|BEST NEW SONGS: CRYSTAL CASTLES - CHAR|
New-look Crystal Castles are back with another new single, and CHAR is the best thing we’ve heard thus far off their upcoming LP, Amnesty (I). Once again this tune features vocals from the newest member of the CC family, Edith Frances, although these are more hushed and subdued compared to the aggression on display in Concrete.
Best New Tracks
|BEST NEW SONGS: DOG ORCHESTRA - BROKE|
We live in a microwave age, where everyone expects things to be ready immediately. Few have the patience to allow something to simmer and grow naturally. Dog Orchestra seems to be the exception to this rule. The Stockholm-via-Berlin duo first popped on our radar a few years back, but they’ve kept a low profile since, honing their craft and waiting for their moment. It appears to have arrived.
|BEST NEW SONGS: CHERRYADE - THE CROWN|
We’ve got a transmission from the London underground for you today, although based on the quality of The Crown, Cherryade won’t be unknown for much longer. You could’ve convinced me that this was a new Charli XCX track, and that’s about the highest compliment I can pay a pop song in 2016. You can also hear the unmistakable influence of Maya, as well as PC Music and Sleigh Bells.
|BEST NEW VIDEOS: TOBACCO - HUMAN OM|
Black Super Moth Rainbow member TOBACCO is prepping for the release of his fourth solo LP, Sweatbox Dynasty. Human Om is a great song and a super trippy video that you’ll find yourself watching over and over. The heavily distorted vocals give the track the atmospheric feel of a bombed-out wasteland.
|BEST NEW SONGS: POLOGRAPHIA - SLY FEAT. WINSTON SURFSHIRT|
Polographia teamed up with Winston Surfshirt to create the incredibly smooth new single, Sly. This is chill wave to the max, right down to the 90’s surf marketing inspired video. The Aussie bros call their take on electronica organic. I call it lo fi (which is just code for low budget). Regardless of what you call it, it grooves.
|BEST NEW SONGS: THE NAKED AND FAMOUS - HIGHER|
The Naked and Famous took some time off after taking over the world with Young Blood three years ago. They're back now as a more mature and polished unit, and their newest single, Higher, is another indie pop gem that’ll get your heart racing and wind up in 100+ commercials.
|BEST NEW SONGS: CRYSTAL CASTLES - CONCRETE|
Ethan Kath has carried on under the Crystal Castles moniker, adding new lead singer Edith Frances. The duo has released a single and video for Concrete. Concrete is loud, chaotic, and dare I say clubby. It’s high-energy and frantic in the best possible way. The video features Frances walking backwards through the audience at a crowded rave. It makes for oddly compelling viewing.