The artists on this playlist and their music represent nothing less than the very best Venture Artists creating music today. Each of them has a fully-mature, self-aware, unique sound that pushes the boundaries of music today. When you listen to this playlist, keep in mind that each of these artists has the skill to not only create absolutely incredible music, but to engineer and produce their music at a very high level. All the best to each of these artists/bands and we look forward to hearing many more amazing tracks in the future from each of them.
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For our second playlist during the hot summer month of August, we have a few exceptional Venture Artists (non-label artists) that have dropped some stellar tracks on us. Plenty of indie electro-pop tracks to take you through the dog days here. Definite check outs are Chase the Night by Work Drugs, Two Voices by The Controversy and for a harder vibe, Sound and Silence by Dead Poet Society. Enjoy and stay cool.
The sheer number of releases this week was impressive, but more impressive are the great albums among this thick pack of tunes. We’re glad to see the groovy, hard-hitting band, IAMDYNAMITE back at it again with their second LP titled Wasa Tusa. There just so happens to be a snake-oil medicine from the 1800s named Wasa Tusa – maybe they’re digging on some old cough syrup or just happened upon the same name – in either case, it’s still fun to say. On their new LP, they have moved away from their older punk influences and have embraced a more electro-pop vibe that works well for the band, while still managing to retain their upbeat vibe.
A nice funky release this week is the album titled Give Up Your Dreams (not too optimistic) by the psychedelic fringed band The Phoenix Foundation. You’ll find yourself submerged in an updated 70s synth-psych chamber of awesomeness, so give it a listen.
If sexiness is your thing with a reminiscent feel to that of Active Child, then the single Josephine by Ritual is definitely your weekend track. I’ve already dropped this into my sexy playlist and it is going into high rotation – lovin it. Whatever your thing you should find it in this week’s playlist.
The Venture Artist releases this week have us returning to a good ‘ole rock roots playlist. If you’re in the mood to get kicked in the teeth with some intense rock goodness, check out the 2nd EP by So Long Albatross. Their style is a bit like a cranked up Queens of the Stone Age meets Wolfmother.
For a synth-rock track that will get you grooving, check out the lead track in the playlist, Insane by Everyday Animals. Their style eludes immediate comparison to another act, but they are cleanly in the synth influenced indie-rock genre with a built in rap-ey (not actual rap) vocal rhythm.
A unique truly unique track has Wilhelm Brothers showing off at the helm of a cello in the song Bright Side of the Moon, which is rare instrumental spotlight, even in the indie-folk renaissance going on right now.
The track Shadows by Social Club provides us with some inspiration in closing out the playlist with another indie-rocker that vocally harkens back to the 90’s grunge vocal aesthetic, but musically stops short of throwing us back into the 90s in our plaid shirts and greasy hair. It’s a unique mix of styles that has us at home, yet stretches the borders of what we know, as all good new music does.
These are all epic bands and they prove it this week with phenomenal tracks. If you like any of the bands featured in our playlist this week, check out their full releases and let ‘em know how great they are – they deserve it as they’re truly incredible!
This week, we have more than a few light 80’s synth laden electro-pop goodies, a bit of heavy UK influence and a saucy Miss Cleo reference from Albert Hammond Jr. If you don’t know who Miss Cleo is, click here for a picture of this gorgeous tarot televangelist – brace yourself.
Acts to check out for their novel sound are Lianne La Havas (folky, soul sexiness), Kid Astray (Norweigan synth indie-pop), and Joss Stone who is bringing a heavy Reggae vibe to her new album.
If you like the playlist below, click here for the full playlist of all selected songs for the week.
Check back with us on: 8/4 for the Best New Venture Artists (independent) playlist. 8/7 Best Mainstream Indie Releases.
In the ebb and flow cycle of music being released, this week definitely has the bands in a flow state. The artists in this playlist have an incredible mix of tunes from genres crossing psychedelic infused funk, electro-pop, and even a bluesy electronic track (who knew that could be pulled off?) from the band Sounds in The Attic. The only way you can do the artists in this playlist justice is to listen to every track and enjoy.
The mainstream indie releases this week are fabulous at a minimum, but for most, this playlist will take you into the epic stratosphere. There are a few soulful releases from the likes of On an On, Ducktails and Owl & Mouse, while Foals and Nervo keep us on our toes with some upbeat tunes. If banjo riffs and countryside aromas are your thing, make sure to check out The Dustbowl Revival. For those already prepping for Friday Night Sexy Mode, check out Fingertips by Leo Kaylan and Leaves by Baile. For an updated sexy throwback, listen to the cover of Baby One More Time by Tove Styrke. This is a dangerously diverse & awesome playlist to the point that you may want to wait until Saturday or Sunday to listen to it – just trying to help and make sure you don’t peak too early in the weekend.
If you like this essentials playlist and want to hear more, click here for the full selection of songs for the week. Also make sure to check back for the postings listed below every Tuesday/Friday.
The highlighted venture artists this week absolutely amaze with their professional DIY style, reminding us how real talent doesn’t need to be fabricated by a corporate label, but comes from the souls and experience of these musicians. Moving and real music, echoing heart and reminding us what the sound of passion sounds like. Below is a featured playlist with one selected track from each of these incredibly talented musicians. Enjoy is an understatement – find your new sound obsession is a bit more like it.
Diversity of sound would be the best way to describe all the great releases this week and they range from indie-folk to electronic, including acts such as The Chemical Brothers, Day Wave and Iron & Wine. Don’t despair at the overwhelming all of incredible music – we’ve boiled it down to the basics and left you with the essential tracks that stand out this week. Take a listen and if you like what you hear, the full playlist of all tracks picked can be found here. Enjoy!
The lineup for the Best Venture Artists (Independent/Non-Label) this week all have an amazingly tight production value, creating ultra-tight tracks. Each song in the playlist is incredible, proving to be better than most mainstream releases today. There are some great electro-rock dance beats and will definitely have you moving wherever or whenever you listen.