The Knocks – Modern Hearts (Feat. St. Lucia)

Perching itself right on the border of stuff I like or dislike is Modern Hearts, the latest track by New York production duo The Knocks. On this synth-heavy house anthem they’ve recruited fellow New Yorker St. Lucia for vocal duty.
There’s absolutely no doubt in my mind that it’s only a matter of time before this track has dancefloors all over the globe going apeshit!

The more I listen to it, the more I do actually enjoy it. It has a certain Cut Copy vibe to it. St. Lucia’s voice sounds incredible and the production is very tight. Check it out.

Mr Little Jeans – Oh Sailor

It feels like a very very long time since Monica Birkenes, aka Mr Little Jeans, recorded that incredible version of The Suburbs by Arcade Fire, doesn’t it?
The Norwegian electro-pop singer returned to the scene this week with a brand new track called Oh Sailor, taken from her forthcoming debut full-length album that’s due this June.
On Oh Sailor, Birkenes is joined by the Silverlake Conservatory of Music Youth Chorale and together they’ve just laid down a really catchy pop number. It’s becoming pretty clear that Mr Little Jeans has an ear for a pop hook, and the chorus on this track is just great. I can’t wait to hear the rest of her album.

Oh Sailor from Mr Little Jeans on Vimeo.

Highasakite – Everything Sank In You

Highasakite apparently caused a bit of a stir at this years SXSW and I’m not surprised after hearing their rather lovely tune, Everything Sank In You.
The bittersweet lyrics on this track instantly caught my attention but what endeared me to it is how beautifully they’re delivered by vocalist Ingrid Helene Håvik. The video below is a particularly great version of the song, I’ve watched it a couple of times this evening.

Mount Kimbie – Blood and Form

London electronic duo Mount Kimbie have dropped another track from their forthcoming sophomore LP, Cold Spring Fault Less Youth.
Having already shared the excellent Made To Stray, Blood and Form is the sparse and equally brilliant new single from Dominic Maker Kai Campos.
The beat to Blood and Form is a little slower than Made To Stray, and where that track was perhaps more of a club banger, this track’s instrumentation is stripped back and bare making it more of a slow-burning release. Another act I’m dying to catch live this year at Field Day.

Cold Spring Fault Less Youth drops May 27 through Warp Records.

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.