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by Eleanore Catolico

10 Sep 2009


Mica Levi’s Jewellry has garnered accolades because of its beautifully constructed bizarreness, a synecdoche of pop atonality.Yesterday, the 21-year-old Levi, performing under the stage name Micachu, released the video for “Turn Me Well”. Ethereal and hypnotic, “Turn Me Well” spellbinds one into sonic reverie: the jagged rip of a chainsaw becomes a clutter of clanks and grimy fuzz becomes a twinkle of a triangle. Yet these incongruous panoply of sounds are made sensible under Levi’s voice, a reverberating chant of disillusionment and just being fed up. With allusions to the mendacity and haplessness of the seasons, “Turn Me Well” makes you feel a desire strung out way too long, left totally derailed. Verses like, “Get to me and turn me well, I’m a tired soul,” get embedded into your consciousness. At a little under three minutes, “Turn Me Well” is a gorgeously sculpted vignette of music, moodily psychedelic, but no less revelatory.

by PopMatters Staff

9 Sep 2009


The French producer’s new album comes out in just a few weeks and to celebrate, Joakim has just released a 60-minute mix that we have for you right here.

SONG LIST
01 O.M.D. - Electricity (Micronauts remix)
02 E.A.R. - Submarine
03 Dragons of Zynth - Anna Mae
04 John Foxx - Metal Beat
05 Joakim - Fly Like An Apple
06 James Pants - Rhythm Track 9
07 Pom Pom - Untitled
08 Soft Rocks - Black Magic
09 Vanessa Paradis - Des Que J’te vois (Joakim unreleased remix)
10 Red Dragon Band - Let Me Be Your Radio pt 1
11 The Rolling Stones - Undercover Of the Night
12 SPK - Dance Du Metal (I:Cube Edit)
13 Joakim - Watermelon Bubblicious
14 Sweet Exorcist - Mad Jack
15 Yura Yura Teikoky - Hollow Me (Alternate Version)
16 Dj Deeon - Exctacy
17 The Beatles - Helter Skelter (demo)
18 Goslings - Croatan
19 Acid Mothers Temple - Electric Love Machine
20 Dennis Wilson - Farewell My Friend

Joakim
“Milky Mix” [MP3]
     

Joakim
Milky Ways
(!K7)
Releasing: 15 September (US)

Joakim
“Love & Romance & a Special Person” [MP3]
     

by Faye Rasmussen

9 Sep 2009


After touring the US this last year, making stops at festivals like Coachella and Lollapalooza, the UK band, Los Campesinos! will be making the rounds in Europe to close out a busy 2009.

For today only, (September 9, 2009) the seven-member band has posted a brand new track, “The Sea Is a Good Place to Think of the Future”, as well as an accompanying video (co-directed by their bassist, Ellen Campesinos!) for free download on their website at loscampesinos.com.

Los Campesinos! will play their first UK shows for a year, in October. Tour dates are posted after the jump.  Additional tour dates to follow very soon.

by PopMatters Staff

9 Sep 2009


Air
Love 2
(Astralwerks)
Releasing: 6 October

SONG LIST
01 Do the Joy
02 Love
03 So Light Is Her Footfall
04 Be a Bee
05 Missing the Light of the Day
06 Tropical Disease
07 Heaven’s Light
08 Night Hunter
09 Sing Sang Sung
10 Eat My Beat
11 You Can Tell It to Everybody
12 African Velvet

by PopMatters Staff

9 Sep 2009


Speech Debelle won the coveted Mercury Prize last night in the UK for her album Speech Therapy. Andrew Martin called the MC “a special talent who is primed to make something of herself with a little more polishing. But don’t get it twisted: Speech Therapy is an album you want and need to hear.”

She’s got a few upcoming US dates as she comes to these shores for CMJ:

10/21- New York, NY; Cake shop, Terrorbird party
10/24- New York, NY; Santo’s , Windish Party
10/28- Los Angeles, CA; Club NME @ Spaceland

Speech Debelle
“Better Days” (Revox) ft. Micachu and Wiley [MP3]
     

“Go Then, Bye” (Photomachine and El-B Remix) [MP3]
     

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