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Artist of the Week: Vote for Your Favorite

by Suzy Exposito | 84 days ago
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Who was your favorite featured artist this week? You have until 11am EST next Friday to cast your vote for the next Artist of the Week! Choose between the following:

The Bots

Riding atop a wave of overdrive and everyday teen ennui, this band of brothers is one of LA’s most exciting exports. Made up of Mikaiah Lei and Anaiah Lei, the duo recorded their first release at the ages of 15 and 12. Since then they’ve graced the stages at Coachella, the Vans Warped Tour and Afropunk; and this fall, they’re unleashing more garagey SoCal grooves with the release of their full-length debut on FADER Label, Pink Palms.

Captain Planet 

Known for his expertise in amalgamating music that maps all corners of the world, this globetrotting DJ and producer isn’t afraid to shine a spotlight and mix anything from New Orleans brass, samba arpeggio samples, deep global bass fusions, to Cuban son. It’s in his adventurous cuts that Captain Planet draws international appeal. Following his successful 2011 debut Cookin’ Gumbo, he’s gearing up to release a sophomore LP, entitled Esperanto Slang (out October 7th via Bastard Jazz Recordings). 

Ausmuteants

This Australian bunch seesaws between absurdities and a lazy, anti-everything sentiment that suggests they’ve got it all figured out. Pretty much everything’s a bummer, so why bother, right? Originally formed as a synth-and-drums two-some in 2011, it wasn’t until their second LP Amusements that Jake Robertson and Billy Gardner added a bassist (Marc Dean) and guitarist (Shaun Connor). They’re a touch less juvenile on their latest, Order of Operation, out late September on Goner and in October on hometown label Aarght.

MASA

Since its inception, MASA is destined for greatness. Formed by Didi Gutman, (leader and founder of Brazilian Girls) and Hector Castillo (producer of Gustavo Cerati, David Bowie, Lou Reed, Roger Waters, and Bjork), this innovative dream team dazzled critics on the blogosphere a few weeks back when they dropped “Los Pinos,” a seminal track with hypnotic keyboard riffs, shoulder swaying-induced mid-tempos, and dissonant, electrifying power cords that backdrop to the raspy-yet-mystique vocals of Didi. 

Twerps

Appropriately self-dubbed as “janky pop” (a play on the jangle-pop genre popularized in the ’80s), Twerps made their full-length debut in 2011 after releasing a handful of 7-inches and EPs in the years prior. Since then, they’ve maintained the same uniquely charming formula: interplay of sweet but sort of deadpan female-male vocals, and a chorus that clashes ever-so-slightly.

 


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PREMIERE: Watch the New Video for Patoranking’s “Happy Day”

by Suzy Exposito | 85 days ago
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Get your tissues ready. Today Nigerian dancehall don Patoranking premieres his video for “Happy Day,” an anthem for love that transcends prejudice. Follow the story of a young man (played by Patoranking himself) who marries his sweetheart — to the great displeasure of her father. This groovy, heartwarming ballad ends with a solid message: “Love doesn’t see the color of your skin, but through the pigment of your heart.”

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Listen: Chancha Via Circuito – “Jardines” ft. Lido Pimienta

by Suzy Exposito | 86 days ago
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You may know him best by this tropical groove, featured in the final season of the critically acclaimed TV series, Breaking Bad. But three years since his last album, Rio Arriba, Argentinian producer Chancha Via Circuito (AKA Pedro Canale), returns with his third full-length, Amansará (or, “tame”). This aptly-titled new release advances Canale’s soft departure from his domain of dance floor-friendly digital cumbia, merging more ambient electronica with various elements of South American folk music, such as the Paraguayan harp. Lido Pimienta electrifies the latest single “Jardines,” her velvety voice standing strong against a backdrop of hypnotizing bass.

Amansará is out today and available on Wonderwheel Records. Listen to “Jardines” below:

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Listen: Kendrick Lamar — “i”

by Suzy Exposito | 87 days ago
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School’s back in session, and Kendrick Lamar’s head of the class. In anticipation of his first solo release since his 2012 album good kid, m.A.A.d city, the crowned king of Top Dawg Entertainment released his latest single “i” today. With the help of Los Angeles-based producer Rahki, Kendrick Lamar’s affirming stance of “I love myself” is underlined by layers of irresistible, funky Seventies grooves. It’s as positive as it is profoundly political, and it’s available for streaming below. Look out for his upcoming album (title TBA) later this year.

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Listen: Jessie Ware – “Kind Of…Sometimes…Maybe”

by MTV Iggy | 88 days ago
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Jessie Ware’s new single “Kind Of…Sometimes…Maybe” is a swing through the sultriest of R&B. The London-based singer finds herself in a place she’s been before — crooning a series of sweet nothings. But this time she’s found herself a partner in Miguel, who offers up a series of mumbled affirmations in return. It’s a smoldering partnership; one seemingly ready to spark at a moment’s notice.

