Mother Protect (Goldroom Remix) – Niki & The Dove

Last week I posted The Magician Remix of I Follow RiversFor me, there’s one other track that hits that upbeat electronica vibe so perfectly, and it’s this. Again it is the vocals of a Swedish producer being lifted by feel-good keys. Ah, 2011.

Sing it with me: “Oh my heart is like an eagle, I love to fall from the sky / It’s so beautiful, I see right through the water’s edge / And I love your hands, I let them lead me into the cage / So tender, but your body was warm, so frail / But your eyes like mine / The colour of ice

 

 

Live in the Moment (Tycho Remixes) – Portugal. The Man

I’m growing a moustache to raise money for the Movember Foundation. So this month I will be honouring some of the best moustaches in music. You can donate to my mo here: https://mobro.co/harry-mo

Here are a couple of nice re-imaginings of Portugal. The Man’s Live in the Moment by Tycho.  Portugal. The Man has an annoying way of writing his artist name which is going to make this post unintelligible if I refer to him too often. Anyway, he sounds a bit like Alt-J, if Alt-J wasn’t so sad. Tycho on the other hand, make blissful dream-scapey electronica which is pretty soothing and sweet. The two come together pretty nicely here.

Please keep your suggestions on artists with moustaches coming in. This post was suggested by the band Rule of Young.

Sylvan Esso – Sylvan Esso

I’m growing a moustache to raise money for the Movember Foundation. So this month I will be honouring some of the best moustaches in music. You can donate to my mo here: https://mobro.co/harry-mo

Followers of the blog will know I’m a big fan of Sylvan Esso. This is the album that kicked everything off for the lovable North Carolina duo. The smoothness of their production has come on since they released this one, but in terms of raw freedom of sound, I think this release is hard to match.

Dress and Coffee are my highlights, but there aren’t really any weak tracks. Fun fact, the repeated final refrain from Uncatena (“All I want from you’s a letter and to be your distant lover. That is all that I can offer at this time”) is ripped directly from a break-up letter that singer Amelia Meath received in her teen years. Apparently the experience of having a massive crowd sing it along with her at gigs is incredibly cathartic.

Drawn (Feat. Little Dragon) – De La Soul

Hands down one of my favourite tracks from the past few years. Drawn is a beautiful collab between Little Dragon and hip-hop royalty De La Soul. It’s delicate, it’s strong, it’s brilliant. My only criticism is that it doesn’t go on for long enough.

Little Dragon is playing alongside Harvey Sutherland at Printworks this Friday. Cannot. Wait.

P.S. the image is taken from the video. It’s a good one. Watch it here

7 – Beach House

Sitting somewhere between dream-pop, shoegaze and indie-rock, you’ll find Beach House. is the duo’s seventh album (clever). My highlights are the tense and foreboding Lemon Glow, and Black Car. I’m off to see them for the first time at The Troxy tonight. Very excited.

Bonus track: Sparks is my favourite. Guitar comes screeching through some chanting and takes you on a magical ride before you know what’s happening. It’s good, trust me. Try the album Depression Cherry for more of the same.