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Los Angeles-based songwriter and sonic experimentalist Julia Holter ushers in a new album, Loud City Song, with this gorgeous torch song entitled "World." It's appropriately operatic and subtly showy as her dense language and expressive vocals get mirrored with cavernous orchestral hits.
Less than a month away from Amok, the debut LP from Thom Yorke's side project Atoms For Peace, we get the project's most Radiohead-sounding single thus far with "Judge, Jury And Executioner." The fluid, soulful, glitchy song features Yorke's falsetto, Nigel Godrich's paranoid crispness and Flea asserting his role in the band with floaty hypnosis.
(Cover Art: AJ Gibboney)
Smoky, intimate and with shadows of late-night introspection, Natalie Prass puts the emotive range of her voice and lyricism to ideal use on "When I Am Alone." Among Savages backs her, providing a dusty, murky tone with springy guitar and laid-back, galloping drums, but it's Prass' stoicism that leads the way. You almost feel like she's singing this one out the window into the brisk, post-midnight air.
As if Jenna Andrews’ bedroom eyes weren’t already enough to make you “Quiver,” here’s an aural massage to go along with her sultry stare. On her R&B-stroked slow jam backed by strings, acoustic guitars and synthesized beats, Miss Andrews sounds a lot like The Weeknd. That is, if The Weeknd were a beautifully heartbroken Canadian woman instead of a beautifully heartbroken Canadian man. Get the EP that the world’s best pop producers (those behind Drake, Mary J. Blige, Lana Del Rey, Lady Gaga and Beyoncé) have come together for: Kiss And Run.
What do Night Terrors of 1927 look like? The inception of the Bureau of Prohibition? Stalin taking control of the Soviets? Clara Bow’s wig catching on fire? Perhaps we’ll never know. What we can do at least is know what the aforementioned Night Terrors sound like: featherweight, Balearic indie mist. Kinda yacht rock, kinda synthpop and somehow very Los Angeles circa now, “Watch The World Go Dark” is the smiley apocalyptic anthem you never knew you needed, 'til today.
When Scottish electro trio (and Mogwai label teammates) Errors enlisted Egyptian Hip Hop, long heralded on this site as ‘much mouthed-over Mancunians,’ ‘calypso peel teens’ and 'dance-punk evasives', do you suppose they thought “Relics” would be melted into a bloopy goop punctuated by springs, wobbles and cumulous FX? Likely, they did. Good on 'em for this allowance, and also for their jerk-merchant mini release on VHS, yes VHS, which is accompanied by some mighty wild visuals.
EXCLUSIVE MP3: The D.O.T - You Never Asked (feat. Clare Maguire & Danny Brown) (Mike's Sour House Mix) + original stream
The Streets! The Music! Clare Maguire! Danny Brown! Could any more amazing and wildly disparate artists be involved in today’s collabo? We don’t think so. Mike Skinner of The Streets and Rob Harvey of The Music are now experimental electro-cum-progressive hip-hop outfit The D.O.T., and the music they create is pulpy, rare and wondrous fodder for sonic nerds like us. Dip into the original “You Never Asked,” as well as Mike’s own jangly sour mix, which goes even jauntier, froggier and frankly a bit bonkers. Let us know which lights your lily pad aflame, before perusing the weirdo dance alchemy that defines them, right here.
Bring in the soul, bring in the funk and get electro-tender with Midnight Magic’s latest dance croon, “Diamonds.” Subtle, aqueous and rather lush, this track shows the softer side of the post-disco pack without scrimping on any of their usual infectiousness (to wit: the fluttering horns, virtuous keys and swipe reprieves). We expect nothing less than this kind of mature loveliness on the band’s new LP, Walking The Midnight Streets, out November 13.
(Photo: Nadav Kander)
It’s a poppy, idiosyncratic eye opener this fine day for Everything Everything’s “Cough Cough” via Xaphoon Jones (one half of rap party duo Chiddy Bang). A little bass crunch, a little indie vocal Doppler and a whole lot of strutting electronic enables this revise to exploit the original’s amped-up colonial boom while still steering into classic dance waters. Pre-order Everything Everything’s remix EP and discover more versions by Brometer and NCZA/LINES, plus the proper single itself.