Music Discovery: September 2016

With the summer months coming to an end and fall just around the corner, we’ve created a list of songs that our talented group of Music Supervisors have been listening to lately, be it spinning these tunes DJ’ing at clubs, relaxing at home while finding that next un-discovered artist, or curating these selections for the many clients we program for around the globe. One of our seasoned music supervisors, Alex Espinosa, has selected a few of his favorites below that will take you on a journey where the sun starts to fade and the cold nights get longer.

 

Artist: Rob Crow

Twitter: @rob5d4

Track: Business Interruptus

Besides being from my hometown of San Diego and seeing his previous band, Pinkback, numerous times, Rob Crow’s solo efforts never seems to amaze me with how current he tends to be with his indie sounds of using heavy bass and amazing melodies. With his current band called, Gloomy Place, and the single “Business Interruptus” this trend still exist. Local San Diego club, The Casbah, which was my home away from home in the early 90s makes an appearance in the accompanied video below as well.

Artist: Future Generations

Twitter: @futuregenband

Track: Coast

New York seems to be churning out more and more indie rock bands as of late and with this track by the Bronx group, Future Generations, they are keeping the status quo of delivering great songs. With its just release debut album on Frenchkiss Records, look for more from this foursome.

Artist: Kaiser Cheifs

Twitter: @KaiserChiefs

Track: Parachute

Being active in the music scene since 2000, this English indie band from Leeds makes it look easy at staying current with their new single called “Parachute” off of their forthcoming release out in October. This track has a vibe and sound that signifies the ending of summer.

Artist: Geowulf

Twitter: @geowulfmusic

Track: Saltwater

With great use of re-verb vocals and breezy sounds, the Australian duo Geowulf, compromising of Star Kendrick and Toma Banjanin, will make you want to unwind while soaking in the last bit of sun. Making the rounds on college radio as well as indie stations like KEXP is sure to raise their status of undiscovered bands.

Artist: Poolside

Twitter: @poolside

Track: And The Sea

Los Angeles DJ Duo Filip Nikolic and Jeffrey Paradise or better known as Poolside, have been in previous bands before joining forces to create soundscapes or chillwave. Their music like the new single “And The Sea” takes me back to the warm California nights of just chilling and hanging out with friends before the start of school.

Alex Espinosa

About Alex Espinosa

Hi, I’m Alex Espinosa, music curator, DJ and music supervisor here at PlayNetwork with over 30 years of music experience.

As the youngest of three, I have my older brothers to thank for my eclectic taste in music which ranges from the Beatles to Pink Floyd or Steely Dan to Led Zeppelin – throw in my early teen years when I discovered music on my own, and you have to add Post Punk and New Wave. I really just love all things music.

It all started out in Southern California at 16 with my first job at a record store called Licorice Pizza, which grew into radio station work, then onto music branding companies such as Muzak and landing here at Playnetwork in 2011. Working in this industry for so long, I can honestly say that the best thing I get out of all of this is being able to discover music from all around the world that is new to someone’s ears.

If I’m not trying to find that perfect song for one of our many brand partners or contracting with Slacker Radio, you may catch me browsing through record stores bin digging, at a local dive bar with some great whisky or catching a live show. But my favorite thing to do with my free-time is spend it with my family.

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