• WATCH | Café Tacvba “Que No” + Tour Dates

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  • WATCH | Actress “X22RME”

    Actress' fifth album, AZD, is out April 14th via Ninja Tune, and you can get you a taste now! Click through for the Dan Emmerson-directed video for the album track "X22RME"!
  • LISTEN | Tuxedo ‘Tuxedo II’

    Mayer Hawthorne and Jake One are back with more west coast boogie on Tuxedo II. If you love The Gap Band, Cameo, or Zapp & Roger this one's for you!
  • READ | Sneaks’ ‘It’s A Myth’ Reviewed By Drowned In Sound

    Sneaks new album 'It's A Myth' is out now, and the reviews are heaping praise upon the effort. Click through for an album cut and some words from Drowned In Sound on the record.
  • READ | Goldfrapp’s ‘Silver Eye’ Reviewed by Spin

    Goldfrapp's new album 'Silver Eye' is out and is garnering praise and attention from several media outlets. Click through for Spin's review of the album and a video for "Anymore."
  • LISTEN | Soulwax “Transient Program For Drums And Machinery”

    Soulwax's newest full length release ‘FROM DEEWEE’ was recorded all in one take earlier in the year, and you can now hear the entire album. Click through for the lead cut, "Transient Program For Drums And Machinery"!
  • WATCH | Brother Ali “Never Learn”

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Recent News

WATCH — Swear and Shake “Tear Us Apart”

April 28th, 2017

“I was first introduced to Swear and Shake through a playlist an almost-lover gifted me on a trip to New York City. This was four years ago, which, whether by coincidence or fate, just so happens to be the last time the Nashville-by-way-of-Brooklyn trio released an album, their debut Maple Ridge.

It’s extremely comforting to hear the power and tenderness of Kari Spieler’s voice continue to shine through the now Nashville-inspired new material. “Tear Us Apart,” the lead single off of Swear and Shake’s forthcoming album, The Sound of Letting Go, brims with confidence and the all-too-familiar over-it attitude of a peeved lover. It might have sad origins, but the clarity a breakup brings is a welcome thing. Spieler’s expression in the video, premiering here, says it all.

“‘Tear Us Apart’ came to us like a burst of light,” Spieler says. “While in the studio, we chose sounds that resonated just as brilliant and colorful: the horns, the gospel choir singing the ‘la-las.’ When we closed our eyes and listened back to the recording, we saw luscious reds and deep blues. So for the music video, we channeled those same hues. The house of cards was a lot of fun to build and even more fun to knock down—just as fragile and precarious as the relationship that inspired the lyrics.””

— via Nylon

Watch the video for “Tear Us Apart” below!

LISTEN — Carl Craig ‘Versus’

April 27th, 2017

“It’s easy to approach Versus — a long-gestating collaboration between Detroit’s electronic-music deity Carl Craig, the Paris-based Les Siècles Orchestra (under the direction of François-Xavier Roth) and techno-loving classical pianist Francesco Tristano — as the latest attempt to bring club music to the rarefied atmosphere of a concert hall. This desire has seduced many an artist during the recording age — from jazz symphonists, Third Streamers and rock opera conceptualists, to exquisite post-modernists like Jeff Mills and Kendrick Lamar — with varying degrees of creative success. And Carl Craig cops to that ambition from the get-go, in the liner notes, calling these orchestral interpretations of his tracks “a dream come true.”

Yet, it’s also clear that Versus is a far more nuanced beast. Not only because almost half of its tracks are electronic miniatures, offering sharp synthesizer relief to the symphonic grandeur at its heart; but because some of this music — Tristano’s arrangements of Craig’s tracks, and, importantly, of tracks originally made as remixes — hints at just what a great marriage of contemporary orchestra, techno compositions and musical brains fluent in both could produce.”

— via NPR

To listen to ‘Versus’ in full, and to read the complete, in-depth write-up, click HERE. Check out the first track “Enter The Darkness” below.

LISTEN — DJ Shadow “Systematic (ft. Nas)” + TOUR DATES

April 25th, 2017

“Over the weekend, DJ Shadow linked up with Nas for “Systematic”, a new song that aired during the season four premiere of HBO’s Silicon Valley. The veteran producer is back today, this time with a new batch of North American summer tour dates in tow.

In continued support of his 2016 album, The Mountain Will Fall, DJ Shadow will hit cities like Chicago, Denver, Seattle, Austin, Salt Lake City, Memphis, and Boston all throughout the month of July. He’s also confirmed to appear at New York City’s Panorama Festival and Quebec’s Festival d’ete de Quebec. This fresh run of shows is flanked by European and Australian tours.”

— via Consequence of Sound

Check out “Systemic” below and grab your tickets!

