Daft Punk & The Creators Project: Todd Edwards

The latest episode of The Collaborators, The Creators Project’s series that interviews contributing artists on Daft Punk’s forthcoming album Random Access Memories, features house producer Todd Edwards. In the interview Edwards talks about recording with Daft Punk in L.A. and also gives and insight into the duo’s astonishing recording methods.

Random Access Memories is out April 20 through Columbia Records.

Jacques Greene & Tinashe – Painted Faces

The Yours Truly & Adidas Songs from Scratch series has already featured excellent collaborations from Danny Brown with Araabmuzik and Shlohmo with Jeremih.
In the latest installment, RCA signed vocalist Tinashe (who is currently working with Ryan Hemsworth) has teamed up with Canadian producer Jacques Greene, one of the most exciting young producers around, on a track called Painted Faces.

Queens Of The Stone Age – My God Is The Sun

The Queens Of The Stone Age made their long awaited return to music today with a brilliant new track entitled My God Is The Sun. Josh Homme and co. premiered the song a couple of weeks ago at Lollapalooza Brazil and it’s set to feature on their forthcoming new LP, …Like Clockwork.
…Like Clockwork will be the group’s first album since 2007’s Era Vulgaris, and I reckon My God Is The Sun will have die-hard fans getting pretty stoked for the album.
The track features Dave Grohl on drums, for the first time with the Queens since the recorded Songs For The Deaf back in 2002. Grohl’s pummeling drums alongside those slashing guitars and a chorus by Homme that’s primed for stadiums all make this a blistering return to form by the group. Check it out.

…Like Clockwork is out June 4 on Matador Records.

Army Navy – Pickle

I’ve been listening to The Smiths, Voxtrot and Belle and Sebastian a lot lately, so when I came across this new song by Californian indie-pop outfit Army Navy I warmed to it instantly.
The bands new single, Pickle, is a very inviting slice of catchy indie-pop that I’m really enjoying on this otherwise cold and dull Monday afternoon. This is the first offering from Army Navy’s forthcoming new album, The Fever Zone, which is out later this year.

Stream and download Pickle below.

The National – Demons

The National will release Trouble Will Find Me, the eagerly awaited follow-up to their outstanding 2010 LP High Violet, next month and earlier today they shared a brand new song from the album called Demons.
Demons, I guess is a straightforward enough track by The National. Lyrically, it’s a deep and thought-provoking release by the ever-dependable New Yorkers, that shouldn’t upset lovers of their previous albums. The lyrics here are quite sullen at times, with Matt Berninger in particularly dismal form, yet the instrumentation as per usual sounds excellent. The album should be another quality release.
The song comes accompanied by footage of an artist drawing the Trouble Will Find Me artwork in chalk. Check it out.

Trouble Will Find Me is out May 21 through 4AD.

Longitude 2013: Day By Day Breakdown

Longitude has the best line-up of any Irish festival this year, by far, and they’ve just added some more awesome acts this morning.

The Maccabees, Laura Mvula, Wolf Alice, Gold Panda, Dutch Uncles, Matt Corby, Marcus Foster, King Krule, Japandroids, Hudson Taylor, East India Youth, London Grammar, Drenge, Tribes, Milo Greene, Funeral Suits, Leaders of Men, White Collar Boy, Ofei, Le Galaxie, Kool Thing, Blue Hawaii and SOAK.

I’m personally very excited to finally get to see Gold Panda, Japandroids and King Krule. There’s also some very promising new bands on that list like Wolf Alice, London Grammar and Laura Mvula.

Longitude takes place Friday 19th to Sunday 21st of July in Marlay Park. Grab yourself a ticket here.

Nomadic Firs – Lavish Hush

Lavish Hush, the latest offering from Nomadic Firs, is perhaps a more suitable number to fit in with the cracking weather we’re getting today. If you’ve never heard of Nomadic Firs before, it’s the solo project of Tennessee-based musician Ryan Boos.

Lavish Hush is a really infectious little number, that becomes more and more uplifting the more times you listen to it. It’s the perfect type of song to bop your head along to while the sun is shining, which is a rare scenario is the middle of Ireland. I’m gonna lap this track up while I can, you should too. Stream and download the track below.

Dirty Beaches – Landscapes In The Mist

Dirty Beaches is following up his 2011 album Badlands with the double LP, Drifters/Love Is The Devil, next month. Alex Zhang Hungtai shared the first track from it back in January, a heart-wrenching instrumental called Love Is The Devil, and yesterday another instrumental entitled Landscapes In The Mist surfaced and it turns out it’s the closing number on Drifters.
Landscapes In The Mist is a little eerie in comparison to Love Is The Devil. It’s another stark affair, with only a lone saxophone playing over some haunting soundscapes. It’s another track in which Hungtai lets us delve further into his current morose state of mind.

Drifters/Love Is The Devil is out May 21 through Zoo Music.

The tracklist for the double album is as follows:

1. Night Walk
2. I Dream in Neon
3. Belgrade
4. Casino Lisboa
5. Elli
6. Au Revoir Mon Visage
7. Mirage Hall
8. Landscapes in the Mist

Love Is the Devil
9. Greyhound at Night
10. This Is Not My City
11. Woman
12. Love Is the Devil
13. Alone at the Danube River
14. I Don’t Know How to Find My Way Back to You
15. Like The Ocean We Part
16. Berlin