Sensual Harassment is a (brilliantly named) Brooklyn band that I’ve written about a couple of times here on Fred Hystere. In the past, I’ve compared their music to that of Primal Scream; however, I think their brand of pop more often recalls some of my favorite 80s synthpop bands out of England. Think Human League with a little more chunk to their beats.
That said, while their first EP was definitely more of a disco-y dance affair, their latest EP “Escape From Dragonis” focuses more on songs heavy on melodies that’ll make you want to hum along for hours on end. But don’t get me wrong – there are still plenty of songs to get your booty movin.
Aside from the brilliant Disco Heart, my favorite track off Escape From Alpha Draconis is the lovely “Rescue Me.” Check it out below and get into these guys – they deserve to be heard by the masses!
*Sensual Harassment’s 2nd EP, Escape From Dragonis, is out now via Coastal Ghost.
Sensual Harassment “Rescue Me”
Sensual Harassment \"Rescue Me\"
I couldn’t pick just one song, today. Sweden’s Postiljonen have too many amazing songs to choose from!
Postiljonen is a pop trio based in (where else?) Sweden whose album is the most perfect collection of songs I’ve heard in 2013. At times reminiscent of everyone from Dubstar to Enya, Skyer is full of ethereal shoegaze-y pop, daydreamy lyrics and some very nice vocals, courtesy of Norwegian singer, Mia Bøe; the only member of the trio who doesn’t hail from Sweden.
The production on the entire album is as strong as anything I’ve heard in the past acouple of years; yet it somehow never manages to overpower Mia’s delicate whispy vocals. She commands every song with a presence rarely seen in the world of shoegaze.
I simply can’t say enough about Skyer. The album is full of songs that will fit perfectly onto mixes made for lazy summer days. My favorite tracks are Help, Plastic Panorama and Atlantis; which features some excellent jazzy horns to compliment a solid pop beat.
Check it out Atlantis and Plastic Panorama below.
*Postiljonen’s debut album, Skyer, is out now via Hybris.
Postiljonen “Plastic Panorama”
Postiljonen \"Plastic Panorama\"
Maya Jane Coles is a UK-based artist best known for some of the sickest remixes to ever come out of the trip hop world. She came onto my map a few years back after a great remix she did of Little Dragon’s “Ritual Union.” Since then, she’s done remixes for Tricky, The xx, Florence & The Machine and many many more.
Fans of her remixes have been eagerly awaiting the release of her first full length record seemingly forever. Well, as of tomorrow (in the US), the wait is over thanks to the release of her practically-perfect-in-every-way debut, Comfort. As a self-described trip hop junkie, this album ticks every possible box for me; conjuring up images of the days when Portishead, Baby Fox, Ruby, Mono, Sneaker Pimps and more hijacked my boom box. Just about every track is a winner; and I am nearly positive that Comfort will end up as one of my top 3 albums of 2013. I am certifiably obsessed.
My favorite track was impossible to choose, but I’m gonna give a slight nod to Burning Bright; which features vocals from Kim Ann Foxman (of Hercules and Love Affair, of course). Check it out below.
*Maya Jane Cole’s debut album, Control, is out 2 July via I/AM/ME.
Maya Jane Coles featuring Kim Ann Foxman “Burning Bright”
Maya Jane Coles \"Burning Bright\"
Now that I’m finally feeling better physically, I’ve been having a burst of creative energy and I want to share it with all of you. I’ve decided to turn my Friday 5 into a mini version of Cliff Notes. Every week, I’m going to pick an artist out of my vast music collection and feature my 5 favorite songs from that artist. This week is all about Belgian trip-hoppers Hooverphonic.
When Portishead (fine, AND Massive Attack) opened the trip-hop floodgates into the mainstream back in 1994, a whole host of bands followed in their trippy shoes – and I lapped up every single one of them. Hooverphonic somehow made it through multiple lineup changes over the years; at one point featuring 3 different lead singers over 3 consecutive albums. They pulled it off, however, and their music will always bring back fond memories.
Like many less well-known bands, you’ve probably heard a Hooverphonic song without even knowing it; as their music has been featured in countless TV ads over the years. Specifically, the song “Battersea” was featured in a car ad about 10 years ago, and instantly brings back wonderful memories of hanging with my best friend Emil (founder of both The Hill-Side AND Hickoree’s) in his dorm room in Philly back in the day.
So, without further ado, I give you top 5 Hooverphonic songs. Hope you like em!
1. Hooverphonic “Mad About You”
Mad About You
2. Hooverphonic “Club Montepulciano”
04 Club Montepulciano
3. Hooverphonic “2 Wicky”
02 2 Wicky
4. Hooverphonic “Jackie Cane”
04 Jackie Cane
5. Hooverphonic “Battersea”