Archives: June 2016

LISTEN — Dummy Mix 339 // Samuel’s “Vocal Mix”

June 30th, 2016

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“Raised in Ireland between gypsy camps and children’s homes, with a ‘good chunk’ of homelessness thrown in the mix – music has always been therapy for inventive singer and songwriter Samuel. Spending his time in music programs offered by the homes, his talent was apparent, and eventually won him a series of scholarships and a place at esteemed South East London university, Goldsmith’s. Overcoming many obstacles to achieve his hopes and dreams, Samuel made his long awaited debut on Technicolour in 2013. He then continued to wow listeners with his follow up single These Days on Big Dada last year, before returning to the label earlier this month with ‘LUV CRY’. An attention grabbing four-tracker, it features Samuel’s silky smooth vocals rolling over swathes of R&B tinged electronica, with production efforts from Kwes, Ozkharp, and Lockah. To mark the release, Samuel drops into the Dummy mix series with a ‘vocal mix’ that glides from mood enhancing reggae, to swinging house edits of R&B demi-god Donell Jones, through to a heartfelt Nina Simone approved outro.””

Check out the mix below!

WATCH — onDeadWaves “California”

June 30th, 2016

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Polly Scattergood and James Chapman (Maps) aka onDeadWaves have unveiled the new video for “California.” This long-shot cavort through a ‘70s Californian pool party à la Boogie Nights was directed by Mexico’s Groovy Chaos, who has previously directed videos for Moby. “California” is taken from the band’s debut, self-titled, album. Described by The Arts Desk as “one of the year’s essential albums,” onDeadWaves are Polly Scattergood and James Chapman (aka Maps), who met at Mute’s legendary Short Circuit festival where they each performed one another’s songs.

Watch the video for “California” below!

WATCH — Aphex Twin “CIRKLON3 [ Колхозная mix ]”

June 29th, 2016

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“Cult knob-twiddler, Aphex Twin, shared a beguilingly odd new music video today for “CIRKLON3 [ Колхозная mix ],” off his forthcoming Cheetah EP. It marks his first video 17 years, and comes directed by a 12-year-old from Dublin, Ireland Ryan Wyer. Featuring lots of kids who are presumably his peers, extensive use of preset video effects, and an age-appropriate kin of sincerity, it’s weirdly beautiful, and certainly keeps us on our toes.” — via Thump

Watch the video for “CIRKLON3 [ Колхозная mix ]” below!

WATCH — Allah La’s “Famous Phone Figure” + Tour Dates

June 29th, 2016

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“On September 9th, Allah-Las will return with a new album called Calico Review. The 12-track collection marks their third full-length overall following 2014’s Worship the Sun. The LP was recorded in the band’s hometown of Los Angeles at the notable Valentine Recording Studio, which had previously been closed since the late ’70s. As a press release notes, during their sessions, the garage rockers used “historic recording equipment including a 1964 Universal Audio 610 soundboard, the same board on which The Beach Boys recorded Pet Sounds.” In addition, they incorporated new instrumentation into their sound, adding such instruments as viola, harpsichord, Mellotron and theremin. Our first taste of Calico Review comes in the form of “Famous Phone Figure”. Slow-rolling and melancholic, slow-rolling, the lead single makes use of faint percussion and strings. According to a statement, it “revolves around a character sketch of an unknowable woman.” — via Consequence of Sound

Watch the video for “Famous Phone Figure” below!

TOUR DATES:
June 17 /// Levitation Festival /// Vancouver, Canada
June 18 /// Sunstock Solar Festival /// Los Angeles, CA
July 29 /// Underground Music Showcase /// Denver, CO
August 21 /// Full Moon Festival /// Governors Island, NY
September 5 /// Beauty Bar /// Las Vegas, NV
September 6 /// Urban Lounge /// Salt Lake City, UT
September 9 /// Off Broadway /// St. Louis, MO
September 10 /// Hi-Tone Café /// Memphis, TN
September 11 /// Exit/In /// Nashville, TN
September 12 /// The Basement /// Columbus, OH
September 15 /// Rock & Roll Hotel /// Washington, DC
September 18 /// Brighton Music Hall /// Boston, MA
September 19 /// Johnny Brenda’s /// Philadelphia, PA
September 21 /// La Tulipe /// Montreal, QC
September 22 /// Lee’s Palace /// Toronto, ON
September 23 /// Double Door /// Chicago, IL
September 24 /// Turf Club /// St. Paul, MN
September 28 /// Neumos /// Seattle, WA
September 29 /// Wonder Ballroom /// Portland, OR
October 7 /// Pappy & Harriet’s /// Pioneertown, CA
October 8 /// The Regent Theater /// Los Angeles, CA

LISTEN — Fakear ‘Animal’

June 28th, 2016

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Fakear may not be a name you are familiar with yet, though that is about to change. Lesser known as Théo Le Vigoreux, the 24-year-old French phenom has already developed a fine-tuned affinity for creating beautifully intricate, multi-layered compositions. He has quietly emerged with a handful of EPs in his catalog, seemingly limitless creativity embedded in his process, and an appropriately tongue-in-cheek moniker. With a well-rounded blend of symphonic classics and sophisticated world music shaping his style, the Normandy-bred newcomer’s journey has now culminated with his debut full-length record, Animal.” — via Dancing Astronaut

Listen to ‘Animal’ in its entirety below!

WATCH — The Amazing “Ambulance”

June 27th, 2016

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The Amazing, the band featuring members of Dungen, are releasing a new album this year called Ambulance (out July 22 via Partisan). Today, they’ve shared the title track’s music video. Directed by Kris Merc, the video stars Ross Marquand of “The Walking Dead.” In the clip, Marquand goes slowly mad inside his home, following the dissolution of a relationship, as the footage cuts between the present and past.” — via Pitchfork

Watch the video for “Ambulance” below!

WATCH — Nico Yaryan “You Belong To Me”

June 26th, 2016

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“Last month LA songwriter Nico Yaryan released “You Belong To Me,” the woeful and wandering third single off his debut album What A Tease. Now he’s revealed an accompanying visual by director Nick Walker, which opens on the initial meeting between Yaryan and an unseen/unheard stranger, fast-forwards to the singer miserable and bed-ridden, and then traces back the steps between the former and the latter. Yaryan and his new companion form an unconventional relationship, but the depiction is sweet even if played for comedic effect. And once you discover the narrative of why Yaryan is so forlorn in the aftermath, you can’t help but feel the tragedy in the humor.” — via Stereogum

Watch “You Belong To Me” below!

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