SALES - "big sis"

SALES – “big sis”

I’m sitting outside with my laptop and a clementine peel. It’s raining, but not pouring. The precipitation is falling perfectly parallel to earth. The droplets are thin, misting the grass. It’s Sunday. I’m listening to the new SALES song, “big sis.” The electric guitar is as gentle as the rain. It creates a warm backdrop for singer Lauren Morgan, whose voice is so comforting, you’d think she was consoling you personally. Even when the rain picks up, I remain at unscathed.

I saw SALES a few weeks back at Uncle Lou’s. The place had never been so packed; people were practically spilling out the front door. At one point, a gang of confused motorcycle-riding neanderthals wondered in, pushing their way through the crowd. The largest member of the collective, who didn’t feel the need to prove himself by shoving small indie kids, stood at the back, gently swaying to the downtempo lulls that had engrossed him. That night, much like today, SALES calmed the storm — even though it was wearing a leather vest. Enjoy.

Priest – “Broken”

Orlando duo Priest has made the most of the first few months of 2015. In February, they dumped their Xs – in the past their name was stylized, “X priest X” – and teased their upcoming, self-titled debut album (out 5/5) with the hazy bliss pop gem, “The Game.” The song really propelled the duo to a whole new audience, and I’m glad an Orlando act is seeing well-deserved success.

Last week, we got another preview with “Broken.” Here, vocalist Madeline Priest grieves over the hungover disco beats of David Kazyk. Priest’s glowing voice strolls steadily through the verses, adding to the eery tone that bursts into chorus. The instrumentals fluctuate between each chorus and verse, and it’s this progression that makes “Broken” an atmosphere worth driving through. Enjoy.

Hear the first single from Priest, “The Game”

Dromes – “If It’s Alright”

Last night was SPACE FEST 2, an evening perfectly surreal in all the best ways. The combination of genres, art forms, and people in attendance made for an amazing event to witness. Together, Orlando raised $3,000 for The Space, a huge contribution to keeping this institution alive. Good work people, continue fighting.

One artist that graced the floor was Chandler Strang, performing under his funky fresh moniker, Dromes. Last week, he dropped “If It’s Alright.” This track confirms the “funky fresh” description with spirited piano lines and light – can I say sexy? – vocals. The chorus has these snappy guitar melodies that I swear could leave Nile Rodgers excited. After a few listens of this gem, your lazy Sunday will start feeling more like Saturday night. Enjoy.

Read Dromes thoughts on the significance of The Space in Why is The Space Important?

Future Islands – “Seasons (BADBADNOTGOOD Remix)”

I cannot handle that drum beat. It’s so snappy! The whole track received an excellent shot of cool jazz from Toronto trio, BADBADNOTGOOD. The upstroked guitar provides an exclamation at every swipe. I think I need to pull out my fancy-man tobacco pipe for this one. Care to join? Enjoy.

The original mix:

Caribou – “Can’t Do Without You” (Remixes)

Caribou’s album Our Love has been on non-stop as of late. The opener “Can’t Do Without You” is undoubtedly one of the best tracks of 2014, these remixes by Lenno, Munk & The Black Loops, and Tale Of Us & Mano Le Tough are as infectious. I couldn’t choose one, so you got three. Which is your favorite? Enjoy.

Caribou is playing at The Social next Tuesday! I’ll be there, so should you.

The Original: