Dev Hynes produced two of 2012’s best songs with Sky Ferreira’s Everything Is Embarassing and Solange’ Losing You. Anything he touches at the moment pretty much turns to gold. He’s done it again on with Unravel, the gorgeous new offering from Laura Welsh. This girl is going to be big.
Unsurprisingly, Shlohmo and How To Dress Well‘s recent collaboration has resulted in one of the years dopest new tracks, Don’t Say No. When the news broke that Henry Laufer and Tom Krell planned to work on a track together, expectations were huge, and they’ve just laid down an absolute diamond of a track. Shlohmo’s beautifully dark and dense production on this track creates a sort of haunting ambience that allow Tom Krell’s vocals to sound as stunning as they always do.
Cass McCombs latest offering If You Loved Me Before… is a rather solemn and moody affair, that was recorded for Famous Class’ charity series, Less Artists More Condos. All contributions for the 7″ will go towards VH1’s Save the Music foundation. Order your copy here.
Phoenix announced their official return yesterday by premiering their new single Entertainment on Zane Lowe’s BBC Radio 1 slot. Like myself, I’m sure most of you have had it on repeat since.
This track is awesome, simple as. It begins with an Asian style melody, which is played throughout, before exploding into that trademark Phoenix sound of pulsating and energetic electro-pop. Everything you’ll hear on Entertainment sounds excellent. From the pummeling drum playing courtesy of Thomas Hedlund, to the keyboards, to the ever charismatic vocals of Thomas Mars. It’s a rush.
I’ve high hopes for Bankrupt! which drops April 22 through Glassnote.
Kieran Hebden’s latest project is a collaboration with London-based electronic duo RocketNumberNine. The outcome of this collaboration in an eight-minute long track entitled Roseland.
According to Hebden’s Twitter account, Roseland was produced by Eglo Recordings boss Floating Points: “live take, no edits. Big respect to him for the sound”.
The track drops next week via Four Tet’s own TEXT Label.
I know this sounds very ignorant, but I really wasn’t expecting to like this song as much as I do. Described as a “rough demo” Where The Wild Things Grow is the new track by Pixie Geldof and her band Violet. For someone who has never even heard Pixie Geldof speak before, the vocals on this track totally caught me by surprise. Breathy, honest and beautiful, capturing the essence of artists like Lana Del Rey, Hope Sandoval and Marianne Faithfull , they are simply stunning. As for the track? Well, try it out and see if you don’t like it too.
Kicking off the week is a blissful slice of exceptionally chilled-out dream-pop courtesy of LA-based Twin Cabins, the solo project of Nacho Cano. With Benefits has a really fun, almost tropical vibe going on that makes this track very infectious and easy on the ear. The guitar on this tracks sounds great and the melodies are just gorgeous. Really digging this one folks.
Capping off a fairly relaxing weekend for music is this promising debut from Brisbane-based shoegazer D.P. Pearce, better known as Kigo. While there’s meant to be a six-track EP floating around the net somewhere, I can’t seem to find it. Which is a shame, because as soon as Guilt ends I want to here more from this guy. A lot more.
Magic Man are a synth-rock outift from Providence, Rhode Island. They released Real life Color, a really wonderful album, about three years ago that unfortunately fell under the radar. If you haven’t already checked it out, I can honestly say it’s well worth a listen. It’s a very broad album that at times reminded me of Passion Pit, and other times of early Arcade Fire. I’m happy to announce that the band have returned with another lovely new single entitled Paris, a warm and at times romantic release that’s easy on the ear as well as fun to listen to. Stream and download below.
Tim Presley of garage rockers, and frequent Ty Segall collaborators, White Fence have unleashed Pink Gorilla, their fuzzy and psychedelic new single. Anyone who dug last years critically acclaimed garage rock masterpiece Hair, will surely love this release and it’s encouraging to see Presley carrying that blistering form into 2013. This track should be played loud.
White Fence release their new album Cyclops Reap through Castle Face Records on April 9.