Nick Jonas

“Jealous”

Do I jam this when I’m gettin’ “swole” at the gym, doing reps, looking at myself in the mirror, making sure no one’s looking, and winking? Or do I throw this on at work, when I’m telling everyone I’m listening to some abstract “free jazz” record? Maybe I do both, or maybe I don’t do either of those things. But here’s the thing, Nick Jonas knows how to put together a solid jam or, at least, he knows the right songwriters to hire to put together a solid jam. Perhaps this is all a symptom of some “lameness” coming my way, and in two years I’ll be hosting a BBQ at my house in the ‘burbs, sipping light beer and terrifying my friends with talk about my stock portfolio and how my accountant is far superior to TurboTax. This is indeed a worst case scenario for “the J-man”, as I’m occasionally referred to (mostly by my dad), but I think history will be kind to this tune. Confront your nightmares, people, and get “Jealous”.

• Nick Jonas: http://www.nickjonas.com

Potions

“Lake Swim”

Very rarely do I cover Hausu Mountain, but merely because I’d going HAM on the label if old Maxwell didn’t have stake in it [Editor/Writer Note: Disclaimer, u kno u kno u kno u kno u kno u kno]. Shit, even rarer than that do I ever expect a 100% Silk tape on a label like Hausu. However, it DOES make sense, considering the label appears to be designed around musicians/artists functioning with electronics to distribute their sounds. So they ain’t too far from their typical gestation. ABORT, C, ABORT!

Anyhow, TMT is undoubtedly – bias ;) – fans of the Hausu and Potions, and are too stoked on this new batch of tapes! And singling out “Lake Swim” seems like the perfect starting point to introduce the sound of Light and Dark (out May 26) to listeners. Ya-ya, that steady beat going hard on the soft, but more-so, I find “Lake Swim” (metaphorically) to be Potions imperfecting something pristine with professional skill. Mostly just referring to the glassy synthetics throughout. As if this lake is a perfectly flat/calm mirror of the morning sky – it’s totally a morning jam, btw – and Potions is there to give it a ripple or two. It’s magic. It’s “Lake Swim.” It’s fucking Hausu Mountain: DID YOU EXPECT DISAPPOINTMENT?

Scope Potions’ newest 2015 single “Lake Swim” below from their Hausu Mountain release Light and Dark CS out May 26:

• Potions: http://www.prettyallright.com
• Hausu Mountain: http://hausumountain.com

God Vol. 1

“Second House”

God Vol. 1 (a.k.a. N.i.c.o.l.e. and Gel Set) has ascended to the “Second House.” Like, I’m talking next level lounge at a steady BPM, complete with diva vocals and ice cold pepper snaps, trailing synths and a fluxed base, bebopin’ chip-bitting, and the occasional psyche-out lyrical effect. It’s like at the end of the night when losing everything is the M.O., and gaining access to the “Second House” is pretty much the after-after-after party. God Vol. 1 just started their timeline as a duo in R. Kelly status. Shit, even if you’re NOT at the club and just barely hanging on to 4 AM, pop “Second House” on repeat, and feel the never-ending pulse of the night.

From N.i.c.o.l.e.

In a nutshell: we’re producing irreverent (and sometimes sweet) Chicago style throwback jams. “Second House” is our first official track as God Vol. 1. The song is a house tinged slow burn about “relations” with a wealthy suitor. Sex, mystery.. scandal! We’re currently in the process of finalizing our debut album of 6 tracks which we plan to unleash this summer.

If you didn’t already feel the sweat of this track beading your brow, then that blockquote probably just took you to the steam room. And if you don’t already feel the steam room effect of God Vol. 1’s vibe, enter “Second House.” They got like 15 steam rooms there and a dozen saunas and four whirlpools and a jacuzzi the size of an Olympic pool. I’m not fucking with you!

Follow the wealthy suitor duo God Vol. 1 to their “Second House” below:

• God Vol. 1: https://soundcloud.com/god-vol-1
• N.i.c.o.l.e.: https://soundcloud.com/headhead
• Gel Set: https://soundcloud.com/gel-set

Loibner & Bruckmayr

“Further”

The rhythmic foundation of “Further” is a squeeze tube of friendly squirts. Propellers catch the breeze of the squeeze and start hacking. The squirt hits the fan. Some wrung droplets splash into the vocoded mouth of a friendly beast, a wordless vocalist, who exhales erotic / alien gasps and gulps while seated “in the quiet slipstream / in the thunder.” (Neil Young)

It’s a smooth ride in the slipstream, thanks to the washed-behind-its-ears production, despite the herky-jerky mania of the arrangement. It feels like Another Day On Earth, or a journey through a backstage labyrinth, or a series of exit lines, every one of ‘em soothing.

• Bernhard Loibner: http://loibner.cc
• Didi Bruckmayr: http://www.fuckhead.at/didi
• Moozak: http://www.moozak.org

Snow Ghosts

The Fleet EP

Snow Ghosts have thrown their driving track “The Fleet,” an Ian William Craig remix of “Circles Out Of Salt,” and a live rendition of “And the World Was Gone” onto a digital-only EP, curled up in a weathered bottle and cast by marooned beasts into the stream below. The originals to all three appeared on their February release A Wrecking, an album that was first to feature Oliver Knowles (of EXES) alongside original members Ross Tones (a.k.a. Throwing Snow) and Hannah Cartwright (a.k.a. Augustus Ghost)

It’s a solid EP, too. Ian William Craig (whose A Turn of Breath caught the #6 spot on our Favorite Music Releases of 2014 list) hands in a blazing remix of “Circles Out of Salt.” In his version, Cartwright’s vocals are shot at speeds known only to angels and demolitionists at the exact moment a loop is reversed — a realm almost non-existent yet celebrated by divergent realities. The Fleet EP becomes a small but comfortable home for Craig’s soaring remix, which shares a vanity with a clean, burly live rendition of “And the World Was Gone.” Here, rent is never due, and no one eats your food.

The Fleet EP is available to purchase via iTunes and Houndstooth (one of our favorite labels of 2014) and can be streamed on Soundcloud or Spotify. Houndstooth also has a fierce-looking Snow Ghosts t-shirt featuring artwork from The Fleet in their digital shop, so grab them while the ink is fresh.

• Snow Ghosts: http://www.snowghosts.net
• Houndstooth: http://houndstoothlabel.com

  

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