Friday, August 29, 2014

Jam of the Day: Faze Miyake - "Dun Kno"

Sleek, omnious, and foreboding trap-influenced track from up and coming grime producer Faze Miyake.

Videos of the Week

Happy Friday and Happy Labor Day Weekend! Here are the videos that got me through the week:

Charli XCX looks like she's having fun breaking the rules in this video.

This rather somber Coldplay track gets a goofy video treatment.

Trippy video from Bear In Heaven.

Single shot video that adds a sinister element to an already hypnotic, moody track.

Things get progressively weird in this clip from Usher.

Grimes' Rihanna-rejected track gets an over-the-top video treatment.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Jam of the Day: Broods - "Evergreen"

Captivating and hypnotic track "Evergreen," the title track to New Zealand duo Broods' debut album. On tour now with Sam Smith.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Jam of the Day: Eves - "Zen"

Gorgeous track from the latest buzz girl from Down Under, Eves, who comes from Brisbane, Australia.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Jam of the Day: Interpol - "All The Rage Back Home"

In honor of the upcoming release of Interpol's brilliant new record El Pintor, here is the lead off track "All The Rage Back Home," which starts off deceptively calm before erupting into a prototypical Interpol barn burner.

Video: Esben and the Witch - "Dig Your Fingers In"

Sinister track from Esben and the Witch gets an eerie, on-shot video to accompany it.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Jam of the Day: Eliot Sumner - "Information"

No longer going under the band name I Blame Coco, Eliot Sumner, daughter of Sting and Trudie Styler, is now releasing music under her own name. The title track to her new EP is a pulsating rocker with subtle electronic flourishes, and is catchy as hell.

Tonight Show: Röyksopp & Robyn - "Do It Again"

Röyksopp and Robyn hit the Tonight Show to perform their single "Do It Again." It contains lots of lasers, lights, weird masks, and Robyn dancing like a pixie on crack.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Friday, August 15, 2014

Jam of the Day: 18+ - "Crow"

Mysterious production duo 18+ from LA (isn't every production duo from LA "mysterious" these days?) so far have dropped three mixtapes. Their latest, Mixtap3, is a bizarre mix of future R7B, avant hip-hop, and electronica, as if Tricky's Pre-Millennial Tension was distilled down to a skeletal core. It's a difficult listen at times but bears fruit after multiple listens. Standout track "Crow" pulses with a dark energy, its minimal beats and almost obnoxious crow sample push the track forward while the male and female voices go back and forth in an drugged out cadence. It's a strange track, but oddly captivating.

Videos of the Week

Let's get this Friday started right, here are some videos that spanked my ass and called me Judy this week:

Gorgeous, sci-fi freak out video from Röyksopp & Robyn.

Interesting take on the lyric video in this collaboration between Rustie and rapper Danny Brown.

Post-hardcore band Frameworks enjoy destroying a car in this frantic clip.

Basement Jaxx video shows a colorful, aquatic animated world.

Intense clip from Big Ups.

Provocative and intriguing clip from murky duo 18+.

Decidedly low-fi and goofy video from Arcade Fire.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Jam of the Day: FKA twigs - "Pendulum"

"Pendulum" is the haunting centerpiece to FKA twigs' astonishingly assured debut record LP1. This is the sound of the future, and it is intoxicating.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

New: Jessie Ware - "Say You Love Me"

Probably the most mainstream song she has recorded, "Say You Love Me," from Jessie Ware's upcoming second record Tough Love, is testament to her wide ranging talent. Co-written with Ed Sheeran, this is Jessie Ware at her most radio-ready. Ware is a huge talent and hopefully will see her career take off with this record.

Jam of the Day: Youth Code - "Consuming Guilt"

Pummeling EBM/Industrial track from Youth Code.

Video: Röyksopp & Robyn - "Monument"

Trippy video from Röyksopp & Robyn.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Jam of the Day: TIAAN - "Dive Deep"

Atmospheric R&B track from Australian born, L.A. based singer TIAAN.

New: Kindness ft. Kelele and Ade - "World Restart"

Adam Bainbridge, who records under the moniker Kindess, returns with his follow up to 2012's World, You Need a Change of Mind. Otherness will be out on October 13 and features guests like Robyn, Blood Orange's Dev Hynes, and others. The first track we get to hear from Otherness is the slinky "World Restart", which features Kelela and Ade.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Jam of the Day: Majid Jordan - "A Place Like This"

Majid Jordan, the Canadian production duo of Majid Al Maskati and Jordan Ullman, are signed to Drake and Noah "40" Shebib's record label OVO Sound. Their atmospheric work, such as single "A Place Like This," fits nicely within that after-hours comedown aesthetic.

Videos of the Week

It's Friday! Videos dammit!

Azealia Banks in some Mad Max-esque adventures in this stylish clip.

Lush, synthpop track from Vaults gets an eerie video treatment based on medieval "dance of death" paintings.

Bear In Heaven's latest video focuses on late night escapades in NYC.

This delicate track from UK shoegaze act The Fauns gets an appropriately atmospheric video.

Haunting images highlight this stark clip for HANAH's gorgeous single.

Starting off with a literal interpretation of the song title, this clip from Suno Deko takes an interesting turn halfway through.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Jam of the Day: Kiasmos - "Burnt"

Kiasmos, a collaboration between Ólafur Arnalds and Janus Rasmussen, release this gorgeous electronic track that is a master class in build and release.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

New: Godflesh - "New Dark Ages"

First listen to Godflesh's first full length record in 13 years, A World Lit Only By Fire.

Jam of the Day: William Arcane - "Stay A While"

Dense production work and an emotional core highlight this track from London singer/producer William Arcane.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Videos of the Week

Nothing like a nice, quiet week. These videos made it even better:

Simple, yet gorgeous video from Lana Del Rey.

Sleek, intense black and white clip for BANKS.

Experimental clip for experimental rap outfit clipping.

Extremely NSFW video for this spacey track from Aussie trio Movement. It is about as NSFW as you can get. Did I mention it was NSFW?

Stark song from Karen O's upcoming solo record receives the underwater video treatment.

Gorgeous track from Real Estate has the band members traipsing around Mexico City in this clip.

Extremely fun sorority based clip from Janelle Monae.