Sure, this track by the very-likely duo squanders what’s otherwise a perfectly fine pop tune with a lame chorus, but the video makes up for it with GIGANTIC JAPANESE FONTS. Also, in the third quarter of the song, witness the return of the breakbeat in American pop music.
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The fourth Kaya Project album Desert Phase Remixes is quite literally inspired by the desert landscape as it incorporates field recordings from those dry locales along with remixes from a number of top-notch contemporary producers. The remixers come from all over the world to offer up 13 tracks, with London’s Gaudi giving us the mesmerizing “Calico Stomp”.
England’s Working for a Nuclear Free City worked on their new album The Jojo Burger Tempest from a British warehouse and a French cottage and, over the course of just a few days, came up with 2,800 song ideas, so they say. The latest evidence of this prolific streak of electronic rock goodness is “Alphaville”, the record’s second single. Decidely shoegazey with swirling textures, bubbling electronics and haunting choruses, “Alphaville” sounds like a distinct ecosystem captured in digital sound.
This video directed by Oneohtrix Point Never/Games member Daniel Lopatin proves that ‘80s retro-futurism is just as entertaining wedded to dystopian minimal wave as chill sunbaked tape jams and spacey arpeggio-laced mind melts. The song isn’t anything that D.A.F. didn’t have a 30-year head-start on, but it’s a catchy hook nonetheless.
Portland’s Horse Feathers has already impressed this year with Thistled Spring. Matthew Fiander wrote that Justin Ringle’s singing was in top form and that the album evoked the “sound of rebirth” and went on to discuss how the record ” is bracing because it refuses to wallow anymore. It recognizes all the past’s ache, and gives it a sound, but the album turns itself over to hope in the end.” The band has more in store for us this year with a superb 7-inch single releasing next Tuesday, with a moving cover of Nirvana’s “Drain You” as the A-side, backed by “Bonnet of Briars”. We are extremely proud to present the online premiere of “Drain You” this afternoon. Make sure you pick up the 7-inch release too because, you know, vinyl really does rule.
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