ASTRALWERKS

2013 was another amazing year for music and per usual, the staff have come up with our personal lists of what we’ve been digging this year. Thanks to everyone that celebrated our 20th Anniversary with us this year, we saw some very kind words all year long from our fans. 2014 is shaping up to be a really big year for the label and we can’t wait to tell you more about some of the new music on the horizon… so stay tuned and be sure you’re following along on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram. listen to some select tracks from our staff picks below either on Spotify or Rdio. Happy holidays, be safe.

 

 

Mark M

Top Albums
Postiljonen: Skyer
Sigur Rós: Kveikur
The National: Trouble Will Find Me
St. Lucia: When The Night
Barbarossa: Bloodlines
Vampire Weekend: Modern Vampires of the City
Woodkid: The Golden Age
Daughn Gibson: Me Moan
Son Lux: Lanterns
Lanterns on the Lake: Until The Colours Run

Top Songs
Postiljonen: Supreme
Villagers: Nothing Arrived
Phoria: Red
Moby: Almost Home (feat Damien Jurado)
Jagwar Ma: The Throw

Top Concert
Sigur Rós @ Madison Square Garden

Julio S

Top Albums
Haim: Days Are Gone
Chvrches: The Bones of what you Believe
Banks: LONDON
Nicole: Panal
Sky Ferreira: Night Time, My Time
Aluna George: Body Music
Haerts: Hemiplegia
Lorde: Pure Heroine
Drake: Nothing Was The Same

Top Songs
ADHDS: City
Panama: Always
Drake: Hold On, We’re Going Home
Kanye West: Bound 2
Miriam Bryant: Push Play

Leslie H

Top Albums
Milk Carton Kids: Ash & Clay
Chvrches: The Bones Of What You Believe
Haim: Days Are Gone
Frank Lenz: Water Tiger
Susanne Sundfør: The Silicone Veil
Neko Case: The Worse Things Get The Harder I Fight…
Disclosure: Settle
The National: Trouble Will Find Me
Empire Of The Sun: Ice On The Dune
The Knife: Shaking The Habitual

Top Songs
Big Scary: Twin Rivers
Haim: Don’t Save Me
Chrvches: The Mother We Share
Claire: Games
Empire Of The Sun: Alive

Top Concert
Skaters @ The Studio at Webster Hall

Devin K

Top Albums
Queens of the Stone Age: Like Clockwork
The National: Trouble Will Find Me
Sigur Ros: Kveikur
Empire of the Sun: Ice on the Dune
Bastille: Bad Blood
Arcade Fire: Reflektor
Laura Marling: Once I was an Eagle
Kanye West: Yeezus
Dawn of Midi: Dysnomia
Arctic Monkeys: AM
Honorable Mention: Volcano Choir, Neko Case, Vampire Weekend, St Lucia, Kurt Vile, Sky Ferreira

Top Songs
Lorde: Royals
Arcade Fire: Reflektor
Empire of the Sun: Alive
Katy Perry: Roar
Capital Cities: Safe n Sound

Top Concerts
6/8/13: Paul McCartney
6/20/13: Empire of the Sun
10/14/13: Godpeed You Black Emperor / Nine Inch Nails
10/19/13: Pearl Jam
11/20: A Tribe Called Quest / Kanye West
Honorable Mention: 10/18/13 – The Reflektors

Ryan M

Top Albums
Disclosure: Settle
The Neighbourhood: I Love You
Avenged Sevenfold: Hail to the King
Pearl Jam: Lightning Bolt
Chvrches: The Bones of What You Believe
Tegan & Sara: Heartthrob
NIN: Hesitation Marks
Lorde: Pure Heroin
Jagwar Ma: Howlin
The 1975: The 1975

Top Songs
Lemaitre: Continuum
Lorde: Royals
Pearl Jam: Sirens
Mat Zo/Porter Robinson: Easy
NONONO: Pumping Blood

Top Concert
Kraftwerk: Oya Festival

Dave L

Top Albums
Ra Ra Riot: Beta Love
Vampire Weekend: Modern Vampires Of The City
Said the Whale: Hawaiii
Fitz And The Tantrums: More Than Just A Dream
Shout Out Louds: Optica
St. Lcia: When The Night
Cut Copy: Free Your Mind
Alice Russell: To Dust
Cage The Elephant: Melophobia
Atlas Genius: When It Was Now

