Little Dragon - Klapp Klapp
New single from the group’s fourth record Nabuma Rubberband. Absolutely loving the sound; unlike Phantogram, this is the proper way to blend R&B/Hip-Hop into your pop sound.
Jorge Elbrose - Called to Ring
Man, this song rules.
Jorge Elbrose are Jorge Elbrecht and Ariel Pink. Ariel’s real last name is Rosenberg, and pink is “rose” in French, so Elbrose seems like as good a name as any to call one of the best collaborative pairings of the year. Their previous song, “Hang On To Life,” was a stunner and one of our favorite songs in July. Now they have another track out for the Mexican Summer 5 Years compilation, which was released in honor of the label’s anniversary in tandem with a massive concert, where Pink played the best set I’ve seen by him… “Called To Ring” is a thicker, fuzzier track but no less romantic until it hits its false ending and then comes jumping back harder and rougher than before in a way that brings to mind Microcastle-era Deerhunter. It’s getting to be due for a new Ariel Pink album by next year, and it’s easy to hope he’ll bring Elbrecht in for it, they’re making some of the best music of their careers.
Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks - Little Fang
From the upcoming Avey Tare (of Animal Collective) solo project on Domino Records entitled Enter the Slasher House. Pretty, infectious strange.
Beverly - Honey Do
New collaboration sounds from Drew Citron and Frankie Rose. Mellow, expired-polaroid rock.
Pat Kelly - Keep On Trying
One more; Pat Kelly is just killing me right now. This one’s a bit more higher fidelity than the last, from a compilation record released last year on Kingston Sounds. Vibess.
Pat Kelly - Give Love A Try
This made me happy. Rocksteady, the lover’s rock.
Hayden James - Embrace
Electronic soul producer from Sydney, Australia. I’ve been on this track a minute. Share it with someone you like, or miss.
NEVER NORMAL RECORDS APPROVED: OHBLIV [@ohbliv] - Blk Love Frequency
A new 8-track beat tape from central VA’s own beat master OHBLIV called Blk Love Frequency. Full of soulful loops taken from amazing R&B records, it’s the perfect beat tape to cuddle up to.
From OHBLIV: “Black love is a revolutionary act.
We need moor of it. “
Listen/purchase: Blk Love Frequency (b) by Ohbliv
New Order - Lonesome Tonight
I’ve been on a huge New Order tear to begin this new year. This has been one of my most played tracks, off of 1983’s Power, Corruption & Lies. A song about living w/out someone.
How many times before
Could you tell I didn’t care?
When you reached out in your sleep
And you knew I wasn’t there
My eyes are made of stone
Just like your sordid home
How many times before
Did you leave my soul alone?
St. Vincent - Digital Witness
Second single from the upcoming self-titled release.
MoRuf! - RealEyes [Prod. by Madlib]
a shifting soundtrack behind a couple of relaxed Moruf! verses.
Roses - It’s Over
Roses is a three-piece from Los Angeles made up of Marc Steinberg, Victor Herrera and Abe Vigoda’s Juan Velasquez. As a band, they’re refreshingly crisp—no fuzz here, just clear New Wave keys and a proud, confident attitude that makes them sound so happy to be making a pop record this exuberantly poppy. And Steinberg’s vocals are a great complement, too, adding just enough melodrama to make it a pop song worth squeezing your eyes shut to and singing along. In a better world, “It’s Over” could sneak on to a few mainstream radio playlists.
Cibo Matto - MFN
The last time Cibo Matto released an album, it was 1999’s Stereo Type A. Then, they went on a long hiatus before returning for some reunion dates a couple years ago. Now, Miho Hatori and Yuka C. Honda are returning with a new LP called Hotel Valentine. It’s out February 14 via Chimera Music.
My eyes…her shirt is so on point