Ryan’s Music Picks: 30 September 2016

It’s a short one this week. I switched from Spotify over to Apple Music and have been working on syncing my library and uploading the stuff that Apple Music lacks (Alan Braxe & Fred Falke’s Rubicon should never leave my phone) but it’s pretty sweet. Here’s some stuff I’ve stumbled upon this week.

Master Boot Record – C​:​\​>CHKDSK /F (BandcampiTunesSpotify)
Bandcamp’s front page has this feed of recent purchases from all around their site. It’s a clever way to see what’s big on Bandcamp at any given moment, and it’s a rad way to find new weird stuff. I totally judged this band by their name (my second favorite partitioning scheme after GUID Partition Table) and cover alone and I scored. It’s chiptune/synth metal with no vocals but plenty of slams. This costs 1 euro on bandcamp, or like $1.16. It’s absolutely worth it.

Barcelona – Zero One Infinity (BandcampiTunesSpotify)
Remember when nerd rock wasn’t just songs about video games? Barcelona (not that Barcelona) make synthy, Beach Boys-influenced power pop (we called it Geek Rock back in the day) about guessing passwords and debugging software. Bugs is a guaranteed software engineer anthem, but I Have The Password To Your Shell Account is one of my favorite songs of all time.

Balún – La Nueva Ciudad single (BandcampiTunesSpotify)
I’m a huge fan of this band. They make soothing twinkly dream pop with hushed vocals en Español that is just so pure and laid back. They’re a musical refuge for me, to be honest. I Kickstarted their newest album (so new it’s not out yet) and this is the first single from it. And it’s perfect.

Kornél Kovács – The Bells (BandcampiTunesSpotify)
I have a soft spot in my heart for space disco/tech house type dance music. It’s not really that danceable, but it’s typically so intricate that my brain latches on and I’m sucked in. The best of this stuff sounds totally futuristic but still has that throwback vibe somehow. I’m enamored by this album and it’s happy-go-lucky attitude.