Fresh out of the shower with my bathroom rendition of Simple Song still ringing in my ears, it was my delight to discover that The Shins had a new release to add to my repertoire. Those who remember Garden State (I personally try to forget it) will recall The Shins’ involvement in the movie with the most notable being New Slang, a song Zach Braff‘s character describes as having the power to ‘change your life’.
Braff has called on his American indie-rock muses again to help soundtrack his new Kickstarter-financed movie Wish I Was Here, stating,”It’s no secret I am a giant fan of The Shins. For this film, I asked James Mercer if he would consider writing something original, inspired by his first impression of seeing the film. Not only did he say yes, but what he came back with gives me goosebumps every time I hear it. He is a savant.”
So Now What is an unfair taste of what’s not to come, with no The Shins album currently in the works. Get prepared for goosebumps as you listen to James Mercer AKA The Savant’s lilting vocals below:
Wish I Was Here is due for release in the US July 18. Its soundtrack also features works by 17-year-old Melbournian, Japanese Wallpaper, as well as Bon Iver, Paul Simon, Badly Drawn Boy and a special collaboration between Coldplay and Cat Power. Catch the trailer here:
Saturday night just got interesting. Even if you’re by yourself, sitting in your room (with a cheeky glass or two), these two new tracks are bound to make you feel like your feet are planted on the floor of a sweaty club. The first is, All Under One Roof Raving, by Jamie xx. It was premiered on Annie Mac’s BBC radio show, where Jamie revealed the song was created to be “something I could play out that reminded me how good home is”. We may not share the same Northern hemisphere home as the beats master but the track is no less relatable. Steel drums and a hip-hop vocal sample are the perfect remedy for a Saturday night. We only wish that we were under one roof raving with Jamie himself.
The second is the first single off Scottish producer, Rustie‘s new album, Green Language. While Jamie keeps it controlled, Rustie blows the roof off with Raptor. Shotgun beats underline a trap-inspired track that typifies Rustie’s total anarchy style. This one is definitely not for a quiet night in, but if you’re not out already it’s bound to make you don an outfit and hit the clubs. Just wait for dat drop.
Both the tracks require a bit of detective work to find but they are well worth the hunt. They both premiered on Annie Mac’s radio show which can be found here. Jamie XX’s All Under One Roof Ravings plays at about the 60 min mark while Rustie’s, Raptor plays around 1hr 21mins.
Watch below Rustie’s album teaser:
Following through with his promise to Facebook fans yesterday, favourite in theinterns office, Ryan Hemsworth, dropped new song, ‘Every Square Inch,’ overnight. Created in collaboration with Japanese producer, Qrion, ‘Every Square Inch’ is like sour skittles bouncing their way down a techno-coloured rainbow. Straight A Hemsworth with its vulnerable highs, bursting over defiantly get-low lows, ‘Every Square Inch,’ has us excited for the release of his October LP, Guilt Trips.
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Melbourne duo, Willow Beats have been gaining momentum since the release of their first single, Blue, and have moments ago announced they have signed to Big Scary‘s record label, Pilerats. Merewif is their first release on the label and is also the first offering from their forthcoming second EP due out 27 June. Merewif is a skittering but ethereal cut, “Stooped in fantasy, mystery, and the stories of Hare Krishna folklore”, according to their Soundcloud. It’s a minimal sound that they are quickly carving out as their own. This new signing is bound to catapult them into an even larger audience.
It’s probably not two names you’d expect to hear in the same sentence but Alt-J have sampled Miley Cyrus’ 4×4 on their new track Hunger Of The Pine. Hunger Of The Pine is lifted from their forthcoming sophomore effort This Is All Yours and it’s slow-building, oddball track. It doesn’t have the same immediacy as a track like Tesselate but it does indicate that the band have been trying new things including what sounds like a more synth-heavy sound. This Is All Yours will drop in September and follows their acclaimed debut, An Awesome Wave.
