Chad Valley’s new EP Equatorial Ultravox drops on June 20 (on Cascine), just in time for summer. His balaeric beats and stretched out vocals fit the weather perfectly. Take a dip in the refreshing Chad Valley-bath with this new song Fast Challenges.
SUMMER HEART's debut album, Never Let Me Go, will be here within the next few weeks, but he’s been kind enough to give you all the first single, Broken Hearts, for free. Broken Hearts reminds me of Lo-Fi-Fnk in a big way, but with a chillwave spin. If you dug his track on the latest Hype this one won’t disappoint. Be sure to pick up SUMMER HEART’s album when it drops, stay tuned to find out when exactly that is.
If you’re thinking “Christ! It’s been ages since the last Hype!” then how about you shut the fuck up and make your own blog!
But seriously, please don’t, NEO//NOIR has enough competition as it is.
Here it is anyway.
COLORS is a upbeat Chillwave/Electronic Pop track from Airlines. It’s got that crossover sound that means it’ll probably get picked up and played to death by the radio stations soon enough. Or maybe it won’t, who can tell with these things. Either way it’s definitely the sort of track that makes you sit up and take notice, so check it out.
Rona Pano are a British Lo-Fi Indie band. The UK is strange, even when bands deliberately choose to position themselves as a different genre and a more Americanised singing style, they can never really get away from that “British Indie Band” vibe that they give off. By no means a bad thing at all, just something to think about. Anyway, "… You Stole The Laces From My Shoes" is a catchy jam that’s short and sweet. It doesn’t waste time taking the long way to the point, it gets there with a straight line and a crooked smile.
Beach Street Hassle is an instrumental Chillwave track that caught my attention straight away. Mostly because instrumental Chillwave that doesn’t start with “T” and end with an “een Daze” is a pretty forgettable affair. There’s something about Longwaves that seems to stick though. Keep your eyes glued to this guy.
Speaking of Teen Daze, the genius only went and took a song from Neil Young, who, as you know, is awful, and made it awesome. He did the same with Japandroids as well. It takes real talent to make a bad song good, Teen Daze clearly isn’t fucking around.
We Are Trees certainly took his time getting decent. His Boyfriend EP was largely really not great at all, but his Girlfriend EP (see what he did there!?) shows a marked improvement. Here’s the last track from it called I Don’t Believe In Love. Lo-Fi Rock chock full of vocal harmonies.
Tokyo is the new single from Mid-Fi band California Wives. It’s a polished segue track between their Affair EP and whatever they choose to do next. They’ve said though that this is a stand alone released rather than a precursor to their next EP/Album so don’t wait around for it too long. It’s got a The Radio Dept. vibe to it, this one.
This is the B-Side to Purity Ring's newest release, it probably should be the A-Side it's that good. It's got a really interesting sound to it, instrumentally it sounds almost Witch House but there's far more melody to it than such a track would normally possess. Great vocal work as well. Yeah, definitely download this.
Please Stay is from Swedish Chillpop artist SUMMER HEART. It’s catchy as anything and feels like the start of a really great series of releases if he can keep it regular and consistent. Such a feel good vibe in this song, it’ll get a lot of attention I think, actually, it’s already started to.
Naomi Punk have a cool Garage Pop sound that reminds me of Harlem's louder moments and if I really delude myself enough, The Vines back when they weren’t complete burnouts. I’m Already Dead has this interesting quiet/loud alternation throughout the song that really caught my attention. Definitely, definitely cool.
You all know The Weeknd by now, but just for the few hunks who don’t, they are basically revolutionising the R&B scene all over again. I Love that good R&B is back, It’s all thanks to How To Dress Well if you ask me. This is definitely not the in the same sphere of sound though, this is more upfront, more polished, more ugly, more, well more everything, really.
You can always tell the quality of a band by the choice of their covers, and this re-imagining of Siouxsie And The Banshees' Happy House really highlights what separates these guys from the rest. Then it segues into Glass Table Girls which is even better than the first half of the track. Just, get on it.