Slowdive – Star Roving

Slowdive is back! The band from Reading, England, have just unleashed their first new song in the 22 years, “Star Roving”. And a new album is on the way later this year through Dead Oceans. On their Facebook page, Slowdive wrote:

When the band decided to get back together in 2014 we really wanted to make new music. It’s taken us a whole load of shows and a few false starts to get to that point, but it’s with pride and a certain trepidation we unleash “Star Roving”. We really hope folks enjoy it, it’s part of a bunch of new tracks we’ve been working on and it feels as fun, and as relevant playing together now as it did when we first started. 

Slowdive split in 1995, shortly after releasing their last album, Pygmalion. They came back together in 2014 for a summer world tour, and in 2016 they announced they were working on a new album.

 

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The xx – On Hold (Official Audio)

 

The xx have confirmed their new album is on its way and will be released January 13,2017 via Young Turks. It is titled I See You, and it has 10 songs on it. To make the news even more exciting, the duo dropped a new track, “On Hold”, which you can listen to above. The song features a sample from “I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do)”, the 80s classic single by Hall and Oates.

“On hold” might be a bit of a surprise for The xx fans, as it sounds quite different to what the guys got us used to. It still floats between atmospheric electronica, dream pop and delicate indie rock though, so all seems to be in the right place.

 

Austra – Utopia (Official Video)

 

Toronto-based electronic outfit Austra have just announced their third album, Future Politics, to be released early next year. It will be a follow-up to 2013’s LP Olympia and 2014’s EP, Habitat. In addition to this great news, the recording project led by Katie Stelmanis has also shared a minimalistic, yet absorbing new video for the first single from the album, “Utopia”.

On their Facebook page, Stelmanis said: “Each person’s fantasy of the future is valid and possible and one should never feel like their imaginations can’t become the truth. I’ve written new music while following this path and am completely terrified (partially excited) to share it with you.”

Future Politics will be released January 20 with the following tracklist:

1. We Were Alive
2. Future Politics
3. Utopia
4. I’m A Monster
5. I Love You More Than You Love Yourself
6. Angel In Your Eye
7. Freepower
8. Gaia
9. Beyond A Mortal

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Massive Attack – The Spoils ft. Hope Sandoval

Massive Attack recently teamed up with Hope Sandoval (Mazzy Star) for a new track , The Spoils, and now they also released a follow up video for it, starring Cate Blanchett.

The clip directed by John Hillcoat shows Blanchett’s head being gradually and slowly transformed until it turns into stone. As sad and deconstructive as this process might look like, along with the angelic Hope’s vocals, it actually leaves you with some sort of a resurrection feeling. Tempting to say, a Hope feeling.

The Spoils was released along with another song, Come Near Me, on Massive Attack’s new 2-track EP.

 

 

Grimes – Flesh without Blood/Life in the Vivid Dream

 

The queen of quirky synth-pop Grimes has just shared a self-directed double video for “Flesh Without Blood” and “Live in the Vivid Dream”, both from the upcoming album, Art Angels (out Nov 6). This clip is filled with so many colours that is worth watching even if you are not a big fan of her new pop-ish style.

 

Blood Orange – Do You See My Skin Through The Flames?

 

New song from Blood Orange is a masterpiece of its kind. The atmospheric ambient filled with smoky sax, jazzy piano and dreamy synth makes a perfect background for an important message. In the lyrics, Dev Hynes talks about racism. violence and the Charleston massacre. 11 minutes of a very personal, touching and beautiful track. Worth listening.

Carly Rae Jepsen – All That (Audio)

 

Carly Rae Jepsen just debuted a new song and it’s a huuuuge milestone in her career (remember ‘Call Me Maybe”?! – yes, it’s the very same singer). The new ballad ‘All That’ is all about 80s – dreamy, emotional synthpop, very much Prince-alike. This is a shocking progress in Jepsen’s music production, let’s hope she keeps it up! ❤

Jamie xx – Loud Places (ft Romy)

What a happy Friday morning! Jamie xx has just shared a video for his latest (and how beautiful!) single ‘Loud Places’ (featuring The xx’s lovely Romy Madley Croft). The song forms part of his debut solo album, In Colour, (out June 1st). The LP will include his previous singles ‘Sleep Sound’, ‘Girl’ and some tracks recorded in collaboration with other artists like Four Tet or Young Thug. How delightful! ❤

Grimes – REALiTi

New track from the lovely Grimes and it’s pretty sweet! ‘REALiTi’  is not gonna be included on the new album,  so she just decided to release it as an extra bonus. The video is a series of footage taken during her shows and travels through Asia. As for the never finished song (that’s what she says), it’s class! Dynamic rhythm and those delicate vocals, Ladies and Gentlemen, old Grimes is back! Welcome to unREALiTi!

Jessie Ware – Champagne Kisses

 

Now, clearly I’m biased, but couldn’t help but share the new Jessie Ware’s video. This time it’s ‘Champagne Kisses’, another gem from her stunning album, Tough Love.  Nice colorful visuals and the vocals, of course, can’t go any better. Simple, beautiful ❤

 

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Iamamiwhoami – tap your glass

 

Oh my, oh my!! Iamamiwhoami and her new tune ‘Tap Your Glass’ are both just all sorts of amazing! Beautiful, mystical dream pop at its finest. And obviously a lot of water in the video to make to “Joanna Style”. Can’t go wrong.

 

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