On "It's Not Forever," Phaseone has produced a sludgy, claustrophobic, spaced-out track that rips your heart out while it keeps your head ringing. It's the A-side of an upcoming single for Parisian, which drops January 29.
We really dig Hussle Club. And it’s not just because band leader Prince Terrence is the last living rock star; a vision in leather and studs, often seen smiling and skulking these very streets fueled only by a fog machine and a cavalcade of lost boys and girls. It’s also that the former Major Lazer and Santigold drummer is very, very good at making industrial darkwave. To wit: his newest EP is studded with steely FX, nimble beats and graveyard vocals, all of which have been manufactured by the Prince himself. And each and every song is ready to soundtrack a bedroom redux of The Crow. Go ahead and gank a free copy of the release titled (what else?) Children of The Underground, right here.
With the bevy of oh-so-excellent singles gushing forth from haunted hip-hop/electro duo Purity Ring, it's logical to assume that their album debuted a long time ago; say, last summer or maybe, in a sex nightmare you had last winter. Not so! All those gnarled synths, cooing ProTunes vocals, light saber clashes and paranormal beats you’ve come to love are finally, legitimately out and deserving of your ducats, like right now. Be honest. You’ve been basking in the freebie overflow from Shrines for some time. Pay it forward and buy the LP on 4AD already.
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Cloud power abounds in CREEP’s remix of Alpines’ “Empire.” Its milky sylph vocals, orchestral strings, droning guitars and super bass bubble together until all that remains is a thick, witchy brew that resembles something between La Roux's ghost and a jar full of nightmares. Make it rain, literally, with this gloomy doom eye-of-the-storm anthem before hitting up the original right here.
For a quartet of such gentle young men producing such gentle young rock, Princeton sure does get around. Here’s another remix of “To The Alps,” this time by a heavily-punctuated TEETH, who dips the boys in a soporific bath of darkwave synths and chipmunk samples without dampening the original’s halcyon vocals. Lovely, to say the least.
Alan Watts: British philosopher keen on bringing eastern beliefs to the western world. Alan Watts: Brooklyn trio keen on bringing inspired darkwave to a lulling city scene. The group has begun to make the rounds with its industrial-driven pop, paying homage to its short-lived first incarnation on a debut release titled Thank You, Spectral Void. "Jukebox Dad" forms around a throbbing, layered mix of guitar and drum machine that has already drawn comparisons to another Alan (Vega, of '70s pioneers Suicide). The upcoming EP is currently streaming on the band's Soundcloud. Fans can grab the physical tape when it's released in a limited pressing on House Of Aragon.
It’s no secret that at RCRD LBL, we love us some Trouble & Bass. So, when we heard they were dropping a new compilation, we jumped. Out today, their latest record to disturb the peace offers tastes from label/crew founder Drop The Lime, Ghostly court prankster Michna, bass-heavy Brooklynite Kingdom, daytrippers Cubic Zirconia, and, our favorite: this tambourine night tremor from Hussle Club. Apparently, “Quaranteenagers” is Prince Terrance’s back-alley ode to the LES, but with its rumbling bassline, staccato beats and baritone-glam vocals, it sounds more to us like a rallying call to leather, lace, and steel.
SALEM make the most physically affecting new music I've heard in years. The trio, based in the Midwest of the United States, are often compared to the likes of My Bloody Valentine or Cocteau Twins but - while they admit the pair as influences, alongside Juke, Trap Music and other regional US dance/hip-hop variants - all SALEM really share with the shoegazers is an ability to warp time; their slurred, dream-like jams descending like a chill in a room or a weight upon your shoulders. Thankfully, as "Whenusleep" testifies, SALEM's music is also intensely beautiful, Heather Marlot's coquettish vocal seeming to lead Jack Donoghue's beats tumbling from sanity's pedestal. Third member John Holland oversees to ensure the whole thing's as sparse, guilty and rotten as the knot in the gut of a treacherous lover.
Sounds Like: The Knife, My Bloody Valentine, Quest
Last week we introduced you to Cruel Black Dove, a bluesy darkwave band from Brooklyn who blend Kills-like sass and '80s goth sensibilities into tracks like their current single "Love Song". The band have released a video for "Love Song", which is the perfect visual representation of what the band is going for: dark and awesome. Check out the bassist! Badass.
The band are playing legendary underground club Crashin' In on Thursday at Galapagos in Brooklyn, so be sure to check them out!
Like a dark version of Yaz fronted not by Alison Moyet but Melissa Auf der Maur (stay with us on this one), Cruel Black Dove sound exactly like you’d expect band called Cruel Black Dove to sound: sex, spite, angst, hurt and revolution. The band are from Brooklyn and only formed last year, but if they continue cranking out the darkwave blues numbers, they’re sure to be a hit. We just signed CBD to RCRD LBL, and are expecting to hear many more gems like “Love Song” in the future. Enjoy!
Sounds like: Depeche Mode, Siouxie Sioux, Auf der Maur