If you’re bummed that the Heartbleed virus stole all of your passwords, then listen to this new track that Little Dragon dropped yesterday. Premiering as Zane Lowe’s “Hottest Record” on BBC Radio 1, “Paris” is the latest track off the Swedish electro-pop group’s upcoming LP Nabuma Rubberband. Waves of neo-soul melodies fade in and out of airy, electronic beats as frontwoman Yukimi Nagano croons in the background (even throwing some French lyrics in the mix). Nabuma Rubberband is out May 13 via Loma Vista.
The beautiful and talented Zella Day released her album 7″ on Monday, made up of her two stunning songs “1965” and “Sweet Ophelia.” That same day, Zella released the video for “Sweet Ophelia.” We were lucky enough to chat with the Arizona native about her inspirations, her new release, and the enchanting new video.
TMN: Zella, we all would just like to say how much we love your music and your sound. Can you talk to us about how living in the West inspired and continues to inspire your music?
ZD: I grew up in such an ethereal place. I was raised breathing in the fresh mountain air that in some ways I incorporate into my music. There was a lot of open space and a lot of natural beauty that allowed me to express myself freely. There wasn’t much of a music scene in Pinetop so I was kind of left to my own devices; the songs I began writing were original and unaffected.
TMN: And obviously congrats on your debut 7″ release, always super exciting! Tell us what you are most excited about with this big release.
ZD: Thankzzzzzz :-). I’m excited that so many people are hearing my music. That’s the whole point. I’ve been making music for what feels like a long time and its invigorating that people get to experience it for themselves. These first releases get me one step closer to playing in front of more and more people which is what I live for.
TMN: On top of that, you also released the video for ‘Sweet Ophelia’ today, again, congratulations! This song is already such a powerhouse, how did you decide where to take the feel and flow of the music video?
ZD: I wanted the video to be simple yet trancelike, I wanted it to look like what the song sounds like. There are a couple scenes in the video that are symbolic and speak truth as to what the song is about; the video is purposeful. I was nervous that the whole 3 minutes was based on my performance because I haven’t really performed like that in front of a camera before. My take on the whole thing was unrehearsed and authentic, so what you are seeing in the video is pure emotion. Theres a vulnerability portrayed in my disposition that I believe the song possesses as well.
British post-punk dance champions Klaxons have released “Atom To Atom,” the next track off their new album Love Frequency. Serving as the band’s third album, their first since 2010’s Surfing The Void, Love Frequency will feature collaborations with artists across the electronic spectrum including LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy, Chemical Brothers’ Tom Rowlands, producer Erol Alkan and more. “Atom To Atom” sees Klaxons pushing their sound further into the realm of electronic/house music. Pulsing, bass-driven beats build on top of dance-ready synth before erupting into a sea of psychedelic electronica. Talking about the new album, bassist Jamie Reynolds stated: “We have arrived. On the first two albums, we were taking off and this one is us flying. We are there.”
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Brooklyn producer Jeremy Malvin, better known as Chrome Sparks, has released the first track off his upcoming EP Goddess. Having already released a series of EPs, the most recent being 2013’s Sparks, Malvin takes his latest title track through the cosmos and up into the heavens. Ethereal waves of electronic exploration build on a foundation of celestial synthscapes and astral beats that can only be described as sublime.
Goddess is available to pre-order on iTunes here.
Cosmo Sheldrake is a 24 year old producer from London. And a bloody good one at that. Solar is the B-Side to Cosmo’s debut single ‘The Moss’ and it’s about as bizarre as it is incredible – and believe you me, this song is off the incredible scale.
For me a lot of the reason I love this track so much is the weird and wonderful methods used to produce the otherworldly sounds you’re hearing. Sheldrake actually used the Sun as an instrument here. Thats right – the Sun.
In a technique known as ‘Stellar Seismology’, Cosmo used recordings of the Sun, manipulating the sounds to create something that is truly unique. I can safely say I’ve never heard any song before that was composed using the sounds of celestial bodies. It even seems bizarre that we’re talking about the Sun having a sound. But nope – there are producers out there so talented they can use something as seemingly ridiculous as space noise as an instrument. Go figure.
Compared to the Sun the other aspects of this song seem outright mundane. Which is silly considering that Solar also features field recordings of Ecuadorian flutes and the singing of the Aka Pygmy Tribes of Central America.
But that’s not all, to top it all off Cosmo recites a verse from ‘I Woke Up At The Dawn Of Day’ (a William Blake poem) in a bleak and ghostly tone that makes the hairs on the back of neck stand up. I love this song because when you take its individual components, there just seems to be no way it should come together at all. But it does, and it’s fantastic. Enjoy.
As we prep ourselves for the craziness that is Coachella, we’re lost in a sea of interview questions, meeting coordination, and planning out both our poolside and after hours jams. Thankfully we have a new track to throw into the mix that seamlessly blends into either of those carefully selected playlists.
Culminating in a swirling blend of rock, reggae, electronica and punk influences, Brooklyn based Inky Jack has concocted a peculiar and overwhelmingly addictive sound with their song, “Freedom.” Blurring the lines between genres effortlessly, this tune carries a strong message through its lyrics. Coming via lead singer Kwame, these words are displayed through a truly one-of-a-kind vocal tone that is both refined and a little rough around the edges. He’s able to hit high notes in a soulful manner, calling on associations of CeeLo and Tunde Adebimpe from TV On the Radio.
Dipesh Sinha and Kwame Bulter (aka Inky Jack) have set quite the trajectory early on in their career. Their sound casts a wide net by the immense amount of genres it so fluently flirts with.
Make sure to keep an eye out for their EP, Infrared, which will be out later this year. Beyond that, don’t be surprised when you see this name on some major festivals next year. That time is drawing near for this stellar duo.