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New Music Tuesday, May 17, 2011

On one hand, this week’s New Releases are thinking music. There are Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi’s quiet, contemplative mood moves, Armor De Días’ organic sounds, and Hajime Sakita’s unique Saw instrumentals. Then there’s Moby and Arms and Sleepers’ measured electronica. But on the other hand, you’ll find loud and brash party music—Jahcoozi’s traditional club sounds bounce off Flo Rida and Pitbull, while Company of Thieves rock out after Ladytron. No matter which type of music you’re in the mood for, this New Music Tuesday playlist will introduce you to some excellent new sounds.

Playlist Notes

  • Ladytron, White Elephant: This single is a taste of their upcoming album, Gravity the Seducer. Dreamy synthesizer music and trademark harmonies come together in a hypnotic way—their polished sound hints that this New Wave group from Glasgow has evolved since their 2008 release Velocifero.

  • Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi, Rome: Ever-collaborating Danger Mouse and music composer Daniele Luppi teamed up to create a faux film soundtrack, based on the scoring you’ll traditionally hear in spaghetti westerns. Alongside their instrumentation, you’ll hear Jack White and Norah Jones’ expert vocals, which complete the mood.

  • DJ Shadow, I Gotta Rokk: Fans hoped that DJ Shadow had something in the works since his 2006 album, The Outsider. This EP should assuage their fears, providing listeners with three new tracks and complimentary remixes.

  • Tinie Tempah, Disc-Overy: British rapper Tinie Tempah’s debut album finally made it stateside. In a refreshing change of pace, electronic music strongly influences this album beats and rhythms—take note, U.S. rappers.

  • The Elected, Bury Me In My Rings: It’s impossible to outshine child star turned lead singer Jenny Lewis, but bandmate and Rilo Kiley guitarist Blake Sennett tackles his other band’s album with aplomb and panache. It’s a little bit summer romance and poppy sanguine sentiment.

∞  May 17, 2011 — 12:00AM