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Listen: Com Truise – “Chemical Legs”

Com Truise always sounds at peace when he’s programs his synthesizer, so there’s no surprise that his new song “Chemical Legs”, the latest contribution to Adult Swim’s Singles Program is a stunner. What may come as a surprise, however, is that the New Jersey-based musician features his own vocals for the first time as he half-talks, half-sings over the semi-robotic, Daft Punk like synth trance that we’ve grown to love and expect from Truise.

You can stream the entire song below on Soundcloud or grab the MP3 directly from Adult Swim.

Adult Swim will continue to release a brand new exclusive song for three more weeks to complete the 12 week, 12 song plan. We’ve already heard new material from artists like FlyLo and Wavves. Next up is Yamantaka//Sonic Titan, which we’ll hear next Monday.

Watch: M83 at Coachella 2012

Picture from prettymuchamazing.com

On Friday, M83 performed at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival 2012. Anthony Gonzalez and Co. performed songs from all their albums including their most recent 2011 album, Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming. They also performed a Daft Punk cover. Watch M83‘s full set below. For more Coachella coverage, click here.





  1. Intro
  2. Teen Angst
  3. Reunion
  4. Sitting
  5. We Own The Sky
  6. Steve McQueen
  7. Fall(Daft Punk cover)
  8. Midnight City
  9. Couleurs.

Listen: Daft Punk – “Drive”

To celebrate their 20th anniversary, Scottish label Soma Records will be putting out a compilation CD, which includes an unreleased gem from Daft Punk, dating all the way back to 1994. The label put out a preview of the thumping, electro banger on their Soundcloud page a few hours ago, which you can listen to below.

Soma Records: 20 Years will be released on September 19, 2011.

Review: Cut Copy – Zonoscope

Cut Copy – Zonoscope

Released: February 15, 2011
Label: Modular Fontana
Purchase: iTunes | Insound | Amazon

Daft Punk recently rocked movie theaters and headphones with their soundtrack to Tron: Legacy, but there hasn’t been much to keep the dance going since then. Listeners in this plight need only to take a gander at Australia’s Cut Copy for their next dance-rock fix. Their third album, Zonoscope, was released February 15, and when it shines, it shines brightly.

The party starts with the techno opening to “Need You Now”, building up and adding layers of sound until Dan Whitford’s vocals kick in. Though initially slightly off-putting, in this song, he displays a decent range and contributes his own unique part up to the climactic ending. It is a great way to open the album and a display of Cut Copy playing to their strengths.

These strengths shine through for much of the first half of Zonoscope. “Pharoahs & Pyramids” begins with an intriguing synth intro to build anticipation. Slowly, more instruments and layers are added, creating a richly textured musical landscape. As the music swells, it suddenly gives way to a fun, syncopated bridge, eventually erupting into dance nirvana.

“Blink and You’ll Miss a Revolution” is full of musical mischief, with wooden blocks belying the initial bass groove. As the song continues, though, the music evolves, not only by adding more layers, but by changing the placement and instrumentation of these starting musical lines. By the time the slower instrumental “Strange Nostalgia for the Future” kicks in, it is a much-deserved break from the energy-infused first half.

Unfortunately, it is also at this point that the fun begins to wane, as the album is rather front-heavy. Listeners may float along with the stripped down “This is All We’ve Got,” but for the most part, it is a forgettable journey. The same can be said of the overly-long “Hanging Onto Every Heartbeat.”

“Alisa” boasts some delightful synths in the intro and pre-chorus, but these give way to a more basic guitar and drums combination.  The song isn’t bad, and the chorus has a definite energy, but it lacks the spark of earlier tracks.

The party eventually recovers with “Corner in the Sky,” a wonderfully ambient number.  Bolstered by a deep, techno bass, a great pre-chorus synth line, and the explosive chorus, it brings the sound full circle and paves the way for closer “Sun God”. While not a great song, especially vocally and lyrically, it does a good job with winding down for the night, though it does border on the excessive with ten minutes of closing instrumentals.

Cut Copy have definite skills in their musicianship, and their most consistent weakness lies in the vocals and lyrics. Most of the time, Whitford’s voice lacks passion and he slurs his words. It serves a purpose as another instrument to add to the texture, but little more.

The same can be said of the lyrics, which, with the exception of “Corner of the Sky”, rarely rise above a surface depth. This is much more acceptable though, as the words don’t really matter with music so rich.

Zonoscope is exceptional when it plays to Cut Copy’s strengths, but falters when it strays from them. Even so, the excellent highs far outweigh the forgettable, skippable lows. They are talented musicians, but they should stick to what they know best in the future.


Standout Tracks: “Need You Now”, “Pharoahs & Pyramids”, and “Corner of the Sky”

New Daft Punk Video

Daft Punk has released a new Tron: Legacy themed video for their song “Derezzed” which you can watch right here.

Daft Punk Poster

Check out a new glow in the dark Daft Punk poster for Tron Legacy right here. The duo has scored the movie, which will be coming out December 17, 2010. Pre-order the soundtrack here.

Tron Soundtrack Website

A website for Daft Punk‘s upcoming soundtrack for the new Tron movie has been released. The website currently only features a logo and mailing list.

Tron Legacy, the movie, will be out on December 17. The soundtrack is expected to be released at about the same time.