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by Sarah Zupko

3 Nov 2016


Eclectic pop jazz orchestra Pink Martini is releasing their latest album, Je dis oui, on November 18th via Heinz Records and we’ve got a new song to share with you. “Pata Pata” is a classic South African song first performed by the legendary Miriam Makeba. The tune was so important to her, being both a feminist and anti-apartheid song. Of the song, bandleader Thomas Lauderdale says “I’ve loved this song for years. When it debuted, it was widely seen as a feminist statement against apartheid. When we were recording this, our Greek trombonist Antonis Andreou was whistling along, and I said, “That sounds incredible!” So I had him record the whistling and I think that it really makes the song!” It’s a rollicking and infectious number sure to create a party atmosphere. Somehow, Pink Martini always work their special charm to make their music irresistible.

by Jedd Beaudoin

3 Nov 2016

Denmark’s Dynatron releases the EP The Rigel Axiom on November 4 and we are premiering it today. It can be pre-ordered here.

One of the earliest retro synth acts, Dynatron offers listeners a moving and meditative experience across these five pieces, whether the opening “The Tristar” (at times reminiscent of Wendy Carlos’s most foreboding work), the pulsing, heavier-than-you-might-think “Contact” or the closing “The Unknown”, a piece that transcends genre boundaries and will appeal, as does the whole recording, to a variety of audiences.

by Cole Waterman

2 Nov 2016

Photo: Amanda Ray Photography

Detroit quintet Handgrenades are on the cusp of releasing their sophomore album, and song for song, it’s one of the strongest underground indie rock releases of the year. In some ways, Tunnels is more an alternate debut album than a successor to 2012’s The Morning After. There’s a new lineup, with singer-songwriters Nick Chevillet and Andrew Pawelski and drummer Joby Kaslowski joined by fellow songwriter Jesse Shepherd-Bates and keyboardist Joel Sanders. Largely absent are the prior album’s Motown and Beatles emulations, traded in for a more nuanced and esoteric approach influenced by the likes of Radiohead, the National, Jeff Buckley, and Ryan Adams (one song even lifts an Adams lyric). Reflecting the change, the band has nixed the “the” prefacing their name and have ceased capitalizing the “G” as well.

by Sarah Zupko

1 Nov 2016

London’s Izzy Flynn is an artist on the rise as her blend of electronic, electropop, soul and jazz is mesmerizing. Flynn trained formally in jazz music at Leeds College of Music and she has toured the world accompanied by the Abstract Orchestra, supporting Mos Def, De La Soul and Afrika Bambaataa. Flynn has a new EP, Faith, coming on November 18th and we’ve got the title track to share with you today.

“Faith” builds slowly with a strong sense of movement and direction as spare instrumentation showcases Flynn’s deeply affecting voice. More electronic elements enter the scene, as do additional voices and the chorus is revealed as the full musical accompaniment fills in. Flynn says, “the track involves a lot of layered textures and heavy synth/arpeggiated chords.” It’s beautiful composed and stunningly performed. Fans of FKA Twigs, SOHN, James Blake, and Jessie Ware are sure to find Izzy Flynn completely irresistible.

by PopMatters Staff

31 Oct 2016

Portland-based independent label Deer Lodge Records is releasing Bruja, the debut solo album from Reno, today just in time for Halloween. Reno is Mike Lund in real life and he expands beyond the rock of his previous musical project, Drugstore Cowboy, in his solo career. As Reno, Lund adds in Americana and honky tonk country elements, as well as psych rock. Reno’s latest single is “Heaven” and to celebrate the release of his solo album on Halloween, Reno enlisted Von Porter from Scabby Knee Productions’ to create an animated video based around the idea of a fictional series called Edgar Allen Poe’s Mystery Hour. Reno tells PopMatters that “Heaven” is about that is beyond the singer’s reach. He jokes that witchcraft can’t even help.

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Here Comes the Bloom: Timothy Bloom Takes Hip-Hop to the Sock-Hop

// Sound Affects

"More sock-hop than hip-hop, soulster Timothy Bloom does a stunning '50s revamp on contemporary R&B.

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