Friday, 26 July 2013

Watch: Ghostpoet - Cold Win

Ghostpoet's terrifying reign as one of the UK's best new MCs continues, and new single "Cold Win" serves as testament to that. The track's taken from his latest record, Some Say I So I Say Light, out since May in the UK and coming out on September 24 here in the US (via [PIAS] America.

On "Cold Win" Ghostpoet's Obara Ejimiwe dishes out his usual languid vocal delivery, over an eerie industrial beat and an orchestral touch. It sounds like These New Puritans could have produced it, and that's always a good thing in my eyes. It's been a while since I spoke to Obara, but he seems to have maintained the same level of modesty throughout his career so far, even after a Mercury Award nomination for his debut album Peanut Butter Blues and & Melancholy Jam in 2011. You can check out my two interviews with him here on the blog, and over on Don't Panic Online

French photographer and director Cyrille de Vignemont brought the song to life, dipping into his typical sensory and clean-cut aesthetic. See more of his work here, and if you're in the UK you can buy Ghostpoet's LP right here too

The rest of us will have to wait it out. In the meantime, here's a house-inspired remix of the single by   dubstep DJ and producer Rusko, that premiered on Mixmag earlier this week.

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Q & A with the Martinez Brothers

Last weekend while most people were either raging in a bar or club, or trying to sleep, I was waiting to interview the Martinez Brothers in Williamsburg. At 1:30am. Stevie Jr and Christian (L-R in the photo above, taken by Charles Roussel for MoMa PS1) are two Bronx-raised DJs . They've been making a name for themselves on the New York house circuit since they were literally in high school, and pretty much not legal to do anything but drive.

Now they balance a summer residency at Ibiza club DC10 and touring the US and Europe with putting together a new EP release for later this year. Oh, and starting a label. Basically these guys don't sleep much. Check out my interview with them for EDM site inthemix for more on how they got started so young and what they're hoping to achieve as the years pass. They were such sweethearts and went on to play an insane set, so reporting at 2am sometimes isn't the worst.

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Watch: Phoenix - Trying to be Cool

The Versailles indie-pop four-piece just released this new video for "Trying to be Cool," made in collaboration with VICE's Creator's Project, and it's pretty great. Not necessarily because the song is wonderful–it's definitely one of those "this sounds like two different songs, and the short part at the end is what the entire thing should've been"–but because Barcelona-based directorial team CANADA are behind it. 

CANADA piqued my interest when they made Battles' video for "Ice Cream" a couple of years ago. Then, they followed it with a couple of other great clips, all of which I've posted here for you to binge-watch if you feel so inclined. They're all about colorful sets with fluid movement, and a healthy dose of surreal weirdness. I'm down.

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