The Hotness: Yacht, Justice featuring Ali Love, Mr. Downstairs

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’

The Hotness: Lindbergh Palace, Austra, Echoes

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.

Lindbergh Palace are a Brooklyn-based foursome that makes dark, moody, gorgeous electronic pop music. Vocal duties are shared by Leah Hayes and Jonathan Benedict and the band have just self-released their 4 song self-titled debut. I bought the EP last week as I was a big fan of their song Days Don’t Fade that was released sometime last year. You should definitely give these guys a chance if you’re as much of a fan of artists such as Faded Paper Figures, The Seedy Seeds, and other artists that incorporate dueling male-female vocals into electronic pop. Check out Starz below.

*The Lindbergh Palace EP is out now


Austra are a Toronto-based trio that makes almost industrial-sounding, electronic pop music. A few weeks ago we featured them as our Daily Tune and since then they’ve released Lose It, which is the upcoming single to their debut album, Feel It Break. After hearing Lose It, I can now say with confidence that Austra is one of my top 3 artists to watch for in 2011. They’re not doing anything particularly ‘new’ but there’s something extremely intriguing about the somewhat avant garde imagery they seem to be using, as well as the sprinkling of industrial sounds peppered throughout each one of their songs.

*Feel It Break is out 16 May on Domino Records.


Echoes are a couple of UK-based guys that make some of the most beautiful and heavily atmospheric music I’m hearing these days. I’ve said it before, but these guys have been able to make me like songs that I’m not particularly fond of (The Joy Formidable ‘Austere’) with their amazing remixes. They’ve also now created 3 gorgeous, string-laden, daydream songs, and I simply can’t get enough. It’s at the point where I may need to join a 12-Step Program for addiction to all things Echoes if I don’t hear a full album’s worth of material soon. Check out ‘Love Won’t Save You Now’ below.

*Echoes are currently in the studio working on their debut album.


1. Lindbergh Palace ‘Starz’


2. Austra ‘Lose It’ (FREE DOWNLOAD)


3. Echoes ‘Love Won’t Save You Now’ (FREE DOWNLOAD)

Daily Tune: DEIDRE ‘Classic Girl’ (VIDEO)

Note to Duffy: This is how you do it. Brooklyn-based solo artist DEIDRE has everything that you want from a female artist: Gorgeous and contained voice, fun video, great beats, & the (often coveted) ‘it factor.’

For those of you that are fans of the Brooklyn music scene, you’ll probably recognize the name David Perlick; known for producing songs by MGMT, French Horn Rebellion and more. David is the brains behind the beats on Classic Girl and has done a masterful job of updating the classic 1960s girl-group sound for DEIDRE.

The music video features cute dance movies by DEIDREand her lovely Ladie’s Recreational Dance Auxillary. In the press release I was sent, it says ‘Classic Girl features DEIDRE’s performance in a way that will surely make you shimmy.’ As someone that doesn’t tend to ‘shimmy’ a whole lot, let me just say…I shimmied to the song and video…like a lot.

Check out the video below, purchase the song on DEIDRE’s Bandcamp page, and also grab a free download of her equally amazing 1st single, Memory Monster, below. Deirdre will be playing a show 15 April @ Zebulon in Brooklyn, NY. I’ll see you there!


      Deirdre 'Memory Monster' MP3!/DEIDREmusic

Massive Attack ‘Teardrop’..

is today’s Daily Classic. Man, this song is absolutely delicious from beginning to end. It’s been featured in just about every CSI or Law & Order episode and countless other shows. Bottom line: You’ve heard this song before, probably loved it, and wondered who it was. Well, here’s the answer to all those questions and more: Massive Attack.

Along with Portishead, Massive Attack are known as the pioneers of the trip hop movement back in the early-to-mid 90s. On a more personal level, they’re known to me for being the soundtrack to my high school years on soooooo many different levels. I literally have close friendships that were born through our mutual love for bands like Massive Attack and Portishead. They’ve collaborated with some of my favourite artists of all-time including: Sinead O’Connor, Damon Albarn, Hope Sandoval and many more..

The vocals on Teardrop are done by Elizabeth Fraser (from The Cocteau Twins) and the lyrics were reportedly written about Jeff Buckley. I think many of you will agree that this song is A-C-E. Check out the video and grab the song below.

      Massive Attack 'Teardrop'

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