1. ceo – “Prologue” Tough Alliance’s Eric Berglund, the man behind the mysterious “corporate” mask, splices together something so specifically self-described as “silence and virginity lost in a gangbang”.
2. Sleigh Bells – “Tell ‘Em” The M.I.A-endorsed Brooklyn duo thankfully keeps its big beats and layers of noise-pop bubble wrap on its upcoming May debut. This is what Maya should have gone for with her new, let’s face it, disappointingly inaccessible single.
3. Tokyo Police Club – “Wait Up (Boots of Danger)” Grooving at a faster breakneck speed, Tokyo Police Club’s second leaked track from Champ offers a much poppier pre-chorus and chorus. It’s excruciatingly hard not to hum along.
4. Oh Mercy – “Can’t Fight It” We can’t fight the giddy feeling we get when we listen to this. This Aussie four-piece, who already opened for Ben Folds last year, knows exactly how to make music that tugs on your heartstrings and gives you goosebumps.
5. We Humans – “I Don’t Care” From across the shallow pond comes a straight-up riffy pop ditty that combines the Anglo-fi of the Stone Roses with the redeemable parts of Lenny Kravitz.
6. White Flight – “Panther (ft. Ratatat)” With Ratatat supplying the beats, “Panther” combines the mechanical futurism of LP3 with the shouty earnestness of Montreal’s Hissing Fauna. It’s like the daytripping cousin of 2002’s “Wildcat”, if you will.
7. Lovelife – “1994” Once the other half of Ghosthustler with Neon Indian’s Alan Palomo, Noah Jackson oozes reverb-soaked non sequiturs over a minimalist dreamscape of laidback synths.
8. Marina & The Diamonds – “I Am Not A Robot (Clock Opera Remix)” Not only tweaking the original melody and chorus, Guy Connelly ups the ante with mesospheric strings and Delorean-ic keys. Clocking in at four and a half, it’s from another dimension altogether.
9. Best Coast – “Our Deal” Proving to be more than just a cute name and a cute fuzzed-out voice, Beth Cosentino brings her LA-washed surf rock to a web series called Bright Falls , promoting Xbox’s Alan Wake. Watch the episode with Beth in the car here.
10. DOM – “Living In America” This Worcestor, Massachusetts trio stretches heavy gauze across familiar pop anthems like “Time to Pretend” and “Y.M.C.A.” in the best way possible, with the one-two glitzy punch of sun bronzed Greek gods.
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