Overlooked: Sloan, Echobelly, Ruby

I’ ve become very impatient with the shrinking shelf life of songs and albums. Any true music fan likes good music, regardless of when it was released. To that end, I want to make it a point to focus on underexposed and classic music just as much as I want to focus on the hottest new music. Saving the music industry needs to be just as much about promoting old music alongside new music; and it’s in that vein that I present to you a new series called Overlooked: a daily rewind featuring 3 amazing songs that have likely existed without your knowledge. Today’s songs are by Sloan, Echobelly, and Ruby.


1. Sloan “Everything You’ve Done Wrong”


2. Echobelly “Tell Me Why”


3. Ruby “Grace”


Classics: Little Dragon “My Step” (VIDEO)

Swedish electro-funkers, Little Dragon, have been wowing critics in 2011 with their new album, Ritual Union, but these guys have been cool for years. They’ve received heaps of praise from everyone from The Roots to Jimmy Fallon, thanks to their fun blend of hip hop, electronic, pop and dance music.

For me, lead singer Yukimi Nagano has always been the highlight of Little Dragon’s songs and she was largely responsible for me becoming a superfan of the band in recent years. My favorite song of theirs is called My Step from their “Machine Dreams” album, and I’m pretty sure many of you will be all over it. Positively addicting, smooth, left-of-center pop at its finest.

Check out the video below.

*Little Dragon’s new album, Ritual Union, is out now via Peacefrog Holdings.



Little Dragon “My Step”

Lamb’s ‘Gorecki’: A Favorite Ode To Love

Lamb‘s stunning ode to love, Gorecki, features powerful lyrics that even a cynical fuck, such as myself, can appreciate.

So my Classics section is back. However, this time around I’m going to focus more on playing DJ as apposed to being autobiographer. I’ll still say a few words about what each song means to me..but then it’s all about the music.

My friend Taylor and I were obsessed with all things Trip-hop after the emergence of Portishead, Tricky, Massive Attack, etc back in the mid-90s. We used to go to our favorite record shop, AB-CD, in Norwalk CT, and sift through their collection of used imported CDs for hours and hours and hours.

One day Taylor came across Lamb’s self-titled debut and brought it home for a listen. It didn’t take long before the two of us became obsessed with that album and specifically the lead single off that album, Gorecki.

Whether you’re a cynic or not, love means comfort to everyone. So no matter how hard you try, I defy you not to feel a little warm and fuzzy while reading some of the lyrics to Gorecki below:

could we stay right here
till the end of time until the earth stops turning
wanna love you until the seas run dry
I’ve found the one I’ve waited for

I don’t feel like posting more than that, so you’ll have to listen to the song to hear the rest! I hope you enjoy it!

Download these Lamb songs: Gorecki, Softly, Here, Fly, Gabriel, Cotton Wool, Ear Parcel, Angelica, Wonder

For fans of: Portishead, Royksopp, jazz, drum-n-bass

*Lamb are still together and actually just released their fifth album, 5, a few months ago.



Lamb “Gorecki”

Lamb – Gorecki by Angkor

Thankfully, Chungking Is Still “Making Music”

One of my favorite bands of all-time is someone that you’ve likely never heard of. Their name is Chungking and their video for “Making Music” is the perfect introduction to their jazzy lounge-tastic sound.

The UK  band is fronted by the lovely Jesse Banks, who seriously has one of the best and most undiscovered voices making..um..music today. Their 2nd album, The Hungry Years, still ranks as one of my top 25 favorite records of all-time; and I really hope their upcoming release brings them back to the same jazzy lounge soul that made The Hungry Years so special.

Download these songs: Voodoo, Let Love In,  Angel Eyes, We Love You, Following, Love Is Here To Stay, Slow It Down

For fans of: Goldfrapp, Portishead, Sade and 70s soul



Chungking “Making Music”

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