Welcome back to Volume 25 of SYFFAL's Bi-Weekly mix of new music that is a must for your ears and rears. Every other week Del LeFevre will give you the best of what's new, interesting and just plain tasty. Take this music and inject it into your mp3 players and your cars. Embrace the high.
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1) DoYaThing (James Murphy & Andre 3000) – Gorillaz: This Converse group effort from Damon Albarm James Murphy and Andre 3000 has me realizing that I sincerely miss Andre 3000. Who else would drop a lead bar throwing down a shout out to onomonopia? No one else. Only Mister Three Stacks. This is such a freaked out jam.
2) Internet Friends – Knife Party: On Friday night I swore that “Internet Friends” by Knife Party was the greatest song I ever heard. I was supremely fucked up. I made someone email me the name of the track so I’d remember to include it as the crowning jewel of 25. Like I said I was supremely fucked up. So Dubby.
3) Somebody That I Used to Know (HYPER CRUSH REMIX) – Gotye: Yeah Yeah Yeah, I know I said I retired this song and every remix of it from here on out...But then Hyper Crush went out and did a remix. After trashing their album in a review that was far too negative to make the SYFFAL pages I felt as if I owe it to them to promote this killer remix. Now we are officially done with Gotye.
4) Sail Away (Cut Copy remix) – The Rapture: While “Sail Away” was far from one of my favorite tracks off of The Rapture’s hit heavy 2011 LP I can’t help but love the extended Cut Copy remix. I wanted to hate it but its length lulled me into submission.
5) Illusion – Falcon Punch: A fucking sexy ass slinky bass line and the “In the Air Tonight” drum fill lead into a killer chorus. This song has so many grooves going on. This is the perfect theme for when G.O.B. Bluth decides to break out his Illusions for the Netflix extra season.
6) Bad Girls (Monolith Remix) - M.I.A.: Now that we’ve distanced ourselves from M.I.A.’s hypocritical Super Bowl antics we can thoroughly enjoy this intense remix by Monolith. Bad Girls get paid and then protest said payday w/ a finger in the air.
7) Breathe (Pink Floyd cover) - Capital Cities ft. Tupac Shakur: Fact: some people still believe Tupac is alive. That blows my mind. According to them: Dinosaurs never existed, Man never landed on the Moon, and 9/11 conspiracy. God bless them. On this track Tupac rides his dinosaur act onto the Dark Side of the Moon.
8) Till the World Ends (Koralleven version) – Britney Spears: I fucking love Koralleven. Their 2011 album is a recent love that I’m touting to all who will listen. Forcing their version of this overplayed/somewhat respectable Britney Spears club jam should be a pretty good indicator of my love for these swedehearts.
9) Dreams – Cadillac: Someone suggested I listen to Cadillac’s late 2011 self titled EP and I owe them a great deal of thanks for that call. It’s a fantastic ride full of popped out synths and guitars. I dig all of the tracks so much I feel like I need to share their soundcloud so you can sample some more.
10) Midnight City (M83 Cover) - The Knocks Ft. Mandy Lee: I gave “Midnight City the Gotye treatment by retiring it a few volumes ago…but of course I felt the need to abuse the loophole of letting it appear as a cover. This time it is re-imagined as a late 70’s disco flavored club jam. Different. Still great.
11) Suffocation (HEALTH Remix) - Crystal Castles: Every Crystal Castles song that isn’t “Not in Love” kind of breaks my heart. That said this remix by Health fills my Alice Glass void. It’s not ever going to compare to “NIL” but it will help. Kind of like that 2am last desperate run for an intimate connection at the bar. Standards drop. This one’s a pretty short drop.
12) Johnny Belinda (White Arrows Remix) - Active Child: I love me some White Arrows and everyone at SYFFAL is in love with Pat Grossi and Co so another Active Child remix is a fucking layup. This one is done fucking expertly by the White Arrows dudes. So stuttery. So damn good.
13) I Don’t Want to Go Alone – The Drums: This melodramatic song is the B-side to the Drums next single. It ushers in a new sound for them. They sound far far removed from the surf rockers we were first introduced to back in 2009 with Summertime! We are in the midst of a cold endless winter…And it sounds great.
14) Sunday (Psychic Conversation #9) – Crocodiles: What’s your most anticipated album release of June 2012? Not sure? May I offer up Crocodiles “Endless Flowers (out on 6/05 Via French Kiss). If you have any doubts you should listen to “Sunday” once. That’s all it will take. It is a popped out ray of light that is shocking to hear from a band who once sang “I Want to Kill”.
15) Cut the Chord – The Pysched: Upon first listen I was going to saddle this with the kiss of death blurb of “this is a Tim pick”...But the gruff bombastic onslaught grew on me. Cut the Chord is the 1st of nine banging rockers coming out on the The Pysched self titled debut LP (out on 5/12 via Slovenly Recordings)
16) Goldmine – Colleen Green: So this is the part of track Marks I love. I was trolling the internet looking for songs to sample and I came across Goldmine by Colleen Green. I loved it instantly which let me to her bandcamp which has a bunch more originals and covers! It’s a…Fuck you…I will not call it a goldmine. Check it out. I’m in POP Punk DIY love:
17) Pale Blue Eyes (Velvet Underground cover) – The Kills: Something about Allison Mosshart of the Kills makes this Velvet Underground song seem less pastoral. There’s nervousness about her. The entire time of my first listen was spent waiting for a blow up or a meltdown. I sat waiting all 5 and 1/2 minutes for some sort of freak out. Living in fear is no way to live.
18) Our Hearts – Firehorse. Not to be confused with Firehose! Thank god I wised up and learned the difference because I love this jam. SXSW peeps, you can catch Firehorse on the The D’Addario Stage @ 4:30pm @ Rusty’s. Details here.
19) God of Love – Stereo Alchemy: This band’s website doesn't have much in the way of info outside of their description (a seductive mix of trip hop, synth pop and post punk.) and their location (Santa Monica). Sold and sold! Their debut album, which released on Valentine’s Day, will be making the rotation. . If all the other tracks are as tasty I’ll be a happy to call them my neighbors.
20) Jolene (Dolly Parton cover) - Jesse Thomas: Can we stop fronting that we know this as a Dolly Parton track? I definitely want to call this a White Stripes cover. If I do that it serves two purposes: one: I’m being honest with myself and 2) it makes Jesse Thomas’ rendition that much for mesmerizing. It’s settled. Fuck Dolly Parton. Long Live Jesse Thomas!