Tuesday, March 1, 2011

The Big Beat 'cast 11

It's a full-on New Tunes Tuesday this week. I've front loaded the 'cast with the heavy hitters (Radiohead, Lykke Li, TV On The Radio), but the real goodies are the lesser known, emerging artists later on like Milagres, BNLX, Jamie Woon, Hella Better Dancer, Fixers, and Summer Camp. Press play to get at it now or download it and get at it whenever. Feel free to leave a comment and as always, tell a buddy and bring a friend.

LYKKE LI "Youth Knows No Pain" (Atlantic), from Wounded Rhymes - Starting with the tribal thumping of "Get Some" and the dark, driving synths of follow up single "I Follow Rivers", the Swedish singer bolsters her resume with a solid second effort. Reuniting with Youth Novels producer Bjorn Yttling (of Peter Bjorn and John), this song opens the CD, which is packed with beat-heavy pop and lush, sometimes somber, ballads. (TBB coverage)

[STREAM] Youth Knows No Pain by LykkeLi

TV ON THE RADIO "Will Do" (Interscope), from Nine Types Of Light - The first song from their forthcoming Nine Types Of Light is a slow burning jam that reminds me of "Love Dog" from Dear Science. These guys have never disappointed me, so I'm really looking forward to the April 12th release. (TBB coverage)

[DOWNLOAD] KEEP SHELLY IN ATHENS "Hauntin' Me" (Transparent), single - The newly released single from the little known yet fast rising Greek duo. My favorite new song of the moment. (TBB coverage)

RADIOHEAD "Morning Mr. Magpie" (self-released), from The King Of Limbs - The reviews are in and, for the most part, give Radiohead a passing grade for The King Of Limbs. If anything, it should signal any fans hoping for a return to Bends-like anthems, of which In Rainbows had more than any record since OK Computer, that glitchy, experimental electronica is more where their collective heads are at. Tour? King Of Limbs Part II? Stay tuned.

[STREAM] JAMIE WOON "Lady Luck" (Interscope), from Mirrorwriting - Perhaps it's only me that pits Woon and James Blake in a race to nudge microstep into the mainstream. Blake's got the head start, winning critics and landing his debut in the UK Top 10 while Woon's disc Mirrorwriting doesn't land until April. Both play a Pitchfork SXSW showcase: Woon has a support slot on Tuesday before the music portion of the festival even starts, while Blake headlines their official showcase at the Central Presbyterian Church, probably the most hallowed of SXSW venues. Woon's new single has a massive amount of soul and has 'chart hit' written all over it. (Austin: SXSW, March 16-19)

BAT FOR LASHES "Strangelove" (n/a), from www.gucciguilty.com - Both she and Friendly Fires were recruited to cover the Depeche Mode classic in order to soundtrack the ad campaign for Gucci's latest fragrance. Watch the trailer here.

[DOWNLOAD] Bat For Lashes - Strangelove (Depeche Mode Cover) by statemagazine

GIRLS NAMES "Seánce on a Wet Afternoon" (Slumberland), from Dead To Me - A dark, fuzzy and C86 inspired trio from Northern Ireland, it's no surprise that their debut will be released by Slumberland in the States, which has made a career of having dark, fuzzy and C86 inspired bands on their roster (Pains of Being Pure At Heart, Weekend). It's even less surprising that I dig it. Tough Love issues the record in the UK/EU on April 25th.

[DOWNLOAD] Girls Names - Seánce on a Wet Afternoon by Slumberland Records

[DOWNLOAD] BNLX "Burn The Boats" (Susstones), from EP #5 - Veterans of Minneapolis bands Polara & The Mood Swings, Ed & Ashley Ackerson have released an new EP of edgy post-punk every few months for the past year. In addition to radio support from hometown tastemakers The Current and Radio K, a recent trip to New York earned the couple a notice from Brooklyn Vegan. You can grab several free downloads from their label site.

FIXERS "Amsterdam" (self-released), single - From Oxford, home to Foals, Trophy Wife and, uh, Radiohead, Fixers play freak folk psych-pop, English style. With influences ranging from Brian Wilson to Kate Bush and Van Dyke Parks, it's all about the harmonies with this 5-piece. Tipped by many as one to watch in 2011, this track was mixed by the DFA's Tim Goldsworthy.

[DOWNLOAD] Amsterdam by Fixers.

SUMMER CAMP "I Want You" (self-released), single - Jeremy Warmsley and Elizabeth Sankey's newest has a darker edge than the indie pop found on last year's Young EP. (Austin: SXSW, March 16-19)

[STREAM] Summer Camp - I Want You by thisisfakediy

[DOWNLOAD] MILAGRES "Glowing Mouth" (Kill Rock Stars), single - Before the ink's had a chance to dry on their deal with Kill Rock Stars, the Brooklyn 5-piece has slipped out the title cut from their forthcoming debut. A slow burning slab of classic indie rock, I'm guessing the groove will still be going by the time it hits stores later this year. (Austin: SXSW [unofficial shows], March 16-19)

HELLA BETTER DANCER "Hundred Balloons" (Roundhouse), from Swimming EP - Here's another example of how simply sending me your music could land you on The Big Beat. A quartet 17 year old's from London, "Hundred Balloons" is on their second EP which was released yesterday. A real breath of fresh air with an easy, mid-tempo jangle pop sound augmented by some nice guitar work. Trendy? Not here. Hella Better Dancer is a band you'll want to root for.

[DOWNLOAD] Hella Better Dancer - Hundred Balloons by The Clink


  1. Thanks yet again, Mike. Awesome stuff!

  2. I'm liking the look and style.

    Excellent work!

  3. Hi Mike, great work on the new look (previous issues I had with viewing the site in Safari have disappeared). Any chance of making the older Big Beat casts downloadable (1-6)? Would be good to be able to listen to them on my iPod. Cheers