Celebrated L.A. quartet Warpaint shares a new track today, “Stevie,” alongside an immersive video made in collaboration with Fascinated By Everything, an art and technology collective created by Chris Holmes. “Stevie is a love song, pure and true,” the band says. “Sincere as it comes with a little bit of Freak. A cosmic celebration of the thing we all look for in life. And our contribution to one of the most beloved song genres.” “Thinking of visuals for ‘Stevie’ we weren’t seeing a story or a performance, but a kind of ‘Tunnel Of Love’ image kept coming to my head, more like waves of serotonin, what love feels like,” Warpaint’s Emily Kokal says about the video. “Right around that time Chris showed us what he was working on and it was like, ‘Woah, this is way more ‘Tunnel Of Love’ than we could’ve imagined!’” “All of the visuals are made from physical objects, so all of the light color and texture come from the real world and not just computer-generated graphics,” Holmes says about the video. “It’s been such a joy to work with one of my favorite bands, Warpaint and collaborate to make some inter-dimensional kaleidoscopic beauty to radiate some love and light into this world.” Enjoy the tune!
On Sunday, April 3d, the final ever episode of BBC One’s Peaky Blinders aired; one of the biggest TV moments of the year – the season’s premiere was watched by 3.8 million people – was soundtracked by the BRIT award and triple Hyundai Music Prize-nominatedAnna Calvi who wrote and performed the whole score to season 6. Calvi is now pleased to announce her new EP Tommy, set for release on May 6th. Tommy features four brilliant new songs from Calvi, including a cover of “Red Right Hand” – the Peaky Blinders theme song by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, a cover of Bob Dylan’s “All The Tired Horses” and two original songs written specifically for the show, “Ain’t No Grave” and “Burning Down”. “Ain’t No Grave” first appeared during Peaky Blinders season 5 but acts as the musical lynchpin of season 6, appearing throughout the six episodes, its swaggering presence underscoring the drama on screen. Today, Calvi is pleased to share the song in full for the first time. Enjoy the tune!
Mdou Moctar’s ‘Afrique Victime’ was one of 2021’s most lauded releases: an innovative alchemy of Tuareg folk, blues and rock, electric guitar pyrotechnics, field recordings and electronics with poetic call-to-arms lyrics about the plight of his homeland of Niger. Today, in line with their activity supporting and bringing attention to African artists, MoctarMoctar announce ‘Afrique Refait’, a remix collection of songs from ‘Afrique Victime’, released April 19th on Matador. The tracklist features sound-makers at the vanguard of electronic music in Africa, with a view of highlighting different scenes across the continent. Many of the artists are associated with pioneering Ugandan label Nyege Nyege Tapes who were vital to the making of the project. Enjoy the tune!
Interpol – Toni Arca – Cayó Kae Tempest – I Saw Light (feat. Grian Chatten) Warpaint – Stevie Father John Misty – The Next 20th Century Anna Calvi – Ain’t No Grave Gwenno – Men An Toll Horsegirl – World of Pots and Pans Wet Leg – Ur Mum Rose Gray – Last Song Oliver Sim – Fruit Helen Ganya – Beautiful Country Delicate Steve – Street Breeze Melody’s Echo Chamber – Alma Waax – Dangerous Soak – Purgatory Psychedelic Porn Crumpets – Slinky / Holy Water
Jamie Xx shares his first new music from 2019’s acclaimed Idontknow. Let’s Do It Again is a triumphant return and a first taste of what can be expected from the London artist and DJ next year. Let’s Do It Again was perfected by Jamie during his dj sets around the world, and the final version of the track was created for the next live shows in the UK, Europe and US, and isdestined to become a classic on par with “Gosh”, “Loud Places” and “Girl”. I live Coachella (April 15-17 and April 22-24) where Jamie will present other new music for the first time; and a big event in New York at Forest Hills Stadium in Queens (September 23) in which the line up was curated by Jamie and saw the participation of Four Tet, Floating Points, Avalon Emerson and Omar S. They are also confirmed live sets at festivals including Parklife, Primavera, Melt and as headliner at Forwards, Lost Village and Otherlands in the UK. Enjoy the tune!
Sampa The Great ushers in a new era with the release of Lane, featuring Florida rapper and labelmate, Denzel Curry. Lane is the first single Sampa the Great is releasing with Loma Vista, and the first taste of her own new music since 2019’s ARIA Award and Australian Music Prize-winning debut album, The Return. After relocating home to Zambia during the pandemic, Sampa reconnected with a different side of herself, one closer to the younger artistry that was nourished growing up in Africa. Now, in an age of authenticity, meet a 360 Sampa, a higher version of herself. No mask on, or role to play, “Lane” is Sampa The Great’s call out to create and explore her own lanes, and go beyond what’s prescribed without judgment. A vocoded voice leads the track, to the tune of jilted organs and choral harmonies. A trap beat with a rolling bass melody sets the pace for Sampa the rap in defiance of being shoved in a box, calling out for courage to try willingly and freely. Denzel Curry’s verse is a powerful statement of similar essence, further adding to the gravity of Lane’s message. Enjoy the tune!
Freakout/Release is the new album by Hot Chip and was written and recorded in the band’s newly minted Relax & Enjoy studio in East London, a creative space that Al Doyle put together before and during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic. Coalescing in the Relax & Enjoy studio was essential in establishing the album’s lively, full-band sound and marks the first time Hot Chip began work on a new record all together as well as reuniting them in the same room for the first time following their touring behind 2019’s A Bath Full Of Ecstasy.
Fittingly, harnessing Hot Chip’s irreplicable live energy in a studio space was in the front of the band’s mind, as they found themselves particularly inspired by their cover of Beastie Boys’ “Sabotage” that’s become a setlist staple. “The idea of being out of control is always there in dance music, in a positive sense,” Doyle explains while discussing the cover’s influence on the new album.
“By the time we were able to be back together, we were turning on a tap and having a lot of ideas being poured out quite quickly” adds Alexis Taylor. Joe Goddard describes the creative plan of attack as creating “In a natural way, without too much discussion or a grand plan.” This improvisatory vibe was supported by the new studio space, Doyle adds: “Everything’s on all the time, and it’s very easy to capture what we’re doing.” Enjoy the tune!
Swedish post punks Viagra Boys have announced their new album Cave World, due out July 8th and anticipated by the single Ain’t No Thief. The band recorded Cave World with past collaborators Pelle Gunnerfeldt and DJ Haydn. “I just wrote down, ‘Who is the true ape?’” singer Murphy said. “People look down at apes as primitive life forms, but we’re just this horrible, lazy society killing each other and starting wars, while they’re able to love and feel. Does that make them the true ape or us?.” Enjoy the tune!