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Download: TECLA – “Fake Tears” (Gordon Voidwell Remix)

“Tecla deftly blends electro-pop with tropicalia, hip-hop, funk and R&B, creating an awesome stew of dance music fresher and more original than much of what we've heard lately.” – PAPER

“Tecla deftly blends electro-pop with tropicalia, hip-hop, funk and R&B, creating an awesome stew of dance music fresher and more original than much of what we’ve heard lately.” – PAPER

NYC singer, rapper, DJ, producer and boundary-breaking artist TECLA has released her sophomore album, We Are The Lucky Ones. Written entirely by TECLA herself, the album infuses tropical, Caribbean, pop, and funk elements with TECLA’s unapologetic rap lyricism. We Are The Lucky Ones is available for purchase via iTunes and other digital retailers, and you can stream the album in full at AOL Spinner.

Album single “Fake Tears” features TECLA’s distinct, soulful vocals delivering an uplifting message above driving tribal beats. Having recently shared an eye-catching video for the track (watch above), TECLA is now treating fans to a remix from Gordon Voidwell.

Listen/download: TECLA – “Fake Tears” (Gordon Voidwell Remix)

We Are The Lucky Ones features tracks like “Lucky Ones,” full of skittering beats and rumbling synth, and the anthemic “Money,” a club-ready satirical take on gold digging with an instantly memorable hook. The hypnotic and soulful “Tragic Mulatto” was co-produced by members of Chairlift and takes a look at the life of iconic actress, singer and dancer Josephine Baker. “Fiction Fairytales of Love” closes the album with an ominous dancehall beat, spiraling vocals, and melancholic acoustic guitar, which explodes into layers of hand drumming and feedback.

TECLA recently performed live on WNYC’s Soundcheck, and you’ll be able to hear the full performance on air and streaming online soon! Those in the NYC area will have two chances to catch TECLA live next week, including her album release party at Joe’s Pub.

3/23: Brooklyn, NY @ BAMcafé (FREE)
3/26: New York, NY @ Joe’s Pub (album release party) TICKETS

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Check ‘Em Out: Birdy

“Learn Me Right” – an original song featuring British-born singer and songwriter Birdy, will be featured on the upcoming soundtrack to the animated Disney*Pixar film Brave, which will be released by Walt Disney Records on June 19th. The track was written, arranged, and produced by Grammy-nominated British folk-rock group Mumford & Sons.

“We  liked the idea of having a girl like Birdy sing,” says the group’s  leader Marcus Mumford. It’s been quite liberating.” Adds Birdy: “I love  it because it tells a story. Although it has a lot of emotion, it’s also  very upbeat and you want to dance to it, which is why it works so  well.” The song can be heard during the epilogue to the film, which hits  theaters on June 22nd.

In addition to “Learn Me Right,” Birdy’s original song “Just A Game” is featured on The Hunger Games: Songs From District 12 And Beyond, produced by T Bone Burnett. “Just A Game” will be included on the Blu-Ray edition of The Hunger Games, which will be released on August 18th.

Also  in August, Birdy will return to the U.S. for three special shows,  including an appearance at the Outside Lands festival in San Francisco  on August 12th. She will also perform at the Roxy in Los Angeles on August 13th and at Joe’s Pub in New York City on August 15th.

In March, Birdy released her self-titled debut album, a soulful, sophisticated collection that includes a cover  of Bon Iver’s “Skinny Love,” which peaked at No. 17 on the UK singles  Chart after BBC’s Radio 1 added it to its playlist. Birdy shot to No. 13 in the U.K. upon its release in November 2011 and achieved gold certification there, while climbing to No. 1 in both Holland and Belgium. Her videos, including those for second UK single “Shelter” and KCRW fave “1901,” have racked up a collective 66 million views on YouTube, while the official “Skinny Love” video has earned more than 25 million views alone.

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Download: Giant Giant Sand – “Detained”

In anticipation of Fire Records’ June 12th release of the country rock opera, Tucson, and Howe Gelb‘s May 10th performance at Joe’s Pub in New York City, Giant Giant Sand release the new track “Detained.” The track, which just premiered on Brooklyn Vegan, was inspired “by the clutch of cumbia that fevers the many particles of this album,” says Howe Gelb.

As a sort of homage, he’s named the album Tucson after the town he’s called home for forty years. Taking place in the town of Tucson, the story revolves around a “semi grizzled man with overt boyish naïveté” who sets off to escape the trappings of hometown life and embarks on a life-changing road trip; eschewing all his worldly goods and leaving behind what he has loved, encountering jail at the Mexican border, finding new old love at a train station saloon, all while ‘the end of the world’ provides the landscape game changer. The album is a dusty work of art, conjuring images of the all knowing desert and a confused river inside the cacti-strewn sound scape.

Download: Giant Giant Sand – “Detained”

Giant Sand – 2012 Tour Dates

05/20/2012 – New York City – Joe’s Pub: Howe Gelb


05/17/2012 – The Netherlands – Maastricht, de muziekgieterij: Howe Gelb


05/20/2012 – The Netherlands – Amsterdam, Paradiso: Howe Gelb


05/22/2012 – The Netherlands – Ottersum, Roepaen: Howe Gelb


05/24/2012 – Ireland – Dublin, Whelans: Howe Gelb


05/27/2012 – Austria – Linz Festival: Giant Giant Sand


05/31/2012 – UK – London, Village Underground: Howe Gelb


06/03/2012 – Switzerland – Zurich, El Lokal: Howe Gelb


07/06/2012 – Norway – Egersund Visefestival, Grand Scene: Howe Gelb

08/12/2012 – UK – Wilderness Festival: Giant Giant Sand


08/13/2012 – The Netherlands – Amsterdam, Paradiso: Giant Giant Sand

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