FUTURISTIC FRIDAY

In light of “Throwback Thursday or #tbt” which involves posting something that has nostalgic value, we at RunTheMill wanted to turn this popular convention on its head. This weekly posting will share a song that is either ahead of its time or attempts to push us out of our comfort sound zone.

Artist: Jack Grace

Song: “Hills”

In “Hills,” the Auzzie musician Jack Grace, isn’t looking to calm your nerves. He is trying to leverage our sensibilities and take advantage of our penchant for normal pop musical structures. The song begins with a seemingly innocent voice alongside bass, but the song is immediately distorted into a glitchy despondent place. Time builds this tension until it is released when we enter the piano section. That familiar verse is paired with silky jazz chords that make the wait worth it. Have a Happy Fourth of July!

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FUTURISTIC FRIDAY

In light of “Throwback Thursday or #tbt” which involves posting something that has nostalgic value, we at RunTheMill wanted to turn this popular convention on its head. This weekly posting will share a song that is either ahead of its time or attempts to push us out of our comfort sound zone.

Artist: Jose Gonzalez

Song: “Let it Carry You (Holy Ghost! Remix)”

Brooklyn’s funky crusaders Holy Ghost! has laid down an 80s-soaked remix of Jose Gonzalez’s recently released “Let it Carry You” off the 2015 Vesitiges & Claws album. The duo experiments with Jose’s bare folk melody, and smothers it with synths, turns the bass line electric, and adds classic computer track drum rolls. Enjoy the weekend and let this be your accompaniment to a long run.

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FUTURISTIC FRIDAY

In light of “Throwback Thursday or #tbt” which involves posting something that has nostalgic value, we at RunTheMill wanted to turn this popular convention on its head. This weekly posting will share a song that is either ahead of its time or attempts to push us out of our comfort sound zone.

Sylvan Esso – Hey Mami (Big Wild Remix)

Take an hour for lunch. Drink two Thai beers with your Pad See Ew. It’s Friday and to celebrate, here is this anthemic remix by Big Wild of the breakthrough artist Sylvan Esso’s “Hey Mami.” Make sure you have both earphones on for this one. Shout out to AJ Gufffff for his field research at SXSW this year.

FUTURISTIC FRIDAY

In light of “Throwback Thursday or #tbt” which involves posting something that has nostalgic value, we at RunTheMill wanted to turn this popular convention on its head. This weekly posting will share a song that is either ahead of its time or attempts to push us out of our comfort sound zone.

The Landing – “Anxieties”

The new song from the Brooklyn solo act The Landing is light and fluffy with tender vocal backing and bouncy bongos. You almost get the sense that some of the members took a page out of an acapella book. The arrangement is tightly formatted and filled with divergent harmonies (see 3:25). All in all, it’s shoegaze at its finest.

And a great throwback that has similarities throughout:

FUTURISTIC FRIDAY

In light of “Throwback Thursday or #tbt” which involves posting something that has nostalgic value, we at RunTheMill wanted to turn this popular convention on its head. This weekly posting will share a song that is either ahead of its time or attempts to push us out of our comfort sound zone.

Redtenbacher’s Funkestra – “Baby Fat”

Just a saxophone-honking, carefree, and funky jam on this Futuristic Friday. Stefan Redtenbacher is the bassist, composer and mastermind behind this band, in which he tries to combine his roots in jazz, soul, and funk. He is an alumni of the Vienna Conservatory and the Berklee College of Music and has worked with the likes of Steve Winwood and Amy Winehouse. If the title “Baby Fat” is any indication, Stefan doesn’t take himself too seriously. We need this this weekend.

FUTURISTIC FRIDAY

In light of “Throwback Thursday or #tbt” which involves posting something that has nostalgic value, we at RunTheMill wanted to turn this popular convention on its head. This weekly posting will share a song that is either ahead of its time or attempts to push us out of our comfort sound zone.

The Avener – “Panama”

I got sucked into this one pretty quickly. The twangy guitar sets the scene of this barren Western showdown, and then the groove hits. The production quality is superb, as you can distinguish between each crisp beat and the horns don’t sound tinny, but rather atmospheric. A little eccentric house music on this Futuristic Friday.

FUTURISTIC FRIDAY

In light of “Throwback Thursday” or “#tbt” which involves posting something that has nostalgic value, we at RunTheMill wanted to turn this popular convention on its head. This weekly posting will share a song that is either ahead of its time or attempts to push us out of our comfort sound zone.

Public Service Broadcasting – “Gagarin”

The new album by Public Service Broadcasting, “Race For Space” fits succinctly within our “Futuristic Friday” theme. 1) It’s otherworldly. “Gagarin” features radio or TV clips describing the first man to journey into outer space and orbit the earth, Russian astronaut Yuri Alkseyevich Gagarin. 2) It’s infectiously funky. That horn section. 3) See video. I definitely see a resemblance to the Capital Cities’ jam “Farrah Fawcett Hair,” below. Happy weekend.