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Check ‘Em Out: [Belarbi]

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Hot off the press!!!

Check out this new remix from Belarbi.

Listen: SBTRKT – “New Dorp. New York” (feat. Ezra Koenig [Belarbi] Remix))

He writes: (sic)

Hi guys,

This one is special, tricky I would say as I’m such a fan of sbtrkt and Vampire week end.
I humbly tried to give a personal twist to their great song.
Since they released it, it seemed I had to drop everything else and only do that
I’m happy to share it fresh with you guys
[Belarbi]

Freshly out in the limelight, [Belarbi] has already received a warm welcome on social networks. His debut remix, a version of Nonono’s “Pumpin Blood”, has promptly gathered a half million plays on Soundcloud. His first original track, “Paradise” was an airy yet catchy display of his rich and diverse influences. Add a stream of well-polished productions bringing a unique touch to tracks such as Yuna’s “I Wanna Go” or Two Door Cinema Club’s “Changing Of The Seasons”. Forward-thinking label Kitsune got it right, releasing [Belarbi]‘s remix “Kyllan” by BeatauCue. And Lykke Li “No Rest For the Wicked” last month.

Listen to all of [Belarbi]‘s remixes on Soundclound HERE.

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Listen: Operators (On Tour with Future Islands)

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“Discovery is the supposed raison d’etre of these fests and CMW 2014 delivered with the best buzz band in recent memory, Operators, an electronic rock group so good that first night I went and saw them again the next two nights, too.” – Huffington Post

 “The trio’s first, utterly blazing midnight set at the Dollar on Thursday left a representative sample of Toronto’s music-industry intelligentsia – label reps, promoters, festival programmers, publicists, bloggers, critics and jaded scenesters in general – tizzying about in a froth of unanimous excitement this writer has rarely witnessed in his two decades on the job.” – Toronto Star

 “Featuring gurgling electronics occasionally reminiscent of early Unicorns, blasts of synths and steady drums, the new material brought Boeckner’s pop tendencies into full view” – Exclaim

 “even in the keyboard-driven Handsome Furs, we’ve never heard Boeckner’s howling growl set against such a sleek digital background.” – Stereogum

 “Boeckner emphatically swoons about “one true love” over an ’80s-indebted backdrop of shimmering synths and booming bass. Infectious and danceable, “True” is New Wave for 2014.” – Consequence of Sound

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Operators is Dan Boeckner’s (Wolf Parade, Handsome Furs, Divine Fits) brand new analog/electronic/dance project, and we are excited to announce the release of their debut offering, EP1: an upbeat, aggressively melodic collection of synth driven pop songs. The EP will be out this Tuesday, August 5th, and they have released the first track from the EP “True”.

 Listen: Operators – “True”

Dan Boeckner has shown his diverse musical taste over the years; consequently, his decision to focus his attention on a new, electronic dance project shouldn’t be surprising as it feels like nothing more than a natural progression from the first synth he bought for the debut Wolf Parade EP, to the primarily stark, digital sounds of Handsome Furs, and now the organic, melted, deeply dance driven Operators.  Recorded at Montreal’s Hotel2Tango, the five track EP1 features “True” and four other new tracks, functioning as the band’s defacto mission statement.

Even before releasing any music, Operators played a handful of shows showcasing all previously unheard songs. This included Toronto Music Week in June, where the band (who had released no music and posted no information about themselves online) sold out a three night residency at the Silver Dollar Room.  Huffington Post remarked the band was “an electronic rock group so good that first night I went and saw them again the next two nights, too.” Noisey was there too, saying “The performance wasn’t just energetic, it was frenetic…Operators’ music is all hooks-it’s dance pop. It’s direct, it’s immediately accessible…”

The band’s proper North American live debuts will happen courtesy of a largely sold out tour starting August 7 supporting Baltimore’s Future Islands, followed by headline performances of their own. On Monday, tune in to KEXP.org to watch Operators’ live in studio session at 1pm PST, before their headline set at Barboza that night.

