ALBUM STREAM: Laura Marling "Once I Was An Eagle"
NPR have are streaming Laura Marling’s latest album Once I Was An Eagle. Listen via NPR here. Once I Was An Eagle is out May 28. **Everytime it surprises me that SHE IS STILL ONLY 23**
LIVE: Kanye West on SNL ("Black Skinhead" & "New...
“Black Skinhead” When I first the snippet of new Kanye song “New Slaves” I wasn’t too fussed. That changed when he performed that and other new track “Black Skinhead” over the weekend on SNL. The energy and the attitude that ‘Ye delivered made these songs and now I’m excited about the new album Yeezus, its going to be like nothing he has...
disCOVER: Wilsen "Oblivion (Grimes cover)"
(via Gold Flake Paint) Wilsen turns Grimes’ electric “Oblivion” into a stripped down, quiet dream pop version and if you don’t think that will work…well listen, cause it does. “Oblivion” is the b-side to to new single “Dusk”, from the mini-album Sirens. Wilsen: Website…Facebook…Twitter…Soundcloud
Sunny & Gabe: "Clouds"
(via Pigeons and Planes) This is shimmery summer perfection. Flipping the drum beat of Q-Tip’s “Breathe and Stop”, Sunny & Gabe’s “Clouds” is a hazy dream pop esque track that is optimism in music. This is end credits kind of music. Sunny & Gabe are from Norfolk, VA and “Clouds” is from the upcoming release #FreeCandy. Sunny &...
(via Mostly Junk Food) OMG, its like MGMT, Passion Pit, Neon Indian, Grouplove, Yeasayer, Owl City all just had a sexy time together and made this. HAPPY SUMMER Smallpools are an indie band from LA and “Dreaming” is available for FREE DOWNLOAD. Smallpools: Website…Facebook…Twitter…Soundcloud
The Weeknd: "Kiss Land"
Here is the title track for The Weeknd’s new album Kiss Land and as good as you expected it would be. Its withdrawn, lovelorn, dark, ominous, hazy and turns on its head in the middle. With three mixtapes worth of music already, a proper full length debut album from Abel Tresfaye and The Weeknd crew is very exciting.
Lana Del Rey: "Queen of Disaster"
Well, this is delightful isn’t it? This is slightly different from the usual Lana Del Rey sepia tinged nostalgic epic songs, its light and fluffy sixties pop with a Del Rey twist. Apparently recorded back in 2011, no one really knows why or where this is from but hey, its quite nice and thats all that matters.
Big Deal: "Dream Machine"
Shoe gazey and good, here’s “Dream Machine” from duo Big Deal. “Dream Machine” is from June Gloom out June 4th. Available for pre-order.
Banks: "Warm Water"
This sounds like when you go under the water in the bath and just block out everything. That’s what Banks’ “Warm Water” sounds like, except for those vocals which break through the fuzzy warm beat like a ray of sun through some rain clouds. Yeah. “Warm Water” is available May 27th on Good Years Recordings. BANKS: Website…Facebook…Twitter…Soundcloud
French Montana: "Gifted ft. The Weeknd"
(via Pretty Much Amazing) Coming off of a snippet of new Weeknd material, “John Carpenter” from the upcoming Kiss Land, this guest spot on a French Montana track just dropped. The first minute or so is pure Tresfaye/Weeknd and when French Montana turns up it feels like he’s the guest… “Gifted” appears on French Montana’s new album out May 21st. The...
Remix Baby: NoNoNo "Like The Wind (D. Lissvik...
(via The Guardian) Swedish Producer Dan Lissvik has come along and dubbed out NoNoNo’s “Like The Wind” and its really very good.
VIDEO: Phoria "Red"
Last month I discovered Phoria who do that lo-fi, fuzzy music thing very well. Their Bloodwork EP is a perfect escape so of course the visuals are a little getaway too, a rainy one sure, but a getaway nonetheless. Phoria: Website…Facebook…Twitter…Soundcloud
Solange: "Looks Good With Trouble ft. Kendrick...
