Before you get into it we just want to warn you that this isn’t gonna be a hot list of tracks you’re gonna be able to play at your gig tonight. There is a strong dance influence in these records but they all contain a wide variety of tracks which is what makes them so interesting and impactful.
Even though you may be used to fast forwarding tracks to the first drop on Soundcloud we have to warn you that that first drop may never come. It is a travesty that artists might want to create something outside of the common structure but thankfully we found three artists that have done it right. Both Chemical Brothers and Ratatat had their last release half a decade ago, whereas Tame Impala’s Let It Happen single made us crave his new album as if we’d been waiting for that long.
Records hold much more strength than any individual track, therefore we highly encourage you to listen to these ones from start to finish. Enjoy!
Ratatat is a duo that’s been making some of the most unique beats since 2004. They gained a lot of popularity from Pursuit of Happiness, a track with Kid Cudi and MGMT. Their latest record Magnifique sounds exactly like what you would expect from the group. Groovy drum beats, shredding guitar riffs, and powerful dance worthy synths.
Out of all the types of electronic music around their music has to be some of the most distinguishable. Nobody comes close to sounding like Ratatat and throughout these fourteen tracks we find them experimenting with this signature style. The duo has always demonstrated an understanding of classical music theory through their complex chord progressions and this record fits on the same vibe. Overall it’s an interesting listen that puts a strange twist on a combination of rock and electronic music.
Tame Impala is a project from Australian based Kevin Parker, who acts as the songwriter, musician, and producer to this and the rest of Tame’s albums. This time around he utilizes his solidarity with a record that focuses more on song-writing and production than on lucid jamming. Right off the bat it’s clear that Kevin is bridging gaps from psychedelic rock to electronic music. His use of synthesizers is taken even further on this record as he creates waves of colorful sound that could only be generated through electronic analog gear.
The entire aura of the album is held together with Kevin’s delicate vocals that bind with the synths in a type of 80’s pop dream. The bass drums are always extremely clear in the mix giving off a dance feel to even the slowest tracks. Although I’ve religiously played the crap out of the first two Tame Impala records, it’s hard to deny that this one is equally as impactful although sonically different.
The Chemical Brothers are an electronic duo that has been releasing music since the 90s. They were a key factor in making big beat electronic music popular at the time and remain a huge influence to the majority of dance producers today.
Their latest record Born In The Echoes has the funky analog bangers that you would expect from the duo as well as some tracks that show them trying different musical concepts. EML Ritual stands out as a track that develops slowly into a huge climax, its easily one of the loudest and danciest moments on the album.
The Chemical Brothers are masters at weaving minimal sounds together into powerful dance pieces. For example, Just Bang is a huge dance track that features a massive driving drum beat accompanied by a simple but hypnotic pluck. The album closes with Wide Open, a track that features vocals from Beck. The Chemical Brothers have easily pulled off another work of art throughout the entire record, we would highly recommend giving it a complete listen to experience the full on effect.
Written by Josh & Louis from Los Angeles
We’ll be catching Ratatat and The Chemical Brothers at this year’s Hard Summer!
As well as Tame Impala at Outside Lands in San Francisco.