Listen: Ella Eyre – “Comeback”

Ella Eyre

Listen: Ella Eyre – “Comeback”

London soul songstress, Ella Eyre’s rapid rise continues. Since proving herself to be one of the UK’s most enthralling and captivating debut female singers, Ella has been wowing the crowds throughout the UK having sold out a headline tour as well as performing prolific slots at this summer’s festivals.

Now the BRIT award winner announces new single “Comeback”, a thrilling, horn-led smash with a whole heap of attitude. The song is based on a break-up when Ella was 17, but written from the point of view of speaking to a troubled best friend. ‘We’ve all been played, we’ve all been hurt, just take the pain, let that motherfucker burn… you will find in time, that they always come back.

Fierce, bold and brash, it’s a euphoric feel good song about empowerment, independence and strength. Ella says of the track, “ifIf I Go was about whether or not I should leave a relationship, then “Comeback” is the aftermath. There’s no more vulnerability, it’s a very defiant ‘fuck you.'”

 

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Newest Love: High Ends

Photo Credit: Mandy-Lyn

Photo Credit: Mandy-Lyn

” …more akin to American weirdos of various unseemliness from Ariel Pink to Jim James, tapping into a bygone era of retro-futurism and resulting in something so out-of-time that it sounds timeless.” Pitchfork

” …retro-futuristic sound that’s hard to pin down but easy to enjoy — similar in spirit to fellow Vancouver resident Dan Bejar’s Destroyer.” Stereogum

“…  a futuristic, psychedelic rock track that has put us in a trance.” Refinery29

The new solo project High Ends from Yukon Blonde frontman Jeffrey Innes is titled Super Class and will be released October 7th via Dine Alone Records. Having previously revealed lush album cut “The Weight” and the psych-rock single “Intoxicated,” NYLON has revealed the video for infectious album track “Downtown” today. Filled with irresistible, ‘80s-inspired analogue synths & an infectious refrain, the video is an artistic interpretation about relationships and detachment in the modern age.

Innes explains, “Downtown” is a song I wrote about internet dating. It’s actually more about a conversation I had with a friend regarding dating in general. She was finding internet dating hard to escape because less and less people try to meet people the old way now. She explained that in the old days she felt like a club was like a jungle and people behaved like animals. She used to hate being gawked at and treated like an object, but the internet thing doesn’t feel like anything at all. I feel like the video interpretation that Sabre has made for the song somewhat fits the modern feel of what it’s like to be single and detached from the new way of dating. The girl goes Downtown and still ends up by herself. It looks like she has a clear mind though, which is always nice.

The ten-song LP was recorded with producer Colin Stewart (Dan Mangan, The New Pornographers) at his Vancouver Island facility. During the sessions, Gold & Youth drummer Jeff Mitchelmore handled percussion, Louise Burns and The New Pornographers’ Kathryn Calder contributed backing vocals, and Ladyhawk’s Darcy Hancock laid down guitar. Fans not able to wait until album release can grab the 2-track single featuring “Downtown” and “Intoxicated” available now.
High Ends
Super Class Tracklist
1) Downtown
2) The Weight
3) Intoxicated
4) I’m Gonna Keep On Dancing
5) Cappuccino
6) The Believer
7) River Cruise
8) Ocean Song
9) Feel/Sleep/Aliens
10) Working Man’s Blues

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Listen: Cut Copy – Meet Me In A House Of Love (TJANI Remix)

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Listen: Cut Copy – Meet Me In A House Of Love (TJANI Remix)

Having just released the deluxe version of their latest album Free Your Mind, Grammy-nominated Cut Copy have unveiled one last summer banger with “Meet Me In A House Of Love” (TJANI Remix). The already grooving track has been amped up another notch with help from DJ & Producer Tjani.

Coinciding with a busy schedule of international summer festivals and tour dates, Cut Copy released the deluxe version of Free Your Mind. All the songs on this deluxe version were recorded by the band in Australia and mixed by producer Dave Fridmann during the Free Your Mind sessions. The new deluxe version features five additional tracks: “In These Arms of Love” and “Like Any Other Day” (both previously only available as a US-only Record Store Day vinyl release), and three previously unheard songs – “Believers,” “I Wish the Sun Would Grow Today” and “Lights Shine On.”

The band are blitzing Summer festivals worldwide for the next few months, having just finished ripping up Primavera, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, and Canada’s Osheaga on their way to Outside Lands, Portugal’s Parades de Coura, France’s Rock en Seine, Spain’s Sonorama, Swiss Openair and Mexico’s Hellow Fest. Full tour dates are as follows:

8/8: Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl
8/10: San Francisco, CA @ Outside Lands Festival
8/14: Hasselt, Belgium @ Pukkelpop Festival
8/16: Burgos, Spain @ Sonorama Festival
8/22: Porto, Portugal @ Parades de Coura Festival
8/24: Paris, France @ Rock en Seine Festival
8/27: Milan, Italy @ Magnolia Festival
8/28: Zurich, Switzerland @ Openair Festival
9/10: Tapei, Taiwan @ The Wall
9/13: Manila, Philippines @ Samsung Hall
9/16: Honolulu, HI @ The Republik
9/20: Monterrey, Mexico @ Hellow Festival

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Listen: The Knocks – “Classic” (feat. Powers)

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Listen: The Knocks – “Classic” (feat. Powers)

