London-based singer-songwriter Deptford Goth (AKA Daniel Woolhouse) may wear his heart on his sleeve, but he’s singing through a lump in his throat. The second single of his forthcoming album Songs is a sweet guitar and handclap affair, with his voice evoking the fragility of Bon Iver. It’s a strong contrast to Deptford Goth’s previous, dense single, “The Lovers,” where electronics rather than strings take center stage. The two tracks share a potent comment thread. Woolhouse isn’t just singing about intimacy — he’s creating it.
For more lovelorn goodness, stay tuned. Deptford Goth will release his new album Songs on November 3rd on 37 Adventures. – Words by Laura Studarus
Is your summer ending too soon? Yeah, we feel you. While Olympic Ayres may not have the ability to hold back time (even their electropop powers have limits), the Australian duo is bringing back a taste of the season’s sunshine with their new EP, Leisureplex. The pair of pals (Kamaliza and Mmiiddii) traffic exclusively in bright musical statements. From the airy opening single “Take Flight” to the percussive album centerpiece, “Say My Name,” Olympic Ayres’ pop hooks, rock riffs, and Balearic beats are so luminous that wearing shades to listen wouldn’t entirely be out of order.
Leisureplex is due out on September 17th. Ahead of that, we’re pleased to host this stream of Leisureplex. Take a listen to it below. – Words by Laura Studarus
Today DJ/producer supergroup Future Brown (comprised of Nguzunguzu, Fatima Al Qadiri, and J-Cush) announced their debut on Warp Records: a double single titled Wanna Party / World’s Mine. Combining elements of grime, rap, dancehall, reggaeton and global bass, their artful international fusion is comparable to a heavily stamped passport.
Their intoxicating first single, “Wanna Party” features the talents of up-and-coming MCs including New Orleans’ 3D Na’Tee and Chicago’s Tink who is currently working on her debut album with hip-hop wizard Timbaland. Listen to the track (and check out their tour dates) below:
In 2013, Israeli singer-songwriter David Broza did something highly unusual. He gathered Palestinian, Israeli, and American musicians at the only recording studio in East Jerusalem, with the aim of building bridges in a conflicted region through music, and just to see what would happen. The result was a full-length album titled East Jerusalem-West Jerusalem, released this year. Speaking of the project, Broza told MTV Iggy, “Music has the potential to be one of the most fundamental and important elements in building any mutual ground and paving the road for the future.”
As it turns out, he also filmed this musical meeting, which included Palestinian hip-hop group G-Town and the Palestinian-Israeli Jerusalem YMCA Youth Choir and he wants to share the experience through a behind-the-scenes documentary film.
The make this a reality Broza has started an Indiegogo campaign to crowdfund the producing, editing and final sharing of the film. Rewards for donating range from a David Broza t-shirt to a private meet and greet with the world-famous artist himself. For a $5 donation your photo can be added to the “bridge builder wall” at Davidbroza.net and included in an upcoming video clip. Five precent of the proceeds from the film will go to organizations that were involved in the project, such as Polyphony, the Daniel Pearl Foundation and the Jerusalem YMCA Youth Choir.
Watch the MTV Iggy produced music video for the title track, featuring Wyclef:
The gender gap in the Mexican electronic underground, which has been growing steadily during these past few years, is a real shame. Acts like Selma Oxor, DJ Smurphy, and Dani Shivers have certainly paved a way for spirited young female voices in a mostly male-oriented scene. Enter MC Peligro (AKA Ethel Verduzco,) one of the freshest new figures to emerge in Mexico’s underground in quite a while.
After calling it quits as You Say France & I Whistle in 2012, Ida, Petter and Claes regrouped last year to continue their upbeat, confessional pop trajectory as Like Swimming. Self-described as a “Swedish pop group with melodies like dolphins and rhythms like sea lions,” the melodies are quite magical, but it’s evident that the true charm of Like Swimming can be found in their peculiar and sometimes dry sense of humor. On their debut full-length, Structures, the band supplements intimate letters to lovers (and haters) with plenty of wry gems.
When they introduced themselves back in 2012 with the release of their first single “Cocoa Hooves,” Glass Animals set their sights on exploring the darkest bits of life through a fractured, R&B-infused pop lens. Since then, the grooves have become heavier and their themes have become slightly lighter. From frontman Dave Bayley’s seductive coo, to the band’s skittery electronic beats (recalling both Radiohead and Massive Attack), there isn’t an inch of wasted sonic space across ZABA’s twelve tracks.
