Kakkmaddafakka- Someone New
Wow! Norway have done it again and blown me away with a band that make music that warms on you despite their climate being far frostier than most.
akkmaddafakka’s appeal too good to pass up.
Kudos to The Whitest Boy Alive for helping the group with the record and for scoring cameos in this bitter-sweet lemon-filled music video.
Take the plunge and give the song/video a burl! Their new album is out June 28th.
San Cisco - Get Lucky (Live Cover)
I’m the first to admit that I don’t get Daft Punk’s appeal. I’ve loved electronic music since Primary School, but there was a stage for me in 2001 when if I heard One More Time one more time I probably would have killed someone.
I still feel like the group are often overhyped, but I guess that all comes with stardom. Australian band San Cisco are far from overhyped but they are just starting to get noticed as as an up-and-coming act to watch out for.
They covered Daft Punk’s Get Lucky and the band have been praised for their incredible rendition. When I heard it for the first time, I was slightly incredulous that it was actually a live recording, but the video proves that this was a bonafied live recording. For a group of late teens/early 20sies, San Cisco have certainly wasted no time getting rad at their instruments!
Check out the video below and add to the 1 million YouTube views this clip has received in the last four days.
My Heart Is Not A Machine
Whitley - My Heart Is Not a Machine
After a three year indefinite hiatus, Lawrence Greenwood (aka Whitley) has returned, announcing a new single, new album and new national supporting tour.
The single at hand is the introverted and lovely My Heart Is Not a Machine, a delicate lamentation about the content of said artist’s heart.
According to a video interview, the new album Even The Stars Are a Mess will be darker than Whitley’s previous two efforts. The album is due to be released today after being announced a few days ago. At this stage, it has not appeared on iTunes Australia, but with some luck it will appear soon!
For now, you can check out the accompanying visuals to My Heart Is Not a Machine and the tour dates below.
Whitley Australian Tour
Friday July 12- Black Bear Lodge (Brisbane)
Saturday July 13- Jive Bar (Adelaide)
Thursday July 18- Oxford Art Factory (Sydney)
Friday July 19- The Hi Fi (Melbourne)
Fri 26 – Sun 28- Splendour in the Grass
Kydd - Missing Elements
Rapper Kydd really taps into the subconscious regions of the brain with this tune. The hypnotic beat is best enjoyed with headphones on or submerged in a bath (but not both for obvious reasons!). The unorthodox offbeat bassline and percussion add to the mysterious feel of the track.
The video is also incredible. The concept clip depicts life and death while flirting with mystic symbolism.
Download - Missing Elements
Vampire Weekend - Step
Vampire Weekend amp up the hype for their highly anticipated third album with a new Youtube lyrics video for the track ‘Step.’ I remember hearing the sampled lyrics ‘everytime I see you in the world you always step to my girl’ from the early 90s Souls of Mischief track Step To My Girl. I’m not sure where the origin of those original lyrics are from but regardless, Vampire Weekend harmonise the lines beautifuly and come in great form with Step.
Modern Vampires of the City is due to be released May 13th, and no doubt fans will be relishing the new record while many critics will be keen to criticise the band, whether it be due to experimentation or lifting influences from other artists.
Here We Go Magic - Make Up Your Mind
Groove oozes from the latest single of Luke Temple’s project Here We Go Magic.
I always thought the song was funky, fast and psychadelic but the video just takes things to a whole new level.
For starters, we have Temple dressed like Freddy Mercury in the dark with sunnies on, wearing a leather vest and practicing a form of voodoo on unsuspecting lolitas in their knickers! The girls’ (asphyxia-induced?) contortions are disturbing and you do feel like a bit of a pervert watching as these girls squirm, heave and shake uncontrollably around on the floor while Temple lewdly gesticulates towards the camera.
But then you the song is too good to stop watching and it is actually a refreshing departure from the majority of music videos around at the moment.
Here We Go Magic are due to release their upcoming album A Different Ship on May 8th. The sound of the Brooklyn based band has developed so much in the last few years and I think we’ll be in for a treat when it is released. For now, enjoy Make Up Your Mind.
Cody ChesnuTT - Parting Ways
An unmistakable force in soul/blues music today has recently released an acapella live recording of new material. If there were a sound for slowly drizzled honey, surely that sound would resemble Parting Ways.
The songwriter shot to fame when he collaborated with The Roots in 2002 for a rework of his song, The Seed - a song that pays homage to rock n roll and newborns.
It’s been 10 years since Cody Chesnutt last released a full length album, but he is scheduled to drop a new record Landing on a Hundred later in the year.
The Shins - Bait & Switch
March 20th is not far off and in anticipation of their upcoming release The Shins have leaked another song from Port of Morrow.
I read an interview with frontman James Mercer close to a year ago. In the piece he said that the new album was going to be pretty upbeat as he was at a happy point in his life. Bait and Switch is definitely a manifestation of this happy outlook and is actually poppier than I’d expect from The Shins. But the band, which has undegone a new line-up, seems to suit the sound nicely.
Mercer’s trademark introspection might not be immediately apparent on this number, but rest assured his clever lyricism hasn’t faltered over the years.