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We don’t know much about the emerging artist, Petticoat. What we do know, however, are the records that inspired and influenced him to make music of his own:

Madonna – Ray of Light
“Everything an experimental pop record should be. My mom introduced me to Madonna from an early age and would constantly play this album along with her follow up “Music”. Its a really odd album when you think about it. A lot of the production is a combination of underground electronic genres with world music. The ambient instrumentals mixed with Madonna’s themes about religion and spirituality kinda creates this ethereal sound that transcends music. Like, this is an album that will never sound dated because its so unique.”

 

INXS – Kick
“Music doesn’t always have to push the envelope in order to be the best. To make an album so grounded in its time can prove almost as hard. My dad loved hard rock, but was a sucker for 80’s New Wave such as Tears for Fears, Duran Duran, and INXS. Kick is like a quintessential 80’s album that contains some of the most full song structures and ballads to this day. Its packed to the brim with horns, funky keyboards, and drum sequencers that creates a super expensive and warm sound. INXS is kind of like the combination of Paula Abdul and Depeche Mode.”

 

Incubus – Morning View
“Growing up, my sister was a massive fan of 2000’s pop punk and alternative music. She really got me into Incubus at an early age and this album in particular was very special to me. Some of the harder alt-metal songs such as “Nice To Know You” and “Blood on the Ground” were catalysts in expressing my bizarre, pre-adolescent angst. Meanwhile, the softer songs like “Are You In” and “Echo” would take me into a zen-like state of calmness and warmth. The audio-visual experience of listening to these soft songs while viewing the album art would transport me to a scene of a bonfire on a beach, surrounded by early 2000’s stoners with soul patches and jeans with flip flops. I’ve been waiting to get that vision out on print.”

 

Crystal Castles- (II)
“I picked this album for the sheer amount of times I have revisited it, only to find a new standout reason to love it every time. This was released when i was in 8th grade, and I gravitated toward it for the industrial beats, rave-inspired supersaw synths, and the experimentation of noise music on tracks like “Doe Deer”. A couple years later, I fell in love with Alice Glass’s political lyricism and elegant voice that seemed encoded and hidden in the back. Whether tackling the debate of abortion and human life on “Pap Smear” to the abandoning of religion on “Celestia”, it creates a message that isn’t preachy, but rather thought-provoking. It’s almost like poetry.”

 

Groundislava- Self Titled
“Groundislava is a lot simpler than a lot of other projects I have chosen. When I discovered this project in middle school, it was the first time I ever listened to anything lo-fi. The chiptune sounds on the album create a nostalgic essence that reminds me of my brother’s early Atari 7800. The melodies are trippy and lush with delicate riffs that seem to just ooze instead of cut through the song like most music. And the drums move at such a strange pace in most songs which kind of humanizes the production. So many moments on this album give me the chills, especially the finale track “One For Her”

 

Chemical Brothers – Dig Your Own Hole
“When I was around 7 years old, Dance Dance Revolution was my life. On Saturday mornings I would wake up in my pajamas and practice “Block Rockin’ Beats” for hours. The funk guitar mixed with the breakbeat drum pattern was something that stuck with me for years. I downloaded an hour long mp3 file that contained the entire “Dig Your Own Hole” album from Limewire and had it on repeat for all of middle school. the glitchy vocal cuts and the strange guitars opened up my taste to other breakbeat acts such as Prodigy and Basement Jaxx.”

 

Mssingno – Fones EP
“UK Bass has had a massive impact on the better half of my time making music, and Mssingno’s 4 track EP “Fones” is the most quintessential piece of work that can wrap up the genre. It rests comfortably between the borders of UK Wave, club, and electronica. The synth work is glassy, crisp, and elegant. The pop vocals on top create a sultry R&B vibe that is irresistible to groove to.”

 

SIBA – Fruits EP
“SIBA is a recent discovery. He’s from Denmark and makes these amazing little experimental pop ballads. The vocal comping and hooks on some of these tracks are incredible, almost like if Max Martin started producing and songwriting in the 80s. Besides that, the melodies and patterns in these tracks are sugary sweet and reminiscent of George Michael and Wham!. You could say that the production is so nostalgic that it almost feels post-ironic for 2016, but most of it is so catchy that you won’t care anyway.”

 

Charli XCX- Voom Vroom EP
“This EP is such a standout because of its juxtaposition in sound. It’s like a combined sense of maximalism mixed with rough, almost unmixed experimentation, Sophie’s production shows that pop music doesn’t always have to be squeaky clean and formulaic to capture one’s ear. It’s a practice that I’ve been trying to implement in my music for some time. Charli’s bratty vocals and hooks just complete the record for an EP that is 10 years ahead of everyone else.”

 

100s – IVRY mixtape
“This mixtape is the very definition of Earworm music. It’s likability is unparalleled to anything on the market, and it has been a hit with any age group I have showed it to. 100s production beautifully takes from the 70s Super Fly era and enhances it beyond the present and goes into the future. His vocal cadence and demeanor as an artist creates lines that are comical, gross, and ice cold. Combine it with a singing voice similar to that of Andre 3000, and you have a project that is shocking, groovy, and badass all at the same time. He really is one of the best modern Bay Area acts in recent memory.”

Check out Petticoat’s new remix of Kelela’s “A Message” below!

 

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