Mild High Club

I happened to catch these guys a little while back when they opened for DECIBELity fave King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard and they definitely made an impression. Their musicianship was on point, and I was particularly taken by their well-polished songs —little glittering morsels of indie pop.

And after I checked out their debut LP released a few weeks later, I like them even more. As it turns out, they‘re signed to Stones Throw Records, which is one of my favorite labels of all time and, their founding member Alexander Brettin was also the guy behind Salvia Plath fka Run DMT (man this guy has some issues with intoxicants).

Anyway, the recordings of these aforementioned pop morsels are fantastic—charming, lo-fi in all the right ways, more than a little blues-y with just the perfect amount of hiss and warble. And hooks get stuck up in your head. This is perfect Indian summer music, for those of you in applicable locations.

Check out a few of the tracks below and grab the album at the Stones Throw shop.

Tuxedo

That old adage about it being better to do one thing well, holds true with music in that its pretty much always preferable to pick a simple idea and nail the fucking shit out of it than to try to “push the envelope” with a bunch of half-cooked ideas.

Tuxedo, a collaborative project from vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Mayer Hawthorne and hip-hop producer Jake One (who has produced for everyone from G Unit to MF Doom to Brother Ali) is definitely not breaking any new ground, but with songs that are this fun, who cares.

The duo’s eponymous debut, released last month via Stones Throw Records, is a homage to the late-‘70s/early-‘80s heyday of the West Coast funk—that same influential sound that informed a generation of G-funk ‘90s gangsta rap.

Basically it’s a smoothed out collection of electrified disco boogie, full of synthetic melodies, squiggly Funkadelic sounds and ridiculously, get-stuck-all-in-your-head hooks, that fans of Chromeo and Dam-Funk will be all over, and a soundtrack that will surely heat up some parties/dance floors as the weather gets nice.

And here we have some Christmas boogie for that ass

Also, there are a bunch of killer DJ mixes over at the Souncloud page if that is your kind of thing.

Get it here

Jonti – “Sine & Moon (The Album)”

This South African-born, Australian-based singer and multi-instrumentalist, whose debut album Twirligig was criminally omitted from a certain blogger(*ahem*)’s favorite albums of 2011 list, has a unique sound that is really difficult to pigeonhole. It’s “pop music” (to use the term very loosely), which manages to be as daring as it is delightfully idiosyncratic.  

“Lost Machines”
(taken from the album)

The songs that comprise Sign & Moon originally appeared as an installment of Stones Throw’s  venerable podcast series, but they are now being offered separately as a proper album.

It’s a bizarre, though thoroughly satisfying, offering characterized by Beach Boy-style vocals, and various influences as disparate as disco, hip-hop, ’60s garage rock, glitchy electronica and jazz-fusion. This is astral, psychedelic lounge music for the new year, and, quite simply, it kicks ass.

Or to put it another way: I would gladly pay good money for music of this caliber, but I can get it for free… and so can you.

DOWNLOAD: Jonti – “Sine & Moon”

Also:

Check this video for “Firework Spraying Moon from last year’s  Twirligig, which is out now on Stones Throw Records)

The Stepkids – “Suburban Dream” official video

“Suburban Dream is the latest jam from The Stepkids to get the video treatment. The trio of songwriters make awesomely weird vintage, psychedelic soul, and their videos thus far have been nothing if not entertaining (you can view the first 3 here).

Also, be sure to grab this brand new track (“fresh from the lab”) they did with fellow Stones Throw signee Jonti.

Jonti feat. The Stepkids & Illa J“The Days Have Turned” mp3

The Stepkids

So these guys came through town a little while back with The Horrors, and totally blew my mind. Their self-titled debut just dropped a few weeks ago on Stones Throw and has quickly become one of my favorite records of the year.

All three members are accomplished song writers and the music they make is a kind of psychedelic soul that’s totally vintage, but not at all in that faux wannabe referential way. They make the ’70s seem like the best possible time to have been alive and listening to music, plus their songs have awesome titles like Brain Ninja and Wonderfox.

Here’s a free track for download over at Bandcamp

Check out these equally great videos they’ve done and don’t miss your chance to catch these guys in action.

Also, you can stream the entire record on the bands website:

http://thestepkidsband.com/