Top Songs
Grouplove: Ways To Go
Franz Ferdinand: Right Action
Robin Thicke: Blurred Lines
Crystal Fighters: Bridge Of Bones
The Features: This Disorder

Best Show: Alice Russell Free At Noon concert for WXPN at World Café Live, Philly

Veronica S

Top Albums
Haim: Days Are Gone
Tegan and Sara: Heartthrob
Chvrches: The Bones of What You Believe
Lorde: Pure Heroine
The National: Trouble Will Find Me
JAY Z: Magna Carta
Arcade Fire: Reflektor
The 1975: The 1975
Gold Fields: Black Sun
Empire of the Sun: Ice on the Dune

Top Songs
Haerts: Wings
Haim: Don’t Save Me
JAY Z: Tom Ford
Daft Punk: Get Lucky
Miley Cyrus: Wrecking Ball (yup, I went there)

Top Concert
JAY Z and Justin Timberlake at Yankee Stadium 7/19/13

Lawrence L

Top Albums
DJ Koze: Amygdala
Daft Punk: Random Access Memories
Darkside: Psychic
My Bloody Valentine: MBV
Kanye West: Yeezus
Owiny Sigoma Band: Power Punch
Jim James: Regions Of Light And Sound Of God
Conrad Tao: Voyages
Savages: Silence Yourself
Tracques: Volume One

Top Songs
Claptone: No Eyes (Radio Edit)
Adhds: City
Joris Voorn: Ringo
Kanye West: I Am A God
Robin Thicke: Blurred Lines

Matt K

Top Albums
Caveman: Caveman
Ducktails: The Flower Lane
The National: Trouble Will Find Me
Kanye West: Yeezus
Vampire Weekend: Modern Vampires of the City
Daughn Gibson: Me Moan
Kurt Vile: Wakin’ on a Pretty Daze
Arcade Fire: Reflektor
Empire of the Sun: Ice on the Dune
Yo La Tengo: Fade

Top Songs
Cayucas: High School Lover
David Bowie: Where Are We Now?
Jagwar Ma: Come and Save Me
Sky Ferreira: You’re Not the One
Minks: Everything’s Fine

Top Concert
3/29 The Breeders: The Bell House


We love all of our old CD samplers we’ve put together… Dig into this one from 2005 featuring Chemical Brothers, Radio 4, Fatboy Slim, Caesars, Ed Harcourt and more…


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2012 was a great year for Astralwerks with some amazing releases from some of our marquee artists such as The Chemical Brothers, Swedish House Mafia, David Guetta, AIR, Kylie Minogue + Pet Shop Boys.

You might have also caught wind of some of the label’s newer acts like the glam-pop sounds of Diamond Rings, the kinetic energy of Gold Fields and Brit-rockers Morning Parade who toured America with The Smashing Pumpkins + Silversun Pickups. Also, on the dance front, Eric Prydz headlined this summer’s Identity Festival and wowed crowds with his amazing + diverse sets. NERVO continue to jet set around the globe and were named the latest faces of CoverGirl.

Finally, 2013 brings the 20th Anniversary of Astralwerks as a record label and we are heading into the year with 3 Grammy nominations. Nominated artists include The Chemical Brothers, Swedish House Mafia and Eric Prydz.

Also, the staff have come up with their individual picks of favorite albums, songs + concerts of 2012.  Thanks for all of your support and we can’t wait for 2013 and our 20th anniversary! Happy Holidays…..