TOUR DATES:

07/06 – Quebec, QC @ Festival d’ete de Quebec
07/07 – Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall
07/08 – Chicago, IL @ Park West
07/10 – Kansas City, MO @ Madrid Theatre
07/11 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
07/12 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
07/14 – Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theatre
07/15 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
07/16 – Berkeley, CA @ The UC Theatre
07/18 – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
07/19 – Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theatre
07/21 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s
07/22 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
07/23 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues
07/24 – Memphis, TN @ New Daisy Theatre
07/25 – Louisville, KY @ Mercury Ballroom
07/27 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues Boston
07/28 – New York, NY @ Panorama Music Festival
07/30 – Charlottesville, VA @ Jefferson Theater
07/31 – Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel
08/01 – Atlanta, GA @ Center Stage
08/02 – Knoxville, TN @ The Mill & Mine
08/04 – Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works

LISTEN — Bedouine “Dusty Eyes”

April 24th, 2017

“Azniv Korkejian was born in Aleppo, spent her childhood in Saudi Arabia, and grew up to be a nomadic American singer. So naturally, she goes as Bedouine. Her self-titled debut album, out June 23 on Spacebomb Records, is gorgeous, drifting folk music filled with sun. Today Bedouine is sharing the very first single from the album, “Dusty Eyes,” an at-ease, sixties-style track about transient emotions.

“I wrote ‘Dusty Eyes’ after coming home from what was clearly a final date,” Korkeijan wrote in a note to The FADER. “It’s about infatuation, interrupted by the attempt to intellectualize it; trying to perceive the object as interchangeable. It nods to the common if not predictable cycle when love presents a challenge. This particular object of my affection had flecks of color in his eyes like particles of dust in a sun beam, thus the title.””

— via The Fader

Listen to “Dusty Eyes” below!

READ — Ondatrópica Interview w/ OkayAfrica

April 23rd, 2017

Ondatrópica is a Colombian supergroup lead by Mario Galeano, of Frente Cumbiero and Los Pirañas fame, and the British DJ Will Holland (also known as Quantic).

Last month, they released their anticipated second album, Baile Bucanero.

For their self-titled first album, released five years ago, Galeano and Holland reunited the incredible but forgotten musicians of Colombian tropical albums from the glory days of vinyl. They recorded together, resulting in of the most nostalgic and danceable records in a long time.

In Baile Bucanero, Ondatrópica tried to repeat the formula, this time going deeper into the Colombian Caribbean and the island of Providencia. Part of the Archipelago of San Andrés, Providencia and Santa Catalina, this small island (called “Old Providence” in the local English creole) is home to five thousand people, many of which claim raizal ancestry, that is, to be descendants of the African slaves that the British brought to plantations on its various Caribbean colonial possessions.”

— via OkayAfrica

Check out album track “Lazalypso” below, and check out the rest of the OkayAfrica feature HERE.

LISTEN — Night Drive “Rise And Fall (Classixxx Remix)”

April 22nd, 2017

“It’s never fun to watch a relationship fizzle out, and it’s even less enjoyable to be in the middle of that disaster, but the drama can lend itself to some pretty funky rhythms. Night Drive‘s “Rise and Fall” is a testament to that. The synth-heavy single has a relentless beat that pushes one away from the “sudden unavoidable end,” as the duo puts it, even though walking away is always hard.

What’s not hard, however, is letting Classixx turn said break-up anthem into an even chiller, disco memory.

“Classixx reinterprets the song through the lens of that same person reminiscing about the incident many years later while chilling on a beach and sipping a martini,” Night Drive says in an emailed statement. “Sure, it was sad and heartbreaking, but it’s hard to stay sad while in the Cayman Islands.”

“We laid down some drums and live percussion, then we did one, long take jamming over that wth Mike on bass guitar and me on an electric piano,” the duo’s Tyler Blake says in an emailed statement. “We were feeling the groove and liked some of the imperfections, so we left them in. Our initial pass was more abstract, but the band helped us bring it back a little closer to the original material. It was a pretty collaborative effort through email. I like how it still sounds a little rough around the edges though. Sometimes that’s where the charm lies.”

There’s a touch of late-’80s, early-’90s soft jazz to the groove. It’s sophisticatedly sweet. It definitely makes that relationship in the mirror seem much farther away.”

— via Billboard

Listen to the “Rise And Fall (Classixxx Remix)” below!

LISTEN — Jidenna On What It Means To Be ‘The Chief’ (via NPR)

April 21st, 2017

“The 2015 hit “Classic Man” introduced the world to Jidenna. His look matched his sound: three-piece suits, polka-dotted ascots and red hair slicked down in a wave that would’ve made Nat King Cole jealous. At one point, a friend’s manager took him aside and said he thought Jidenna had a ton of potential as an artist — but there was just one problem.

“He said, ‘You’re too perfect,’ ” Jidenna says. “And man, that stuck with me.”

So for his first full-length album, the singer and rapper found himself drawn back to his roots: Nigerian highlife singers and the story of his father, who passed away seven years ago.

“My father would tell the story like this,” Jidenna says. “He said, ‘You were conceived in Nigeria, and then I brought you to Wisconsin to make damn sure that you and your mother — make sure you had the blue passports.’ ”

With his Nigerian dad and Bostonian mother, Jidenna spent his childhood moving across cities, continents and boundaries. Now, he’s released his debut album, The Chief.”

— via NPR

Check out the NPR piece below, or click HERE for the full feature.