Yuno – No Going Back

Yuno celebrates signing with Sub Pop by sharing the feel-good lead track from his forthcoming debut for the label.

Yuno both stars in and directs the No Going Back video and offers this of the visual, “The video pretty much represents how I was feeling when I wrote this song. Kind of wandering around, not too sure about where I want to go, but definitely sure about where I don’t want to be. Just trying to make sure I have some fun along the way.”

Yuno was introduced to the label by Ishmael Butler of Shabazz Palaces and Digable Planets fame, who’s a member of Sub Pop’s A&R staff. Butler offers his praise, “First time I heard Yuno, I peeped, of course, that he possessed all the trappings of a great musician, impeccable taste on his riffs, songs catchy but not corny, familiar but dopely strange. There was seductive magic that I couldn’t, and still can’t put my finger on, which is the essence of his uniqueness. Kids a star, man.”

Simian Mobile Disco – Caught In A Wave

Simian Mobile Disco will release their fifth album Murmurations on May 11 via Wichita Recordings.

Today, they share lead single Caught In A Wave, which comes accompanied by a video directed by Kiani Del Valle. Del Valle says of the video:

“For ‘Caught In A Wave’ I wanted to explore the idea of chaos. I’ve been fascinated by mosh pits and have always been deeply moved by all the codes in its culture and the science of adrenaline and endorphin release. From pogo to slam dance and hardcore dancing, what mainly excites my eye is the physical impact and the sense of trust and commitment between strangers.”

“Juxtaposing a mosh pit with a choreographed contemporary dance routine, I wanted to create an atmosphere for these two things to not only meet but also to elevate each other. The glue between the two also being the underlying friendship/love story where both characters are continually in the midst of a turning point.”

Oklou – They Can’t Hear Me

Marylou Mayniel – aka Oklou – is a French producer, vocalist and composer currently based in London.

The Rite of May is written and produced by Mayniel herself and is her most pop-orientated work to date. The tracks range from the beautiful intimacy of ‘Samuel’ to the expansive club-pop track They Can’t Hear Me, led throughout by her vocals. Additional input was provided from Bok Bok (Kelela, Night Slugs), Rodiah McDonald (The XX, Sampha), Sega Bodega and new Paris engineer Krampf.

Marylou grew up in the countryside of west France, and was first exposed to music through a classical education for piano and cello. She subsequently learnt to produce electronic music on her computer, discovering a new digital world of artists fusing visceral production with their own unique voices.

Moving to Paris three years ago, she founded her radio/DJ crew TGAF and began performing her first live shows under the name Oklou. A series of online releases, mixtapes, collaborations, live shows and DJ sets have established her as a key part of the new European electronic underground scene.

This 6 track EP is released on NUXXE, the young London label created by UK artists coucou chloe, Shygirl and Sega Bodega. The cover art to the EP features a close-up of her family’s front room in western France, as a tribute to memories and lifestyles that inspired her to write The Rite of May.

Chrome Sparks – Still Think

Chrome Sparks (aka Jeremy Malvin) releases his debut self-titled album on April 13 via Counter Records.

On new single Still Think, the vocoder vocals and saccharine melodies show a predilection for straight-for-the-jugular songwriting. But there’s also a lush texture and intricacy to the synths and arpeggios which underpin the track, hinting at the studio gear – in particular, a trusty Moog synth – which was a vital part of how he made the record.

The album is the product of an obsessive approach to production as much it is about a restless hunt for new ideas over several years spent between Malvin’s Navy Yard, Brooklyn studio and a secluded cabin in upstate New York. He spent a month there to escape the distractions of the city, and to distill his process during what became an intensive period of creativity.

Due out on April 13, his debut long-player arrives after a series of much-tipped singles and EPs on Future Classic. Pre-order it here.

Hop Along – Not Abel

Philadelphia’s Hop Along will release their third studio album Bark Your Head Off, Dog on April 6 via Saddle Creek. Pre-order it here.

On album opener and lead single How Simple, Frances Quinlan wrangles with what it’s like to learn about yourself—which can get ugly. The theme carries through to new album track, Not Abel, where Quinlan turns the focus outward and sings about the ways other people can be disappointing, relative strangers and biblical figures.

“Karl Ove Knausgaard wrote a great book called A Time for Everything. I’d say it inspired a lot of little moments, in this song especially,” shares Quinlan. “At one point he writes about Cain and Abel, but approaches it with a far more intimate, even mundane lens, completely unlike the Bible, which is pretty bare of any personal description. As you spend a few days with them, Cain becomes increasingly sympathetic. It’s a funny thing trying to examine beliefs. Sympathy and understanding complicate everything too much I suppose.”

The formidable 9-song collection is the band’s strongest and most cohesive album to date. Crafted by Frances Quinlan (songwriter, lead vocalist, and rhythm guitarist), Tyler Long (bass), Joe Reinhart (guitar), and Mark Quinlan (drums), the album imagines what it’s like to cast off long held perceptions, often without being certain about the new ones that will replace them. Quinlan has been meditating a lot on power. In this particular moment in history, this thought begs a greater question: what do we do with power and the men who so freely brandish it? “I’m angry that I believed in this false idea for so long, that a man would come along and show me what I was worth.”

Self-produced and recorded at The Headroom in Philadelphia by Reinhart and Kyle Pulley, Bark Your Head Off, Dog features the familiar sounds that have always made the band allergic to genre: grunge, folk, punk, and power pop all appear, with inspiration from ELO to Elvis Costello to ‘70s girl group vocal arrangements. This time around, they’ve added strings, more intricate rhythms, lush harmonies (featuring Thin Lips’ Chrissy Tashjian), along with a momentary visit with a vocoder. In more than one place, Mark Quinlan drums like he’s at a disco with Built to Spill. Bark Your Head Off, Dog is, without question, Hop Along’s most dynamic and textured record yet.