With the release of his very impressive debut album Learning, Seattle artist Mike Hadreas (aka Perfume Genius) has been very busy touring across North America and parts of Europe promoting his beauteous work. At a recent show in Brussels he performed a moving rendition of Neil Young’s ‘Helpless’:
Also, check out this hauntingly emotional live performance of his track ‘Mr Peterson’ from the album Learning:
Californian experimental producer Nosaj Thing is due to release Drift Remixed on November 2. The album sees tracks from his 2009 debut LP Drift remixed by artists such as Dntel, Teebs, Jon Hopkins and Jamie Smith of The xx. We have the Jamie Smith remix of ‘Fog’ for you here:
Hailing from romantic streets Paris is this newly formed indie-dance duo Total Warr.
Longtime buddies Kiki and Guigui were members of a variety of French hardcore bands for years until they decide to join their musical juices to create something beautiful.
They wrote, recorded and produced the four tracks that make up their just released debut EP Cascades which is the perfect blend of synth arpeggio, handmade percussion, drum machine and acoustic guitar polished off nicely by their boyishly fantastic harmonies – if Yeasayer and Panda Bear had a baby, this would be it.
German dance-punk duo Digitalism are back and have just released a brand spanking new track from their forthcoming Blitz EP and we have it for you right here:
The new EP is the much anticipated follow-up to their 2007 Idealism LP which featured quite a few massive hit singles like ‘Idealistic’, ‘Zdarlight’, ‘I Want I Want’, and ‘Pogo’ – which we also have here to remind you just how awesome these guys really are:
Broken Bells (James Mercer and Dangermouse) have just yesterday released a digital single of the track ‘The Ghost Inside’ from their critically acclaimed self-titled debut album of this year: –
The single also comes with the below track which has been floating around the internet since April and has been tentatively known as ‘Float’. Now the track is seeing the light of day under it’s official title ‘Meyrin Fields’: –
We had the pleasure of chatting to bassist and vocalist Jeremy Kelshaw (aka The Undertaker) of Sydney’s own up-and-coming indie-pop group Cloud Control, ahead of their upcoming European tour. We caught up with him over the phone while he was sitting at a café in Byron Bay. Here’s how it went down:
‘The Undertaker’. How’d that name come about?
I had been traveling on a lot of flights over a period of two years and my bass case finally gave out and died. I had to get on a plane the next day so I had to frantically run around trying to find another one, and I couldn’t find a thing. Finally, I got to this shop and they had a one-size-fits-all case that pretty much looked like a giant coffin. I had no choice but to buy the massive case which was even lined with purple satin material just like a coffin. We could actually lay down in there and close it up. So that is pretty much where that came from and the name just stuck I guess.
How does a brother/sister combo affect the dynamics of the band?
Umm yeah, it’s good and bad (laughs). Mostly good, 99% good. Ulrich our drummer and Heidi our keyboardist, they bring out the best in each other. They have their own little thing going on sometimes like all siblings do I suppose. They play up sometimes too leaving Al and I looking at each other wondering what the hell just happened. But yeah, I think it’s definitely a good thing – brings kind of a close dynamic.
Was it difficult as a band deciding which tracks would feature on your debut album ‘Bliss Release’?
Basically we wanted the album to tell a story and the tracks that we had written and had been playing actually did that already. It was just a matter of putting them into an order that flowed.
Who writes majority of the lyrics?
Probably Al, he does the largest share of the songwriting, but we all chip in. There’s lyrics on the album that Al and I wrote together, there’s lyrics that Ulrich and Heidi have written together and that kinda thing. We are all really looking forward to writing the next album at some stage, when we have more time to sit down, get the juices flowing, see where the creative process takes us and dictates where we go.
Tonight you’re playing a sold out gig in Brisbane. Nervous about that?
Not at all, we are really looking forward to it. We have that gig tonight, then our last show is in Coolangatta tomorrow night and then it’s off to the UK for the next leg of our touring. We are doing some shows with Tame Impala and The Temper Trap as well, so that’s going to be pretty awesome. We’re also supporting Local Natives for a few shows while we’re over there. Don’t really know much about those guys yet but we have heard a lot of positive things – so they should be some fun shows!
How do you feel about the word ‘hipster’? Would you agree that Cloud Control have quite a large ‘hipster’ following?
So like guys with beards in oversized, baggy clothing? I guess to some extent… Although I’m constantly surprised by the different types of people in the audience at our gig. Like, there’d be people of all ages – anywhere from 16 to early forties. It’s generally a pretty diverse turn-out.
Lastly, the opening lyrics to ‘Nothing in the Water We Can’t Fight’: Mother Ganga take me higher. What does it mean?
When we were in India we witnessed a local sea burial where they laid the dead on a raft and sent it out to sea along the River Ganges. Basically it talks about being taken by a higher power – it’s something we can’t fight and need to accept.
Cloud Control are playing shows across Ireland and the UK over the coming weeks to promote their debut LP Bliss Release – supporting fellow Aussies Temper Trap, Tame Impala and LA’s Local Natives along the way.
