Thursday, August 25, 2016

When Have I Been Wrong by The John Benjamin Band

When Have I Been Wrong? is a slow sad pop song that suddenly picks up pace as it heads to the end.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Turn Off Your Phone by JSR2

With a catchy beat and shouts of "Put your hands up, put your phones down. It's a Song Fight! We 'bout to throw down.", JSR2 was my favorite attempt to Turn Off Your Phone.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Transcriptions by Lullabelle

Transcriptions breaks down into three movements: i. The Trial of Florasador Gehboyzel, ii. Mocked Openly in Chambers, and iii. Festival for a Hanging. It's a strangely surreal ten minutes.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Postcard by Atlas Sound

Postcard features shifting rhythms alternating left and right, coming and fading.

Available in vorbis.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Should Be Fun by Sober

Sober build a guitar pop song to a lovely crescendo with the refrain "This life isn't easy, but at least it Should Be Fun".

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Scratch_redux by Ant Neely

Mash-ups of big beats, harmonicas, and catchy pop singing rarely sounds so lovely as Scratch_redux.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Fell Out Of The Sky (Andy's Liquid Mix) by State Shirt, remixed by Stellarartwars

According to Stellarartwars, "Some uptempo rock lends itself to a drum and bass background". Fell Out of the Sky is just such uptempo rock.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

This New Technology (Dark & Dubby Mix) by Midnight Juggernauts, remixed by Babe Rainbow

Dubbed "Dark & Dubby", this mix of This New Technology is slow and creeping, creating an ominous atmosphere about what's to come.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

The Coldness by Blueswerver, remixed by Speck

The Coldness masterfully mixes fragile pauses with crunching noise. Panu sez "Turn it up to crush."

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

The Strange Sunrise by c4n featuring Shannonsongs

MC Jack in the Box calls The Strange Sunrise "pure, unadulterated, aural sex." It's full of jittering, intense energy.

Monday, August 15, 2016

More, More, More... by Reiswerk featuring I_rebel

Today, some reggae from the ccmixter crowd: More, More, More....

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Human Once Again by Four Tet

Four Tet alters "Skin" into a more meditative piece, Human Once Again.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Sleep Lightly by Lisa DeBenedictis, remixed by Quarkstar

Quarkstar's take on DeBenedictis's dreamy Sleep Lightly sounds more fantastic, more strangely childlike than the others.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Good Luck Charm by JSmitty featuring ViolentBob

JSmitty's been putting some excellent rap tunes into recent Song Fights, strong enough that he never needs a Good Luck Charm.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Scattered Knowledge by Revolution Void

Revolution Void is a master at blending hip-hop, jazz, and electronic music, and Scattered Knowledge brings these elements together in a down-tempo tune that wraps up The Politics of Desire.

Try it in vorbis, or get it in high-resolution flac.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Happiness Is by Podington Bear

Happiness Is a specialty of the Pod Bear, and this song exemplifies his approach.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Check Your Pressure by The Grim

Check Your Pressure only momentarily lets up it's screaming, pounding onslaught, and come away with a Song Fight win.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Manipulationology by Digital Drug

A study in Manipulationology blending strains of eastern music with big beats.

Also in vorbis.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Fågelsången by jj

Fågelsången is more lovely bittersweet sounds from jj.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Port o' Nine Tails by Nathan Clevenger Group

Clevenger's name may be on the ensemble, but his guitar seems to play a distinctly supporting role in Port o' Nine Tails, led instead by a clarinet.

Friday, August 5, 2016

What Layer by Lucky Dragons

What Layer hides a little whistle behind a tiny rhythm, from the LAYER HATER.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Good Luck Charm by Pepper Jane

This Week's Song Fight! has a special Good Luck Charm: an adorable folk song full of rhythm and tempo changes, shouting, self-aware cliché, and other charms besides.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Everything Is Great by Brad Sucks

Everything Is Great is a slow ballady song that Brad released to the internet back in 2002 after fussing with it long enough to make himself sick of it.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Maracas by Mates Of State

With bridges of syncopated breathing and UNITY, Maracas is feel-good pop music.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Fast Trilogy by Tiny Creatures

Tiny Creatures' self titled album opens with a tinkling Fast Trilogy.

