Video: City Calm Down-Pavement

I dunno what it is, but City Calm Down are probably the best electronic band going around right now.┬áReally, World’s End Press and Jagwar Ma are the only other groups that comes to mind that have the same electricity, depth and allure as City Calm Down.

Case in point: the new song ‘Pavement’. In it’s nearly five minute run time, the song shifts from poppy RUFUS sound alike, to a sheening Donny Benet-esque 80’s lustmobile. Then it implodes into a high-synth chorus that’s all about self-doubt covered in sparkle, before ending on a grooving, shifting sand soundscape. There’s so much going on here it’s hard to know where to swoon, and where to let things just run you over with how amazing they are.

Overall, I’d say that’s a pretty fucking awesome song.

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New: Electronica Music from Cosmo’s Midnight + City Calm Down + Sable + CEO (free downloads)

So there’s been a bunch of new tunes of the knob-tweaking variety, almost all from Australia, and all very, very gewd. Fuck introductions, let’s hear some music.

Cosmo’s Midnight-Goodnight feat. Polographi

That’s right, a new track from Sydney wunderkids Cosmo’s Midnight. These guys are becoming so buzzworthy right now, its like someone strapped a rocket to their backs and sent them shooting through the blogosphere, smashing taste making website’s expectations left and right.

Their new double A-side is actually abysmally great. I say abysmal, because its doubtful you’ll hear something as good as this for the rest of the year. ‘Goodnight’ is just an onslaught of sounds, moving between a party in zero-gravity and a orgy of sensationalism.

City Calm Down-Speak to No End (Groundislava Remix)

So, by now, you’ve no doubt heard the most excellent new City Calm Down track. Yeah, it rules, we’ve been over this, fast-forward to the present. Groundislava, aka Jasper Patterson, has done a remix, and it adds squelch over some twinkly production. Its a refreshingly hands off approach, and the man from LA (city of broken dreams and shitty actors) shows that you don’t have to add forty layers of production to a track to take it in a slightly different direction.

Sable-Feels So Good

Well, for a debut release, Pilerats sure haven’t held anything back. You probably know Pilerats as the online magazine, but they’ve literally just started up as a label, and their first birthing is the producer Sable with the track ‘Feels So Good’. The track flutters along at butterfly wing pace, and looks just as good. If Passion Pit were turned into a small furry, forest-bound creature and let loose on a Scarface amount of cocaine, and then allowed to play a bizarrely large amount of synths, you’d get something like ‘Feels So Good’. Awesome stuff Pilerats!

CEO-My Liquor

That Kanye West feller had a pretty popular song called ‘Hold My Liquor’ from his recent ‘Yeezus’ album. That much I know. Anyway, some people have decided that they want to have a crack at covering it. Amongst those people are Lorde (you might know about her) and a producer called CEO, which is the moniker for one of the guy’s from Sweden’s The Tough Alliance . Now, damn, the CEO cover is glorious. Its like a gospel choir was funnelled into DJ mixing equipment for a syrupy Spiritualized meets Underworld meets New York indie rock in a single song originally created by an angry rapper.

New: City Calm Down-Speak to No End

After waiting way to long for this too occur, City Calm Down have released new material, and it fucking rules. Like their forefathers Cut Copy, and contemporaries such as Worlds End Press and RUFUS, City Calm Down combine dusk vocals with sunset vibes and midnight synths. Did you pick up that lexical chain? Anyway, their new track ‘Speak to No End’ is unsurprisingly fantastic, a smooth hit of heavenly, gusty normalcy that slowly descends into the jaunty bass-ridden synth that is hinted earlier in the song. The fantastic outro of this song was made to be put on at parties and danced to, and the whole thing reeks of being a bonafide hit, especially within the summer festival circuit.

FREE COMPILATION OF AMAZING AUSTRALIAN MUSIC

http://iohyou.com/coming-up-not-down-vol-ii/

If you read the title, well that’s more or less everything I have to say about this. Melbourne label I OH YOU, home to Snakadaktal, City Calm Down, DZ Deathrays, Bleeding Knees Club and Violent Soho have just put out a compilation of the best up and coming Australian artists. You can find ┬átunes from Sydney garage bistro-bros Straight Arrows, and the equally exclusive Palms, as well as some soothers by Ta-ku (feat. Chet Faker) and Worlds End Press. Also, just so everyone knows shit’s serious, the comp. includes soon-to-be-world-dominators POND. So yeah, it’s free. Why aren’t you downloading it?