Blanck Mass – D7-D5

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Fuck Buttons‘ Benjamin John Power has released a new song under his Blanck Mass moniker, titled D7-D5. The track will be released as part of the Adult Swim singles 2016 series.

As previously announced, this year’s Adult Swim Singles Program runs extra long, with the 26 week campaign running from May to November. Other artists offering new music this time around include Run the Jewels, Flying Lotus, Against Me!, Rae Sremmurd, Earl Sweatshirt, Tim Hecker, Protomartyr and Clark.

D7-D5 is the first release from Blanck Mass since 2015’s Great Confuso EP.

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DIANA – Slipping Away

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DIANA, the Canadian pop trio of Carmen Elle, Kieran Adams and Joseph Shabason, return with their glowing new single Slipping Away. The track is lifted from the group’s forthcoming follow-up to their shimmering 2013 debut Perpetual Surrender. Speaking with Stereogum, DIANA’s Kieran Adams had this to say about the new song:

“Slipping Away” is basically a song about trying to be a better person” he says. “It’s about trying to uncover the layers of experience that you build, the things that create your world that aren’t necessarily under your control, and trying to let go of boundaries that you might feel enclosed by. Pride and expectations do so much harm to individuals and society and we often push away enlightenment because we have a flawed image of what a positive shift feels like, and we choose comfort instead of change.

It can be a struggle and I think that’s reflected in the track. It’s dance music at its core, but we were trying to balance the elements that feel a little more ‘heady’ and introspective with elements that are more visceral. It takes an effort of both mind and body to pull yourself away from old habits, and separate the pride and regret that are sedimented into our life experience.

DIANA are currently finishing up their sophomore LP, which is expected to be released later this year.

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Drugdealer – Suddenly (feat. Weyes Blood)

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Michael Collins (Run DMT, Salvia Plath) will release The End of Comedy, his debut album under the moniker Drugdealer, on September 9 via Weird World.

The forthcoming album was produced by Ariel Pink, and it features guest appearances from Ariel Pink, Weyes Blood, Sheer Agony, Mild High Club, and members of Mac DeMarco’s band.

For the album’s lovely first single, Suddenly, Drugdealer teams with Natalie Mering (aka Weyes Blood) whose soulful vocals shine throughout.

The End Of Comedy is out September 9 on Weird World.

Crooked Man – The Girl With Better Clothes

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Crooked Man, the project of Sheffield-based electronic producer Richard Barratt (aka DJ Parrot), is gearing up to release his self-titled debut album Crooked Man on September 16 through DFA Records.

Appearing on the forthcoming nine-track record is the vibrant, impressively punchy lead single The Girl With Better Clothes, which is available to stream up top. Dig in.

Crooked Man’s self-titled LP is out September 16 on DFA. Pre-order it here.

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Allah-Las – Could Be You

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Allah-Las have announced the release of their third album Calico Review. The forthcoming 12-track collection follow’s their 2014 effort Worship the Sun, and drops September 9 on Mexican Summer.

Following the previously shared lead single Famous Phone Figure, comes the Los Angeles-based garage-rock outfits latest single, Could Be You. Watch the video for Could Be You, directed by Laura-Lynn Petrick, here.

Calico Review is out September 9 on Mexican Summer.

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Ritual Howls – Park Around The Corner

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Detroit-based post-punk outfit Ritual Howls return with Park Around The Corner, the second from their forthcoming new album Into The Water. The album is out August 19 on felte, and also features the previously shared single Scatter The Scars.

Speaking with Self Titled, who premiered the track, Ritual Howls’ Paul Bancell explains “to park around the corner is to be secretive/nervous/deviant. A figure asks someone to park around the corner; Welcomes them in and calms their fears. The figure helps them to look at themselves, contemplate truth and how it is not what it appears to be. How truth is a malleable, fluid idea. When you look into the water, your face, your truth, your lies are like a Francis Bacon painting – warped/twisted/skewed.”

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Photo by Megan Major.

Into The Water is out August 19 on felte. Pre-order it here.

Merchandise – End of the Week

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Tampa, Florida post-punk outfit Merchandise have announced the eagerly-awaited follow-up their critically acclaimed 2014 record, After The End. The forthcoming record is titled A Corpse Wired for Sound, and it’s out September 23 on 4AD.

This week, the group previewed their new single End of the Week, a track which frontman Carson Cox says is “really about personal reflection and horror”. The song follows the previously shared Flower Of Sex.

The album’s title was inspired by a JG Ballard short story. “It’s about the truth of growing up,” Carson Cox said of the record. “You can’t take your friends or lovers with you. It’s about finding peace with that loneliness.”

A Corpse Wired For Sound is out September 23 on 4AD. Get it here.

Wilco – If I Ever Was a Child

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Last week, Wilco celebrated the one-year anniversary of their 2015 album, Star Wars, with the release of a new single entitled Locator. Now the group have shared another single, If I Ever Was a Child, and it turns out both tracks are from the band’s follow-up full-length.

Wilco’s forthcoming new album is titled Schmilco and will be released on September 9 through dBpm Records. The artwork to Schmilco, above, was designed by Spanish cartoonist Joan Cornellà.

The album is available to pre-order on iTunes now, including If I Ever Was a Child and Locator available as instant downloads.

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