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.
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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.
This video from the much-lauded post-dubstep duo’s Crooks and Lovers album features an appropriately unpolished young couple in a markedly low budget setting while the track’s samples make ample use of room tone to give the whole setting an open air feel. And then there’s some shots of roadkill for some reason.
George Gershwin’s “Summertime” might be the most frequently recorded song ever covered by female vocalists. There have been thousands of renditions, including classic versions by artists as talented and different as Billie Holiday, Janis Joplin, Ella Fitzgerald, and Joni Mitchell, not to mention male vocal and instrumental musicians by such legends as John Coltrane, Sam Cooke, Willie Nelson, Ray Charles, and Brian Wilson. But the finest version in all of its operatic glory must be that done by Leontyne Price. She just lets her jaw drop and wails when the song calls for it and then lets the lullaby softly purr as needed. Price nails every note. Here’s a live version from 1981, almost 30 years after she first performed it before an audience, and Price still sings the song perfectly.