Being born in a country that birthed the Kwaito genre, it surely comes as no surprise that it’s Benin City‘s latest “Faithless” track tweaking my inner little ear-worm and that niggling familiarity button. It’s an auditory feast that charges through different genre’s by folding and layering them into one another. From the first introductory set of Indie chords, we’re then gifted with some seriously hard hitting electro, bass and drum elevations that could easily spur an anthem-esque crowd chant. It is completely exciting for a new band to be pushing themselves at such an introductory stage. The Londonders Joshua Idehen, Tom Leaper and Theo Buckingham debut their album Fires In The Park on 24 June.
I missed the episode of New Girl in which this song “Until We Get There” by Lucius was placed in, but started seeing the song pop up on the blogs a week ago. Stunning track (actually demo), which will be on the bands’ album this fall. Click here to sign up for the bands’ newsletter and download the demo version of the song.
If you’re not feeling appropriately “Tuesday” yet, here’s Bear Mountain‘s track “Congo” from their new album XO. An infectious tune lathered with synthy chords, live instruments, syncopated bass lines and strong vocals. If that just scrapes the surface then go on and visit this page and listen to the other beat-upper “Two Step”.
I’ve given some lovings to the Sydney treat Jagwar Ma before, but now they’ve decided to return the favour with the brand new video for the already released “Man I Need”. The original ten-minute track is now condensed into a shorter made-for-video-version bursting with animated images that could easily have walked right off the walls of an abstract expressionist painting (could imagine putting on my trusty 3D glasses for this too). The energetic creativity of the video becomes a perfect partner for the sound of Jagwar Ma.
“Howlin”, their debut LP, lands on the 10th June – Pre-order it here.
Paris-based singer/multi-instrumentalist Melody’s Echo Chamber (Melody Prochet of My Bee’s Garden) has released the video for her new single, “Some TIme Alone, Alone” via Pitchfork.tv. The single comes off of her criminally-overlooked eponymous debut, produced by Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker.
The video does visual justice to the libidinous guitar rhythm and vocal delivery as Prochet wanders about a nighttime carnival. Watch the video here and treat yourself to a sultry piece of dream-pop that will certainly prepare you for the coming summer heat.