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Download: DWNTWN – “Missing You”

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Listen/download: DWNTWN – “Missing You”

“Shimmery, ethereal indie/electro-pop in excelsis.” – The Guardian

“We need all the sunshine we can get right now, and DWNTWN has it in spades.” – USA Today’s Pop Candy

“It is absolutely sublime.” – My Old Kentucky Blog

“…catchy melancholy pop with twinkling electronics that could be sung by thousands during a festival twilight in the near future.” – RCRD LBL

“…devastatingly affecting indie-pop.” – Buzzbands LA
“We don’t know much about L.A. electro-pop duo DWNTWN besides the fact that we want to hear a lot more music from them.” – NYLON Magazine

“Easing tension with mellow and drawn-out soundscapes” – Earmilk

DWNTWN brings their sweeping wall of sound, complete with synths, banjos, handclaps, and singer Jamie Leffler’s ethereal voice. 

“This is a song for my grandpa who passed away last year. He was the most loving man and I miss him everyday, but writing this song helped me come to terms with losing him. I hope it can relate to anyone who has lost someone special”, says Leffler.

People Magazine just featured the band’s “Til Tomorrow” (which I LOVE — and posted here) as one of ten songs to soundtrack the desert road trip to Coachella, and also Blackbird Blackbird got a goose bump inducing remix from DWNTWN’s Robert Cepeda for his new single “There is Nowhere”, which premiered on Earmilk.  Haunting guitar and sparse drum kicks build to a harmonious vocal crescendo of Blackbird Blackbird’s Mikey Maramag and DWNTWN’s Jamie Leffler.

“Missing You” will be released on DWNTWN’s self-titled EP, dropping April 29th on Jullian Records. 

DWNTWN Live:

Thursday April 10 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Standard Hotel downtown (Free) 
Thursday April 24 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Constellation Room (Tickets here)
Friday April 25 – San Francisco, CA @ Neck of The Woods (Tickets Here)
Monday April 28 – Los Angeles, CA @ School Night/Bardot (Free, EP Release show) 
Tuesday April 29 – Los Angeles, CA @ Sayers Club (Free, 2nd EP Release show)
Thursday May 1 – New York, NY @ Santos Party House (Tickets here)
Friday May 2 – Brooklyn, NY @ Glasslands Gallery w/ New Young Pony Club (Tickets Here)

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Video: Total Warr – “Where Is My Mind?” (Pixies Cover)

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French duo Total Warr formed when longtime friends Kiki and Guigui joined forces with the goal of creating fun, energetic pop songs. Since then, they’ve made their mark with a handful of singles and EPs that have earned praise from Stereogum, FADER, RCRD LBL, and more. Now, Total Warr is back with a new three-track EP that includes guest vocals from The Death Setand an electrically-charged Pixies cover. Packed with irresistible hooks and sing-along choruses, the Loisy EP will be released digitally on January 29th.

Total Warr’s “Where Is My Mind” (Pixies cover) turns the hit into a buzzing, beat-driven jam complete with a sample from “Empire State of Mind.” The video, which premiered with PAPER Magazine earlier today, builds from a simple live performance of the classic into an all out house party full of entertaining characters.

“Bambastard,” which features guest vocals from The Death Set’s Johnny Siera, opens the EP with a rich blend of electric guitar, synths, and layer upon layer of harmonies, all set to an infectious beat. “Always Me” slows things down with a swirling foundation of vocals and instrumentation that builds to an explosive climax.

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Download: Dragonette – “Live In This City” (Database Remix)

An anthemic album of edgy electronic dance rock music that the group is notorious for, Canadian electro-pop trio Dragonette have released their third studio album, Bodyparts. The new album has received praise from USA Today, W Magazine, Good Morning America, Perez Hilton, Lucky, NYLON, PAPER, Marie Claire, Vulture, SPIN, Rolling Stone among many others. The drag-o-licious video for single “Live In This City” dropped last week & RCRD LBL has premiered the “Live In This City” (Database Remix) MP3.

Download: Dragonette – “Live In This City” (Database Remix)

Dragonette On Tour w/ The Knocks
9/25: Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre * BUY TICKETS
9/26: San Francisco, CA @ Mezzanine * BUY TICKETS
9/27: Portland, OR @ Doug Fir * BUY TICKETS
9/28: Seattle, WA @ Decibal Festival / Showbox Market* BUY TICKETS

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Newest Love: Gemini Club

“They have a synth-pop sound that just makes you want to dance, whether you’re at a dance party, in you car, or in your office cubicle and bursts with energy.” – CBS Chicago

“If you like to, you know…dance, we think it’s a pretty safe bet, since this three-piece electro-indie dance band is on a mission to make you move.” – Refinery 29

Gemini Club, consisting of Dan Brunelle, Tom Gavin and Gordon Bramli, is a three-piece indie-electronic dance band hailing from Chicago, Illinois. Their unique live shows have been tearing up the scene for the last two years, and commencing dizzying dance parties in every city they go! Far from the conventional live performance, Gemini Club have a specially designed rig that allows for on-the-fly remixing of their own songs meaning each Gemini Club show is different from the last. As a result, Gemini Club has been asked to the support the likes of Chromeo, A-Trak, Two Door Cinema Club, Who-Made-Who, DJ Falcon and Chateau Marmont.

