Blog: Bears and Bullets
Since breaking through with "Hyph Mngo" back in 2009, English producer Peter O'Grady - better known as Joy Orbison - hasn't seemed to match his outstanding debut. Despite taking what seems like a permanent residency in Manchester's Meandyou club last year, the producer has some new material. "Donell," free to download, is a reworking of forgotten '90s R&B singer Donell Jones ' '97 hit "U Know What's Up," stripping the original Left Eye verse for more house-oriented construction. Check out the new track below.
Artist: Joy Orbison Title: Donell File Name: SoundCloud
After the departure of band member Kjartan Sveinsson, who joined the band on keyboards in 1998 as the only band member with any sort of formal musical training, Sigur Rós are set to release the newest, far more uptempo LP Kveikur . The release isn't until June 18 on XL , but the band has released the second official single from the follow up to last year's excellent Valtari , with "Ísjaki." This comes after the late March release of " Brennisteinn " and a few live performances of new material. [...]
Another Record Store Day release that may have fallen under the rocks comes from Canadian noise rock cave minds WTCHS . The Ontario band released a double-sided 7", Thoughts On Air , which is also free to download via the WTCHS Bandcamp page. It's a claustrophobic, achingly harmonic two-track set that feels comfortable as a soundtrack on the edge of the world. Stream it below as well. WTCHS/Thoughts On Air 7" by WTCHS
If the moment where Bradford Cox stepped onto the Late Night with Jimmy Fallon stage dressed in half-drag, drawing out the bloody fingered enigmatic drawl of Deerhunter's " Monomania " didn't real you in (there was a large portion of people that were off-put by the whole thing), then you must be lost. For those that were, the band is streaming its fifth studio LP Monomania now courtesy of NPR . Listen to what aims to be another stellar release from the band below before its May [...]
Baths has found a comfortable middle-ground between eccentric dream-haze pop and minimalist electronica. The formula, used to obscene precision on the 2010 album Cerulean , is apparent again on the most recent release, "Ironworks." However, Baths, Will Wiesenfeld, uses vocal execution as a higher priority, while still sprawling tapered effects throughout. Check out "Ironworks" below from Baths' upcoming album Obsidian , set for release May 28 via Anticon .
Artist: Baths Title: "Ironworks" File Name: SoundCloud Genre: Electronic Year: 2013
Photo by Oda Edjar Starheim The ruminations of one of Philadelphia's most well put together punk shows had a risk. Heading the formative billing of White Lung , Night Birds , and METZ was Iceage , the youngest of the four bands with easily the most buzz surrounding them. And with that favor came the band's less-than proud reputation of its listless live shows, which, given their youth, was somewhat unsurprising. Preceding Iceage were three groups with consummate energy. White Lung, starting relatively early, ripped through last [...]
Culminating an impossibly stellar lineup of garage punk up-and-comers Night Birds , White Lung , and METZ , is frequent buzzing Dutch four-piece Iceage tonight at Philadelphia's First Unitarian Church. The outstanding youth of the group is still well known, despite crossing over on the U.S. scene roughly two years ago. Still, the power and brevity of the band's most recent LP You're Nothing on a jump to Matador makes Iceage leading the other bands almost unquestionable. The Copenhagen band, led by workaholic at-heart Elias [...]
The second Smart Ass Black Boy track from Fat Tony doesn't feature the welcome help of Despot and Kool A.D. like " Hood Party " did, but some stylish production from Tom Cruz does its duty to set it apart. Stream/download the new track below and grab Tony's upcoming album June 11.
Artist: Fat Tony Title: Hood Party (ft. Kool A.D. and Despot) File Name: SoundCloud
Artist: Fat Tony Title: I Shine File Name: SoundCloud
Quiet since their debut in 2011, Gorilla Warfare Tactics , a trio of NYU students (still in school!), released the "drugDILLA," the first from the upcoming Zoology mixtape at the end of April (which you'll be sure to grab here). Clever, precise, and free-flowing, "drugDILLA" is as good as any track that references the Detroit great should be. Check it out below and grab Zoology April 30.
Artist: Gorillawarfaretactics Title: drugDILLA File Name: SoundCloud Genre: Hip-Hop
Less than a year after debuting her full-length Quarantine , New York producer Laurel Halo released the first cut from her upcoming Behind The Green Door EP, with "Throw." The skewed piano-laden track splits the seem of unconscious house with deceptively dark undertones, finishing with a unconventional sendoff. It's a rigid line between iconoclastic Detroit techno (she is originally from Michigan) and UK house dubs, which she often prefers as a contrasting style. Check out "Throw" below and grab the four-track EP next month on Hyperdub .
Artist: Hyperdub Records Title: HDB071A1 Laurel Halo - Throw (Taken From Behind The Green Door 20/05/2013) File Name: SoundCloud Genre: Techno
It's been three year's since the relatively unknown Solar Year released the mind-splitting, transcendentally chaotic "Hands Out," which even in internet circles has become a rarity. Luckily, not settling as a undiscovered one-and-done, the group is planning the release of a debut LP later this year via Brooklyn's Ceremony Records . "Global Girlfriend" is a decidedly different outlook than "Hands Out," offering more vocal resonance and pop humility. Listen to the new track below and grab Waverly June 25.
Artist: Solar Year Title: Global Girlfriend File Name: SoundCloud Year: 2013
Brainfeeder's resident bass funk and soul standby Thundercat has announced the follow up to his 2011 breakout Golden Age of the Apocalypse with the shortened Apocalypse . The first single, "Heartbreaks + Setbacks," features frequent Thundercat collaborator and all-around great guy Flying Lotus on production, which gives a wonderfully distorted atmosphere to the liberating vocals. Check the single out below and grab Apocalypse July 9.
Artist: Thundercat Title: Heartbreaks + Setbacks File Name: SoundCloud
Nearly five years after the jubilant Walking On a Dream , Empire of the Sun have finally debuted the first single from the upcoming Ice Dune , "Alive." Dutifully, the song is alive and invigorating, tracing back to why the band's 2008 release became so endearing. Check out "Alive" below and grab Ice Dune this June.
Artist: Empire Of The Sun Title: Alive File Name: SoundCloud Genre: Alternative
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