I’m super fond of new California quartet Tapioca and the Flea’s electropop single Take It Slow, which, by the way, was produced by Ethan Kath, of Crystal Castles. I’m so fond of it, that I made sure to get my hands on the limited edition 7" Record Store Day exclusive that included the tune. Com Truise puts frenetic, robotic, beat resplendent spin on the track.

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“Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known." A mix of songs for my fellow artists in times of creation.

[Spotify] x [8Tracks]

Sketch, Paint, Write, Click - Tracklist:

01. You - Gold Panda // 02. Hotel California - Eagles // 03. Hello World - Kid Ink // 04. Knee Socks - Arctic Monkeys // 05. Elevate - St. Lucia // 06. Unsteady - X Ambassadors // 07. Chloe - Grouplove // 08. Digging Holes - Raglans // 09. Never Let You Go - Alex Clare // 10. Social Casualty - 5 Seconds Of Summer // 11. Certain - Set Your Goals // 12. Take It Slow - Tapioca And The Flea // 13. Dancing Song - Little Comets // 14. New Love - Maroon 5 // 15. Fire Escape - Civil Twilight // 16. Bed Peace - Jhene Aiko // 17. All Those Friendly People - Funeral Suits // 18. Flawless - The Neighbourhood // 19. Feel Good - Walking Shapes // 20. Into The Wild - Lewis Watson // 21. We All Want The Same Thing - Rixton // 22. Miracle Mile - Cold War Kids 

I really can’t help wondering how Southern California quartet Tapioca and the Flea came up with their band name. I really can’t. However, I must say that their new single Take It Slow is one delicious synthpop track. Plus, it’s produced by Ethan Kath of the excellent electronic act Crystal Castles, whom I love very, very much. It’s somewhat surprising to hear Ethan create a soundscape that isn’t steeped in ominous darkness, but way to go, Ethan! Take It Slow is a buoyant, catchy dance pop tune that will be available as a 7" for FREE (yes, FREE kids!) on Record Store Day come April 19 as select retail stores. I want! Tapioca and the Flea describe their music as psychwave, and it’s certainly more apparent on last year’s Mellotron, also an excellent tune. 

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Islands (Tapioca and the Flea Remix)
Young The Giant
Islands (Tapioca and the Flea Remix)

Watch it rise up, where you hide your pearls;
Feel it pile up where you cast those stones you wear.
When no one’s home, do they feel cold on your bones?
All the years I’ve missed your warmth.
Have you missed my warmth?
On your island, oh.

I could never hold you.
I could never hold you.

Young the Giant - "Islands" (Tapioca and the Flea Remix) 

Up-and-coming LA group Tapioca and the Flea (props for the weird name, guys) have had their top song to date masterfully remixed by remix-meister Com Truise. The original song is formidable on its own, a nice combo of low-key dance pop and swirling, droning vocals. When Com Truise gets a hold of it though, it becomes a stripped down, percussive dream.

Listen When: you just got a standing desk and you’re trying to gently placate your jealous coworkers. 

You May Also Like: Gold Panda | Young the Giant | Millionyoung | Washed Out

Spotify LinkTapioca and the Flea – Take it Slow (no remix, unfortunately)

Spotify PlaylistPneuma Music

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Word on the street is that every band performing at this show is going to have a special guest of sorts. Not sure if I should have told you that, but hey.

So we are clear, our guest is not who you are thinking of. Actually, it might be who you are thinking of, but only if you have a very nice creative mind.

But more importantly, we get to play with good good buddies Gothic Tropic and TATF, again! Tickets are free, and I believe we will be performing first at 9pm. You will not want to miss it. Certainly not. 


Performing 4/19 at Space 15 Twenty (6pm)