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Son of samba legend Ivor Lancellotti gives his family’s patented sound a cinematic edge. Keeping the classic samba flavor at the center, Mario Caldato, Jr.’s mixing and mastering skills make this private cinema more public.
Watch the video for the title track.
Second album from Norway’s subtle dancefloor master revolves around food. Naming the tracks after the comfort foods, they are as funny as they are good. Click his name to read my interview for Under The Radar.
Stream the entire album via Spin.
Who is this guy? Sounding like Kasabian on “Police Sign” and Oasis on “Bye-Byes” the whole album is really fun. Not original in the least, there is enough humor injected into the derivative songs to make them acceptable.
Watch the video for album opener, “Strawberry Shake.”
The New Familiar
Sticking to the serviceable indie pop sound they established a decade ago with their newly re-released Blue Swan Orchestra, these guys keep plugging away politely under the radar. Click their name to read my review for Electronic Musician.
Watch them perform “I Like You Because” live.
Lambeth Palace (Royale Edition)
An EP of the same name was released earlier this year, Serving as a digital stocking stuffer is the full version with three additional tracks. This holiday season press play on a voice that makes all your hairs stand on end, cozy up to a fire, and feel warmed inside and out. Click here for a quick and painless purchase on iTunes for $4.99.
Watch the gorgeous video for “Slow Down.”