Archives: February 2017

LISTEN — Cadence Weapon and Kaytranada “My Crew (Woo)”

February 28th, 2017

“Canada’s rap scene has been on the up-and-up for years now, and today two of the country’s more promising acts have combined forces: Rapper Rollie Pemberton, aka Cadence Weapon, and breakout producer Kaytranada meet on “My Crew (Woooo)”, a banging ode to their current Montreal digs…

Pemberton offered up some backstory on the track in a statement:

“’My Crew (Wooo)’ is an anthem about unapologetically being who you want to be, no matter what anybody else thinks. There’s a sense of personal freedom that’s unique to Montreal and ‘My Crew (Woooo)’ is a representation of that feeling. It’s the Brooklyn of Canada. It’s where every artistically minded person goes to freak-out for a few years and find themselves. The music scene in Montreal is very insular, you’re always meeting friends and making music. I met Kaytranada while DJ’ing in Montreal a few years ago and we’ve become friends. ‘My Crew’ is a song about defying the labels that people try to place on artists. Is it underground? Mainstream? Conscious? Trap? Who cares, as long as it sounds dope.””

— via Consequence of Sound

Check out “My Crew (Woooo)” below!

LISTEN — The Bug, Earth “Snakes Vs. Rats”

February 27th, 2017

“Kevin Martin and Dylan Carlson, both beloved artists for their respective projects The Bug and Earth, will join forces for the collaborative album. The Bug’s kinetic electronics and Earth’s lumbering doom metal have proven a potent combo in previous iterations such as on 2014’s ‘Boa’ EP, but this marks the first album length release from the pair. The two also invite Justin Broadrick of Godflesh and Jesu to sing on a pair of tracks. Martin describes the album as a companion piece to his 2008 masterpiece London Zoo and says the pair drew inspiration from both Los Angeles and the dystopian writing of J.G. Ballard. Hear the first single ‘Snakes Vs. Rats’ below and look for Concrete Desert March 24 via Ninja Tune.”

— via FACT Magazine

READ — Letherette Shares Their Process With XLR8R

February 26th, 2017

Letherette is the project of Richard Roberts and Andy Harber, two childhood friends so close that they are “more like brothers than anything else,” they say. The roots of their connection date back to one deep snowstorm one December—the worst since 1960, at the time—during which they were both born, so bad it was that ambulances were unable to transport their respective mothers to the nearby hospital. They then grew up just 30 minutes away from one another in Wolverhampton before crossing paths for the first time at the age of just 11 when they attended the same secondary school. Andy threatened to beat Rich up if he didn’t invite him to join a football game, and they took things from there—becoming close friends from that moment… And they’ve come a long way since then. First, they remixed Bibio’s “Lover’s Carvings” for his album The Apple and the Tooth, released on Warp in 2009, before releasing two EPs on Eglo Records subsidiary Ho Tep. In 2012, they contributed a remix to the vinyl version of Bonobo’s Black Sands Remixed album and released their debut LP on Ninja Tune the following year—and the label has since seen one more LP and several more EPs from the duo. Their latest album, Last Night On The Planet, dropped just last year.”

— via XLR8R

Click HERE to read the full feature, or check out one of the tracks from ‘Last Night On The Planet’ below!

LISTEN — Shy Girls On WNYC’s Soundcheck Podcast

February 25th, 2017

Shy Girls is a one-man band out of Portland Oregon, who is now based in Los Angeles. That one man is Dan Vidmar, who has a remarkable voice and a knack for dreamy, often dark-hued songs that blend R&B and electronica. After releasing an EP and a mixtape, the debut full-length by Shy Girls came out in January, and Dan has put together a touring version of the band that has joined us today in the SC studio.”

— via WNYC

LISTEN — Ibibio Sound Machine ‘Uyai’

February 24th, 2017

“Eno Williams, the lead singer and spiritual force behind Ibibio Sound Machine, was born in London, but she relocated to her mother’s native Nigeria as a girl. It’s a move that, years, later, would make a profound impact on musical career. In 2014, Ibibio Sound Machine’s eponymous debut album skillfully combined London electronic club music with Nigerian funk and pop, making for a compelling, ear-popping experience. The band’s follow-up album, Uyai, strengthens and deepens that cross-cultural alchemy.”

— via NPR

Listen to ‘Uyai’ in its entirety below!

