The full line up for the Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona is out and it’s awesome. The medium in which potential festival goers found out abut the lineup is almost as interesting as the line-up itself. Primavera Sound made a 28 minute short film that was unveiled in both theaters and online that follows a record store worker as he goes through his day to day, throughout the video artists are revealed in a number of different ways. Watch the video and see how many of your favorites you can spot, or just check the handy flier below.
Artists like Stromae, Kendrick Lamar, Arcade Fire, Disclosure, and the Pixies will hit one of the many stages at the Primavera Sound Festival. The festival will begin on May 28th and end on June 1st 2014 and we would really like to be there.
We are proud to offer the exclusive US album stream of Breton’s War Room Stories. It is the South London five-piece’s second full-length album and showcases their signature combination of lush orchestration and meteoric electronic beats.
The ten-track follow up to their debut Other People’s Problems crosses a lot of territories. It kicks off gently with “Envy” from their Force of Habit EP, which has a plinky retro 1980s studio jam, almost Steely Dan feel before launching into more cinematic indie pop. After that, anything goes, from the moody superspy pop of “Got Well Soon” to the atomized IDM-meets-slow jam of “S Four.” The conflict at the center of War Room Stories has all of the trappings of an epic romance gone brutal, leaving unhealed emotional wounds. Breton’s members are also filmmakers who have been nominated for awards from the London and East London film festivals, so they know how to render a story with pathos. Check out War Room Stories below and then dates from their upcoming North American tour:
Breton War Room Stories North American Tour
3/16: Club Dada – Dallas, TX
3/20: Larimer Lounge – Denver, CO
3/22: Urban Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT
3/23: Treefort Music Festival – Boise, ID
4/29: The Echo – Los Angeles, CA
4/30: Rickshaw Stop – San Francisco, CA
5/1: Holocene – Portland, OR
5/2: Media Club – Vancouver, BC
5/3: Barboza – Seattle, WA
5/6: 7th Street Entry – Minneapolis, MN
5/7: Schubas Tavern – Chicago, IL
5/8: Magic Stick Lounge – Detroit, MI
5/9: Canadian Music Week Inc. – Toronto, ON
5/10: Le Belmont – Montreal, QC
5/11: Signal Kitchen – Burlington, VT
5/14: Bar Night Club – New Haven, CT
5/15: Great Scott – Allston, MA
5/16: Glasslands – Brooklyn, NY
5/17: The Boot & Saddle – Philadelphia, PA
5/18: DC9 – Washington, DC
Famed on this-here-internet for his throbbing trap and get-down garage remixes of R&B classics, such as Destiny’s Child’s “Soldier” and J.Lo’s “Get Right,” London-dwelling Shift K3Y is now on his way to becoming a teenage girl pin-up too, thanks to his vocal gift in the upper register. The lad’s official debut single, “Touch,” out on March 16 via Columbia, is a feel-good, garage-leaning dance-pop record. Straight up.
However, there’s no denying it: the lyrics are cheesy like halloumi from Nando’s (“I just wanna feel your touch, I never wanna give it up/You can never give me way too much, while I’m by your side”). But, that being said, you’ll still find a smile on your boat at the end of it. It’s pretension-free music at its best. Hit play after the jump for the full effect. (See if you can pick up on the soft piano melody of Teedra Moses’ “Be Your Girl” in there, too. Smart kid!).
Almost a month following the release of her debut album Dirty Gold,Angel Haze’s “Battle Cry” has been given a house remix by MK with vocal backup from Sia. On the track, Haze tells listeners about some of her inner demons and how she dealt with them. The rapper also offers up some motivational advice. Angel Haze’s message — never surrender.
“Battle Cry” will be available as a single on March 10th, until then stream below.
The Grammys have been an emotional roller coaster for us all here at MTV Iggy. While some of our staff couldn’t care less about the hype, some of us followed it religiously on TV and on Twitter. Here are some of our favorite Tweets shared in the past 24 hours– ranging from smart and critical to just plain lulzy.
First of all — let’s talk about headgear.
Photo Credit: Michael Kovac / Getty Images
So if Daft Punk uses Pharrell’s sorting hat, what house will they get? I say Ravenclaw. #GRAMMYs— Trudy (@thetrudz) January 27, 2014
They’re up all night to get Moonie: Macklemore’s performance of “Same Love” was graced by an all-star cast, including Mary Lambert, Madonna, and 33 couples of all sexual orientations waiting to be wed by Queen Latifah, who officiated the marriages.
