Archives: October 2016

LISTEN — Douglas Dare ‘Aforger’

October 13th, 2016

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“Way back in July we brought you “Doublethink,” the highly intriguing first track from Douglas Dare’s sophomore LP Aforger. Today we’re back with the full album, and it lives up to the promise of its opening track. Imagine John Vanderslice’s trembling melodic narration and pristine pop-rock craftsmanship applied to frigid electronic soundscapes out of a Thom Yorke solo album, and then get really excited. If that sounds gloomy, it is. Aforger emerged from some heavy times in Dare’s life, among them coming out to his dad and breaking up with his partner. As such, these songs dive deep into questions of identity and the nature of truth, with a special emphasis on the way modern technology complicates our lives: Can we be manipulated to believe two conflicting ideas? How real are those pixels we stare at all day? Once an experience has passed, how can we be sure it even happened at all? But for all its bleak explorations, Aforger never gets overwhelmingly dark thanks to Dare’s marvelous way with melody and a tendency toward climactic moments that find hope continually colliding with despair.” — via Stereogum

Check out ‘Aforger’ below!

LISTEN — Romare “Je T’Aime”

October 12th, 2016

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Romare—also known as Archie Fairhurst—is a British producer and DJ who is gearing up for the release of his second full-length, Love Songs: Part Two, November 11 on Ninja Tune. This album continues in the vein of his breakout debut Projections and the follow-up EP Love Songs: Part One—Romare is a master at seasoning his psychedelic house grooves with just the right amount of romantic disco flair. See for yourself—we’ve got the premiere of a tasty cut called “Je T’aime” right here—it’s a mammoth slow-burner that methodically adds in chunky bongos, plucked electric bass, whispered vocals, and even a touch of ragtime piano. By the end it’s built itself into a gale-force dancefloor make-out weapon, the kind of track that reels you in and doesn’t let you go.” — via Thump

Listen to “Je T’Aime” below!

LISTEN — Coldcut “Only Heaven (ft. Roots Manuva)”

October 11th, 2016

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Ninja Tune founders and seminal UK DJ-production duo Coldcut have released their first new single in ten years, “Only Heaven.” The duo of Matt Black and Jonathan More last released original music back in January 2006 with their fifth studio album, Sound Mirrors, which featured a guest appearance from English artist Roots Manuva on the track “True Skool.” Fast forward a decade and the two parties have linked up yet again for “Only Heaven,” which also showcases production from With You. member Dave Taylor (aka Switch) and masterful bass-work from Brainfeeder mainstay Thundercat. The single will also re-launch Coldcut’s other label, Ahead of Our Time, which housed the duo’s material before they founded Ninja Tune in 1990. “Only Heaven” embodies the saying “not everything that glitters is gold,” its ostensibly twinkling melody dripping with sadness like a music box slowly winding through its last notes. A heart-wrenching chorus complete with eerie croons, and Roots Manuva’s somber lyrical content give it a moody beauty that will please your ears but might also put tears in your eyes.” — via Thump

Listen to “Only Heaven” below!

WATCH — Jesse Mac Cormack “Death Row”

October 10th, 2016

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“Today we are happy to premiere a brand new video from Jesse Mac Cormack for the song “Death Row”. The video was directed by his close collaborator Frédérique Bérubé, the video was filmed in Trouville, France where the duo was invited to participate in the Off-Courts Trouville event. Frédérique on the video : “I wanted to talk about the path to death, but mostly about the different stages of grief. Denial, anger, sadness, bargaining, acceptance… Plus the unexpected, simple beauty that occasionally hits us during tough times, helping us to remain hopeful.” His most recent record After the Glow is available via Secret City Records.” — via Indie 88

Watch “Death Row” below!

WATCH — Heliotropes Perform “Primates” @ BTR Live Studio

October 9th, 2016

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“It’s been a minute since we’ve checked in with Brooklyn rock band Heliotropes. Principal songwriter/singer Jessica Numsuwankijkul has completely revamped the project, returning with all new faces, a new album, and a leaner, more focused sound. Things still get pretty heavy, but whereas in the past it seemed like the influence of metal — particularly of the Seventies style — loomed large over the band, with their latest full length there’s a whole lot more pop sweetness and psych vibes. The band stopped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO to give us a live taste of it.” — via BreakThruTV

Watch the performance below, or click HERE for the full interview/podcast.

WATCH — Slothrust “Like A Child Hiding Behind Your Tombstone” + Tour Dates

October 8th, 2016

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“Listen to songs by Slothrust, and you’ll hear aggressive sounds that hearken back to early-’90s rock bands like Nirvana and Dinosaur Jr. Listen more closely, and you’ll also hear elements of the blues that the band’s members learned when they met in their college’s jazz program. Slothrust’s new song, “Like A Child Hiding Behind Your Tombstone,” shows vividly how the band blends those influences. Leah Wellbaum sings with a Pavement-esque slacker drawl. Her bluesy voice slides easily from a seductive purr over lightly driven guitars to a full-throated roar as she begins to shred.” — via NPR

Watch “Like A Child Hiding Behind Your Tombstone” below!

TOUR DATES:
10.13.16 – St. Louis, Mo @ Delmar Hall
10.14.16 – Nashville, TN @ Cannery Ballroom
10.15.16 – Little Rock, AR @ Metroplex
10.16.16 – Dallas, TX @ Trees
10.20.16 – Austin, TX @ The Parish
10.21.16 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live Studio
10.22.16 – New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa
10.23.16 – New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa
10.27.16 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat
10.28.16 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
10.29.16 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
11.1.16 – Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade (Headlining)
11.3.16 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theater
11.4.16 – Asbury Park, NJ @ House of Independents
11.5.16 – Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage
11.6.16 – Salisbury, MD @ Headquarters Live
11.9.16 – Holyoke, MA @ Gateway City Live
11.10.16 – Cambridge, MA @The Sinclair
11.11.16 – Portland, ME @ Port City Music Hall
11.12.16 – Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
11.16.16 – Cincinnati, OH @ 20th Century Theater
11.17.16 – Grand Rapids, MI @ The Stache
11.18.16 – Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
11.19.16 – Flint, MI @ The Machine Shop

LISTEN — Kate Tempest “Ketamine For Breakfast”

October 7th, 2016

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Kate Tempest is so talented it almost isn’t fair. The acclaimed musician, artist, poet, playwright, and novelist (did we forget anything?) routinely leaves jaws gaping in her wake, whether she’s playing festivals abroad or slaying local shows in her native London. It’s difficult to say if the world will ever be truly ready for the moment Tempest blows up, but ready or not, here she comes. With her new album Let Them Eat Chaos due out October 7th via Lex Records, the spoken word artist and all-around lyrical wunderkind is gearing up to become a household name. That’s true on both sides of the pond, as Tempest embodies the very best of the American hip-hop (she’s cited the Wu-Tang Clan as a chief influence) and English literary traditions, twirling the two together and spitting them back out in shifting, surprising combinations.” — via Consequence of Sound

Listen to “Ketamine For Breakfast” below!