Each and every week we try to provide you with a great compilation of brand new songs that debuted within the last few days, creating a mixtape for your sharing pleasure. This time around we had the pleasure of listening to new tracks from EMA, It Looks Sad, A Sunny Day In Glasgow and many more artists that we think you'll enjoy!
We open this week's mix with the newest song from Swedish pop duo JJ, "All White Everything." Exploring the highs and lulls of synth-pop orchestration in an epic ballad, this track has us excited for JJ's 2014.
RIYL: La Roux, Promise Ring
Our next track is a great, upbeat anthemic new number from Brooklyn-based electronica duo Tiny Victories. Entitled "Systems," this new song will have you rocking out in your office chairs all week!
RIYL: Interpol, The National, Arcade Fire
Starlight Girls' new track "Fancy" has us blown away and dancing right off the back. Exploring the similarities between indie and disco, we can see why this Brooklyn five-piece is garnering plenty of acclaim and attention this year.
RIYL: The Faint, Metric
We try to mix it up as much as we can with these weekly mixtapes, but sometimes we have to repeat some artists since they keep turning out great tunes. So we won't go into too much detail on Strand of Oaks "JM," Merchandise's "Little Killer" or Lower's "Soft Option." Just kick back and enjoy!
We simply can't get enough of EMA, so when the singer (also known as Erika M. Anderson) released a bonus track off of her last record, The Future's Void, we got a little bit too into it. Reminiscent of more drone-inspired electro-pop music from a few years back, EMA really shows her range as an artist that performs pop music, but can get pretty dark and esoteric when she wants.
RIYL: M83, Poliça
North Carolina's It Looks Sad are sure to stick out in the surf-rock inspired, chill-wave indie rock genre that has taken over in the last few years. The group's new track "Raccoon" is simple, fun and refreshing. What more could you want as summer comes closer?
RIYL: DIIV, Real Estate, Oberhofer
We just mentioned that specific type of indie genre above, but simply add a flavor of post-hardcore, emo and you have the latest track from Baked. "Mick Jagger" has nothing to do with the Stones, adding a bit of confusion to the song, though it doesn't matter because it's just too good!
RIYL: Kisses, Kite Party
A Sunny Day In Glasgow's "Bye Bye Big Ocean (The End)" might seem a bit abrasive at first, but this dream-pop outfit is doing incredible things these days. 2014 is sure to be a big year for the Phialdelphia/Brooklyn band.
RIYL: The Anniversary, Stars
We realize this week's mixtape had a bit of an electronica theme to it, so this would be a great gift for a friend that appreciates late 1980s synth-pop. This will help him or her understand that the genre is still very much alive!