Friday, June 27, 2014

Jam of the Day: Sameblod - "Suddenly"

Swedish duo Sameblod throw down this killer synthpop track with some monster hooks to it.

Videos of the Week


Another gorgeous clip from the astonishing talent known as FKA twigs.

Haunting, and slightly creepy, video from The Child of Lov (aka, Martijn William Zimri Teerlinck, aka Cole Williams) who sadly passed away from surgery complications last year.

Tunde Olaniran rocks some wicked hair and outfits in this outre video.

Cryptic video from Hooray For Earth featuring motorcycles, dark forests, and human skin.

Very NSFW video from Steve Aoki, Diplo & Deorro (feat. Steve Bays).

Thursday, June 26, 2014

New: Grimes ft. Blood Diamonds - "Go"

Now we can hear the song that Grimes wrote for Rihanna, that she turned down. It's a pretty good pop track with some heavy bass.

Jam of the Day: Zola Jesus - "Dangerous Days"

More gorgeous goth-pop from Zola Jesus, which finds her leaning more towards this pop this go around. It suits her well. "Dangerous Days" comes from her upcoming record Taiga.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

New: Sia - "Big Girls Cry"

Another huge single from Sia's upcoming album 1000 Forms of Fear.

Jam of the Day: BEA - "Safe Ground"

Amsterdam singer BEA releases her second single, this seductive track called "Safe Ground," featuring her earthy vocals and a killer hook.

New: FKA twigs - "Two Weeks"

Gorgeous electronic pop from the thrilling and eccentric singer FKA twigs. This is the first single from her upcoming first full-length LP1.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Friday, June 20, 2014

Jam of the Day: Sondre Lerche - "Bad Law"

Fantastic pop track from Sondre Lerche.

Videos of the Week

This felt like the longest week ever. Thankfully these videos provided life support:

OK Go performs perfectly pleasant, yet slightly forgettable, alt-pop and are more known for their intricate videos. This video is no exception, a single take shot throwing the band members into optical illusions in a warehouse.

Professionally done live clip of the new Interpol track.

Kaleidoscopic video for this atmospheric track from Wild Beasts.

Sondre Lerche loses his shit at a dinner party.

Evocative video from London via New Zealand trio Popstrangers.

Slamming dance track from Cut Copy gets a video featuring Ben Sinclair, the co-creator and star of the web series High Maintenance.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Jam of the Day: Broods - "Mother & Father"

Lovely synth pop track with a killer chorus from New Zealand duo Broods.

New: Interpol - "Anywhere"

Interpol release a live video of the track "Anywhere" off their upcoming record El Pintor.

Video: Wild Beasts - "Mecca"

Trippy, technicolor video for this gorgeous track off of Wild Beast's latest record Present Tense.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Jam of the Day: Layla - "Smokestacks (Kirk Spencer Remix)"

The original version of this track from London singer/musician Layla is a haunting, minimal piano-led ballad. While I like the original, I thought Kirk Spencer's remix adding subtle beats and electronics made the track pop a little more. Here are both for your enjoyment.

Monday, June 16, 2014

New: Jessie Ware - "Tough Love"

First listen from Jessie Ware's follow up to Devotion. So far the album does not have a title or release date yet, though this single is set for release on August 2nd. There is a very "Little Red Corvette" vibe rolling through the track.

Jam of the Day: Dust Yard - "You're So Sweet"

Slinky and hypnotic house track from French DJ and producer Dust Yard.

New: Warpaint - "The Chauffeur (Duran Duran Cover)"

Atmospheric take on the equally atmospheric classic from Duran Duran which appears on Making Patterns Rhyme: A Tribute to Duran Duran, curated by Manimal Vinyl. The album benefits Amnesty International.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Jam of the Day: Quirke - "Break A Mirrored Leg"

Drawing from the likes of Aphex Twin and Autechre, UK producer Quirke fashions this skittering, shimmering piece of IDM.

Videos of the Week

Yay Friday! Enjoy these amazing videos:

Insanely fun video from Mastodon.

Hypnotic clip from Hundred Waters.

All white video from jj that is seriously weird and wild.

Shamir wanders around his hometown of Las Vegas with some psychedelic interludes.

