It’s safe to say that Janelle Monáe’s 18-song epic The ArchAndroid is a near perfect record, effortlessly jumping between musical genres, vocal acrobatics, and engrossing songwriting. The video for her latest single “Cold War” is a simple enough concept, harking back to Sinéad O’Connor’s “Nothing Compares 2 U” and Alanis Morissette’s “Head Over Feet”. But unlike the former, Monáe’s delivery wavers between sincerity and insanity. There’s no question of her beauty, which is only escalated by this wonderfully apt video. It’s hard to take your eyes off of her, and the lack of distraction only propels the content of the song into sharp focus.
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New York’s Darlings formed a few years ago in the depths of Greenwich Village, with these four young pals slowly building word of mouth through house parties and local gigs. 2009 saw the release of Yeah I Know , which drew major praise from the likes of the New York Times, who called the band’s debut “a splash of lo-fi elegance”. Following up that success, Darlings are releasing a new EP, Warma, this fall via Famous Class Records and today we’re premiering “Big Girl”, a tune from the new EP.
Blackdown recently wrote in a column at Pitchfork about how LV is bringing the sounds of South Africa to dubstep. This latest single from the Hyperdub label proves it to be so, as a blacklit invisible man dances in front of wall projecting a word you will hear ad nauseum in the infectious tune that accompanies it.
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