Astralwerks HQ

TOP ALBUMS / SONGS / SHOWS OF 2012

Mark M

Top 10 Albums of 2012:
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis – The Heist
First Aid Kit – The Lion’s Roar
Bat for Lashes: The Haunted Man
Geographer – Myth
Opossom – Electric Hawaii
Patrick Watson – Adventures in Your Own Backyard
Wild Nothing – Nocturne
Diamond Rings – Free Dimensional
Satellites – 01
Sigur Ros – Valtari

Top 5 Songs:
Damien Jurado – Museum of Flight
Pale Seas – Bodies
First Aid Kit – Emmylou
Gold Fields – Treehouse
Diamond Rings – Runaway Love

Favorite Show of 2012:
The Afghan Whigs @ Bowery Ballroom

Lawrence L
Top 10 Albums of 2012:
Lana Del Rey- ‘Born To Die (The Paradise Edition)’
Jimmy Cliff- ‘Rebirth’
Storm Corrosion- ‘S/T’
Killer Mike- ‘R.A.P. Music’
Bomba Estereo- ‘Elegancia Tropical’
METZ- ‘S/T’
Beachwood Sparks- ‘The Tarnished Gold’
Maya Jane Coles- ‘DJ-Kicks’
V/A- ‘Fire in My Bones: Raw, Rare & Otherworldly African-American Gospel, 1944-2007’
V/A- ‘Strange Passion’ Irish Post-Punk compilation

Top 5 Songs of 2012:
Bruce Springsteen- ‘We Take Care Of Our Own’
Rudimental- ‘Feel The Love’
Scandal- ‘Just Let Me Dance (Maxxi Soundsystem remix)’
Line & Circle- ‘Roman Ruins’Major Lazer ‘Get Free’
Iconapop- ‘I Love It’
Ice Choir- ‘I Want You Now And Always’
Beach Boys- ‘Strange World’
Dillion Francis- ‘Falling Up’

Favorite Shows of 2012:
Kraftwerk – live at MOMA
Bruce Springsteen – Live at Madison Square Garden
Hot Chip – Live at Pitchfork Festival
Crime And The City Solution – Live at Music Hall Of Williamsburg
Nicoloas Jaar – Live at the Mondrian, Art Basel
Chromatics – Live at the New Museum
Goyte – Live at Coachella
John Talabot – Live at Le Poisson Rouge

Jeremy R
Top 10 Albums of 2012:
Cloud Nothings – Attack on Memory
Chromatics – Kill for Love
Bat for Lashes – The Haunted Man
Jessie Ware – Devotion
Passion Pit – Gossamer
Dirty Projectors – Swing Lo Magellan
Lost in the Trees – A Church that Fits Our Needs
Frank Ocean – Channel Orange
Kendrick Lamar – good kid, m.A.A.d city
John Talabot – fIN Songs

Top 5 Songs of 2012:
Grimes – Genesis
Gold Fields – Treehouse
Chairlift – I Belong in Your Arms
Killer Mike – Don’t Die
Donnie & Joe Emerson – Baby Event

Favorite Show of 2012:
Grizzly Bear – Radio City Music Hall

Matt K
Top 10 Albums of 2012:
Grizzly Bear – Shields
Mac Demarco – 2
Hospitality – Hospitality
Tame Impala – Lonerism
Blouse – Blouse
Father John Misty – Fear Fun
Bear in Heaven – I Love You, It’s Cool
Bat for Lashes – The Haunted Man
Matthew Dear – Beams
Nite Jewel – One Second of Love

Top 5 Songs of 2012:
Sharon Van Etten “Give Out”
Dirty Projectors – “About to Die”
Tycho – “Dive”
Chvrches – “Lies”
Bat For Lashes – “Laura”

Favorite Show of 2012:
Built to Spill Tuesday, March 13th 1.00am @ The Belmont Austin, TX

Erin G
Top 10 Albums of 2012:
Japandroids – Celebration Rock
Tanlines – Mixed Emotions
Beach House – Bloom
Tame Impala – Lonerism
Diamond Rings – Free Dimensional
Frank Ocean – Channel Orange
Grimes – Visions
Cloud Nothings – Attack on Memory
Metz – Metz
Sharon Van Etten – Tramp SONGS

Top 5 Songs of 2012:
Titus Andronicus – In A Big City
Japandroids – The House That Heaven Built
Carly Rae Jepsen – Call Me Maybe
Diamond Rings – Runaway Love
Sky Ferreira – Everything is Embarrassing

Favorite Show of 2012:
Have a feeling it’ll be Coldplay/Jay-Z at the Barclay’s center for New Year’s Eve!

