Information on Hoodlem is meagre and as such we’re not entirely sure if what we’re listening to is by a solo artist, a band, a duo or what. What we do know is that this new track called ‘Old Friend’ has our ears well and truly piqued. Branded as hip hop, pop and electronic, the Australian outfit takes things us on quite the musical journey – opening with angelic harmonies and giving way to crisp bit-crushed soul-claps and a quietly confident beat. File next to BANKS and Feist.
How To Dress Well is back!
After a couple features here and there last year, and his absolutely stunning sophomore Total Loss from 2012, Tom Krell is back with brand new material. ‘Words I Don’t Remember’ takes off where ‘Cold Nites‘ and ‘Ocean Floor For Everything‘ left us; heartbroken but in awe. Once again Tom’s sublime vocals transcend the elegant, atmospheric soundscape of the record as soft synths are carried by sweet HTDW subtitles. No word on an album yet, but this is enough for now – great to hear that falsetto again!
Whilst rumours continue to swarm the internet regarding a certain debut album, from a certain Jai Paul, we think we may have a suitable female counterpart. Introducing Dutch songstress Sevdaliza, whose debut single ‘Clear Air’ is very interesting. While listening to this, you’re reminded of Jai’s ‘Genevieve‘ – recalling it’s playful instrumentation and ghostly vocals. Something about this feels special. Check the songs video here too.
After dropping their brilliant self-titled EP, New Zealand duo BROODS continue their glorious run with a heartfelt video for ‘Never Gonna Change‘. Mirroring the track’s darker aesthetic, you’ll find yourself captivated and slightly confused as to what happens on screen as the brother-sister duo take you on the waterlogged journey. It’s all very bizarre, but oddly entertaining.
Remember when music videos were full of digital fantasies of the future with sci-fi TV screens and metallic blue/grey walls? And remember when folk used to sing from random, super-modern swanky hotels/apartments? This video kind of reminds me of that. Aside from the obvious – the fact that this tune is massive – the video works perfectly.
London’s new darling girl-group, Juce, have released a brand new track called ‘Braindead’ which they remarkably recorded in half day with producer Dan Carey, who also helmed their sensational debut single ‘Call You Out’. The new serving is a sensational summer soaked new track, teaming with fabulously airy production and riddled in divine disco-references. Clearly channeling the sounds they were exposed to during their formative years, band members Cherish, Georgia and Chalin all come to the fore with breezy vocals and carefree harmonies. ‘Braindead’ is out on 7″ on the 7th of April via Speedy Wunderground.
These girls. We’ll keep telling you.
Kaytranada reworks AlunaGeorge’s ‘Kaleidoscope Love’ into a bubbling new dance floor anthem featuring a typical vibeyz production from the Canadian producer. Kayranada’s remixes have gathered quite a fan base over the past couple years, the crowd he drew at Deviation last month (check his set here) caught me off guard. Its one thing to see online heads losing their shit but when that translates IRL – it impresses me.
Yeah, I said IRL.
The very first look at the Andre 3000 starring as Jimi Hendrix in ‘All Is By My Side’ has surfaced ahead of its SXSW screening this weekend. The short clip is of a scene between Hendrix and Linda Keith (Imogen Poots), the former girlfriend of Keith Richards about his upcoming – turned historic – show at Monterey Pop Festival. Take a look at 3 Stacks performance up top – I need to see more before I cast my full judgement.
I shouldn’t be, but I’m still amazed that we still don’t have that new D’Angelo album, especially considering everyone was saying how ‘almost finished’ it was. Anyways, while we continue to wait – there is some pretty exciting news in the world of D. Nearly 20 years after its first (limited) release, Virgin/UMe will re-release a repackaged version of D’Angelo’s Live at The Jazz Cafe EP later this month. The new edition will include the entire set from the legendary 1995 show and also will include an essay from D’s manager Alan Leeds.
It’s not a new album but we’ll take it. My Live at The Jazz Cafe album is one my prized possessions, this will add nicely to my collection. Gassed. Full track list after the jump.
Back in November, Son Lux dropped ‘Easy’, a gorgeously sophisticated number with swirling percussive instrumentation and haunting vocals taken from Lanterns, his most recent LP. Now, a certain teen sensation has jumped on the track to take it to the next level. Yes, it’s Lorde, and yes, it’s bloody amazing. Her eerily dark vocals add a certain rawness to the ghostly horns and mysterious soundscape. Alternate World is the new EP, it features this, and a few other tracks, and it’s out now!