New music for your ears including Chairlift, Double Lined Minority, Miike Snow, HINDS, Daughter, The Holy Souls & more!
DOUBLE LINED MINORITY – CLOSURE (INDEPENDENT)
The drum work in ‘Closure’ is solid and consistent; it sounds like professional work, not unlike something a seasoned studio musician would be paid thousands to lay down on a similar pop song by a major label artist. It’s interesting and it’s structurally solid, and as the instrument that provides the very foundation of the song, there’s nothing more important that the drums being structurally solid.
MIIKE SNOW – HEART IS FULL (WARNER)
The members of Miike Snow have spent much of time since traveling fresh creative avenues, including solo albums, the formation of new bands, and a wide variety of production and songwriting collaborations. The trio first began work on their third album in late 2013 and then continued over the next two years, convening in studios in New York, Los Angeles, and Stockholm, often times teaming with other songwriters and producers in search of new sonic and emotional approaches. The result is Miike Snow’s most innovative and creatively unified work thus far, typified by the propulsive pop soul of tracks.
CHAIRLIFT – CH-CHING (SONY)
The sly beats, brassy flourishes, and double-dutch rhythms render ‘Ch-Ching’ unrecognizable from the quirky sync-core that began Chairlift's ascension. Its dark textures and shattering core make it entirely of Beyoncé's radical spirit; it would be no surprise if they wrote this elegant banger during those sessions. In any case, it is inspiring to witness the metamorphose of Chairlift on ‘Ch-Ching’—something you have to imagine only comes after such proximity to god.
HOUND – DRIVEWAY (WHITE LABEL)
Born out of a combined love for 80’s post punk and 90’s alt rock, ‘Driveway’ is equal parts fresh and throwback. Hound’s singer Chris Cox’s lyrics and vocal delivery evoke strong images of booze soaked balconies basking in the afternoon sun. Hungover thoughts of being caught in the same environment without a means of escape, sending ones ambitions into the indifferent vacuum of outer space echoing the lyric “I guess we’re back to the same old driveway”.
THE HOLY SOUL – PRECIOUS (INDEPENDENT)
The first single, ‘Precious’, is a sub-two minute rock and roll song, “that does not fuck around”, according to Gareth. ‘Precious’ is, “about people who are just that”, Trent says. The album is the product of a year's worth of jams at Trent's house. It finds The Holy Soul stretching out, embracing accidents and Striving For Excellence.
LEWIS CANCUT – SYSTEMS (NLV)
To celebrate the launch of Nina Las Vegas’ label, she’s given audiences a taster of what’s to come, Nina is giving away one track from each of the artists over the next 4 weeks. First through the gates we get the bumping and buzzing synth number ‘Systems’ from Lewis Cancut.
DAUGHTER – NUMBERS (4AD REMOTE CONTROL)
The second of a visual trilogy created by filmmakers Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard (behind the BAFTA-nominated Nick Cave feature film 20,000 Days on Earth), ‘Numbers’ takes its narrative from the short story ‘Windows’ – one of three works of fiction written by Stuart Evers and commissioned by Daughter.
HINDS – SAN DIEGO (POD / INERTIA)
Since rearing their heads last summer, praise has come from high places for HINDS. Among those to cave under their crushing wave of their fuzzed-out, infectious 60s garage pop were BBC Radio 1, BBC 6Music, NME, Guardian, Beats 1, Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, The FADER, Gorilla vs. Bear and many more. The addictive hooks, raw energy and unashamedly off-kilter guitar work make for a unique ride at times chilled, at times heart thumbing but habitually straight-up fun.