Katie D
Top 10 Albums of 2012:
Beach House – Bloom
Alabama Shakes – Boys & Girls
The Chemical Brothers – Don’t Think
Bruce Springsteen – Wrecking Ball
Jack White – Blunderbuss
Diamond Rings – Free Dimensional
Nada Surf – The Stars Are Indifferent To Astronomy
The xx – Coexist
Massive Attack – Blue Lines (reissue)
Lana Del Rey – Born To Die

Top 5 Songs of 2012:
Hot Chip – Night and Day
Jack White — Sixteen Saltines
Gary Clark Jr. – Ain’t Messin ‘Round
Gold Fields – Dark Again
Alabama Shakes – I Ain’t The Same

Favorite Show of 2012:
Gold Fields at Nether Bar 10.13.12

Alisann B
Top 10 Albums of 2012:
Frank Ocean – Channel Orange
The xx- Coexist
Bat for Lashes – The Haunted Man
Mumford and Sons – Babel
Gary Clark Jr. – Black and Blu
Grizzly Bear – Shields
Kendrick Lamar – good kid, m.A.A.d city
Fun. – Some Nights
Passion Pit- Gossamer
Divine Fits- A Thing Called Divine Fits

Top 5 Songs of 2012:
Alex Clare – Too Close
Fun. – Carry On
Clique – Kanye West, Jay Z and Big San
Swedish House Mafia – Don’t You Worry Child
Katy Perry – Wide Awake

Favorite Show of 2012:
Madonna at MSG – She’s still magical after thirty years!

Dave L
Top 10 Albums of 2012:
Bad Veins- The Mess We’ve Made
Fun.- Some Nights
David Byrne & St. Vincent- Love This Giant
Tanlines- Mixed Emotions
Nada Surf- The Stars Are Indifferent To Astronomy
Ben Kweller- Go Fly A Kite
Hot Chip- In Our Heads
Passion Pit- Gossamer
Delta Spirit- Delta Spirit
Beachwood Sparks- The Tarnished Gold Stars- Hold On When You Get Love And Let Go When You Give It

Top 5 Songs of 2012:
Alex Clare- Hands Are Clever
Hot Chip- Don’t Deny Your Heart
Gotye- Someone That I Used To Know
Morning Parade- Us And Ourselves
Robert DeLong- Global Concepts

Favorite Show of 2012:
M83 in Portland, ME

Nick C
Metric – Synthetica
Chairlift – Something
Bob Mould – Silver Age
Air – Le Voyage Dans La Lune
Diamond Rings – Free Dimensional
Pet Shop Boys – Elysium
David Byrne & St. Vincent – Love This Giant
Hot Chip – In Our Heads
Bat For Lashes – The Haunted Man
Beach House – Bloom

Top 5 Songs of 2012:
The Good Natured – Video Voyeur
Chairlift – Amanaemonesia
Gold Fields – Dark Again
Pleasurekraft – Skeleton Key feat. Green Velvet
Kylie Minogue – Timebomb

Favorite Show of 2012:
Gold Fields @ CMJ (multiple excellent sets)

David M
Top 10 Albums of 2012:
Husky – Forever So
Animal Kingdom – The Looking Away
Frank Ocean – Channel ORANGE
Morning Parade – Morning Parade
Wild Belle – It’s Too Late EP
The Mavericks – Suited Up and Ready EP
Alt-J – An Awesome Wave
Emeli Sande – Our Version Of Events
Wild Nothing – Nocturne
Eric Prydz – Presents Pryda

Top 2 Music Documentaries of 2012:
Marley – A Film by Kevin Macdonald
LCD Soundsystem – Shut Up and Play The Hits

Davis M
Top 10 Albums of 2012:
Swedish House Mafia – Until Now
David Guetta – Nothing But the Beat 2.0
Tristan Prettyman – Cedar and Gold
The Presets – Pacifica
The XX – Coexist
Frank Ocean – Color Orange
Azealia Banks – 1991
Justin Bieber- Believe
Calvin Harris – 18 Months
Emile Sande – Our Version of Events

Top 10 Songs of 2012:
Bridgit Mendler – Ready Or Not
Icona Pop – Top Rated
Rihanna – Diamonds
Calvin Harris – Sweet Nothing (feat Florence Welch)
Brandy – Put it Down
Azealia Banks – Esta Noche
Frank Ocean – Pyramids
Eric Prydz – Every Day
Christina Aguilera – Your Body
Emile Sande – Heaven

Favorite Show of 2012:
Tie between Eric Prydz at Roseland and Emile Sande at The Box.

