Sacramento screamo-rap group Death Grips just pulled one of the punkest moves we've seen in awhile (yes, standards are lower these days). After informing Epic, their new label, that they had completed a new album entitled No Love Deep Web, the imprint wouldn't confirm a release date until 'sometime in 2013,' so the band took matters into its own hands, releasing the whole thing for free overnight. And here it is! Download it below and throw a fist at 'the man' or whatever.
Eaux, a British post-rock group formed from the ashes of chamber-psych purveyors Sian Alice Group, is back with a new single in "i." With a forward, solid beat, clipped guitar textures, spooked-out keyboard runs and singer Sian Ahern's voice used for both beauty and instrumentation, the track coalesces in a hypnotic, driving experiment that's immersive and contemplative. It's the title track from their new EP, which is out November 18 on Morning Ritual.
On "Fireflies," London band Still Corners fully explores the spacious, emotional world of dreamy ballads. Glittering and with a steady-handed pulse, the track is a cloudy world of synthesizers and new love. You can find it on the band's forthcoming European tour-only 7-inch. Or just download it!
Good to have an outlier back in action! Cody Chesnutt, weirdo songwriter, funkster, hip-hopper and Roots associate, is back in the game after a lengthy hiatus. What does he sound like these days? Real talk: Chesnutt still knows how to write a song. "Till I Met Thee" is a horn-laden funky slice of soul that brings up visions of Marvin Gaye and contemporary dudes like Aloe Blacc. It's a single for his upcoming Landing On A Hundred.
On "No Strings,' Mayer Hawthrone practices some temporary seduction to a funky soundtrack that's absolutely primed for dancing. RAC, of course, does the astute remix thing, providing even more glitz and lite-disco styling to make this the ideal pregaming (no NYTimes) song for tonight (or any night).
When listening to Major Lazer's Amber Coffman-featuring track "Get Free," I'm sure your initial reaction was something like, 'Well, this is great, but it would be even better if Roc Nation rapper J. Cole was doing his thing over it.' Isn't it wonderful how dreams can come true? Here, Cole goes full-on electro in celebration of the one-year anniversary of his debut Cole World: The Sideline Story. Genres! They matter less and less.
It takes cinema icon Jim Jarmusch about five years to produce a new film, yet he's somehow released two albums of experimental guitar/lute music with Jozef Van Wissem already this year. The second is Mystery Of Heaven, which gets a release on November 13 via Sacred Bones. Your preview is "Etimasia" – a stew of patient razor plucked lute tinged with controlled drone. It's basically a musical painting.
Johnny Jewel, he of Chromatics and Glass Candy, knows a little something about sleek, between-the-sheets ambient music. Here, he's emphasizing 'Sunday morning,' which really just means it's not made for the club. Dip in as Jewel masterfully weaves a set of pulsating, synth-heavy tunes from the likes of Nico, Tangerine Dream, Symmetry, Moods and much more.
Veteran UK producer Andy Stott flexed his unique voice last year with Passed Me By – a menacing amalgam of ghostly ambient workouts, sample juggling and textured experimentation. On "Numb," he shows that was no fluke at all. Basically, Stott is become a major voice in the whole haunted, melancholy electronics game. This song is basically a looming black cloud saying 'accept this life for what it is.' His new album, Luxury Problems, is out next month on Modern Love.
"If You Loved Me" is a dreamy pop number from Child Actor with sweet vocals, echoing, woozy guitars and a flighty, slapdash clap rhythm. The patchwork-ecstatic new LP, Victory, drops October 16 via Fake Four.