Their first single, “Ghost” came out hot in the blogosphere, resulting in remixes from Hey Champ, Barretso, Golden Bug and Only Children. The track has since been picked up for airplay from BBC Radio 1’s tastemaker show “In New DJs We Trust.”

From the mid-west to the Orient, Gemini Club’s own remix chops are in demand online and across the globe. Their remix for Australian band The Vanish went straight into the top ten of Hype Machine’s charts. The band’s spin on Hey Champ’s “Cold Dust Girl” entered the same top ten charts on five different occasions within a month – and their remix for Shinichi Osawa has been a mainstay on the iTunes dance charts in Japan. Most recently, the gents of GC’s remix of Chilly Gonzales song “You Can Dance” premiered on the RCRD LBL blog as the most downloaded track of the week.

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Video: Magic Wands – “Space”

Magic Wands are set to release their full-length debut, Aloha Moon, on April 24th via Bright Antenna/ILG. The album debuted at #1 this week on the Alternative Specialty Radio charts and their single “Black Magic” has hit the #3 spot. “Black Magic” will also be featured on Gossip Girl April 23rd, the night before the record is released. The track also appeared on an episode of The Vampire Diaries that aired March 15th.

Magic Wands have recorded a cover version of the early Madonna song, “Burning Up”. The band is giving away the track as a free download at RCRD LBL: http://bit.ly/Hx8Ubc. The single, “Black Magic”, is now available for purchase at iTunes. CD and vinyl for Aloha Moon is currently available for pre-sale on the band’s website. During the pre-sale, buyers will receive a collector’s edition picture disc.

Magic Wands first garnered attention with the release of a noteworthy EP, Magic Love & Dreams, which quickly drew praise from publications like Nylon, who applauded their “sparkling, psychedelic-pop gems.” The band honed their live chops, solidifying their fanbase touring alongside The Kills, The Horrors, The Raconteurs, The Black Keys, The Virgins, Black Kids and The Teenagers, as well as appearances at SXSW and Lollapalooza. Their debut full-length, Aloha Moon, is a cosmic dance through a universe where voices echo, keyboards shimmer and guitars splash like giant waves on a distant planet’s shores. Some of the tracks on Aloha Moon were mixed by acclaimed producer Dave Sardy (LCD Soundsystem). Early praise comes from SPIN, who declares their first single “Space” “…a sexy and propulsive stunner.”

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Download: Midnight Magic – “Drop Me A Line” (Holy Ghost Remix)

Serving up a feast of funk, disco, electro and soul, Midnight Magic has unleashed banger after banger including their dancefloor smash, “Beam Me Up.” The Drop Me A Line single which features remixes from Holy Ghost, Juan Maclean and more was released last October and today the band has released the “Drop Me A Line” (Holy Ghost Remix) MP3 with RCRD LBL.

Listen/download: Midnight Magic – “Drop Me A Line” (Holy Ghost Remix)

Receiving accolades from Pitchfork to BrooklynVegan, for What The Eyes Can’t See, the nine-piece party powerhouse will perform live at Brooklyn Bowl on March 24th to celebrate the official release of the EP April 3 on Midnight Sounds. The special new package will feature several previously unreleased b-sides.

What The Eyes Can’t See EP Tracklist
1. What The Eyes Can’t See
2. Heat
3. Julio
4. Calling Out
5. Psycho For Your Love (Bonus)
6. Magic Midnight (Bonus)

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Remix: Yuksek – Off the Wall (DJ Harvey Remix)

Lyrically, he often expresses those feelings of solitude, though, musically, the results may be best enjoyed in a room wall-to-wall with sweaty skin.”— USA Today “PopCandy”

Yuksek released the “Off The Wall” single in the US! Combining infectious dance-floor beats with catchy pop hooks, the French electro-pop composer creates a sound teeming with energy. The single includes four unique remixes of the pop gem including one from Brodinski which RCRD LBL called “a killer redux”. For another taste of the single, check out DJ Harvey’s synth-heavy remix, streaming here or grab the full package on Beatport.

Yuksek’s “Off The Wall” single includes a dreamy remix from Cubic Zirconia, full of heavy beats and ghostly echoing vocals. The Pelican Fly remix features a series of varying beats and time signatures, keeping listeners on their toes while it builds from a slow start to a quick, danceable beat, and then back again. His latest album, Living On The Edge Of Time, released February 14th on Ultra Records, received widespread praise from the likes of USA Today, Mashable & Time Magazine, among others.

