J pick: Passion Pit

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Thanks to MTV playing music videos in the morning again, I stumbled upon Passion Pit’s new video “The Reeling.” This fairly new band, formed in 2007, is a great example of electronica gone right. They create new sounds on synthesizers, but still give a nod to the soul and funk era of its origin with instruments. The track reminds me of everything I love and miss about the Neptunes. The fun singalong chorus is similar to Earth Wind and Fire’s scat interlude “Beijo (Brazilian Rhyme”). The track has been sampled by many, including Tribe and the Fugees. The comic book style video clip adds to its appeal. Fresh new sounds plus real instrumentation is the formula that makes this summer treat so satisfying.

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