Soulful Swedish group known as Grapell have a collection of love ballads on the horizon. The duo, comprised of longtime friends Emil Erstrand (vocals) and Nils Nygårdhs (drums) recorded their upcoming EP Love Chamber with a live band in their rehearsal space located in a laundry basement in Stockholm. To Grapell, a ‘love chamber’ represents a place of beauty, but also a place that one can get easily trapped. Each song on the EP is its own entity, and yet there’s a unifying thread throughout. Regarding the decision to create an EP rather than rushing to put out an album, Erstrand explains, “An EP is much easier to consume, and you want a theme to be cohesive.” The opening track for example, “Every Time” is a subdued, gossamery and reflective song, while “Some Places” is a more uptempo, glimmering sax-suffused duet with notable additions by Many Voices Speak (female vocals) and jazz saxophonist Björn Arkö.
Escape with both efforts below. Love Chambers will be out September 30 on Strangers Candy in Europe and Roll Call Records everywhere else.
After releasing an array of remixes, LA-based production duo BETABLOCK3R shared their first original track entitled “In My Head” earlier this month. Managed by Martin Kierszenbaum (founder of Cherrytree Records), the indie-electronic group manifests the post-disco era of the ’80s on the single with its plucky bass lines, driving beat and funk guitar. Essentially it’s the perfect nu-disco tune to get your synapses flowing for the weekend, so get it in your head (and ears) by streaming below.
We’re basically obsessed with all things Future Classic, which hosts the likes of Chet Faker, Chrome Sparks, and Flume — and Seekae, the up-and-coming trio from Sydney is no exception. They dropped their debut album The Worry in September, containing downtempo tracks such as “The Stars Below” (below), and the textured “Test & Recognise” that Flume introduced to the masses with his epic rework. In contrast from the latter, “The Stars Below” is more of a progressive ballad (or anti-ballad), bathed in seductive synths that hold you in suspense until the desolate ending. Stream below, and pick up the full LP on iTunes.
Friendly Fires have been flying under the radar the last few years, having not released any new material since their album Pala in 2011. Recently, however, they got together with Andrew Weatherall and Timothy Fairplay of The Asphodells to collaborate on a couple of tracks that were released as an AA-sided single March 31st. The goal was to produce music outside of their usual realms in a loose, open-ended format. The low-pressure process seems to’ve worked, as the resulting single “Before Your Eyes” is a nearly 8-minute cut showcasing their hazy, hopeful and hypnotic musical sensibilities. Stream the transportive track below.
Berlin producer Robot Koch has announced the release of upcoming album, Mirror, scheduled to drop April 25. Collaborating with Danish singer Sebastian Lind and producer John LaMonica, “Trouble (Robots Don’t Sleep)” is the name of the first single. From the song’s rousing percussion to the rumbling vocals, this one is undoubtedly, a heartbreaker.
It’s been awhile since we heard from London group Years & Years, so I was delighted to see that they had dropped another infectious single. Since their last standout self-released track “I Wish I Knew,” they have been picked up by French label, Kitsuné. Their latest number, “Real” has more of an electronic sound with some R&B elements mixed in — but it’s equally addictive — thanks in part to the charming vocals of frontman Olly Alexander.
For those unfamiliar with the group, UK’s Disorder Magazine had this to say about them: It’s as if Nina Simone is crooning a melodic lullaby to the folktronic lovechild of Beach House and Terry Riley. Touché.
Look out for the new Years & Years EP to drop on February 17.
Even if remixes aren’t generally your thing, you’re going to want to listen to this one. Diplo has reworked Grizzly Bear’s Shields B-side track “Will Calls” into a chilling (and thrilling) bass-filled event — retaining the merits of the original by keeping Ed Droste’s heartfelt vocals at the forefront. Check out this dynamic derivative below and follow the link to Soundcloud for a free download.
Inspired by the MS MR cover of LCD Soundsystem‘s “Dance Yrself Clean” at Black Cat a couple weeks ago, for this Throwback Thursday edition I thought I’d post one or two or four tracks of the now-defunct group.
Although the legendary NY-based group technically played their last concert in Madison Square Garden in 2011, frontman James Murphy is currently on tour doing his thing solo. He’s playing a DJ set at 930 Club Friday night, so in anticipation of the show, stream the tracks below and if you’re in the area go get your dance on tomorrow.
What’s your favorite LCDSS track? I’d love to know!
Black and white. Cityscapes. Pulsing synthpop with romantic underpinnings. Pretty much the trappings of an irresistible video/song marriage for me. The frenetic energy of “Miko” perfectly captures the beat of the city – making it the ideal soundtrack for any on-the-go activity. Download the new track by The Chain Gang of 1974 (moniker of Kamtin Mohager) in iTunes and look out for his sophomore LP scheduled to drop in 2014.