Premiere: Stream NAVVI’s Flickering Dancefloor Banger “Simpatico”

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Seattle’s NAVVI have been making ominous electronic symphonies and moody atmospherics for the better part of two years with our first impression being their contribution to Kitsuné’s America 3 compilation. Since then, they have continued to hone their expertly crafted contrast matching the ethereal vocals of Kristin Henry to the sobbing, dark beats courtesy of producer Brad Boettger which will soon culminate with the release of their debut album, Omni, on May 27th via what is slowly becoming one of our favorite labels, KEXP DJ Alex Ruder’s Hush Hush Records. “Simpatico” is the fourth track let go from the album and reconfirms what we already believed; they have the potential turn even more heads beyond their current audience. Give the song a spin below.

Five Reasons Why You Need to Experience A Parquet Courts Show

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Words by Seth Johnson/Photos by Roberto Campos

In recent years, excitement has seemed to follow Parquet Courts wherever they’ve gone, and for good reason. Recently, the band made their way through Bloomington, Indiana in support of their excellent 2016 release, Human Performance. In the sweaty, sold-out crowd, our Seth Johnson soaked in all 23 songs of the New York band’s career-spanning set, eventually coming to the conclusion that Parquet Courts is a band everyone needs to experience live.

1. Their sets are to the point, while also packing a punch

There aren’t many bands that pack 20+ songs into an hour-long set anymore, but that’s just what Parquet Courts did on this night (see set list below). Reminiscent of Guided By Voices, the band rocketed through song after song, only taking brief breaks to tune every now and then. During these breaks, they also managed to keep the crowd engaged, even chatting with them about wrestling great Stone Cold Steve Austin at one point.

2. They don’t take themselves too seriously

At one point during this Parquet Courts set, the band’s banner began to fall from the wall behind them. Rather than making any fuss, the members simply joked about how their record label (Rough Trade Records) was the only reason for the banner. “You guys know who we are, or else you wouldn’t be here,” they joked.

3. Their energy is infectious

Despite the very hot temperature at this show, Parquet Courts’ energetic live sound kept fans moving (and sweating) throughout the entirety of their set. Much of this can be attributed to their generally upbeat nature, heard in older songs like “Black and White,” “Borrowed Time,” “Stoned and Starving” and “Sunbathing Animal.” This overall feeling of being at a kickass party remained present during their slower songs, too, however.

4. They bring the audience onto their level

While many bands often try to accomplish this with their live shows, there are few I’ve experienced that do it quite like Parquet Courts. For example, the stage lights at this show were accidentally turned off at one point in the set. With this turn of events, the band simply asked the crowd if they wanted the lights on or off. After cheers of approval for the latter, Parquet Courts went on to play a song in complete darkness, humorously making the audience feel even more a part of the show.

5. Their music is thoughtful yet incredibly fun

Over the past half-decade, Parquet Courts have released several solid albums. Arguably, though, their best to date is 2016’s Human Performance, which was featured heavily at this show. Time and time again, the group’s latest full-length pulls the listener in with irresistible pieces of songwriting. A few personal favorites of mine include “Dust,” “Outside” and “One Man No City.”

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Today’s MOKB on SIRIUS XMU Blog Radio Playlist : 5/10/16

Sturgill Simpson – Brace For Impact (Live A Little)
Brenda’s Friend – House Down
Seratones – Chokin’ On Your Spit
Mac DeMarco – It’s Gonna Be Lonely (Prince Cover)
Danny L Harle – Ashes of Love (feat. Caroline Polachek)
NAVVI – Simpatico
Gavin Turek – On The Line
Pat Moon – Show Me A Sign
Jessy Lanza – Fuck Diamond
Chromatics – Headlight’s Glare
Cerise – St. Nick
GL – Grip
SALES – Crash
Twin Peaks – Wanted You
Whitney – No Matter Where We Go
NE-HI – Turncoat
Grace Joyner – Dreams
Homeboy Sandman – Kindness For Weakness
Klaus Johann Grobe – Wo Sind
Los Coast – Summer Samaritan
Jeff Haley – Last Week
Few Bits – Summer Sun
Vow – Lowest
Haunt – Honey
ANOHNI – Marrow
Pale Dian – In A Day
Fear Of Men – Sane
inc. – The Wheel

Listen to Brooding New Song “Dreams” from Grace Joyner

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It is difficult to name a song “Dreams,” construct it with haunting vocals accentuated with dark, lush instrumentation, and not invoke some sort of comparisons to Stevie Nicks or the song of the same name with Fleetwood Mac. Quite honestly, the track is a dead ringer in every way possible, except for the fact the singer is actually Charleston, SC’s Grace Joyner. Joyner will be releasing her enchanting debut LP, Maybe Sometimes in C, on May 20th via Hearts & Plugs serving as the follow-up to her under-the-radar 2014 debut EP, Young Fools.

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Gavin Turek Streams New Song “On The Line”

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Los Angeles’ Gavin Turek has been slowly raising her profile over the past year or so with an infectious blend of disco, soul, and funk topped off with a pop sheen, however none have grabbed us like her just revealed new song “On The Line” has. Driven by a throbbing bass line and sparkling retro vibes (think early Tori y Moi) with the remaining production, the only thing missing is the dance floor and someone to dance with. Spin the cut below.

Listen to “The Wheel” from inc.

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Since dropping their debut album No World back in 2013, things have been relatively sparse for Los Angeles brothers inc. outside of a collaboration with FKA twigs in 2014 and song “A Teardrop From Below” released last year. However, things might be changing with the unveiling of the next level song “The Wheel” or at least we can only hope. The song is a tremendous impression of emotional lyric-driven soul laced with guitar work that would make even Prince, D’Angelo, and even Hall & Oates proud. We are anxiously crossing our fingers for a new album from the pair this year.

New Radiohead Out Sunday, Watch Video for New Song “Daydreaming”

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It has been a pretty grand couple of weeks with high-profile releases from James Blake, Beyoncé, and Drake. Now, Radiohead have confirmed the release of the yet-to-be-named ninth LP digitally this Sunday with a physical following on June 17th via XL Recordings. Along with the info, they have shared another great track, titled “Daydreaming,” from it along with a visual directed by quite possibly our favorite filmmaker, Paul Thomas Anderson. The song and video follow “Burn the Witch” from earlier this week.

Radiohead Return with “Burn The Witch”

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Only Radiohead (and maybe Beyoncé) have figured out how to build anticipation and surprise in the current age of digital media. After situating their social media presence, they have finally unveiled the lead single to their upcoming yet-to-be-confirmed ninth studio album. The song come along with a stop-motion animated visual directed by Chris Hopewell. Expect more information to seep out over the coming days and weeks.