7 Rad Indie Rock Singles

rad indie rock singles 00Hollow Coats

“Fold”

There seems to be a holy trinity of musicians that sits at the center of Austin’s Hollow Coats but additional players help flesh out the sound on the band’s new single, “Fold”. And the sound here is fleshy: opulently layered and packing a hefty punch on the production. But, what really sold me on “Fold” were the atmospheric vocals and the haunting beauty of the lyrics they delivered. This is the debut single from Hollow Coats so let’s hope more releases are in the works – and soon! Give “Fold” a spin below…

The Ricky Fitts

“Nightmare”

This indie/alt act from Phoenix is making some waves in our dry desert. Yes, The Ricky Fitts only launched their sound only last year and they’ve already scored some pretty notable gigs since their inception. That might have something to do with their slick, radio-ready sound. “Nightmare” comes to us from the band’s debut LP, The Great Beyond, which dropped at the end of January. Infusing electropop and alt-rock elements with a hefty splash of revivalist New Wave, The Ricky Fitts craft out a fun sound on “Nightmare” that has enough of a dark overtone for all you brooders that still want to dance. Take the single for a spin below or head here to check out The Great Beyond.

Soft Animal

“Stay with Me”

“Stay with Me” is the opening track from Soft Animal’s concisely titled EP1 which they released last month. This single has a lofi psych-rock sound with a little bit of garage grit that will come in more as you continue through the full EP. The sound descends into moments of intentional disarray before meandering back to a more structured, but never too structured, sound. Check out “Stay with Me” from Soft Animal below or head here for that digi-download of EP1.

Bryde

“Less”

I really loved the grrrls of the 90s alt-rock scene and Brixton’s Bryde just might fill that hole in my life. On “Less”, Bryde moves between breathy angst to full on fury over grungy guitars. All you PJ Harvey fans should definitely spend some time with Bryde. If you want to delve further into what this artist has to offer, I suggest moving on to “Back to Believing” – a new, and gentler, single that is really quite enamoring. Get your growl on with Bryde below…

Bucolic

“Cold Clean”

If you like your post-rock with an extra heap of melodious sorrow, Bucolic is for you.  “Cold Clean” sets a somber scene that reminds me of a street lined in freshly fallen snow on a morning you have to be at work before 5 AM. Sure, it’s beautiful, but one’s inability to pause and really take in that moment lends an existential anguish to the biting cold. “Cold Clean” is beautiful, but it kicks you when you’re down… and I, uh, mean that in the best way possible. Bucolic is the brainchild of NJ artist Seth Carpenter and this single is part of an impending release that is due out in April so get on that Bucolic bandwagon sooner rather than later. Start with “Cold Clean” below…

St. Tropez

“Democracy”

The band known as St. Tropez is not actually from St. Tropez but Amsterdam. Their lively new single, “Democracy”, clocks in at under two minutes but there’s a lot of energy crammed into that time. The texturing gets heavy, but not in a full-on post-rock way. No, the vibe on “Democracy” stays more NYC scene rock than secret warehouse show. This single opens Debate, band’s 2017 EP, which (btw) does go full-on post-rock at moments. St. Tropez has enough of an experimental edge to keep things really interesting without ever totally abandoning form entirely. And, there’s a bit of a political slant that those of us in present-day Amerika can really appreciate. Give “Democracy” by St. Tropez a listen below…

MYFEVER

“Golden”

The alt-rockers from the ATL known as MYFEVER are gearing up for a new recording effort with the release of their latest single, “Golden”. Though the trio calls Georgia home, you might get a bit of a L.A. or Long Beach vibe from “Golden”. And, when I say Long Beach,  I’m talking in the alt-indie vein of Cold War Kids… not Sublime. MYFEVER will hopefully be hitting the studio soon to lay down Born for Spaces, their next album. Until then, spend some time with “Golden”.

7 Funky New Jams

funky 00RILLAKILL & Brandyn Burnette

“The Freshest”

You might be familiar with producer Brandyn Burnette. After all, we’ve featured him on YabYum before so you should know him. Anyway, Burnette wrote this track on his 26th birthday and brought it to Rillakill to help bring the hit to life. “The Freshest” has that slick radio style that immediately gets you dancing and stays stuck in your head for days. Consider that your only warning. The crisp production and catchy hooks of “The Freshest” won’t let go of listeners. Give the single from Rillakill and Bradyn Burnette a listen below or head here for your very own digital copy.

Lucille Crew

“Something”

HipHop, funk, and electropop melt together in this banger from Lucille Crew, an international act that originated in Tel Aviv. “Something” grooves with club energy while the melody sticks to you like glue. Or sweat. The lushly layered monotone vocals really sold me though. Give “Something” from the Lucille Crew a listen below. This single is just a little sampling from their forthcoming album, Respect the Dawn, which is due out this Spring.

Berry Juice & Josh Tobias

“Creature of the Night”

Retro synths and a funky hook really make “Creature of the Night” sizzle. The single was produced in collaboration as an international undertaking combining the efforts of Amsterdam-based producer Berry Juice and Brooklyn-based vocalist Josh Tobias. Part of a two-track single that dropped last December (available here), “Creature of the Night” feels like driving through has just enough contemporary cool to keep the 80s throwback style from inflating your hair. Let’s hope “Creature of the Night” is just one of the many collaborative tracks that emerge from this partnership. Give the single a listen below…

Swindail

“Jussrite”

The Aussie artist known as Swindail has an uncommonly self-effacing attitude for a producer, but you can’t tell that from listening to his slick singles. “Jussright” mixes chill but upbeat energy with all the little textural niceties that take a track from amateur hour to totally pro. The vocal additions from SACHI and Naji help Swindail capture that breezy summertime vibe that defines “Jussrite”. If it’s winter here that means it’s summer Down Under, right? All of us above the equator get a a little while longer to learn all the words to “Jussrite” before we hear this single on those poolside playlists. Give the single from Swindail a spin below or head here to snag your own copy before those temperatures get turned up.

