I am literally counting down the days until Portugal. The Man drop their Danger Mouse-produced new album, Evil Friends.
Having already shared the albums blistering title track, the Portland Oregon rockers have just dropped another storming track entitled Purple Yellow Red and Blue.
As I said previously, they’ve recruited super-producer Danger Mouse to produce their seventh album, and on the back of these two tracks it’s shaping up to be one of my most anticipated albums of the year. The track is just crazy catchy.
Following on from the release of his Trust EP which he dropped back in January, London electronic producer Gold Panda is back with a colourful new track entitled Brazil, and also the announcement of a brand new LP coming this June. Brazil is typically the type of warm and chilled out electronica we’ve come to expect from the ever-reliable Gold Panda. It’s a heavily textured track with an array of scattered beats and sparkling synths underneath a looped vocal line repeating the word “Brazil” throughout. The track was influenced by his recent visit to São Paulo. The lush harp effect synths that comes in towards the end of the song sound particularly nice. Looking forward to catching this live at Longitude in July.
Brazil is taken from Gold Panda’s second album for Ghostly International, Half of Where You Live, which drops June 11.
Empire Of The Sun are back with Alive, the first single from their forthcoming sophomore album, Ice On The Dune. It’s a typically euphoric and danceable number from the Australian synth-pop duo that’s primed for those Summer Festivals.
The chorus goes down pretty easy too. You can just see this track been played by Sky Sports when they look back on the current Premier League season ending in May. Check out the stream below.
London-based synth-pop duo Pale dropped a dope new track earlier today called Two Wrongs, and I’ve not been able to quit playing it since I’ve come from work. I like when pop songs are understated but have plenty of substance, and Two Wrongs is exactly that. It’s a very smooth release by the duo and judging by the other material on their SoundCloud we should be hearing a lot more from them.
Stream the track below, and hit their SoundCloud for more.
During their performance at Coachella over the weekend, Poliça were joined Justin Vernon of Bon Iver to perform their new single, Tiff. Today, Poliça shared the studio version of the track and it sounds so awesome. Channy Leaneagh’s sultry vocals alongside Vernon’s crescendo make one seriously formidable pairing, don’t you think?
The latest episode of The Collaborators features Pharrell Williams, who appeared alongside Nile Rodgers on Daft Punk’s teaser of Get Lucky aired at Coachella and SNL. In the interview Pharrell discusses their mutual obsession with the legend that is Nile Rodgers as well as recording with the Robots in Paris.
Montreal-based duo Valleys drop their new album, Are You Going To Stand There And Talk Weird All Night?, at the end of the month. Here’s Matilda Perks and Marc St Louis second single, Hounds. Hounds runs at just over six minutes in length and it’s another perfect slice of dark electro-pop coming from Montreal’s thriving music scene. According to Perks, the song was written during a time when she lost several of her friends and family members in unrelated accidents. You can actually feel her pain on this track, and the end result is something very beautiful.
Are You Going To Stand There And Talk Weird All Night? drops April 30th through Kanine Records.
New Build, the electro-pop act founded by Hot Chip members Felix Martin and Al Doyle, are back with an awesome new track entitled, False Thing. It’s the groups first offering of new material since their underrated 2012 debut, Yesterday Was Lived & Lost.
The track kicks off with one of the year’s slickest basslines, it’s just so so good. Then comes Al Doyle’s familiar vocals, which I’ve come to love from being a massive LCD Soundsystem/Hot Chip fan. When the song gets into gear it becomes a really expansive slice of funky, synth-heavy, dark electro-pop. It’s a really deadly track, and fans of Doyles other bands will dig the hell out of it.