(Discobelle Exclusive) Danger Village Mix
When we need a break from deep disco and the kick kick snare-isms of dancefloor music, one of the first places we turn is Danger Village. LA publicist Beth Martinez handpicks her artists and only promotes bands she loves. To celebrate Discobelle’s redesign, Beth put together a mix that reflects the depth and diversity of the Danger Village aesthetic, ranging from breezy tropicalia to dreampop to dance to pure indie rock. When you stop by the village you can count on finding genuine independent music built on thoughtful songwriting and a strong DIY ethic. Beth took the time to write a few words about why she loves each song on this mix; you can find her musings below. Her associate Mark also made a nice purple Discobelle frog for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy.
1) Empire of the Sun – “Alive”
Loving every minute of this song cause it makes me feel so alive. This should be everyone’s song of the summer. I find the lyrics particularly inspirational. Freedom is within you.
2) WALLA – “Nature”
This song hit over Memorial Day weekend and it was the perfect time to set the feeling for pool parties and backyard barbeques.
3) Stay Bless – “Always”
We’re over the top crazy about the summery Peter Gabriel vibes from Stay Bless. Who knew Celine Dion referencing could be so freaking cool?
4) Sivu – “Better Man Than He”
I love songs that remind me of the Into the Woods, and this is one of them.
5) Belle Ville – “Mixed Voices”
I like the “raerrrr -rearrr – rearrrr” slide sound effect in this song. That’s probably not the technical term for that noise.
6) Majical Cloudz – “Bugs Don’t Buzz”
I had heard this name around a lot and when I finally got around to listening was surprised that it sounded nothing like what I thought it would. I love the sad solo spotlight performer aspect of this song, like John C. Reilly’s big song in Chicago.
7) Karl x Johan – “Never Leave Me”
This might be my first repeat band on a mix since I put “I Love It” on two mixes last summer. I just love Karl x Johan that much. Thanks to Jeff Cascine for the tip on this band many months ago.
8) London Grammar – “Metal & Dust”
Been digging these guys for a while now, I love the chorus here.
9) Lovelife – “Your New Beloved”
Speaking of loving life…I love the auto-tuned harmonies at the end when the beat drops out.
10) Vampire Weekend – “Yah Hey”
I usually lose interest in bands once they get popular but Vampire Weekend holds my interest with this turn of
11) Daft Punk – “Get Lucky”
I first heard this on KCRW and immediately knew it would be one of my songs of the summer before evening know who it was. Still wish they had a different vocal than Pharrell, though.
12) Deafheaven – “Dreamhouse”
I fell in love with it the first time I heard this song. It’s really impressive how Deafheaven combines the elements of screamo with shoegaze so blendingly. I know it’s not good to put a 9 minute song in a mix but it’s SO GOOD, I’m adding it on as the bonus track.