Along with the new that they’ll be releasing a new record later this year, the ever-dependable Okkervil River have just shared a brilliant new single, called It Was My Season.
The groups seventh studio album, The Silver Gymnasium, will be their first for ATO Records and it’s due out on September 3.
“The Silver Gymnasium” takes place in 1986 in a small town in New Hampshire.
Jack is the latest single by Brighton’s answer to Parquet Courts and one of my favourite new bands, TRAAMS. I always get really excited when these guys release new music, mainly because they’re fucking awesome, and Jack is another absolute riot.
Fresh from his European tour, XXYYXX is giving us a preview of what his forthcoming sophomore album might sound like with his latest offering, Pay Attention. The bright synths on this track, which are notably more melodic than his usual productions, remind me of some of the finer moments on Flying Lotus’ Until The Quiet Comes, and that minimal beat is just so smooth.
No release dates have been confirmed yet, but the album will drop later this year through Relief in Abstract.
Taken from Kanye West’s colossal new album, Yeezus, Blood On The Leaves was produced by TNGHT and features an unforgettable Nina Simone sample. Check it out.
Anyone who had any fears that Yeezy couldn’t top My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy are about to be floored by this. That trademark TNGHT beat, paired with one of Kanye’s finest use of a soul sample to date sounds absolutely incredible. This is going to be nuts live.
Having unfortunately let their previous releases, Hidden Shelters and my personal favourite Leave This Behind, slip beneath my radar I wasn’t going to make the same mistake with Wonderkind, the gorgeous new single by Lovelier Other. Wonderkind is another elegant and heart-warming release by the duo, who are set to release their debut EP, Effort, later this Summer. The melodies are a dream, and the gentle instrumentals will soothe any Monday blues you might have lingering. If you haven’t already stumbled upon Lovelier Other, listen to their stuff below, it’ll be worth it.
It’s taken me far too long to get around to listening to Sialo, the charming new single by Co-pilgrim, but it was well worth the wait. Sialo is such a nice and upbeat song, that breezes along almost effortlessly. Singer Mike Gale has the kind of voice you’d never tire of listening to, like Nick Drake or Stuart Murdoch of Belle and Sebastian. The harmonies on this track are just lovely, and so are the melodies. Take a listen to the track below, and tell me what you make of it.
Jetée is the simply gorgeous new single by London-based mid-tempo house producer Fort Romeau. Having recently signed with Ghostly International, this is Fort Romeau’s first single since his stunning 2012 debut, Kingdoms. Jetée is almost seven minutes of gorgeous, muli-layered House that seems to get better and better with each play. The melodies shimmer beautifully over some pretty smooth late night style beats, and that subtle vocal loop becomes utterly hypnotic. Tune of the week.
LA noise-punk duo No Age have ended the long wait for new music and have returned with C’mon Stimmung, the gritty lead single from their upcoming fourth album, No Object. Randy Randall and Dean Allen Spunt will release the follow-up to 2010’s Everything in Between on August 19 through Sub Pop, and haven’t released anything from it until now. C’mon Stimmung is a blistering return by the duo, and the raw and abrasive stylings of this track is unmistakably No Age. It’s a straightforward enough punk thrasher, but there’s few out there who can do it better, to be honest. Take a listen to the tune below.
Look for pre-order details for An Object next week, over at Sub Pop Records.
Norwegian disco producer Todd Terje is back with an absolutely incredible new single, called Strandbar (disko). Meaning Beach Bar in Norwegian, Strandbar (disko) is almost nine minutes of non-stop disco beats, euphoric pianos and one ridiculously funky bassline. Try keep still for this one.
Strandbar is available now, digitally and as a 12-inch, through Terje’s own imprint, Olsen Records.
Check out the reverb-laden goodness of Beat of Your Heart, the latest offering by Summer Heart, the moniker of Sweden’s David Alexander. This song embodies just about everything I dig about Chillwave. Beat of Your Heart is uplifting and catchy, with an awesome guitar riff and melody too. Stream the track below, and grab your copy on his Bandcamp.