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dance to the radio


well that didn’t take long, did it? just a few short weeks after resigning as host of the circuit, i found a new gig with the independently run y-not radio. i’ll be hosting a new show called transmission that specializes in the same alternative dance, electronica (take that, john!), and blog beats that you’ve all come to know and love me for. tune in tonight at 9pm ET for two hours of new music from robyn, beat connection, baths, delorean, night gallery and many more. if you have a track or artist that you think is transmission-worthy, feel free to hit me up via e-mail or twitter.

tonight’s playlist will go a little something like this…

robyn – don’t fucking tell me what to do
hot chip – transmission
monarchy – love get out of my way (tim goldsworthy remix)
chromeo – don’t turn the lights on
soft metals – the cold world melts
LCD soundsystem – get innocuous!
psychobuildings – terror management
wild nothing – bored games
crystal castles – empathy
sleigh bells – A/B machines
MNDR – fade to black
kisses – people can do the most amazing things (saint etienne remix)
beat connection – in the water
the golden filter – frejya’s ghost
delorean – real love
night gallery – constant struggle
active child – take shelter
florence and the machine – you’ve got the love (the xx remix)
aeroplane – i crave paris (friendly fires vs. flight facilities)
washed out – feel it all around
the knife – heartbeats
baths – plea
hercules and love affair – iris
owen pallett – lewis takes his shirt off (CFCF remix)


on the right track: baths – plea


one of most pleasant surprises of the summer for me has been the debut album of 21 year old (soooo not used to artists being younger than me. when did that shift happen?) will wiesenfeld, aka baths. residing somewhere in the gray area between dubstep and chillwave, cerulean is a dreamier, sunnier alternative to his other los angeles-based, beat-driven contemporaries (imagine flying lotus’s cosmogramma if he came back down to earth). strong though it is as a whole, the undeniable highlight of the record, and a song i’ve been listening to nonstop since i heard it, is the affectionately, appropriately titled “plea.”

over a rewinding backbeat and brittle guitar line, wiesenfeld repeats his simple desire for someone to “please tell me you need me” with the kind of wobbly, achingly beautiful vocals that made those early passion pit recordings such a wonder. that this refrain is directed towards a man and punctuates such haunting declarations as “love, this is a dark world” and “we’re still not valid” renders it all the more heartbreaking, especially coming from an artist recording right in the thick of all of the prop 8 power plays and protests.

there are other songs on cerulean that seem to reflect this feeling of love defeated (see “♥”) and defiant (ditto that empowering “it take a lot of courage to go out there an radiate your essence” sample in “maximalist”). however, placing “plea” after those songs in sequence snaps them into sharper, sadder focus, packing the album as a whole with an even more poignant punch. even if such politically minded interpretation is wholly coincidental on baths’ part, that doesn’t take away from the track’s timeless sentiment or earworm melody. either way, “plea” only becomes more wrenching and wonderful with each passing listen.

hear it for yourself, then grab the rest. it’s a must have.