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.
Let Em Riot has been featured here on Fred Hystere a few times and I truly believe that he is one of the most gifted unsigned artists that I’ve heard in the last couple of years. Let Em Riot is the recording name of LA-area singer, Alan Oakes, and his music overall is difficult to categorize but tends to fall in either the chillwave, synthpop or new wave genres. The thing that always jumps out to me about Alan’s music is his songwriting, as it’s rare to find an artist that, not only tries so many different styles of music, but also succeeds at every one of them! Every song that Let Em Riot releases is always better than the last and usually totally different, stylewise, than anything he’s done before. You’ll be hearing a lot more of him on this site and I’ll be debuting another new track of his next week. But, for now, have a listen to his brand new gorgeous chillwave ballad, The Glass Moon, and download the song for free and share it with everyone you know!
Let Em Riot “The Glass Moon”
Austra is a Canadian trio comprised of singer Katie Stelmanis, Maya Postepski and Dorian Wolf. Katie is the chief songwriter for the band and released an extremely underrated gem of a solo album a few years ago. Austra’s music has been called darkwave, synthpop, etc and seems to be heavily influenced by some of my all-time favorite bands like Siouxsie & The Banshees. Their songs have an almost industrial element to them and I love how the band always pulls back at the last minute, while staying true to their synthy darkwave roots. Austra’s debut album is called Feel It Break and I can already tell you that if you’re a fan of dark, mysterious synthpop, you’ll be all over the album when it hits stores on 16 May. My favorite track on Feel It Break is called “The Villain” and has the same Siouxsie & The Banshees/Boys For Pele-era Tori Amos-feel as the rest of the album. Check it out below.
Austra “The Villain”
Natalie Walker is the former lead-singer of trip hop group Daughter Darling, and is getting ready to release her 3rd solo album in just a few weeks. Her music fits in nicely with my collection of Sarah McLachlan and Dido albums, as I love the lush sounds-capes and ethereal vocals that Natalie consistently creates. I’ve been listening to her new track, Cool Kids, for the last couple of weeks and have had it in my head more or less non-stop since then. The song has a bigger hook to it than most of Natalie’s tunes; which makes her upcoming album one of my most anticipated summer releases and one that I’m sure to listen to while sitting at the beach relaxing late at night. Check it out below.
*Natalie Walker’s new single, Cool Kids, is available for purchase now exclusively on Beatport and her 3rd solo album, Spark, is out 7 June on Dorado Music.
Natalie Walker “Cool Kids”
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