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The wonderful thing about aging is that you become more modern with every passing second. The future is always now.

Reflecting

Groundislava (which I prefer to pronounce as an Eastern European city) will be dropping an LP on Friends of Friends come August, but for now we have the TV Dream EP to tide us over. Much like the rest of the Wedidit Collective members, Groundislava specializes in experimental electronic (or something) layering over a fairly straight forward hip hop back beat. Recently, his take tends to favor hauntingly outdated synthesizers; case in point “Reflecting.”

“Reflecting” sounds like the Bowser’s Castle levels in Super Mario, if you happen to have dropped some acid before plugging in your SNES. Check it out below and peep the rest of the TV Dream EP.

Delirium

Fun fact: a nguzu nguzu is a figurehead traditionally placed by Solomon Islanders at the front of canoes. The mythical totem would provide protection to the sailors during expeditions. Fittingly enough, Los Angeles beatsmiths Nguzunguzu are at the forefront of America’s bass-influenced music scene. The duo crafts immersive soundscapes that equally befit nature walks and nightclub jaunts, so long as you make sure to get sweaty during either.

Here’s the jungle (the location, not the genre) roaming track Nguzunguzu has dropped from their upcoming Warm Pulse EP, which is due out July 3 (digitally) and August 14 (CD / 12″) via Hippos in Tanks.

Wet summer

An appropriate groove for Montreal today, courtesy of Lancaster duo Bondax.

You and me will take control

Massive tune (pronounced chune) from UK siblings Disclosure to get your morning off on the right foot.

Paid in full

A. Chal’s already given us his airy, hollow take on coastal electronica with “Come Back.” Now he’s taking that sensibility to the trap with “Paid in Full.” No trippin’.

All the things you mean to me

UK producer Hackman drops a gorgeous piece of timelessly elegant bass music with “Forgotten Notes,” which floats like summer leaves caught in a zephyr. The young producer’s hybrid of two-step, garage, and (real) house alternates masterfully between upbeat dance grooves and haunting, drumless intervals to suit any occasion, be it a drive down the coast or a late night jam.

My baby’s feeling so uptight

What do you get when you combine three DJ’s and a jazz vocalist? If Machine Life is to be any indication, the answer is bliss. Now for complete transparency (honesty is the best policy), I’ve known Machine Life vocalist April Acerno for quite some time, but I did not know just what she was capable of doing with her voice. With Acerno at the vocal helm and Craig Harris, Yanal Kazan, and Tay Samiz building the sonic landscapes, Machine Life is far more life than machine.

The end product is a beautiful bastard child that’s equal parts sticky lounge, upbeat sugary dance pop, jagged new wave, and classic Chicago grooves. Yet even though Machine Life’s work is clearly the amalgamation of a wide net of influences, their sound does anything but harken back to the past. Instead, Machine Life’s tight-knit instrumentation injects an organic substance woefully missing from so much of the indie electronica that’s coming out today. Their music is proof that there isn’t necessarily a need to sacrifice musicianship for danceability, and the group is definitely not afraid of letting their musical chops loose. Machine Life makes the kind of perfect pop music that it’s impossible to not want to dance to. And no matter how high you throw your hands up in the air, your drink will never spill. That’s just how Machine Life does it.

While the demos they graciously sent through are already better than the polished products of a lot of artists out there, one song stood out in particular.  “Nothing Makes It Right” is just so damn aching and infectious. The nuanced backbeat builds beautifully behind the vocal track and before you know it, you’ve been taken from heartbreak to pure ecstasy. “I don’t think I’ll be here for long,” Acerno muses; it’s definitely the opposite for Machine Life as a group.

Don’t sleep on these guys (and gal) and check out the Machine Life website and SoundCloud for the rest of the demo tracks. The band is currently putting up the finishing touches on their album and prepping the itinerary for their first extended tour.

When are you coming back?

Wow. Man of mystery A.Chal just dropped a gorgeous sun-kissed melody via his SoundCloud. “Come Back” is definitely one of the most grooving tracks of 2012 thus far and gets massive bonus points for somehow making the creepy exchange from Buffalo ’66 sound tropical and wistful. Don’t act like you’re not impressed.

And I swear, I really like all of you reading this and I’m going to be sad if you don’t come back.

It’s okay to dance

Ladies and gentlemen it’s Saturday night, and Fade to Mind mastermind (emphasis yours!) Kingdom and I just wanted to let you know that no matter what John Lithgow tells your whole town, it is in fact okay to dance.