Posts Tagged ‘Grimes’

April 10, 2018

Janelle Monáe’s next album Dirty Computer is really shaping up to be a visionary release. If you haven’t heard Django Jane and Make Me Feel yet, you really need to check out their videos on her YouTube channel, here. The latest single revealed off the record is a must share, since it sees the actor and musician re-uniting with Grimes. The pair last released Venus Fly together, one of so many innovative pop songs from Claire Boucher’s last album Art Angels. And now, the duo are back with PYNK, an empowering anthem and a fabulous mixture of each of the duo’s signature synth laden R&B funk sounds. Dirty Computer, described as “an emotion picture*, arrives later this month on April 27. Pre-order the album or download the singles revealed so far off the release, here.

October 31, 2017

All of the covers on Tegan and Sara’s new album are amazing. Plus, The Con X: Covers, a celebration of the Canadian twins’ beloved 2007 album The Con, features an endless array of star talent we adore. Let’s take our time to dive into this beautiful cover of Dark Come Soon by who else, but our favorite Canadian pop artist Grimes and her friend and fellow edgy pop talent, HANA. Dark Come Soon gets a wispy fragile, dark emotive metamorphosis on the lissome haunting cover. The Con X: Covers is available, here, and it also features tracks by MUNA, Shura, Mykki Blanco, PVRIS, Ryan Adams, Bleachers, CHVRCHES, and many, many more. All proceeds from The Con X: Covers benefit The Tegan and Sara Foundation, which fights for health, economic justice, and representation for LGBTQ girls and women.

September 13, 2017
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It’s not everyday a remix of Grimes comes along. In fact, it’s very rare and near unheard of. But Dublin’s EMBRZ has taking it upon himself to do the impossible by offering up his own interpretation of Grimes’ REALiTi, and I seriously can’t get enough of this new dance rendition of the vivacious pop song. Get ready to twirl and whirl in infinite circles to this brilliant remix. EMBRZ fuses electro house with plump disco and future funk on his ravishing edit, spinning us round and round mercilessly with his dizzying concoction. Once you tumble through the other side of the track, you’ll be throwing yourself right back in it for more of this euphoria. Couldn’t “reality” always feel this good? Jam out to EMBRZ’ other offerings on Soundcloud, here.

February 11, 2017

I’ve been waiting an eternity to enjoy the edgy boldness and popping costumes I knew I’d find on the new video for Grimes’ Venus Fly, that punchy infectious gem Janelle Monáe featuring gem from critically acclaimed and widely loved full length Art Angels. As of yesterday, the prismatic and flamboyant video is finally off Tidal exclusivity, so here we are, ready to snap our fingers, cock our hips, and strut our legs to the extravagant dazzler. Jump down the rabbit hole and take a Grimes styled fantasy trip. 

January 27, 2017

Though a visionary and inventive item back home in Taiwan, Taipei City based experimental hip hop artist Aristophanes only recently became a known name across the Pacific due to her role on Grimes’ scintillating Art Angels track, Scream. Her unique style and riveting delivery quickly caught the attention of many heavy hitters in the industry. Unexpected as it was, she went on to work with Will Butler from Arcade Fire on her following singles. Aristophanes now returns, sinuous twisting vocals and all, on a fresh new track that sees her re-uniting with Claire Boucher. 人為機器 (Humans Become Machines) is a bristling mesmeric, sinister winding delight. This dark serpentine, soupy chaotic rap ditty is more than fierce. Though even a Mandarin speaker like me needs to concentrate at times to figure out the exact wild contorting poetics that flows out of her mouth, there’s no doubt you don’t have to understand exactly what’s going on to enjoy Aristophanes’ wicked entrancing single. Plus, we get to hear Grimes. 人為機器 (Humans Become Machines) will arrive as a single February 24th via Big Picnic Records.

