As Britain celebrates one Queen, worldwide music fans celebrate another. The Flaming Lips enlist Erykah Badu for their newest single and video – a cover of Ewan MacColl’s ‘First Time Ever I Saw Your Face’, made famous by Roberta Flack in 1972.
The visuals appear to show Badu bathing in glitter, milk and other liquids while baring all – literally – but before you get too excited, according to Rolling Stones the full-frontal figure filmed is in fact Nayrok – Erykah’s sister. Either way, press play (maybe not infront of the kids and bunting though).
Cult band The xx have announced the title of their upcoming sophomore album as Coexist. They also reveal that the highly anticipated new long player will be released on September 10th via Young Turks.
In a statement band members Oliver Sim, Romy Madley Croft and Jamie ‘XX’ Smith write: “we’re so excited to share with you the news that our second record ‘Coexist’ will be released on September 10th. After a long time on the road, we took a break, created our own studio and wrote these new songs that we’re so looking forward to playing to you. We will be touring throughout the summer and beyond, and hope to play somewhere near you soon”
Coexist follows The xx’s massively successful ’09 debut xx and like it’s predecessor was produced by Smith. It was recorded between November 2011 and May 2012 in their own studio in London.
After the jump, check their upcoming international show dates…
Taken off their latest album El Camino, The Black Keys enlist director Harmony Korine (who’s cult classics (depending on who you talk to) include “Gummo” and the unforgettable “Trash Humpers”) to direct their newest video (a second for this song). In true Korine style ‘Gold On the Ceiling’ is a bizarre piece involving band members Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney dressed as baby twins, attached to two prosthetic look-a-likes. It’s analogue, it’s f*cking weird, but it’s also pretty hilarious.
Oh, and I’d definitely recommend watching til’ the end. #ATLTwinz.
Another fantastic, Fantastic Mr. Fox cut from upcoming EP San’en has just dropped. Assimilating various textures from skin-thumping 4/4 kicks swinging under chewy, retarded synths that descend into a pent up, subby robo cataclysm – it’s a cold rush. To think British Electo-Soul hope Alby Daniels is able to lend his chilled phrasing to such prog canvases (he’s on three of the four tracks on the EP), again shows the versatility of these two chemistry-driven label mates. With Mr. Fox (Stephen Gomberg) out to prove how far he’s come since the excellent Evelyn in creating something that’s equal parts soul as it is machine… so far, so good.
It’s the month London has been waiting for. No not the Olympics. No not the Queen’s Jubliee either. It’s the month when The all powerful The Weeknd decides to grace our city’s presence with his first solo show. It’s going to be a biggy.
That aside, there are festivals warming us up for the summer months, A$AP Rocky and his mob is back, plus The Internet will also be headlining at our homies Deviation 53rd night. Check out @PinBoardLive to win free tickets to the show too. We also see out the month with Ms Badu doing what she does best at the Hammersmith Apollo.
Purity Ring are an electro-chill-wave duo from Montreal, Canada. I first saw them last year when a couple of friends insisted I go down and I’m glad I did. They put on a awesome show featuring strange images being projected across the stage, fantastic back drops and an instrument played by Corin Roddick – the producer of the duo.
What you’re seeing above is the official video for ‘Belispeak’ Directed by Brewer and visually is one of the best videos I’ve seen all year, despite the fact I have no idea whats going on! It sees lead singer Megan James apparently trapped in what looks like one of Gollums’ bad dreams…
The track is the third single taken from their forthcoming debut album Shrines which is due to be released on the 24th July by 4AD. If your not familiar with them then I insist you listen to this and definitely this. They’re also playing Madame Jojo’s on the 12th June, see you there!
It’s been a long time since I have mistaken a homegrown talent for someone Stateside, but after repeatedly playing Jordan James’ opening track from his EP, I had no idea that he was British.
Based on his silky, unwavering tone alone, (which gives me slight hints of Donell Jones) and smooth laid back mid tempo beat provided by Herde Vim, I am instantly thrown back into a purer era of R&B. A time filled with layered harmonies, solid three minutes of emotion, heartbreak and everything else that falls under the love umbrella and of course a timely pause for a rapper to insert his two cents. All ingredients found in this here track.
Forgive me. In actual fact Jordan James is a young South West Londoner blending his influences together and recently unveiled the Cheeky Bastard EP. The rest of the project sidesteps slightly from ‘Fade’. Opting rather for darkened beats, rap verses and vocoder screwed vocals. But where he shines for me and steps out is on this track below. Looking forward to more of this.
Gang Colours brings forth this charcoal intense, animated clip for his new release off his debut album – The Keychain Collection.
This one is for the emo in all of us. Let it be…
Before the likes of How To Dress Well and Active Child truly settled in to my post R&B wave playlist, d’Eon caught my ears last year with the equally melodic, equally shock out track ‘Transparency’ (Part 1) from last year’s Dark Bloom LP.
Now the Canadian returns with the same chord structure, but this time smoothing it out a little more. He also includes a decidated solo of twinkling digital ivories to replace the mid section too. This is coming from his forthcoming album dropping 5th June.