Monthly Archives: February 2013

IS TROPICAL: Yellow Teeth [New Single & Music Video]

Featuring the voice of Ellie Fletcher (Crystal Fighters) and the production skills of Luke Smith (FoalsDepeche Mode) is the latest single from London-based trio IS TROPICAL, called ‘Yellow Teeth.’

Unlike previous releases that aim to pack-out dance-floors, ‘Yellow Teeth’ is delicate and blissful, partnering creative, meaningful lyrics with moody guitars and strained, emotive vocals.

The band have recently released their Flags EP, which they have now made available for free streaming via SoundCloud. Its opening track has some Crystal Castles-esque squeals. Listen and enjoy:

IS TROPICAL’s sophomore album I’m Leaving is out through KITSUNÉ on May 20.

ROOF: January 2013 Live Mix

ROOF is the nom de plume of Sydney’s Drew Kilpatrick, a graphic designer by day and a DJ/producer by night.

It seems impossible, but the man is ahead of the curve all the time, and his monthly mixes sound fresher half a year later than most other DJs’ new material. Achieve aural climax with January’s edition:

1. FCL – It’s You (San Soda Panorama Bar Acca Version)
2. Tigerskin – Lied
3. Round Table Knights – Graciela
4. Disclosure – White Noise
5. Marky Mark And The Funky Bunch – Good Vibrations (Bodhi Remix)
6. Alan Braxe & Fred Falke Presents Running – Intro (Original Mix)
7. Kyodai – Breaking (Original Mix)
8. Anaxander – Antoinette
9. Vhyce – Damn (Original Mix)
10. Squarehead & Mella Dee – Get Together (Original Mix)
11. Frank B – Chain of Fools
12. Staffan Lindberg – Art Of The State (Original Mix)
13. Jacques Renault – Back To You (Paradis Remix)

Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Sacrilege [New Single]

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs have unleashed ‘Sacrilege,’ the first single to come from their much anticipated record Mosquito!

The track features a 24-piece gospel choir, stirring up memories of cult classic film The Blues Brothers. Adding to the holy factor is the co-production work by Nick Launay and Dave Sitek (TV on the Radio).

The divine Karen O had this to say about the new LP: “We would love for this music to make our fans feel something, for it to stir some shit up inside of them, whatever that may be. So much feeling went into this record, it was the rope ladder thrown down into the ditch for us to climb up and dust ourselves off.”

Mosquito track-list:
1. Sacrilege
2. Subway
3. Mosquito
4. Under the Earth
5. Slave
6. These Paths
7. Area 52
8. Buried Alive (ft. Dr. Octagon)
9. Always
10. Despair
11. Wedding Song

Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Mosquito is out April 14 through Interscope Records. Get your pre-orders here.

Check out our exclusive interview with Karen O during her 2012 visit for her psycho-opera, Stop The Virgens. |

Wolf & Cub: Salao [New Single]

Sydney-based psychedelic dance-rockers Wolf & Cub have a brand new single and video at the ready. ‘Salao’ is the first taste from their forthcoming, yet-to-be-titled, third full-length album.

Take a listen to ‘Salao,’ which is according to Ernest Hemingway a term for the worst form of unlucky:

Before you go, check out the below double A-side single the band released about nine months ago. This is Shut Me Out // Got Nothing Coming:

Wolf & Cub plan to have their third studio album ready for release in mid-2013.

OOFJ: Death Teeth [New Single]

After meeting in New York, multi-instrumentalist Jenno Bjørnkjær and vocalist Katherine Mills Rymer bonded over their mutual love for French synth and all things Russian. Teaming up led to the birth of OOFJ.

The duo self-describe themselves as “an electronic Franco-Russo wind gyrating with a symphony orchestra with the sound of lingerie vocals that make you cry in a good-looking way.”

Check out latest single ‘Death Teeth’ to get an understanding of that statement. Their sound really is quite fascinating:

OOFJ’s debut album Disco to Die is out on March 26 via the band’s own label, Clapyouclapme.

David Bowie: The Next Day [New Album]

The legendary David Bowie is in fact releasing his first new album in over 10 years, titled The Next Day. ‘Where Are We Now’ is the album’s first sample:

We didn’t find it very inspiring. Let’s try ‘ The Stars (Are Out Tonight),’ featuring the weirdly magnificent Tilda Swinton:

Classic Bowie has the same impact on listeners today as it did all those years ago. These outstanding works still reel-in new advocates. We wonder how The Next Day will stand the test of time.

David Bowie’s The Next Day is out on March 12. Click here to pre-order it.

The Crystal Ark: Rain [New Single]

The Crystal Ark is the new project created and led by singer Viva Ruiz and ex-LCD Soundsystem contributor (and DFA associate) Gavin Russom.

All up, this project consists of 12 members and they’ve all been busy as hell working and touring in support of their self-titled debut record, which is nothing short of a psychedelic disco orgasm.

Latest single ‘Rain’ will be released soon as a remix EP featuring reworks by Parisian duo Discodeine, Berlin boys Barker & Baumecker, The Carry Nation, and Frikstailers. Think LCD Soundsystem making sweet, sweaty love to !!! (chk chk chk):

You should really revisit The Crystal Ark’s 8 minute jam, ‘We Came To’:

The Crystal Ark was released in November 2012, of course via DFA Records.

The group is on tour across the US and Mexico between February and May. Grab all of those details here.

Gig of the Week: Acid Stag x MUM, The World Bar

This Friday, Acid Stag has teamed up with Appleman cider and The World Bar in Kings Cross to throw a major mess fest.