New Zealand duo Broods, get straight to the heart of the matter in their new song, Mother & Father.With a catchy cascade of lyrics and pulsing chorus reigning out across a defiant drum beat, the duo’s latest offering embodies that perfect young adult contradiction: Strong but not quite strong enough. Although Mother & Father doesn’t feature on their current EP, it’s got us all excited for the release of their up-coming debut album. [soundcloud url=”https://soundcloud.com/broods/broods-mother-father” iframe=”true” /]
The ’90s was a prosperous time for girl bands, so it makes sense that the recent resurgence of girl bands has come with a certain ’90s nostalgia attached to it. The latest group to try their luck in a quick-filling market is British RnB trio M.O. They’re more likely to have hung with TLC than the Spice Girls back in the day with their sound focussed on lush harmonies and sassy intonation. The latest offering from the trio is, Dance On My Own. Just as Robyn did, they’ve made dancing on your own sound like a stack of fun, with drum n’ bass-lite beats and a delectable vocal sample scattered throughout. If anyone’s going to bring the ’90s girl group renaissance to the mainstream, it will be these three.
Watch the video for, For A Minute here:
Like the Microsoft paperclip, we’re always here to help. This week we’re delivering five new artists that cover nearly every genre you could imagine setting your eager ears on. We’ve got hip-hop, electronica, rock, dance, jazz and seemingly everything in between. We must warn that Jungle Pussy or the Naked Eye are not suitable to search in google images at work.
You may recognise the names Sam Gill and Luke Neher as those two guys who previously recorded under Naysayer and Gilsun. Ara Koufax is a new project for the duo, which explores new territory. The project is “two producers driving to a beach house in the middle of winter to distill a bleak climate into something warmer”, according to the press release and it does show. Their first track, Converge, is a distorted and frosty tune, made comfortable by the nestling vocal. It’s the only taster we have from them right now but given their previous output as Naysayer and Gilsun and this track, it’s a safe bet to say the future looks bright for Gill and Neher.
It was the name that attracted me but the music that made me stay. As you can probably tell Brooklyn rapper Junglepussy, ain’t one to mess around with. Her new mixtape Satisfaction Guaranteed is a hefty collection that finds a perfect mix between throbbing bass and seductive tempos. It was produced mostly by Shy Guy who’s produced NYC rapper Le1f. She opens the tape with “What’s up good lookin’/You hot n’ I’m cookin’” and from there it’s a succession of quick-fire lyrics full of sass.
Not to be confused with Elephant or Elliphant, New York five-piece, Elaphant, may just be the one’s to convince the world that guitars still exist in recorded music. They centre around scungy riffs and formulate melody over willful grooves. Their debut self-titled EP is polished enough to appeal to more than just a hipster like The Black Keys but also individual enough to ensure they don’t take the Kings Of Leon highway to mediocrity.
French/English duo The Naked Eye are probably the biggest treat we received in our inbox this week. Self-described as “Jazz/Soul/broken beat influenced new comers”, the pair have released two exquisite tracks to date, that sound exactly as they have alluded to. As a debut, Embrace, carves an ambitious musical path, beginning with a minute-long instrumental before expanding into a hazy, nouveau-jazz sound. Second single, Sweet Boy, is more minimal but also more immediately melodic. It feels as if Nina Simone was remixed by Flying Lotus and we’re utterly enamoured by it.
When I was 17 I was spending copious amounts of hours choosing my MySpace song. It seems 17 year-old singer/songwriter and producer Olivia McCarthy (aka. JOY.) has been putting her time to much better use. At this point, she’s only got one song to her name but it’s a corker. Captured is a sleek track pumped along by a persistent throb below her breathy voice. It’s a downtempo affair, that adds some soul to a genre of electronic music that is becoming increasingly monotonous. For a debut, it’s beautifully polished and deservant of the hype that it will no doubt receive.
Australian artist, Guerre, is part of a host of electronic musicians in the country making deeply intricate and interesting music. Tuk is the second offering off his forthcoming album, Ex Nihilo, and it’s a flittering, neo-tribal exploration that features his whispy vocals running effervescently alongside. According to Guerre, the song is the most pop on the album and it’s him “trying to channel all that Pharrell produced Justin Timberlake stuff”. Ex Nihilo is out 4 July via Yes Please/Remote.