Carlos Olin Montalvo

Listen to Toro y Moi – “Say That”

01/10/2013

Like many great musicians, Toro y Moi began in a bedroom as a solo project. To this day, Chazwick Bundick, the 24-year-old South Carolina native, still sees himself as underdeveloped despite his recent success. His work is clearly constantly evolving and there is a good change that it has yet to fully mature. His chillwave Read More

Top 50 Songs of 2012

01/02/2013

The music scene in 2012 can be characterized by the bold introduction of young artists, the extended use of new social distribution channels, and the continued blurring of genres. The end of the year is a great opportunity to look back on the previous twelve months of music and attempt to capture the biggest songs. Read More

Best Albums of 2012 – Carlos Olin Montalvo’s Picks

12/11/2012

Another year of Best Albums of 2012 and now we’re rolling! Make sure to check out all of our Best of 2012 coverage. Without further adieu, Carlos’ picks. Alabama Shakes – Boys and Girls This Southern American rock record has a classic sound with plenty of heavy hooks and pleasant twang. Lead singer Brittany Howard passionately belts her Read More

Listen to A-Trak – Landline (feat. GTA)

12/06/2012

One of the new A-trak releases exhibits two very welcome traits: genre boundary-blurring and the clever use of a Woody the Woodpecker laugh sample. “Landline” is a gratifying collaboration with the young GTA and features the Canadian’s sophisticated turntable talents at a catchy 140 beats per minute trap house beat. The heavy bass oscillates atop Read More

Foxygen – “Shuggie” (Official Video)

12/05/2012

The obscure, mutating black box mysteriously manifests itself into the desires of its beholder. Like the shifting image, Foxygen’s style in unpredictable. Members Jonathan Rado and Sam France are two eccentric Californians that started their music careers together in high school thanks to their shared obsession with psychedelic lo-fi San Francisco-based band, Brian Jonestown Massacre. Read More

Isaac Tichauer – I Forgive You

12/04/2012

After spending this past summer touring with established musicians such as Flight Facilities, Flume, Goldroom and Todd Terje, Sydney-based producer Isaac Tichauer has a beautiful new deep house track to share. The friendly electronic vibes last over six minutes with tropical rhythms that consist of pleasing synths, solid basslines and syncopated percussion. Prominent and repetitive Read More

Listen to TOKiMONSTA – Sore

11/29/2012

“Toki” translates to “a rabbit” in Korean, while producer Jennifer Lee the ‘Monsta’ hails from the South Los Angeles. The Korean-American female talent began her musical career as an unfocused pupil of classical piano, but has since transitioned to more complex soundscapes through the use of digital manipulation, live instruments and dusty vinyl. Currently signed Read More

Listen to Jessie Ware – Running (live)

11/21/2012

After Jessie Ware temporarily abandoned her music career to obtain an English degree at Sussex University with the idea of becoming a journalist, the south London singer-songwriter (thankfully) returned to continue her formal pursuit of the performing arts. The turning point was when she lent her soulful vocals to masked producer SBTRKT in concert and Read More

El Ten Eleven at Rickshaw Stop [Review]

11/18/2012

It’s crazy how much sounds El Ten Eleven create. Without a single laptop or sequencer, the duo generate enough noise you’d think it was a much larger group of musicians. Lacking lyrics to specifically explain their deep emotions, the pair instead uses a barrage of bass and drums. With an upbeat ambient style containing subtle, Read More

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