This week, we're fully embracing summer with tracks tailored to lazing lakeside and dancing the night away. We have new songs from the Danny Boyle-approved noise band Fuck Buttons, electro-pop wizards Hot Chip, and two Swedish exports, Postiljonen and Sally Shapiro. First, however, we're bringing you a nicely relaxed track from Portland-based duo Pure Bathing Culture, which has been on repeat since we first pressed play.
Pure Bathing Culture
With its new single "Pendulum," Pure Bathing Culture has managed to create the perfect mix of sultry vocals and hazy atmosphere. The track may seem slight at first, but its chorus has a way of sinking in and staying put. Don't be surprised if this is one of your favorite songs of summer come August.
"The Red Wing (Edit)"
The earth's mightiest noise duo is finally back, and "The Red Wing" is our first taste of the band's new album, Slow Focus. With its mechanized beat and slow build, it's classic Fuck Buttons: aggressive, strange, and uplifting all at once.
"Dark & Stormy"
It's been less than a year since Hot Chip dropped its excellent recent LP In Our Heads, but the synth-loving Brits are already back with a new single. "Dark & Stormy" shows the band in top form, with a slinky pop sound that lives up to its name.
"Coast to Coast"
With her new video for "Coast to Coast" Katie Crutchfield (a.k.a. Waxahatchee) bottles summer in all its river-going, sunbathing, acoustic-guitar-playing glory. Coupled with the track's fuzzed-out, '90s vibe, it's enough to make us play hooky and join Crutchfield down at the the Alabama creek from which her band takes its name.
"Sundown" (Nite Jewel Remix)
Ramona Gonzalez (a.k.a. Nite Jewel) is much more than a good voice. Case in point: In this fantastic remix of Swedish Italo-disco chanteuse Sally Shapiro, Gonzalez takes an already great pop song and adds her own ephemeral spin.
"On the Run"
Another Swedish export, Postiljonen makes supremely pretty dream pop. "On the Run" has a world-expanding, M83-inspired sound that makes us want to hear it far away from the city.