Also, check out the mixtape Du Tonc just did for Kitsuné:
Check out this great new band Psymon Spine. Last week they released their synth-driven, ethereal first single “Eric’s Basement & Secret Tunnels”.
The song will be found on the bands’ new self-titled EP, which was produced by Graham Dickson (Crystal Fighters) and will be seeing a release via Axis Mundi Records
on May 19th
Listen: Psymon Spine – “Eric’s Basement & Secret Tunnels”
Listen: Psymon Spine – “Shocked”
Psymon Spine’s music is, metaphorically speaking, like a stroll through a rainforest at night with a safe place to return to. Beauty permeates, but there are a thousand ways to die around every corner. Peace and violence are interdependent, and while the full emotional spectrum resides within it, the end goal is optimistic – like the euphoria that follows physical exhilaration.
The songs that make up the new Psymon Spine EP are extremely dualistic by nature, partnering fuzzy synths with lush vocal harmonies, and spastic beats with flowing string arrangements. The bands’ music is like a stroll through a rainforest at night with a safe place to return to. Beauty permeates, but there are a thousand ways to die around every corner. Peace and violence are interdependent, and while the full emotional spectrum resides within it, the end goal is optimistic – like the euphoria that follows physical exhilaration.
Psymon Spine penned “Eric’s Basement & Secret Tunnels” while in transit through Paris in the midst of headlining a European tour (while still college freshmen!), and it was after a show in London that Psymon Spine was offered their first record deal. Soon after that, Parisian imprint Kitsuné asked Psymon Spine to remix Is Tropical’s “Dancing Anymore” (stream), who declared it their favorite mix of the track.
Hot off the press!!!
Check out this new remix from Belarbi.
He writes: (sic)
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
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.
DWNTWN signs with Jullian Records and will be releasing their new self-titled EP on April 29. This marks the first EP release through a label for the LA based indie-pop band.
In celebration of the announcement, DWNTWN debuted the first track, “Til Tomorrow” from above mentioned EP, on USA Today’s Pop Candy. “We need all the sunshine we can get right now, and DWNTWN has it in spades,”
French tastemaker label, Kitsuné, first put DWNTWN on the map in 2012 after they debuted the band’s first single “See My Eyes”, and in 2013 they included a collaboration track (with Giraffage and Jhameel), “Move Me” on another compilation album. Both songs reached #2 on Hype Machine’s popular chart.
DWNTWN first formed in 2010 when Jamie Leffler and Robert Cepeda, both dealing with bummer breakups (Jamie, from Robert’s brother!), spent their weekends getting drunk and writing depressing folk songs, which they recorded onto their iPhone. It wasn’t long before Jamie and Robert recovered from their heartbreak and transformed those early demos into full-fledged, indie-pop songs, which were all written and produced themselves.
While their last EP, The Red Room, was very synth heavy and reminiscent of the Drive soundtrack, their forthcoming EP has a lot more guitars and live instrumentation. Their new single “Til Tomorrow” feels more closely related to the Garden State soundtrack.
Over the years, the band has expanded live from a duo, into a trio, and now fills the stage as a foursome. Having just completed a successful LA residency with over 400 people in attendance each week, and having toured previously with some heavy hitters, Capital Cities and Gold Fields, DWNTWN is excited to get on the road again next month with El Ten Eleven.
Tour Dates with El Ten Eleven:
3.12 @ Strummers, Fresno, CA
3.13 @ Belly Up Tavern, Solana Beach, CA
3.14 @ Constellation Room, Santa Ana, CA
3.15 @ SLO Brew, San Luis Obispo, CA
Gigamesh is releasing the brand new All My Life EP just in time for summer via Parisian record label Kitsuné. If you haven’t heard the soundcloud sampler, check it out. It will be available on all digital music retailers May 28th and is currently available for sale exclusively through Beatport.
Also, check out the latest remixes Gigamesh has done:
Listen: Punks Jump Up ft. Dave 1 – Mister Overtime (Gigamesh Remix)
Listen: Ladyhawke – Sunday Drive (Gigamesh Remix)
Out November 9, 2010 (US) on Kitsune
Digitalism has debuted a teaser for their first new track in THREE years! Click here for a taste of “Blitz” which SPIN calls “…fresh Daft Punk-like beats and moody rhythms similar to Interpol.”
Discovering a galaxy of new sounds and rhythmic activity, all reports indicate that the duo are almost ready to bring their collective movements back to earth when they release their long awaited second album next year. Their 2007 debut LP Idealism stood out among a sea of similar-minded acts, attributed to their ability to so deftly walk the line of rock and electronic, and prompting Pitchfork to iterate that among their peers “Digitalism turn out to be the artists probably most dedicated of all to the idea of merging rock and electronic dance music.”