M.I.A. has announced that her fourth album Matangi will be released on April 15. The album was originally penned for a 2012 release but it never materialized due to “differences” between M.I.A. and her record label Interscope Records. Thankfully that’s all settled now and hopefully the upcoming album has more of this!
London-based duo Ben Walker and Patrick Wanzala-Ryan, aka Laces, release their debut Beachcombers EP on January 25. Patrick was kind enough to send me an early copy of the 5-song EP earlier today and I’ve been playing it since. I posted the brilliant ‘Screens’ last week so I was pretty psyched to hear the rest of Beachcombers and I wasn’t disappointed. They band’s talent for making hypnotic and strangly addictive acoustic-drenched ambiance simply cannot be ignored and there is some strong material to be found on this EP. At the moment, my favourite is ‘Ghost Waking’ but the dual vocals on ‘Lift’ have me hooked. I don’t have a link to stream the entire EP just yet but in the meantime, stream ‘Screens’ below.
Springfield Missouri-based Plaid Dragon have a lovely new EP out at the moment called Dog Physics. The title track is the song I liked the most. Inge Chiles vocals, strikingly similar to that of Sharon Van Etten, sound just beautiful as she lulls us over a gentle finger-picked acoustic guitar. The song seemingly drifts along with ease, before an urgent burst of percussion and guitar, before settling gently back into what feels almost like a lullaby. Head over to Plaid Dragon’s Bandcamp page and pick it up.
Here’s the latest from London-based four piece Cheatahs, it’s called ‘The Swan’. They recently signed to Wichita Recordings and will release their debut EP Sans later this month. ‘The Swan’ is the albums opening track and as well as being an awesome throwback to early 90’s style indie rock, it’s an absolutely bangin’ track. The guitars are loud and that swirling riff throughout makes me want to thrash something. Try to contain yourself from air-drumming.
‘Unbreak’ is the latest cut from eighteen year old Chicago-based producer Wih’lo. Those of you interested in the music of early James Blake, XXYYXX, Mount Kimbie and Koreless will definitely enjoy this track. Unbreak is a new track for the latest The Soul Electronic compilation and it’s easily his finest work to date. It unfolds ever so slowly, with Wih’lo throwing in some warped R&B vocal samples (that everyone seems to be hitting up these days) before reaching it’s euphoric climax, a swirling mix of looped vocals and sparkling beats. Expect to hear a lot more from this producer in 2013.
Angel Olsen has released two videos beautifully shot in 16mm. One is for the Half Way Home track ‘Tiniest Seed’ and the other is for ‘Sweet Dreams’ a previously unreleased song. It took me a long while to properly appreciate last years Half Way Home, too long, but it’s been spinning on repeat here for a while now. The videos below are the result of a collaboration between filmmakers Randy Sterling Hunter, Ashley Connor, Zia Anger, and Olsen. Olsen will release the Sleepwalker 7″, featuring “Sweet Dreams” on January 15th through Sixteen Tambourines.
Here’s the latest cut from Koreless and Sampha’s new project Short Stories. It’s called ‘On The Way’ and between Koreless’ finely tuned ear for a melody and Sampha’s distinctive voice you’re in for a real treat. Their debut single, ‘Let It Go/On the Way’, will be released on January 28 via Young Turks. Dig in.
It’s going to be hard not to mention Van Morrison or Them when talking about New York-based outfit The Wives and their new track ‘Brooklyn Beats’. The band recently uploaded a three-track demo to their Bandcamp page which you can stream or download for free. While the band are protected by the umbrella of a Garage Rock label, it has to be said that while many bands try and try to hit that Van the man/Them sound, The Wives have pulled it off with ease.
London trio Factory Floor announced last year they would be releasing their debut album through DFA Records this year. I think I can speak for a lot of people when I say that it’s one of the most highly anticipated electronic releases of 2013. The first single to be taken from the album is the pulsating ‘Fall Back’. The single will be available January 15. Pre-orders are available over at DFA Records or on iTunes. In the meantime, stream it below.
After dropping three pretty awesome albums in 2012, Ty Segall has formed a new band called Fuzz and dropped two new tracks which you can hear below. For those more familiar with Ty Segall, as the guitar shredding frontman, I hope you aren’t too disappointed when you realise he’s on drums here. Charlie Moonheart, who plays guitar in Ty Segall’s live band is on vocals here. Sounds pretty cool actually.