Poliça - Give You the Ghost
Bon Iver consider them the best band he has ever heard. Really. But who are they? Their name is Poliça (pronounced po-lisa) and they come from Minneapolis, MN. It began as a collaboration between fellow Gayngs members Channy Casselle and Ryan Olson in the Summer of 2011. Channy Casselle’s perfectly pitched sweet and soft vocals resonate throughout the entire album, which is pulsating with...
Young Empires - White Doves
Another great band for us to add under our CanCon (Canadian Content) tag is Young Empires, a fourtet from Toronto. They’ve been around since 2010, and they’ve often been compared to Battles and Arcade Fire. Young Empires have been blooming around the musical blogspheres, becoming a fine tapestry of future indie discoveries to our ears. Their latest single, taken from their LP Wake...
Trells - Be With You
Trells is a new songwriter/producer duo consisting of Ellie Herring and Trista Hughes. They hail from Lexington, KY (probably the first band from Kentucky that we’ve ever reviewed!). Their dancy/loungy sounds mixed with Trista’s vintage yet fickle vocals have gotten us completely head over heels for them and anxious to hear what’s to come. We are currently waiting for their EP...
Indiekid - Lockdown
Indiekid is an electro/dubstep band from Vienna, Austria but currently based in London, UK. They are mostly known for their various remixes for bands such as Justice and Simian Mobile Disco, but their own productions aren’t too shabby either. We like to jokingly call them “Justice’s Prodigy Child” because, well, we’ll let you figure that one out for...
The Deer Tracks - Meant to Be
The Deer Tracks are David Lehnberg & Elin Lindfors, an electronica duo from Gävle, Sweden. These two versatile multi-instrumentalists/singers handle everything; we’re talking about the writing, the recording and the producing… they do it all! Lindfors’ vocals are deliciously soft regardless of the language she is singing in (Swedish/English), and the instrumentation is...
Blood Diamonds - Phone Sex (feat. Grimes)
Blood Diamonds, aka Michael Diamond, is a Vancouver-based pop artist who will be releasing his forthcoming 12” Phone Sex on 4AD Records on the 24th of July. The title track features none other than close friend Claire Boucher—you know her as Grimes—on vocals. The result is sublime. You can expect an album from him some time in early-2013.
Ellie Goulding - High for This (The Weeknd Cover)
Ellie Goulding has just unveiled a cover she made, with the help of Xaphoon Jones on productions, of The Weeknd’s cinematic song “High For This,” the opening track of the Toronto artist’s debut mixtape House Of Balloons, and it is just pure bliss. On repeat (download it for free here).
Florence and the Machine - Spectrum
Here’s the video for Florence and the Machine’s “Spectrum,” which is taken from the fantastic album that is Ceremonials. The video shows singer Florence Welch donning numerous sparkling gowns as ballerinas dance around her. It was directed by surrealist photographer David LaChapelle and choreographer John Byrne. Make sure you catch her at Osheaga on August 3rd. Bonus:...
Kreayshawn - Breakfast (Syrup) (feat. 2 Chainz)
Watch the video for the new Kreayshawn track “Breakfast (Syrup) (feat. 2 Chainz).” The single was released last week via Columbia Records and its video was directed by Kreayshawn herself.
Urban Cone - Black Ocean
Here’s the video for Urban Cone’ “Black Ocean,” their latest single. The single comes from their fantastic new EP Our Youth pt. 2, which is is out on Universal Sweden. The video was directed by Jeremy Kenning.
Brodka - Varsovie
Our favourite Polish export Brodka (her full name is Monika Brodka) is back with a new EP titled LAX. It includes two new tracks (“Dancing Shoes” and “Varsovie”), as well as remixes of the tracks by Kamp!, Greg Kozo, Bueno Bros. and Auer (embedded below the video). It’s available since today via Kayax Music. The video for “Varsovie” was directed by...
M83 - Reunion
At long last, M83 has finally made their video for “Reunion” available for viewing. The video was directed by Fleur & Manu. As previously mentioned, the EP for the track includes remixes by Mylo, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Sei A, The Naked and Famous, Polly Scattergood and White Sea. Available since yesterday via Mute Records. Make sure you catch them at Osheaga on August 5th.