That performance was cute… BUT SINCE WHEN IS QUEEN LATIFAH AN ORDAINED MINISTER?!? #GRAMMYs — Kingsley (@kingsleyyy) January 27, 2014
“Well, your mom & I got married at the 2014 Grammys. Madonna was dressed as Boss Hogg. So, yeah, we’re divorcing.” #GRAMMYs — Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) January 27, 2014
Speaking of Macklemore, much debate has been sparked by his private/public apology to Kendrick Lamar. Jon Caramanica handily summed up a lot of fans private/public consternation over it.
But regardless of the award, Kendrick Lamar made a triumphant turn last night. He had seven GRAMMY nominations, and, while he didn’t win anything his was the most talked about performance on Twitter, and for good reason. The Twitterati was left (almost) speechless.
Yo Kendrick Lamar and Imagine Dragons tho? They shut the Grammys down w/ that one. Crazy. — Jacob Latimore (@jacoblatimore) January 27, 2014
Imagine Dragons and Kendrick Lamar, no words (in a good way)… Taylor Swift dancing, no words (in a not so good way). #GRAMMMYs — herculez gomez (@herculezg) January 27, 2014
that Kendrick lamar and imagine dragons performance just blew my mind. it blew my life. it blew the universe. is blew even a real word
Happy Friday! Have you got time before the weekend starts to vote in our Artist of the Week poll? You have until next Friday, January 31 to vote for the best international artist we’ve featured this week. We’re counting on you — literally!
Yukari has been studying music practically her whole life. She says she started learning the piano from a very young age, and that this early exposure sparked an interest in music. She studied electronic music in university, and began creating her own tracks only two years ago. After uploading the self-produced Echo, she’s spent her time playing Seoul live houses and working on a forthcoming full-length.
The London-based singer-songwriter makes confessional synthpop that floats with the grace of an underwater ballet. Awash with pillow-talk intimacy buffed to an ethereal glow, her stories of substituting a postcard for a lover’s kiss, insubstantial memories, and human fallibilities are meant to draw listeners into her inner circle. First name basis has never felt so good.
Born in St. Elizabeth, Jamaica, Kevin Mark Holness and his family moved to the metropolitan Boston area in 1989. His new album, Concrete World, is out on January 28th on Jamaica’s respected VP Records. Singles like “WAR (Rumors of War)” and “Concrete World” are about urban American issues almost anyone can relate to: poverty, family and friends, and universal love. Mighty Mystic proves that righteous reggae can be transplanted, grow roots and sprout even in concrete.
Among the many psych rock acts that have emerged since that excessively revered era, Brooklyn’s Heliotropes stand out for their sludgy splendor. Their 2013 release, A Constant Sea, is definitely not another run-of-the-mill, classic rock revival album. It rolls between moments of soft, folky serenity and thunderous fury, backed by profound lyrical meditations. Arguably, it’s enough to quiet the incessant nagging of rock nostalgists everywhere.
Presumably without meaning to, Samaris have mastered a special kind of ambient duality. As much as their silky experimental pop and subdued trip-hop leanings make for sublime background music, the Reykjavík group is equally suited for the scrutiny of meticulous, attentive listening. Understanding their intent doesn’t make Samaris any less beautifully cryptic. Every listen makes you want to know more.
Big ups to Chi-Town heroes Sicko Mobb, who scored a whopping 92.24 percent of the votes in this week’s Artist of the Week poll! I guess our readers were Candy Crushing hard on this duo. Just don’t forget the little people, guys …
In an article on Mo Kolours from a few years ago, we mentioned about how the half-English/half-Mauritian artist combines sega, the indigenous music of the Macarene Islands, with “dub, soul, and beats.”
That article announced his debut release from 2011, EP1: Drum Talking. After a trio of EPs, Mo Kolours is about to release a self-titled album on One-Handed Music on March 24th. On songs like “Mike Black,” he combines Indian Ocean percussion with the atmospheric experimental electronica and R&B we’ve come to expect from UK artists of the James Blake and Jamie xx ilk. Producing and singing through filters that give the songs a vintage, sun-dappled feel, he still makes the listener aware that a brand new mosaic has been introduced to the world.