Kaytranada announces debut album 99.9% & shares single ‘Bus Ride’

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After teasing its release at SXSW this week, KAYTRANADA is back to share details of his highly anticipated debut album 99.9%. Due Friday 6th May via XL Recordings / Remote Control Records, the album finds the Haitian born, Montreal raised producer delivering on the promise of his early self-released EPs and remixes.

Since the age of fourteen, when he first began to DJ and when his brother introduced him to music production software, his output has been relentless. He explains, “after he showed me the basics, from that day on I couldn’t stop making beats,” pumping out a handful of tracks per day for the next couple of years.

Having released singles like ‘Drive Me Crazy‘ with Vic Mensa and ‘Leave Me Alone‘ with Shay LiaKAYTRANADA has since cemented his reputation and his sound; an undeniable swing of the drums comparable to Dilla’s, a signature soulful touch in the melodies, and a healthy dose of funky bass lines.

99.9% continues that tradition, and new track ‘Bus Ride,’ which features acclaimed percussionist/producer Karriem Riggins as well as rising Toronto vocalist River Tiber, demonstrates that KAYTRANADA has stayed within his canon while demonstrating growth on the new album.

Stream ‘Bus Ride’ Spotify | Apple Music | Google Play
Buy ‘Bus Ride’ iTunes | Google Play

Introducing: LISS

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Danish teenagers Liss have shared their brand new single and video ‘Sorry’. Recently premiered as Annie Mac’s ‘Hottest Record’ on BBC Radio 1, ‘Sorry’ is an enchanting slice of R&B built around singer Søren Holm’s distinct, soulful vocal.

The video for ‘Sorry’ was filmed and directed by the band themselves.

‘Sorry’ is the follow up to Liss‘ debut single ‘Try / Always’ released in November last year via the highly-respected Danish label Escho.

Described by The Guardian as “a liquid piece of fast-paced funk pop that imagines what might have happened had Michael Jackson recorded with Arthur Russel,” and Crack Magazine simply as “nonchalantly effortless pop,” it was an irresistible first statement from the Aarhus, Denmark-based quartet, and a compelling introduction to Liss‘ unique brand of Nordic Soul.

Stream ‘Sorry’ via Spotify | Apple Music | Google Play
Purchase ‘Sorry’ via iTunes | Google Play

Day Of The Dead – a celebration of the Grateful Dead

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4AD / Remote Control Records are pleased to announce the release of Day Of The Dead, a celebration of the Grateful Dead’s music created and curated by brothers Aaron and Bryce Dessner of The National.

For both Aaron and Bryce, the Grateful Dead were a gateway to playing music together; the first music the brothers investigated deeply. The two recall their first-ever jam session at 14 years old with The National’s future drummer Bryan Devendorf playing the Dead’s ‘Eyes of the World’ for several hours in Bryan’s attic in suburban Ohio. The brothers were drawn not just to the Dead’s songwriting, but also to the detail, spontaneity, and depth in the instrumentation. A life-long love affair with the Dead, shared with the Devendorfs, was born in those teenage years and crested when The National were invited to play a HeadCount.org fundraiser with Bob Weir in March 2012. The band assembled for this event learned over 25 Grateful Dead songs, and most of those players went on to form the “house band” heard on many of Day of the Dead’s tracks.

The compilation is a wide-ranging tribute to the songwriting and experimentalism of the Dead which took four years to record, and features over 60 artists from varied musical backgrounds, 59 tracks and is almost 6 hours long.

More details can be found here.

