Each week the CMJ staff sifts through thousands of radio playlists that contribute to our weekly charts. In the new Chart Discovery weekly column, we’ll highlight exciting artists, albums and songs brought to our attention by the charts of our reporting panel of college and non-commercial radio stations. This week’s favorites come from KRFC in Fort Collins, CO, and Duke University’s WXDU.

Congress on KRFC

While I admit that I have heard the Congress before, I never really paid enough attention to the band until I saw its latest EP, The Loft Tapes, show up at a solid No. 5 position on KRFC’s top 30 playlist this week. The group’s laid-back groove captures a sound that is at once modern and reminiscent of the good old days of Motown recordings. It is the perfect salve for those of us ready for hanging out in parks on warm summer days. Calling Richmond, VA, a part-time home (and at least one member of the band having been born and bred there), it seems only natural that rich, soulful vocals and bluesy guitars are a staple of the Congress’s sound. The EP consists of seven soul covers that are fresh reinterpretations of the classics but still retain the heart of the originals. Recorded in an old masonic temple in Colorado, guitarist Scott Lane and engineer Logan Muckler mixed the tracks on an eight-channel reel-to-reel tape machine as “a tribute to the songs and studio techniques that have influenced the band over the years.” The EP has been released both digitally and on vinyl.
 


Drag Sounds on WXDU

Appearing at No. 4 at WXDU this week is the Greensboro-based Drag Sounds. Feelin’ It showcases garage-fuzz pop that sounds like what you’d expect from a ’60s group if it had traveled to the future and back, picking up some ’80s punk and mixing it with lots of Lou Reed. The tracks are loose and open, perfect for a band whose self-described agenda is to “have a good time and be really loud.”