American indie rock heads Tokyo Police Club have announced they’re undertaking a new project called 10 Days, 10 Covers, 10 Years. As the name suggests, it’s an album of covers that were originally recorded between 2001 to 2010.
First up is a cover of the Moby and Gwen Stefani collab from 2001 called ‘Southside’ with M83‘s Morgan Kibby on vocals.
Next is a rework of the Jimmy Eat World classic ‘Sweetness’ featuring Michael Angelakos of Passion Pit.
We then have The Strokes‘ ‘Under Control’ followed by a rework of Kelly Clarkson‘s ‘Since U Been Gone’, closing with a cover of the Queens Of The Stone Age hit ‘Little Sister’:
Balam Acab, AKA 20 year-old Alec Koone, has made available his upcoming full-length debut WANDER / WONDER for all to stream before its official release on September 6.
His tracks bear a resemblance to James Blake‘s dark-synth style however they’re much more abstract and subaquatic. Angsty teens will listen to the album with great relish as themes of loneliness and alienation are heavily weaved throughout. This aside it feels like a great deal of time and care has been put into the crafting of WANDER / WONDER‘s subtle beauty. Listen to it in full below:
1. NYAK – Goin Back 2. Mark Ronson – Record Collection [Perseus Remix] 3. Honom – Bedcat 4. Fred Ventura – The Years [Go by] 5. Juan Soto – Dance & Claps 6. Elijah Collins & Nist – Love’s Down 7. Neighbour – Summertime Girls 8. Cassius – Sound of Violence [Aeroplane Remix] 9. Joe Goddard – Gabriel 10. The Opiates – Jalousies and Jelaousies [Kim Ann Foxman Remix] 11. Art of Tones – Too Much 12. Housse De Racket – Roman [Oliver Remix]
There’s been a wealth of young musical talent coming out of Perth these last few years -psychedelic rock heads Tame Impala and electro pop-rock duo Canyons are prime examples. Now, via Future Classic, comes the enchanting sounds of progressive electro four-piece Scenic.
Scenic were picked up about 12 months ago by French producer Joakim who went on to release their first single ‘This Can’t Be’ on his Tigersushi label:
Soon after, Future Classic hooked their claws into the group and are now giving us their first EP, Another Sky. It features two fresh, invigorating tracks as well as a very special title-track remix by The Magician:
Hailing from San Francisco and New York comes psychedelic group NewVillager and the release of their ‘four years in the making’ self-titled debut LP.
Founding members Ben Bromley and Ross Simonini reported that they recorded 10 versions of every song, each with different melodies, chords, rhythms, production, and lyrics in an attempt to find the best overall representation of the NewVillager sound and styles.
Take a look at this very colourful and very peculiar music vid for single number one, ‘Lighthouse’:
Music vid for the follow-up single, ‘Rich Doors’:
The group have a bunch of dates booked in over September and October in the US. Deets here.
Get your groove shoes warmed up as Sydney producer BENI readies the release of his debut album, appropriately titled House of Beni.
The album was recorded in studios across the world, from Sydney to the south of France and everywhere in between, featuring some fairly impressive collaborations with the likes of dance hall prince Sam Sparro, ex-Rapture vocalist/bassist Mattie Safer and ex-Hercules & Love Affair disco diva Nomi Rulz.
Check out the clip for the first single to come from the forthcoming album, one which you’re all probably familliar with by now, ‘It’s A Bubble’:
House Of Beni will be out on September 23 via Modular.
Tracklist: 1. Sway ft. Nomi Ruiz 2. Last Night ft. Prince Terrence 3. Your Body ft. Sam Sparro 4. It’s A Bubble ft. Sean DeLear 5. Someone Just Like You ft. Mattie Safer 6. High Off Your Love ft. Sam Sparro 7. O.P.U.L.E.N.C.E 8. Love Scene 9. Yeah 10. Zig Zags ft. Via Tania
BENI is doing a few shows throughout September/October and you can grab all those deets right here. For those of you that are not able to get along to the shows or just want something to groove to in the meantime, he has also thrown together this House Of BENI Tour Mix:
Something beautiful has happened. Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon and British electro-synth artist James Blake have collaborated to produce the sweet sounding track ‘Fall Creek Boys Choir’. It premiered yesterday on BBC Radio One and features Justin on vocals and James on production. Listen to it below.
According to a press release, “Over the past year James has cited Justin as a key influence and it was via a chance meeting at this year’s SXSW festival in Austin, Texas that the seed was sown for a future collaboration.” The track was “formed in the spring over email.”
Ryan Grieve and Leo Thomson are Sydney-based electro-rock duo Canyons. The boys have finally announced the release of their debut LP, Keep Your Dreams. It was almost 10 months ago now when they dropped the epic jungle-rock track ‘My Rescue’ which went on to become a massive favourite amongst the indie and commercial circuits alike – not to mention being remixed to the hilt.
New York electro experimentalist Ryan Lott (aka SON LUX) dropped sophomore album We Are Rising back in April. He managed to record it over the course of 28 days as part of the annual NPR RPM Challenge– an international open call-out to various artists/bands to create an album over the course of a month.
We Are Rising features contributions from My Brightest Diamond, The Antlers and Midlake among a few other high profile bands.
More recently, Saturday August 13 to be precise, they dropped into the studios of Triple J to do a one hour DJ mix with Nina Las Vegas. Take a listen to this awesome mix of tunes, bound to help you through the working week and into the weekend groove:
If, like us, you’re a huge fan of New York dance-rock crew The Rapture then we have a treat for you! Courtesy of DFA Records you can stream The Rapture’s entire new album In The Grace Of Your Love below for free. As a heads up, it’s nothing short of amazing.
1. Sail Away 2. Miss You 3. Blue Bird 4. Come Back to Me 5. In the Grace of Your Love 6. Never Gonna Die Again 7. Roller Coaster 8. Children 9. Can You Find a Way? 10. How Deep Is Your Love? 11. It Takes Time to Be a Man
Cruise into your Sunday with the sweet sounds from Canadian electro producer CFCF. His latest offering is the very Summery, feel-good track ‘COMETRUE’. Check it out below along with a few remixes from d’Eon and Physical Therapy Deep Forest:
21-year-old Abel Tesfaye, the man behind moniker The Weeknd, returns with another mixtape – only five months after he first stunned bloggers with his sultry, RnB-synth croons. Thursday is part two in a three-part mixtape series. Follow-up, Echoes of Silence, is due out in our Spring.
The first half of the mixtape does round off the days of the week, quite a lot – almost reminiscent of Rebecca Black‘s ‘Friday’ in a less irritating fashion. Personally, we think it’s a tad tacky but we’ll let you be the judge.
Check out the entire Thursday mixtape below. Special mention of track ‘The Zone’ which features fellow Canadian Drake.
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