Watch out Bey, your sisters nipping at your heels. On “Looks Good With Trouble”, with Hip Hop’s golden boy Kendrick Lamar over a Dev Hynes beat, it almost feels like Solange and co are coming through to set up camp as the new kids on the block. That’s a killer K dot verse. Download from iTunes.
Chapter House: "Getaway"
Have to thank my pals Seasfire for putting me onto fellow Bristol artist Joshua Vincent aka Chapter House. “Getaway” starts off quiet and then launches into the first big moment of the track. Verses recall Mystery Jets, Bon Iver, U2, New Wave all in one go and then the chorus hits and I just had to sit back and say wow, that’s big. Excited to hear more things? Check out...
LIVE: Sam Smith "Latch (Acoustic)"
Sam Smith owns one of the most disarming and beautiful voices in music right now. Whatever he does is going to be simply out of this world good. For now, we have this beautiful acoustic version of “Latch”, the Disclosure track that Smith featured on. It turns the house-garage groove on its head and makes it a straight up love song. Sam Smith: Website…Facebook…Twitter
WATCH: Fan Made Kanye West Documentary
Where The Lonely Kids Go When The Bell Rings from JW on Vimeo. (via Complex) However you feel about Kanye West, you can’t deny he is one of the most dynamic and creative figures in the industry right now. While he shies away from press interviews and magazine features, West remains outspoken at shows and in his creative outlets. One fan over at kanyetothe.com has collected all the old...
Album Stream: Daft Punk "Random Access Memories"
It’s here, the iTunes stream of Daft Punk’s new album Random Access Memories. LISTEN HERE. *It starts off pretty freaking fantastic*
disCOVER: Night Beds "Dancing On My Own (Robyn...
Night Beds cover Robyn Its been a while since I checked out The A.V. Club’s Undercover Sessions (bands come in, pick a song, cover it) but tonight I did and found this charming cover of Robyn’s best known song. Night Beds put a 90s melancholic spin on the track and make it work.
Janelle Monae: Q.U.E.E.N. ft. Erykah Badu
Oh summer just got extra cool with this addition in the playlist. Janelle Monae is Q.U.E.E.N. of cool and she brings along Erykah Badu to make it known. Out on iTunes now. Watch the hella cool video here.
NoNoNo: "Down Under"
(via Pigeon and Planes) Swedes do pop good. NoNoNo’s catchy as hell whistle filled “Pumpin’ Blood” was get in your head good, but now they’ve slowed it down a bit for “Down Under” that gives you a bit of time to get your breath back. Enjoy. NoNoNo: Website…Facebook…Twitter…Soundcloud
Kate Boy: "The Way We Are"
(via Stereogum) Swedish/Australian pop trio Kate Boy are picking things up from where The Knife left off. “The Way We Are” is as edgy and cool as their previous ones and attacks with killer hooks. Definitely something to get your teeth into. Kate Boy: Website…Facebook…Twitter
Sometime last autumn I got onto a new Brighton band called IYES. I thought they were kind of like The xx, but bigger. Then I heard more and it was clear that comparison was a little too simple. Out of the three tracks I’ve featured, 2 made my best of the months and the third, well its only just turned May… I chatted to the duo about lighthouses, Brighton, dream line ups, Roger...
Remix Baby: Stardust "Music Sounds Better With You...
(via Lyfstyl) Stardust’s dance anthem “Music Sounds Better With You” is one of my go-to get up and dance tracks and I just adore the video. While this can’t touch the original, Giraffage makes a very good effort with this remix, brightening it up and adding something bouncy synth arpeggios. Perfect for summer.
Remix Baby: Marvin Gaye "What's Going On (Cruelty...
Is this sacrilege? No, cause damn it works. Remixer Cruelty serves up Marvin Gaye’s conscious peaceful call to arms into the perfect summer jam with an intro that is just out of this world good.
ALBUM STREAM: MSMR "Secondhand Rapture"
Hype Machine have an album stream for MSMR’s album “Secondhand Rapture” going, so go have a listen.
E-Dubble: "Big Ships"
It’s been a while since we’ve been blessed with a song from the Baltimore MC but man when he delivers, he delivers. “Big Ships” is a classic hip hop cut with some classic E-Dubble verses. Good to have you back man. Free Download.
