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Les Sins – “Talk About”

Les Sins – “Talk About”

Chaz Bundick has won over so many with his Toro y Moi project by executing several takes on seemingly-lethargic electronic pop.  He’s been a chillwave pioneer, a curator of R&B, and has even been known to dabble in shaggy-carpet funk.  What happens when he decides to take these various hats, make more dance-friendly vibes, and get a little weird?  Les Sins is what happens.

In the past few years, we’ve heard a few tracks from the fairly mysterious project, but November 4 will see the release of Michael, his first LP under the Les Sins moniker.  The album’s opener, “Talk About” is a fast beat with a wavering, swelling house melody.

Bundick’s always had an ear for multiple electronic genres, but hearing them come together so seamlessly in this track confirms that this will be like nothing we’ve heard from him yet.  Listen to “Talk About” here.

Video: “Tools” by Yellerkin

Video: “Tools” by Yellerkin

Last month, I came across the song “Tools” from Brooklyn band Yellerkin and got hooked on the song.  Perhaps it’s because I’m a big fan of Hooray For Earth, which I hear in Yellerkin‘s killer single here.   As of last week the song has a video, which has the band freaking out in the woods under spotlights.

Band to watch at CMJ for sure, wish I were going!

New EP From KASHKA feat. “Salmon Arms” (Acoustic)

New EP From KASHKA feat. “Salmon Arms” (Acoustic)

Kat Burns, aka KASHKA is celebrating the one year anniversary of her album “Bound” by releasing an acoustic EP of select tracks.  The EP, “Bones” will be released on the 28th of October on her own imprint, Play the Triangle Music.  Fans can pre-order the album as of the 21st of October, with special limited edition treats up for grabs; from a hand made CD version to a original painting of the fan’s name, signed by Burns.

KASHKA will be performing an acoustic set, and an electro set on November 9th at the Drake Underground.  Tickets for that are available at Soundscapes or here.

Currently Listening To: Cash+David

Currently Listening To: Cash+David

Tim Ross (Cash) and Liz Lawrence (David) are London electronic duo Cash+David, who are about to release a new single (“Bones”) on December 8 2014, through their own label.  “Bones” is the follow-up to previous single “Pulse”, which topped Hype Machine’s charts (which I evidently missed the boat on).   Better late than never.

Video: “Vessel” by Dan Mangan + Blacksmith

Video: “Vessel” by Dan Mangan + Blacksmith

“Vessel” by Dan Mangan + Blacksmith, off the album Club Meds (available January 2015).

Of the video, director Ben Clarkson says: “It is complicated to open a conversation about the way we depict our history and our identity. Stories are powerful, and the way histories are told often reinforce the power of the powerful. How we tell the story, how our oral, written and visual traditions transmit interpretations of the past affects our behaviour, our ontology, here in the present. I would love to discuss how there are different histories. I believe that the quiet stability that many of us enjoy is a phantasm. I believe we have a great deal of work to do in order to live with one another in a way that agrees with our values (or the values we’d like to have). History is not finished and we must take ownership of it, or others will do it for us.”