Covering you in a thick layer of warm, fuzzy bass will be local electro bros Hey Shep, Adam Sandlah and Coupons. Between them, they’ve played alongside Flume, Felix Cartal, Peking Duk, Cassian and Canyons.

FREE CIDER before 11PM courtesy of Appleman.

RSVP for $5 entry ALL NIGHT LONG:

Tea Room line-up and set times:
10:00PM: Coupons
12:00AM: Adam Sandlah
2:00AM: Hey Shep

WHAT: MUM w/ Hey Shep, Adam Sandlah, Coupons
WHEN: Friday, March 1
WHERE: The World Bar, 24 Bayswater Rd Kings Cross, Sydney, NSW.
HOW MUCH: $5 with RSVP |

Night Works: Long Forgotten Boy [Album Stream & Music Video]

London-based producer Gabriel Stebbing is the former bassist for notable English electro-pop crew Metronomy. Under the moniker of Night Works (or NGHTWRKS), Stebbing has been prepping the release of his debut solo record, Urban Heat Island. Ahead of its release next week, stream it in its entirety:

NGHTWRKS recently shared the music video for the album’s latest single, ‘Long Forgotten Boy ‘:

Urban Heat Island hits the shelves on March 4 thanks to Rough Trade Records. Click here to pre-order your copy now.

F y f e: St Tropez [New Single]

A few weeks ago, we brought you illuminating single ‘Solace’ from 23-year-old London-bred newcomer F y f e (formerly known as David’s Lyre). Since then, he has been causing quite a stir online and for very good reason.

Over the weekend, he unveiled new single ‘St Tropez,’ which reached number 1 on Hype Machine and has already copped a whopping 50,000 plays!

Gorgeous, huh? In the past, we stated F y f e’s voice reminded us of fellow English lad Turin Brakes. While we still stand by that, we also feel that his vocals sport a somewhat Julian Casablancas (The Strokes) vibe.

F y f e has his debut EP slated for an April 7 release. | |

Christa Vi: Your Heart [Music Video & Remix]

Australian babe Christa Vi has been residing in London for a few years, staking her claim on the ever growing electro-pop scene. In early 2012 she unleashed ridiculously infectious single ‘Your Heart,’ which won us over in an instant. Just recently the track has received the remix treatment by South London producer Skitch, along with an extremely cute animated accompaniment. Here is the latter:

Stream Skitch’s disco-driven remix of ‘Your Heart,’ also available to download for FREE:

Christa Vi now has three EPs under her belt and is planning on a debut album sometime in 2013. | |

PVT: Homosapien [Album Review & Stream]

Words by Monica McClure.

What’s so good?:
Where do I start? I have liked PVT for years, although they’ve always been a bit hit and miss. Homosapien takes all the best parts of PVT’s distinctive approach to making music, but does it in a more accessible way than their previous albums. The melodies are easier to grasp and some of the jarring rhythms from previous albums have been toned down. Despite the tilt towards approachability, PVT have still managed to maintain their edge, utilising the jazz training of drummer Lawrence Pike to add a layer of complexity.

The recording of Homosapien was overseen by sound engineer Ivan Vizintin of Ghoul, and then mixed in London by Ben Hillier who has previously worked with Depeche Mode and Blur. It’s a production combination that’s reflected in the music – the arty, experimental side countered by a more commercial appeal.

What’s not so good?:
It makes me uncomfortable to speculate about how this band is not huge. I just don’t get it. Go and buy this album immediately and let me know and I might feel a bit better. 

My favourite track off Homosapien is third single ‘Vertigo,’ a dizzy, gut-stirring love song that was premiered by our friends at Indie Shuffle earlier this month. Title track ‘Homosapien’ and ‘Cold Romance’ are somehow both funky and introspective. I don’t know how that works but it’s excellent.

Further comments:
Local microbrewery Young Henry’s collaborated with PVT to create a beer for the launch of their album. The beer will be available at PVT’s Oxford Art Factory gig. Apparently it’s a cross between an English Bitter and a Hefeweizen. 

4.5 out of 5

February 8, 2013 via Create/Control

Electronic post-punk

Sounds like: 
Midnight Juggernauts, Caribou, Radiohead

Check ‘em out:
PVT are following up the release of Homosapien with their first headline tour in over two years. They’re playing in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide throughout March. You can buy tickets to the Sydney leg of the tour at Oxford Art Factory on March 29 here.

Take a listen to the glory that is PVT’s Homosapien: |

Total Warr: Loisy [EP Stream]

French duo Total Warr have unleashed enormous amounts of pleasure unto the world via their latest and fourth EP, Loisy.

The EP boasts two fresh tunes as well as a cover of the legendary Pixies track ‘Where Is My Mind’:

These bros love making music, but most of all they love it when people love the music they make. Show them some love by purchasing a copy of Loisy from iTunes.

Along with the EP’s release is the below comedic visual accompaniment for EP track ‘Bambastard’. This song features Australian art-punk band The Death Set: |

London Grammar: Hey Now + Metal & Dust [New Music]

London Grammar have caused a lot of hype over the past few months, grabbing everyone’s attention with their beautifully written and produced debut single ‘Hey Now’:

They return to our radar with sophomore single ‘Metal & Dust,’ which stands strong against its predecessor, honing in on the hypnotic, minimalist soft-pop style that London Grammar are carving for themselves:

You will be seeing both tracks on their forthcoming debut Metal & Dust 7″, which should see the light of day on February 25 through their own label, Metal & Dust Recordings. Click here to pre-order your copy of Metal & Dust.

If you head over to their Bandcamp page you can cop a Free Download of a ‘Hey Now’ remix, courtesy of Dot Major.