Kandle - Kandle EP
21-year-old Victoria-bred, but now Montreal-based Kandle (full name Kandle Osborne) is finally getting a proper release for her self-titled EP, which has been available since last year. Starting today, you can buy the six-track record via Mercy. You can watch the teaser, stream the whole EP and even download the song “Small” for the price of an email below. Make sure you catch her...
CocoRosie - Tearz for Animals
About 3 weeks ago, we posted the new CocoRosie track “We Are On Fire,” which is taken from their forthcoming 7” (out now on Touch and Go). Today, we have the B-side of that 7” disc: a song featuring Antony Hegarty (of Antony and the Johnsons) on vocal duties. Here is “Tearz for Animals.”
Chromatics - These Streets Will Never Look the...
Watch the video for “These Streets Will Never Look the Same,” the sixth single from Chromatics’ excellent album Kill for Love. The video was directed by Alberto Rossini, as usual, and includes shots taken in Montréal, Las Vegas and Mexico City, although it’s almost impossible to tell from the graininess of the film. The record is available via Italians Do It Better, but...
2:54 - Creeping
Gray British rock duo 2:54 are officially releasing their debut album today, via Fat Possum, and to celebrate the occasion, they have unveiled their brand new video for “Creeping,” their first single. It’s directed by Frode & Marcus.
Alpines - Empire
South West London cinematic duo Alpines (Bob Matthews and Catherine Pockson) are about to release Empire, their 3rd EP after Drive and Cocoon which were both released last year, on June 11th via Untrue Records. The video for the single was directed by by award-winning avantgarde and art-house director Luke Losey.
Reptile Youth - Black Swan Born White
On June 4th, Danish discopunk duo Reptile Youth will be releasing their second single from their upcoming debut album, which is currently still untitled. The Black Swan Born White EP will include remixes from Terranova, S.C.U.M., Keep Shelly in Athens and Mark E, and will be availble via HFN Music.
When Saints Go Machine - Mannequin
Danish quartet When Saints Go Machine have just shared a video. The track’s called “Mannequin,” and it’s a single from a yet-to-be-titled forthcoming album which should logically get released by !K7, the label they’ve always been on (but more on that soon). In the meantime, you can watch the Mia Fremming-directed clip below.
Saint Saviour - I Call This Home
Those who read this blog regularly know that we are huge fans of UK songstress Saint Saviour, so needless to say, we are very excited to present you her brand new video. “I Call This Home” is taken from her debut full-length Union which will get released on June 25th via her own label Surface Area (you can still help her fund the album by going to Pledge Music). The video was...
Exitmusic - The Night
Brooklyn shoegazers Exitmusic, comprised of Devon Church and Aleksa Palladino, have released their debut album Passage earlier this week and, like pretty much every other release on the Secretly Canadian label, it’s nothing short of brilliant. You can watch the video for their second single “The Night” (their first was for “Passage”) here. It was directed by Will...
Lissi Dancefloor Disaster - Singing My Heart Out
The Swedish electropop duo of Josefin Lindh and Johan Tilli, better known as Lissi Dancefloor Disaster, are getting readying up their forthcoming debut album, which should get a release date soon (via Golden Best Records). “Singing My Heart Out” will be the first single off the album, and its EP will include remixes by Le Prix and Den Svenska Björnstammen. We’ve embedded both...
The Sound of Arrows - Conquest
Swedish indie poppers The Sound of Arrows have just released a video for their new single “Conquest,” a video which was shot in Barcelona featuring a DeLorean, floating crystals, a half-naked dancer and someone riding a horse. We have absolutely no idea what any of this means, but it sure is pretty to watch. The track is taken from their excellent debut album Voyage, which was...
Sigur Rós - Valtari
Sigur Rós will be dropping their sixth studio album Valtari next week on May 28th via EMI/XL Recordings, but you can already stream the whole album online. We’ve embedded it for you below. Oh, and for those wondering, “valtari” is an Icelandic word meaning “steamroller.” Don’t forget to catch the legendary post-rock band from Reykjavik on the first day of the...
