TRZTN – Black Exit (ft. Paul Banks)

Had this land in a playlist for review a few days ago without knowing who the artist was. I was happily coding along when the voice hit me. I knew I recognized it but with the hard unrelenting slithering synth bass line threw me off. Sure enough when I checked the playlist it was none other than Interpol’s lead singer Paul Banks. I for one would love an entire album in this style with Paul on the lead vocals over a solid synth backing track. The beat on this number is sexy. Its deep and keeps moving forward with a swagger. Paul does an outstanding delivery which fits the mood perfectly. This track will be released on TRZTN (Tristan Bechet) forth coming full length album due out Jan 22. Also on that album is a collaboration with Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Karen O.

[Verse 1]
It’s nice of you to notice
I really had no time to throw this thing together
Hey, its holding up
It’s right that you can see the beauty
Every summer leaf obscures the moon
The big balloon, coming soon

[Chorus]
Feel, taste, obscene goddess
Real, shake, venal daughters
Drink, partake, crystal waters
Slow, emotion, moving father

We made it
We made it through time, time of sound mine

[Verse 2]
It’s right that you can show this
You’re not like all these other lotus who refuse to bloom
Here in this room
I like that you can see the beauty
Every summer leaf consumes sun doom
That big typhoon, coming soon

[Chorus]
Feel, taste, obscene goddess
Real, shake, venal daughters
We made it
We made it through time, time of sound mine

GOGGI – Deep End

There is a certain type of melancholy in vocals that I love and this is exactly what we have here. It’s that mix of sweet and somber that just resonates at that perfect frequency. The melody is outstanding as well. The original is by Foushee. GOOGI here captured the best of the original and has framed it with a house driven beat. Also like the lead synth that has a horn sound to it. Hope we get a longer edit of this in the future.

Darkstates – Flood

Evolving landscape of sonic textures and a subtle driving beat propels the track. The vocal melody is introspective and heart yearning. The dissonant muted piano adds another layer of ambiguity. The build on the track keeps the listener engaged to the very end. Love the synth arp that is revealed at the end. On of my favorite tracks this year.