Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Even though it was "I Try To Talk To You" - Hercules & Love Affair's alluring collaboration with John Grant that was an instant winner on the house collective's 3rd album "The Feast Of The Broken Heart", "My Offence" their joint-effort with the slightly mysterious Krystle Warren swept me off my feet (almost literally!) at the first listen. The song has it all. The aura of an instant club classic, the soulful vocals, the oldschool flavoured production, the irresistible beat and now this fearless and hilarious video directed by Matt Lambert, an immediately iconic footage featuring some of the most progressive performance artists of the New York's underground scene.
"‘My Offence’ explores Andy Butler’s relationship to taboo words and the use of "cunt" amongst NYC's gay community to relay flattery, empowerment and strength - in short a fierce display of femininity. After 13 years of living as a “Queen that lived in New York” Butler saw his own usage of the word engrained into his vocabulary. A move to German speaking Vienna prompted him to reflect on how subversive it really was, and sparked an exploration of it in a song." [official press release]
The track's anthemic nature pretty much begs for some sensational remixes which will hopefully be dropping one after another soon. The legendary David Morales and Detroit Swindle are apparently among the upcoming submissions. It's 29th July and Hercules & Love Affair's "The Feast Of The Broken Heart" still tops my list of this year's best albums. Andy Butler's in top form!
Monday, July 28, 2014
Great week for oddball releases. We Are Shining's "Hot Love", Eyedress' "Egyptian Night Club EP" and now Sophie's extraordinary "Lemonade". The follow-up single to "Blipp" is an even more twisted fusion of all sounds bizarre, it sounds like a cross between some obscure early 90's rave anthems, soundtracks for atari games, j-pop, minimal techno and grime. All mixed in one musical melting pot with the final result sounding quite like nothing else out there. Check out the anonymous artist's fittingly unusual website HERE.
Saturday, July 26, 2014
"Egyptian Night Club" is a long anticipated brand new EP by Idris Vicuña better known as Eyedress. The talented Filipino producer delivers another stellar selection of eerie compositions flowing around the sonic labyrinth of dark electro, cacophonous witch house, experimental pop, industrial synths, distorted ambient soundscapes and even some moody Italo disco (that track with Skint Eastwood!)... Here's the EP in all its glory, from Manila with love.
Friday, July 25, 2014
This the definition of a "wall of sound" in 2014. This intensely gripping single by the mysterious London project We Are Shining is a thrilling amalgamation of styles and genres sounding like a bridge between Outkast, The Avalanches and the latest UK revelation Jungle. This bizarre miash-mash of funk, electronica, gospel and blues makes "Hot Love" one of the most unique and breakthrough records in 2014 and screams artistic eclecticism from every of its seconds. Just wow...
"Hot Love" is released on Marathon Artists on September 8.
We Are Shining: Hot Love on Nowness.com
Monday, July 21, 2014
The wondrous "future 80's" duo Electric Youth are finally announcing the release of their very long anticipated (since 2009!!!) debut album "Innerworld" which will drop 30th September via Secretly Canadian. The first teaser of their new material is "Runaway" a candy flavoured pop gem with an irresistibly melodic chorus and a retro production built around Electric Youth's signature multi-layers of synths. The 15-track LP will also include some of their previous "pure pop perfection" kind of singles "Innocence", "The Best Thing" and the ubiquitous "A Real Hero" which reached an underground cult status at this stage thanks to the vintage synth-pop inspired "Drive" soundtrack. As a long-term admirer of the Toronto duo's distinctive sound I must admit "Runaway" is probably their most accomplished single to date. I literally cannot stop listening to it.
Electric Youth "Innerworld" Tracklist:
01. "Before Life"
05. "Without You"
06. "If All She Has Is You"
07. "The Best Thing"
09. "Another Story"
10. "She's Sleeping Interlude"
11. "A Real Hero"
13. "Get Along" [bonus track]
14. "Modern Fears" [bonus track]
15. "Final Girl" [bonus track]
SHREM'S BIGGIES BUT GOODIES BASKET: "DO IT AGAIN" - Robyn & Röyksopp [Official Video + Moullinex & Isaac Christopher Remixes]
The video for Robyn's epic and instantly anthemic joint effort with Röyksopp, "Do It Again" is finally here!!! The Norwegian duo have been working with director Martin de Thurah again, almost a decade after shooting the video for "What Else Is There?’" their collaboration with another Swedish diva The Knife's Karin Dreijer. There are tonnes of quality remixes of the track also floating around but the ones submitted by Moullinex and Isaac Christopher seem to be the only ones which achieved a similar brilliance in comparison with the astonishing original version of the song.
Robyn & Röyksopp are on tour NOW! Enjoy this Nordic feast my friends: