Few musical comebacks have been as hotly anticipated as Death From Above 1979′s. A few years after the Ontario duo’s electrifying debut album dropped, they splintered and began working on other projects instead. I vividly remember being disappointed upon first hearing this news, because You’re A Woman, I’m A Machine left such a strong impression on me–and most of the independent rock world, too.
To hear that Sebastien Grainger and Jesse F. Keeler were getting the band back together a few months ago was exciting, and it’s tracks like “Government Trash” that make it feel like the hiatus never happened. The track’s riffs are the sonic equivalent to an adrenaline shot, and the vocals could be more on point, too!
Look for The Physical World on September 9th via Last Gang Records.
Previously loved UK art pop outfit Alt-J drops yet another song from their forthcoming LP, This Is All Yours. The release date: September 22nd via Infectious.
Unlike the previously released songs off this new album, “Every Other Freckle” seems to be more in line with Alt-J’s previous output. There’s a heavy bassline matched with some equally lumbering drum beats, and atop that are the odd, soulful vocals of guitarist-vocalist Joe Newman.
The hook is great, and as the song progresses, the band manages to build the intensity up with more percussive and melodic layers. Alt-J writes catchy, upfront tracks, but their refined approach to arranging their instrumentation is what continues to keep them interesting.
Sweden’s Wildbirds & Peacedrums drops a new track titled “The Offbeat,” which looks like it’s going to be landing on the duo’s next full-length album, Rhythm. Not a surprising title from this band considering much of their past material has featured nothing but vocals and drums, and that’s exactly how this new track feels. Aside from a few spare “plinks” and glitches hanging in the background, Mariam Wallentin’s voice passionately rides the building drum work of Andreas Werliin.
Despite the lack of accompaniment, once again, Mariam and Andreas sound great. Mariam’s vocals continue to be a powerhouse of passion, and the Andreas’ grooves really keep the tension up.
It’s nice to hear W&P get back into the swing of things after the release of Mariam’s debut solo album, which I loved last year.
Look for Rhythm on November 3rd via the Leaf Label.
Mississippi rapper Big K.R.I.T. drops a new single from this forthcoming album Cadillactica. After tracks like this and “Mt. Olympus,” I have to admit, I’m pretty excited for this album. It seems K.R.I.T. is finally finding that sweet spot between honing a commercial sound and still impressing as an MC.
“Pay Attention” is a sweet, sensual slow-jam, featuring a great hook from Rico Love. This might not be the kind of sound K.R.I.T.’s fans expect–or even seek out–but it’s pulled off well. It’s been a while since I’ve thought a track in this style was this tasteful. Kudos to K.R.I.T. on this one, and keep and ear out for the Cadillactica release date.
New York MCs Billy Woods and Elucid are teaming up once again as Armand Hammer. They’ll be dropping a new EP soon, and the track “B.E.T.” will be one of the tracks featured on it. The title: Furtive Movements, and it’s dropping August 5th.
Like usual, Woods’ and Elucids’ bars are cryptic and dark. These guys continue to take hip hop to come dark, eerie depths–especially with that lone guitar line laced into the beat on this one. Enjoy!
For months, there’s been talk of an full-length collab between DOOM and Bishop Nehru, and we’re getting the first taste of it with the song embedded above, “OM.”
DOOM is a seasoned underground vet that’s known for his eccentric rhymes, classic output, and ominous mask. However, Nehru is a relative unknown in the hip hop world. The young New York MC hasn’t dropped many projects thus far, but DOOM has obviously heard some serious potential in Nehru–enough to risk collaborating on a project of this magnitude, anyway.
I think I’m hearing what DOOM’s hearing as well. Nehru comes off confident and charismatic on “OM,” and he’s got flow and some clever rhymes, too. Even though he doesn’t have the most distinctive voice in the game, I’ll chalk it up to being young for now, and excitedly wait for him to come into his own.
Favorite line: “Am I being idolized, or am I a pair of idol eyes?”
Baltimore noise rock band Dope Body drops a track from their forthcoming album, Lifer. It’s looking at a release this October on Drag City Records, just like their last album, and this new track of theirs is a heavy, wild piece of rock ‘n’ roll. While it’s not as kooky or groove-oriented as the cuts on Natural History, the band still brings forth some visceral riffs and a dynamic guitar interlude as well. Enjoy!
UK-based electronic music producer Hudson Mohawke has recently announced that he’s got a new EP on the way via Warp Records. He’s dropped a new track along with the announcement, and it’s the title track of that forthcoming EP, Chimes. It’s dropping officially on September 29th.
Needless to day, considering I’ve enjoyed Hudson’s previous projects so much, I’m excited for what’s coming up on Chimes. The title track itself takes an incredibly loud, rowdy approach to the trap banger. While there are some ethereal, glossy synth passages on this track, much of it’s runtime is taken over by loud, distorted sub-bass and slightly offbeat synth horns.
It’s unquestionably colorful, and even though it might share a little too much common ground with what Hudson’s already done in TNGHT, I’m still loving what’s going on here.