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Are you guys into sexy, ambient electronic music that drips into your ears and floats through your brain? Or maybe sexy, scantily clad women wandering through the desert and psychedelic photo glares? Whatever floats your boat, San Fran artist Tycho (aka Scott Hansen) has got a new video for an old song to satisfy those late night drives. Watch the Charles Bergquist-directed video below for “Ascension,” a track off his 2011 full-length Dive, available via Ghostly International.
Bonus: Also check out his remix of Ulrich Schnauss’ “I Take Comfort in Your Ignorance” as well below.
Portugal. The Man is rampin’ up their sound in lieu of their forthcoming Danger Mouse-produced album Evil Friends, to be released on June 4th via Atlantic Records. Listen to their lately released, gloriously upbeat and sassy single “Purple Yellow Red and Blue” below.
After an epic enigmatic album trailer and weeks of teasing, Empire of the Sun finally gave us “Alive,” the anthemic first taste of their upcoming second album Ice On The Dune. The new single, which you can get now as a free download on iTunes when you pre-order the second full-length, is a stadium-sized, joyous tribute to the power of love, driven by Nick Littlemore’s hallmark gushing synths and Luke Steele’s mystic, falsetto vocals. “Alive” hints that the duo have returned with the new album after three years to make the soundtrack to the summer of 2013 with their still-intact talent for making euphoric, full-power synth-pop music and we have no objection to that. Ice On The Dune is due out June 18th via Astralwerks. Listen to first single “Alive” below.
Treat yourselves to a 5-minute classic disco/house extravaganza delivered by Foals keyboardist Edwin Congreave for the Mini Mix segment of Annie Mac’s BBC Radio 1 show. You can check out the tracklisting below and download the mix on SoundCloud.
01. The Good Men - Give It Up 02. Kindness - Gee Up (Cosmic Kids edit) 03. Edwin Birdsong - Cola Bottle Baby 04. Chaz Jankel - Glad to Know You (Todd Terje re-edit) 05. XXXY - Fela! 06. Michael Jackson - Get On the Floor 07. !!! - Me and Giuliani Down by the School Yard 08. Chic - I Want Your Love (Boris Werner edit) 09. Ce Ce Rogers - Someday 10. Kolsch - Der Alte 11. Fleetwood Mac - Dreams 12. Foals - Out of the Woods 13. Metronomy - The Look (Fred Falke remix)
If you like electonically inclined indie dance music, then be sure to listen to HUMANS. Based in East Vancouver, mighty talented friends Robbie Slade (lead vocals, guitar, synthesizer, sampler) and Peter Ricq (synthesizer/sampler, groovebox, vocoder, backup vocals) are a self-described “dynamic live indie electronic pop act in the vein of LCD Soundsystem, Jamie xx and Junior Boys.” I’ve only just recently listened to (and loved!) them for the first time when I came across the incredibly sensual(!) new video for their electronic re-interpretation of Chris Isaak’s 1989 classic “Wicked Game,” but HUMANS are hardly a new band with four critically acclaimed EPs from 2010 to 2013, sold out tours and an upcoming debut LP, slated for 2014 via Hybridity, under their belt. Besides their cleverly produced anthemic danceable indie-pop music, Vancouver duo also offers an outstanding visual side that is absolutely entertaining to watch. Outside of music, Ricq is a producer, designer, writer, illustrator and director and together with Slade, they throw each creative element of their expertise to make the all-round powerful force that is HUMANS.
Watch them reinvent music-video-sexiness in the video for “Wicked Games” and redefine friendship in the fantastic video for “Possession” below. Also listen to their synthy, atmospheric take on Bruce Springsteen’s “Streets of Philadelphia.” If you still just can’t get enough of these guys, check out the new video for “Runnin,” the vocal-infused dancefloor burner by Ricq’s side project Gang Signs. Enjoy!
The Australian/Swedish sister duo Say Lou Lou,who previously mesmerized us with their debut single “Maybe You,” are back with a brand new one titled “Julian.” They are unleashing the single on May 6th through their newly formed label À Deux, and it will be bundled with remixes from Dan Lissvik, Martin Dubka, Monsieur Adi and Checan. Stream the track below.
Tomorrow We Move to Hawaii is an Oslo-based chillwave electro duo, composed of Eyvind Brox and Marianne Stranger, that has caught our attention recently. Though they’ve been making music for a couple of years in Europe, they’re relatively unknown to us here in the Western hemisphere. Austin-based label Red Eye Transit is trying to change that; they released the band’s debut EP Still Life last month, and if you dig bands similar to The Knife, you’ll dig it. Listen to the title track, “Still Life,” below.
Last week, Icelandic electronic pop quartet Bloodgroup released their third album Tracing Echoes, via Sugarcane Recordings,and it has been playing on repeat on our stereo ever since. Undoubtedly their best to date, but more impressively, one of the best albums of 2013. Period. Don’t believe us? They’ve made 8 of the 10 tracks from the album streamable. Press play, sit back and enjoy.
Not one, not two, but three new songs by Vampire Weekend have hit the internet since last week and it would be a crime not to share them here. Indie-pop crew played new songs from their long-awaited Contra (2010) follow-up Modern Vampires of the City (whose title and May 7 release were first announced in the New York Times Classifieds) at SXSW last week, including “Unbelievers,” which was debutted on Kimmel Live last year in November, and shared official streams for “Diane Young” and “Step” on their website — happiness overload! :) They’re all top-notch, we can’t even pick a favourite. Can you?