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“You & I” was my nomination for “Happiest Song of the Year,” but now I’m just trying not to associate it with (spoiler alert) trees and birds getting blown to bits. Elliot Sellers directs this twisted tragedy for British/Basque band Crystal Fighters’ latest single off of their second LP Cave Rave, to be released later this month on May 27th via Atlantic. Keep an eye out for them as they will be touring North American for the entire month of June.
Bonus: “You & I” gets a super dancy Gigamesh remix. Lend your ears to dem beats below, or download the track here.
Fenech-Soler goes down the rabbit hole in the mind/time-bending new video for “Magnetic,” the British synthpop heroes’ comeback single which precedes their forthcoming sophomore album “Rituals. Directed by Luke Bellis, the video follows an Alice in Wonderland narrative, with a puzzled Ben Duffy being followed by a malicious-looking, Frank-like rabbit in several alternative worlds. Just as the White Rabbit carries a pocket-watch in the story (“I’m late, I’m late, for a very important date.”), so does Ben Duffy (but this time, a table-clock), which I want to think is a symbol for the unbearable delay in the release of the sophomore album. But after three magnificent singles, “All I Know,” “Maiyu” and “Magnetic,” we can say that Rituals will be worth the 3-year wait.
“Magnetic” is a certified festival anthem and shows the band moving towards a pop direction which we will see more of in Rituals. Discussing the LP, singer Ben Duffy said: “I think the pop element is certainly something that wasn’t calculated, but also something that we didn’t decide to turn our back on.
“For us, it’s been about paying attention to what makes a good song and about being direct. We haven’t been afraid to make a pop record. It’s about connecting with people on a universal level while remaining true to our dance roots.”
“Magnetic” is being released on July 1st via Warner Bros Records and will be followed by Rituals on September 2nd.
While we try to figure out why we can’t help but think about Gotye every time we listen to this song, you can watch its trippy video below.
“Dancing Anymore” is the much-anticipated first single to stem from Is Tropical’s forthcoming sophomore album I’m Leaving, which comes out May 20th via Kitsuné Records. Megaforce, the French directors foursome behind the brilliant video that was Is Tropical’s 2011 hit “The Greeks,” once again direct and definitely do not disappoint. NSFW!
James Yuill released the video for “Turn Yourself Around,” the eurotechno-infused first single off his recently released fifth full-length These Spirits (was out March 25th through The Happy Biscuit Club). Directed by Alex Emslie and featuring Daniel Taylor, the brilliant video is a modern tribute to Albert Camus’ “The Myth of Sisyphus.” Turn Yourself Around EP was released on April 7th with remixes by Crofts & MOW. Watch the video below.
London dreampop duo Still Corners have just released a video for their new single “Berlin Lovers.” The track is taken from their forthcoming third album Strange Pleasures, which comes out on May 7th via Sub Pop. The video was directed by Christian Sorensen Hansen. Watch it below, and then grab the track for the price of an email in the embedded widget afterwards.
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)
Depeche Mode have released a dark but stylish video for “Soothe My Soul,” the second single from their thirteenth (!) studio album Delta Machine. The black and white video was directed by Warren Fu. Delta Machine is now available worldwide via Columbia Records.
London-based new wave two-piece SWIM have just released a video for their second single “Creeper”—their first, “Ride,” came out three months ago)—and it’s been playing on a loop in our office all morning long. The track was produced by autoKratz’s David Cox and the video was directed by Josh Lawson for Gosh Damn Films. No release date yet, but you should be able to purchase the track via Bad Life Records soon.
South London four-piece Mt. Wolf have shared the video for “Shapeshift,” the dreamy second taste of their forthcoming Hypolight EP. We have a lot of love for this talented foursome for how wonderfully they combine electronic and folk elements to give us these ethereal, blissful soundscapes. Shot in high-contrast monochrome, the sophisticated minimalist video is directed by Paul Frankl. You can watch it below and have a listen at title track “Hypolight” and its ambient rendition by London-based producer Pále, if you haven’t already. Hypolight EP is set to be released on April 8th via Two Sisters Records.
Following last year’s critically acclaimed, Ben Hillier-produced debut EP Aching Bones, Nadine Shah announced second EP titled “Dreary Town” and shared the heavy, hypnotic and emotionally intense title track with its Matthew Barton-directed equally dark and romantic visuals. Shot at Shah’s brother Karim’s flat and starring her real-life friends alongside actor Gareth Murphy and herself, the video mirrors a past relationship of the London-based songstress that played out in this same house three years ago. “Our male lead, Gareth Murphy whose performance was pivotal in the piece, confessed to similar mental difficulties that had plagued Nadine’s partner at the time. I’ve always been interested in where fiction meets documentary, this piece served to stoke the fire even further,” said Matthew Barton about the sensual piece. Dreary Town EP will be released by the R&S imprint Apollo Records on April 15, and it will be followed by her debut full-length album Love Your Dum and Mad this summer. Watch the video below.