Robyn paid tribute to Björk at this year’s prestigious Polar Music Prize with a cover of Post’s‘Hyperballad’. Björk won this year’s award which is given to outstanding musicians, composers, groups and organisations in recognition of exceptional achievements. Björk was at the ceremony in Stockholm and didn’t look all too impressed during the performance, but does smile and applaud at the end.
We think Robyn did a pretty fair job, what’s your take?
Here’s some new music from two London based college pals, who go by the name Mount Kimbie. Their ability to create a beautiful mash of electronic-groove-synthed-instrumental sound is sure to gain these guys a whole new community of listeners. Thier debut album Crooks & Lovers is perfect for that chilled-out lazy sunday afternoon sound.
Twins Amedeo and Simone Pace were born in Milan, grew up in Montreal then later moved to Boston to study music. After both earning Bachelor’s Degrees in 1993 they entered the New York underground music scene as Blonde Redhead with 3rd member, Japanese musician Kazu Makino as their foxy frontwoman.
The band has since released 7 full length studio albums with 2004’s Misery Is A Butterfly establishing them as one of the most precious and distinctive bands of their generation. The album proved to be a confident, thrilling wave of sound which won them a whole new legion of fans with songs like ‘Elephant Woman’, ‘Melody’ and ‘Equus’ making this album the most commercially successful release to date. Their song ‘Elephant Woman’ was also used as the ending theme for the 2005 film Hard Candystarring Ellen Page.
2007 saw them release 23 which may not have been as rich and densely-layered as Misery, but the overall mood of melancholy and regret had been replaced by one of wonder and newfound energy. The title track ’23’ was also used in a trailer for the British TV series Skins.
3 years on and they are soon set to release Penny Sparkle. This album was recoreded in New York and Stockholm, working with Fever Ray producer Van Rivers whose synth-heavy background has an interesting effect on Blonde Redhead’s exuberant guitar sound. This album continues to deliver their signiture melencholy-dreamy style which takes you on a 42 minute sensory journey. Penny Sparkle arrives September 14 and below is a taste of the first single from the upcoming album, followed by a track from 2000’s Melody Of Certain Damaged Lemons and lastly the music vid for 23’s title track.
Their 2007 release Myth Takesrocketed them into stardom with tracks like ‘Must Be The Moon’, ‘Heart Of Hearts’ and of course the title track ‘Myth Takes’. On the back of this album they toured across Australia with a massive 10 member rocking band for the We Love Sounds and Golden Plainsfestivals, while also doing a string of sideshows in most capital cities along the way.
The band has tragically lost two drummers since forming in 2000, the first being Mikel Gius who was struck and killed by a car while riding his bike in December 2005, then in November 2009 the band lost Jerry Fuchs (who was also a recording and touring member of The Juan Maclean, MSTRKRFT and LCD Soundsystem among others) who died after falling down an elevator shaft.
The band is now set to release their latest installment to the punk-funk-electro-disco world on August 24th. Strange Weather,Isn’t It? does away with some of the rock elements in their previous style to create a more electronic heavy sound with some trace elements of dub/house, that are noticable in the opening track ‘AM/FM’ with its echoing-hypnotic electro effects oozing its way into your brain. ‘The Most Certain Sure’ starts out with its highly addictive funky-bass-groove that loops throughout the track making you want to get your dancing shoes on, we guarantee. We feel Strange Weather, Isn’t It? is an evolution thatstimulates pleasure zones and sends the pulse racing yet again.
After 4 years in the making, Melbourne boys Miami Horror are at last set to release their debut album Illumination.
Their Bravado EP was released in 2008 which introduced us to the ever popular retro-electro-dance-pop tracks ‘Don’t Be On With Her’, ‘Summerfest ’86’, ‘Make You Mine’& ‘Illumination‘. In 2009 they released ‘Sometimes’ which quickly became popular over the Australian airwaves earning them some commercial success as well as being played in the club circuit due to aremix by Sydney-based DJ Hook N Sling.
Since the release of Bravado they have done a string of remixes for the likes of PNAU, The Presets, Bloc Party & Datarock while also supporting bands such as Friendly Fires on their recent Australian tour, as well as doing their own ‘Moon Theory Tour‘ earlier this year.
Illumination is due for release this Friday 20th August, and to get your ears into the electro groove, here’s ‘Moon Theory’ from the album that was released earleir this year, followed by the latest single release ‘I Look At You’.
So we’re back from Splendour in the Grass (and still somewhat fuzzy from having a little too much fun) however the holidaying continues with a trip to Thailand. Upon our return on August 14, review and pics will be posted of some of our favourite acts from the weekend.
To quench your thirst for more tunes here’s a new track from Matthew Dear. Texas-born Dear broke onto the scene with the club track ‘Hands Up For Detroit’ which was later remixed and popularized by Fedde Le Grand.
He’s back with a new chill wave LP titled Black City – due out August 17.
First single from the album is ‘Soil To Seed’:
And now a Matthew Dear remix of The XX’s ‘VCR’ for your aural pleasure:
See you on the other side!
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