Aleph has some pretty hard-hitting tech house highlights, but most of the subdued tracks just simply aren’t as engaging, and only seem like they exist to balance out the aggressive moments here–a lot of which sound very similar.
She’s back! Annie Clark, aka St. Vincent, has announced that her long-awaited new record, St. Vincent, the follow up to her fantastic 2011 LP Strange Mercy, will be out February 25. The first single to drop from it is “Birth in Reverse,” a banging, electric, percussive track with killer guitar licks (as per usual for Ms. Clark, the little wiz). The song opens with the bound-to-be-infamous line “Oh what an ordinary day / Take out the garbage, masturbate,” but don’t let that first impression turn you away. The song blossoms into a super catchy chorus, and it’s all so lovingly, beautifully produced. This is going to be good, I can tell.
St. Vincent is out Feb 25, via Loma Vista. Rock out to the single above!
Method Man teams up with the A$AP Mob’s A$AP Nast for a new single titled “Trillmatic,” which has a hard-hitting, vintage boom bap beat that nostalgic hip hop listeners will dig on. While I’m not too crazy about the “funky style” and “funky swag” oozing out of this single, this song does give me hope the A$AP Mob may have more to offer than Rocky and Ferg. Enjoy!
Doomed Boys (previously Super Minotaur) is a Chicagoan collective of writers, illustrators, and musicians whose art tends to go in an alluringly scuzzy direction. This can be seen in the few drawings they’ve posted to their Facebook, as well as in these two most recent songs they’ve produced. Above, check out the fuzzed-out garage rocker “Werewolf,” and below, give a listen to the latest lo-fi piece from Doomed Boys affiliate Tim McGinn (under his moniker Tom Lincolnway). Enjoy!
Next week, Matthew Dear will be putting out his career-spanning Audion retrospective Audion X. He teased this sweet compilation of techno last month with the single “Motormouth” and now we have the 11-minute-long “Sky” to further pique our interest. Dear describes the piece perfectly as “a long burning wave of joy and exultation.” It’s certainly enough to leave any Matthew Dear/Audion fan giddy and excited for Audion X‘s December 10 release via Spectral Sound.
Stream: Stuntman – “Bag of Dicks”
Next month, French hardcore outfit Stuntman will drop its third studio album, Incorporate the Excess. The band flaunts its unremitting brutality with lead single “Bag of Dicks,” a song whose title pretty much says it all. It’s an exceptionally confrontational three minutes of sharp, noisy grindcore leads; frenzied, whiplash-inducing drumming; and snarled, caustic vocals. Give a listen above if you’re feeling brave!
Incorporate the Excess is due out January 18 via Solar Flare Records.
Singer-songwriter Joan Wasser (aka: Joan as Police Woman) has a new album coming out next year, The Classic, the follow-up to her wonderful 2011 LP The Deep Field. She has just released a video for the title track depicting Wasser and some friends performing the song on the sidewalk. It looks like everyone is having a joyous time, and the video has an old-timey vibe to it, appropriate given the old school pop feel of the song. (It even features Reggie Watts!)
Look for The Classic on March 10.
Some Brazilian baroque pop from Baleia on the song “Breu,” which features some pretty beautiful melodies, rushes of strings, and piano segues. I like how lavish the instrumentation is, and how the really distorted, lo-fi guitar contrasts that with some overt roughness. It’s a nice touch. The instrumentation always seems to be changing up in some significant way, which keeps things engaging from beginning to end. Enjoy, and stream the rest of the album here.
Bristol rapper ThisisDA packs a lot in a short amount of time with new single “Unstoppable.” The track last only a minute and a half, but features a sweet, jazzy instrumental from Ecstra Kool and a compelling set a bars from ThisisDA (a teetotal himself), detailing a man in a troubled relationship with an alcoholic girlfriend.
“Unstoppable” is further evidence that the young MC has a keen ear for beats and a gift for storytelling. However, it will not be on ThisisDA’s upcoming debut album Super Arkane, which is due out later this month.