They say they started in 2004, but Juanita Y Los Feos could arguably be visitors from another decade. Their 2014 LP,Nueva Numanciais one big smorgasbord of punk and new wave nostalgia, a homage to some of the finest sounds from 1979. Spooky synthesizers collide with swift surf punk licks, keeping the album both brooding but catchy enough to bring Bela Lugosi back from the dead.
Formerly, he was known as Marcelo Cunning, the sly Mexican who formed half of the New York DJ duo, Nacotheque. Then, he became the DJ and party starter of another pop en español-themed monthly event called Rico Suave. P3culiar is Marcelo C. Baez’s latest alter ego, and yes, there’s something peculiarly racy about his full-length debut, Role-play.
Mexico’s beloved quartet Café Tacvba celebrates their 25 years as a band, and 20 years since they released the iconic album, Re. Their anniversary party will take the form of a substantial US tour this October. Their first stop of a dozen tour dates will begin in Los Angeles, where they are billed as the headlining group, and will perform alongside Calle 13, Bomba Estéreo, Nortec Collective, La Santa Cecilia and other Iggy favorites.
Cafeta is also releasing a series of video teasers about their tour with the hashtag #20ReCT25USA. Watch the first one here, and check out tour dates below. More to be announced on their official webpage.
10/11 – Los Angeles @ Supersónico
10/16 – Miami @ Olympia Theater
10/17 – Atlanta @ Center Stage
10/18 – Washington, D.C. @ Lincoln Theatre
10/19 – New York @ Stage 48
10/22 – Chicago @ Portage Theater
10/23 – Wichita, Kansas @ Hartman Arena
10/24 – San Antonio @ Aztec Theater
10/25 – Dallas @ Southside Ballroom
10/26 – Houston @ Bayou Place
10/27 – El Paso @ El Paso Coliseum
10/29 – Las Vegas @ Brooklyn Bowl
10/30 – San Francisco @ The Masonic
“I don’t spend a lot of time thinking about the acclaim it’s received, but many people tell me that they’ve gotten into reggae because of listening to Dub Side,” says Michael Goldwasser, veteran producer and founder of Easy Star All-Stars. Besides serving as a gateway to reggae for many fans out there, and spending over 7 years in the Billboard Reggae charts since its 2003 release, Dub Side of the Moon‘s superb interpretation of Pink Floyd’s legendary Dark Side of the Moon proved that Easy Star can reggae-fy any classic.
The album’s success consequently led Easy Star to release a series of tribute albums like Radiodread (2006), Easy Star’sLonely Hearts Dub Band (2009), and Easy Star’sThrillah (2012), including an original album. The band now celebrates the 10-year anniversary of Dub Side, and announced a special edition re-release of the album, due on Sept. 16th. It will include new remixes, such as “Breathe 2014,” which is also a free download below:
Dub Side Of The Moon Anniversary Fall Tour
09/12 @ Crystal Ball Club Casino – Crystal Bay, NV
09/13 @ The Catalyst – Santa Cruz, CA
09/14 @ Unity Fest – Guerneville, CA
09/15 @ W.O.W. Hall – Eugene, OR
09/17 @ Jazzbones – Tacoma, WA
09/18 @ Venue – Vancouver, WA
09/19 @ Wonder Ballroom – Portland, OR
09/20 @ Slim’s – San Francisco, CA
09/21 @ Ace of Spades – Sacramento, CA
09/22 @ Soho – Santa Barbara, CA
09/24 @ House of Blues – Las Vegas, NV
09/25 @ The Rialto Theatre – Tucson, AZ (also with Buckwheat Zydeco)
09/26 @ Belly Up Tavern – Solana Beach, CA
09/27 @ House of Blues – Los Angeles, CA (also with Arise Roots)
09/28 @ The Coach House – San Juan Capistrano, CA
Over the years, Anthony Gonzalez has all but perfected the art of the anthem. So when it comes to creating an effortless blend of shoegaze, post-rock, and electronic elements, chances are you’re not going to do much better than an M83 tune. (Need evidence? go ahead and put Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming on shuffle.) But in honor of the reissue of 2003’s Dead Cities, Red Seas, & Lost Ghosts,fellow Mute Records artist MAPS gave it a go anyway, putting his spin on album highlight, “Run Into Flowers.” The British laptop artist preserves M83’s well-laced crescendos to create a sense of breathless wonder, while his glitchy cuts bring a prismatic beauty to source material. If the two artists were to put out a collaborative album, we certainly wouldn’t be upset. Listen to the starry-eyed remix below.
Dead Cities, Red Seas, & Lost Ghosts is out now on Mute Records. —Laura Studarus