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Work Drugs will be releasing their new album Method Acting this Friday, and take a listen to their newest single “Talking in Defense”. I’ve listened to this band way back in 2013 and I’ve always remembered their music to have this blissful synthpop sound. From listening to this track, it’s rather reassuring to be able to hear music that can still have that pop-y chillwave sound. “Talking in Defense” brings back some memories of easier summer days but there is still a grounded sound to this song that doesn’t make it 100% blissful. 

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Feature: Falcon Punch “Cream”

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Colorado – All right my party people, time to get your weekend started with some smooth, smooth electronic funk music. I had the pleasure of chatting with Minneapolis producer and artist Falcon Punch. I’ve written a couple of posts on him already but he’s been on hiatus for roughly a year and he’s back with his newest track “Cream”, which was in the inaugural edition of All Good Records’ Freshly Baked series. 

Unlike other interviews, I’d rather present Falcon Punch to all of you instead of just writing out our conversation. So let’s begin:

Avery Henderson makes some of the grooviest and smoothest tunes you’ll find – and hopefully as you can hear from his newest release “Cream”. Hailing from Minneapolis, one of the best scenes for music, Henderson was a huge Prince fan and has been playing music ever since he was just a boy. Even better, he was in a punk rock band in high school.

In 2008, Henderson moved to California to study at a university and that’s when he became more exposed to the nu disco/dance scene. One of Henderson’s biggest influences was Aeroplane, a Belgian nu disco producer, and you can definitely hear how Henderson draws the same clean cut yet synthy sounds from Aeroplane. In his junior year of college, he studied abroad in Amsterdam and also when he edited a 70s disco song and birthed the identity of Falcon Punch. Why the name Falcon Punch, you might ask. I did ask. And the answer was really quite simple and honest: It’s a pretty well-known phrase, especially if you’ve even heard of Super Smash Brothers. And in my opinion, I kind of thought there’s some correlation between his producer name and the actual phrase. A lot of Henderson’s music is like nostalgia revamped. There’s a lot of familiarity in his music, whether it be his originals or his remixes, but he does an excellent job of keeping what’s essential but still puts out great, new music.

As I mentioned before, I’ve already written a couple posts on his music, and when I was looking through my old posts, I noticed that Henderson remixes a variety of artists, ranging from Trails and Ways to Holy Models. So what makes him want to remix a track? Good vocals and music that isn’t extremely heavy on the smooth electronica sound. Take a listen to some of his old remixes here:

So what’s up with Falcon Punch? “Cream” is the first single he’s released in roughly a year. Over the last year, Henderson has been busy with his own startup but realizing that he has a lot of unreleased material, he’s back in the music biz. If you’re really digging “Cream”, no worries because Falcon Punch is coming back hard this year. He’ll be releasing a Beat Connection remix soon and on Monday, he’ll be sharing new release Higher via Noon Pacific. It’ll be his first song that he wrote completely by himself, featuring some guest vocals from Wild & Free. Definitely be on the lookout this year!

Avery was also kind enough to share with me his top 10 tunes. I’m definitely feeling the HONNE and The Avalanches picks on this one, and obviously Hall & Oates and Air France are simple classics. There’s definitely a good mix in here so take a listen:

Connect with Falcon Punch:

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Austin, TX – The Lagoons return to Abduction Radiation with their newest track “California”. The duo, originally from Los Angeles, followed up their EP Hypocrisy last year with a more jazz-driven sound but still keeping their usual soft indie pop sound. If you listen to their lead single “Hypocrisy” and listen to “California”, you’ll definitely hear a sophistication within their music. This new single has a cleaner and more defined sound and the stronger role of jazz in this song really give their sound such a nice sound. 

Connect with The Lagoons:

Official Site | Facebook | Instagram

Weekend Wake Up #9

The Weekend Wake Up playlist is a weekly playlist of good music to wake up to or if you’re feeling a bit stuck or slow in the day, just press play to reenergize. These playlists will include songs of different genres, pacing, and moods – so that you get a little bit of everything! Take a listen and read the little blurbs to get a feel of each track – there’s definitely something for everyone.

Ghosts – Powerless (feat. Lea Santee)
electronica, upbeat, clean and smooth production

SHAED – Just Wanna See
female vocals, slow rhythm, sensual

Rogerthomas – Thas Wassup
instrumental, hip-hop, experimental, FFO Flying Lotus and all that good stuff

Psychic Shakes – Kings
early Beach Fossils sound, sweet melodies, beach vibes, sick guitar riffs

Steve Boller – Never a Mistake
singer-songwriter style from the 2000s, super sweet and love-y, FFO Jason Mraz and Regina Spektor

Oh, Be Clever – Love You Now (XIXX Remix)
soft, ethereal, beat driven

Oakland, CA – Trails and Ways will be releasing their sophomore album Own It on October 7. From the upcoming record is their single “My Things”, and the band just released a music video featuring their very own Keith! I had the pleasure of interviewing him when they had released their single back in spring and “My Things” is a song relative to the capitalistic nature of society and perhaps even more so about the excessive value and attention people give to their things. The video is a funky little piece, featuring Keith and all his things, or at least a good portion of it. He has some pretty solid dance moves in here that I might draw some inspiration from but check it out! It’s all stop motion :~)

Connect with Trails and Ways:

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Flamingosis released his newest album Bright Moments just a couple days ago. I hope by now, most of you know that I’m a massive Flamingosis fan and this new album just keeps me hooked onto his music. Even the past couple of months, I wrote a couple pieces on the tracks that show up on Bright Moments. As always, he’s putting out the album for free but seriously, if you love his music and appreciate everything Flamingosis does, give him a couple of dollars for his amazing music. He’s never failed in making my day better and I always feel so happy whenever I listen to his music.

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Weekend Wake Up #8

The Weekend Wake Up playlist is a weekly playlist of good music to wake up to or if you’re feeling a bit stuck or slow in the day, just press play to reenergize. These playlists will include songs of different genres, pacing, and moods – so that you get a little bit of everything! Take a listen and read the little blurbs to get a feel of each track – there’s definitely something for everyone.

Ellis Rhodes – Silent Companion
ambient, folk, slow (but also kind of sensual)

Men I Trust – Lauren
trip-hop, vocals remind me of Rhye, bass is seriously on point

Spire – Reverie (feat. FAWNA)
electronica, smooth, future house with a mix of soul/R&B

Jon Pattie – Home
singer-songwriter, uplifting, really nice positive message

Midnight Mystery Club – Richest Man in the World
funk, electronica, kind of like Daft Punk

Heavy Heart – Fruitfly
indie rock, mellow vocals, catchy rhythm and drums

Royal Canoe – Living a Lie
synthy, bit more electronica driven, cool little tidbits

Brian Tan – New Light
has some oriental-like sounds, electropop, upbeat