Colorful clip from Zed's Dead.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Jam of the Day: GEMS - "Scars"

DC duo GEMS (Lindsay Pitts and Clifford John Usher) release a new single today that draws from a very Cocteau Twins-esque well, with atmospheric, shimmering guitars building over a buzzing bass line and skittering programming. Pitts vocals fluctuate between the gossamer and the guttural.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

New: Blonde Redhead - "No More Honey"

From their upcoming record Barragán, Blonde Redhead break their four year hiatus with the dreamy track "No More Honey." From the sounds of it, they are putting down their synthesizers and sequencers for a more organic approach.

Jam of the Day: Paul Woolford - "Untitled"

Earthy house track from Paul Woolford that grooves along a thumping beat with juicy piano rolls and adds some spiky diva vocals for texture.

Also, check out the sleek remix from Scuba, who adds some almost acid house-like bass to the track.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Jam of the Day: Rootkit - "Too Late (Original Mix)"

Slick drum and bass from Rootkit.

New: Bear In Heaven - "Time Between"

Bear In Heaven share the first peek into their new record Time Is Over One Day Old. It sort of sounds like the have been listening to a lot of Spacemen3.

Death Grips Share First Half of New Double Album, Eight Tracks All Featuring Bjork

Death Grips share the first half of their double album niggas on the moon. This half is called the powers that b, all tracks featuring Bjork. The second half of the the album, jenny death, will be out later this year. You can listen to the album on their SoundCloud page.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Jam of the Day: Jade Blue - "Moving Away"

I love this dreamy track from London producer Jade Blue.

Videos of the Week

I still feel like I am playing catch-up from Memorial Day Weekend. Here are the videos that got me through this very long week:

Second video for her brilliant track "Habits (Stay High)," Tove Lo gets a bigger video budget and takes us on a party binge in this haunting clip.

Charli XCX wanders around Amsterdam in this clip for her track from the soundtrack to The Fault In Our Stars.

Gorgeous, atmospheric video from BANKS.

Stunningly beautiful video from Washed Out.

Film Noir-ish clip from Young Widows.

Moody clip from Antlers.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Jam of the Day: Cathedrals - "Want My Love"

Each track from this San Francisco duo has been different, and equally enthralling. "Want My Love" is a slow-burning torch ballad with hints of electronica, future R&B, and even some dusky UK bass hints.

Video: Tove Lo - "Habits (Stay High)"

Last March, this song was released by Tove Lo and should have been a massive hit because of its hooky goodness. While it was a smash in Europe, it never really took hold in the States. This is the second video for the song, with obviously a much larger production budget. While it lacks the quirky charm of the original video, this clip has a much better correlation with the message of the track. Although I prefer the original video, I do like this one, and anything that gives this more exposure to the woefully ignored track is fine in my book.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

New: Lana Del Rey - "Ultraviolence"

Title track from the upcoming record from Lana Del Rey.

Jam of the Day: RÜFÜS - "We Left (Night Version)"

Aussie trio RÜFÜS released their first song "We Left" back in 2011 and have now revisited the track in order to make it fit in more with their new material. Featured as a bonus track on the UK release of their new record ATLAS, "We Left (Night Version)" is a more streamlined and sleek version of what was already a great pop track.

Below is the original version:

New: Caribou - "Can't Do Without You"

From his forthcoming album Our Love, Caribou (a.k.a. Dan Snaith) releases the first song from the record, the slow-burning track "Can't Do Without You." The album is out October 7th, via the Merge label.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Jam of the Day: Moby - "Rio (Duran Duran Cover)"

From the compilation Making Patterns Rhyme: a tribute to DURAN DURAN curated by MANIMAL for the benefit of AMNESTY, Moby tackles "Rio" and trades Simon Le Bon's husky croon and saxophones for a calmer approach. Building off haunting piano chords and an insistent bass drum, a woman's dusky voice takes the lead, pushing the track forward with billowing synths and echoes of rhythm guitar, before gathering steam into a heady, swirly vibe. While it in no way replaces the fun punch of the original, it is an interesting take on an 80s classic.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Jam of the Day: CHPLN - "White Snow"

Atmospheric pop from the South London duo CHPLN.

Sam Smith ft. Mary J. Blige - "Stay With Me"

After adding her inimitable vocal presence to Disclosure's "F For You," Mary J. Blige now joins Sam Smith on his gospel-inflected single "Stay With Me," and the results are as spectacular as you would think they would be.

New: Drake - "0 to 100/The Catch Up"

New track from Drake hints at a new album coming out in Spring of 2015.