Today FKA Twigs released #througlass, a mesmerizing short film directed by herself for Google Glass, using remixed versions of her “Video Girl” and “Glass & Patron” songs as soundtrack. It works as an invitation to Twigs own rehearsal studio, where we see her dancing against her own inspirations and showcasing some of those much loved signature dance moves.
The Drums have a new album out, the rather good Encyclopedia, and our track of the day is their latest single titled I Can’t Pretend, a delicious slice of psychedelic indie-rock .
After releasing the soundtrack to the BBC series The Buddah of Suburbia - and fully acknowledging the influence of Brian Eno on the album’s inlay notes - David Bowie invited Eno to work on a rather ambitious project that would tell a three part cyber-noire story about a group of art criminals and ritualistic murders hooked on neuropharmaceuticals and paganism. Confused? So was his label, who back in 1995 actively convinced Bowie to release one album only - featuring the first chapter of the story - with the promise that the remaining chapters would be released in the following years and culminate in a avant-garde rock show at the end of the millenium.
His album Too Bright has been on constant repeat over here, and today we’d like to direct your attention to a special performance by Perfume Genius for The New Yorker.
The internet is bursting with the recent news that Arca is producing the new Björk album. But before that collaboration sees the light of day there’s a new film out soon documenting the Biophilia tour, the live show in support of the singer’s latest album/multimedia extravaganza. The movie has been screened at festivals around the world and is now getting a digital release on November 4th.
Meet Venezuelan producer Arca, the man responsible for tracks from artists such as FKA Twigs or Kanye West and who is at the moment co-producing the new Björk album (wait… what? Exciting stuff!). “Thievery” is the advance single from his own solo album (titled Xen), a glassy synth-driven atmospherical number filled with breakbeats and glitches that create an overall sense of menace and doom.
This year’s Tremors album by Vienna based artist SOHN was on constant replay here at the Riot headquarters. Lucky for us he has just released a new song called “The Chase”, an atmospheric synth-soul number that showcases his trademark intricate electronic production juxtaposed with stellar soulful vocals.
When the album Heathen was released back in 2002 it came with a sticker that said “Classic Bowie circa 2002”. This worked as a sort of humorous comment on the fact that most of this artist’s albums had been labelled as subpar in face of his classic material, a persistent shadow for those who commit the sin of being too good too soon. But there is a lot of truth on that little sticker: Heathen is by far one of the great David Bowie records, probably his most mature work yet.
One for your sunday evening. Manchester producer Andy Stott premieres “Violence”, the first single from his upcoming album Faith in Strangers. We’re really enjoying this sort of schizophrenic experiment on abrasive synth noise, somehow alternating between the calmness of whispered vocals and the wrath of distorted bass lines.
Taking a visual trip to 70s New York at CBGB, a mythical nightclub opened in 1973 in the East Village. Initially intended as the home for Country, Blue Grass and Blues bands (hence the venue’s initials), it soon became famed for being the starting point for the careers of such punk-rock and new wave acts as the Ramones, Talking Heads, Television or Blondie.
Introducing Phoria, a Brighton five piece alternative-electronica band who have an EP out titled Display (full stream below). We recommend listening to these songs with your eyes closed in a relaxed environment in order to get a total musical experience.
Iceage have released a new track from their upcoming third album Plowing Into The Field Of Love. From the previews we got so far it seems like the new collection of songs showcases a band unafraid of change, filled with curiosity and musical ambition.
BowieMonday is here and our track of the day is “Station To Station”, a pivotal track by The Thin White Duke. The song was recorded in December 1975 at the Cherokee Studios in Los Angeles - at the heights of severe cocaine addiction - and reflects both sonically and lyrically a dark time of confusion and paranoia. In retrospective, it’s a sort of plea by a british artist lost in the pitfalls of the american star machinery, begging to return to europe (he would later say of Los Angeles ”The fucking place should be wiped off the face of the earth”).
Coming from Toronto, TRUST is the solo project of producer Robert Alfons, whose sophomore album Joyland was released earlier this year. Its press-release describes that record as “an eruption of guts, eels, and joy”, and judging by the video below, those words are totally spot-on.
Iceland-based composer (and former Brian Eno protégé) Ben Frost is touring his Aurora album and will be playing a show next month at the Amplifest festival in Portugal. Our song of the day is “Venter”, the album’s centerpiece, a noise/drone driven track where he teams up with drummer Thor Harris (of Swans) to create a sonic landscape filled with tension, using this huge build-up that goes on and on until, eventually, all hell breaks loose.