Archives: January 2017

LISTEN — Sneaks “Inside Edition”

January 31st, 2017

“As Sneaks, Washington, D.C.’s Eva Moolchan works in one-minute bursts of micro-pop. Her self-titled tape (originally released on the Priests-run Sister Polygon, and reissued by Merge with extra tracks as Gymnastics) was nothing more than electric bass, a blankly coy voice and a drum machine, yet it connected the post-punk worlds of Pylon and ESG in one-minute songs that fill tiny worlds.

Inside Edition” comes from Sneaks’ newly announced It’s A Myth, which was recorded at the studio of Ex Hex’s Mary Timony. The short length remains — the song runs just 61 seconds — but Moolchan trades those funky bass lines for a repetitive synth sample that echoes like an app’s opening swoosh.”

— via NPR, All Songs Considered

Check out “Inside Edition” below!

WATCH — Bonobo ‘No Reason’

January 31st, 2017

Bonobo [just released] his sixth studio album and one of his most personal works to date– Migration — an exquisitely delicate record that explores the relationship between transience and identity and one that has already received droves of praise from audiences and critics alike. Migration currently sits in the Top 4 in the official UK album midweek chart (reflected in 8 other countries). It has already secured a top 5 position in over 20 countries overall on iTunes and claimed #1 in their Electronic iTunes chart in 8 territories including the UK and US. Additionally, the album’s first two singles have had over 10 million Spotify streams to date. Reception from the press has been overwhelmingly positive, with reviews and features in from such lauded publications as The Guardian, Pitchfork, and The Wall Street Journal (not to mention a Mixmag cover feature), among many others.

Building on the record’s success comes the music video for recent single ‘No Reason’, featuring vocals by longtime friend and now collaborator Nick Murphy (formerly Chet Faker). Oscar Hudson (Pulse Films), the UK Music Video Awards’ ‘Best New Director’ winner, is the maestro behind the video’s bizarre trip. More akin to that of an art piece than a music video, the work takes subtle cues from such iconic films as ‘Alice in Wonderland’ & ‘Birdman’ as its character grows larger inside a Japanese house whose items shrink and expand through time. The video fits neatly into the album’s themes of the transitory relationships to place and time, seen with Art Director Neil Krug’s distorted realities in the Mojave Desert for the art and “Break Apart” video and also Bison’s work on the Gemma Arterton featuring visuals for “Kerala”.

The music video was filmed entirely in real life, in-camera with no post work or VFX, to which the end result is an effortlessly fluid and visually mesmerizing experience.”

— via The Creators Project

Watch “No Reason” below!

READ — Kate Tempest Announces North American Tour

January 30th, 2017

Acclaimed recording artist, poet, playwright and novelist Kate Tempest is launching her North American tour in San Diego on March 20th. The tour will run through the U.S. and Canada ending in New York on April 13th.

Kate Tempest’s highly anticipated new album Let Them Eat Chaos came out in October 2016 on Lex Records. Much like 2014’s Mercury Prize-nominated Everybody Down, Let Them Eat Chaos is produced in its entirety by Dan Carey (Nick Mulvey, Sia, Lianne La Havas).

Check out the ‘Let Them Eat Chaos’ trailer and tour dates below!


March 20 / San Diego, CA / Casbah
March 21 / Los Angeles, CA / Echoplex
March 22 / Santa Ana, CA / Constellation Room
March 24 / San Francisco, CA / Slims
March 26 / Boise, ID / Treefort Festival
March 27 / Seattle, WA / Neumos
March 28 / Portland, OR / Mississippi Studios
March 29 / Vancouver, BC / Fortune
March 31 / Calgary, AB / Commonwealth
April 2 / Minneapolis, MN / 7th Street Entry
April 3 / Chicago, IL / Lincoln Hall
April 5 / Toronto, ON / Mod Club
April 6 / Montreal, QC / Sala Rossa
April 10 / Boston, MA / Brighton Music Hall
April 11 / Philadelphia, PA / Boot & Saddle
April 12 / Washington, DC / U Street Music Hall
April 13 / New York, NY / Le Poisson Rouge

WATCH — Joe Goddard “Music Is The Answer”

