Archive for July, 2010

dragvandil

07.21.10

just a few months after dropping her splendid debut tape geidi prime on arbutus records, montreal’s grimes is set to release another full length. dragvandil would appear to be a darker, more sinister affair than its predecessor if teaser track “weregild” is any indication. definite shades of oOoOO here or whatever they’re called.

grimes – weregild

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tapereel

07.21.10

deerhunter have a new album called halcyon digest coming out on sept. 28 via 4AD. as a thank you to fans who printed out and posted their promo posters for it, the band is sharing a new single.

“revival” is a jangly jaunt not too far removed from the weird era cont. bonus album that accompanied microcastle back in ’08. listen below and then visit this website to find and download it, its equally bitchin’ b-side “primitive 3D,” and a slew of “unused demos.” the password is “tapereel.” the rest is up to you.

deerhunter – revival

soft metals – the cold world melts EP

07.21.10

having recently signed to captured tracks, portland italo duo soft metals will release their deliciously dark debut EP the cold world melts on august 20. half of the tracks are already available online (and collected below) but it will be worth it to have them in physical form. plus a full-length can’t be too far behind, right?

here’s the tracklist:

1. love or music
2. the cold world melts
3. voices
4. metaux mous
5. another goodbye

hang with me

07.20.10

i know i may be talking about robyn a lot these days, but she’s for real and not pretend. here’s the fully, fabulously synthed out single version of “hang with me” from the forthcoming body talk pt. 2, out sept. 6.

and oh yeah, she dropped by letterman last night too. killed it, of course.

2010 mercury prize nominees are in…

07.20.10

as far as i’m concerned, this is the xx’s contest to lose (even if they did crib all of their best tricks from chromatics). however, knowing the judges, whose picks in the past seemed to indicate that they are in fact from another planet, they’ll probably go with kit downes trio. yeah, i don’t know who they are either.

here’s the full list of nominees this year:

billy clyroonly revolutions
i am klootsky at night
dizzee rascaltongue n’ cheek
paul wellerwake up the nation
corinne bailey raethe sea
the xxxx*
villagersbecoming a jackal
kit downes triogolden
foalstotal life forever**
laura marlingi speak because i can
wild beasttwo dancers
mumford & sonssigh no more

*my favorite to win
**my pick for spoiler

barclaycard mercury prize website

on the right track: baths – plea

07.19.10

one of most pleasant surprises of the summer for me has been the debut album of 21 year old (soooo not used to artists being younger than me. when did that shift happen?) will wiesenfeld, aka baths. residing somewhere in the gray area between dubstep and chillwave, cerulean is a dreamier, sunnier alternative to his other los angeles-based, beat-driven contemporaries (imagine flying lotus’s cosmogramma if he came back down to earth). strong though it is as a whole, the undeniable highlight of the record, and a song i’ve been listening to nonstop since i heard it, is the affectionately, appropriately titled “plea.”

over a rewinding backbeat and brittle guitar line, wiesenfeld repeats his simple desire for someone to “please tell me you need me” with the kind of wobbly, achingly beautiful vocals that made those early passion pit recordings such a wonder. that this refrain is directed towards a man and punctuates such haunting declarations as “love, this is a dark world” and “we’re still not valid” renders it all the more heartbreaking, especially coming from an artist recording right in the thick of all of the prop 8 power plays and protests.

there are other songs on cerulean that seem to reflect this feeling of love defeated (see “♥”) and defiant (ditto that empowering “it take a lot of courage to go out there an radiate your essence” sample in “maximalist”). however, placing “plea” after those songs in sequence snaps them into sharper, sadder focus, packing the album as a whole with an even more poignant punch. even if such politically minded interpretation is wholly coincidental on baths’ part, that doesn’t take away from the track’s timeless sentiment or earworm melody. either way, “plea” only becomes more wrenching and wonderful with each passing listen.

hear it for yourself, then grab the rest. it’s a must have.

rocking the robyn remixes

07.19.10

2010 is shaping up to be a banner year for robyn and her fans alike. she made a huge splash with her performance at pitchfork music festival this past weekend (the whole of which can be sampled here). her joint “all hearts tour” with kelis begins this week on the west coast and oh yeah, she’s currently sporting one of the best albums of the year, with another potential contender dropping in september (and another who knows when after that).

needless to say, i’ve been all about the robyn this summer, and so have the remixers. i found a particularly impressive pair of remixes this morning to share with you. the first (via) is a barnstorming interpretation of body talk pt. 1 standout “none of dem” by criminals that cuts out the röyksopp arrangement in favor of a rave beat. this should make for a great 1 AM pick me up:

robyn – none of dem (criminals remix)

the second one (via) is a shimmering “sundrenched FM” take on hit single “dancing on my own” by swedish producer copycat. call me crazy but i hear a hint of “since you’ve been gone” in this one. ordinarily, that would work against it for me but this song wears top 40 sheen very well.

robyn – dancing on my own (copycat’s sundrenched FM remix)

robyn’s new single, a souped up version of the formerly acoustic “hang with me” is out sept. 5. can’t wait to hear the remixes that inspires.

UPDATE: well what do you know? here’s knifey, nearly nine-minute version of it by kaiserdisco now!

robyn – hang with me (kaiserdisco remix)

thanks again sheena!

where i’m going

07.15.10

i know i’m late on this one. those sly bastards in cut copy snuck this new track out onto the web just as i was leaving work today.

hear the pet sounding “where i’m going” from the band’s forthcoming third album below and then download it on their website for the cost of an email.

cut copy – where i’m going

hello sunday girl

07.15.10

after the big disappointment that ellie goulding’s debut album turned out to be earlier this year, i was waiting for someone else to come in and take advantage of the missed opportunity. looks like we may have finally found someone (or rather she did). this london-based indie electro ingenue calls herself sunday girl. she skims the same waters as goulding but with more confidence and punchier arrangements that sound club-worthy without sounding cliched. her new single, out august 2, is a slick, goldfrappish cover of laura brannigan’s “self control.”

here’s the video.

and here’s the video for an original she released a while back. it was good enough to warrant remixes from russ chimes and diplo.

night gallery

07.14.10

found out about a chicago based duo called night gallery via gvb today. never heard of them before but definitely want to learn more after hearing this gorgeous, galloping new offering from them. love me some ’80s-style synthpop. the aptly titled “wild palms” will be featured on their forthcoming 12″ LP constant struggle, which i’m officially looking forward to. it comes out august 10 on rainbow body records but is only limited to 500 copies. so act fast.

in the meantime here’s this.

night gallery – wild palms