“Cinnamon” is the latest track from New York City’s Monogold. Culled from the outfit’s upcoming album, Babyfood, due out September 29th, the infectious tune invites listeners into the band’s self-described brand of strangewave, an amalgam of neo-psychedelia, off-kilter power pop and a pinch of something remarkably, well, strange. The track, which explores themes of one discovering another’s body, is playful and imaginative and the accompanying video, appropriately enough, animated by a group of children. Students at the Good School, a mobile stop-frame animation school for kids (run by vocalist Keith Kelly’s girlfriend, Laura Bellmont), provided the images.
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BBQ is all the rage in hip, young London with amazing new restaurants opening all around town. From Bodean’s, the Blues Kitchen, and Smokestak to Zelman Meats and the Chicago Rib Shack, the capital is full of a wide range of approaches to BBQ.
Even better you can find BBQ from ethnic food traditions around the world. Whether it’s Nigerian or Filipino, Jamaican or American, Japanese Argentinian, London has your international BBQ covered.
Mike Schiller: That “Funky Drummer” sample is the gift that keeps on giving. “Love Me More” might be the hundred-thousandth-ish song to sample James Brown’s classic ode to his percussionist, but it’s a great track nonetheless thanks to the energetic work of Emeli Sandé, who climbs to the sky with her vocal track. The strings follow her to the stratosphere, and it’s impossible to keep from getting sucked in. This is a track built on a formula, but no formula exists to account for Sandé, and her performance is the kind of vocal that you scream along to, tears in your eyes, heart ready to burst. [8/10]
“Space Wizard” is the new video from Low Flying Hawks. Directed by Victoria Franco, the short film perfectly encapsulates the stark but impactful nature of the group’s music. Meditative without being married to lengthy drones, tuneful without landing anywhere near the realm of commerciality, its fierce inventiveness and independent spirit stand in sharp relief to a wave of musical acts more dedicated to staying true to a genre than an individual musical vision.
British indie pop artist Nick Mulvey studied music in Havana, Cuba and then came back to London to focus on ethnomusicology at the University of London. During those years he hooked up with the musicians that would form Portico Quartet. In 2001, he went solo and released his debut, the 2014 Mercury Prize-nominated First Mind. In advance of his second record, Wake Up Now releasing September 8th via Harvest Records, Mulvey released his latest single “Mountain to Move”, an anthemic sing-a-long number that one can imagine huge concert crowds singing right back to him.
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