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D. Gookin – Spiral Style (out on Moodgadget on 8/23)+Free Download

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New Haven beatsmith and solo artist D. Gookin, a.k.a. Mike Birnbaum, is on a mission. Think of it as retaliation against a recession both economic and emotional. While his peers delve ever deeper into moodiness and sonic murk, Gookin flips life’s unsavory bits into maxed-out, genuinely uplifting music. Combining the adventurousness of modern electronic innovators like Tobacco and Daedelus with the playfulness of ’90s pop usurpers like Soul Coughing and Len, his sound is as propulsive as it is melodic, as freewheeling as it is meticulously orchestrated, and as blown-out bright as it is endlessly detailed.

Raised by journalists in the wooded suburbs of Maryland, Gookin found his way to music at a young age. He began piano at 5, encouraged by his family, and later an unhealthy obsession with Nirvana’s In Utero left him fiending for guitar lessons. By 9, he’d assembled a drum set out of paint cans and toy tambourines, and after a year of bootleg clanging, his folks surprised him with a legitimate kit. He soon became a beat-driven tyrant—that rare drummer who fancied himself leader of the band, ordering his kid friends to learn instruments so they could back him.

By the time Gookin left to pursue music production at the Hartt School of Music, he’d founded and dismantled at least one jam-thrash nü-funk outfit, and nurtured a deep love for IDM artists like Aphex Twin, Luke Vibert and Squarepusher, plus collagists like DJ Shadow. At school, he befriended jazz-addled glitch crew Landau Orchestra and became their drummer, gleaning the ins and outs of laptop production along the way. He took to it instantly and began to “just loop and listen,” the process he employs to this day. Hence, D. Gookin was born.

His first self-released record—2009′s LP How 2 Deal and 2008′s EP When You’re Lonely, Everybody’s a Celebrity(Moodgadget)—were steeped in ’80s electro and Italo Disco and yet oddly melancholic, like hearing someone else’s dance party through a wall, or a pop tune playing from the bottom of a swimming pool. After contributing to Passion Pit’s full-length breakthrough Manners, Gookin self-released 2010′s From Here the Wall of Undoing EP, where he took a different tack. He pushed his drums and vocals to the forefront, adopting a psychedelic, rock-driven, maximalist approach à la Dan Deacon. Meanwhile, he developed his kinetic live show to match, both locally and on the road with Mux Mool.

In 2011, D. Gookin returns with Spiral Style, his most raw and undiluted work to date. Inspired in no particular order by slam-dancing, Fat Boy Slim, general grooviness, vocoders, PacSun, and the feeling of freedom that comes with a wandering mind, the record covers a broad swath of styles while staying true to Gookin’s goal. From the anthemic electronica of opener “Way 2 Grow,” to the beaming optimism of “Spirit Link,” to the chopped chipmunk soul of closer “Stealing Sun Chips,” the Spiral Style EP is a candy-coated feel-good affair that effectively wrings good vibes out of the bad stuff that too often slows us down. 

Download D. Gookin – Unbraid the Knot

Acrylics – Molly’s Vertigo (Gung-Ho! Recordings) Free Download!!

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Acrylics, aka Molly Shea and Jason Klauber, debut album, Lives and Treasure was released in the UK this month on Gung-Ho! Recordings. In celebration the band have made the single, Molly’s Vertigo available to download for free.

Teen heartache given pop form

Its the record to soundtrack your summer days to, to feel the sun’s rays with, and to simply kick back and escape with

Meticulous pop romantics whisper sweet somethings
(Spin Magazine)

The perfect setting for a secret, late-night, lovers rendezvous
(Music is Amazing)

Download Acrylics – Molly’s Vertigo (Gung-Ho! Recordings)

More on Acrylics

CSS Get Remixed by Depressed Buttons (members of The Faint, signed to Mad Decent)(Download)

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CSS’ Summer Anthem “Hits Me Like A Rock” Gets

Remixed by Mad Decent’s Depressed Buttons

Click HEREto Stream/Download

“a swaying summer jam” – SPIN Magazine’s “Songs You Must Hear Now”
“delivers the band’s trademark ass-shaking energy” – BUST
CSS’ infectious, tropical-flavored single “Hits Me Like a Rock” (featuring Primal Scream’s Bobby Gillespie) has become a summer favorite, perfect for both backyard barbeques and all night dance parties.  Now, the track has gotten the remix treatment from Depressed Buttons, a new outfit consisting of three members of The Faint, who are signed to Diplo’s Mad Decent label.  CSS will kick off their North American tour this fall, and the Brazilian crew will release their new album La Liberacion on August 22nd through V2/Cooperative Music USA/DowntownRecords.
CSS Tour Dates:
10/1:  Vancouver, BC @ Vogue
10/2:  Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
10/4:  Seattle, WA @ Neptune
10/6:  San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
10/8:  Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex
10/9:  Los Angeles, CA @ Filter Culture Collide Festival
10/13:  Denver, CO @ Bluebird
10/15:  Mexico City, Mexico @ Curva 4 Race Track at Foro Sol
10/17:  Minneapolis, MN @ First Ave
10/21:  Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
10/22:  New York, NY @ Webster Hall
10/23:  Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
10/24:  Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
10/26:  Athens, GA @ 40 Watt Club
10/28:  Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
10/29:  Houston, TX @ House of Blues
10/30:  Austin, TX @ La Zona Rosa