Loving this track from M83‘s latest record “Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming”. It follows the first single “Midnight City” and is one of many great songs on this album. Highly recommended.
Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming by M83 is out today.
I just bought the record, why don’t you.
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And here’s a new video from that album, check out “Midnight City”.
Urban Outfitters has an exclusive stream of M83‘s new album Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming, out October 18th on Mute Records.
Its been a year, which means I’ve fallen behind on pumping out these mixtapes for you. Hopefully I can move back towards 2-3 mixtapes a year. Hold me to it.
Here’s the latest, really proud of this mix. Stream it below, read about the songs and artists and download the mix HERE (free download until August, 28th) grab the iMix HERE.
1. “Midnight City” by M83. I couldn’t see this track appearing in the mix anywhere other than lead off. I’m still and always have been a huge M83 fan, anticipating the release of his upcoming album Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming. That unique and slightly distracting sample that starts “Midnight City” eventually blends in perfectly with the signature walls of sound, synth layers, hussed vocals and sax solos (they are apparently coming back).
2. “Eyes Be Closed” by Washed Out. It wasn’t until probably 15 listens to Ernest Greene’s “Eyes Be Closed” that I started to think this may be some long lost Moby track. But maybe thats just a quick comparison, as this artist has carved his own waves in down-tempo chillwave (if we’re calling it that anymore) with echo-y vocals, builds and drops. Close your eyes and drift to this one.
3. “A Million Years” by Alexander. What a great year Alexander Ebert has been having. Taking a break from a hugely popular band (Edward Sharpe and the Magentic Zeros) to put together a hell of a solo album with amazing songs like “A Million Years”. The record is full of them, great for summer listening. Reminds me of Paul Simon.
4. “Older Together” by Black Light Dinner Party. I found out about this producer collective from an e-mail in the inbox. What I found was the track “Older Together”, followed by “Small Boxes“, killer tunes from some NYC talent flying way too under the radar for their skills. Throw this on at the dance party and know that when it refrains near the end, it comes back in full force.
5. “Glowing Mouth (radio edit)” by Milagres. I didn’t know who this band was a month ago and I still don’t know how to pronounce their name, but I can’t deny they’ve got some great songs (off there upcoming Sept. Kill Rock Stars release). “Glowing Mouth” is a great way to introduce yourself to this group (big fan of the “Two Weeks” keys and falsetto.
6. “Halloween To Me” by Papa. Papa is the brainchild of Girls‘ drummer Darren Weiss and since I found “Halloween To Me” on the blogs one day, I’m hooked on the song. For fans of Dan Boeckner (Wolf Parade) or the Walkmen, I’d like to officially call this track the darkhorse of the mixtape.
7. “Rose Mary Stretch” by Pepper Rabbit. There’s something about Pepper Rabbit that warms my soul. Reminding me of bands like the Dodos, the duo of Singh and Laurent craft beautiful layered orchestral pop, great melodies and full to the brim with instrumentation. “Rose Mary Stretch” will probably have you checking the tracklist to figure out who’s singing this song.
8. “Come To The City” by The War On Drugs. The middle track of the mix and a fine one it is. The War On Drugs have been killing it on the blogs with songs from Slave Ambient, first in the Boss-eque drive of “Baby Missiles”, then in the grower “Come to the City” which for me totally did just that. For fans of Tom Petty, Dylan, great Americana rock.
9. “Niagara” by Ohbijou. I’ve been a fan of this band for years and have always impressed by their indie-folk. “Niagara” is the best Ohbijou song I’ve heard yet and showcases the sweetness of Casey Mecija’s accomplished voice. Props to the local band in the mix.
10. “No Love” by Hooray For Earth. I’ll admit, this song was my 2nd choice of Hooray For Earth songs. Perhaps its a good thing I strayed from my first choice, I think I was playing it to death. Plus, the more I listen to the heavy beats and horns of “No Love”, the more I’m open to crowning this one their best.
11. “Ten-Twenty-Ten” by Generationals. From one of my favourite albums of the year comes a track that will have you tapping your feet, bobbing your head and wondering why you haven’t heard of Generationals yet. If thats the case, read my blog more.
12. “Miscalculations” by Miracle Fortress. From Graham Van Pelt’s newest album, “Miscalculations” will have you trying to figure out which 80s artist this sounds like. I heard this live back in March at CMW and instantly wrote the track name down, with the intent of finding the track and passing it along. This mix seems like a great way to make that happen.
13. “Calgary” by Bon Iver. Every mixtape has a slow song. I couldn’t not include Bon Iver on this one, as he’s one of my fave artists at the moment. “Calgary” was our first listen in his new self-titled album and has a great video accompaniment too.
14. “Winter Beats” by I Break Horses. A new band for just about all of us, Swedish duo I Break Horses and their track “Winter Beats”. Hoping for good things from this band, really looking forward to hearing more. Right now, there’s only a handful of their tracks online, this one and “Hearts“, a beautiful video but a wall of sound too big for this mixtape.
15. “Car Crash” by Telekinesis. The closer. From the album 12 Desperate Straight Lines, Michael Benjamin Lerner proves that he can’t write a song that isn’t poppy.
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A day where I can post new music from M83, is a good day. Here’s a taste of whats to come off the upcoming Oct. 18th double-album (Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming) release from French artist Anthony Gonzales (aka M83). “Midnight City” is a “humid, adrenaline-drive dreamlike track” featuring a sample which upon 2nd and 3rd listens, melds better into the song. There also might be a saxophone solo in there.
Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming is about awakening, craving, and conquering, and pushes into new vocal territory for M83. The new record promises experiments in different ways of singing, ranging from a spectral breathy whispers to a howling screams. Gonzalez describes the record.
“I think it is a reflection of my 30 years of being a human being.
It’s a compilation of all my previous music together.
It’s a retrospective of myself.”
The album was produced by Justin Meldal-Johnsen (Beck, NIN, The Mars Volta, Goldfrapp) and features Brad Laner (from 90’s band Medicine) on guitar, Morgan Kibby (White Sea) on vocals again (like on Saturdays=Youth) and guest vocals from Zola Jesus.
Stream the track below, or grab it for free at his homepage.
Midnight City by M83
NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES
Oct. 15 – Mexico City – Corona Capital Festival
Oct. 28 – Washington DC – Black Cat
Oct. 29 – Raleigh, NC – Kings Barcade
Oct. 30 – Asheville, NC – Moog Fest
Oct. 31 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
Nov. 1 – Tallahassee, FL – Engine Room
Nov. 2 – Orlando, FL – The Social
Nov. 4 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
Nov. 5 – Austin, TX – Fun Fun Fun Fest
Nov. 7 – Phoenix, AZ – The Crescent Ballroom
Nov. 9 – Los Angeles, CA – Music Box
Nov. 10 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent
Nov. 11 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
Nov. 12 – Vancouver, BC – Venue
Nov. 13 – Seattle, WA – Neumos
Nov. 16 – Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theater
Nov. 17 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
Nov. 18 – Toronto, ON – Lees Palace
Nov. 19 – Montreal, QC – Le S.A.T.
Nov. 20 – Boston, MA – Paradise
Nov. 22 – New York, NY – Webster Hall