This week we’re doing things a little differently on The Hotness. While we will still feature 3 songs that are sure to make you horny, everyday those songs will belong to one of the 4 up-and-coming record labels that are among Fred Hystere’s favorites. At a time of uncertainty in the music industry, these labels are some of the select few that are doing it right thanks to 3 things: consistent quality, visionary thinking, and (most importantly) their passion for the artists they’re working with along the music those artists release. Today’s artists are all members of LA-based Binary Records.
Binary Records is part of Binary Entertainment which is comprised of a bunch of artists, DJs, and producers all working together to create easily the best disco, dance, and chillwave music you’ll hear anywhere right now. The minute that I decided to give a shout out to some of my favorite labels, I knew Binary would be one of them and I have been itching to write about the three artists that you’re about to meet. All three of them continue the trend of blending good times with introspection and, like most artists signed to Binary, I take their music with me EVERYWHERE I go!
Keenhouse is the solo project of artist Ken Rangkuty, who is an absolute master when it comes to creating dreamy, groovy synthpop. His first album, Civic Transit, was the soundtrack to my summer a few years ago and remains one of my first choices anytime I head to the beach to escape the rest of the world. He recently lent his vocals to Futurecop!’s track, Dreams, and the result is goosebumpingly incredible and easily one of the best tracks I’ve heard so far in 2011. In fact, I’ve listened to this song more than any other so far in 2011 and I don’t anticipate that trend slowing down anytime soon. I honestly have to thank these guys personally for getting me out of bed as recently as this past Monday morning, as I was feeling a little bummed about my slutty-by-my-standards weekend. It turns out all I needed to hear was a sick beat and the words ‘Up is the only way!’ and I haven’t looked back since. YOU NEED TO BUY THIS SONG! NOWWWWWWW!
*Futurecop!’s latest single, Dreams featuring Keenhouse, is out now on Binary Records.
Futurecop! featuring Keenhouse “Dreams”
LexiconDon is an LA-based band made up of singer-songwriter Alex Koons, producer-keyboardist Fabian Ordorica, drummer Matteo Eyia, and guitarist Sam Gabbard. I was a little late to the LexiconDon party train, having only purchased their debut album, Pink + Blue, in January of this year. To say I’ve been hooked since then would be like simply saying I *kind-of* want to have sex with James Franco. LexiconDon merge genres of music as well as anyone making music right now and their blend of new wave, synthpop, rock, funk, dance, and more, is the kind of stuff that Brandon Flowers would give his left nut for; while their effortless strut rivals current disco kings, Holy Ghost. Their lyrics are introspective and emotional one minute and party central the next. It was very difficult for me to choose one song off their essential debut album, Pink + Blue, so I’ve chosen two! Check out the inexplicably-makes-me-horny jam Heart Attack, and then the straight-out-of-a-John Hughes-film (and also makes me horny), Hot Love.
*LexiconDon’s debut album, Pink + Blue, is out now on Binary Records.
LexiconDon “Heart Attack”
LexiconDon “Hot Love”
Joypopp are the newest addition to the Binary family and I’ve been waiting to write about them for quite some time as well. While Joypopp are a bit of a change of pace for Binary with their dreamy female vocals, they fit in beautifully with the rest of the label’s acts. The first song I ever heard by Joypopp was called Six To Six and was a little more upbeat than their next two songs, but I’ve connected on a personal level with both Desire and Volupté in a way that I don’t know if I ever want to fully explain. Joypopp are French and one of my favorite and most heartbreaking trips I’ve ever taken was with an ex of mine to (my favorite country) France a few years back and I’ll leave it at that. Suffice to say I am ecstatic (no pun intended) over the news that Binary Records will be releasing Joypopp’s debut EP in just a few weeks’ time.
*Joypopp’s debut EP, Ecstatic, is out 9 May on Binary Records.