Oliver Tank - Dreams
Oliver Tank is a 21 year-old dreamwave artist from Australia whose music has already been compared to Bon Iver and James Blake, although he also lists Nosaj Thing, Boards of Canada and Jon Hopkins as his musical inspirations. Need we say more? He’s gained quite a following online after sharing his music on Soundcloud, making everyone fall in love with his sultry, seductive vocals layered...
Worship - Leviathan
Worship is a 3-piece band based in the UK that we’ve recently fallen in love with. They released an EP earlier this year called House of Glass via Killing Moon Records, lately have been catching the public eye via all tastemaking blogs around the net. Consequently, they’ve started playing numerous festivals, partially thanks to their latest single “Leviathan.” Having...
Beatrice Eli - The Conqueror
Seriously, there’s gotta be something in the water over here, because Sweden has done it again… this time, we are talking about Beatrice Eli. Hailing from Stockholm, the singer-songwriter is currently working on her debut album, which will be released on Sweden’s iconic Razzia Records, and she has just debuted her first single and video for “The Conqueror.” In the...
Wolf Alice - Wednesday
Wolf Alice is a 4-piece from London and though they have been around for a while, it seems that they’ve only now found their true sound with their latest EP Wolf Alice. The mixture of electronic with simple, stripped down lo-fi instrumentation along with Ellie Roswell’s brilliant vocals and nostalgic lyrics makes this EP intoxicating and a great tease from what’s to come from...
DWNTWN - See My Eyes
DWNTWN is boy-girl duo from Los Angeles. They formed in 2010 and with the help of producer DJ Skeet Skeet, and that’s when the duo’s folky demos morphed into something all night clubs long for. But what better way to get some real recognition than having Kitsuné all over your shit? Indeed, they’ve since been featured on the brand new Kitsuné America compilation and we love it!...
Gold & Youth - Time to Kill
Reputed record label Arts & Crafts is famous for its amazing pile of CanCon (Canadian Content) such as Broken Social Scene, Feist, Stars, and the list goes on. We think Gold & Youth will be the next ones to watch for. Their first single “Time to Kill” was mentioned on this site previously on the site, but now we wanted to bring you the video taken off their debut LP Beyond...
Lemâitre - Time to Realize
Norwegian discodudes Lemâitre are back with a new track called “Time to Realize” and it’s, well, just about the best thing we’ve heard in at least a month (and we go through a lot of music). The track sounds like an offspring of Foster the People and Hot Chip; if this shit don’t make you dance, you should get your ears checked out. “Time to Realize” is...
Metric - Speed the Collapse
Metric have just shared another track off their upcoming album Synthetica, which is due out on June 12th. This one is titled “Speed the Collapse” and is considerably better than “Youth Without You,” the first track they leaked off the album last month. Once again, you can catch them at Osheaga later this Summer on August 5th.
Baby Monster - City of Lovers
Los Angeles duo Baby Monster will be dropping a new 5-track EP on the 5th of June. “City of Lovers” is the lead track of the said EP, and they are giving the summery track away for free via their Soundcloud; grab it here.
Light Asylum - Heart of Dust
Brooklyn-based gothic duo Light Asylum (Shannon Funchess Bruno Coviello) have released the epic video for “Heart of Dust,” a video which was inspired by Nine Inch Nails’ storied performance at Woodstock ‘94. The song is taken from their eponymous debut album, out since the beginning of the month on Mexican Summer. The mud-filled video was directed by Grant Worth and David...
Gossip - Move in the Right Direction
Watch the new Gossip video for “Move in the Right Direction,” taken from their sixth album A Joyful Noise which came out yesterday on Columbia Records. The video was directed by Price James.
All the Colours - Love Like This
Check out the first track from new Australian progressive vintage pop band All the Colours (that’s Miami Horror vocalist Josh Heptinstall’s side project). Guy Franklin and Ed Goldner, the team behind most of Kimbra’s music videos, directed/produced the official clip for “Love Like This.”
A-Trak & Dillon Francis - Money Makin'
A-Trak and Dillon Francis have just collaborated on what is bound to be a big Summer hit. The result is track called “Money Makin’” and it’s available via Fool’s Gold as of today. The video, chock-full of cameos (P-Thugg of Chromeo, rap legend Greg Nice, Action Bronson, and more), was directed by Ben Solomon and Daniel B Levin.
