Look, we know we throw a lot of new music at you. We also know that not everyone who comes to this site has the time to be as involved with or informed about the local scene as maybe they’d like to be. So for those casual readers who either can’t or have no interest in keeping up with the parade of artists we try to cover, who may not know the difference between Bitter and Biters, we have created our TRIPLE THREAT feature. The premise is simple: every Friday our writers will put their heads together and come up with three tracks that grabbed our attention over that week. Then we tell you why the songs are great and worth listening to. That’s it. Maybe some weeks we’ll have a guest commentator come in and share their favorites, but the format will always remain the same: three songs, some words, and we out. Enjoy.
DiCaprio – “Hair”
From an upcoming 7″
The B-side to DiCaprio’s forthcoming 7″ maintains the post-punk trio’s penchant for melding taut instrumentation with morose grooves. “Hair” is the aural equivalent of watching thick swaths of black paint drip across a blank screen — you know the inky darkness is coming, and it’s soon to be all-encompassing, but the process is hypnotic nevertheless. The track comes and goes in a tidy 2:23 which is plenty of time for the band to shift gears from wiry convulsions to a grim and steady march of death. If bleak tension is the standard, then DiCaprio are doing their part to set it. – Guillermo Castro
Stream “Hair” now via Noisey.
DiCaprio’s new 7″ will be available May 10 through Chunklet Industries/Third Uncle Records.
Fred Schneider & the Superions – “Konnichiwa”
From the upcoming LP, The Vertical Mind
Do we ever need to grow up? Can’t we just keep grooving well into our 60s? Definitely — especially if you’re Fred Schneider, former frontman of the B-52s and now ringleader of bonkers dance project the Superions. Screw existential questions and tastefully edgy statements — all ya really need to get the room pumpin’ is that funky beat and a big goofy “hello” in 11 different languages. Granted, few can pull that off with the same confetti charisma as Schneider, who explodes with the same evergreen enthusiasm that catapulted the B-52s to stardom over 30 years ago. But, hey, anyone can be the life of the party with the right attitude, right? Turn that frown upside down, find your comfiest shoes, and go frolic like you’re five again. – Lee Adcock
The Vertical Mind is out May 5 via HHBTM Records.
William Florelle – “Follow” (Stefan Ringer Remix)
From the upcoming EP, Two & Three
While we can debate if we enjoy the “shift” (or lack thereof) in Atlanta’s weather from winter to spring and summer, there’s no denying we take delight in the wave of music released as the temperature rises. ATLien Stefan Ringer, aka REKchampa, pours in such a strong remix to William Florelle’s “Follow” that the track’s been released before the latter’s song and album even drops! On Florelle’s upcoming LP, titled Two & Three, the UK house artist delivers all the Afrobeat feels before Ringer puts a House in the Park stank on it. He steals the show by breaking up the hoarse vocal chords and sealing them in a groovy, summertime blend of house percussion. “Follow” pairs perfectly with a traditional Manhattan and a night of dancing through Atlanta’s club scene. – Starletta Watson