Freddie Dickson’s face is being used a projector screen for old family footage in the video for his remarkable debut single Shut Us Down, whilst he sings the song to an emotionally distant but physically close girl. Reminiscent to the production on Lana Del Rey Born To Die, Shut Us Down feels grand and intimate at the same time.
We have been waiting to hear proper music from Joel Compass for quite some time now and are delighted to say that day has arrived. The London-singer astonishes with his debut track Back To Me - it starts off as a sparse R&B song, but as the song evolves it gets a lot more ethereal, almost experimental. With a voice as pure as that, we’re wondering why anyone needs to be brought back to him - we’d run to him rightaway.
New York pair Ms Mr drop their debut EP today. Over the past three Mondays, Candy Bar Creep Show has been previewed by ‘Bones’, ‘Hurricane’ and most recently ‘Dark Doo Wop’ - leaving one unheard track.
As the name suggests, ‘Dark Doo Wop’ is bare, almost a capella, save for some epic chimes and drum rumbles. Like the other two it comes with a remix (Chet Baker) and video (vintage wedding footage.)
Found this in our inbox and had to throw it up. Really smooth remix of Usher’s “Climax” by Figgy, a young American bass producer currently residing in New England. The remix is 10x stronger than the original, as Figgy replaces Diplo’s cheesy progressions with faded vocals and dreamy chords to give the track a decidedly futuristic vibe. Independent music wins again. Indulge in the free download below. Follow Figgy on Facebook for more quality music.
Hypnagogic master Spencer Clark has gone with yet another moniker as he teams up with Emeralds ledge Mark McGuire for Inner Tube, a tribute album to Australian surf culture of course. ’MR’ is direct applause for Mark Richards, a semi-retired world champion surfer … but you probably already knew that.
McGuire angles tropical licks and layers of keening guitar over a torrid wave of convulsive ryhthmics, muffled vocals and key dirges - it’s a swelling requiem. Ride it.
A collection of some favourite melancholy cuts from over the past few days, weeks and months, arranged for midwinter listening.
1. Jack Nitzsche - Remembering The Summer of 1959 (Stand By Me soundtrack) 2. Gracie - Tryck R Treat 3. Broadcast - Illumination 4. John Maus - Hey Moon 5. The Microphones - Great Ghosts (Live in Japan, 2003) 6. Casino Versus Japan - Blue Vacation (Part 1) 7. Feist - Intuition 8. Ricky Eat Acid - Kyle
I was feeling pretty good Thought I finally understood How to be free, free, free, free Like the birds, like the bees Like the wind in the trees So I went out on a limb Thinking maybe we could swim Into the river of light Into the ocean of pain Where angels get their wings Where babies get their names
I wonder if you were aware How much You rock my boat I wonder if you were aware How much You rock my boat I wonder if you were aware How much You rock my boat You rock my boat
Oliver Tank is a 21 year old guy from Sydney that creates melancholic down-tempo electronica, whose music was recommended to me by Wintercoats (you’ll love Oliver Tank if you’re a Wintercoats-fan - you should be). He just released a dazzling 6-track EP Dreams on the Australian label Yes Please