Mauro D
Top 10 Albums of 2012:
Emeli Sande- Our Version Of Events
Little Big Town- Tornado
Swedish House Mafia – Until Now
Eric Church- Chief
Rihanna – Talk That Talk
Madonna – MDNA
Watch The Throne – Jay-z & Kayne West
Coldplay- Mylo Xyloto
Muse- The 2nd Law
Lionel Richie- Tuskegee

Top 5 Songs of 2012:
Titanium- David Guetta
Springsteen- Eric Church
Starships – Nicki Minaj
Don’t You Worry Child- Swedish House Mafia
Part Of Me – Katy Perry

Favorite Show of 2012:
Madonna – The MDNA Tour

Ashley W
Top 10 Albums of 2012:
Bob Dylan- Tempest
Tame Impala- Lonerism
Bruce Springsteen- Wrecking Ball
Leonard Cohen- Old Ideas
Tamaryn- Tender New Signs
Gold Fields- Gold Fields EP
Here We Go Magic- A Different Ship
Allah-Las- Tell Me (What’s On Your Mind) EP
Donald Fagen- Sunken Condos
The Bryan Ferry Orchestra- The Jazz Age

Favorite Show of 2012:
Any Gold Fields show

Devin K
Top 10 Albums of 2012:
Beach House- “Bloom”
Andrew Bird- “Break it Yourself”
Bat for Lashes- “The Haunted Man”
Sky Ferreira- “Ghosts EP”
Of Monsters and Men- “My Head is an Animal”
Sigur Ros- “Valtari”
Mumford & Sons- “Babel”
Japandroids- “Celebration Rock”
Spiritualized- “Sweet Heart Sweet Light”
Frank Ocean- “Channel Orange”

Honorable Mentions of 2012:
Deftones- “Koi No Yokan”
Morning Parade- “Morning Parade”
The Killers- “Battle Born”

Michael B
Top 10 Albums of 2012:
Bruce Springsteen- Wrecking Ball
Kendrick Lamar- good Kid, m.A.A.d city
Tame Impala- Lonerism
Lana Del Rey- Born To Die
Grimes- Visions
The Lumineers- The Lumineers
Robert Glasper Experiment- Black Radio
Emeli Sande- Our Version of Events
Swedish House Mafia- Until Now
Diamond Rings- Free Dimensional

Top 5 Songs of 2012:
Bruce Springsteen- The Land of Hope and Dreams
Icona Pop I Love It
Kendrick Lamar- Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe
Norah Jones- Happy Pill
Emeli Sande- Heaven

Favorite Show of 2012:
Gold Fields at The Delancey


November was an exciting month for the world of music! New releases from Swedish House Mafia and Diamond Rings recently set us up for a lot of work over here at Astralwerks HQ, but we still didn’t forget you guys. We have another awesome monthly playlist for you at Rdio ready to be played. Only the best music picked from our entire staff to make sure you have a great Thanksgiving. Enjoy the tunes, share and get ready to vibe to some awesome music.

Veronica S
Tegan and Sara- Closer
The XX- Chained
Tama Impala- Apocalypse Dream
Hook N Sling/ NERVO- Reason
Gold Fields- Dark Again

Matt K
Father John Misty- Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings
Widowspeak- Ballad of The Golden Hour
Mac Demarco- Ode to Viceroy
Chad Valley – Tell All Your Friends
Chvrches – The Mother We Share

Katie D
Van Morrison- In The Garden
Alabama Shakes- I Ain’t The Same
The Walkmen- Heaven
Gold Fields- Dark Again
The Chemical Brothers- Sunshine Underground
Holy Ghost- It Gets Dark

Nick C
Bob Mould- The Descent
Gold Fields- Dark Again
Lana Del Rey- Ride
Pet Shop Boys- Leaving (PSB Freedom Remix)
Bruno Mars- Locked out of Heaven

Glenn M
Capital Cities- What She’s Doin
Imagine Dragons- Radioactive
Sky Ferreira- Everything is Embarrassing
Gold Fields- EP
Men Without Hats