Saint Lou Lou: "Fool Of Me ft. Chet Faker"
(via Triple J) This is kind of all types of beautiful. Swedish twin sisters Saint Lou Lou have been quietly making a name for themselves over the last year and with tracks like this and rumours of full lengths the buzz is just going to get bigger. “Fool Of Me” is a quiet, spacey, atmospheric track that hits all the spots. “Fool of Me” is the b-side to...
Kelis: "Jerk Ribs"
(via Pitchfork) Kelis has one of my favourite voices in R&B. It can be astonishingly sweet at one point, deep and soulful at another and sexually charged all at the same time. She’s a chameleon. On her last album she went the dance route and it worked. “Jerk Ribs”, from the provisionally titled new album Food, is a soulful funk cut thats perfect for hazy summer days. ...
Lauryn Hill: "Neurotic Society"
It’s been a long time and we might still have to wait for some proper bona fide Lauryn Hill tracks but this is going to satisfy. “Neurotic Society” is a track Hill had to drop to meet some legal deadlines maybe due to the terms in her new deal with Sony, whatever, “Neurotic Society” is a fantastically spacey beat that Hill spits over frenetically with an urgency...
Hella Better Dancer: "Sleep"
Firstly, this bands name is amazing. Secondly, their song is pretty good too. “Sleep” is all shimmery guitars and catchy hooks. “Sleep” is available for free download. Hella Better Dancer: Website…Facebook…Twitter…Soundcloud
Oh Seasfire, you never disappoint. They’ve come a long way since the lo-fi mysterious “Falling”, you can hear the evolution. “Oh…Lucifer” is as commercial as the Bristol boys have gotten with shades of coldplay thrown in but for very good measure. “Oh…Lucifer” is out July 1st through Little Fan Records.
Beach Day: "Boys"
This is some fun and feisty psychadelic tinged summer pop from Hollywood/Flordia’s Beach Day. Beach Day: Website
The Features: "With Every Beat"
You know, I’m a sucker for that 50s chord progession (you know the one I mean…) and The Features use it masterfully on “With Every Beat”. Using that 50s swing pop vibe, “With Every Beat” shuffles along giving way to a great chorus and lovely guitar solo. “With Every Beat” is from The Features’ forthcoming album, out May 14. The...
I’m really quite excited about this Brighton band and “Daddy” has just made me that much more excited. With their first track, “Lighthouse” it had quite the minimalist ‘The xx’ vibe and with “Glow” they added a more dance-house vibe proving they had a few strings to their bow. Well add a few more because with the instrumental...
Wolf Alice: "Every Cloud"
(via Pigeon and Planes) Wolf Alice have proven themselves quite good at 90s crunchy guitar rock so “Every Cloud” is a little bit of a surprise. A lovely dream pop synthy surprise. “Every Cloud” is the B-Side to “Bros”, out May 20. Wolf Alice: Facebook…Twitter
ITYLTS Best of: April
ITYLTS’ Best Of: April from ITYLTSmusic on 8tracks Radio. Here’s ITYLTS picks for the best songs of April. (it was real tough to narrow it down to 10) The Knocks- “Modern Hearts ft St. Lucia” NoNoNo- “Pumpin’ Blood” Phoenix- “Entertainment (Blood Orange Remix)” Keebo- “Native American” J Dilla- “Trucks” Jai Pal-...
Remix Baby: MSMR "Hurricane (CHVRCHES Remix)"
(via Pigeons and Planes) Wow, so CHVRCHES have come along and turned MSMR’s haunting “Hurricane” into a bonafide 80s pop jam. It’s bloody brilliant.
Album Stream: The Great Gatsby Soundtrack (via...
(via NPR) A week before you can get your grubby little mitts on it, NPR have a full stream of the soundtrack to one of the hotly tipped films of 2013. Curated by Jay-Z, snippets and previews of the soundtrack have been emerging all over the place but now we have it in full with songs from Hov himself, Beyonce, Florence Welch, The xx, Emeli Sande, Bryan Ferry, Lana Del Rey, Jack White, Sia and...
