Latent Sea is Oakland, CA’s Tom Baugh (aka Crested) and Matthew Holt of San Francisco’s Broken Figures. They pride themselves on using mostly hardware synthesizers. They are working on a full length and in the meantime will be releasing free songs online. bandcamp
Yalls is a lo-fi underwater funk project from Oakland’s Dan Casey. His impressive 4-song EP Rerepeater came out earlier this year. You can buy it for only $3, along with other great releases of his, over at his Bandcamp page.
I Come To Shanghai is a hard band to describe. They sort of have their own thing going on. Sam Frigard and Robert Ashley moved from Oakland, CA in 2010 to Atlanta, GA where they could focus on their synth-based, somewhat psychedelic music full time. The result is their recently-released Eternal Life, Vol 1 record. These guys are both extremely talented, and deserve a lot more attention than they get. You can buy Eternal Life, Vol. 1 right here. website
I guarantee you will be hearing more about Mwahaha in the coming months. This Oakland 4-piece blends crazy psychedelia with analog drum machines and thick synth lines, making for an all-out aural treat that deserves repeated headphone listens. Their self-titled record (out December 6) features indie darling Merrill Garbus of tUnE-YarDs, and was mixed and partially recorded by Eli Crews (Deerhoof, Tune-Yards, WHY?, Restiform Bodies). Anticon‘s Jel and Odd Nosdam are both currently confirmed for remixes in the near future as well. Keep an eye on these guys. You can also preview another great track from their record called “Poinsettia” over at their Bandcamp page. twitter facebook