Thursday, 25 October 2012

Song of the Day: Pandr Eyez - Physical Education



Can we talk about how great this new Pandr Eyez single is for a a second? Ok, cool.

I don't know about you guys, but I was not expecting the curve ball of Ferren Gipson rapping on a track. Verdict: it's a winner. When she switches back to sing, her vocal flows smoothly as she seems to effortlessly lilt over each cooing melisma. 

As they showed us on B-side "Again and Again", the duo are diving headfirst into their r'n'b influences on their new material and coming up trumps as a result.

This latest single is due to be released on Double Denim Records, so check back to their store over the next week or so for more on that. If you can't resist owning the song before you get your hands on a physical imprint, then it's available on iTunes as a digital download as of today (in the widget above). Be right back, just gonna go learn the rap now.


Tuesday, 16 October 2012

FREE SHIT Part 41: Lazyeyes - Forever



Lazyeyes are a New York-based four-piece whom I don't know a whole lot about yet but craft the sort of textured, hazy indie pop that makes me happy inside. File them next to Beach Fossils, Sauna Youth (in their calmer moments) and DIIV. 

This track "Forever" is due to be released on an upcoming EP, according to one of the band members. For now, get it as a free download while I get the scoop on the details of said release. 

The band are playing three New York shows this week too (some as part of CMJ, some not), so if you're around you should head on down. I think I'll be at the XPO 929 show on Thursday; come holla if you see me.

Gigs:
Wed, Oct. 17: EP Release Party at Webster Hall (Marlin Room)
Thurs, Oct. 18: Surprise Attack! Un-CMJ Party at XPO 929
Fri, Oct. 19: at Brooklyn Fireproof

Monday, 15 October 2012

Watch: El-P - Stay Down

Here's the brand-new video for El-P's latest single, "Stay Down".


It features the Brooklyn rapper himself, Jaleel Bunton of TV On The Radio and Mr Killums the Squirrel Face meeting a rather gory fate. You may remember Killums from such critically acclaimed performances as this green-screen driving and mischievous bottle-throwing in the video for "The Full Retard" (also an awesome song).

There's not really much to be said about El-P in my opinion: his flow delivery is both acidic and forceful, yet slips in the odd literary device to good effect without sounding pretentious. If you haven't already sunk your teeth into album Cancer 4 Cure, I'd highly recommend it.

Cop it on iTunes and Amazon now. It's worth it. 

Listen: Bat For Lashes - The Haunted Man sampler



Natasha Khan first burrowed her way under my skin with Fur and Gold, her twinkly and ethereal debut offering in 2006. She's now back with The Haunted Man, out today (October 15) in the UK and next week (October 23) in the US.

This is the album that almost didn't happen, and sees her take on a more angular sound than fans may be used to. 

You can listen to six tracks from the album in this little taster above, and use it to get the full record for yourself. If you haven't yet seen her awesome video for "All Your Gold", that probably needs to happen now too.

Tracklisting:

  1. Lilies
  2. All Your Gold
  3. Horses of the Sun
  4. Oh Yeah
  5. Laura
  6. Winter Fields
  7. The Haunted Man
  8. Marilyn
  9. A Wall
  10. Rest Your Head
  11. Deep Sea Diver
  12. Lumen (iTunes bonus track)
  13. Daphne (iTunes bonus track)

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Album Stream: Tame Impala - Lonerism

The kaleidoscopic trip-out jams Kevin Parker makes as Tame Impala explode all over this new LP, released via Modular Recordings on October 8th (UK/EU) and 9th (US).


While the band members around him may change with each record, Parker sits at the center of this one - it was recorded over months on the road in planes, hotels and the odd actual studio here and there.

If you're already a fan of Tame Impala's psychedelic and uplifting brand of power pop, then get stuck right in. They still sound like the Beatles and the Flaming Lips when they started to get down with real drugs but have injected even more synth-driven euphoria into this collection of tracks than before. Give it a listen, then head to iTunes, Rough Trade or The Mod Shop if you want to support them by paying for your own copy. I figure they'd like that.

Monday, 1 October 2012

Song of the Day: "New York" - Angel Haze vs Jamie xx (The 83rd Mashup)


So this happened a few days ago, and I must've been so knee-deep in reporting for school that I missed it. Bad times. 

Angel Haze, new rap girl on the scene and moody interviewer, is mashed up with a Jamie xx beat on this distorted remix of her single "New York", done by producer The 83rd.

The result isn't too far away from the four-to-the-floor magic made by My Panda Shall Fly and Benjamin Jackson on "JS8", a part of their collaborative effort released earlier this year. As far as mash-ups go, I think it's a strong effort. Listen for yourself, and check out the official video for the original version below.

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