Los Angeles duo Phantoms have drawn comparisons to Disclosure and Odesza for their glossy, funk-infused brand of electro pop, but they find the resemblance somewhat skin deep. Kyle Kaplan and Vinnie Pergola tread edgier territory on their cover of Eric Clapton’s classic “Cocaine”, whose dark synth and pulsating throb take the listeners to the depths of the underground.
The duo explains: “We’ve wanted to do a cover of an older song for a while. Nothing was really coming to us until last Friday when we were a few drinks deep and ended up at a Thai karaoke restaurant at 3AM. This young Thai man was doing an electric guitar cover of “Cocaine” by Eric Clapton, but he wasn’t singing, so we jumped on stage and sang along with him. It must have been in the haze of vodka and pad kee mao that we decided we should cover it as well.”
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Three years ago, Brooklyn disco duo Holy Ghost! released their sophomore album Dynamics and they are finally back with a new EP, Crime Cutz, to be released on April 29 via DFA. You have to give it to Nick Millhiser and Alex Frankel for bringing back the unadulterated beats of the 80s with ambition and undeniable mastery.
The title track to the upcoming EP, which was premiered on Zane Lowe’s Beats1 show, is a seven-minute super funky jam featuring retro synths and incredibly fresh hooks. It gradually builds up to an electrifying crescendo before winding down to a blissful close. A real pop tour de force!
The band is currently touring Australia and will be back in NYC for a live performance at MoMA’s Armory Party in March. More info on their website or Facebook. Buy the music on
Seattle-based duo Odesza shares new song “Light”, taken off the recently released deluxe version of their sophomore album In Return. This magnificent new track is a collaboration with Swedish band Little Dragon and the result is a dreamy yet uplifting tune featuring atmospheric beats and beautiful vocals by Yukimi Nagano.
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Bones is the fourth studio album released by American musician Son Lux (a.k.a. Ryan Lott), who first came to public knowledge in 2008 with his breathtaking debut, At War With Walls and Mazes. Released in June via Glassnote Records, following the single “Change Is Everything”, this new record is his first album as a full 3-piece band.
Guitarist Rafiq Bhatia and drummer Ian Chang originally joined Lott on his Lanterns tour and the trio quite naturally decided to record new songs together, giving birth to Bones. The Son Lux touch is not lost though: multi-layered arrangements, raspy vocals and lush strings are the pillars of this new album. The songs come across as a clever mix of sharp hip-hop beats and soulful electronica.
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Los Angeles native Jerome Potter, better known by the artist name Jerome LOL, has been active since the early 2000s through different collaborations (LOL Boys, DJ Dodger Stadium), a label he created with Sam Griesemer aka Samo Sound Boy and his solo work. Released in 2014 on Friends of Friends, the Deleted / Fool EP includes four originals and features vocals from Sara Z and Angelina Lucero.
While it is clearly less dance based than Jerome LOL’s previous work, the EP retains the same electro sensibilities and manages to strike a balance between downtempo sophistication and raw dance vibes.
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