Michael B
Tops- Double Vision
Walk The Moon- Iscariot
Flying Lotus- Zodiac Shit
Diafrix- Easy Come, Easy Go
Kendrick Lamar- Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe

Mark M
Pale Seas – Bodies
Sky Ferreira – Sad Dreams
Young Wonder – Flesh
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – Thrift Shop
Bat for Lashes – Winter Fields

Dave L
Stars- Hold On When You Get Love And Let Go When You Give It
Hot Chip- Don’t Deny Your Heart
Santigold- Go!
Robert DeLong- Global Concepts
Capital Cities- Safe And Sound
David Byrne and St. Vincent- Who and Weekend In The Dust
Cheatahs- The SwanPassion Pit- Carried Away
Motion City Soundtrack- Circuits And Wires

Lawrence L
Maya Jane Coles – No Sympathy (deep house bliss out)
Line & Circle – Roman Ruins (perfect guitar lines and postpunk ennui)
Ice Choir – I Want You Now And Always (like a lost Scritti Politti gem)
Crime And The City Solution – Live at MHOW (apocalyptic dirges on N 6th Street)
Rudimental – Feel The Love (anthem of the year)

Davis M
David Guetta & Sia- She Wolf
Rihanna- Diamonds
Calvin Harris- Sweet Nothing
Brandy- Put It Down
Demi Lovato- Heart a Break


July was a busy month here at Astralwerks HQ, but we’ve still got our monthly playlist from Rdio ready and waiting.  Featuring hand-picked tracks from our staff of music lovers and experts, we’ve got everything covered from classic French House to cutting edge alternative.  So sit back, relax, and let the Astralwerks music gurus show you what they’ve been jamming to for summer 2012.

 

Glenn
Hot Chip – In Our Heads
Metric
Poolside – Pacific Standard Time
Dirty Projectors
Hermitude – Speak Of The Devil

Eric
Bong- Deniz Koyu
Totally Worth It- Hot Mouth ft. Chris James
So Much Love- Fedde Le Grand
SW4- Eric Prydz
Young Blood (Tiesto & Hardwell Remix)- The Naked & Famous

Katie
Black Keys – The Wicked Messenger
Diamond Rings – I’m Just Me (YELLE DJS REMIX)
Bat For Lashes – Laura
Beach House – Myth
Lee Hazlewood – Chico

Lawrence
Poolside -Pacific Standard Time
Turing Machine -What Is The Meaning Of What
Major Lazer – ‘Get Free’
Futurisk – Player Piano
Hot Chip – live at Pitchfork Festival
K-Holes -Dismania

Steven
Stardust – Music Sounds Better With You
Relation – Your Tiny Mind (Lifeliek Remix)
Daft Punk – Digital Love
Doves – Pounding
Elton John vs. Pnau – Good Morning To The Night

Mark
Diamond Rings – I’m Just Me
Brad – Needle and Thread
The Dead Leaves – If the Shoe Fits
Wilco – Live at Prospect Park Brooklyn
Blur – 21 Box Set
Blur – The Universal

Davis
Todd Torje – Insepctor Norse
Brandy – Put It Down (feat Chris Brown)
Frank Ocean – Pyramids
Onra – High Hopes
Visti & Meyland – All Nite (Trentemoller Remix)

Nick
Purity Ring – Shrines
Kylie Minogue – Timebomb (Peter Rauhofer Big Room Mix)
Madeon – Finale
Hot Chip – In Our Heads
Pleasurekraft – Skeleton Key

Veronica
Beach House – Bloom
Lee Fields – Faithful Man
Passion Pit – Gossamer
Robyn – Body Talk
Josh Rouse – Nashville

David
Animal Kingdom – Mercury Lounge
Purity Ring – Shrines
Tristan Prettyman – My Oh My
Frank Ocean – channel Orange
Blur – Under The Westway

Dave
Bad Veins- Don’t Run
Alex Clare- Hands Are Clever
Bahamas- Caught Me Thinking
Ball Park Music – It’s Nice To Be Alive
Tanlines – Green Grass

