´Minimal´ by I Am Harlequin

´Minimal´ by I Am Harlequin

Fashion designer´s I am Harlequin may be minimal, but is far from simple. I Am Harlequin – Minimal In her own words the track “represents a bit of a departure from the traditional I Am Harlequin style – the opera-inspired tones, epic choirs and a general sense of grandeur. ‘Minimal’ is none of that. It is as the title of the song suggests – minimal.” I Am Harlequin or IAH is the alter ego of Germany born but London based music artist and fashion designer Anne Freier. The video was released on October 20th and director Sean Clancy plays with educational children shows. A Read more »

‘Controller’ by Hercules & Love Affair feat. Faris Badwan

‘Controller’ by Hercules & Love Affair feat. Faris Badwan

After a two-year break, Hercules & Love Affair (DJ Andy Butler´s disco/dance/house lovechild) released a video for their single ‘Controller’ featuring English front-man for The Horrors, Faris Badwan.   The video is directed by artist Rei Nadal and has Emmy award winner cinematographer Franklin Dow as Director of Photography, but if you look at the video, the dancer with the bandages feels reminiscent of a  Lucian Freud painting. Except for the giant floating dark lips and platinum teeth, which pretty much makes me think of Nine Inch Nails and  Marilyn Manson also. Will it be another Blind? I don’t think anyone can predict that, Read more »

‘Fun’ by Blondie

‘Fun’ by Blondie

Blondie have premiered their new video and song ‘Fun’, taken from their upcoming album ‘Pollinator’. Singer and pop icon Debbie Harry has become a beekeeper, and she is sharing that new found passion with us mere mortals. The song is about someone wanting to go back home, home being Mars, and warns about the dangers of having too much fun, but the band advocate on the importance of fun.  They are very vocal at the moment, speaking against Trump and the importance of activism in these times. It is fitting to quote them quoting someone else. “Quoting Emma Goldman, ‘If I Read more »

‘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 »

‘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 »

‘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 »

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: ‘Don’t Leave Me In The Dark’ by Vesuvio Solo

New Reels: ‘Don’t Leave Me In The Dark’ by Vesuvio Solo

I don´t know anything about them. Well, I know they are based in Montreal and this is their second album. I know that I love this song. I know the director (Alec Nicholas) has a fantasy of a disco Rapunzel. I know that its catchy, and nostalgic, and perfect for many a moods. I know their new album comes out in late September. I know I cant wait to learn and here more about them. Vesuvio Solo – “Don’t Leave Me In The Dark”

New Reels: ´Big Cat´by Wild Beasts

New Reels: ´Big Cat´by Wild Beasts

This week´s new reels is the new video by the band Wild Beasts from their new album ´Boy King´. Big Cat – Wild Beasts The lead single is Get My Bang and like Big Cat shows us that for their 5th studio album, they are more comfortable and bringing their anger to their music, a feeling which usually results in good lyrics and energetic songs. As Hayden Thorpe, lead singer of the band said “It became apparent that that guitar almost became the character within the songs, that phallic character, the all-conquering male. I’m letting my inner Byron fully out, I thought Read more »

New Reels: ‘Life Itself’ by Glass Animals

New Reels: ‘Life Itself’ by Glass Animals

The wonderful Glass Animals are back (so much love still for their song Gooey) with a new album (How to be a Human Being, to be released on August 2016) and a strange and unnerving video to go with their new single. Life Itself – Glass Animals The video was released on June 6, 2016 and its directed by photographer turned video director Neil Krug. He has also directed videos by Boards of Canada and Ladytron. Glass Animals hail from Oxford, and had great success especially in America (selling almost half a million copies) with their debut album Zaba. They have played festivals Read more »

New Reels: ‘Old Skool’ by Metronomy

New Reels: ‘Old Skool’ by Metronomy

This week we showcase the new single from this highly groovy British electronic four-piece. It’s almost ten years since Metronomy released their first lp Pip Paine (Pay the £5000 You Owe) and this July sees the release of their fifth entitled Summer 08, which is preceded by this, the lead single. The video, directed by Dawn Shadforth, sees a clearly dysfunctional couple enduring the false niceties of an increasingly out-of-control dinner party. It’s great fun and yet has a definite dark edge borne of the increasing sense of discomfort arising from the couple’s ever clearer loathing of each other. As Read more »

New Reels: ‘Virtue’ by Bloc Party

New Reels: ‘Virtue’ by Bloc Party

Bloc Party have released a new song and video from their most recent album ‘Hymns’. Virtue – Bloc Party The English rock band are back. This time lead singer and rhythm guitar Kele Okereke, Russell Lissack (lead guitar, keyboards), Justin Harris (bass guitar, keyboards, sampler) and Louise Bartle (drums) have released a subtler album, more restrained than their previous ones. Two of the members left (Gordon Moakes and Matt Tong) and that can be heard. Every change brings a different dynamic to the band and the music. Give a listen to the album, its captivating and mature. For all of my virtue Why can I Read more »

New Reels: “Arizona” by Frances Cone

New Reels: “Arizona” by Frances Cone

Brooklyn based Frances Cone (Christina Cone, Andrew Doherty and Alex Baron) have released the single Arizona, from their upcoming album Late Riser and we found it soothing and intriguing. Arizona – Frances Cone The video is directed by Frank Jerky and tells the story of Christina Cone´s brother, director Stephen Cone and the experience of growing up with a Southern Baptist preacher as a father. Unfortunately, we dont know much more of them, we found another song by them and their official website but we are hoping to hear more and listen to the whole album once it´s out. *Featured image taken from http://static.flavors.me/dynamic_images/custom/65deaaef777349d58dc99496a2990c08