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Artists that would have been labelled strictly ‘indie’ five to ten years ago are increasingly embracing R&B and commercial boy band styles with decreasing amounts of irony. Born Ruffians’ frontman Luke Lalonde is one of these. Between Birthmarks and Born Ruffians’ last, he released his solo debut Rhythymnals, which does a nice job blending typically indie or folk elements with electronic beats, pop hooks and falsetto flourishes as he sings about being somebody’s boyfriend.
Philadelphia’s Diplo has made a career of taking dance music from all corners of the globe – be it carioca funk or bhangra – and repackaging it for kids who are more used to a diet of commercial hip hop and house.
How you approach this record depends on your relationship to Rilo Kiley, and whether their indefinite hiatus was barely a blip on your musical radar or a massive tragedy. One of the most promising young bands signed to Saddle Creek (Bright Eyes, Iron & Wine) in the new millennium, Rilo Kiley’s bare-faced, self-deprecating yet highly likeable brand of indie rock won them many fans, this reviewer included
In 2009 on It’s Blitz!, NYC’s Yeah Yeah Yeahs hit listeners with a shocking revelation. They’d made a dance/pop record. It was still a dark-themed and trash-tinged recording with Karen O’s confident, nasal warbling out front, so it was still a YYY album. But the abrupt change couldn’t have been predicted.
Californian indie disco via post punk outfit Chk Chk Chk have been relatively quiet since 2010’s ‘Strange Weather, Isn’t It?’, but it seems the break between records has done the unpronounceable six-piece a world of good.