Sleigh Bells “Treat ‘Em”
If I held out on talking about Sleigh Bells any longer it might be considered a music crime, or tarnish my REP for neglect! A lot of music bloggers are calling Treats, the group’s debut, one of the best album thus far of 2010. Not sure I’d go that far, as we all seem to overindulge these days on synthesizers and indie rock, but nonetheless–we’ll let you decide.
School of Seven Bells: “Babelonia” School of Seven Bells have a new album, and with that, a new dream-pop ballad to gift. “Babelonia” is equal parts embracing and isolating—an immensely movable tune that beckons you to dance alone to the rapturous beat.
Evan Voytas: “ASTRO”
“Meet me up Astso / Because I can get lost,” and within the ambient synthesizer noise that waltzes through your brain like riding an acid trip on Falkor’s back–“Astro,” is that track you press play after drinking too much syrup after a summer BBQ.
A-Trak: “Trizzy Turn” 2007’s Dirty South Dance was a defining release for A-Trak—a tangible example of the pastiche of his DJ sets. So the second edition, which arrives on May 17, will fall somewhere between a victory lap, a look forward, and another excuse to bug out to expertly chosen rap a cappellas sewn onto expertly chosen club music. For “Trizzy Turnt Up,” that means Roscoe Dash and Soulja Boy livening up Claude VonStroke’s “Vocal Chords”. Somewhere, Girl Talk is crying into his headband.
Nas and Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley: “As We Enter (Tinie Tempah Remix)”
Tinie Tempah—who’s not exactly the quietest, most obscure kid on the hip-hop block—gets to spit as Nas and Damian Marley look on, heads bobbing, no doubt, to soul-shine horn parps and party-up bass. Someone here seems to be doing a cat impression, too. Not sure who’s responsible for that.