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.
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
4. I’m A Monster
5. I Love You More Than You Love Yourself
6. Angel In Your Eye
9. Beyond A Mortal
Los Angeles duo Poolside just treated us with a new summery gem, “And The Sea”. The band of Filip Nikolic and Jeffrey Paradise have certainly been known to all daytime disco lovers already, but if you haven’t heard of them, it’s now time to do your homework. Fresh, warm ocean breeze, that’s what best describes the new single. Delicate vocals floating through the tropical melody make it a truly summery tune that will accompany you, whether you actually are on the beach or the beach is just in your head. Chilled, positive, sunny vibes all around!
Plus, you can download it for free!
Long, long, long overdue new single from Fair Weather Friends is finally out, and is accompanied with a video full of summer and positive energy. ‘Love Won’t Make It Easier’ is said to be introducing a second LP by the Polish electropop band, however no details have yet been released.
If you liked Fair Weather Friends’s first album, Hurricane Days, and songs like ‘Fake Love’, or the older classic, ‘Fortune Player’, you will be delighted to hear they haven’t dropped in quality one bit. Seamless combination of synthesizers, guitars, drums and a catchy melody, again proves to be more than enough for a successful dance tune.
The video also fits perfectly with the summery climate of the song. The band members are cycling through the French Riviera and the Alps in Austria. They decided to take up the challenge and test their skills on the Tour de France route – successfully! The video was shot by Mariusz Rychłowski and it’s dedicated to Eddy Merckx, one of the greatest bicycle racers of all time.
*Fair Weather Friends – electropop, dance band from Poland, set up in 2011. After releasing their first EP, Eclectic Pixels (2012), they quickly became associated with alternative music which links modern electronic sounds and some old school dance tunes from 70s and 80s. Band members: Mateusz Zegan, Michał Maślak, Maciek Bywalec, Paweł Cyz.
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.
So, Kamp! is back and it seems to be a strong comeback. The Polish electronic trio has just shared the first single off their new LP, but you can already feel the smooth, melodic synthpop vibe, which has become some sort of their trademark by now. The guys are also going on tour, and unofficially yet, but apparently will be back in Dublin in December. Hoorrraaay! No need to be kind, but that’s actually very kind!
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.
Irish electropop artist Róisín Murphy just served us a new, self-directed video for “Evil Eyes”, off her recent album, Hairless Toys. It’s a fascinating and unpredictable clip, in which she acts as a hysterical woman. So full of personality. What a legend that woman is!
Long time no hear from Cyril Hahn, but here he is! The freshly released song was created together with a producer Joel Ford. It’s a first single from Hahn’s new EP, and accordingly it’s called “Last”. Have a listen!
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! ❤
Hot stuff from Hot Chip to brighten up this gloomy morning! The band have shared another song from their upcoming album, Why Make Sense? (out May 18). ‘Need You Now’ comes along with a cool, time-bending and surreal video in which Alexis Taylor is chasing his other self. Deep, but still very light and dancey electronic tune, absolutely fantastic!
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! ❤
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!
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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Watch the new video from Jessie Ware for ‘You and I (Forever)’ off her new album Tough Love. The clip shows the artist with her friends (including her husband Sam Burrows and Miguel) frisking in a photo booth. Perfectly synchronized with this lovely, graceful song. Oh Jessie, you never disappoint!
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Amason, quite mysterious outfit from Sweden, have premiered their new single ‘Duvan’ which is set to be out Oct 28. It’s a follow-up to released earlier this year ‘Ålen‘. Very promising, unique band, can’t wait to hear the next fruits of their collaboration! ❤
Check out this new remix from Poolside. This time the US duo reworked ‘I’m in Love’ by Fool’s Gold. Nice Friday disco vibes, enjoy!
British soul singer Jessie Ware has just unveiled the video for her new single ‘Say You Love Me’ (out Sept 28). So simple and so sophisticated at the same time. Beautiful song, beautiful performance. Ok, love you Jessie, you got it.
What a heartwarming new video from Alex Metric for his latest single ‘Heart Weighs A Ton’! It shows how a 60-year-old man called Glenn Bruno managed to fullfill his dream of being a performer. Admirable. And don’t get fooled by the “heavy” title, the tune is actually very uplifting (Alex Metric, after all)!
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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Some new stuff from Jamie XX, the track written while he was on tour with The XX last year and apparently felt a bit homesick for London life. The new steel-drum-based track is a bit heavier than previously shared ‘Sleep Sound’ or ‘Girl‘, but it definitely spreads some addictive “London” vibe around.
The video was directed by Rose Pilkington.
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British pop soul singer Jessie Ware is making a really nice comeback by premiering her brand new, beautiful single ‘Tough Love’. It’s the first track that will appear on her second, yet untitled, album which is expected to be out later this year. And based on ‘Tough Love’ chances are it will repeat the success of her debut LP, Devotion, which included gems like Wildest Moments’, ‘Running’ and ‘If You’re Never Gonna Move’. Definitely something to be looking forward to. ❤
La Roux again proves that pop music doesn’t have to be bad. Just shared ‘Topical Chancer’ is the next single from her upcoming album, Trouble in Paradise (out July 7). Simple lyrics and melodic synths work together quite well taking you back to the 90s. Nice holiday vibe 🙂
A few days after sharing ‘Let Me Down Gently’, the English synthpop singer La Roux released another single from her forthcoming LP, Trouble in Paradise (out July 7). Nicely uplifting funky vibe, will make your feet jiggle 🙂
Canadian electropop group Austra are back with a new EP Habitat and here is the title track from it. Very deep electronic tune, uplifting vibe and haunting vocals from Katie Stelmanis. Magic, magic!
The four-track EP will be released on June 17.
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Australian electronic band Cut Copy have recently shared a nice video for ‘We Are Explorers’ from their ‘Free Your Mind’ LP (out now). The video was made with 3D printed little green figures who are exploring the world in the darkness. Nice one.