Listen: Yuksek – “Off the Wall” (DJ Harvey Remix)

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Check ’em Out + Free Download: CREEP

Brooklyn producer duo CREEP will release their newest single “Animals” featuring guest vocals from Holly Miranda tomorrow, Tuesday, January 17th.  “Animals” is a ghostly blend of Holly Miranda’s ethereal vocals and CREEP’s sinister beats & string arrangements.

Download: CREEP ft. Holly Miranda – “Animals” (Modern Machines Remix)

CREEP are producers/ DJs Lauren Flax and Lauren Dillard. Lauren Flax is an internationally renowned house DJ and producer. Their ghostly debut singles “Days” ft The xx’s Romy Madley-Croft and “You” ft Nina Sky came out earlier this year. Stay tuned for upcoming new releases from CREEP including their debut full length, which will feature collaborations with Planningtorock, Andrew Wyatt & more.

“We’ll be moping to it all night.”FADER

“putting this one on repeat and indulging in the gothy splendor” – XLR8R

“ …their cadaverous beats at the helm, inspirie us mortals to dance to our deaths.” – RCRD LBL

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Free Download: Digitalism – Circles (Dillon Francis remix)

Germany’s electronic duo Digitalism is bringing their live show back to North America this week, kicking off a full tour sponsored by Jägermeister. The band has also announced the Circles EP, which will see a release on December 6th via V2/Cooperative Music/Downtown. The band premiered the Dillon Francis remix of “Circles” today via RCRD LBL.

Download: Digitalism – “Circles” (Dillon Francis Remix)

The band released their sophomore album, I Love You, Dude, this past summer, and hit the road with the HARD Festival Summer Tour in support. The album features 10 tracks, each of which has their own vibrant identity. With amazing tracks like “Forrest Gump,” co-written with Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas, “Circles,” with its Who-ish keyboard and apparently existential lyrics and standout lead single “2 Hearts.”

Upcoming North American Tour Dates

  • 11/28 – Chicago, IL – Metro
  • 11/29 – Toronto, ON – Mod Club
  • 11/30 – Montreal, QC – SAT
  • 12/1 – Boston, MA – Paradise
  • 12/2 – New York, NY – Webster Hall
  • 12/3 – Philadephia, PA – Trocadero
  • 12/5 – Washington, DC – U Street Music Hall
  • 12/7 – Asheville, NC – Orange Peel 12/9 – Austin, TX – Parish
  • 12/10 – Dallas, TX – Granada Theater
  • 12/12 – Solana Beach, CA – Belly Up
  • 12/13 – Los Angeles, CA – The Music Box
  • 12/14 – San Francisco, CA – Mezzanine

 

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Free Download: ANR – “New Armor”

“the driving beats of TV On The Radio blended with the psychedelic sweetness of Passion Pit” MTV.com

Miami’s psychedelic synth-pop duo ANR released the brand new track “New Armor.”  The song is the latest example of the group’s constant evolution as well as their prolific songwriting.  It begins with a lone acoustic guitar before falsetto vocals and lush, sparkling keyboards join the mix.  ANR’s reverb-laden vocals are anthemic and continue in the introspective, earnest direction of the previously released tracks from Stay Kids Deluxe Edition, their forthcoming album out September 13th on 10k Islands.

ANR consists of merely two members – Brian Robertson (Keys, Vocals) and Michael-John Hanock (Vocals, Drums) – but they create a powerful sound filled with layered melodies and bountiful hooks.  It has already earned the duo praise from RCRD LBL, The Fader, MTV.com, and Nylon, among others, and have landed them shows with bands like Animal Collective, Neon Indian, No Age, and Fucked Up.  The band kicks off their North American tour later this month.

Listen/download: ANR – “New Armor”

North American Tour Dates:

08/25:  Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall
08/29:  Philadelphia, PA  @ Kung-Fu Necktie
08/30: New York, NY  @ Milk Studios
08/31:  New York, NY  @ Mercury Lounge
09/01:  Boston, MA  @ Brighton Music Hall
09/02:  Montreal, QC  @ Casa Del Popolo
09/03:  Toronto, ONT  @ The Drake
09/05: Detroit, MI  @ Lager House
09/06: Grand Rapids, MI  @ Pyramid Scheme
09/07: Chicago, IL  @ Empty Bottle
09/09: Urbana, IL  @ Canopy Club
09/10: Minneapolis, MN  @ 7th Street Entry
09/12:  Seattle, WA  @ Crocodile Lounge
09/13:  Portland, OR  @ Doug Fir
09/15: San Francisco, CA  @ Bottom Of The Hill
09/16: Fresno, CA  @ Audie’s Olympic
09/17: Los Angeles, CA  @ The Satellite
09/20: San Diego, CA  @ Soda Bar

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