Darkside – “Paper Trails”
Darkside is one of Nicolas Jaar’s many projects, which include solo music, running his label Clown & Sunset and being a comparative literature student at Brown. Both his solo music and his band, Darkside, are variously described as “minimal techno” or “deep house.” Personally, I think “Paper Trails” sounds like it should be on the soundtrack of a sci-fi-spaghetti-western directed by a reincarnated Alfred Hitchcock, but I don’t know if that helps.
Phantogram – “Celebrating Nothing”
Phantogram consists of a synth/electropop duo from New York with a new self-titled EP due out soon. “Black Out Days” was the first single, and now they’ve released “Celebrating Nothing.” It’s a laid back, down-tempo pop tune that doesn’t really go anywhere over its four minutes, but it seems happy not going anywhere.
Schoolboy Q – “Banger (MOSHPIT)”
This song’s definitely not about mosh pits, but it’s got Schoolboy Q doing some of his fiercest rapping and making all of his signature noises. His debut studio album “Oxymoron,” one of the most anticipated hip-hop releases of the year, is due out this fall.
Danny Brown – “Side A (Old)”
But if there is a single most anticipated hip-hop album for the rest of the year (now that “Yeezus,” “Magna Carta Holy Grail” and “Nothing Was The Same” are all out), it’s Danny Brown’s debut “Old.” Since his breakout 2011 mixtape “XXX,” Danny Brown has been seemingly everywhere, dropping guest verses with his trademark voice all over the place. With “Old” poised to be a critical success, prepare yourselves for the self-proclaimed Adderall Admiral to be around for a while.
White Denim – “At Night In Dreams”
White Denim are a fuzz rock group from Austin, Texas. Their brand of distorted-guitar-rock-revival is indebted to Thin Lizzy and the bluesier leanings of Led Zeppelin, featuring guitar riffs all over the place and high-pitched male vocals. If that’s your cup of tea, White Denim’s new album “Corsicana Lemonade” is out Oct. 29.