Posts Tagged ‘experimental’

May 30, 2018
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If you haven’t been jamming to Westerman’s latest single for much of the month already, it’s high time you strut your stuff to groovalicious Edison, a slick warbling, funk slinking indietronica and pop song that gives voice to the frail inner monologue of the narcissist. As Westerman says “It’s about ambition, petulance and ill preparation. I imagined myself inside the head of the megalomaniac. I played around with all the unmet need and fear you would find there.“ The Londoner certainly crafts some of the most fascinating music of the moment. On warm glowing Edison, Westerman continues to collaborate with electronic producer Bullion to sculpt his sophisticated experimental sound. Edison even features some moments that remind me of early 80s classics by the likes of Talking Heads, but then Westerman quickly switches up the vibe of the song again with his lush blend of instrumentals. A Westerman album is slated for 2019, which seems like a very long time for us Westerman fans to wait, but we promise we’ll be patient. Edison is out on Apple Music, here.

May 25, 2018

Perhaps you somehow missed the news and buzz surrounding this welcome development, but in case you didn’t know, Theresa Wayman of Los Angeles art rock band Warpaint has been releasing some fabulous new music as solo project TT. In fact, she just released her debut album LoveLaws last Friday, and it’s high time we pay homage by sharing its latest single, a murky, muddy trip hop and art pop song named The Dream. It’s a heady Björk meets

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treat that I’m very much looking forward to sinking into live when TT headlines Popscene in San Francisco on July 6th (with our French-American favorites Freedom Fry supporting, too). For more tour dates and links to TT’s debut album, head over to her site, here.

May 24, 2018

Heads up, kids. A must listen new arrival just came out of the music woodwork but less than an hour ago, and it comes from none other than post-dubstep, electronic, and gospel-imbued soul troubadour James Blake. I’ve actually been wondering for awhile now when he’d unleash some new music on us. The UK singer songwriter and producer is responsible for one of the best shows I attended last year. I was there for one of his three sold out shows at the Herbst Theatre in San Francisco and he was nothing short of magnificent, whether it was his solo ballads on piano, his dub heavy re-visits of older classics, or the immense catalog of new music he blessed us with that magical evening. This afternoon, he’s finally released a beautiful new song named Don’t Miss It via a lyric video of sorts. It’s a much pensive and reflective song, sparse and understated yet gorgeously mesmeric with its soft trickling beats, haunting keys, and soulful cooing. Don’t Miss It, which is a collaboration with Mount Kimbie’s Dom Maker, almost feels like a CocoRosie song mixed with James Blake’s downtempo gospel and electro-soul. 

May 24, 2018

I still recall the first time I encountered Sacramento’s Death Grips and having to pick my jaw straight off the floor after finding myself entangled in the sheer violence of their rampaging experimental hip hop. It was well over seven years ago, and I Heart Moosiq was a but a baby then. I quickly hopped on the blog to rave near incoherently about how strangely addictive and wildly scintillating they were. And some of the comments were quite appreciative of the post. One fan was glad Death Grips was finally getting recognized for their groundbreaking, trailblazing music. Since then, Death Grips has become a much acclaimed sensation, always pushing boundaries and breaking barriers with their ominous music, described as some as industrial hip hop or digital hardcore. They’re known for being a phenomenal live act, and they’ve had their share of “are they breaking up or not” disputes over the years on venerated sites like Pitchfork and more. Death Grips’ wicked new song Flies lead us into that reverie, and we’re more than eager to share the hypnotically turbulent, visceral heaving track, a corrosive taste from their next album Year of the Snitch. For updates regarding that next full length, you can check Death Grips’ enigmatic site, here.

May 15, 2018

After a long hiatus, English experimental folktronica band Tunng are back! They’re preparing to release a new album on August 24th, and they’ve shared a killer new coruscant shimmering tune named ABOP via a vividly colored psychotropic music video. It’s a lavish psych folk and electro song with rhythmic hooking beats. I’ve already watched the video for ABOP several times since I encountered it earlier today. It’s easily one of my favorite pieces of new music this month. I can only imagine what else Tunng has in store for us on their new album Songs You Make At Night, which can be pre-ordered, here. Tunng will head out on a limited UK/EU tour this fall. Dates can be found, here.

May 8, 2018

Aww yeah, I knew we’d be in for some new Jungle soon considering the collective’s recent touring activities, and here we are, with not one but two new jams (and videos) from the funk and soul loving Londoners! Happy Man and House In LA are our first new Jungle tunes since the band lit us on fire with their 2014 self-titled debut album. Hopefully, this means their sophomore album is arriving soon, and a new expansive tour is on its way, since I had to miss their stop in San Francisco a few weeks back. Happy Man is classic Jungle, a funky strutting, soulful swaggering affair. It’s lavish and opulent, dashing and suave. House In LA, however, bucks the usual Jungle pizzazz for a heady and sleek, dreamy and warped shimmer, kind of like James Vincent McMorrow gone psychedelic plush whilst enveloped by Radiohead’s orchestral electronica. While Happy Man might be the immediately hooking song out of the two, there’s no doubt House In LA is my favorite and the most brilliant offering. Happy Man and House In LA are both available now from XL Recordings, here and here, respectively.

May 4, 2018

Oh, hello. I hope you don’t think I’m being “rude” by sliding in with something that’s going to disrupt whatever it is you might be doing right now, but trust me, you’ll be grateful once you hear this icy haunting beauty. I do, however, wish I knew more about Rude, a mysterious new project whose minimalist soundscape and experimental sonic construction on their latest single is like Hundred Waters with RY X or SYML’s smooth aching vocals laid sparsely and gently over its gossamer surface. icecold is as eloquently poetic as it is emotionally gut-wrenching, a truly stunning indietronica ballad from a most intriguing new band. 

April 20, 2018

It’s a huge week for Couros, the London based producer and musician who first lit up our music radar last year with Breathe A-gain. Not only was he involved in creating Norwegian starlet Aurora’s huge new hit, Queendom, but now he’s released a scintillating dazzler of an electronica and R&B track named Young, too. Its ornate and dub heavy texture, as well as Couros’ mesmeric looping vocals, are reminiscent of James Blake, but injected with more urgency and vital energy. Young is lifted from Couros’ forthcoming 5 track EP, out this summer. For now, you can stream/download Young, here, while we look forward to more previews from that EP.

April 13, 2018
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Let’s sink back into the dark and haunting, sensual and carnal with Canada’s iamhill and her new single Mouthful of Shotgun. Not only is her voice astounding on this electro-R&B track, but the song’s sinuous winding, serpentine flittering production is breathtaking, too. iamhill is fresh off of releasing her long awaited album Give It A Rest, and she has a new EP lined up for the rest of the year. Her new song is a must for fans of FKA Twigs, Banks, and Kill J. It’s intense and seductive, plus it features a scintillating rap verse by Texas’ ZEALE. Together, they take us to heart stopping precipices and up monumental peaks with the rousing song. Mouthful of Shotgun can also be streamed via Spotify, here.

April 12, 2018

A mysterious new project named NAVA is turning heads and perking ears with their imaginative brand of electronic pop. They dish out a left of center form of icy dark, visceral raw music on RITUAL. Even the song’s music video seems steeped in mysticism. RITUAL’s pounding drums, and its sharp jabbing, caustic twisting repertoire of spine-tingling elements feels nothing short of spiritually ceremonial. Jungle and industrial are interwoven into the track’s electronica. The resulting fusion, alongside NAVA’s bewitching vocals, are like a blend of Kill J with Fever Ray. Though NAVA only has one Instagram post to date, you can keep up with the enigmatic newcomer(s), here.