‘Cool Your Heart’ by Dirty Projectors feat. Dawn Richard

‘Cool Your Heart’ by Dirty Projectors feat. Dawn Richard

Dave Longstreth’s experimental outfit are back with this deliciously weird collaboration with singer Dawn Richard. Like many people, I first became aware of Dirty Projectors via 2009’s Bitte Orca album and the single ‘Stillness Is The Move’, a waaay left-of-centre take on R&B that almost became some kind of hit record. Bitte Orca itself was even broader in scope and defied any kind of easy categorisation, a truly out-there pop record which displayed Longstreth’s ability to take disparate elements and fuse them in to something unexpected. And so it is with ‘Cool Your Heart’ which actually sounds odder on the third Read more »

‘Automaton’ by Jamiroquai

‘Automaton’ by Jamiroquai

Released on January 27, and already with more than 2 million views, Jamiroquai are back with a new song, video and album after a 7-year hiatus.   In Jay Kay´s words: “The inspiration for Automaton is in recognition of the rise of artificial intelligence and technology in our world today and how we as humans are beginning to forget the more pleasant, simple, and eloquent things in life and in our environment including our relationship with one another as human beings,” Their 8th album, also called Automaton,  brings the signature funk style back, but the sound is feisty, it is poignant Read more »

‘Waiting for the Stars’ by Vitalic feat. David Shaw And The Beat

‘Waiting for the Stars’ by Vitalic feat. David Shaw And The Beat

The latest video release from this French artist is winningly strange and funky. Pascal Arbez-Nicolas aka Vitalic has been around for a good few years now. His 2005 debut lp Ok Cowboy was a particular favourite of one half of this blog back in the day and since then he’s been pretty busy, with his fourth studio album proper Vitalic (there’s also a live album and a DJ mix album). I guess you would describe his sound as electroclash disco with attitude if you were looking for a description. But I’m not, so suffice to say it made me jiggle my Read more »

‘On Lankershim’ by Foxygen

‘On Lankershim’ by Foxygen

    Directed by Foxygen and Danny Lacy Edited by Foxygen and Danny Lacy Camera by Danny Lacy and Luke Suzimoto This song makes me think of Elton John´s “Tiny Dancer” and of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. But the guys in the video make me think of the strokes. Strange. which is why I had to post. Lankershim is a major street in Los Angeles famous for its prostitution levels. Which is why the lyrics are so poignant Well, we all spent time trying to make it But you spent your money getting high Well I know can make it Read more »

‘No Plan’ by David Bowie

‘No Plan’ by David Bowie

With a new E.P. released on what would have been his 70th birthday comes this new video for one of his last recordings. This first year after Bowie’s death has been a strange one. The old adage that if you’re famous you’re never more popular than than after you die has certainly been in evidence with interest in his body of work being greater now than at anytime in the last couple of decades or so. His final album, Blackstar, has proved to be a last great flourish from an artist who never stopped moving and exploring new ground. Immediately Read more »

‘In The Meantime’ by King

‘In The Meantime’ by King

This L.A.-based trio, who were once mentored by Prince, have a brand new video for this track from their 2016 debut LP We Are KING. Twins Paris and Amber Strother and their friend Anita Bias actually started work on this album about 3 years ago, which was when ‘In The Meantime’ was first released. At the time no less a figure than Prince was championing them, who like an increasing amount of people had cottoned on to them after they started putting their self-written and produced tracks up on Soundcloud. The video, directed by David Devaux, is a clever animation Read more »

‘Fire’ by Justice

‘Fire’ by Justice

  I don’t know what makes me happier: that Justice is back or that the video features goddess, Susan Sarandon!   Justice ( Jus†ice) is a French electronic music duo formed by Gaspard Augé and Xavier de Rosnay . My God, I am really having a love affair with french electronic music, it´s nothing new, but it is growing by the second. I am still not over D.A.N.C.E. and they have now released a new album which includes this  gorgeous, classic french sound, and a video that makes us remember Thelma and Louise and shows as a gorgeous Sarandon still swinging…both the band and her will Read more »

‘L’Amour Le Jour’ by Le Couleur

‘L’Amour Le Jour’ by Le Couleur

Le Couleur’s new single is a super-cool slice of funky French-Canadian disco-pop. Laurence Giroux-Do, Patrick Gosselin, and Steeven Chouinard aka Montreal-based trio Le Couleur released their debut album Origami back in 2010. Since then their have been a couple of EP’s, but it’s not until now that they have been able to deliver their second LP, entitled P.O.P. (available soon) and from that comes this new single and video. The video is a colourful yet actually fairly straightforward, rather 80’s looking band performance thing and is the directorial debut of Thierry Sirois, and as a complement to the track itself Read more »