 Operators on tour:

  • 8/2 — Happy Valley, OR — Pickathon
  • 8/3 — Happy Valley, OR — Pickathon
  • 8/4 — Seattle, WA — Barboza
  • 8/7 — Brooklyn, NY — House of Vans*
  • 8/8 — Milvale, PA — Mr. Small’s Theatre*
  • 8/9 — Indianapolis, IN — The Vogue*
  • 8/10 — Milwaukee, WI — Turner Hall*
  • 8/11 — Sioux Falls, SD — Icon Lounge*
  • 8/12 — Fort Collins, CO — Aggie Theater*
  • 8/13 — Salt Lake City, UT — Kilby Court
  • 8/15 — Boise, ID — Egyptian Theatre*
  • 8/16 — Portland, OR — Doug Fir Lounge*
  • 8/18 — Sacramento, CA — Harlow’s*
  • 8/19 — Fresno, CA — Star Palace at Warnors Theatre*
  • 8/20 — Los Angeles, CA — The Fonda Theatre*
  • 8/21 — Los Angeles, CA — The Fonda Theatre*
  • 8/22 — San Diego, CA — Irenic*
  • 8/24 — Phoenix, AZ — The Crescent ballroom
  • 8/25 — Tucson, AZ — 191 Toole*
  • 8/27 — Denver, CO — Gothic Theatre*
  • 8/28 — Omaha, NE — The Waiting Room*
  • 8/29 — Des Moines, IA — Wooly’s*
  • 8/30 — Chicago, IL — Schuba’s^
  • 8/31 — Columbus, OH — The Big Bang*
  • 9/2 — Montreal, QC — La Tulipe*
  • 9/3 — South Burlington, VT — Higher Ground Ballroom*
  • 9/4 — Portland, ME — Port City Music Hall*
  • 9/7 — Toronto, ON — Horseshoe Tavern
  • 9/13 — Hamilton, ON — James Street North Supercrawl
  • 10/23 — Halifix, NS — The Marquee Club

* with Future Islands

^ with Tweens

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Check ‘Em Out: Kiev

Photo credit: Murphy Karges

Photo credit: Murphy Karges

“The sun sets in the background as the band plays on, masterfully achieving an organic sound…” Elmore Magazine

“Sharing their funk and psychedelic rock influences through visuals that reinforce its sound, the hypnotic track is set to a magical journey that sees the band’s members riding on bongo drums while coming in contact with electrified lily pads” NYLON Guys

“Kiev’s genre-transcending full-length […] exudes a powerful otherworldly quality, as if Orange County-based band of sophisticates give in at times to the urge to simply space out.” Buzzbands.LA

Orange County alt-rockers Kiev released their debut full-length album, Falling Bough Wisdom Teeth, in October of last year. In support of the record, the band is kicking off a west coast tour today with fellow Californians Bad Suns.

Having recently unveiled their otherworldly video for Falling Bough Wisdom Teeth album cut “Be Gone Dull Cage,” the band has now dropped an incredible live video of “Solving and Running”- shot in a stunningly picturesque desert locale.

Falling Bough Wisdom Teeth was produced & engineered by Chris Shaw (Wilco, Phish, Super Furry Animals), and pays homage to collective band influences & minimalist pioneer Steve Reich. The members of Kiev have strong connections to the world of visual art, and have orchestrated & added a multi-faceted 3D element to their live performances. Additionally, the LP art was originally a band favorite by renowned contemporary artist Walton Ford, who gave the band his blessing to use it as the cover for Falling Bough Wisdom Teeth upon hearing the record & how it spoke to his painting.

Full West Coast Tour w/ Bad Suns Kicks Off Today:

8/1: Bakersfield, CA @ B Ryders
8/3: Sacramento, CA @ Harlow’s
8/4: San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
8/5: Reno, NV @ Cargo Reno
8/6: Eugene, OR @ Cozmic
8/7: Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
8/10: Boise, ID @ Reef
8/12: Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
8/13: Las Vegas, NV @ Container Park
8/15: Santa Barbara, CA @ Velvet Jones

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Check ‘Em Out: The Point

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“…the kind of chilled-out indie pop that makes you open your eyes a little wider, O’Neill’s meandering vocals anchored by an 80s-inflected beat” - BlackBook 

Brooklyn-based synth pop duo The Point share second single “Procrastination” from their forthcoming follow-up EP South Second due out August 12th. The new EP includes previously released track  “Fuck Money” as well as a cover of beloved Big Star classic “Thirteen”. The Point is the newly formed project of couple Michael O’Neill (JD Samson & MEN, Ladybug Transistor) and Sammy Tunis (formerly of The Lisps) who have translated their personal relationship – past, present and future –  into one of eclectic artistic collaboration. O’Neill says of the new track :

As a perfectionist, I constantly feel like I should be working or doing something “productive”.  But being so hard on myself is so overwhelming, it often leads to doing nothing at all.  In turn, I have felt creatively stifled, wasting countless hours feeling insecure, anti-social and bored.

