It's freezing out there all of a sudden (in New York City at least) so warm up to some exciting new tuneage. Most of the stuff here we've been collecting during our crazy CMJ push to keep us sane. New songs from Real Estate, Phantogram, Coldplay, and more, as well as some festival favorites we've just recently discovered. Make sure you play them in order, this mixtape has some seriously zen flow.
Oh, and happy Halloween!
Scroll Through The Player To Listen To All The Songs On the Mixtape
1. "Beach Holiday" - Fort Lean - Fort Lean EP
One of our favorite new bands to emerge out of the CMJ muck. This song is the current life theme song. Their EP is totally free over at their Bandcamp, and we'd guess that isn't going to last long.
2. "It's Real" - Real Estate - Days
Real Estate has an incredible way of being both calm and exciting. Days
is out now, and Real Estate remains my favorite thing to come out of a place along the NJ Transit Main/Bergen County Line.
3. "Nightcall" - Kavinsky & Lovefoxxx - Drive OST
The song that put Kavinsky (a French electro house artist) on the map with hipsters everywhere. The Daft Punk produced track features vocals from CSS frontlady Lovefoxxx, which is just about as solid of a recipe for success as we've ever heard. You might remember it soundtracking an angsty Ryan Gosling driving around LA in the movie of the almost same name, Drive
4. "A Case Of You" - James Blake - Enough Thunder EP
It may be a Joni Mitchell cover but it still showcases James Blake's talent as an incredibly empathetic and unique musician (beyond his obsession with being "the home of the original dubstep"). Bust out your kleenex for this one.
5. "Charlie Brown" - Coldplay - Mylo Xyloto
"Dumb lyrics, great music" - My four word review of this Coldplay record.
6. "Rat Racers" - The Janks - Hands Of Time
This LA band recently released their album Hands Of Time
, which is full of more of the '70s rock twinged, visceral theatricality that saturates "Rat Racers." Not too many bands can acheive this blend of bad-assery and Muse-esque riffs, even Muse themselves. Enjoy!
7. "How Come You Never Go There" - Feist - Metals
Feist made a tasty record of midtempo folk-pop, without bowing down to the so-called necessity of singles. But if she had to have one, this would probably be it; the sticky chorus, the lilting verses... solid stuff indeed.
8. "Don't Move" - Phantogram - Nightlife EP
No one does crunchy dance music quite like these guys. "Don't Move" appears on the band's forthcoming Nightlife
EP, due on 11/1.
9. "Daniel" - Twin Sister - In Heaven
This song makes us want to drink capuccinos and make friends with everyone. Totally normal reaction to a song. Twin Sister's delightful debut is out now.
10. "Midnight City" - M83 - Hurry Up, We're Dreaming
Despite the polarized opinions of M83's intimidating double disc (it's brilliant! it's too long! hipsters love it! boring!), it's tough to deny that this song straight up f*cking rules. Happy weekend, amirite?