Enjoy vorbis.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Echo Lali by Echo Lali

This sweet little lullaby of a tune is a self-titled offering by Echo Lali

Also in vorbis.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Shudders by MC Frontalot

Our protagonist faces angry spirits and zombies without a moment of fright but gets Shudders when he meets the princess.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Tyson's Corner by Cookie Blue

Cookie Blue took Tyson's Corner's title with a sweet pop tune.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Subliminal Pestilence by Daniel Bautista

Here's another 6 minutes and 20 seconds of crunching instrumental metal from Bautista: Subliminal Pestilence.

This monstrosity is also available in vorbis.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Felix Is My Friend by Pattern Industries

Felix Is My Friend is fun and upbeat dance music, with lots of little melodic and harmonic quirks.

Available in vorbis.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Baile Muderno by Chico Correa and Electronic Band

Baile Muderno starts with a choppy beat and a meditative guitar and builds its energy as it goes.

Try it in vorbis

Monday, July 25, 2016

Starting my work with the daily rebuilding of the telescope by Cherly KaCherly

Starting my work with the daily rebuilding of the telescope uses its repeating four notes to convey the obsessive focus of its subject.

Also in vorbis.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Leviathan by Bgm

Bgm went a bit country for the last round of this year's Nur Ein, taking the title with Leviathan.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Asylum by Soundtails featuring Papa Zulu

Kara Square describes Asylum: "A dynamic orchestral soundtrack with stirring emotion and tension. If you’re looking for a stunning instrumental for your dramatic scenes, this could be the one."

Friday, July 22, 2016

Lofticries by Purity Ring

Lofticries is simply splendid meditative electronic pop.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Poor People by The Rhombus

Poor People layers electric noise on echoes on guitars.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

It Made Sense At The Time by Tuners Union

It Made Sense At The Time to vote for this subtle, sparse tune from Tuners Union.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Lost Children by Post Human Era

Despite the downer lyrics, Lost Children manages to sound like blissful electronic pop.

Also in vorbis.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Flight 17 by State Shirt

Flight 17 is a strange, plaintive instrumental that finishes off Lost Hills

Sunday, July 17, 2016

House Of Balloons/Glass Table Girls by The Weeknd

The medley of House Of Balloons/Glass Table Girls seems to more than double The Weeknd's creepiness.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

9 Ghosts I by Nine Inch Nails

One of my favorite tracks from Ghosts is 9 Ghosts I. It starts with a beat that sounds like a marching ball bearing and a piano, and always stays sparse as it adds and removes layers.

Get it in vorbis.

Friday, July 15, 2016

May Day S-O-S by Calling Sister Midnight featuring Carosone

This May Day S-O-S is an emergency themed mess of beats and bells, sirens and jazz guitar.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Seven Days by ADD

Today I present more poppy songcraft from Jeff Fal, this one for the Seven Days Song Fight.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Lighthouse by Tiny Folk

A simple whispered ukulele folk tune: Lighthouse.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Neon Colony By Solar Bears

Gorilla vs Bear: "The record has a floating, undeniably cinematic feel throughout [...], as evidenced by the oddly moving cosmic vibes on album standout Neon Colony."

Monday, July 11, 2016

La Batalla by La Olla Express

La Batalla blends hip-hop, rock, and Latin musics in an energetic burst of pleasure.

Take it in vorbis.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

No Vacancy by Schlimminy Cricket

There's No Vacancy wherever this cricket looks, so he sings a strange pop tune.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Noir by Lights at Sea

Slow building Noir opens up Lights At Sea's self titled EP.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Autopia by The Whiskers

Autopia is another quirky piece of indie rock from The Distorted Historian.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Sending Thanks (To Every Corner Of The Earth) by Pure X

A voice speaks in the background, surrounded by a wash of abient sounds, Sending Thanks (to Every Corner of the Earth).