One day, I went on a walk with no intended destination. Instead of staying home and staring blankly into a computer, i got up and suddenly left, walking around aimlessly for about 2 hours. In that time, I had a simple purpose – to put one foot in front of the other and enjoy myself and my surroundings.  I came home from that walk and immediately wrote this song.

The new collection of tracks follows the late spring release of their debut Somes Sound EP which explored electronic folk soundscapes and lilting narratives about failed relationships.

The Point was formed in the summer of 2013 when O’Neill and Tunis left New York City and temporarily moved to Maine, where a collection of ethereal songs emerged from the intimacy and isolation of city exile. They spent September on Mt. Desert Island, where they stayed in a friend’s home and recorded a demo in a barn over-looking the ocean.

The first of a series of three EPs, Somes Sound (named for a body of water on Mt. Desert Island) is, in Tunis’ words, “break-up songs we probably should have written years ago.” With a nostalgic and haunting 80s feel, these songs speak to a forgotten need for closure and a reckoning with the past, and they set the stage for the next two EPs, which deal with the present and future.

For those in the New York area The Point plays August 21st @ Mercury Lounge w/ Midnight Masses

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Listen: The Point – “Procrastination”

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Listen: Salme Dahlstrom – “Pop Ur Heart Out”

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“Music licensing queen.” – Wall Street Journal

“Relentlessly hooky and ridiculously accessible.” – Entertainment Weekly

The Wall Street Journal dubbed musician Salme Dahlstrom a “music licensing queen” when, like Moby before her, she managed to license every track from her 2008 album The Acid Cowgirl Audio Trade to various corporations and television programs.

At the time, Dahlstrom, who produces, performs, edits, and mixes all of her tracks herself, was not only just getting noticed, she was just getting started. “C’mon Y’All,” one of catchiest numbers on an album of catchy numbers, climbed Billboard’s Dance Chart and eventually received prominent placements in major ad campaigns for CoverGirl, Suave, and Kellogg’s that ran on primetime network television for months.

While managing what inevitably became a highly successful licensing business, Dahlstrom continued to do the work that got her there, and will now release “Pop Propaganda Volume 2: Retro Funk Soul Junction” on September 16th, 2014.  The new six-song collection is preceded by the single “Pop Ur Heart Out” – streaming now via Entertainment Weekly which calls the song “relentlessly hooky and ridiculously accessible.”

About “Pop Ur Heart Out,” Dahlstrom says, “I felt like bringing some soul and poetry to the party.  I used organic instruments – piano and acoustic guitar – and mixed them with glitch effects and Kaoss Pad to give it an electronic edge. It’s one of my new favorites!”

“Pop Propaganda Volume 2: Retro Funk Soul Junction” by Salme Dahlstrom is scheduled for release on September 16th, 2014 via Kontainer Music.  The first single “Pop Ur Heart Out” arrives on August 5th, 2014, accompanied by a trio of remixes of the track by SpekrFreks, DJ Phunkae, and Quadrat Beat on August 26th, 2014.

Pop Ur Heart Out

Listen: Salme Dahlstrom – “Pop Ur Heart Out”

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Check ‘Em Out: Braque

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Listen: Braque – V1CES EP

BRAQUE is a UK (London) based multi-instrumentalist, he is also a writer, producer, and most of all artist who creates everything himself.

BRAQUE is part of a loose collective of musicians including the highly acclaimed BASTILLE and RAG N BONE MAN. Having written, produced and set up the BEST LAID PLANS label with both of these artists, BRAQUE now believes the time is right to forge ahead as a solo artist.

Influenced by artists like Prince and Kanye, BRAQUE creates shiny modern pop music with a definite slightly darker edge, underpinned by a strong, soaring vocal and grainy, artful imagery. This is definitely not throwaway bubblegum pop music, but an artist who wants to be taken seriously.

BRAQUE’S vision behind the V1CES EP is that each song encapsulates a vice that we have in our lives. This EP will be the first in a Trilogy and contains two singles, “Secrets” and a cover of Everything But the Girl’s “Miss the Rain”.

If you’re liking these, make sure to check out the whole EP (link above).

 

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Check ‘Em Out: Sophie and the Bom Boms

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Photo credit: Myles Pettengill

“I wrote these songs as if I was talking with my best girlfriends,” says Sophie Stern.

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Listen: Sophie and The Bom Boms – “Pray”

Her identity prior to this evocative new pop incarnation was as sought-after songwriter, earning her bread writing hits for A-listers like Britney Spears, British pop star Conor Maynard, and The Ready Set, among others. But make no mistake – this ain’t no wistful follow-your-dream template that Sophie is cooking up now.