Thunder (Vol. 1)

01. The War on Drugs  Touch of Grey
02. Phosphorescent, Jenny Lewis & Friends  Sugaree
03. Jim James & Friends  Candyman
04. Moses Sumney, Jenny Lewis & Friends  Cassidy
05. Bruce Hornsby and DeYarmond Edison  Black Muddy River
06. Ed Droste, Binki Shapiro & Friends  Loser
07. The National  Peggy-O
08. Kurt Vile and the Violators (featuring J Mascis)  Box of Rain
09. Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy & Friends  Rubin and Cherise
10. Perfume Genius, Sharon Van Etten & Friends  To Lay Me Down
11. Courtney Barnett  New Speedway Boogie
12. Mumford & Sons  Friend of the Devil
13. Lucius  Uncle John’s Band
14. The Lone Bellow & Friends  Me and My Uncle
15. Lee Ranaldo, Lisa Hannigan & Friends  Mountains of the Moon
16. Anohni and yMusic  Black Peter
17. Bryce Dessner  Garcia Counterpoint
18. Daniel Rossen, Christopher Bear and The National
(featuring Josh Kaufman, Conrad Doucette, So Percussion
and Brooklyn Youth Chorus)  
Terrapin Station (Suite)
19. Angel Olsen  Attics of My Life
20. Wilco with Bob Weir  St. Stephen (live)

Lightning (Vol. 2)

01. Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy  If I Had the World to Give
02. Phosphorescent & Friends  Standing on the Moon
03. Charles Bradley and Menahan Street Band   Cumberland Blues
04. The Tallest Man on Earth & Friends  Ship of Fools
05. Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy & Friends  Bird Song
06. The National  Morning Dew
07. Marijuana Deathsquads  Truckin’
08. Cass McCombs, Joe Russo & Friends  Dark Star
09. Nightfall of Diamonds  Nightfall of Diamonds
10. Tim Hecker  Transitive Refraction Axis for John Oswald
11. Lucinda Williams & Friends  Going Down The Road Feelin’ Bad
12. Tunde Adebimpe, Lee Ranaldo & Friends  Playing in the Band
13. Local Natives  Stella Blue
14. Tal National  Eyes of the World
15. Bela Fleck  Help on the Way
16. Orchestra Baobab  Franklin’s Tower
17. Luluc with Xylouris White  Till the Morning Comes
18. The Walkmen  Ripple
19. Richard Reed Parry with Caroline Shaw and Little Scream
(featuring Garth Hudson)  
Brokedown Palace

Sunshine (Vol. 3)

01. Real Estate  Here Comes Sunshine
02. Unknown Mortal Orchestra  Shakedown Street
03. Hiss Golden Messenger  Brown-Eyed Women
04. This Is the Kit   Jack-A-Roe
05. Daniel Rossen and Christopher Bear  High Time
06. The Lone Bellow & Friends  Dire Wolf
07. Winston Marshall, Kodiak Blue and Shura  Althea
08. Orchestra Baobab  Clementine Jam
09. Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks  China Cat Sunflower -> I Know You Rider
10. Bill Callahan  Easy Wind
11. Ira Kaplan & Friends  Wharf Rat
12. The Rileys  Estimated Prophet
13. Man Forever, So Percussion and Oneida  Drums -> Space
14. Fucked Up  Cream Puff War
15. The Flaming Lips  Dark Star
16. s t a r g a z e  What’s Become of the Baby
17. Vijay Iyer  King Solomon’s Marbles
18. Mina Tindle & Friends  Rosemary
19. Sam Amidon  And We Bid You Goodnight
20. The National with Bob Weir  I Know You Rider (live)

The Murlocs share video for Young Blindness

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The Murlocs have released Young Blindness, their second full-length LP today via Flightless / Remote Control Records.

In addition, the band have shared their video for ‘Young Blindness.’

Frontman Ambrose Kenny-Smith described the video:

“I kinda grew up fast as a kid. I was always hanging out with older people so I cut my teeth early on. Years later I realise how oblivious I was to my surroundings. The idea of the song and it’s visual can be taken in anyway. In the end it all comes back around to the idea of being naive and learning as you go along.”

Listen to Young Blindness via Apple Music Spotify | Google Play

Purchase Young Blindness via iTunes | Google Play | JB

Milwaukee Banks share video for ‘Reincarnated’

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Melbourne based hip-hop / electronic duo Milwaukee Banks have today released their debut record Deep Into The Night via Dot Dash / Remote Control Records. To celebrate, the pair have shared an incredible video for ‘Reincarnated.’

