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The Mexico City group’s sound is frenetic, raw and a little rural too—like garage-punk made in an abandoned barn. They released their first full-length Boredom City in 2009, and since then have dropped a second full-length, Never Ending Hunger. Los Headaches have rinsed themselves of a bit of that down-home dirt to reveal some power-pop sheen, but they haven’t shed a speck of the snarling spunk with which they started. From the crescendoing drum roll of the minute-long opener “Rock ‘n’ Roll Pneumonia” to the punchy, anthemic ball-of-fuzz finale “Tits and Ass,” the four-piece act’s latest collection is a relentlessly enthused, bilingual rock ‘n’ roll romp.
Spanish house is beginning to come into its own. John Talabot stunned the electronic dance community in 2012 not because his LP ƒIN was good, but because of how insanely good it was. ƒIN became required listening for the year and introduced many to his less well known frequent collaborator Pional. One of their co-credited tracks on the album, “Destiny,” is one of its best; lightly crunchy beats invite the listener to pump up the volume while the duo weave supernatural layers of uplifting vocal house. Beginning his career under the alias Alt Fenster, Pional (real name: Miguel Barros) shares a kinship with Talabot, as they are both fans of the slow build. They also both borrow from nu-disco’s infectious grooves, minimal house’s use of spaciousness, and the playful retro experimentation of Barcelona’s Delorean or New York’s Lemonade.
Remember how you felt when you first discovered Feist’s “1234”? Expect the same exhilarating tingles when you hear “Is This How You Feel,” an infectious funk-laced single from Sydney band The Preatures. A deep, slithering guitar motif is as much a part of the track’s beat as its steadily booming kick-drum. The kickoff is a patient but spunky wind-up into a quick, emotional gush of a chorus. There’s a soft rasp in Isabella Manfredi’s soulful, high-octave croon—the undeniable similarity between her and Feist is really the bedrock of the comparison. Manfredi’s vocal counterpart, Gideon Benson, favors an even more hushed take on that tone as he underscores and counters her throughout the tune. The song shimmies like ’70s disco, but with the pulse of a ’60s R&B groove. “Is This How You Feel” is simply one of those jams that automatically sticks—you’ll crave it on a crowded dance floor as strongly as you want to belt it out with friends on the drive home.
It’s good to know that Daniel Woolhouse, AKA the highly emotive Deptford Goth, doesn’t take himself too seriously. His moniker is deliberate nonsense and his plain clothes appearance shows a disinterest in the latest trends. It’s when Woolhouse is behind a keyboard with a small choir around him in a derelict church that his nonchalant nature is swapped for the melancholy of his timid vocals and pensive lyrics. This is especially true on his alternate treatment of the solemn “Feel Real,” in which much of the instrumentation from the original version is replaced with the angelic human voices of the 12-piece Roundhouse Experimental Choir. Although Life After Defo, the album on which “Feel Real” resides, drifts slightly from the soul and R&B strains of his Youth II EP, the art school graduate retains his ability to design downtempo pop.
There’s a musical movement underway in Munich, and it’s called New Weird Bavaria. Folk, world beats, kraut, psych and tropicalia have collided to form an experimental cluster of progressive pop sounds. If an informative convention were held tomorrow, Aloa Input would be its keynote speaker—and instead of take-home brochures, attendees would leave with a copy of Anysome, the trio’s debut LP. Anysome is a showcase in maintaining cohesion amid a cultural free-for-all. Booming drums like that of a Thai hill-tribe and chirping birds are coupled for an earthy intro on “Another Green World,” but blasts of heavy riffs and sharp, quick snare layer in a modern indie-rock feel.