You know what I love? When we music lovers run into a period of stellar music releases, and we're are in the midst of that as we speak. There's a little something for everyone right now, and this week's new mixtape will bring some less heard of acts right to your ears. Remember, just because it's not as popular doesn't mean it's not worthy. Let's Weekly Tune-Up: The xx, Violet Sands, Radiohead and more lead a new music mixtape — stream/download some new music together.
The xx continues to shower us with new music, this time in the form of I See You (Deluxe), which brings us two new songs: "Naïve" and "Seasons Run." There is something somber and nostalgic about "Naive" that stood out to me, so I wanted to share this little gem with you. Did you notice the Drake sample? Usually bonus tracks feel like they were left off an album for a reason, but "Naive" sounds and feels like it should've been included with the original release of I See You. Anything new from The xx can never be wrong.
Violet Sands' new offering "Unusual" brings listeners an enchanting dream-pop ballad that shimmers with layers of sound. Deidre Muro's vocals are downright beautiful, while still remaining catchy. "Unusual" is an extremely well produced track that oozes originality. Violet Sands much anticipated debut album, Hotel, will be available June 30.
The English outfit The Horrors have returned with a new single aptly titled "Machine." The Horrors appear to be exploring more of an industrial influence with "Machine," rather than the shoegazing Brit rock that was well regarded from their excellent past record, Luminous. I won't say it's a bad direction, just a stark difference that comes across cold and with far less polish than we're used to. No word on a new album announcement, but stay tuned.
01. The xx, "Naive"
02. Grizzly Bear, "Four Cypresses"
03. RAC, "The Beautiful Game" (Feat. St. Lucia)
04. Drake, "Signs"
05. The Range, "New Lots"
06. Violet Sands, "Unusual"
07. Dappled Cities, "Weightless"
08. Vince Staples, "745"
09. The Horrors, "Machine"
10. FEWS, "Metal"
11. courtship., "Perfect People"
12. Blood Cultures, "Moon"
13. Swim Mountain, "Wait For Me"
14. Radiohead, "Lift"
15. Claims Casino, "Time"