Since the release of their debut album Gorilla Manor over two years ago, Los Angeles’ Local Natives have taken their frenetic indie rock and addictive vocal harmonies all over the world to become a household name. On January 29th, they will put out their highly (HIGHLY!) anticipated sophomore album Hummingbird. The first single, “Breakers,” was revealed a few weeks ago to much acclaim, and today the band shares its official music video. Offbeat, haunting, but oddly so magnetic, it fits the song perfectly. Check it out, and if you aren’t satisfied, stream the track below!
If you’re in the UK you may have been just like me, heard this on Radio 1 and scramble to get your smartphone out to shazzam/soundhound the track to find out what it was… then realise it’s no where to be found! Well fortunately Radio 1 are pushing these guys pretty hard and I found them eventually and so I’m excited to present to the fresh London sounds of Clean Bandit
The 4 piece group work have created one hell of a catchy track, intertwining orchestral strings into dynamic synth pop tones with plenty of space for the vocals of Kandaka Moore & Nikki Marshall to lure you in. The two singers were actually found singing and dancing in a community group next to Clean Bandits studio in Kilburn, then asked if they wanted to lay down some vocals… how cool is that.
Being released on Black Butter Records, the A&E EP is being released on 9th December 2012 and is available to pre-order from iTunes Here
Without even dropping a full-length, Mikky Ekko looks to be one of the most promising new artists of 2012-2013. Much of the buzz has to do with “Pull Me Down,” a silky R&B-infused pop song that could easily hold its own against most radio hits. If there’s more where that came from, the praise will certainly continue to pour in. While we wait for new material, we can vibe to this Ryan Hemsworth remix. The producer extraordinaire, who came and conquered 2012, looks at the anxious side of love by adding some edgy and twitchy elements, making the original less of a smooth, wooing ballad and more of an urgent, hungry plea.
The experimental remix project of Virgin Magnetic Material, consisting of Shai Vardi from Tel Aviv, take the infectious fast-paced Little Dragon song “Ritual Union” and flip the beat for the remix. Although some may not be familiar with the group Little Dragon, listener’s should recognize the lead singer’s soft and haunting vocals from many of SBTRKT‘s singles featured on this site. Giving this already dope track a new texture and sound that appeals more to a slow-downed vibe. Slower and more ethereal, this atmospheric remix is a beautiful interpretation of the original. Be sure to check it out below.
Little Dragon Ritual Union (Virgin Magnetic Material Remix)
It has officially begun. The flood gates of “Fa La La La Las” and odes to Santa have burst open So when you need a break from the sparkly spirit that infiltrates every public place you visit this month, don’t you worry your pretty little head, the Indie Dojo’s got you covered.
From Rubberband man to self proclaimed “king” to jailbird to reality tv family man, T.I. has had an interesting career and is back today with some new heat titled “Sorry”. This Jazze-Pha produced single is one of the most personal tracks we have heard from the ATL emcee in awhile. Recruiting the always lyrically dope Andre 3000 really makes the track stand out. Tip’s upcoming 8th LP, Trouble Man:Heavy is the Head, will also feature Lil Wayne, Meek Mill, R. Kelly and Pink, among others, and is set to drop December 18th. Stream this powerful, introspective single below and, if you’re digging it like we are, grab it over at iTunes.
Judging by the releases thus far, Big Boi‘s upcoming album will be one of the strongest hip-hop projects of the year. Today, he provides yet another confirmation teaming up with fellow Atlanta veterans, Ludacris and T.I., for a southern banger with production that sounds like a marching band on steroids. All three emcees go all the way in putting their respective boastful, ATL-branded raps on prime display. Stream “In The A” below and look out for Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors, due out on December 11th.