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Phantogram – Voices

February 2014 brings Phantogram back into the indie dance spotlight with their latest record on Republic Records, Voices; here, we present the first three tracks of the record in succession, to show off its shiniest points.

Phantogram – “Nothing But Trouble”
The album’s first song is well-chosen as a delicate intro. Voices will surely put Phantogram on the map officially, and “Nothing but Trouble” will appease the masses.

Phantogram – “Black Out Days”
Phantogram has been hailed as hearkening the “return of trip-hop”, and I think this is one of the best of examples of that, with a modern twist.

Phantogram – “Fall In Love”
This the money shot. Lead singer Sarah Barthell’s strong vocal talents are on display, backed by Phantogram’s signature remixed beats. This song is so catchy that it leans into pop R&B territory, but then pulls itself back with the melodic violin breaks. _ JUDY NELSON

 

Glass Animals – “Gooey”

Glass Animals make it look easy by being equal parts sexy and equal parts alleyway lurker. If this doesn’t come across by listening to “Gooey” alone, just take a look at the exploratory music video below, directed by Australian director duo, The Apiary. They will be releasing a brand new EP on April 8th, via Harvest. They have lofty visions of what that record sounds like, as vocalist David Bayley has told the Quietus: “If Timbaland and Dr. Dre had a love child that was brought up feral by a pack of wolves on a desert island and then that child created a soundtrack of its life – that’s a bit like what the album sounds like. It’s bigger and wilder than our previous releases – in the early days we were a bit too self conscious to completely let go when recording. We’ve put that feeling behind us and I think the musical result is something rawer and untamed.” _ VIVIAN HUA

 

Schlohmo & Jeremih – “Fuck U All The Time (Remix)”

This is just a throwback track for throwback’s sake — but primarily because it has resurfaced lately, after the success of that remix spurred the duo’s recent collaboration for “No More”. _ VIVIAN HUA


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