Black Giraffe

“Kansas”

This song is about two days spent driving cross-country to visit a dying friend. Somber, yes, but funky too. The Seattle trio known as Black Giraffe offers up a foxy R&B/rock sound that’s backed by a solid groove. There’s an added experimental layer that keeps things interesting in a modern way.  Give “Kansas” a spin below…

Unified Highway

“Are You That Somebody”

Unified Highway fuses the talents of Eric Rachmany (Rebelution vocalist/guitarist) and Amp Live (producer, DJ, remixer formerly of Zion I). The duo creates a kickback vibe on their new single, “Are You That Somebody”, with the help of a few musician friends. The track has a reggae twist but you can hear a melting pot of styles from electropop to soul and beyond. Meander down that Unified Highway with their track “Are You Somebody” below or get your very own copy here.

Dahj

“Size Up”

Chad Phillips is the Jamaican singer/producer/songwriter who performs under the moniker Dahj. His slinky new single “Size Up” fuses R&B, Dancehall, and HipHop for a fresh sound with island flavor. If you dig “Size Up”, I suggest checking out other singles available from Dahj. He only recently moved from the role of producer to center stage so he only has a few tracks under his belt. But fear not, Dahj is currently hard at work on his debut EP. Until then, enjoy “Size Up” below or head here to get your own digi-download.

7 Eclectic Electropop Singles

electropop singles featBe Charlotte

“One Drop”

The Scottish trio known as Be Charlotte crafted this dance pop number with just enough gritty energy to reel you in on that first spin. The layered vocals can move from a too-cool-for-school monotone to ethereal flourishes, all brought to you by Charlotte Brimner; the band’s teenage frontwoman (who also provides programming, guitar, and keys). I don’t know what I like more: Brimner’s scrappy vocal style or the vibrantly constructed music that supports it. “One Drop” is a must-hear track for all you music lovers so give it a listen below. You can also head to iTunes to add the single to your personal playlist.

Letronz

“Tropic Trap”

This chill single comes to us from emerging artist Letronz who was previously counted as part of The Holy Coast. And, I must say, “Tropic Trap” is a promising start for this Phoenix artist. The production is spot on, the vocals dreamy, and the relaxed atmosphere has a club-gone-coastal feel I’m all about. Listen to “Tropic Trap” by Letronz below and then head to Soundcloud to peruse some of artist’s additional musical offerings.

Magdalena Bay

“Neon”

This song was inspired by “80s ballads and roller disco” – how could you possibly go wrong? Lyrically sparse but richly textured, “Neon” is perfect to listen to while you’re reading Brett Easton Ellis or driving through L.A. at night with enough hairspray to keep your look in place if you put the top down. Magdalena Bay (@magbae, of course) provides a super cool single to kick back to with “Neon”. Give the single a spin below…

Naïka

“Call me Marilyn”

I must say, this track takes on a whole new meaning following our recent POTUS change. What was a smooth and sultry number only a few weeks ago, now feels a little dirty – and not in a good way – something a little darker and, well, a little more rape-y. Okay, okay, let’s pretend it’s any other time in American history. In that case, “Call me Marilyn” by Naïka  is a smokey single that sounds like it belongs on the soundtrack to some grand cinematic effort; anything with cocktails and a lot of velvet. Give “Call Me Marilyn” by Naïka a listen below or head here to purchase the single for your personal collection.

Luke Minx

“Say Anything”

If I’m being totally honest, I wasn’t sure about “Say Anything” during those first (often crucial) 30 seconds. That’s how fast it takes for a listener to change to a different station in the car. Holding strong, however, led to immediate and gratifying results. “Say Anything” shifts as suddenly as a sail catching wind. The music is effervescent and carries a measure of hope with it when placed in juxtaposition to the wavering romance of the lyrics. Kansas City’s Luke Minx is already garnering some warranted attention for this single (his first, btw) which also features Mike Dupree. “Say Anything” is radio ready. Hear for yourself below…

Chad Anderson

“Born in the Fast Lane”

Anyone can change, right? Maybe not. According to Tallahassee-based musician Chad Anderson, some of us were just “Born in the Fast Lane”. This electropop single creates a chill atmosphere perfect for night driving to some back alley club or maybe on the way to some Hotline Bling. But, to the muse for whom this single was written, I think a break-up is in order.  Give “Born in the Fast Lane” by Chad Anderson a listen below…

Dante Klein

“Harder”

Amsterdam’s Max Krul creates club-ready bangers under the moniker Dante Klein, but if you ask me, Max Krul is a pretty stellar name. No matter, we’re not here to discuss that. Dante Klein’s 2017 single – featuring the vocals of HAILZ and released through Spinnin’ Records – packs a pop punch with an EDM undercut. “Harder” carries an insouciant air and a dance-able groove. Check out “Harder” by Dante Klein below or pop over to iTunes for your own digi-download.