Most “buddy’s bands” fall somewhere between minor disturbance and bar disaster, so we count ourselves lucky to have an in with Harlem Shakes — (guitarist Todd Goldstein once edited for Flavorpill). Amigos aside, the band’s full-length debut, Technicolor Health, grips the number-one slot on several of our editors’ iPods. And we’re not the only ones on the bandwagon: the Village Voice has called the group “lethally charming and poised for certain success,” while the Washington Post hailed their new record as a “welcome arrival.” Not bad… especially for a friend.
After the jump, a sweet live video and two essential downloads from the album.
1. Harlem Shakes – “Strictly Game” A manifesto of sorts, sunshine-laden single “Strictly Game” posits that “this will be a better year.” Of course, it leaves out the rest of the sentence: “if and when this songs gets the inevitable licensing love.” Where ya at iPhone?!. [Download MP3]
2. Harlem Shakes – “Sunlight” Transitioning from a synth-driven acoustic jam to an all-out rock anthem, “Sunlight” is an exuberant ode to infinity. [Download MP3]
“Nothing But Change – Pt 2” Live at SXSW