January 29th, 2017

Electric Lines, the new album from producer Joe Goddard, is all about connections. The title refers to the colourful cables that link the modules in his Eurorack synthesizer and to the invisible wires that run between all the different kinds of electronic music that he loves. An apt title for a record which brilliantly unites the strands of his prolific career: member of Hot Chip and the 2 Bears, songwriter, producer, DJ, Grammy award nominated remixer and co-founder of the Greco-Roman label. Like Four Tet, Caribou and Jamie xx, Joe combines a thirst for experimentation, an instinctive understanding of the dancefloor and a love of left-of-centre pop music. Electric Lines confirms his place in the front rank of British producers. Today Goddard also drops the video for new single ‘Music Is The Answer’, the second track to be heard from the forthcoming album… Directed by Shynola creative collective (Radiohead ‘Pyramid Song’, Beck ‘E-Pro’, Blur ‘Good Song’, Queens of The Stone Age ‘Go With The Flow’), the video epitomises the track’s optimistic message and much needed modern day mantra.” — via Domino

Check out “Music Is The Answer” below!

WATCH — Goldfrapp “Anymore”

January 28th, 2017

Goldfrapp are back. The follow-up to 2013’s Tales of Us, Silver Eye is out March 31 via Mute. Today, the Alison Goldfrapp-fronted outfit shared a new track from the LP, “Anymore,” which you can hear below. The album was produced with John Congleton in Dallas and the Haxan Cloak in London.” — via Pitchfork

WATCH — TOKiMONSTA Announces ‘Young Art Sound,’ Shares a l l i e’s “Wildcat”

January 27th, 2017

TOKiMONSTA has announced the release of Young Art Sound, a compilation out February 3 featuring artists on her Young Art imprint, tracks from like-minded friends and remixes of previously released tracks. Artists appearing on the album include Anderson .Paak, Jesse Boykins III, Two Fresh, Gavin Turek, Mono/Poly, CRi and more. Hear “Wildcat,” the first single from Young Art Sound by Toronto singer a l l i e and produced by 2nd Son & The Kount, [below]… Young Art is the imprint that Los Angeles-raised producer TOKiMONSTA aka Jennifer Lee launched in 2014 with the release of her album Desiderium, followed by 2015’s You’re Invited joint EP with Gavin Turek. 2016 saw the release of her mini-album Fovere on the imprint featuring praised collaborations with Anderson .Paak, Jonny Pierce (The Drums), Turek and more, and a release from Montreal producer CRi.”

Check out “Wildcat” below!

WATCH — Communist Daughter “Balboa Bridge” + Tour Dates

January 27th, 2017

After the release of their highly praised sophomore album last year, Minneapolis’ Communist Daughter is branching out beyond their Midwestern roots and touring across the continental US. The band is currently on the road on the west coast, and has announced a string of east coast dates, in addition to appearances at South By Southwest. Communist Daughter’s unique take on folk mixed with melancholic grunge has garnered glowing reviews and demands a live take. The Seratones, Balto, and The Dig will join Communist Daughter on the road.

1/19 – Livingston, MT – The Murray Bar
1/20 – Spokane, WA – The Barlett
1/21 – Portland, OR – The Bunk Bar +
1/23 – Seattle, WA – Barboza +
1/25 – San Francisco, CA – The Rickshaw +
1/26 – Los Angeles, CA – Echo *
1/27 – Visalia, CA – Cellar Door *
1/30 – Los Angeles, CA – Bardot (School Night)
1/31 – San Diego, CA – Casbah
2/22 – New Haven, CT – BAR %
2/23 – Boston, MA – Great Scott %
2/25 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg %
2/28 – Toronto, ON – Velvet Underground %
3/1 – Montreal, QC – Quai Des Brumes %
3/2 – Rochester, NY – Bug Jar %
3/3 – Philadelphia, PA – Milkboy %
3/4 – Pittsburgh, PA – Spirit %
3/5 – Washington DC – Black Cat %
3/7 – Durham, NC – Pinhook
3/8 – Charlotte, NC – Evening Muse %
3/9 – Savannah, GA – Savannah Stopover Festival
3/10 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade Purgatory %
3/15-19 – Austin, TX – SXSW

+ = Balto
* = The Seratones
% = The Dig

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