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Check ‘Em Out: Arum Rae

Arum Rae
“…a smoky, uplifting sound that fuses blues, rock, country and pretty much every genre in between.” – USA Today
 
“…we’re digging her combination of raw, bluesy vocals and glitchy electronics.” – NYLON
 
“…sultry cyber-soul.” – SPIN

Brooklyn’s captivating modern day siren Arum Rae is gearing up to self-release her Warranted Queen EP next Tuesday, and in advance, she’s rolled out her dynamic new single “Something’s Happening To Me” with Noisey. “Something’s Happening To Me” is symbolic of Arum’s recent transformation from shedding her traditional singer-songwriter roots, to her entrancing new endeavor under her given name.

Listen/download: Arum Rae – “Something’s Happening To Me”

Her new single follows closely on the heels of her previous stand-out singles “Warranted Queen” and “2001”. Arum’s ability to transcend styles allows the music to resurrect the soul, feel the blues, and then re-invent rock through her deeply rooted foundation as a songwriter. After relocating to Brooklyn from Austin, Arum shed the White Dress moniker and teamed up with producer Sanford Livingston for this new EP (and forthcoming album). Everything Arum has lived through and all of the songs that have been born from it are not meant to impress, they’re meant to lead.

Although being a new endeavor, Arum Rae is no stranger to the stage. She’s toured extensively over the past several years, opening up for and sharing stages with artists like Willie Nelson, Rodriguez, The Kills, Gary Clark Jr., Dan Auerbach, BB King, The Civil Wars, and Peter Bjorn & John, to name a few. With a renewed energy and passion, Arum looks to 2014 to embolden artists and singers like herself to pursue their passions with pause, regret or fear.

Listen/download: Arum Rae – “Warranted Queen”

Listen/download: Arum Rae – “2001”

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New Collaboration: SMILE

The brainchildren behind two of Sweden’s most beloved musical projects have combined to form one artistic force, the result being an infectious pop revolution. Smile is the collaboration of Björn Yttling, world-renowned writer, producer and bassist of international indie-pop powerhouse Peter Bjorn and John, and Joakim Åhlund of bear-masked electro outfit Teddybears. The duo is excited to announce the May 29th release of their debut LP, A Flash in the Night, as the first artist album from the Swedish artist collective, Ingrid.  The recording is fully loaded with electro-focused pop tracks, many instrumental and constructed around addictive synth. The vocals that are offered are artfully sparse. The album features the single “Clean Gloves, Dirty Hands,” a standout instrumental track that The Fader has deemed, “excellent”, set amongst the hazy and nostalgic “Jean Michel,” complete with retro future-synth and the dream-pop gems “Crooked” and “Satellite Blues”

Ingrid made it’s official debut on Record Store Day, April 21st. with a 15-track compilation aptly titled Ingrid Volym I . The release features new original tracks from Nordic musicians and label founders Lykke Li, Joakim Ahlund of Teddybears, Miike Snow and Björn Yttling of Peter Björn and John.  In addition to solo music projects by members of Peter Björn and John, Teddybears and Miike Snow, additional artists on the compilation include Andrew Wyatt, The Chinamen, Coco Morier, Electrocute, Hortlax Cobra, Little Majorette, Max Von Sydow, Peter Moren and Starlight Serenaders. The story behind the Swedish powerhouse label is anything but ordinary. Now they have all joined forces to record music as a single sonic entity highlighting Sweden’s eclectic music scene, ranging from dark, lush cosmic pop to psychedelic minimalism to melodic kraut.

A FLASH IN THE NIGHT TRACKLISTING

  1. Jeans Team
  2. Satellite Blues
  3. Clean Gloves, Dirty Hands
  4. Jean Michel
  5. Eating Dirt
  6. Med Hopp Om Battring
  7. Second Hand Smoke
  8. From Time To Time
  9. School. Work. Dead
  10. Have Some Fun Tonight
  11. Crooked
  12. Rescue Dog
  13. A Flash In The Night

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New Download: Architecture in Helsinki – “Contact High” (Björn Yttling Remix)

Architecture in Helsinki have been bringing the infectious, danceable indie pop of their new album Moment Bends to the masses on their current US tour.  As they trek on, they’ve released a new remix of their beloved new single “Contact High,” done by Björn Yttling – the production wizard behind both Lykke Li albums and member of Peter, Bjorn, & John.

Click HERE to listen/download his dark, haunting reworking of the track.

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Pretty Good Dance Moves

Pretty Good Dance Moves = ingenious band name!

Formed in Chicago, IL and now based out of Brooklyn, electro-pop duo Pretty Good Dance Moves will release their long-awaited new EP, PGDM on March 9. The duo, Jimmy Giannapoulos and Aaron Allieta,  created an EP full of slinky synthesizers and seductive dance beats. The duo scoured the globe for vocalists and found voices to complement their laid-back, synth-pop sound, recruiting several important guest stars, including Chicago vocalist Angelina Lucero and singer-songwriter Heather Christian. You can hear the results on the band’s single “Leave Me Alone,” which features Swedish pop legend Bjorn Yttling of Peter Bjorn & John on vocals and also as co-writer. Stereogum premiered the track, calling it “a triumphant little electro-pop track that tickles hearts and synths.” Preview it here.

PGDM’s first EP was released in 2006. The video  for their single “Demons Dancing,” stars Flight of the Conchord’s Kristen Schaal!

Track Listing for PGDM

1.       Sample Your Body (ft. Angelina Lucero)
2.      Leave Me Alone (ft. Bjorn Yttling)
3.      600 Days (ft. Heather Christian)
4.      Tear Us Up (feat. Sydney Wayser)
5.      Alive Tonight (ft. Angelina Lucero)
6.      Leave Me Alone (Infernal Devices Remix)

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