‘Little Things’ by Animal Noise

‘Little Things’ by Animal Noise

From the South East of England comes a band who started by self-releasing their debut album in 2012, and have been steadily building a fan base and a reputation from their successful live gigs. Their new video released on November 17th is sexy, pulsating and vibrant. In the video they seem to be running from pixelated images, a “glitch” is what they call it. The song is exciting and intrusive. It kind of reminds me of Make it Wit Chu by Queens of the Stone Age. And that is a good thing.      

‘Philosophize’ by Parekh and Singh

‘Philosophize’ by Parekh and Singh

The Indian duo’s new single comes with a wonderful animated video… Hailing from Kolkota and now signed to UK label Peace Frog Records, multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Nischay Parekh and percussionist/producer Jivraj Singh first achieved some kind of prominence in 2014 when the won a VH1 award for Best Newcomer, as well as a Jack Daniels Rock Award. two years later and they’ve just released their debut album Ocean and have followed that with this, taken from that album. The song itself is dreamy pop music with an experimental edge that doesn’t for one moment sound like it would come from the two rather bookish looking guys that Read more »

‘Make America Great Again’ by Pussy Riot

‘Make America Great Again’ by Pussy Riot

With everyone nervously awaiting the imminent U.S. elections we take a look at this topical new offering from Russia’s most-famous political-activist intellectual art-punk group. The last time we reviewed Pussy Riot on this site it was with a song protesting the killing of Eric Garner and, more broadly, racism, and police brutality and state-sanctioned violence. And now they’ve released three new videos in a week, each dealing with a different topic, and in ‘Make America Great Again’ both eyes are firmly fixed on the U.S. elections and in particular Donald Trump, the man who has defined, for better or for Read more »

New Reels: ‘Libre’ by Y La Bamba

New Reels: ‘Libre’ by Y La Bamba

Out of Portland and with Mexican roots comes this refreshing sound, reminiscent of Tune Yards but by no means a copy. Its a sound that is both new and familiar (at least to me) and brings an immediate smile to my face. I don´t know what to say about the video, because I think I am clearly influenced by images of a “character” commonly used in Carnaval de Barranquilla  but I am probably biased because she is from Mexican ascendance and its a different character that reminds me of the Colombian one…anyway, that’s not what’s important. What’s important its that just Read more »

New Reels: ‘Tough Luck’ by Sneaks

New Reels: ‘Tough Luck’ by Sneaks

As her 2015 debut album gets a re-release on her new label Sneaks also presents this fabulously surreal new video for the opening track. Sneaks is essentially the one-woman project of Eva Moolchan, who hails from Washington, D.C. and who apparently wrote much of Gymnastics whilst still at school, suggesting she’s also sickeningly young to be turning out such a confident debut. MVD is in no way jealous though. Not at all. The album consists of 10 tracks, all but one of which are less than 2 minutes long and most of which feature little more than drums and bass Read more »

New Reels: “Her” by Her

New Reels: “Her” by Her

Imagine a world filled with sensuality, lust, class and outstandingly good music. That is what upcoming French duo Her brings to the table. We are beyond excited with their new video release. I remember a song, it’s a house song I used to hear sometimes on mixes and Dj sets that said “House music, the French do it better”. Does anyone else remember that? In any case, this is what listening to the band Her has made me feel. It makes me remember Sebastian Teller, Daft Punk and even Gainsbourg. That sexy, deep and raw but very classic style that only French Read more »

New Reels: ‘Wow’ by Beck

New Reels: ‘Wow’ by Beck

Everyone’s favourite multi-award winning, genre hopping, geek outsider singer/songwriter is back… …something which is, as you may well agree, a cause for some small kind of celebration. His 13th as-yet-untitled studio album drops around about sometime fairly soon and there is a justifiable sense of expectation, coming after 2014’s Grammy winner Morning Phase. ‘Wow’ is the second single (after last years ‘Dreams’) to be taken from that album and sees Beck in full b-boy mode. It’s funky, a little grime-y even, and comes with a video that at first appears to be a bunch of random stuff – Beck on Read more »