The Hotness is your daily look at 3 new songs that are amazing, essential, and are sure to make you horny. Ok, the last part isn’t necessarily true. But if you don’t like at least one of these three songs, you need to check 1) Your testosterone levels 2) Your estrogen levels 3) Your hearing.
YACHT are a 4-piece electro-dance-synthpop band that are signed to DFA Records. Being signed to DFA is pretty much a ticket onto Fred Hystere, as far as I’m concerned, and YACHT were one of the first bands that I came across from that label. They’ve been making music for almost 10 years as YACHT, but it was really their last album, See Mystery Lights, that sent my aural senses into eargasm. Their abstract take on dance music is pretty rad and I’m EXTRA-EEMILY excited for the release of their 5th album, Shangri-La, on 21 June. In the meantime, take a listen to the lead single off the album, Dystopia, below.
*YACHT’s 5th album, Shangri-La, will be out 21 June on DFA Records.
Justice are an extremely popular French DJ duo that are not named Daft Punk. These guys are more or less considered royalty in the dance music scene and, in the past, I’ve personally never really gravitated towards anything they’ve done. (I think I was turned off by that single they did that had a kid’s choir singing in the background). Anyway, they’re back and the music blogosphere has been abuzz about their new song, Civilization, and with good reason. Civilization is somewhat of a departure from their last album and full of electric guitar, distortion and the Queen-like vocals of singer, Ali Love. It definitely took me a few listens, but now I’m hooked and looking forward to their long-delayed 2nd album to be released this year.
*Justice will release their 2nd album sometime in 2011 on Ed Banger Records.
Mr. Downstairs are an LA-based duo consisting of Dani Artaud and Asia Whiteacre. Their debut single, Legendary, is a nice slice of downtempo pop with plenty of da-da-da’s in the chorus and some nice harmonizing from Dani and Asia. Their voices are interesting enough, contrast nicely, and remind me a bit of Uh Huh Her. The lyrics leave much to be desired, but who ever said that pop music had to be intellectual to be fun? Take a listen to Legendary below.
*Mr. Downstairs are currently in the studio working on their debut album.
1. YACHT ‘Dystopia’
2. Justice featuring Ali Love ‘Civilization’
3. Mr. Downstairs ‘Legendary’