Lead singer Andy Hull explains: “‘Top Notch’ is about two brothers trying to escape a fire. We tried to create something that told less of an immediate story and caused more of a gut reaction. Something to be interpreted without laying it all out in front of you. It’s also quite terrifying. Like somebody was digging and found this VHS artifact in the ground.”
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The ground hog seems to have definitely gotten things right—winter continues with a vengeance for those who are accustomed to such weather or not (looking at you Southeast!) Why not use the time indoors to check out new bands like Temples, Big Data and Jamestown Revival, along with new releases from Fanfarlo, Cut Copy, Gardens & Villa, Bombay Bicycle Club and more. As always, the playlist ends in a chill out mode thanks to tracks from Caspian and Hammock.
You might be familiar with DA & the Jones principals Daniel Ahearn and Mindy Jones without knowing it, him for earlier solo work that’s appeared in TV and film as well as their contributions to Moby’s 2013 single “The Perfect Life”. On their own, DA & the Jones have created their debut full-length Sirens, a collection of simmering, after-hours tunes built on their intertwined hers’n'his vocals and warm guitar tones. Produced by Mocky, who’s worked with the likes of Feist and Jamie Lidell, Sirens is atmospheric without feeling slight, with subtle orchestration and effects adding richness and texture.
Jessica Hernandez and the Deltas may just be the quintessential melting pot of Detroit music. The vampish vixen of the Motor City and her caravan fuse rock, jazz, R&B, soul and blues, each part coalescing like natural bedfellows, their aesthetic a product of what was and a harbinger of what’s to come. It’s fitting then that the just-released video for “Caught Up”, from EP Demons, incorporates this anachronistic feel.
Neil Davidge has had a storied career thus far, best known for his production and co-writing work with the hugely influential Massive Attack. He has also composed the music for several films, including Trouble the Water and Push, while handling production duties for artists as diverse as David Bowie, Damon Albarn, Mos Def, and Snoop Dogg. Slo Light releases next week with vocal turns by the likes of Sandie Shaw and Cate Le Bon, among others. To give you that first taste, we are premiering the video for the record’s first single “Sleepwalking” featuring vox from Emi Green.