The Tough Alliance aesthetic always had a glint of violent desperation underneath all those ecstatic chants and synths, as if they were in a perpetual inner-fight to keep evil demons away, which made it all seem even more poignant and vital. That seminal project may now be long gone (r.i.p.) but one of its members, Erik Berglund, kept their legacy alive, releasing music under the moniker ceo.
The long awaited Tropico short film has finally arrived, after endless teasers and delays, and it looks very Del Rey indeed. The bad news? There’s not really anything new in here, as we’re once again taken to her peculiar and unique universe, recognizing almost every single visual element from her previous works.
It’s no hidden secret that David Bowie’s “The Next Day” album was one of the best releases this year, quite possibly holding a very high position on our upcoming “Albums of 2013” list. Not only it marked a great return to form after a ten year absence (was he ever out of musical shape?) but it spawned six videos that kept us hooked on the Thin White Duke during the entire year.
Here’s something for the weekend. James Blake went under his Harmonix moniker and released a stellar rework of Destiny Child’s “Bills Bills Bills” 1999 hit (yes, that one). The song is filled with 8-bit glitches and fast-riding drums, with pitched down vocals making the original track almost unrecognizable.
Sky Ferreira’s Twin Peaks inspired song “Night Time My Time” gets a dark and sexy video directed by Grant Singer. There’s a general sense of menace in the intriguing images of Ferreira gently dancing in front of a car pointing its lights at her, or the shots that have her rolling around in her lingerie at some sleazy motel.
Swedish singer/rapper Neneh Cherry has announced the release of a new solo album titled “Blank Project”, her first in 16 years. The first single to be lifted from the Four-Tet produced set is the title track itself, a sparse and intense piece of electro-jazz filled with loose drums and synthesizers ready to break your bones.
Some days are just better when you discover great new music. If you like M83 and CHVRCHES you might want to check out Ocean Calling (aka Bellingham’s Sophie Wilkie). “Far West” is her debut single and it’s actually all sorts of great.
We chatted with designer Anna Hewitt about her Tally & Hoe brand, a passion project started back in 2011. Her line consists of affordable jewellery pieces that represent quintessential England mixed with a modern and unique style. We asked her about the spirit of Tally & Hoe, inspiratons, and what’s next for the brand.
According to French singer Guilhem, the next EP of her solo project Velour Modular will have a lot of references. Inspired by William Blake and the study of numerology, Capsule EP is the result of late-night Skype sessions with producer Hektagon, where they both shared their love for vintage sci-fi and cult movies like Blade Runner or 2001 Space Odyssey.
For a few months in 2012, Death Grips were signed to a major label (Sony Music) in a move that seemed a bit strange for a group apparently so uninterested in selling records. But soon everything fell into place, with an album that was shelved by Sony and consequently leaked by the band themselves with a very-NSFW cover. The result?