Let’s start the week with a little bit of krautrock. Continuing with our #bowiemondays feature, today we’re highlighting the song “Blackout”, an obscure abrasive number from the Heroes album. The musical atmosphere here is industrial and the verses are served as a series of assaults, with something resembling a chorus appearing only a minute-half in.
This has been on our playlist for the last few days. Brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence from Disclosure have produced the new Mary J. Blige single from her forthcoming album The London Sessions.
Mike Hadreas is confronting his demons. In “Grid” - the new single from the forthcoming Too Bright album - he takes yet another step away from the confessional piano ballads from previous records, taking his new sound into a sort of dark, new-wave territory, driven by pulsating synths mixed with demonic screams.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman Karen O is releasing her first solo album Crush Songs, described as a very personal project based on a collection of lo-fi, bedroom recordings created between 2006 and 2010. ”These songs were written and recorded in private around that time. They are the soundtrack to what was an ever continuing love crusade. I hope they keep you company on yours.”
Danish band Iceage have just released another song taken from their forthcoming third album Plowing Into The Field Of Love, and it confirms what the recent previous single “Lord’s Favorite” already seemed to show.
It’s wednesday and just like the rest of us you’re starting to feel the weekend getting closer and closer. Yes, partying and dancing is just around the corner but to get you through these oh so hard times here’s the new single from american electro duo Yacht, an 80s synths extravaganza titled “Where Does This Disco?”.
Lets file this under #bowiemondays, shall we? David Bowie’s 1974 single Knock on Wood - from the album David Live - is being released as a 7 inch picture disc to mark its 40th anniversary.
She’s the girl of the moment. If you like british experimental-R&B artist FKA Twigs as much as we do you might not want to miss this stunning video for the track “TW-Ache”, a looped, bubbling electronic number that is not featured on her LP1 debut (it’s actually a revamped version of her 2012 song “Ache”).
SOHN is a Vienna based singer, multi-instrumentalist and producer who has worked with names such as Disclosure, Lana del Rey, Angel Haze and Banks. On his debut album Tremors runs a sort of nocturnal and contemplative electronic music that is in equal parts intimate and defying.
We’re very excited with the announcement that Perfume Genius will be playing in Lisbon at the Vodafone Mexefest Festival this November. We’ve been following Seattle native Mike Hadreas since 2010’s Learning album came out and it’s been a wonderful ride.
Mannequins on 7th Street is an electronic duo from Belgium currently living in London formed by Alexandre Lambrecht and Tim de Fontain. We’re loving their new single “Out Of Sight” with its sparse and fragmented production, a sort of masterclass on intimate electronica reminding us once again that spaced synths and beats don’t always have to sound cold and distant.
CEO’s sophomore album is out today and we’re celebrating that fact by sharing its fantastic title track. Like an invitation to enter a fantasy world, “Wonderland” opens with a cacophony of samples which morph into a classy pop melody, before reaching a chorus that basically consists of voice chants and an uplifting synth line.
FKA Twigs might just be one of the coolest ladies in music right now. Last year she mesmerized us all with her EP2 release and two breathtaking videos for “Water Me” and “Papi Pacify” while landing on the top spot of everyone’s “Acts to Follow in 2014” list. She’s signed to London’s hip Young Turks label and there’s a new video out shot in Mexico earlier this year, part of a feature on visionary artists that is now showing at Dazed & Confused's website.
Who knew a Beck album would name a new artist in 2014? Sea Change is the moniker of Ellen A.W Sunde, a musician who lives between Oslo and Berlin and creates music with a mixture of improvisation, noise, acoustic instruments and synth pop. She has a great single out titled “Let’s Dance” that strikes us for having a very cold, low-fi electronic vibe and yet the whole affair sounds rather intimate and cozy.
King Krule has premiered the video for “Lizard State”, a track taken from his 6 Feet Beneath The Moon debut (and A First Class Riot’s album of 2013). The black and white video is inspired by Alfred Hitchcok’s Dial M For Murder movie and starts with an actual clip of the murder mystery maestro himself.