Sleigh Bells - Demons
Sleigh Bells have just released the video for “Demons,” taken from their excellent sophomoric effort Reign of Terror (available via Mom + Pop Records). The clip was filmed at their shows in Omaha, Oklahoma City, Dallas, and Houston and serves as a good preview of what’s to come for their upcoming show in Montreal later this Summer (5th of July at Théatre Corona). Bonus:...
Kasper Bjørke - Deep is the Breath
Kasper Bjørke has just released a second single, “Deep is the Breath,” off his latest album Fool. Consequently, he’s released an EP (which you can stream underneath the video) which includes remixes of the track by Hannulelauri, Permanent Vacation and PillowTalk (feat. Tone of Arc). It’s available via HFN Music, and you can watch the Florence Tétier/Nicolas...
Whitey - Lost Summer
The new album from one of our favourite electrowave artists, Whitey (real name Nathan Joseph White), his first since 2010’s Canned Laughter, has finally made its way to the internets last Saturday. Lost Summer is the name of the new album, and he’s released it independently via Bandcamp (you can stream the whole thing below) because he’s had it up to here with labels. Good for...
Yeasayer - Henrietta
The new Yeasayer track “Henrietta,” which was shipped to fans who are on their mailing list, has been making its rounds on the music blogosphere this past week, and it would be a crime for us not to post it on Hot Shit as well (although we did include it on our last Playlist). Better late than never! Make sure you catch them at Osheaga on August 4th.
Woodkid - Run Boy Run
After weeks of teasing us, the wait is finally over; Woodkid has finally unleashed the video for his latest single “Run Boy Run” and it’s simply majestic. His debut album The Golden Age only comes out in Fall, but prior to that we have the EP for the current single to keep us busy. It includes remixes of the track by SebastiAn, Tepr and Østend, and is available as of today via...
Giselle - Silk
You might remember Aussie Giselle (full name Giselle Rosselli) from her sweet sugary vocals on Flight Facilities’ “Crave You.” Now she’s back with her own solo project, and you can give her debut single “Silk” a listen below.
Coco Morier - Ambulance
Coco Morier is the new project of indie-pop songstress Nicole Morier. If you recognize her voice, it’s probably because you’re familiar with electro-trash pop girl duo Electrocute. She will be releasing a 5-track EP titled Strangers May Kiss on June 19th via Swedish label Ingrid. You can watch the video, directed by Evan Lane, for “Ambulance,” her first single off the EP,...
Chew Lips - Do You Chew?
A couple of weeks ago, we posted “Do You Chew?,” the new track from London electro duo Chew Lips, and today, we bring you the video for the track. It was directed by Georgia Hudson. The single is released on the 11th June through the bands own label Family Records, but you can download it for free on their Soundcloud by clicking here!
Hot Chip - Night and Day
The video for Hot Chip’s “Night and Day” finally sees the day! It’s first single from their forthcoming album In Our Heads, which comes out on the 11th of June via Domino. The video, directed by Peter Serafinowicz, features Terence Stamp, Lara Stone and Reggie Watts.
Playlist: Hot Shit 007
Here is our 7th official mixtape (listen to the previous mixtapes here). A new one is posted every two weeks, for those not in the know, with most tracks taken from our posts from the past two weeks. Made with Everyone’s Mixtape. Bon weekend!
The Imagineers - Dearest One
The Imagineers are a new band coming out of Glasgow, Scotland. We discovered them through watching the The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson this week (Ferguson is hosting his show this week from Scotland, and he’s booked them as his guest band for the whole week). We’ve embedded the promo they did for the show, as well as their latest video “Dearest One.”
Yip Deceiver - Get Strict
Watch the awesome video for Yip Deceiver’s “Get Strict,” featuring none other than the one and only, Reggie Watts. The track is taken off their self-titled EP, available via Aerobic International. The very entertaining clip was directed by Brandon LaGanke & John Carlucci for Ghost + Cow Films. Bonus: watch the video again, but this time, only from the Reggie Watts cam....
Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs - American...
Our favourite track from Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs’s forthcoming debut album Trouble (out on June 11th on Polydor) gets the video treatment, and let us tell you that the visuals are simply breathtaking. Watch for yourselves below.