Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. – If You Didn’t See Me (Then You Weren’t On The Dancefloor) [Detroit, US]

Indie pop/ Electronic / Nu Disco

No they’re not NASCAR drivers.

Detroit based indie electronic duo Dale Earnhart Jr. Jr. comprises of Daniel Zott and Joshua Epstein. They’re known for flamboyant performances (inclusive of costumes) and tracks that get you up and moving. In a boogie shoes sorta way. I’ve always visualized them as the LMFAO of funk. Their music consists of airy vocals and intricate melodies coupled with synth beats, electric guitar picking; and unless I’m mistaken, xylophones. The general atmosphere of their music is playful, energetic and perfect for some non-sleazy dancing. (Sorry Lover boy) This new track however is a bit different from what I’d expected, it sounds a bit like Absofacto up till the 52 second mark then transits to a more STRFKR-esque cheerful atmosphere. As an audiophile it’s great to see that they’re exploring new genres and obviously succeeding at doing so.

If You Didn’t See Me (Then You Weren’t On The Dancefloor) is the band’s newest single to be released in their upcoming Patterns EP on the 16th of April. If you like what you’ve heard follow them at their soundcloud here.

Below’s their new track and 2 others good ones thrown in for your listening pleasure (:

Carousel – Another Day [Brooklyn, US]

Electro Pop / Indie

Brooklyn based electro pop duo Carousel is back again since their recent album release of Stay Awake. Another Day features the familiar combination of soothing vocals accompanied by a mellow and almost retro electro pop sound. It’s this recipe for success and consistency that keeps them on my stalklist and going back to them again and again. The track might not be giving me goosebumps but it’s certainly comfy, like a well-worn couch.

All in all a great transition track for the summer that’s not quite here yet.

As usual follow them at their soundcloud here.
Below’s the new track with our updated list of favorites.

Katie Makkai – “Pretty” [Denver, US]

Veteran poetry slammer Katie Makkai brings the house down with a whole new definition for a single notion we’re all too familiar with. Society’s definition of”pretty”. This clip has been around for about a decade, but that doesn’t make its message any less important; or unfortunately, any less relevant.

If you’ve ever been ridiculed or singled out for nothing other than being unattractive, I’m sure you’ll agree with me. That beauty may be skin deep, but the humiliation and insecurity accompanied by the lack of it; it oozes deep into your bones.

Take a moment and listen to her talk. It’ll be worth your time.

“You will be pretty intelligent, pretty creative, pretty amazing. But, you will never be, merely pretty.”

Alice Jemima – Nightcall (Kavinsky Cover) [Devon, UK]

Acoustic / Indie

Alice Jemima

Remember that night you had that wet dream about Ryan Gosling after watching that awesome movie about that stunt driver? Remember the awesome soundtrack? Yeah, we’re talking about the film Drive and it’s track Nightcall by French electro-pop artist Kavinsky which made such a riot about a year back. After going through tons of remixes, covers, and rearrangements I thought the hype was over but 19 year old singer / songwriter Alice Jemima came a bit late for movie night and just like the rest of us loved the track.

When I first heard that a year later there were still new acoustic covers for the synth-fused track I found it pretty ambitious but it sure got me curious. Alice Jemima dissolves all the fanciful bleeps and blops of the original and replaces it with the earthy acoustics of her guitar. Her vocals are sincere and intense bringing a whole new almost heartfelt mood to the track. Haven’t heard much of her but vocals like hers are rare to find so definitely go show her some support at her soundcloud here.

Threw in a few of my favorites from her as well, her voice gets pretty contagious!

If you’ve yet to hear the original you’ve definitely been missing out. This is still one of my all-time favorites and is simply perfect for fading into the night.

If you’ve yet to watch the film go do it now. Do it for Ryan Gosling? No but for real it’s amazing and I really mean it, you don’t even have to be a hipster to love it! The rest of the soundtrack’s just sublime as well.

Lana Del Rey – Chelsea Hotel No. 2 (Leonard Cohen Cover) [New York, US]

Contemporary Folk / Alternative / Indie

I’ve been trying to hold back from posting any LDR here because it just doesn’t exactly count as “music discovery”, it just seems like reposting. But again I’ve always been and continuously plan to be obsessed with her. And this, this is just too much. God I couldn’t possibly have a bigger toner for her. (Acca-scuse me?)

And plus, it’s a cover so it kinda counts right?