ceo's gorgeous White Magic album is, sadly, just over half an hour long. It could have easily gone another half hour without a peep of complaint from me. Cue White Magic bonus track "Everything Is Gonna Be Alright". Don't forget to also grab ceo's incredible single "Come With Me".
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED SUMMER JAMS: Psychobuildings
Psychobuildings is one of those bands whose name just fits – it’s cold, imposing psychedelica, like walking down Wall Street in some sci-fi nightmare. "Portrait" feels like someone watching you. Licks of scuzzy guitar barely discernible from behind a thick electronic curtain – you can almost see the ones and zeroes – provide a frighteningly human element. “We are the portraits from the back” – those creepy ones in the corners of museums no one ever goes to, with the eyes that seem to follow you, maybe. "No Man's Land" is like paranoid club music, green lasers from a DJ booth, people looking at you like something’s wrong with your face. But that fluid, new-wavey bassline is undeniable. Listen and Download.
Last summer Dent May captured our hearts and ears with "Love Song 2009" from his magnificent ukelele-driven album, The Good Feeling Music of Dent, and over the Independence Day holiday weekend, Dent May dropped "That Feeling", his new single, and the next 7" to be released on Forest Family. The laid back, summer-perfect tune will be backed with B-side "Eastover Wives". Listen and download.
The Morning Benders' have uploaded a cover of Joanna Newsom's "Have One On Me" that he recorded over J-Dilla's "U-Love" to the band's SoundCloud page. The Benders' frontman, Chris Chu, also took the time to whip up an "EchoMix" for Say Mayday, and it's a sweet, breezy summer mix that would fit nicely on anyone's iPod. Listen to the mix and cover.
ALBUM STREAM: M.I.A. - MAYA
You have heard a handful of tracks from the album already, but you can now stream M.I.A.'s /\/\/\Y/\ LP in its entirety, thanks to Myspace Music. Listen to the album in the player below: (continue reading)