Welcome to Vol. 9 of “Under The Radar“. Every week we get together and discuss what’s exciting. We vote and share the best with you here. This week we have three tracks to share from a great mix of bands. If you like what you hear, check out our Under the Radar channel on JAM by Indie88.
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Sports – “Panama”
This laid back mix of psychedelic textures, synth pads and island drums is the perfect pop melody.
Though the name came from the band members’ “lack of athleticism”, Sports has no shortage of musical ability. After playing and writing together for years throughout school, the band eventually released their debut record Naked All The Time in July. The album recalls the sounds of the 80s, using dated synth pads, drums drowned in gated reverb, in a lo-fi psychedelic approach. If you’re a fan of Mac DeMarco or St. Lucia then you should really get into Sports (fitness not necessary).
Trouble Knows Me – “Trouble Knows Me”
Low-Key rap with boom-bap beats make for this vintage inspired hip-hop track.
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If that voice sounds familiar it’s probably because the MC and backing vocals of this track are all done by Samuel T. Herring of Future Islands. In fact he’s no stranger to the rap game — he’s been working under the pseudonym Hemlock Ernst for a couple years now. Paired up with the infamous hip-hop producer Madlib, the two are currently collaborating under the name Trouble Will Find Me, releasing a self-titled LP last month. Fans of Madvillain, Mos Def or J Dilla, this is for you.
Health – “Stonefist”
Brooding vocals, blaring guitar and reverberating bass make up this experimental noise rock track.
Though you may not have heard this L.A. noise rock group before, they have been putting in work for quite some time now. In the past decade that Health has been around, they’ve released six full LPs — two of which are remix albums while another is the soundtrack to the video game, Max Payne 3. “Stonefist” is the second single off their sixth studio album Death Magic, which came out this week. Sounding like the reincarnation of Trent Reznor, this band blares through a mixture of instruments and technology. Turn up your headphones and rage out to Health.
Written by Dave Setton.