October 6, 2016

It would seem today must be Christmas Day in Grimes world.  The artsy eccentric, brilliantly innovative pop prodigy just dropped a smorgasbord, or a buffet, of videos upon us, and this fan of Claire Boucher can’t be any more happier. Entitled Grimes x HANA’s Acid Reign Chronicles, the videos cover four tracks off of Grimes’ critically acclaimed Art Angels album as well as three tracks from her buddy and collaborator HANA. All visuals were filmed while they were on tour in Europe in a “guerilla style”. Grimes explains that they were captured on a phone, with no crew, makeup, cameras, or lights. Yet these videos are absolutely charming, and oh so uniquely Grimes. Watch the video for World Princess Part II above, then view videos for Butterfly, Scream ft. Aristophanes, and Belly Of The Beat below, followed by videos for HANA’s Underwater, Chimera, and Avalanche

August 17, 2016
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Earlier this year, one of my friends was commenting on the fact that Nicole Dollanganger reminded her of Grimes with some of her music. I ended up explaining to her that the two artists are chummy pals, and that Nicole Dollanganger is a Grimes co-signed musician. Unfortunately, when the Canadian singer songwriter opened up for Grimes on Halloween night at the Fillmore in San Francisco, I was only able to catch the very end of her set. I hope I get another chance to see the unconventional and fascinating musician soon. In the meantime, I float away to a new rendition of her song Observatory Mansions, gladly drinking in its full bodied, orchestral vast beauty. Nicole’s wispy drifting vocals mesmerize from within the song’s grand expanse. Observatory Mansions II is a bonus track on a vinyl reissue of some of Nicole Dollanganger’s earlier songs.

March 4, 2016

Kill V. Maim, one of Grimes many brilliant and vibrant songs off recent acclaimed album Art Angels, gets a gloriously clamorous and jolting remix by Mindless Self Indulgence member Jimmy Urine. Dubbed the “Little Jimmy Urine remix”, this Kill V. Maim is an electro rocking explosion of dance inducing energy. It also leaves me hungry to see Claire Boucher live again, as the last time on Halloween night in San Francisco was an unforgettable blast. 

January 20, 2016

If you’re a ginormous Grimes fan as I am, then you’ve likely watched this video dozens of times today already. In case you’ve missed it, buckle in for a colorful and flashy ride. Kill V. Maim is one of many incredible envelope pushing pop songs off of Claire Boucher’s recent highly acclaimed album, Art Angels, one that some well respected outlets have named the best album of 2015. The frothy electronic pop song’s video is an extravaganza of visuals. Claire self directs again, bringing a commingling spectacle of goth punk, dark vampirism, kaleidoscopic anime, and fantastical video game flashiness to Kill V. Maim. The undeniably very Grimes video dazzles as much as the song itself does. Grimes will be joining Florence + the Machine on tour later this year, as well as headlining her own tour again this Spring. She’ll be hitting up the cavernous Fox Theater in Oakland come late April. I may have had the pleasure of seeing her on Halloween at the Fillmore, but catching the splashy display that is Grimes once again is massively tempting indeed. 

October 27, 2015

If you’re a Grimes fan, I’m about to make you green with envy, because guess what? I’m seeing Grimes at the Fillmore in San Francisco on Saturday night, and do you know what else is on Saturday night? Halloween! Yes, indeed. My friends and I are going to dress up and dance around to Claire Boucher at the legendary Fillmore to celebrate the dark, ghoulish night! But let me sooth your now battered and bruised soul, because everything’s going to be A-okay after you realize Grimes has finally released new material off her forthcoming album Art Angels. Via a trippy dream like video, Claire reveals a two track, two act piece titled Flesh Without Blood/Life In The Vivid Dream. The first act is very peppy and boppy, electro poppy and richly vivid, in a near Marina and the Diamonds way, while the second act is much more grave, mellow, and guitar strum lulling. It’s quite the double header treat for hungry Grimes fans all around. New album Art Angels will be out digitally on November 6th with a physical version arriving December 11th. I can’t wait to hear the new material live in 5 days, dressed up as a black cat or whatever it is I decide on wearing. Grimes, we’re all yours on Halloween night.