Welcome back to Volume 31 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) Soliloquy - Fear of Tigers: I know nothing of Fear of Tigers but I want and need to know more. There's a god damn genius behind that moniker because the opening to this song won me over instantly. It's so fucking hilarious. Once you get past the hilariousness of video dating outtakes you're rewarded with a pretty fantastic jam. Enjoy...but fast-forward if you're a smoker.
2) Internet Friends - KnifeParty: Going from video dating to facebook stalking. I'm getting my inner G.O.B. on because I'm rocking the segue. Hard. This song is slightly older than the norm on track marks but I was reminded of it when I saw the new bloody ass video for it. So ridiculous. So much fun. The reason why the stock is tanking? Maybe.
3) New Lands (A-Trak Remix) - Justice: Justice, even though it was a shortened set, was a stellar highlight at this year's Coachella. They melted faces like it was a normal 110 degree weekend. It wasn't. It was cold as Fuck most of the time....but not as ice cold as this A-Trak remix. So ice cold. It kills.
4) What's Love Got To Do With It (Tina Turner cover) - Derek Allen: Derek "DJA" Allen of Mad Decent fame (or infamy depending on how much love you have for Mad Decent) has seemingly retired his Blood Bros mash up skills for concentrating on his own music and the random cover here and there. This killer cover of needs a video of DJA strutting down the mean streets of 80's NYC. Teased out weave optional. Proud Mary indeed.
5) Believe In My Blood - Cold Cave: NEW COLD CAVE!!! I friggin love Cold Cave. This track coupled with the news that they'll be playing a "Saturdays off the 405" session on October 20th has me very excited. I will gladly stroll around the Getty staring at countless tapestries if it means free Cold Cave is the end result.
6) I'll Be Alright - Passion Pit: If I were to take a survey of the music obsessed people in my life of what upcoming album they are all most excited about I'm fairly certain it would be a split between Twin Shadow (that's my vote BTW) and Passion Pit. Passion Pit will have to really go for broke to top everyone's love for Manners. This track is a sign that Michael Angelakos and Co aren't sweating it.
7) Sleepwalking - The Chain Gang of 1974: This is a monster of a fucking jam. I cannot wait to hear more new tracks because any song that starts with twenty-seven seconds of owl hoots is a sign of great things to come. We want and need a follow up album to Wayward Fire asap. I saw them perform this track live this past weekend and I have to say the fire is burning brighter than ever.
8) White Coats (Faustix & Imanos Remix)- Foxes: After hearing the stellar remix Faustix and Imanos did of Dragonette I made a point to add them to my Soundcloud favorites so I wouldn't miss a track. ever. Just in case though they've been kind enough to send me email reminders. Sure seeing that it was sent to "999+" people cheapens it but who cares. The remix rages.
9) Fifteen (ft Chela) (Xtrafunk Rmx) - Goldroom: During Vol 30 I told myself not to include any remixes of "Fifteen" because it felt too soon...and the original was too good. Well I think I gave the original a wide enough berth so that I can share this Xtrafunk remix guilt free. The remix was done by someone named "Xtrafunk" do I need to go on?
10) Sunday Drive (Gigamesh Remix) - Ladyhawke: Same goes for this Ladyhawke jam. I shared out the original a few tracks ago and I was ready to swear off any and all remix versions. I'm trying to be less redundant with these things...but damn Gigamesh wouldn't leave well enough alone. In his skilled hands "well enough" turns into "well done".
11) Miracle (Viceroy Remix) - Ghost Beach: NY's Ghost Beach describe their sound as Tropical Grit Pop . This Viceroy remix peels back some of the grit and adds a few more layers f tropical pop. Like bashing steel drums with disco balls.
12) Celebrate - Mika: The lead single from Mika's upcoming album, The Origin of Love (out on Sept 16th) needs to be heard now so it can be considered for the vaunted "song of the summer" title. Sure it's poppy as hell...but I'd rather celebrate "Celebrate" than "Call Me Maybe". Peep the Pharrell production and what sounds like some Daft Punk sampling.
13) Memory - Peter and The Magician: I was hugely disappointed to miss sets by The Magician and RAC at Dim Mak this past Tuesday but I was suffering from a 72 hour hangover. I had to live vicariously through a friend who went. I hated her for going when I couldn't but I've since forgiven her because she sent me this song. I love this jam so hard.
14) Bad Things - Be The Bear: If every music submission that was sent to SYFFAL was as good as this fucking jam I would have very little to do every two weeks. Track Marks would write itself. Be The Bear's tasty brand of electro pop had me hooked on my very first listen. Her voice slays me. I suggest giving this a listen and then checking out their EP Fireships (available on iTunes)
15) Polish Girl (Neon Indian cover)- Emil & Friends: The stand out jam from Neon Indian's latest album gets reborn with a darker tinge thanks to SYFFAL pals Emil and Friends. I'm going to say something now that might cause some of you to gasp: This cover absolutely CRUSHES the original. Blasphemy I know...but come on. Look into your hearts. You know it to be true. This track is on repeat forever for me. Forever.
16) Slow Down - Poolside: LA duo Poolside will be releasing their debut album on July 9th and it will be the soundtrack to many a Sunday afternoon pool party. No Saturdays though. That shit is Hood Internet territory. Sunday vibing, that's the Poolside scene. So chill.
17) In The Grace Of Your Love (Poolside remix) - The Rapture: I dug the previous song so much I decided to browse around for more Poolside content. I came across this badass remix of The Rapture. I've had a love affair with "The Grace of Your Love" pretty much since Coachella. What I once thought was an uneven record is now slowly becoming one of my favorites. Time and remixes will do that to a man's ears.
18) Feel So Close (Calvin Harris cover) - DWNTWN: Never did I think someone could make this song sound fresh & new after it had been played so fucking much. I have never been so happy to be so wrong. DWNTWN freshens this club track up like a post hangover 2nd shower because as we all know the first shower never takes. I plan on taking my third shower now with this cover as my soundtrack. I feel so close to myself right now.
19) Departure - Germany Germany: Drew, this song is proof that you should never quit making music! You are as gifted as you are Canadian. The world needs more of your close your eyes music so we can see more clearly.
20) Baby (Donnie and Joe Emerson cover)- Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti: Ariel Pink is a god damn chameleon. I never would have guessed this was him on this cover of this 1979 classic. It is a classic right? Meh, who cares. The important thing is Ariel Pink is happy again and has a new album coming out on August 21st. While we wait for that to drop play this on repeat.