Ware’s sophomore ode to romance, Tough Love, streets October 13th on PMR. In the meanwhile, for those who are hungry for even more from the album, there’s the recently released dance version of her previous single, “Say You Love Me.” Listen to Gorgon’s club-ready remix here. Words by Laura Studarus

RELATED: Music Video – Jessie Ware’s “Tough Love”

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Listen: Dinner – “Going Out”

by MTV Iggy | 90 days ago
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If David Bowie was born into the gutters of Germany, his music might sound a bit like Dinner. This isn’t to say that Anders Rhedin is low-rent. If anything, the Danish born, Berlin-based singer-songwriter’s flare for outlandish costumes and elaborate pop hooks demonstrates that he certainly has a taste for the fine and flamboyant things in life. But under the glitz, glam, and hissed choruses of his new single, “Going Out” is a scrappy core that even The Thin White Duke would be hard pressed not to admire. Do you feel like going out tonight? Why yes, yes we do.

The party is just getting started. Rhedin’s debut EP Oui! will see the light day on Sept. 20th via Red Eye Transit and Captured Tracks. - Words by Laura Studarus

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Artist of the Week: Vote For Your Favorite

by Suzy Exposito | 91 days ago
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Who was your favorite featured artist this week? You have until 11am EST next Friday to cast your vote for the next Artist of the Week! Choose between the following:

Milky Chance

Clemens Rehbein and Philipp Dausch met in high school, bonded over a shared love of Red Hot Chili Peppers, and decided to form a 4-piece jazz band with some pals. A few years later they traded retro jazz for indie pop, and Milky Chance — a clever name they insist has no deeper meaning — was born. Shortly after uploading “Stolen Dance” to YouTube, the duo’s reggae-tinged, electro-dance jam drew more than 136 million streams and went on to hit number one in 15 countries.

Bevar Sea

Doom metal is often caught in extremes, and while we love those to death, sometimes life calls for a golden medium. India’s Bevar Sea delivers just that, splicing together classic, catchy riffs with genuine attitude. Roaring proudly out of Bengaluru, they’ve created a demand for doom where there once was none. They’ve developed a following without a local musical precedent, all by nodding heavily to greats like Sabbath, Sleep and Pentagram, but dodging any tropes that lead to dead ends.

Junior Astronomers

Tucked away in the city of Charlotte, North Carolina, indie rock quartet Junior Astronomers were one of the best kept secrets of the South for years — until their explosive performance at this year’s Afropunk Festival. With a sound best described as emotive post-punk, the band delivered nothing short of a striking set, in which the band members played themselves into distortion-laden reverie, catapulted by the passionate vocal lunges of frontman Terrence Richard.

Tkay Maidza

When we first lent our ears and eyes to Tkay Maidza’s latest music video “Uh-Huh” – a noisy-electro, glitchy banger charged with minty fresh rhymes and dizzying synths — we were like, “Uh, whuuuut!” No doubt, this Zimbabwe-birthed Aussie MC can definitely spit an ill flow, and while at it, she does it with a flawless, cool sophistication and swag (yes, we dared to say swag because she gots it).

Oliver Dollar

Even before Oliver Dollar (aka, Oliver Siebert) hit it big in 2011 with the Beatport-topping track “Doin’ Ya Thing,” one could say the dance DNA was in him. Dollar’s latest, another collaboration with Jimi Jules titled “Pushing On” (premiered by Pete Tong) got a proper release from Ministry of Sound on August 29th. It’s far more house than Berlin techno with its funk bassline and diva-like vocal sample. Vintage Dollar, if you will; a producer and DJ who is a bit more party-centric than cerebral, though there’s no fault in this musical strategy.

 


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US Premiere: Watch the New Video for Raglans’ “White Lightning”

by Suzy Exposito | 91 days ago
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Attention US readers! Coming to you from across the pond is Irish rock quartet Raglans, with a brand new video for their latest single, “White Lightning.”  According to Urban Dictionary.com, white lightning is a special, high-proof moonshine. But lead singer Stephen Kelly told Clash Magazine: “The song is not about cider! It’s about being away from someone and thinking a lot about it, how and where it began which is usually always the best part. I’d honestly never even heard of White Lightning cider when I wrote the lyrics so let’s nip that in the bud shall we?”

A totally tender yet rocking pop song, the video ramps up the charm factor of Raglans’ “White Lightning” with some playful and innovative stop-motion sequences. In case our word is not enough, read this glowing review of the Dublin four-piece by our international correspondent Laura Studarus. Or even better — catch them on their European tour with The Fray this fall.

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