Lot of great stuff in the mix this month – it starts with Canopies And Drapes’ sparse “The Door Into Summer,” warm but hiding a mysterious side. More outright joyful is Post Modern Team’s “Never Let You Down,” blessed with the sort of chorus that makes good weather even better. Tokyo’s LLLL and their warped take on J-Pop follows, and then it’s nothing but good vibes on Soleil Soleil’s “To Night.” Then a bit coming down with Lera Rae, before closing out with Osaka outfit The Paellas gorgeous “Lights.”
Below is a list of artists and songs appearing in this month’s mix, in chronological order. Click the links to read more about them and find out how to buy/get their music. All artists featured gave me permission to include their music in this mix.
Canopies And Drapes “The Door Into Summer” – From the And Putting Love Away EP. Buy it here.
Post Modern Team “Never Let You Down” – Online release. Listen here.
LLLL “Because Of My Eyes” – From the LLLL EP. Get it here.
Soleil Soleil “To Night” – Online release. Listen here.
Lera Rae “After The Beach Trip” – Online release. Listen here.
The Paellas “Lights” – Online release. Listen here.
In 1992, Switzerland selected the song “Soleil Soleil” to represent the country in that year’s Eurovision contest, the annual event where European countries play out diplomatic misgivings with one another by voting against their bad pop music. Performed by Geraldine Olivier, the song was eventually disqualified by the Swiss and replaced by something else.
This story most likely has nothing to do with Osaka’s OMEGABOY, who last week changed his moniker to Soleil Soleil. His first song under that name, “To Night,” doesn’t sound anything like “Soleil Soleil” nor would it get any votes on Eurovision, even if Austria backed it. Like a lot of OMEGABOY’s recent works, “Soleil Soleil” hinges on the sliced-up vocal samples, here a female voice murmuring things like “it’s party time” and seemingly ripped out of a disco or house record. At times the sample sounds a little uneven – sometimes the voice stops abruptly, a party foul if there ever was an audio party foul – but the real strength of “To Night” is the vocals. Soleil Soleil has been getting better at making fuzzy electronic dance tracks that actually sound like they could be played by a DJ rather than by a MacBook in a bedroom. Would like to hear just an instrumental of this. Listen below.