R&B whiz kid Leonard Friend takes on the catchy single from the the buzzed about Los Angeles sister trio HAIM. Friend re-imagines the song with sparkling synths, a slowed down drum that gives a nod to Mtume’s “Juicy Fruit” (aka the sample for Biggies “Juicy,”) oldZapp records, Phil Collins and TLC.
Brooklyn’s Neo-pop group Happy Lives take an entirely different direction on their first focus track “Feeling Right”, stepping deeper into the absurd and unknown. “Feeling Right,” is a youthful gloom-pop track sung from the perspective of two teenage lovers. The un-named female part swoons over her boyfriend, Jimmy, while Jimmy, crooning like Elvis, has a little less to say. Playful and sarcastic, the song manages to capture the quintessential feelings of teenage angst: “Tense and horny, what a special story.” If you are looking for the band’s previous grungy, intense machine sound- you won’t find it here. Sounding almost unrecognizable from the previous EP, Happy Lives probe an entirely new landscape of abstract thought here – weird, bouncy and unbelievably catchy.
Two years on from the release of his Mercury nominated debut, Peanut Butter Blues and Melancholy Jam, Ghostpoet announces his sophomore album Some Say I So I Say Light dropping May 6 through Play It Again Sam. On his second album, ‘Some Say I So I Say Light’, he pushes even further in all directions than on ‘Peanut Butter Blues’, mixing the abstract and the concrete with uncanny skill. Industrial beats, sonorous piano lines and hyper-detailed ornamentation provide a backdrop for an artist who sounds ever more like a man old before his time.
Belgian Fog hails from Seattle via LA – recording, mixing, and mastering his entire project solo from his home studio. There are lots of contemporary bands and producers/influences in here, but a big influence for this project is the songwriter/chanteur Jacques Brel, who could sing his philosophy through realistic characters he’d invented.
19 year-old Seattleite Peter Michel aka Hibou spent a year touring North America and Europe as the drummer of Craft Spells (Captured Tracks),then began creating his own music. “Dreamy and washed out. There’s a bit of Beach Fossils’ summer haze in there and even DIIV’s repetitive, kraut tones.” (The Line of Best Fit)
Recorded In 2008.
Sampled From The Geto Boys 1991 Hit “Mind Playing Tricks On Me”.
We Also Sampled The Classic Isaac Hayes Track “Hung Up On My Baby” From 1974.
Ida Sings Sugarboy Crawford’s “IKO IKO” Over The Beat.
“…FOR A GOOD TIME….CALL 1-800-GLASS-CANDY…”
Everyone Keeps Asking Me To Put This Ultra Rare 12″ Online…
Big Black Delta’s new single “Side of The Road” is a slice of rocky, distorted, melodic loveliness, from the LA group who has been praised by everyone from Jay-Z to Dave Navarro. The debut album will be out on April 9th and the band will also perform at SXSW.
Icelandic collective Seabear’s founder and mastermind Sindri Már Sigfússon, has offered an exclusive first listen of his third album under the solo guise Sin Fang at Conan O’Brien’s website TeamCoco.
Long time admirers of his work, the renowned skateboard company celebrates the release of Sin Fang’s new album with two special edition decks (below) featuring artwork by Sindri, who has been an avid skateboarder for most of his life. Each deck including a download code for Flowers.
Grab the new single “Sorry” from Melbourne’s Gypsy & the Cat this week. Gypsy & the Cat has been getting love worldwide since the release of their Gilgamesh album in 2010. The Late Blue followed in the same trajectory with “Bloom” seeing praise from The Fader, and Pretty Much Amazing cautioning, “don’t say we didn’t warn you about their impending hugeness.”
Meet The Splits – an all-girl “rock n’ roll” outfit from Finland, who sound like a clash between Bikini Kill and Best Coast.
In preparation of their upcoming second full-length album, Body Language are releasing their Grammar EP for free download on their website! The full-length album, also titled Grammar is set to drop in Summer of 2013 on Lavish Habits. This five-track EP shows how the Brooklyn quartet’s sound has grown since their highly-lauded Social Studies LP; these new sounds streamline the band’s restless pop experiments with a future-shocked blend of soul and R&B. Or as they put it, “Our world still exists in an indie- disco bubble; we’re just pushing the limits of every genre to a point where the bubble’s about to pop.”