“…a straight up summer smash, the kind of dance track that hangs in an era-less vacuum; the kind of tune makes you feel like you’re in a movie montage, that begins in the hazy magic hour and splices together every amazing moment till dawn.” VICE’s Noisey
“…the pair lands a sound timeless enough to conjure, via those perky guitar licks, catchiness ranging from modern Daft Punk, to old-school Sugar Ray, to that Len song, ‘Steal My Sunshine.’”
SPIN

NYC’s The Knocks are a distinctly 21st century duo, declared by NME as one of the “20 hottest producers in music” & by The Guardian as “cred-pop’s answers to The Neptunes.” Now one of the most buzzed-about duos on the electronic circuit, the blog world darlings recently announced the release of their debut full-length album, Endisco - set to drop October 7th. Endisco will feature collaborations with a wide range of superstar talent, including St. Lucia, Wes Miles (Ra Ra Riot), Adeline Michele (Escort), X Ambassadors, Sneaky Sound System & more.

Endisco album single “Classic” ft. Powers is a funk-infused dance anthem punctuated with The Knocks’ signature party-starting guitar loops, infectious keys & sultry vocals- the consummate summer anthem.

Having spent the last three years jet-setting around the globe for DJ gig, sharing stages with Grouplove, M.I.A., Chromeo & others, the duo will be on the road once again this summer- taking their ecstatic live show to college towns across the country as well as stints at New York’s Full Moon & Montreal’s ÎleSoniq festivals.

The Knocks consists of B-Roc & J-Patt, who moved in together after dropping out of music school in NYC. J-Patt’s background in soul & funk, and B-Roc’s years spent immersed in trip-hop & hip-hop beats, has allowed them to quickly ascend the production ranks. Initially gaining recognition for their remixes for artists including HAIM, Santigold, Foster the People, Two Door Cinema Club, Ellie Goulding & more, they eventually found themselves experimenting with sounds of their own. The guys didn’t think much would come of a nearly five-minute track they’d been building, all tense beats & tingling synths: “it kind of started out as a joke,” stated B-Roc. “But people were liking that more than the stuff we produced for other people. It felt right.” The duo quickly discovered a newfound freedom in creating their own songs: “it’s better because it’s our own, and we can do whatever we want with it,” explained J-Patt.

The Knocks

Endisco tracklist:

1. Endisco
2. Classic ft. Powers
3. Comfortable ft. X Ambassadors
4. Dancing With The DJ
5. The One ft. Sneaky Sound System
6. Collect My Love ft. Rozzi Crane
7. Magic
8. Modern Hearts ft. St. Lucia
9. Again ft. Mitzi
10. Flow ft. Adeline Michele
11. Hit The Spot
12. Savior ft. Wes Miles (Ra Ra Riot)

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Stream Intergalactix’s Debut EP!

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Recently I posted about my newest love, Intergalactix. Now, you can stream their debut EP, IWSOM before it’s out on the 12th!

Stream: Intergalactix – IWSOM (via Red Bull Music)

“Tuesday” was my favorite previously (mostly because it was their only song I’d heard), but now my new favorite is “The New Sound”!

 

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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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Video: Favored Nations – “The Setup”

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The record features sounds as diverse as the bouncy basslines and disco vibes of the title-track to the gentle acoustic guitar strumming and mellifluous vocals found on “That’s Not Who We Are.” – Spin

“Amazon explores a diverse range of style and beats within three tracks while managing not to disrupt the flow of the album as a whole.” – In Your Speakers

Back in June, I posted about my newest love, Favored Nations. And I am thrilled to share the music video for another one of their tracks. Check out “The Setup” below.

“The Setup” will be familiar to anyone who made it to the end of Grand Theft Auto V. Where GTA is all sun, people, and action, the music video for the game’s finale track is foggy, dazed, and striking. However, what the two have in common is powerful, memorable visuals of fantasy.

The product of a night out in the city of angels, Favored Nations has accomplished quite a bit since they cut their first demos in early 2012. Their accomplishments thus far aren’t too surprising since the trio is made up of some very familiar and beloved men on the dance music scene. James Curd is one of the most sought after remixers in the genre and he founded the group with singer Morgan Phalen, whose voice was featured on Justice’s psychy second LP Audio Video Disco. Curd then added Surahn Sidhu, touring bass and guitar player for Empire of the Sun, to the mix.


On July 1st Favored Nations released their second EP Amazon via Jupiter Clique.

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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

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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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[Brand NEW] Video: Arno Cost & Norman Doray – “Strong”

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By far one of Size’s finest moments of the year so far.” – Dancing Astronaut
All the ingredients for a chart climbing hit.” – EDM Sauce
A dance floor killer.” – Knack For Tracks
(A) spectacular creation.” – Noise Porn
It was a must we post this summer smash.” – Daily Beat
One of the most anticipated singles to be released on Size… a sure shot anthem.” – The Bangin Beats

Just days after “Strong” was released onto Beatport, soaring up the official Progressive Charts as we speak, French house duo Arno Cost and Norman Doray finally unleash the official video in all its 1980’s man-made fabric glory.

Set against a backdrop of bowling balls, perms and long-legged fan-girls, after throwing shade during the pre-match interviews rivals Arno and Norman head down to the lanes to go strike for strike in a pitched battle to determine just who is the strongest out of the two.

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