While Alain Macklovitch, better known as A-Trak, is busy taking selfies of him and mini turtles, his older brother David, better known as 50% of Chromeo, is about to release a new album. Alright, enough fact dropping.
The Canadian synth pop duo recently unveiled the official trailer for their upcoming fourth studio album White Women, featuring a two minute preview of a track called Over Your Shoulder. As usual, the song is all about funky disco basslines, cheerful keyboard solos and vocals ranging from sensual to steamy – the successful mixture that has become Chromeo’s trademark sound over the years. Daft Punk, you better watch out!
Video directed by Jérémie Rozan.
Album release date tba.
Wow. Do you know that incredible feeling when you start listening to a song you’ve never heard before, and after a few seconds you’re already wishing it would never end? When you discover a song you immediately feel connected to, and you end up listening to it over and over again? When you’re absolutely certain you’ve come across a true masterpiece, and you want to share it with as many people as possible?
Let me introduce to you Cardiochaos, a musical project by Vienna-based filmmaker, actor and musician extraordinaire Peter Brunner. Driven by an obsessive creative urge, the young Austrian artist has finished his debut album DDNOS (“Dissociative Disorder Not Otherwise Specified”), an unconventional, multifaceted collection of musical images, ranging from minimalist post-dubstep jams to glittering electro pop as sweet as sugar, from piano-heavy indie songs to what Venetian Snares coined as “drill n bass”.
It would be an easy thing to start drawing comparisons to SOHN or Thom Yorke now, but let’s talk about Disappointed In The Snow instead, the fourth song (and probably one of the strongest cuts) on DDNOS. I promise, you will still get goosebumps all over your body after ten consecutive listens when that low, rough voice starts counter-parting the dreamy, dragging vocals in the middle of the song, and you will hold your breath until the heartbeat-like bass drum starts beating again to the rhythm of the infectious piano chords. And suddenly, for the blink of an eye, there is: that incredible feeling, that desperate wish that this song would never end…
Purchase Cardiochaos’ debut album DDNOS on iTunes.
A few hours ago Daft Punk have released yet another teaser for their upcoming album Random Access Memories (in stores on May 21), showing the two robots in a room full of futuristic machines (that are probably supposed to look like synthesizers). After unboxing the vinyl and putting the needle on the groove, the first few bars of Give Life Back To Music, the first song on the album, can be heard playing. One more week to go!
Steamy late-night vibes on Poison Lips, flying dogs on Poney, Part One, hidden toilet cameras on Second Lives and steroid-induced deaths on Stamina: Vitalic has never been known for mediocre music videos – and the most recent one is certainly no exception to that rule.
Directed by Romain Chassaing (responsible for Pony Pony Run Run and Housse The Racket music videos), the official video for the latest single Fade Away could easily pass as a cinematic short film – a fact Vimeo promptly honored by including it in their “Staff Picks” playlist. A group of hit men (and women) chasing each other over a mysterious black suitcase, trapped in an infinite loop of time (obviously I can not even begin to recite the number of movies that are being referenced here). The video has been around for a week in fact, shout-out to Harder Blogger Faster for the post, I might have missed it if it wasn’t for them.
Only five days after unveiling their latest song You & Me, a catchy little collaboration with British singer-songwriter Eliza Doolittle lending the vocals, the two young princes of UK garage have returned with a rather intimate accompanying music video, following a young couple on a backpacking trip through Europe.
In cooperation with our Berlin-based friends over at tape.tv here’s an exclusive premiere of the official video (Austria/Germany/Switzerland only). Disclosure’s debut album Settle will be out on June 3rd.
Two weeks after Marry Anne Hobbs premiered James Blake’s new song Voyeur on her BBC Radio 6 show, the official video has just hit the web: starting out rather harmlessly with a needle rushing through the grooves on a 1-800 dinosaur (the London club night James Blake has launched a while ago) vinyl, the wax soon melts down to unveil an underlying parallel universe of trippy colours and geometrical shapes à la Enter The Void.
Ever wondered what the (highly unlikely) brainchild of Louis Jordan and M.I.A. might sound like? Me neither, but I can tell you this much: SKIP&DIE are probably as close as it gets. South African singer meets Dutch producer, jazz meets electro, funk meets Cumbia – seamlessly topped off by infectious vocals that will stick to your head faster than you can say Diplo.
I happen to have two tickets for their show at B72, Vienna on Wednesday, March 13 to give away – if you want them, just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org (make sure to include your full name for the guest list) and keep your fingers crossed. The band will be supported by the equally amazing Viech, more info + Facebook event here. The winners will be announced on Tuesday.
I recently published an article called EDM – the worst thing that has ever happened to electronic dance music?, explaining my views on the EDM scene and the way it’s going. Tomorrowland is without doubt not only one of the biggest but also one of the most mainstream festivals in electronic dance music, yet we had a great time there a few weeks ago: one the one hand, I’ve never seen a festival even close to Tomorrowland (I really haven’t) in terms of stages, light show and overall design, on the other hand they had succeeded in not only booking the real big names but also some nice underground picks (best example: Surkin. I’ve wanted to see this guy for years now.). Anyways, speaking of rock star DJs – if you want a pocket definition of 2012’s idea of EDM, go check out this video.
New remix from Ireland’s The Japanese Popstars for Orbital’s 2012 release Wonky: a full-length rework that keeps building up and pushing forward and never gets boring throughout its entire 6+ minutes. Rave chords, funky basslines, chopped-up vocals and huge sweep lead synths – Wonky has it all!
Don’t sleep on the other remixes (including a big one by Plump DJs), check out the full package here. Also make sure to check out the video for the original track below, it has catz!
My Berlin friends from tape.tv have been running a nice show titled The Night Starts Here for some time now, inviting their favorite DJs each and every Friday evening to play an exclusive set in front of a camera to make sure everybody has a perfect start into the weekend. And as it’s obviously go big or go home for tape.tv, they’ve even built an entire room to provide an adequate surrounding for their guests.
Today’s guide for your start into the night is Steve Aoki – no need for introduction. Enough words: invite some friends, have a drink, press play and let the night start!