Disclosure x Friend Within – The Mechanism

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British electronic duo Disclosure have spent the last two years exploding in popularity following the release of their debut album, Settle. They’re also performing at Coachella for the second year in a row, but refuse to rest on their laurels. Instead, they’re back again collaborating with producer Friend Within for new track “The Mechanism.” It’s every bit the level of quality people have come to expect from the group. A handclap and high hat heavy beat forms the foundation for a woozy synth line and multiple vocal loops. The synth bridge has the brothers’ fingerprints all over it, while Friend Within handles the vocals and more traditional DJ work to complement their more house tendencies. The track is versatile, leaving it up to the listener how into the groove they want to get, but five minutes of Disclosure is going to end in dancing more often than not. Check it out below.

STREAM: Disclosure x Friend Within – “The Mechanism”

Elliot Moss – Slip

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It’s hard to get an exact bead on what’s going on in Elliot Moss’ new song “Slip.” It’s like an old jazzy lounge tune with vocals from the second Bon Iver album, all put through an Imogen Heap filter. Its grooves are lilting, smooth and subtly seductive, while the electronic overtones give it a sheen of cool. At the open it seems like the song will develop into an airy bit of dream pop, but then that slow, thick, heavy beat kicks in, planting the tune’s feet solidly in the earth. Heady stuff for a guy who still has to wait two years to legally drink. If this is the kind of stuff that Moss is putting out at 19, it’ll certainly be exciting to hear what he grows into.

“Slip” is the third song on Elliot Moss’ recently released debut Highspeeds. Stream it below.

STREAM: Elliot Moss – “Slip”

Wolf Gang – Black River

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It seems like forever since we last heard from Wolf Gang. Their debut full-length Suego Faults proved to be a transatlantic success after its 2011 release thanks to a cornucopia of hits like “Lions In Cages,” “The King And All Of His Men” and “Dancing With The Devil.” The London foursome is poised to keep things going in 2014 with a brand new EP: Black River. It isn’t due out until April 29th, but to get you all ready the band has dropped the release’s title track. With the assistance of UK producer Floods (U2, Nine Inch Nails), “Black River” shows that Wolf Gang haven’t missed a step when it comes to explosive, anthemic indie rock. Give it a listen below.

STREAM: Wolf Gang – “Black River”

Nicky Blitz – Alex (Amtrac Remix)

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It was only a couple of months ago that ATG Records alum Nicky Blitz made his return with a brand new single — “Alex.” Now the bicoastal artist is keeping things going by enlisting the remix assistance of none other than Amtrac. The Louisville producer makes an electronic dreamscape out of Scapa’s latest, luring the listener in some with twinkling synths before launching into a driving beat made for midnight city drives. Stream the remix below, and make sure to catch Nicky Blitz live when he hits up this year’s sweetlife festival in DC on Saturday, May 10th.

STREAM: Nicky Blitz – “Alex (Amtrac Remix)”

Sylvan Esso – Play It Right

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Mountain Man’s Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn of Megafaun joined forces last year to create Sylvan Esso. As part of the lead-up to their impending debut LP, today the North Carolina duo re-released one of their first-ever tracks “Play it Right.” The song was originally by Meath’s alma mater but was then debuted by Sylvan Esso this past August. “Play it Right” is a swirling bouquet of sound that combines Amelia’s folksy vocals with Sanborn’s sweeping synth and basslines. Give it a listen below, and hit the jump to see them perform the track at a recent Sofar Sounds show in London.

STREAM: Sylvan Esso – “Play It Right”

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Premiere: Hey Champ – Dominoes

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Sometimes missed opportunities work out for the better. Hey Champ had originally written the beat behind “Dominoes” for Lupe Fiasco years ago. He ended up passing on it. Several years later, the Chicago production duo is releasing the track — now padded with some extra hooks — as their own single. Imagine Simian Mobile Disco meets LCD Soundsystem with some extra synth-pop flair and you’ll get an idea of what you’re in for.

Stream “Dominoes” below, and make sure to grab a copy of Hey Champ’s Dominoes EP when it drops April 22nd.

STREAM: Hey Champ – “Dominoes”

The Music Guide To Mad Men

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“When did music become so important?”
– Don Draper

Creating the soundtrack to a period piece about the 1960s, especially one that takes itself incredibly seriously, is a daunting task. Around every corner are songs that tempt you with nostalgia or personal connection, but if those songs are used in even slightly the wrong context it can destroy the dynamic you were hoping for. “American Pie” is one of my favorite songs, and it was released in 1971; a year that could be the last we see at Sterling Cooper & Partners. That said, if the final credits of Mad Men roll by to the sweet melody and soothing timbre of that Don McLean classic I will toss my TV out the window and promptly run Matthew Weiner over with a John Deere riding mower. Then I’ll come home, drink 10 Old Fashioneds and brood in the dark wondering if he had wronged me or I had wronged myself.

David Chase ended the Sopranos in such a fashion musically, using Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing” as either a fill in for his middle finger or a statement on American culture (or both); apparently we get to decide. Matthew Weiner, a Chase protégé, will hopefully take a different course. The music he has already used suggests he will.

Here are the defining musical moments of the first six seasons of Mad Men.

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#TBT: Hoodlem – Girlfriend (NSYNC Cover)

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For this week’s #TBT we’re serving up a cover of NSYNC’s “Girlfriend” for your musical digestion, courtesy of Hoodlem. Hoodlem is another one of these new artists operating under the guise of anonymity, so information on them is lacking. What we do know is that they hail from Melbourne and identify themselves as “an anonymous project blending pulsing experimental beats, soulful vocals and crisp production.” That approach apparently fits very well with their take on NSYNC’s final single. Give it a listen below.

DOWNLOAD: Hoodlem – “Girlfriend (NSYNC Cover)”

Mix: Danger Village

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In need of a mix for your ride to Coachella tomorrow? Danger Village‘s Beth Martinez has got you covered. Head below for some top-down festival road tunes — featuring ATG favorites Magic Man, Fickle Friends, Khushi and more — and some words on each one. And make sure to stay in the know on all the rad artists Beth and co. work with by visiting Danger Village online.

STREAM: Danger Village Springtime Flingtime Mix

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The Good Times Are Killing Me

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For the longest time, “indie” meant exactly what it was supposed to: “independent.” That changed in 2004. Enter Modest Mouse’s Good News For People Who Love Bad News, a shining beacon of weird pop that charted the course for the vague but mass-consumed object that “indie” is today. Chances are this site would not exist without Isaac Brock’s pièce de résistance, and we think it’s a safe bet to say the same about our readers’ music tastes. So we thought it only fitting to devote a track-by-track retrospective to the album on the week of its ten year anniversary. Hit the jump and take a stroll down memory lane.

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