When L.A. artist Ramona Gonzalez released her first collection of lo-fi lounge music as Nite Jewel in 2008, her eight-track creations made a mark among the avant-pop underground. Her inaugural Good Evening LP generated ample interest in bedroom-disco, with highlights like “Weak for Me” and “What Did He Say?” pegging her aesthetic: 1980s pop filtered through a tin can. Her vibe was charming, but better suited for headphones than a club, and from the beginning her technique suggested she could move beyond the limits of cassette culture.
Nite Jewel’s sound has gradually developed since then, and following a string of releases for boutique labels like Italians Do It Better and Mexican Summer, “One Second of Love” reaches a new level. Whereas her previous recordings were capable only of hinting at Eno-like instrumentals, this song recalls them strongly, offering four minutes of funk-oriented pop with a crisp, galactic feel. Gonzalez’ voice booms over the snappy synth grooves, and a mid-tempo drum beat provides a cool, danceable sway. It could all easily remind you of the Samps, and rightfully so. That group’s member Cole M. Greif-Neill produced and played on the entire record, which comes via Secretly Canadian in March.
So I just read this article on the FEELguide about this new band from TN. I figured I would give it a try and listen to their songs on the post and all I can say is WOW. I am so sad there is only two tracks from these guys but I am sure they are going to keep them coming! For now I am going to have them on repeat.
So, without any further ado here is the article. Enjoy!
David Miller and Samuel D’Amelio are the brains behind the balls-out brilliant duo FUTURE UNLIMITED based out of Nashville, Tennessee. Back when they were just youngins the pair were neighbors who shared a teenage passion for 80s new wave and post punk and as Old Waver describes: “What they’ve created together is a sound that passes over the low-hanging fruit of Depeche Mode and digs deeper into the synthpop lexicon. A listen to the duo’s forthcoming ‘Cloak & Dagger’ EP recalls the edge of Gary Numan, the swagger of Heaven 17, the melody of OMD and the passion of early Tears For Fears.” The following two tracks are absolutely incredible and I swear these 2 guys are about to EXPLODE. No joke. They are giving away the following two incredible tracks “Golden” and “When It Calls” and you can download your own copies of each by visiting Old Waver. The pair are set to perform at this spring’s SXSW Festival in Austin, so don’t miss them if you’re lucky enough to make it. You can follow FUTURE UNLIMITED on Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, and their website AFUTUREUNLIMITED.com.
Tycho is the music project of San Francisco artist and producer Scott Hansen. As Tycho, Hansen blends swirling melodies into vaguely triumphant arcs that crisscross between stuttering beats and vocal samples, creating rolling sonic landscapes that extend into the horizon. Known in the design world as ISO50, Hansen is famed for his bucolic, sun-drenched design style, which serves as a backdrop and mirror for his musical output. Hansen began his electronic-music career with 2002’s The Science of Patterns EP , which was followed in 2004 by his first full length, Sunrise Projector.
The critical acclaim continued in 2006 with the release of Past Is Prologue on Miami-based IDM imprint Merck records. Ghostly met Scott Hansen in 2007, and like everybody else, we simply had to work with him.
In 2008, Tycho received a nod as one of URBmagazine’s “Next 100” artists to watch. Since 2007, Tycho, with great care, released sun-drenched, melodic singles for the 3 years, honing his sound and collaborating with even more live instrumentation. In 2011, his meticulous process sees the release of DIVE. The wait has been well worth it. (from Ghostly)
I recently got a chance to meet Scott Hansen at his show at Bardot Miami and not only is he a talented musician and designer but he is also such a nice person. We got a chance to talk before his performance and he told us about his designs and love for music and art. They played for about an hour and a half non stop. We were not only impressed by his excellent performance but with Tycho you get a full show. He incorporates his designs into a backdrop video that submerge you into a trance-like mood where you are almost paralyzed by the beauty of the music and its execution.
Here is a sample of his work. You can also find him on Spotify.