Tuesday, September 16, 2014
We like new exciting things. Mapei is just this and her debut album Hey Hey (streaming here on NPR) is delivering. After watching her bubble up on Hype Machine again and again with hits like "Don't Wait" and "Believe", we were waiting for the next move. A solid voice laid atop dope production techniques meld into what has become the common vernacular of "left-of-pop" displayed here. Magnus Lidehäll is a straight down the middle pop producer working with Britney Spears, Katy Perry and more, but cuts a different rug with Mapei.
Perhaps it's just the rain here in NY today, but enjoying the sparse melancholy of the new Grouper. Nice to see her taking a bit of a new direction and stripping things down a bit. Her new album Ruins comes out on Halloween.
Thursday, September 4, 2014
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
While perhaps not as instantly remarkable as "Tell Me What's On Your Mind" one of our favorite new acts in the past few years have returned with their new track "Buffalo Nickel" which still an excellent listen. Sophomore LP "Worship The Sun" is out September 16th on Innovative Leisure.
After a few ear catching singles, Cathedrals have returned with a new track "In the Dark" and the announcement of a new EP coming next week - you can stream it on Spotify here. A promising start, certainly.
Elsewhere in the blog world new HAERTS:
Friday, August 22, 2014
Back in action after some vacation. Have to start off our return with another jam from your new party record of the late summer Sinkane's Mean Love Out September 2nd on DFA Records. The album is filled with gems - we've already posted a few. Here is "New Name." Preorder and get some tracks. He's coming on a huge US tour as well.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
First discovered at Grimeys on a bellyful of hot chicken and beer - Hiss Golden Messenger's last record Haw soundtracked an excellent Nashville trip a year ago. After signing to Merge, Hiss will release Lateness of Dancers, its fifth studio album, on September 9th. With a warmness and depth - the early offerings including "Lucia" show a band and songwriter reaching their stride - though, no matter what, they will always sound better when full of hot chicken.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
With already one underrated album to his name, rising Sudanese artist Sinkane has released the second single from his forthcoming album Mean Love out September 2nd on DFA Records.
With slinky funk undertones and screaming organs Sinkane lays down a simple R&B melody to give "Hold Tight" its Rhye meets Sade sheen.