The table was set for a candid and intimate moment with Stars. And in this setting lives the stories, anecdotes, memories and thoughts on their new album and where they are in their careers now.
“After twenty years at the centre of the electronic scene, the enigma that is Chloé still stands. Without a doubt this electronic composer has led an entire generation beyond strictly club and techno. An obsessive seeker of new sounds, she assembles and blends together unlikely tracks, creating subtle contrasts that come together into singular mixes. This desire to eschew readymade formulas, and her constant research into musical and human matters, gave her the impetus to start her own label, Lumière Noire.
It is on Lumière Noire where Chloé brings the seven years in the making LP “Endless Revisions,” representing yet another deviation from rigid genre classification, deepening the often-linear perspectives on current music. A rich and multi faceted work, “Endless Revisions” drifts from one mystery to the other, harkening back to philosopher Theodor W. Adorno’s maxim: “the task of art today is to bring chaos into order.”
Here, off Chloé’s third album, we premiere ‘The Backlash’.”
— via Deep House Amsterdam
“Cold Specks really blew people away in 2011, when she mysteriously appeared — seemingly out of nowhere — on Later … With Jools Holland in the U.K. Who was this Canadian woman with a haunting voice that could raise the hair on your neck? Ladan Hussein had a couple different aliases — Al Spx, Cold Specks — and rumour had it she was from Etobicoke, but who really knew. The back story didn’t matter though: the music always speaks for itself. Cold Specks released her debut album several months later, and the acclaim continued.
Now with her third album, Fool’s Paradise, Cold Speck’s confidence and comfort level in revealing herself to her fans has grown, and we’re richer for it. Not only has her platform amplified — as she openly confronts political issues such as Trump’s travel ban and negative narratives around Somali identity — but her music is also transcending. She sings in Somali for the first time, on the title track “Fool’s Paradise,” and the soaring vocal melody and catchy refrain of “Wild Card” are hypnotizing. The percussive elements of her new songs provide a solid backbone; the fuzzy and multi-layered beats of “Void,” for example, are the perfect dirty contrast to Cold Specks’ crystalline voice.”
— via CBC
Watch Cold Specks, along with longtime collaborator, producer/multi-instrumentalist Jim Anderson and Josh Joseph-McIntyre on drums and percussion in the videos below.
London-based indie electro duo Tender is currently on a U.S tour in support of their debut album, “Modern Addiction.” From depression to isolation to doubt and hope, the album unpacks a full range of emotions one experiences while dealing with the end of a romantic relationship. The duo employs soaring synths and progressive percussion to frame the album’s narrative. Jesse Menendez spoke with Dan and James of Tender about their album.
“On St. Vincent’s newest record, we see a different side of Annie Clark. She’s not even visible on the album cover, instead showcasing a body with its head through a wall. The cover design is part of a larger visual aesthetic, equal parts sly gag and avant garde art, as much about color and composition as it is about the subject. But the truth is that Clark doesn’t need to show her face on MASSEDUCTION; her vitality is implanted on every note of the collection. For once, the listener doesn’t need help drawing the connection from the artist they hear to the artist they see. Or, maybe, Clark is drawing attention to the fact that this album presents a new side to her.”
— via Consequence of Sound
10/07 – Los Angeles, CA – Paramount Pictures Studios
10/17 – London, UK @ O2 Academy Brixton
10/18 – Manchester, UK @ O2 Apollo Manchester
10/20 – Dublin, IE @ Olympia Theater
10/21 – Dublin, IE @ Olympia Theater
10/23 – Brussels, BE @ Ancienne Belgique
10/24 – Paris, FR @ Le Trianon
10/26 – Berlin, DE @ Huxleys
10/27 – Utrecht, NL @ Tivolirendenburg
11/14 – Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore
11/15 – Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room
11/17 – Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theater
11/18 – St. Paul, MN @ Palace Theater
11/19 – Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theater
11/20 – St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
11/21 – Louisville, KY @ Whitney Hall
11/22 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
11/24 – Knoxville, TN @ Tennessee Theatre
11/25 – Durham, NC @ Durham Performing Arts Center
11/27 – Washington, DC @ The Anthem
11/28 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
11/30 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
12/01 – Portland, ME @ State Theatre
12/02 – Brooklyn, NY @ Kings Theatre
12/03 – Brooklyn, NY @ Kings Theatre
“Odesza released a soul-warming music video for “Across The Room.” Just try not to smile as you watch Leon Bridges shimmy his way through a backyard barbecue. We don’t know that the people in this video are really his family, but damn if it doesn’t give off the feeling of true togetherness. ODESZA makes a short cameo around the two-minute mark.” Get cozy and watch “Across The Room” below.
— via Billboard
“Los Angeles-based producer Thundercat, whose new album Drunk is one of the better explorations of late-night jazz/funk/soul/hip-hop experimentation, hit the NPR offices to perform songs from the weird, Adult Swim-influenced project for NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series. He and his band, consisting of Dennis Hamm, Justin Brown, and Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, performed three songs from Drunk, including “Lava Lamp,” the nice-guy skewering “Friend Zone,” and “Them Changes.”
— via Uproxx