Sugar High’s “Songs That Make You Feel Less Alone” Playlist for COOL HUNTING

In celebration of their debut album, and of connection, a playlist made for our readers

An exchange on Instagram led singer/songwriter Kris Esfandiari (of King Woman) and vocalist/producer Darcy Baylis to unite as a new band, Sugar High, and release Love Addict, their debut together. Their music (influenced by dream-pop legends Cocteau Twins, synth-pop outfit M83, and even metal-core band Underoath) is hypnotic, nostalgic and tender. I wanted us to create our own little world Esfandiari tells us, about planning their album, …

Interview: Drummer Mike Calabrese of Lake Street Dive

On the new recording process for their album, Side Pony

Wearing his signature bandana headband, Lake Street Dive’s drummer Mike Calabrese keeps the beat and the energy going on stage at the Wiltern in Los Angeles. The sold-out crowd is more than game to sing along with the band. Moments later, they quiet down to marvel the power and artistry in Rachael Price’s voice and drink it all in: four skilled musicians who clearly enjoy …

Interview: Danish DJs Den Sorte Skole

Stitching together thousands of samples from around the world for the album Indians and Cowboys, plus a CH track premiere

John Oswald, Girl Talk, DJ Shadow and even Pogo are recognizable artists who made their name creating new music exclusively from samples. Copenhagen-based collective Den Sorte Skole distinguishes themselves not just because of their numbers—their latest album Indians and Cowboys (releasing as a free download next week from their website, the only way to avoid legal issues) features thousands on thousands of samples off 350 …