For the past few months, Brazilian new wave/electro rock band CSS have been hard at work putting together a new record, the follow up to 2011′s La Liberacion. Today, we get a peek into the future with their latest single “I’ve Seen You Drunk Gurl”. CSS — which stands for Cansei de Ser Sexy and means “I got tired of being sexy” in Portuguese — don’t disappoint, providing the kind of crazy party romp we’d expect. Get ready to hear this chorus yelped out every time there’s alcohol flowing.
Genre-defying musician Emily Wells marries hip-hop, indie folk, synth pop and classical music in a truly inspiring and interesting way. A one-woman show, she plays multiple instruments but is an especially accomplished violinist. Though her latest album, Mama, only dropped earlier this year via Partisan, she’s been asked to help compose the soundtrack for Stoker, a film directed by Park Chan-wook, starring Nicole Kidman. Her offering, “Becomes the Color,” is a pleasantly hypnotic and groovy track.
Moombah-swing? Yep, you read right, it’s a thing. Well if it wasn’t before, after this track from The McMash Clan, it certainly is now. The producer trio from London bring us a clash of sounds from the past and the present to create something incredibly fresh. It’s a bold move to take drum samples, brass elements and catchy vocals reminiscent of the 30′s era and combine them with lazer synths and heavy moombahcore drops of modern day electronic music, but boy does this crazy concoction work! One moment you find yourself clicking your fingers and kicking out your legs as if swing was the dance you were born to do, and the next your body is jumping up and down under the control of that crazy bass. It’s ironic that when we’re looking for new innovations in modern dance music, there is so much potential in the styles of the past. This one is an absolute gem. Hit play and let your body move in whatever way it so chooses.
Many of you out there may already be familiar with Emay, but for those of you who aren’t, you’ve been missing out on some fantastic music. The young Canadian emcee has already proven he has an innate knack for music, creating a formative sound that’s easily recognizable, yet never stale. While traditionally wearing the dual hat of both a rapper and producer on many of his songs, Emay takes a break away from the mic on this one, giving us a closer glimpse into the creative process involved in creating his distinctive beats.
He does an excellent job on his brand new Into It EP, a play on the word Intuit, the title of the Ramona Falls album from which the project’s source material comes. While most samples involve taking a minute portion of a song and looping it over continuously, Emay does a great job of complementing the original work instead, and employing his unique talents to transform the tracks completely.
If you like what you hear from Emay, you can download the EP from Potholes Music right here. Also, if you’d like to hear the man spit some bars as well, make sure to check out the rest of his music on his official website.
Jonathan Visger, the mastermind behind moniker, Absofacto, has been a must follow artist since we first posted about him in 2010. Every passing year since then, Absofacto has grown ten fold in popularity and most importantly in musical style. With every release being that much more comprehensive than previous ones, the Michigan artist has shaped to be one of our favorites here at The Music Ninja and “Backfire” drives the point home. Simple and gentle Radiohead-esque vocals are placed over a delicate backdrop of soothing instrumentation that progressively grows with intensity and passion taking you to a dark hazy place where lost thoughts are often found.
M83 will be releasing their next single off their sixth studio album (2011), “Steve McQueen”, on November 27th. Along with this exhilarating track, they have decided to bundle it with four other remixes by SALM, BeatauCue, Alluxe and Maps. Just a few days ago, KCRW featured UK-Based artist James Chapman, better known as MAPS, and his fantastic rendition built upon the original feel of the track. Listen below:
M83 TOUR DATES:
November 1st – Pitchfork Paris Music Festival – Paris, France
December 4th – 107.7 ‘The End’s Deck the Hall Ball 2012’at Key Arena – Seattle, WA
December 5th – 94/7 ‘December To Remember’ presents M83 at the Rose Garden – Portland, OR
with Tegan and Sara and The Killers
December 7th – 91x ‘Wrex The Halls’ at Viejas Arena – San Diego, CA
Led by singer and songwriting genius Emil Hewitt, New York’s Emil & Friends don’t fall easily into one musical genre. This is because they do it all, and they package it perfectly without ever breakin’ a sweat. So, whether it’s whimsical synth rock, classic jazz or funky disco, at the end of the day you’re in for a genre-bending treat that’s always built atop a strong pop foundation. Take for example “Rain Check,” with its punch of quirky fun and theatrics, or “Royal Oats,” and its cool electric vibes. The band’s always surprising and never disappointing.