Matt
Swing Lo Magellan – Dirty Projectors
Twin Shadow – Confess
Purity Ring – Shrines
Tame Impala – Apocalypse Dream
Eternal Summers – Correct Behavior

 

 

 

 

 


Every so often, we come across a recording artist that is quite decidely left of center, who baffle, intrigue and entertain us all at the same time. Sometimes they are our own artists, sometimes not. Past examples in recent years include HOT CHIP, LATE OF THE PIER, DIRTY PROJECTORS, CHAIRLIFT, and others. Now add to this list the wonderfully glitchy, mischievous tech-house productions of PLEASUREKRAFT. Long buzzed-about for their underground hit “Tarantula”, this trans-continental duo (Kalle Ronngardh from Stockholm and Kaveh Soroush from Washington DC) are making some of the most entertaining electronic music out there.

Right now we’re seeing a tendency for EDM compositions to become over-wrought, melodramatic and downright cheesy. Pleasurekraft’s vibe is goofy, techy, but deep and housey. In fact it reminds us a bit of the classic French-touch mixes of CASSIUS and the like. They recently gave the PK treatment to NERVO’s big room anthem “You’re Gonna Love Again” and released the excellent “Skeleton Key” featuring Chicago house maven Green Velvet. All this and more is on their Summer 2012 mixtape. Check it out and watch this space.. :)

Read more on Beatportal + download their remix of NERVO’s ‘You’re Gonna Love Again’ here.

 


We’ve been super busy here the past few months, traveling around to various music festivals, digging into our own new bands Morning Parade + Gold Fields and frankly, still unpacking from our office move a few months ago.  But we didn’t want you to kick off your Memorial Day weekend without a playlist of new albums + songs we’re obsessing over here at the office. Until next month, keep listening!

Mark M
Spiritualized – So Long You Pretty Thing
Patrick Watson – Into Giants
Birdy – People Help the People
The Afghan Whigs – 1st show back – reunion tour @ Bowery Ballroom

GINTY
Japandroids – The House That Heaven Built
Beach House – Bloom
Father John Misty – Fear Fun
Norah Jones – Little Broken Hearts
DIIV – How Long Have You Known?

DCMILLS
Animal Kingdom – The Looking Away
Marley – Documentary Film
Norah Jones – Little Broken Hearts
Santigold – Master of My Make-Believe
Coldplay – Tribute to MCA

KDLeighDT
Hot Chip – “Night & Day”
Santigold – “Disparate Youth”
Gold Fields – “Treehouse”
Leonard Cohen – “First We Take Manhattan”
Eric Prydz – “Pjanoo”

Nick C.
Eric Prydz – Presents Pryda
Charlift – Amanaemonesia
Beastie Boys – Check Your Head
M83 – “Midnight City (Eric Prydz Private Remix)”
Tegan and Sara – “Walking With A Ghost”

Glenn M.
Metric – “Youth Without Youth”
Keane – “Silenced By The Night”
Eric Prydz – Presents Pryda
Swedish House Mafia – “Greyhound”
Real Estate –  “The Weekend”

Matt K.
Blouse S/T
Jack White Blunderbuss
Here We Go Magic A Different Ship
Patrick Watson Adventures In Your Own Backyard
Exitmusic Passage
Tycho “Dive”
Beach House- “Myth”

Veronica S.
Silversun Pickups – “Neck of The Woods”
Gotye – “Somebody That I Used To Know” (I think this song will continue to be stuck  in my head for the next 6 months)
Gold Fields – “Treehouse”
Best Coast – The Only Place
Florence and the Machine – “Breath of Life”

Davis M.
Emeli Sande – “My Kind of Love”
Norah Jones – Little Broken Hearts
Scissor Sisters – “Let’s Have a Kiki”
Ivri Lider – “D.I.S.C.O.”
Eric Prydz – “Sunburst”

Dave L.
M83- “Reunion”
Ben Kweller- “Mean To Me”
Bad Veins- This Mess We’ve Made
IAMDYNAMITE- “Stereo”
The Drums- “Hard To Love”

Jeremy R.
Mister Lies – Hidden Neighbors EP
Chromatics – Kill For Love
Royal Headache – Royal Headache
Beach House – “Irene”
Gold Fields – Treehouse