Marina & The Diamonds "Just Desserts ft. Charli...
When I first heard Charli XCX it was impossible not to think oh hey Marina. The two indie darlings are going on tour together this summer and they’ve just released this reggae tinged distorted track with Marina killing it on the hook and Charli XCX serving up attitude on the verses. Quite the paring. Free download too.
JoJo: Rap-Up Live Session
(via Rap Up) JoJo deserves all the success, she really does. She’s been slowly rebuilding herself and shredding the pre-teen star status with mixtapes and covers that showcase how talented this girl truly is. Only 22 still, here she is on the rap up session peforming “Andre” from her Agape mixtape and a Drake mash up featuring her brilliant cover of “Marvin’s...
disCOVER: Daughter "Get Lucky (Daft Punk Cover)"
Wow, this was brave. London’s Daughter has been steadily creeping onto the scene with hauntingly beautiful tracks for the last few months, taking names and breaking hearts effectively. She stopped over at BBC Radio 1’s Live lounge this past weekend and decided to put her stamp all over a song that is so completely the original artists its almost unfair. And you know what, she nails...
disCOVER: Beyonce & Andre 3000 "Back To Black (Amy...
I personally would skip forward to around 1.50 and go from there. I love Andre 3000 but I’m really not feeling his intro bit on this cover for The Great Gatsby soundtrack. Beyonce kills it though. This is a radio rip from eastvillageradio.com (thats why it keeps saying it ALL THE TIME)
Laura Marling: "Master Hunter"
Every time I listen to Laura Marling and then write about Laura Marling I have to mention that this girl is STILL only 23 years old. It astounds me everytime, I really should get used to it. “Master Hunter” is a big acoustic guitar picking song that Marlings vocals mesh with effortlessly. The opening lines reminded me so much of Fiona Apple and if this was over a piano the...
Remix Baby: "Juicy Fruit (Dreamin' Edit)"
Happy Friday guys, here’s a beautiful remix of Mtume’s “Juicy Fruit” by Thomas Tonfeld. Enjoy. Thomas Tonfeld: Facebook…Soundcloud
Remix Baby: Phoenix "Entertainment (Blood Orange...
Been meaning to post on this for a minute but here we are. Here is Dev Hynes aka Blood Orange remix of Phoenix’s “Entertainment” with former Sugababes Mutya, Keisha and Siobhan appearing on the vampy chorus. It’s full of mournful guitars, dazzling arpeggios and that unmistakable Blood Orange swag. Grab the free download.
Listen While You Work with Sunset in the Rearview
One of my favourite music blogs, Sunset in the Rearview, has just started a new feature called “Listen While You Work”. They put together a ten-song playlist that is perfect to plug into and get shit done while listening to awesome music. This is all them, I just really love listening to it…and as usual I think you will too.
Work Drugs: "West Coast Slide"
Lets go get on our yacht and hit the big blue… Summers so close you can almost touch it and my favourite Philly duo, Work Drugs, are going to help you ready for it with their new track “West Coast Slide” from their upcoming untitled as of yet next album. Loving that killer guitar solo and catchy ass choruses. I chatted to the duo last summer about lots of lovely things,...
Lana Del Rey: "Young & Beautiful"
Last week, The Great Gatsby soundtrack sampler dropped and gave us a taste of things to come. A highlight of the album was a Lana Del Rey track which has now been released in full. “Young & Beautiful”. Its all very epic sounding and mournfully nostalgic for past days- so perfect for The Great Gatsby. And Lana sounds pretty damn good.
LIVE: Daft Punk "Get Lucky ft. Pharrell & Nile...
We’ve had the weekend to listen to the new daft punk track and try and wade through all the hype. And yeah, it is good, its not mind blowingly amazing but its good. It’s going to make you want to boogie and thats enough for me. Here’s Pharrell performing it three times in a row, just because.
Disclosure: "You & Me ft. Eliza Doolittle"
(via Pigeon and Planes) UK duo Disclosure have announced a full debut album Settle and dropped this new one “You & Me” featuring Eliza Doolittle. Its a brilliant house-garage track that lets Doolittle shine. Settle is out June 3rd, pre-order here.