 on Carpark Records. Twenty-year-old Yoodoo Park drums up a lot of excitement with a familiar sound, the sort of pre-pop-punk, power-pop that dominated the radio in the mid-’90s, except better. Between this and the new Wavves record, 1996 is back!
Sonny & the Sunsets – “Dark Corners”
The latest from Sonny and the Sunsets is a bit of a departure, featuring ominous underpinning their country-tinged garage rock. Taken together with Sonny Smith’s deep, reverby vocals, it almost sounds like a countrified Magnetic Fields song. “I can’t wait to find my place in your weird world,” Smith sings. Done and done. Antenna to the Afterworld is due June 11 on Polyvinyl.
Heavy Hawaii – “Washing Machine”
San Diego’s Heavy Hawaii have released another single from Goosebumps, due April 2 on Art Fag. Whereas previous single “Airborne Kawasaki” doled out lo-fi Beach Boys-inspired guitar pop of the friendly variety, “Washing Machine” is as woozy and reverb-drenched as its title would suggest, but its nearly nauseating turns and candy-coated ultimately leave a more lasting impression. It’s tunes like these that separate Heavy Hawaii from their brethren, revealing new melodic nuances with each spin. Listen to it on SoundCloud via Noisey.
Shows This Weekend:
Saturday: Psych-pop band Django Django takes the stage at the Fonda Theatre. Tickets are on sale at Amoeba Hollywood for $23 (plus a $2 service fee).