UK electronic music duo Mount Kimbie has been building up to the release of their next full-length album, Cold Spring Fault Less Youth, with a series of different tracks, and the one streaming above–in my opinion, duh–is easily the most captivating thus far. The duo pulls together a pretty minimal beat, placing some sad, miniature synths against a an even smaller beat. What brings the track an incredible presence is some vocal work from King Krule, whose performance blends the borders separating rapping, spoken word, and singing in a pretty emotional way. Enjoy, and check a review for King Krule’s self-titled EP below:
Some intense, teeth-clenching hardcore from the band Sleep Patterns. The band sticks pretty adamantly to the genre’s formula on this title track from their forthcoming EP, CHOKE, which is looking at a release later this month on 13th Floor Records and Killer Robot Music. Enjoy!
Two New Hampshire bands with equal amounts of passion for vintage psychedelic rock and pop come together for a new 10″ split that’s getting released this month on Beyond Beyond Is Beyond Records. Grab a copy here, and stream two tracks from the 10″ above. Enjoy!
R&B enigma Janelle Monáe drops a new single, which features Erykah Badu on vocals throughout much of the track. It’s an incredibly funky number with a huge emphasis on synth chords that remind me of some of Prince’s best tracks to come out in the early 80s.
While the track starts off a bit cheesy, a rap verse comes through during the later portion of the song with a strong set of bars that empower the song’s themes of femininity and strength. Give a listen, enjoy!
MGMT mysteriously drops a new single over the weekend titled “Alien Days,” which sees the band staying steadfast in their direction toward the more out-there sounds in psychedelic pop and rock music.
After the release of Congratulations a few years ago, MGMT saw grimaces from fans of their previous pop singles and those who marginalized the duo as yet another overnight pop sensation. Their next full-length has been forecast to be just as strange–if not stranger–than Congratulations. I don’t know what this will mean for the band’s career, but I know I’m looking forward to hearing what MGMT has to offer.
Check a review for MGMT’s last full-length album here:
Southern hip hop veteran Pusha T lands on a brand new single that’s got a surprisingly textured beat. Noisy samples, strange vocals, and what sounds like a pretty generous Jay-Z sample all surround Pusha’s basic, but braggadocios flow. Enjoy!
The Swedish post-punk outfit known as Holograms has announced a new album, and they’ve put out a new track to drum up excitement. Like many tracks on the band’s debut, “Flesh And Bone” feels dismal and emotionally defeated. However, the band seems to have gotten a better recording this time around. Not only that, but there are more melodic details to this track, and a pretty climactic ending as well. The band is really shooting for the stars on this one, and finding a niche of their own in this brave new world of downtrodden post-punk. Enjoy!
Check a review for Holograms’ self-titled album here:
EDIT: THE TRACK POSTED ABOVE IS SOME KIND OF “NEW VERSION,” APPARENTLY. WHAT WAS POSTED YESTERDAY, THE SONG I WAS REACTING TO, HAD A DIFFERENT SOUND TO IT. STILL, A LOT OF THE SINGS I SAID STAND IN THIS DIFFERENT VERSION.
Download: Big K.R.I.T. – King Remembered In Time
After the release of “R.E.M.,” I was pretty psyched to hear that Mississippi rapper Big K.R.I.T. was gonna be releasing a new mixtape this year, King Remembered In Time. Well, the thing is finally out and downloadable via the link above. Enjoy!
Check a review for K.R.I.T.’s commercial debut, Live From The Underground below:
Queens of the Stone Age finally drop a track from their forthcoming LP, …Like Clockwork, and I have to say I’m pretty surprised. The intro of the track actually had me expecting something Mars Volta-esque, but once the verse kicks in, Josh Homme and company kick into gear with a blazing blend of hard rock and alternative rock backed with plenty of melodic guitar leads. Enjoy, and look for …Like Clockwork on June 4th.