The purpose of No Music playlists is to collect only the best new tracks from unfamiliar musicians to best known ones, highlighting the musical connections.
Don’t be fooled by the Prince track into the September 2015 playlist, I’m not going main stream! It’s just for the sake of this month thread, the 10 tracks being all about swaying grooves from Electro Soul/Pop or Electro Funk to Indie pop genres, slow-burning ones first, to end with 2 more up tempo ones.
Directly from pleer, here.
1- “Melt” – TenderIn the British wave of girl/guy electro duos like recently Vlad vs Clover, featured here or Oh Wonder (below again), another one from North London on board of this playlist with dark grooves rendered on this track by the impressive bass line, apparently fans of Oh Wonder.The word "tender" well describes their first 5 tracks EP Armour out this September: gentle and delicate.
2- “Before I Fall” – Bob Moses
Two high school friends in Vancouver bumping into each other in New York a few years later, then the trance music guy, Jimmy Valance and the singer songwriter Tom Howie, teamed up to form Bob Moses in 2011, reflecting perfectly their respective musical backgrounds: smoky vocals over sedative deep house rhythms like in their latest single “Tearing me Up”. After a compilation of 11 previous tracks "All in All" in April 2015, their debut album Days Gone By was out mid –September, from which this funky track is taken.
3- “This Could be Us” – PRINCE
Actually this track was already on Prince’s 2014 album Art Official Age but it has been completely re-arranged for the (good) sake of his latest studio album out this September HitnRun: Phase One, transforming the original mellow poppy tune into a more traditional Prince’s material with his unique guitar playing (at 2:15). Art Official Age cover art has also been recycled into a cartoon character with 3 glasses (his backing band is called 3rdEyeGirl).
4- “Moving Mountains- Feat.Brendan Reilly” – Disclosure
The second album of the UK brothers, Guy & Howard Lawrence, Caracal, out this month, has received divided reviews, the bone of contention being whether or not the duo is still an EDM band with all the pop artists featured (from Lorde to The Weeknd or Sam Smith again) trying to chart the 14 songs in the top hits. Never heard of singer Brendan Reilly before but who knew Sam Smith before Latch !
5- “Sleep In” – Telekinesis
Seattle/US singer-songwriter Michael Lerner already featured in this playlist for his third album is also here today with his fourth Ad Infinitum with always the same skill to write pop songs. Bassoon type arrangements and child babbles are funny arrangements for a chilled track.
6- “Fast Lane” – Rationale
Since April, the mysterious (with only a photo of him on his touring agent page ) East London producer going by the name of Rationale was revealing his soulful baritone voice to the music scene and tracks on his soundcloud. Now that his first 4 tracks EP Fuel to the Fire is out, “Fast Lane” remains a favorite.
7- “Spinning Out of Control” – Lovedrug
After a sky rocket debut in 2004, Ohio/US alternative rock quintet is nowadays an underrated band, getting only few reviews for one of its last singles, “Dinosaur” on the Wild Blood album in 2012. Within the 12 guitar driven tracks of its fifth studio album Notions out this September, downtempo track “Spinning Out of Control” stands out with the whirling synths revealing Michael Shepard’s cute way to pronounce the “s” letter.
8- “Livewire” – Oh Wonder
Anthony West and Josephine Vander Gucht forming the British girl/guy duo Oh Wonder, featured in this playlist were stucked indoor the past year to record their monthly tracks and now that they have released 15 tracks in September in an eponym album they are playing them live: here “Livewire”, the ninth track for May 2015 that, like “Lose it”, still stands out from the whole album.
9- “Good Girl” – Aquilo
After a collection of nice pop songs with 3 Eps since 2013, the British duo, (guy/guy one this time), has an instant banger with “Good Girl” revealed on soundcloud in September, may be announcing a forthcoming debut album in November. Tom Higham emotional and cracked voice is simply irresistible with the stuttering “googoogood girl”. Not sure though about the video.
10- “Eye to Eye” – Astronauts, etc
After a Sadie EP last year, Oakland/California-based musician, Anthony Ferraro and band, Astronauts, etc released a first full album Mind Out Wandering in September. To the slow tempo tracks, the funky ones “Eye to Eye” or "See You" swing over. Anthony will also be touring again as Toro Y Moi keyboardist this fall.