VIDEO: The Griswolds – “Heart Of A Lion”

"Heart of a Lion" video clip

Sydney group The Griswolds have been on my radar ever since I saw them support Last Dinosaurs. It’s lucky, because they just released their video for “Heart Of A Lion”, which I’ve been holding my breath for, and it’s really quite good. It’s just under three minutes of bright, fluorescent, tropical pop – in short, it’s a bit of a summer jam. From that description, it could easily be stale and dull, but The Griswolds manage to balance all of those warm influences out, and focus it into something great.

Check it out below, and download it for free from their triple j Unearthed page if you like it.

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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.

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: The Knocks – “Learn To Fly”

The Knocks

I know it’s only Tuesday, but it’s never too early to start putting together your weekend party mix, right?

New York duo The Knocks, who have remixed artists like Katy Perry and Marina & the Diamonds, and toured with artists like Big Boi and Chromeo, are steadily on the rise. “Learn To Fly” just missed out on being included on their Magic EP, but the band have decided to give it away anyway. Can you resist the dance hooks?

Have a listen, and download it. You really should.

Photo via The Knocks’ Facebook Page.

VIDEO: Drake – “Take Care (Ft. Rihanna)” and “HYFR (Ft. Lil Wayne)”

Drake

Drake released two new videos today, both from 2011’s Take Care.

The first is for the title track, featuring Rihanna, and sampling Jamie xx and Gil Scott-Heron’s excellent mix of “I’ll Take Care of U“. It was directed by Yoann Lemoine, and it absolutely nails the atmospherics while highlighting the themes of the song. It’s a beautifully shot clip.

The other is for “HYFR (Hell Ya Fuckin’ Right) (Ft. Lil Wayne)”, and was directed by Director X. It shows footage of Drake getting “re-bar mitzvah’d as a recommitment to the Jewish religion”, and it looks like one hell of a party.

Check them both out below.

“Take Care (Ft. Rihanna)”


“HYFR (Hell Ya Fuckin’ Right) (Ft. Lil Wayne)”

BRAND NEW: jj – “Beautiful Life”

jj - Beautiful Life

jj are a Swedish pop duo, and “Beautiful Life” is the name of their newest track. As the title suggest, it’s quite beautiful. jj are known for their blissful, floating, hazy pop music, and that’s exactly what they deliver here. It manages to sound so unaware and spontaneous, yet still retain that crafted drive and pulse.

The single – titled jj n° 4 – is set for release on May 8 digitally and on 7″ via Sincerely Yours and Secretly Canadian, and will contain another new track called “Burn”.

Have a listen below and get your free download!