Lawrence L.
Spiritualized – Sweet Heart Sweet Light
Eric Prydz – Presents Pryda
Storm  Corrosion – S/T
Killer Mike – R.A.P. Music
Väljasõit rohelisse – Külastus http://onesensemusic.bandcamp.com/
Simian Mobile Disco – Unpatterns
Nicki Minaj – ‘I Am Your Leader’
Bruce Springsteen – live at MSG
Kraftwerk – live at MOMA
Goyte – live at Coachella

Ashley W.
LIGHTSHIPS – Electric Cables
THE EXPLORERS CLUB – Grand Hotel
UNDERWORLD – 1992- 2012 Anthology
GOLDFISH – Washing Over Me (feat. Morning Parade)
BODYSPASM – Twenty Radios

 

 

 


March has flown by as many of us in the office were traveling down south either to SXSW or Ultra Music Festival last weekend but we’ve seen and heard some awesome music between the two festivals. We hope your spring is treating you well (it’s been HOT here in NYC!) and now it’s your turn to sit back and relax and find out what songs we’re enjoying while working away… Head over to Rdio to listen

Mark M
Lost in the Trees – Red
Margot & the Nuclear So & So’s – Books About Trains
The Wedding Present – You Jane
Gold Fields – Treehouse
Seryn – So, Within

Jeremy R
Polica “Give You the Ghost”
Lost in the Trees “A Church That Fits Our Needs”
John Talabot “Fin”
Perfume Genius “Put Your Back N 2 It”
Saint Entienne “Tonight”

Veronica S
Gold Fields – Gold Fields EP (on repeat all day!)
Fiona Apple
St Lucia – EP
Of Monsters and Men – EP
The Hunger Games Soundtrack

Dave L
The Rapture – Miss You
Morning Parade- Headlights
Sleeper Agent- Some White Blinds
Electric Guest- This Head I Hold
Dum Dum Girls- Bedroom Eyes

Nick C
Chairlift – Something
Photek & Pinch – Acid Reign
NERVO – you’re Gonna Love Again (Alex Kenji Remix)
Gold Fields – Treehouse
Madonna – FCKNG DRDFL

Matt K
Peter Wolf Crier – Garden of Arms
Hospitality – Hospitality
Nite Jewel – One Second of Love
Craft Spells – Idle Labor
Bombay Bicycle Club – A Different Kind Of Fix

Ashley W
The Amazing – Flashlight
Gold Fields – Treehouse
Kindness – SEOD
College & Electric Youth – A Real Hero
Ramsey Lewis – Julia

 


We’ve been knee deep in a lot going on since we returned from the break and it took us a little longer to come up with our staff picks for the start of the year… A few old classics in our picks and some new tracks that we’ve been digging. Enjoy the playlist and we’ll be back next month with some new tunes for you to discover!



Lawrence L

Marvin Gaye – Here My Dear
Bruce Springsteen – We Take Care Of Our Own
Skrillex – The Devil’s Den
Graveyard – Hisingen Blues

Mark M
Great Lake Swimmers – Easy Come Easy Go
R.E.M. – We All Go Back To Where We Belong
Veronica Falls – Right Side of My Brain
The Promise Ring – Red & Blue Jeans
Grafitti6 – Colours
Pulp – Mis-Shapes

Nick C
AIR – Seven Stars
Lana Del Rey – Video Games
Gotye – Somebody That I Used To Know
M83 – Midnight City
Chairlift – Sidewalk Safari

Jeremy R
Porcelain Raft – Shapeless & Gone
Cloud Nothings – Wasted Days
Etta James – Tell Mama
Air – Seven Stars

Veronica S
Nada Surf – Jules and Jim
Rihanna – Drunk On Love
AIR – Seven Stars
The Kooks – How’d You Like That
Pulp – Disco 2000

Katie
Radiohead – Staircase
Tapes n Tapes – Badaboom
Wilco – Whole Love
Nada Surf – Clear Eye Clouded Mind
Delta Spirit – Peopple C’mon

Davis M
Drake – Doing it Wrong (feat Stevie Wonder)
Monarchy – You Don’t Want to Dance With Me (feat Britt Love)
Nadia Ali – Pressure (Alesso Remix)
Rihanna – Where Have You Been