The Underachievers have dropped a new track titled “May’s Patience,” which is great and continues to showcase the talents of these bona fide East Coast spitters, but what’s even more exciting is the description of the embedded track above teases toward a new full-length project on the way from the up-and-coming duo this June, CHAPTER 23! Looking forward to it. Stream and enjoy!
Check a review for the duo’s latest mixtape, Indigoism, below:
A pretty fun music video from Thao & the Get Down Stay Down, which involves a number of different, creative facial manipulations performed on a number of actors who are all lip-syncing to this incredibly catchy track from Thao’s latest full-length album, We The Common. Enjoy!
Streaming above is a cut from the forthcoming, self-titled Melt Yourself Down record, which is gonna be released in June. As of right now, the UK band is streaming a few songs from it, and “Fix My Life” is one of ‘em. The combo of sounds on this track is a hot and overwhelming blend of afrobeat, electronic dance music, psychedelic rock, and various shades of Middle Eastern music as well. It might seem like a far-fetched idea in concept, but Melt Yourself Down brings the sounds, grooves, and energy to justify this unusual mixture. Enjoy!
As one half of the group formerly known as Hype Williams, a duo which now goes under the more self-explanatory title Dean Blunt and Inga Copeland, Dean Blunt has specialized in obtuse, abstract electronic pop, though I use the term “pop” this loosely. With the idea of pop tends to come a relateable sort of accessibility with the potential for wide appeal, but it was this fundamental characteristic which Dean and Inga seemed determined to obscure. On last year’s Black is Beautiful, the pair buried their humanness under a lo-fi haze of synth-based instrumentals. Dean Blunt is not even the artist’s birth name, nor is Inga Copeland her’s, with their true identities having yet to meet the public light. In removing themselves from so many aspects of themselves which artists often offer in order to be connectable to their audience, Dean and Inga were essentially creating anti-pop.
With Dean Blunt’s new LP, The Redeemer, however, the veil is being peeled back tentatively yet noticeably. Samples are much higher in fidelity, with lush orchestra clips giving off a convincingly cinematic feel, and much more clearly mixed vocals revealing deeper angles of Dean’s persona. An especially apt example of the album’s vulnerability is the first track to drop from the LP, “Papi,” in which Dean’s voice subtly suggests emotional longing alongside a wistfully romantic Pink Floyd sample. As Dean is gradually exposing more of his character, his statement becomes more coherent and ultimately more effective.
Look for The Redeemer via Hippos in Tanks.
An eerie fusion of electronic music and hip hop on this new track from When Saints Go Machine, “Love and Respect,” which is a cut from the Danish quartet’s new album, Infinity Pool. It’s dropping this week via EMI Records and !K7 Records.
Given the copious amount of what look like maggots on the front cover of Pharmakon’s Abandon, it should be pretty clear that this music is not for the squeamish. What this one-woman power electronics project offers in terms of sound is pretty abrasive. The song streaming above, “Ache,” delivers ear-piercing tones, harsh screams, and metallic juts of percussion that attack the senses in a notably thrilling way.
Look for Pharmakon’s latest release on Sacred Bones.
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:
Vampire Weekend’s latest album is a worth sequel to 2010′s Contra, presenting songs that truly stand on the merits of their memorable writing and lush instrumentation.
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A video of the Portico Quartet performing their track “Ruins” live for Boiler Room. The track comes from the experimental jazz outfit’s latest, self-titled album, which you can catch a review for below. This video is actually a part of a series of recently performed tracks by the quartet. Watch s’more of ‘em here.