Let’s not even talk about the massive gap in posts this time. Maybe later.
I hate club music. I try not to hate much music, but club music just represents some of my least favorite parts of sound and sonic mentality. Club music represents sweaty parties full of people drinking to be drunk and dancing only for the sexuality. I appreciate fun, but this style of music turns heavy bass into a disgusting sensation, rather than an invigorating one. So on this latest Song Roundup, I want to look at indie music that would make me more comfortable at that next awful party (if only for a few minutes).
There weren’t truly limits on this list, but I did purposefully avoid “indie” techno, as Daft Punk and Justice are essentially definitive dance music. I can hope that they’re a given for this type of list.
“Idioteque” by Radiohead
Sometimes they’re guitar gods, other times they fiddle with electronics. Radiohead is a proven musical powerhouse that can touch many genres. “Idioteque” is one of the most singular songs in their catalog. That’s quite an accomplishment, but it goes further, making disaster sound exhilarating. The terrifying sound of primordial computer composition blends perfectly with the rest of the band. I always get chills, but the rhythm keeps me from a statuesque state.
“Daft Punk is Playing at My House” by LCD Soundsystem
Most LCD songs would be fair game here, but “Daft Punk” is one of the group’s most muscular efforts. The song really pops with good speakers or headphones and deserves to be played loud. I’m personally very fond of the version on the London Sessions release, but whatever rendition you get should do the trick.
“Whoo! Alright – Yeah… Uh Huh.” by The Rapture
Dance punk died too quickly in the early 2000s. That is to say, I wasn’t really aware of it until it was already dead. But we do have artifacts like this to keep us happy. The tastefully complex variation on a simple disco drum is the real foundation of this song. It keeps everything moving at a high tempo and lets the funky guitars work their magic above the rhythm. But what pushes this over the edge and into greatness is that last bit of lyrical breakdown at the 2:34 mark – almost makes even me want to dance.
“I Can Talk” by Two Door Cinema Club
Two Door Cinema Club has been my guilty-pleasure band-of-choice ever since I first heard them. Their debut record (Tourist History) is nothing innovative, but it’s simply brimming with energy. “I Can Talk” is amongst the highlights. The song has a blistering guitar attack, fun vocals and a massive disco drum/bass pattern filling all the space. Embrace this Irish band – I think they’re in for big things.
“Dancing Choose” by TV on the Radio
I normally associate TVotR as dense, thinking music. But at least a few tracks off their most recent record have worked to break my mental stereotype. Dear Science has some heavy soul power, and tons of personality, and “Dancing Choose” highlights all of that. Impassioned vocals blend with a propulsive tempo and wild horns to make the art-centric TVotR seem loose and fun.
“Heads Will Roll” by Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Many have discussed this before, but it’s always shocking to listen to YYYs change from a raw garage band to something more like glam rock or disco rock. In particular, singer Karen O has removed some of that punk edge and suddenly sounds like a powerful diva. “Heads Will Roll” is the most powerful example of this change, and makes a strong case for why we should embrace the “new” YYYs. They do this kind of music the right way.