Friday, 27 April 2012

Q & A with PS I Love You

As you may already have gathered from my gushing fangirl review for Addict Music and day two Great Escape 2011 review for Don't Panic, I'm really into PS I Love You.

Canadian duo Paul Saulnier (right, vocals/guitar) and Benjamin Nelson (left, drums) make the sort of raucous pop that bellows (or in the case of singer Paul, more accurately yelps) that guitar music isn't actually dead, no matter what all the two-piece synth acts of 2011 say.

I talked to Paul about the Kingston gig scene, which European audiences are the most awesome, and the "part-megalomania" inherent in writing any record and having other people listen to it. He's a pretty great guy.

Click here for the full feature, and listen to one of my favourite tracks off the new record (Death Dreams, out May 28th on Paperbag Records) below.

Listen: Jensen Sportag - Other People's Poetry Mix

Deliciously smooth synth producers Jensen Sportag have just released this awesome 90s rave tape mix, as an ode to their old friend Chuck: those tapes pictured above are the actual ones most of these tracks come from. In case you haven't already heard of them, Jensen are a Nashville duo signed to Cascine comprised of Austin Wilkinson and Elvis Craig (how Southern and amazing are their names??), who make the sort of satin-soft jams that you can slide your way directly into no-strings-attached-ear-sex with.

I'm about to start doing some work with the Cascine press team, so am really looking forward to getting to know these guys more. They already totally brightened up my day a few weeks ago by sending me a rough demo cut of (what I hope will be) a track from their forthcoming album and are generally both hilarious and very good at what they do. Fun times to be had, I can only assume.

For now, enjoy this trip back in time and imagine all the sweaty bodies pulsing around you with sweaters tied around their waists and scrunches holding back the hair plastered to the backs of their necks with moisture. Mmm.

Listen: Clams Casino Radio 1 Mix

Jersey producer Clams Casino (responsible for two of my top twenty songs of 2011: "Wassup" and "Gorilla") guested on Benji B's late night show yesterday, and shared a most excellent mix of both new and old tracks.

Those of you who are already fan will recognise the beats he's put together for the likes of A$AP Rocky and Mac Miller -  those who aren't should have a listen anyway, because this man is a talent.

Here's a link to the BBC stream of his 25-minute segment (which may only be available to listeners in the UK: sorry, if so!), online for another six days.

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

FREE SHIT Part 35: Purity Ring - Obedear

The ever-awesome Purity Ring have just shared a new track from their upcoming record. They signed to 4AD earlier this month, and have another of their glitchy and weird electro-pop gems to share.

You can listen to it below, then grab it as a free download (thanks, 4AD!) here (right-click that greatness).

This is a good thing because it means I no longer have to listen to "Lofticries" on repeat to get my Purity hit. Mmm.

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

FREE SHIT Part 34: A$AP Rocky - Goldie

One of Harlem's rising rap stars of the moment has just dropped the first single from his upcoming debut album, LongLiveA$AP.

It's due out on the 4th of July (which is gonna tie in wonderfully with the mental images people have of him posing in front of an American flag from recent press shoots) and will hopefully do well. I've got love for this guy after completely falling for his LiveLoveA$AP mixtape last year.

"Goldie" came out just in time, since I was getting close to entering that 'I've played you out so much but still want to force it' stage with his verse drop on Swizz Beatz' "Street Knock"

Thursday, 5 April 2012

Q & A with The Futureheads

I spoke to Ross Millard (singer and guitarist in The Futureheads) last week, and had to call on all the powers that be to keep my cool every time he said anything in his amazing accent. For a little background information, The Futureheads were a Big Deal to me when I was about seventeen, and I sure as hell didn't think I'd be shooting the shit with one of the Sunderland dudes I'd played incessantly on my iPod for a good few months straight.

We were chatting about their a capella new record, Rant, which came out this past Monday (April 2nd, 2012) on Nul Records. Although I started off a little gushy and starstruck (and edited a whole lot of that out for the sake of not looking like a douche), we ended up having a lovely chat about a capella music, Bjork, Glee (ugh) and a whole bunch of other stuff that didn't make the final cut.

Ross came off as hugely modest, and very content with the place he and the rest of his band are musically right now. Mostly, I got the impression that they just wanted to have fun with this album and hope their fans will do the same when they experience it on record or live.

They're touring the UK now, so have a look here for dates. Get the album here and most importantly for my ego:

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Song of the Day: "Glass Moon" - BobbyTank

I don't know a whole lot about this BobbyTank guy, but I am vouching for the fact that he makes some rather excellent music. He sits somewhere between dubstep and seapunk for me, making sounds that fans of Star Slinger, Rustie and Com Truise would probably be into.

Yesterday Zane Lowe premiered his track "Afterburn" on Radio 1, so there's every chance he could really start going places in the coming months. He's got a couple of EPs out, more info about which you can find on his Soundcloud page.

For now, enjoy this jam. I know I am.

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Q & A with Citizens!

Last week I went to the Ridley Road Market Bar to hang out with new Kitsuné signing Citizens! as they were setting up for their first residence show there. The whole place smells of oranges (awesome), has neighbours who blare dancehall from some dutty-ass speakers (extra awesome) and looks more like a cafe in Zambia from the outside (the awesomest).

Though I didn't get to interview all the guys (major timing issues with their soundcheck totally effed things us), lead singer Tom was a sweet kid and we shared some lolz. I then forced them to walk around the market as it was being dismantled for the day, while I took photos. We looked at weird cuts of meat. We laughed.

The results of it all are in my interview here. Citizens! play the Kitsune x Don't Panic party at Heaven this Sunday, so gwan and get tickets if you want to see them, Is Tropical, Punks Jump Up and a bunch of DJ sets from great people.

PS: The blog's gone quiet because I got into Columbia for a Journalism Master's and have been doing MAJOR visa, housing, passport renewal stuff. It has not been fun. But New York Effing City will be. Normal posting to resume in about May at this rate (I'm not kidding).

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