Dyl and Edo explain the inspiration behind the track: 
“We like exploring the supernatural as inspiration for new material. The idea of reincarnation is spiritual (something we truly believe in) but it’s also reflected in the cyclical nature of society. We’re rebirthing the good and the bad, over and over again. We’ve seen it all before but we can’t break this cycle. You wonder if the world is even changing for the better sometimes. Or if it’s changing at all. ‘I open up my eyes I can see them telling lies’.

“We were really into the idea and vision Jono had for the video, taking the concept of reincarnation on a philosophical and spiritual level, and turning that idea into something fictional using elements of the real world.”

From Director Jonathon Lim:
“When I first saw Dyl’s explanation of the track, I immediately began to think of cultures that embrace reincarnation. I was in the airport in Malaysia, which has a huge Indian population, so my mind began ticking with everyone around me.

Reincarnation is one of the core beliefs of Hinduism. In Varanasi, in the North of India, it is believed that sins accumulated in previous lives can disappear if one dies there. Resulting in over 300 bodies cremated on the banks every day.

It’s an interesting challenge to be able to take something as different as Hindu Cremation ceremonies from the North of India and recreate it in an inner city Melbourne context.”

You can stream and purchase the record here.

Empress Of releases new single ‘Woman Is A Word’

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LA’s Empress Of today releases new single ‘Woman Is A Word.’

Previously unheard and taken from her recording sessions for her critically acclaimed debut album Me (out on Terrible Records), ‘Woman Is A Word‘ is a deeply personal and political track.

Empress Of explains its genesis: “Sometimes as a songwriter and a human, I feel very restricted by words. One word can have so much social implication, standard, limitation, qualification that it doesn’t give a person their own opportunity to really choose their identity. I wrote ‘Woman Is A Word’ at a time when I felt like the word ‘woman’ put me in a box of things I was capable to do, things that defined me that didn’t necessarily define me.”

Underpinned by Empress Of’s unique brand of avant-R&B, ‘Woman Is A Word‘ is strongly defiant in its ideas of femininity and identity. Listen to it below.

Rostam releases single ‘Gravity Don’t Pull Me’

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Singer and producer Rostam releases ‘Gravity Don’t Pull Me‘ as a beautiful dance video.

Alongside previously released tracks ‘EOS‘ and ‘Wood,’ ‘Gravity Don’t Pull Me‘ is part of a collection of singles Rostam is releasing on XL recordings this year. The video for ‘Gravity Don’t Pull Me‘ was co-directed by Rostam and Josh Goleman (who he previously worked with on Ra Ra Riot’s ‘Water’ Music video).

This video was in some ways years in the making,” explains Rostam, “After the release of the Discovery LP in 2009 I began to see people posting videos of themselves choreographing sections of songs from the album. It was then I realised I really wanted to make a dance video.”

The video features dancers Jack Grabow and Sam Asa Pratt, who have posted their own videos improvising dance to Rostam’s music in the past. Catching Rostam’s attention, it was only a matter of time until a collaboration came into the works. The final result is the visually engaging video for ‘Gravity Don’t Pull Me‘ which showcases mirrored dance choreography for a symmetrically shot performance on camera.

EL VY drop videos for ‘Sad Case/Happiness, Missouri’ & ‘It’s A Game’

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EL VY’s Matt Berninger and Brent Knopf have made good on their promise to deliver a video for every song on their debut album… watch ‘Sad Case/Happiness, Missouri’ and ‘It’s A Game’ videos below. Return To The Moon is out now via 4AD / Remote Control Records.

‘It’s A Game’, directed by Tom Berninger (Matt’s brother, director of the award-winning Mistaken For Strangers film and creator of all preceding EL VY videos thus far), sees Tom’s artwork time-lapsed to life, while he and Matt struggle to come up with imagery that works for both of them.
 

‘Sad Case/Happiness, Missouri’, filmed by Michael Brown and Ben Krall, and edited by Kelly Lyon, is a music horror video, of sorts.  It captures Matt and Brent in a fight for survival, combined with live EL VY performance footage.