Archives: May 2016

LISTEN — Iska Dhaaf ‘The Wanting Creature’ (Full Album Stream)

May 18th, 2016


Iska Dhaaf have been making waves with their unique sound for a while now. Their first album, Even The Sun Will Burn, was a phenomenal debut of swirling synths and melodies. With their sophomore effort, The Wanting Creature, though, they keep the swirling synths but add in a new layer of moody darkness. Starting off with the immediately enrapturing stand out track “Invisible Cities”, the duo immediately sets the tone for the rest of the record — one that feels like a kaleidoscope in the dark, with bits of light puncturing the shifting darkness, remaining soft while still chattering with barely repressed anxiety. The Wanting Creature is an incredible second record and proves the Brooklyn via Seattle duo is a creative team to be reckoned with.” — via The Wild Honey Pie

Listen to ‘The Wanting Creature’ in full below.

WATCH — Quilt Performs Live On KEXP

May 17th, 2016


Quilt recently stopped by the KEXP studios in Seattle to perform a couple tracks from their newest album ‘Plaza.’ Included in the setlist are Eliot St., Hissing My Plea, Roller, Something There and Padova.

Watch the full performance below!

WATCH — Get Open “4, 2, 1 (ft. IAM)”

May 16th, 2016


The lyric video for “4,2,1” briefly shows the group members (French Hip-Hopper IAM + NYC’s Get Open) before running into a montage of classic images from the last six decades. Watch it below!

WATCH — Lando Chill “Coroner”

May 15th, 2016


The 24 year old, Chicago born & raised rap artist/songwriter, Lando Chill has been making waves & turning heads in the deep Southwest, calling Tucson, Arizona his current musical home base of operation. Even whilst growing up in a choir & theater orientated background due to his mother, music wasn’t a prerogative until, by chance, he was cast in a University of Arizona Film School short in 2013 & tasked to lend his voice. From that point on, Lando has been on an enthralling journey through music, touring the country in 2015 & developing new records with his band, comprised of Chris “Deep Greasy” Pierce, Andy “Lasso” C, Jimmy “Jimbo” Borquez, & Isaiah “Zayah” Briggs. The blend of art and emotion puts them in same category as artists like Gil Scott Heron, J. Cole, and The Roots. Mello Music Group looks forward to releasing Lando Chill’s album late this summer.

Watch the video for “Coroner” below!

LISTEN — Astronautalis Interview w/ Vocalo

May 14th, 2016


On his new release, Cut the Body Loose, Minneapolis based Hip Hop artist Astronautalis explores his Southern roots in both his vocal styling and in the album’s theme. Cut the Body Loose navigates the nuances of Southern culture from its musical traditions to the regions struggles all while depicting the resilience of its people. Astronautalis joined Jesse Menendez in studio to talk about the album.

Listen to the interview below!

WATCH — King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard “Gamma Knife”

May 13th, 2016


Nonagon Infinity might be King Gizzard’s hardest-hitting release. Arriving on the heels of last year’s downright pleasant Paper Mâché Dream Balloon, the new album plunges their sound back into aggressive territory, infusing Sabbath/Motorhead-style hard rock with frantic energy and a cartoonish blast of color. Lead single “Gamma Knife” makes a fine teaser, especially when accompanied by a music video involving monks committing mass ritual suicide. Co-directors Danny Cohen and Jason Galea did a good job capturing the music’s alternately dark and playful spirit, and the band’s acting definitely sells their loopy vision. But more than most lead singles, “Gamma Knife” is only part of a larger whole. The title Nonagon Infinity refers to the album’s physical properties: There are nine songs, and ATO is pressing the record on nine-sided vinyl — that’s a nonagon, for you non-geometry nerds. Furthermore, the songs flow into each other in a seamless loop that could feasibly continue forever, putting the infinity in Nonagon Infinity. Aside from packaging and/or conceptual exploits, though, it’s just a rad record full of exciting music.” — via Stereogum

Watch “Gamma Knife” below!

WATCH — TOKiMONSTA “Giving Up (ft. Jonny Pierce of The Drums)” + Tour Dates

May 12th, 2016


“It was a surprise to see The Drums vocalist Jonny Pierce‘s name on the tracklist of L.A. producer TOKiMONSTA‘s recent release, Fovere, but the track he appears on, “Giving Up,” is gauzy and haunted, pretty and sad, and affecting. Today TOKiMONSTA has unveiled a surrealist video for the track, which reenacts the waning relationship Pierce that describes—It took me a minute to find the truth/ I’m giving up, I’m giving up on me and you. There is a tense dinner table scene, and kaleidoscopic imagery. Speaking on how this unlikely collaboration came to be, TOKiMONSTA told The FADER that she had long admired Jonny’s work from afar. “His music has always been inspiration to me, though we are probably seen as artists that exist in different areas of the musical spectrum,” she wrote in an email. “Us being able to work together signifies that breaking barriers can result in some pretty cool stuff.”” — via The Fader

Watch “Giving Up” below, and scroll down for tour dates!

Apr 28 Calgary, AB – Habitat Living Sound
Apr 29 Vancouver, BC – MIA
Apr 30 Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
May 04 Washington, DC – Soundcheck DC
May 05 Boston, MA – Royale Boston
May 19 Miami, FL – Bardot
May 20 Dallas, TX – Green Elephant 520
May 21 Austin, TX – Empire Control Room
May 28 Bradley, CA – Lightning in a Bottle
Jun 01 Denver, CO – Vinyl
Jun 02 Phoenix, AZ – The Crescent Ballroom
Jun 03 Albuquerque, NM – Sister Bar
June 4: Mountain View, CA – 105 BFD @ Shoreline Amphitheater
Jul 23 New York, NY – Panorama Music and Arts Festival
Aug 05-07 San Francisco, CA – Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival
Sep 02-04 Seattle, WA – Bumbershoot