Kendrick Lamar – “DNA. (Alternative Video)”
An alternative take of Lamar’s powerful track “DNA.” was featured at the Warriors’ recent victory. The short 30 second clip can be heard at the start of this video.
Young Ejecta – “Build a Fire”
Listen to Young Ejecta’s latest single here, “Build a Fire” – a glittery yet emotional electropop ballad masterminded by Joel Ford’s 80s inspired electronic production.
Queens of the Stone Age – “The Way You Used to Do”
Queens of the Stone Age how now shared details on their upcoming record Villains, out on August 25th. They have shared the tracklist, as well as this new single, which can be heard above.
Arcade Fire – “Creature Comfort”
Arcade Fire have shared their second single from Everything Now, their upcoming album. They have opted for a more electronic influenced sound on this album, a big difference from their indie rock roots.
The War on Drugs – “Holding On”
The accompanying video for the War on Drugs’ earlier single has been released, with a summery, feelgood tone that perfectly reflects that of the music itself.
The Pains of Being Pure At Heart – “When I Dance With You”
The Pains of Being Pure At Heart have returned with the second single from their upcoming record called The Echo of Pleasure, due to be released on September 1. This single follows “Anymore“, which was released last month.
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit – “White Man’s World”
Southern rock auteur Jason Isbell is now streaming his latest album, The Nashville Sound, recorded with his backing band the 400 Unit. He has also released this heavily politicised single, “White Man’s World”, to accompany it.
Toro y Moi – “Girl Like You”
Chazwick Bradley Bundick, better known as Toro y Moi, has been working hard again on the 80’s synths for this new video for “Girl Like You”, taken off of his 2017 album Boo Boo.
Oneohtrix Point Never – The Pure and the Damned (feat. Iggy Pop)
Oneohtrix Point Never has shared this moody collaboration with Iggy Pop, which is meant to be used on the score for the crime film Good Time, starring Robert Pattinson.
Earthling – “Howl”
Earthling‘s style of music is nebulous, never seeming to fit in one concrete genre for long. One moment, there’s strong doom vibes which then progress into almost math-rock sounding licks, and as the song builds into a chorus this is replaced with classic speed metal tropes. Nonetheless, this genre-hopping is managed very well on this new track – “Howl”.
Björk – “notget”
Talented musician and wardrobe oddity Björk has just come through with an equally eccentric music video for “notget,” from her 2015 album Vulnicura, which intimately explored the end of her relationship with then-boyfriend Matthew Barney, and the subsequent healing process that came after. It’s good to know that she’s still active in the music world.
Diplo, Rich Chigga, Young Thug & Rich the Kid – “Bankroll”
A star-studded collaboration in the trap rap world was shared today in the form of Diplo, Rich Chigga, Young Thug and Rich the Kid’s shot at banger of the year: “Bankroll.” An interesting story about this track is that it was originally meant to feature Justin Beiber, but according to Thomas Wesley Pentz, he had to do away with that version of the single. “Other artists made Soundcloud take down the Justin Beiber version because they had exclusives with him.” A response to this was to replace Bieber with trap legend Rich Chigga, and make the original version free for download.
Japanese Breakfast – “Boyish”
“Boyish”, from New-York based Korean artist Japanese Breakfast‘s forthcoming LP entitled Soft Sounds From Another Planet, is a lush and tranquil science-fiction ballad that really took me by surprise with how much I enjoyed it. You can pre-order the new album here.
Shabazz Palaces – “Julian’s Dream (ode to a bad) [feat. The Shogun Shot]”
Prolific experimental hip hop duo Shabazz Palaces have shared the second single from their next releases. They ambitiously plan to release two albums simultaneously: They are Quazarz vs. the Jealous Machines & Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star. You can listen to the first single, “Since C.A.Y.A.” here.
Hater – “Coming Down”
This is a new bonus track from the Japanese-only release of Swedish indie pop group Hater’s latest LP You Tried.
Taking a bold new career direction, the brother of J Dilla, Illa J has put aside his hip hop roots to adopt a classic soul sound. Singing in a harmonic falsetto style, the wholesome video for “Home” illustrates Illa’s love for his home town and the people that make it come to life. The visuals are oozing with vibrancy and history, and it’s immediately apparent that the cinematic choices were a deep and deliberate choice.
Illa J aims to release the record Home on June 30th.
You can hear the first single, “Sam Cook”, here:
Ahead of the release of indie folk outfit Fleet Foxes‘ third album, Crack-Up, the band have released the audio for the final single: “If You Need To, Keep Time on Me.” The song is classic Fleet Foxes fare – a beautiful and soothing track. Crack-Up releases June 16.
Watch the video for Mogwai’s new video from their upcoming LP in September. The video, shot entirely in slow motion, features citizens of an urban setting being slowly lifted up by inexplicable forces. The band plan to go on tour later this year to coincide with the release of their upcoming album, Every Country’s Sun.