The Dose, issue 10: Rival music

The Chili Bowl | Spence Tait | March 28, 2016

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Catfish and the Bottlemen

One of the names bringing back American guitar rock, Catfish brilliantly combine things slightly more laid-back and mainstream with something edgy and aggressive. The sound of “Kathleen” is much like its video, a safe and slick exterior injected with some dirt (props on the sperm cell kick drum cover), creating something that’s been a little lost since Sam’s Town-era Killers. “Kathleen” burst with youthful energy and exuberance, and is perfect for fans of The Strokes, Jet, and Phoenix.

Sam Feldt

Quickly becoming a staple name in the exploding tropical house sub-genre, Sam Feldt drops some flaming passion with an adaptation of the classic “Show Me Love” ballad. The innovative rebirth of this immortal 90s jam by Robin S is a fantastic and inspiring showcase of EDMs ability to bring fresh thinking to music, as well as its resistance to being stuck in a formula (cough rock ‘n’ roll cough). Hit play and stick ’em up.

Run the Jewels

Run the Jewels easily garnered a name for themselves as hip hop supergroup duo El-P and Killer Mike go for broke on brutal and consistent societal commentary. “Close your Eyes” viciously examines the cop-citizen relationship and all its gray areas under an angry schitzo beat.

FKA Twigs

She’s Beyoncé on acid, basically. Starting her career as a backup dancer in the British indie-pop scene, FKA Twigs is making waves with her eccentric, often disturbing aesthetic and crushingly minimalistic sound. While “Two Weeks” and “Good to Love” are worth listening to, this live combination of “Figure 8” and “In Time” is sure to blow your mind. The performance is subtle but powerful and sensual, and completely brought the house down. Skip to 2:50 for the heat.

Neon Indian

While we all know the Texan solo act’s hit “Polish Girl,” Neon Indian (Alan Palomo) deserves to be known for much more. Much like Blood Orange is doing to kill the game, Palomo is bringing back the eccentric early 90s Michael Jackson/ later Prince funk through fresh approaches. Songs like “The Glitzy Hive” are exemplary in showing funk and early alternative’s rightful place in contemporary EDM, making him an influential name worth knowing for 2016 and forward. Check out “The Glitzy Hive” below to dig deeper than just “Polish Girl,” and see how far this rabbit hole goes.


Picture courtesy clashmusic.com

The Dose is The Rival’s curated weekly music injection designed by a student abroad to deliver 100 notable contemporary artists in 5 months. Sticking mainly to the unsung heavy-hitters of 2015, The Dose also includes choice names from this year’s festival lineups and those primed to have impact on 2016. Some selections are simply stumbled-upon treasures. Electronica, hip hop, indie, blues revival, garage rock, and sounds harder to define all collide in a project that aims to capture and emulate the turbulence that is the college experience. For suggestions or feedback, email spence_tait@gwu.edu.

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