A few weeks ago we posted about Phoenix releasing a part 3 of their track ‘Love Like A Sunset‘ and their upcoming performance at The Madison Square Gardens. Well, that show was last night and during their second encore as they were playing ‘If I Ever Feel Better’, French electro legends Daft Punk made a surprise on-stage guest appearance launching them into ‘Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger/Around the World’.
With the crowd going completely nuts they also went on to play an extended version of ‘1901’ together – not the best footage we agree but it’s pretty awesome to watch all the same!
Californian DJ/Rapper/Yoga Teacher Gonjasufi released his unparalleled experimental and somewhat otherworldly debut album earlier this year called A Sufi and a Killer. Only 7 months later he is set to release a remix album of the very same LP titledThe Caliph’s Tea Party. It sees artist such as Brooklyn’s Bear In Heaven, experimental producer Bibio, ambient new-age producer Oneohtrix Point Never and Australian born electro music producer/DJ Mark Pritchard, among many others adding their own unique twists to some already aberrant tracks.
Stream the entire remix album here:
If you like what you hear, purchase A Sufi and a Killer along with The Caliph’s Tea Party now via Bleep.
Psychedelic surf-pop group Real Estate have just released their Out Of Tune EP, featuring 2 fresh new tracks. Their dreamy style doesn’t deviate far from the brilliant 2009 self-titled debut LP, but does remind us just how awesome these guys are. Perfect for Summer chill sessions – definitely destined to be on high rotation.
UK based DJ, MUMDANCE (aka Jack Adams) has just released his debut three track EP titled The Mum Decent EP, along with the release of music video for the track ‘Don’t Forget Me Now’ which features Ben Esser of British indie-rockers Esser on vocals. MUMDANCE has spent the last two years building his street-cred with remixes for the likes of Santigold, El Guincho, Maximo Park, Pop Levi and Black Lips among many more.
Here’s the fruity music video for ‘Don’t Forget Me Now’ (ft. Esser):
Check out this stream MUMDANCE has posted on Souncloud. The first three tracks from the EP with track four being a 37 minute MUMDANCE mixtape:
You can purchase the EP now from the MUMDANCE website which also has FREE downloads of some of the remixes he has been busy working on.
Canadian producer CFCF has just last week released a new digital EP titled The River. Since releasing his 2009 debut LP Continent, CFCF has been busy working on remixes for artists such as fellow Canadian musician Owen Pallett (Arcade Fire & Final Fantasy), Californian experimental rockers HEALTH and Finland’s electro-house producer Jori Hulkkonen – just to name a few.
Take a listen to the EP’s title track – ‘The River’:
Here’s ‘Before and After Light’ also from the EP:
We have the above mentioned remixes for you to check out as well.
Owen Pallett – Lewis Takes Off His Shirt (CFCF Remix):
Dancefloor filling disco punks !!! (chk chk chk) are just about to release a digital EP which features remixes of some of the tracks from their recent album – Strange Weather, Isn’t It?
The EP is titled and opens with the original version of track ‘Jamie, My Intentions Are Bass’ setting the stage for five remixes from the likes of Liv Spencer, Australian indie duo Canyons and former DFA producer Tim Goldsworthy among others.
Here’s the opening title-track:
Followed by the Liv Spencer remix of our personal favourite jam, ‘The Most Certain Sure’:
The EP will be available for download on November1 via Warp Records.
In other news, !!! (chk chk chk) have just been confirmed for the St. Jeromes Laneway Festivals in Australia next February. We will be sure to keep you up to date with any other information on the band’s visit as it is released.
Future Entertainment has this morning announced the acts for next year’s Future Music Festival. The lineup features a smorgasbord DJs and live acts from a surfeit of musical genre’s such as indie, electro, techno, hip hop, trance and pop.
Future Music Festival 2011 Line-up:
THE CHEMICAL BROTHERS
MARK RONSON & THE BUSINESS INTL
ART vs SCIENCE
RICHIE HAWTIN PRES. PLASTIKMAN
STEVE ANGELLO (SWEDISH HOUSE MAFIA)
SANDER VAN DOORN
ETIENNE DE CRECY
SOUND OF STEREO
JAMES HOLROYD & MANY MORE
Future Music Festival 2011 tour dates:
Brisbane– Saturday March 5, Doomben Racecourse Perth– Sunday March 6, Arena Joondalup Sydney – Saturday March 12, Randwick Racecourse Melbourne– Sunday March 13, Flemington Racecourse Adelaide – Monday March 14, Rundle and Rymill Park
Beach House !!! (chk chk chk) Yeasayer Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti Bear In Heaven Blonde Redhead Foals Deerhunter Cut Copy Gotye Holy Fuck Les Savy Fav Local Natives Menomena Violent Soho Warpaint Two Door Cinema Club World’s End Press Stornoway The Antlers The Holidays Rat vs. Possum PVT Cloud Control Jenny & Johnny
Here are the dates & venues to jot down in your diaries:
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