French electronic maestros Justice are back with a new video, this time to accompany ‘New Lands’, one of the highlights of their 2011 record ‘Audio, Video, Disco’. The clip features an odd mixture of fast-paced retro sports and futuristic technology which complement the track’s soaring adrenaline-rush synths and beats to perfection. ‘New Lands’ was always one of our favourite songs from the duo, but this almost-flawless video has given it a new edge that will hopefully cement Justice in our hearts as a truly brilliant band.
We’ve heard so much about this upcoming Fleetwood Mac tribute record that we’re absolutely desperate for it to drop. The fact that bluesy rock duo The Kills are also featured on this album has Meade us even more excited. Their cover of ‘Dreams’ – one of FM’s best-known tracks – is a sensual yet gritty take on the song which allows the band to make it their own. We reckon ‘Dreams”ll be one of the highlights of the record, which is out on August 14.
Dreams (Fleetwood Mac Cover)
Seattle rockers Barcelona caught our attention with their latest record ‘Not Quite Yours’, and after seeing their amazing show in Denver a couple of weeks back, we just had to talk to the guys behind the album. We catch up with band and talk recording, Kickstarter and why playing live is so important.
When you went into the studio to record ‘Not Quite Yours’, what was your vision for the album?
Our vision was to make an honest record. We wanted to get out of our own way, out of the way of the songs, and record them as naturally as possible. With the help of our producer, we recorded almost the whole record live, in a small room. It has a special energy because of that.
You used the Kickstarter method to raise funding for the record by reaching out to your fans. Do you feel that this made the connection between band and fans stronger?
Kickstarter was an amazing experience. It definitely made the connection between the band and our fans stronger. It let us know that our music still means a great deal to people. It feels incredible to have that support, and in turn makes us hungry to give back.
What kind of creative process does the band go through when writing new songs?
I usually write the basic song, and then we all sit around adding bits and pieces until it gets to a place where we can play it a bunch of times in a row. We usually take a break from it so when we come back, it’s obvious if something is still working, or is awkward and out of place. It depends, some songs take way longer than others to find their feet.
We caught your show in Denver last night, and were blown away. How important is playing live for the band?
That show was radical. Denver shows are some of our favorites. I think playing live is most band’s bread and butter. I can’t think of many artists that can write and release music locked in their bedroom and never come out to share themselves or their art with the world. I think touring is one of the most crucial things bands can do. It not only gets your art out there, it builds you as a person and as a creative unit. We wouldn’t sound anything like we do today had it not been for touring. It’s essential.
What did you draw on as inspiration for your lyrics on ‘Not Quite Yours’?
Like always, I draw on personal experience. Mostly about relationships I’ve had. Some romantic, some friendships. Some hard, some good. Sometimes they’re about people I know, but wasn’t in a relationship with. My songs are almost always about my relationship to something or someone. I know that’s vague, but people are ridiculous (me most of all), and so I write about that.
How would you describe the distinctive sound on your latest record?
Since it was recorded mostly live, it has a very raw and unedited sound. Also, we recorded using old gear and old instruments, so it also has an “older” sound. It’s a bit gritty and unpolished. It was a good change for us, coming from the exact opposite sound. BIG AND POLISHED AND EPIC! This record is a lot more understated, easier to listen to all the way through. I’m not sure if we’ll record that way again, but it was the right decision.
Listening to ‘Not Quite Yours’, we found that ‘Evermore’ is one of our highlights. What inspired that particular song?
‘Evermore’ is similar to a few of our other songs in that it talks about the weird process of taking a relationship for granted, knowing that you’re doing it, not changing, but still fighting for the person you’re taking for granted. This is why I think people are ridiculous. We are like children sometimes. We don’t want something to happen, or someone to leave us, because it’s just not right in our minds, it’s not what we want! But we don’t do anything to change it. We just sing songs.
‘Not Quite Yours’ is out now.
Known for their huge D&B sound, London native production/DJ duo Tantrum Desire took on the challenge of remixing one of dubstep’s greatest. Rusko‘s Thunder just got a charge of intensity as Tantrum Desire bumped up the tempo and added in some blatantly upbeat drum patterns. Bonnie McKee’s vocals remain prominent throughout, but the vibe of the remix is completely altered and unique making it incomparable to the original. This is definitely a blessing these days with so many remix/mash-up artists who won’t dare to try something new.
I’m a lover of hip hop and electronic music, so when these two genres clash together, I become an instant fan of the producer(s) that can make the track flow so beautifully. Leitbur does just that in their latest remix of ”Living” by Arrested Development by blending together the hip hop vocals over an electronic/indie sound that makes this track hard to stop listening to. If you’ve never heard of Leitbur, now you have and I’m sure this won’t be the last time.
Living (Leitbur Glowtronic Mix)
The Raveonettes – one of Scandinavia’s finest musical exports – are back to delight us with another cut from their upcoming sixth album. ‘She Owns The Streets’ is a shoegaze-influenced slice of indie-rock, with yearning guitars and hazy boy-girl vocals adding to the vibe. One of the most welcome comebacks, The Raveonettes’ record ‘Observator’ is out on September 11, via Vice Records.
YEA YEA YEA YEA, I just fell in love with Space Junk all over again. Koyote has really out done himself on this one, blending two of my favorite tracks, “Space Junk” and “Atom”. He credits fellow Santa Barbara natives, Candyland with the idea but he executes this one flawlessly. Starting with amazing robotic vocals and beat from “Space Junk” and meshing it with the, Full Speed Go lyrics from “Atom”. Then he takes the drop from “Atom” and mixes with some of the epic swirling synths from “Space Junk”. The second half hits just as hard I’ll let you experience that for yourself. Cheers.