What makes the 4 song offering so upbeat and engaging—besides the toppling beats bracing Stern’s sultry swagger—are the songs, themselves; soulfully primed missives like “Woman” —percolating drums and piano skating over Sophie’s empowering vocals.

“The Bom Boms are my backing band led by producer/multi-instrumentalist David Elevator,” Sophie explains. “He is my writing partner and produces all my songs. It’s always a surprise to me which Bom Boms are going to be at shows or rehearsals.  Sometimes it’s a big band, sometimes it’s just him.”

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Debut Stream: cln – Sideways EP

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Stream: cln – Sideways EP

Sideways is the debut EP from Brisbane’s newest electronic wunderkid cln, featuring five glorious examples of chilled downtempo, electronic bliss.

The EP’s lead single “Better Than” took the world by storm, reaching #1 on Hype Machine within just three days of its release, and amassing over 125,000 plays on Soundcloud since. Following closely behind was the EP’s title-track, which quickly strengthened the anticipation of what else this 19 year old newcomer had up his sleeve.

Also accompanying the EP is an intoxicating remix cln has produced for fellow Brisbane-bred producer, Golden Vessel.

Listen: Golden Vessel – Stairwell (cln Remix)

Upcoming Shows:
Saturday, August 8 – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane (w/ Willow Beats & Tincture)
Saturday, August 9 – Rabbit Radio’s 2nd Birthday Event, Gold Coast
Saturday, August 16 – Alhambra Lounge, Brisbane
Friday, August 29 – The Zoo, Brisbane (w/ The Aston Shuffle & Just A Gent)
Sideways EP is available now from iTunes

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Free Download: Cashmere Cat – “With Me” (Infuze Remix)

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Listen/download: Cashmere Cat – “With Me” (Infuze Remix)

Continuing a ripping streak of success built off recent hits on the likes Firepower and SMOG Records, he’s put his hands to Cashmere Cat’s “With Me,” with a genre-be-damned, amped-up remix that bears Infuze’s unmistakable signature sound. Starting quiet and building to rapid crescendo, it’s the sort of flip that keeps the best bits about the original intact, while adding a feel to the track that can’t be matched by anyone else.  In a rapidly over-saturating market of “future” sounds, Infuze is sound for sore ears, producing what is really best described as his own style of bass music for a generation of heads wanting more out of the sound.

This Song Is Sick PREMIERE
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Check ‘Em Out: We Are Castor

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Invade & Disco, We Are Castor’s second album release with SectionZ Records, dropped July 21st, and is a unique blend of retro disco style, and a variety of live instruments, with modern glitch-hop. Shattering the boundaries between many genres, We Are Castor is carving out its own place at the crossroads between EDM and more traditional styles of live music.

Influenced by blues, swing, psychedelic-rock, electronica, hip hop and folk, We Are Castor patrols the unseen border between music genres. Led by Adrian Thesen out of Trondheim, Norway, We Are Castor is an electronic music band whose members have individual and eclectic tastes and styles; different tastes and knowledge packaged into one collective story that have resulted in pure musical innovation that your ears will remember long after the first listen.

We Are Castor started out as a solo-project in 2012, named iamCastor. This is when Adrian first started to include guitars, harmonicas and more acoustic instruments. Later that year Adrian connected with Andreas Steen, and the music exploded.

Andreas brought a live sound to Adrian’s production by adding guitar, mandolin, organ and vocals. This inspired Adrian to dream up better material to satisfy Andreas’ fascination with the sound of everything! If there is music in the background, and a car drives by the window, and they share the same note, Andreas will be the first one to point that out.

They met the voice that would round out the band at a breakfast party, where they met the incredibly talented and beautiful Valeria Neira Lillebjerka for the first time. After a mutual friend teased the duo made a beat, wrote some lyrics, opened some bottles of whiskey and wine and she sang “Bon Voyage” in their super-small bedroom. After the recording Adrian and Andreas could not bring themselves to sleep and invited Valeria to the band.

Rounding off the voices of We Are Castor are longtime Jack White and Rolling Stones fan, Kristoffer Støylen Refvik, drummer Håvard Loeng, Magnus Leite on bass, Ada Mathea Hoel on contra-bass.

We Are Castor

 

Listen to the album now!

Invade & Disco Tracklist 
1. Intro
2. Invade & Disco
3. Ulrik’s Bicycle
4. Projects
5. Night
6. West
7. Papa Was A Rolling Stone
8. Monster
9. Aron
10. Drums Feat. Ragga Twins
11. Bataille
12. Through The Fire
13. Bots
14. 7098
15. Laurens & John
16. Grave

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