Music Monday Superlatives: Atlas Sound, Panda Bear, Deltron 3030 & more…

Atlas Sound ft. Noah Lennox – Walkabout

Collaboration of the Year (thus far):
This Atlas Sound/Panda Bear collabo (via Pitchfork) just blew my brains out of my ears. The combination of these two is smoother than PB&J, crispier than a BLT, more fertile than sperm and eggs. Here’s what Atlas’s Bradford Cox had to say about the origin of this little gem:

“I toured for a period in Europe with Animal Collective, whose band dynamic was very inspirational to be around. On the bus, we often played improvised iPod games. We would take turns formulating a theme or unifying concept and then play three songs. The goal would be for everyone to try and figure out the theme. During one of these games, someone played ‘What Am I Going to Do’ by the Dovers. I was amazed at the hook– a weird organ thing with drums and electric bass. I mentioned to Noah [Lennox] that someone should really sample that riff. He agreed and he taught me a little about sampling and matching up beats. This ended up as the collaborative effort ‘Walkabout’.”

Toots & The Maytals – Funky Kingston

tootsBest Discovery of the Summer:
I’m gonna dig into the crates for a second here and take it back a few decades, I’m really getting into Toots & The Maytals, who popped out a string of hits in the 60s and 70s (you’ve heard Pressure Drop). If you haven’t heard, give this track a listen and fall in love. And if you are familiar, do like the tagline for The Notebook 2 says and get ready to fall in love all over again.

Ganglians – Voodoo

Amazingest New Shizz:
A friend introduced me to these sillies and described them as “Beach Boys on acid”… although I’m pretty sure the beach boys were on acid. Nevertheless, listen to this song. Ganglians are the latest-greatest on the Brooklyn-based Woodist label, who also gave us these folks: Kurt Vile, Wavves, Woods, Crystal Stilts, Vivian Girls and more.

“Ganglians are wild men– they make music that gets fresh air all up in your teeth and gums.” – David Bevan for PF.

Deltron 3030 – Things You Can Do

deltron 3030 - del tha funky homosapienOld Skool Flava:
Listening to some of that Deltron 3030 lately and can’t get over how head-bouncingly catchy “Things You Can Do” is, which says a lot for a song that’s almost 10 years old. Turns out he’s speeding up opera singers to get that effect. Score one for the fat lady.

“…set in the year 3030…tells of the fight against huge corporations that rule the universe by Del’s alter ego, Deltron Zero. The lyrics were written in less than two weeks and are characterized by extravagant allusions to futuristic outer-space themes in the tradition of Afrofuturist works by Sun Ra and George Clinton.”

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