Spring time is coming, and not only does that mean that we will be graced with warmer weather, girls get to wear short skirts and tank tops, you don’t have to curse life when you have to go outside, and best of all, tons of great music to discover and enjoy in a totally different context than what you’ve gotten used to. I bet a time lapse shot of album releases each month looks a lot like a flower blooming and dying, only to bloom once again each spring. Most of these tracks are not new, but they’re great for the in-bloom motif.
Wagon Christ – Introfunktion – Toomorrow
Wagon Christ may sound familiar even if you’ve never heard him before, that’s because he’s been on the scene for years. He was with Astralwerks during their breakout phase at the turn of the century, before solidifying his upbeat lounge/chillout breaks sound at Ninja Tune. I think it’s really impressive how Ninja Tune is staying largely in the same place it has for all these years because I think in the long-term, it all comes back around, and Ninja Tune will be there.
Mickey Moonlight – Pelu Tolo – Love Pattern
Get ready to listen to one of the happiest songs ever, it’s by Mickey Moonlight. If this track doesn’t get you ready for spring than you need to do some coke or something. You should be dancing out the door on your way to work with the radiant voices of the two chicks resonating. I have no clue what “Pelu Tolo” means, but it sounds like “Hakuna Matata.” Makes me realize that even though I sometimes knock Ed Banger’s current state (versus like 06/07), they’ve still had their finger on the pulse.
Tokimonsta – Bready Soul – Midnight Menu
I’m a fan of Tokimonsta, not only because she’s holdin it down as the only asian female producer in the game (at least that I know of), but mainly because her beats are buttery and delicious. She makes getting on the same level as Onra, Teebs, and the Brainfeeder crew look easy. Take this track off her debut, Midnight Menu, on Listen Up/Art Union. It’s called Bready Soul, you could spread that beat on a slice and I’m sure it would be delicious.
Mike Bubbles – Inspek Ya Dekz – Bubbleworks (free download @ XLR8R)
Finally, here’s a sleeper debut you should totally be aware of. It’s coming from Eliot Lipp’s Old Tacoma label, and dude’s name is Mike Bubbles. I love the elements of new jack swing and funk, new and yet nostalgic enough for us youngins born in the 80’s can remember. Bubbleworks just dropped this week, so make sure you check it out. Also, while you’re at it, check this disarming and lovably odd music video he released, which features the Cocoon Central Dance Team.