Towards the end of 2009, we started reading a blog called Don't Die Wondering. This seemed like a perfect encompassing of our relationship to blogs, of which we read about a billion. No need to be pestered by the memory of a random Geronimo Cruise MP3 or a Rachel Blitz remix you never clicked. Besides, it's so simple to listen, the tiny sideways triangle always beckoning play. But still we skip, never fully able to assuage the deluge. These sidesteps are sometimes relieving, occasionally regrettable. So, for the new year, we've taken DDW's credo literally—though we fear no imminent demise—and clicked to our hearts' content. Fruitfully, within the year's first week, this has included the discovery of Miracles Club, a new duo featuring Honey Owens, aka Valet. "A New Love," a truly wonderful little song, begins with slightly submerged drum machine and piano, promising a lo-fidelity toy house anthem. But 30 seconds deep, a pale female voice half sings in tones reminiscent of British post-punk, the sleepyheaded shiftless light flurry to match the beat's calm elegance. This is dance music proud of its origin but unashamed of its reluctance to overblow, its new-forged medium tone proof that a meeting in the middle can be an extreme itself.
Download: Miracles Club, "A New Love"(via 20jazzfunkgreats)