Photos (L to R): White Denim (Miguel Gutierrez Jr./KUTX); HÆLOS (Jeff Hahn); Dem Atlas (Julia Reihe/KUTX)
KUTX host Jay Trachtenberg spills the beans on the BEST SONGS EVER! At least for this week.
White Denim – “Shanalala”
First up, a new song from one of Austin’s most-acclaimed bands, White Denim. Led by James Petralli, the group is about to drop its second album in less than a year. They’re known for their ferocious live shows, and “Shanalala” captures that full-throttle energy.
HÆLOS – “Kyoto”
Next up is Haelos, a band from London that gets a lot of its inspiration from England’s trip hop scene of the ’90s, which included bands like Portishead and Massive Attack. Haelos have updated the sound for the 21st century and I’m happy to report they’ll be at SXSW next month. From their forthcoming second album, check out “Kyoto.”
Dem Atlas – “Bad Loves Company”
Finally, a song from the St. Paul, Minnesota rapper Dem Atlas. He lists his influences as ranging from the Pharcyde and Bad Brains to Louis Armstrong and Billie Holliday. On “Bad Loves Company,” Dem Atlas sings and raps over a slow and smoldering groove.