Justin Timberlake isn't the easiest (or even most likely) artist to cover, especially a newer track and especially in an ambient electronic style, but Coldair, aka Warsaw-based multi-instrumentalist Tobiasz Biliński, takes JT's "Strawberry Bubblegum" into a whole new moody pop realm.
This is probably my favorite year-end list to make. Videos today are as diverse as the music they accompany, and in some cases, they rival the big screen in production value. This year's lot has definitely elevated the standard of video excellence.
There's always been something just a little icy about dream pop, but when coupled with a pulsing bass, a sincere, delicate falsetto and a finely detailed mix, the chill really can carry you away. "Best Intentions" by Los Angeles band Satchmode (Gabe Donnay and Adam Boukis) does just that.
Electronic pop chanteuse -- and we don't drop the French lightly -- Anna Jean, aka Juniore, makes elegant but incessantly rhythmic music, dreamily displayed on the new track "Dans Le Noir."
Packed full of unlikely guest appearances and collaborations, "Event II" marks a successful return for Deltron 3030.
Electronic savants Kraak & Smaak deliver the entire club to their latest album. "Chrome Waves" is catchy, flashy and all around funky.
Bassnectar is known, even relied upon, for his thunderously loud sets and dramatically bright light shows. I had a hard time falling asleep after the Pageant concert because my body was so alert and attentive. That's what happens when you're exposed to such highly-concentrated sound and lights for two hours.
Seattle, thank you. You were sunlight and summer for three straight days, saving your typically relentless rain for the personalized autograph of a goodbye drizzle -- a little reassurance found with just a closer look.
Bumbershoot, a portmanteau for an umbrella, started as a jazz festival with the hook that the mayor would watch over your children.