Andy Butler says, “It’s fun to remind myself why I like old records. I’m naturally drawn to a more classic sound. When it comes to dancing I’m more inspired to get on up and shake it if feels like there’s a lot of substance and depth to a record.”
“Release Me” is Hercules and Love Affair’s original contribution to the mix. Check out the full tracklist below.
Purity Ring‘s “Lofticries” is the latest video from their recent debut, ‘Shrines’. Director AG Rojas told Pitchfork, “‘Lofticries’ is a music video exploring the stoicism of psychically connected characters confronted by surreal, climactic moments. It is also a song off my favorite album of the year by Purity Ring.”
Manchester electro-poppers Delphic are releasing their sophomore album Collections on January 28th and the band has just offered up a preview trailer of the new LP. James Cook recently told NME, “We were listening to a lot of hip-hop like J Dilla and Jay-Z and lots of ‘80s R&B. Wacky synth sounds with a massive fat beat.” Sounds like a great mix.
The Octopus Project’s new single off a yet-to-be-named album for 2013 provides a solid romp into their unique world of indie-electro pop instrumentation, while the accompanying video is also a creative wonder produced by the band. The song “Whitby”, available on iTunes and other digital channels, is at once funky and fun right from the start, with some lovely melodic vocals by Yvonne Lambert. In the video, abstract shapes designed in Photoshop then formed utilizing a scrapbook cutting device and then photographed in a series of real world settings. This amounted to 4,000 images total, no small undertaking.
Peek-A-Boo Records calls the result “a product of The Octopus Project’s collective consciousness”. The record label is also offering an extended download with bonus tracks at their website (grab it now complete with B-sides and Karoke version). Their last album, 2010’s Hexadecagon is worth a revisit as well as their other recordings, plus the PopMatters interview from Moogfest 2010 when they were tapped to be the backing band for Devo here.