S1. Bibio – Pretentious
Cozy and dusty, weird little pop gem.
S2. Melody’s Echo Chamber – I Follow You
Psychedelic unwind with a guitar hook that keeps you spiraling inward.
S3. Jordan Rakei – Lost Myself
When your new favorite soul record has a Radiohead track in it.
S4. Motion Graphics – Houzzfunction
Freaky, super clean production on this pop tune.
S5. The Bad Plus Joshua Redman – As This Moment Slips Away
No one does it like The Bad Plus. Or Joshua Redman.
S6. The Knife – We Share Our Mother’s Health
Been returning to this groove with steadfast frequency for 10 ish years.
S7. Kevin Gates – Jam (feat. Trey Songz, Ty Dolla $ign and Jamie Foxx)
Effortless vocal performance, explicitly hilarious and sexual.
S8. Duke Hugh – Butterflies
This track is just suuuuuper pretty.
S9. Artificial Brain – Synthesized Instinct
Just one heavy song for the list, these guys are doing things from a songwriting/harmony/melodic point of view that is entirely fresh and insane for the genre.
S10. Rahm – Fault
Heard this guy for the first time today. I can’t believe this record. Absurdly innovative and abusively minimal sound design with really soulful songwriting.
Moon Bounce is Philadelphia’s mutant pop pioneer, Corey Regensburg. Walking the fine line between creation and disintegration, his output combines soulful vocals, bombastic percussion and explosive synthesis; obsessed with groove, yet on the verge of falling apart.
Regensburg’s unconventional background spans about every performance style and genre imaginable. Classically trained in piano and a graduate of University of the Arts with a major in musical theatre, he quickly ended up disillusioned from the creative limits that were imposed on him in school. Using a friend’s pirated copy of Propellerhead’s Reason, a piece of software with a significant learning curve, Regensburg started creating samples and synthesizers completely from scratch. Inspired by early M83, bands like The Dillinger Escape Plan and The Blood Brothers, and sound design progenitors such as Chris Clark and Aphex Twin, the Moon Bounce project soon had lift off.
Along with obsessively harnessing his production chops, Regensburg began unabashedly injecting his personality more heavily into his works, resulting in a eccentric take on electronic music that quickly stood out completely on its own. Gaining notoriety from a slew of EPs, including 2014’s acclaimed Dress Rehearsal, Regensburg’s ambitious compositions and sarcastic, often macabre lyrical content struck a chord with those sick of the sterile and predictable wave of producers hitting Soundcloud. The music video for lead single “Shake” was premiered by horror outlet, Fangoria, and nominated for The Berlin Music Video Awards, its depiction of a “puppet bloodbath” a jarring piece of black comedy.
Releasing additional singles on Secret Songs, Activia Benz, Heroic, and even a collaboration with The Bloody Beetroots on Dim Mak, Moon Bounce’s mutant pop had found its footing. Shows with Rhye, Slow Magic and Prince Rama affirmed Regensburg’s versatility as a performer, fans regularly approaching him wide-eyed and perplexed, exclaiming “I’ve never seen anything like that!” about his uninhibited sets. When friend and collaborator, Kyle Stetz, released the internet phenomenon, Typedrummer, samples from Moon Bounce’s single “Fool” were included and 3 million people around the world were introduced to his music. Coverage on tech publications like CNET, Wired, Boing Boing, and even support from Mötley Crüe’s Tommy Lee followed.
All roads have led to the present, as Moon Bounce gears up to release his first full-length LP, entitled Clean House, on his very own Grind Select, the label he started with his manager in 2014 as a necessary retaliation to the status-quo. This is the most exposed Regensburg’s songwriting has ever been. Songs like “Drugs” and “Empty Hole” put his voice more prominently in the forefront than ever before, as he reconciles serious relationships in his life with relatable neuroses. His most pristine sounding work, the record could not have been made by anyone but Regensburg, the lurching, obtuse rhythms, infectious melodies, twists and turns all integral parts of the Moon Bounce universe. As Clean House comes to a close, Regensburg fittingly proclaims “we’ve got to milk this thing for all it’s worth, now let’s enjoy the earth”.