Retro Future (Compilation)

Violent Success Presents: Retro Future

Violent Success Presents: Retro Future

One of the best releases of 2013.

Yelle – “L’Amour Parfait”

Yelle - L'Amour Parfait

Yelle - L'Amour Parfait

I can’t believe I missed this. I loved their 2011 LP, Safari Disco Club. I even got my 10 year old sister (8 at the time) addicted to it — she’d request to hear them all the time and even though it was mostly in French, she would sing along to it the best she could. I just discovered this song last night and I think I’ve already played it at least 20 times.

Phantogram EP

Phantogram EP

Phantogram EP

I have a major crush on Phantogram. No one can make darkness sound so beautiful. They just released their 4 song EP today. They’re releasing a full album soon, but not sure when it’ll be released. Stream one of the songs from the new EP below and stream another song here.

Give me a reason to stay alive
I’ve got the feeling we’re gonna die

CLICK HERE TO SEE TOUR DATES

Phantogram 2013 tour dates:

8/31 – Calgary, AB @ X-Fest
9/1 – Edmonton, AB @ Sonic Boom Fest
9/22 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl
10/6 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
10/8 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
10/9 – Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre
10/10 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Ave
10/12 – Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre
10/13 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
10/15 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
10/17 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox at The Market
10/18 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
10/19 – San Francisco, CA @ Treasure Island Music Fest
10/21 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
10/22 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
10/23 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Crescent Ballroom
10/25 – Dallas, TX @ Trees
10/26 – Austin, TX @ The Mohawk
10/28 – Houston , TX @ House of Blues
10/30 – Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works
10/31 – Atlanta , GA @ Masquerade
11/1 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
11/2 – Chalottesville, VA @ Jefferson Theatre
12/4 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5
12/5 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
12/6 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
12/8 – Boston, MA @ Paradise

[EP released September 30, 2013]

Odesza – “My Friends Never Die”

Odesza - My Friends Never Die

Odesza - My Friends Never Die

When I make a list of my favorite releases for 2013 at the end of this year, My Friends Never Die will no doubt going to be on that list. Odesza released a full LP last year that is also in my top 10 releases of 2012. These guys are so brilliant and I’m so glad they’re in my life. Each song they spit has me hooked. I’m a sucker for sexy badass beats. Please make music forever, Odesza!

You can stream the EP below or download it free on their website.

[EP release date: September 17, 2013]

Odesza – “My Friends Never Die”

Odesza

Odesza

OMG I am so feeling this new track.

Odesza is from Seattle and they are releasing My Friends Never Die EP that will be free to download on September 17, 2013. They are also touring this fall – see dates here.

And now stream their 2012 LP release Summer’s Gone here:

Yamantaka // Sonic Titan – “One”

Yamantaka / Sonic Titan

Yamantaka / Sonic Titan

Holy shit. This is my first time of hearing Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, hailing from Toronto, Canada (originally formed in Montreal). After listening to this new track, One, I went and checked out their release from 2011 — and yup, I fell in love. Needless to say, I have another new release to be überly excited about this fall. Here is the band’s description of their music: “Asian Diasporic psychedelic noh-wave opera group fusing noise, metal, pop and folk music into a multidisciplinary hyper-orientalist cesspool of ‘eastern’ culture in giant monochrome paper sets.” Hell YES.

Their upcoming album Uzu is set to be released October 29, 2013. I. Can. Not. Wait.

The new song is currently available for download:

Uzu Tracklisting:
1. Atalanta
2. Whalesong
3. Lamia
4. Windflower
5. Hall of Mirrors
6. Seasickness Pt. 1
7. Seasickness Pt. 2
8. Bring Me The Hand Of Bloody Benzaiten
9. One
10. Saturn’s Return

Stream their 2011 release YT//ST here:

Since it’s not available, links below are for the 2011 YT//ST release, not the new upcoming release:

Keep Shelly in Athens – “Flyway”

Keep Shelly in Athens

Keep Shelly in Athens

I love this duo from Athens, Greece. They also happen to be on my favorite label, Cascine. This new track from their upcoming LP is totally badass. I’m so excited about the new release.

They’re touring this fall with the awesome Chad Valley, but it’s such a damn bummer they’re not coming to Atlanta. See tour dates below.

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Oct 09, 2013 @ DC9 in Washington, DC
Oct 10, 2013 @ Mercury Lounge in New York, NY
Oct 11, 2013 @ Boot & Saddle in Philadelphia, PA
Oct 12, 2013 @ Great Scott in Allston, Boston, MA
Oct 13, 2013 @ Il Motore in Montreal, Canada
Oct 15, 2013 @ Wrong Bar in Toronto, Canada
Oct 16, 2013 @ Pike Room in Pontiac, Detroit, MI
Oct 18, 2013 @ The Empty Bottle in Chicago, IL
Oct 19, 2013 @ 7th St. Entry in Minneapolis, MN
Oct 22, 2013 @ Biltmore Cabaret in Vancouver, Canada
Oct 23, 2013 @ Barboza in Seattle, WA
Oct 25, 2013 @ Rickshaw Stop in San Francisco, CA
Oct 26, 2013 @ Bootleg Bar in Los Angeles, CA
Oct 27, 2013 @ The Casbah in San Diego, CA
Oct 29, 2013 @ Glasslands in Brooklyn, NY

John Grant – “Pale Green Ghosts”

John Grant

Totally unexpected. I discovered John Grant by listening to a remix. I liked the remix so I decided to check out his stuff and I was in for an awesome surprise. John Grant is folk-rock artist with thoughtful and sometimes hilarious lyrics. According to his bio, John suffered from depression and then moved to Reykavik and recorded Pale Green Ghosts. The LP is a “show of strength and survival, of moving on with life, on what will continue to be an incredible journey.”

He’s mainly touring in Europe this fall, check out dates here.

Stream the whole album below. The whole LP is really worth a complete listen, but some of my favorite songs include GMF, Why Don’t You Love Me Anymore, You Don’t Have To, Ernest Borgnine, and I Hate This Town.

I should not be attracted to males
But you said that I should learn to love myself
Well, make up your mind, Dr. Frankenstein.

I hate this fucking town
You can not even leave your fucking house without
running into someone who no longer cares about you

And here is the badass remix that I first heard before of hearing of John Grant:

[LP release date: May 16, 2013]

Lolo – “Year Round Summer Of Love”

Lolo - Year Round Summer Of Love

Here’s a funky new song for you! If you like Janelle Monáe and Amy Winehouse, you’ll dig this. Lolo is a new soul-funk artist and I’m really looking forward to hearing more from her in the near future.

Stream the song here:

Here’s another song she released about a month ago. Love the piano touches.

Yea, I heard it from a friend
Who heard it from a friend
So when you gonna to tell me you fucked me over

Elliphant EP

Elliphant EP

Elliphant

Surprise, surprise — here is another Swede that has stolen my heart. Ellinor Olovsdotter performs as Elliphant and her music is like a mix of Santigold and M.I.A. She is perhaps the sexiest edition of 2013. Looking forward to hearing more.

[EP release date: January 20, 2013]