LISTEN — The Mountain Goats “Andrew Eldritch Is Moving Back to Leeds” + Tour Dates

February 23rd, 2017

“A couple of weeks ago, the Mountain Goats frontman John Darnielle published Universal Harvester, his second novel (or, if you count the novella he published about a kid in a psychiatric hospital who needs his Black Sabbath tape to survive — which I totally do — his third). It’s a deeply creepy and oddly moving story about a young man who discovers cryptic, dark things being secretly recorded onto the VHS tapes at the late-’90s Iowa video-rental place where he works. It’s great. And today, the book landed Darnielle on the New York Times Bestseller List. So this seems like as good a day as any to announce a new Mountain Goats album.

Later this spring, Darnielle’s band will release the new LP Goths. They recorded it in Nashville with producer Brandon Eggleston. There is no guitar on the album — a pretty crazy thing when you consider that for years, the Mountain Goats was nothing but Darnielle’s voice and a guitar. It includes one song, “Rain In Soho,” that the band recorded with members of the Nashville Symphony Chorus. First single “Andrew Eldritch Is Moving Back To Leeds” is a sort of story-song about the frontman of goth overlords the Sisters Of Mercy. That, combined with the album and song titles, makes me think maybe the album will be all about the goth subculture, the same way that the last Mountain Goats album, the great Beat The Champ, was all about the pro wrestling subculture.”

— via Stereogum

Check out the lead single from ‘Goths,’ “Andrew Eldritch Is Moving Back to Leeds” below! And, don’t miss them on the road this summer!

Apr 01 Cary, NC — Bond Brothers Beer Company
Apr 06 Perth, AU — Badlands
Apr 07 Adelaide, AU — Fowler’s
Apr 08 Adelaide, AU — The Ed Castle SOLD OUT
Apr 09 Marrickville, AU — The Factory Theatre
Apr 11 Melbourne, AU — The Toff SOLD OUT
Apr 12 Richmond, AU — Corner Hotel SOLD OUT
Apr 13 Byron Bay, AU — Bluesfest
Apr 14 Byron Bay, AU — Bluesfest
May 22 Atlanta, GA — Terminal West
May 23 Nashville, TN — Cannery Ballroom
May 25 Birmingham, AL — Saturn
May 26 New Orleans, LA — The Republic
May 27 Houston, TX — White Oak Music Hall
May 28 Dallas, TX — Trees
May 31 Los Angeles, CA — Mayan Theater
Jun 01 San Francisco, CA — The Fillmore
Jun 02 San Francisco, CA — The Fillmore
Jun 04 Portland, OR — Crystal Ballroom
Jun 05 Seattle, WA — The Showbox
Jun 23 New York, NY — Beacon Theatre ^
Jun 24 New York, NY — Beacon Theatre ^
Jun 26 New Haven, CT — College Street Music Hall ^
Jun 27 Boston, MA — Blue Hills Bank Pavilion ^
Jun 28 Providence, RI — Columbus Theatre
Jun 30 Columbia, MD — Merriweather Post Pavilion ^
Jul 01 Cincinnati, OH — PNC Pavilion at Riverband Music ^
Jul 02 Huber Heights, OH — Rose Music Center ^
Jul 05 Papillion, NE — Sumtur Amphitheater ^
Jul 06 Des Moines, IA — Wooley’s
Jul 07 Saint Paul, MN — The Palace Theatre ^
Jul 08 Madison, WI — Majestic Theatre
Jul 09 Bloomington, IL — Castle Theatre
Jul 11 Sioux Falls, SD — The Washington Pavilion ^
Jul 12 Saint Louis, MO — Peabody Opera House ^
Jul 13 Oklahoma City, OK — ACM@UCO Performance Lab
Jul 14 Austin, TX — ACL Live at the Moody Theater ^

^ – w/ Jason Isbell

WATCH — P.O.S “Bully (ft. Rapper Hooks and Moncelas Boston)”

February 22nd, 2017

P.O.S just released his newest album Chill, dummy which was his first since his 2012’s We Don’t Even Live Here. After this new release, P.O.S shares with us a new video for “Bully” featuring two other Minneapolis performers known as Rapper Hooks and Moncelas Boston. The track already has that aggressive tone to match the title “Bully.” The black and white video couldn’t be more fitting to their message giving the dramatic and assertive attitude. They don’t shy away from the call of the song with the words “The world is yours/F*** it until it’s mine/Get out of mine/Get out of mine…Bully.” The track gives the clear message for those bully types to stay away as they plan to take over by slowly making their presence known to towns all around the U.S.”

— via

Watch “Bully” below!

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