BRAND NEW: How To Dress Well – “Ocean Floor For Everything”

How To Dress Well

Last night I witnessed in real-time (thank you Twitter) the online music media scramble to publish articles on How To Dress Well’s latest track – “Ocean Floor For Everything”. It raised questions about the nature of such scrambling, but perhaps those would be best saved for another time and a more apt release. This is a great track, and the fact that it’s reaching more ears is only a good thing.

Tom Krell’s latest experimental lo-fi outing contains but a faint trace of the characteristic, and sometimes overbearing crackle and hiss of his debut album Love Remains, but fret not. The smooth, unearthly textures are still there in spades, whispering around the track and building what proves to be a grand and affecting song.

How To Dress Well’s second album, Total Loss, is due out in September (via Acéphale in North America and Weird World internationally).

Photo by Jesse Lirola.

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BRAND NEW: Childish Gambino – “Untitled” [Week 1]

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The past six or so months have seen me develop a strong liking for Childish Gambino. He crafts these great, often quite poppy, hooks before throwing his clever wordplay over the top of it all. A lot of it tends to focus on pop culture, meaning the impact of some lines can be considered quite ephemeral, but it’s so much fun digging through his lyrics and understanding the puns and references. Unfortunately, Glover seems to cop a lot of flack that stems from the fact that he’s also a successful actor – as if that should change anything? It adds small amounts of context to his work, but doesn’t detract from his talent.

At any rate, he dropped a new song last night. If you’re one of Gambino’s many devoted fans, it won’t be entirely new to you, but it’s a welcome studio recording. It’s also my favourite of the tracks he’s recently released, the others of which (“Eat Your Vegetables”, “Fuck Your Blog”, etc) didn’t quite click with me.

Download the new song and read the accompanying story from “Big Ghost” over here. It’s worth it. The page, artwork, and story are no longer available. The link to download the track is also now invalid. Stream it below and read on to hear my ramblings and potential theories about Gambino’s latest output.

So, what do we know about this new song and his current work?

  • Gambino performed it for La Blogotheque (alongside YouTube and 5Gum) at a secret show in Los Angeles late April. Check it out. La Blogotheque dubbed it “We Ain’t Them”, and many sites reported it as such. However, here it’s released as “Untitled”. Artist Sam Spratt has also confirmed that the tracks are all Untitled.
  • According to the zip file, it’s produced by Gambino and Ludwig (Ludwig Göransson, the man responsible for music on the TV show Community, and production on Gambino’s debut studio album Camp).
  • The URL of the above artwork is <http://childishgambino.com/iamdonald/week1/untitled.jpg&gt;. Does this indicate some kind of weekly installment?
  • Gambino has stated that anything we’ve heard lately, including stuff performed for La Blogotheque live at The Switch, isn’t on the mixtape he has coming upUPDATE: Seems like he changed his mind though, implying that this track was the first from the mixtape.
Oh, and Donald had a bit of a message for everyone on Twitter lately. If you’re interested, Forever Childish have put it together for everyone.
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Artwork above by Sam Spratt.

BRAND NEW: Chance Waters – “Maybe Tomorrow ft. Lilian Blue”

Chance Waters - Maybe Tomorrow

“Maybe Tomorrow ft. Lilian Blue” is the second single from Chance Waters’ soon-to-be-released sophomore album Infinity. The Australian hip-hop artist – previously known as Phatchance – has been working hard on drumming up support for the impending release, and if this is anything to go by, the album is going to be a strong one. Filled with bright keys and Blue’s excellent chorus vocals, Chance takes small cracks at hippies, vampire dramas, and technology. The resulting juxtaposition only adds to the song’s charm.

Take a listen to it below, and if you click through to YouTube, you can check out the lyrics in the description.

BRAND NEW: Ghost Beach – “Miracle”

Ghost Beach

How do you like your pop? A mix of sun, sand, and fun? Ghost Beach might just be your thing. The New York duo make, self-described “tropical grit-pop”, and while their latest track “Miracle” might not be very gritty at all, it’s definitely tropical. It’s a shame Australia is moving into winter right now, but if you’re heading somewhere warm and pleasant over the next few months, this might be just the right song to soundtrack it all. The pulsing bright rhythms are sure to bring a smile or two.

Take a listen below, and grab a free download at their website in exchange for your e-mail address.

Photo via Ghost Beach’s website.

BRAND NEW: Oberhofer – “Runaway (Kanye West Cover)”

Oberhofer

Oberhofer are four-piece from Brooklyn, New York. Frontman Brad Oberhofer writes and records all of the music himself, and they’ve had a rather fast couple of years. Having already played Coachella this year and made their late-night US debut on David Letterman’s show, they’ll soon be gearing up for Lollapalooza in August. Considering their debut album – Time Capsules II – only came out in March of this year, that’s pretty impressive.

They recently released a cover of Kanye West’s “Runaway”, and the wispy, spacey sounds mixed with the light, crunchy guitars lend the song an entirely new atmosphere. It’s a warped, grey landscape, but one that’s almost more attractive than the original. Even if you aren’t a Kanye fan, this just might be your thing. Trust me.

Photo via the ever-excellent RCRD LBL.

VIDEO: Ultraísta – “Smalltalk”

Ultraísta

Ultraísta is the new project from famous Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich, drummer and producer Joey Waronker (both of whom play alongside Thom Yorke in Atoms For Peace), and London musician Laura Bettison. Godrich has worked with artists like Beck, Pavement, and Paul McCartney, and Waronker has worked with artists like Elliott Smith, R.E.M., and The Smashing Pumpkins. Amidst all of the news surrounding this new band, it’s hard to find much on Bettison, but it appears she performed at the Godiva Festival in 2006. At any rate, they’re a talented bunch, but that’s about all anyone knows right now.

They have one song out so far (and a video for it) – “Smalltalk”. Full of lush electronic instrumentation, excellent percussion (presumably from Waronker) and Bettison’s warm vocals, it looks like Ultraísta could be a band to watch. It’s also interesting to note that the band’s website has a link to download an acappella of Bettison’s vocals, so if you’re into the remix side of things, there’s that too.

Check “Smalltalk” out below.

Photo via the above video.

NEWS: Foo Fighters’ “million-dollar demos” make their way online

Foo Fighters - One By One

The original recordings of Foo Fighters 2002 album, One By One, were put away. Metaphorically chucked out and scrapped. Aside from the significant issues the band were experiencing internally, word is that Dave found them too boring and tame, and manager John Silva thought that the recordings didn’t quite represent the band. Drummer Taylor Hawkins referred to them as the “million-dollar demos”.

Now, a couple of full songs (and apparently some instrumentals) have appeared online from the sessions. Take a listen to the demos of “Come Back” and “Have It All” below! Definitely confused as to why they’d want to scrap the former, which sounds brilliant.