[Boards of Canada]
After being dangled in front of cult-like fan’s drooling chops for months, Boards of Canada have given us the first proper taste of their forthcoming album, “Tomorrow’s Harvest”. This preview is in the form of a youtube video; the ambient single “Reach for the Dead”, set to a beautiful video -directed by Neil Krug- that spans saturated landscapes and defunct structures.
“Tomorrow’s Harvest” is out on Bleep; June 10th in Europe, and June 11th in North America.
Pre-order the album here.
A few days back, Patrick Holland (pictured above) premiered a visual interpretation of “ Solow,” one of our favorite tunes from his Time Waste EP, which was released last October by Jellyfish Recordings. Courtesy of Arrius videograhy, the video features an aptly fragmented collage of images of the stunning natural landscapes for which British Columbia is widely known.
Photo by Ziad Ramley
Suddenly I’m hit-
A meteor aflame streaks through the sky and eventually touches down on Earth in James Blake’s latest video for “Retrograde,” the lead single off his forthcoming album, Overgrown. This is the third time that Martin De Thurah has produced a film for one of Blake’s singles- the two previously paired up on “Limit To Your Love” and “Lindisfarne”.
The video was filmed just outside Copenhagen the day before the previous Mayan calendar ended (i.e. December 21st, 2012), a fact which illuminates the piece’s inspiration.
LA-based duo Peaking Lights recently premiered Lucifer In Dub, a thoughtful collection of edits of songs lifted from the Lucifer LP, which was released earlier this year.
The opening track, “Beautiful Dub” (a take on “Beautiful Son”) has been paired with a appropriately psychedelic video composed of vintage surf footage. A friend of the producers, Mike Seely, conjured up the visual interpretation.
Asma Maroof and Daniel Pineda, the pair behind the experimental bass-driven act Nguzunguzu, just released a video complimenting one of their latest pieces, “Smoke Alarm.” The multi-sonic track debuted a few months back on their Warm Pulse EP but, if you didn’t know better, you’d think that the song and video were made simultaneously. Often playing like a malfunctioning VHS tape, the scenes feature something like an L.E.D. lightshow imposed on images of a rather dreary home (save for the burning coffee table). Their visual interpretation fits neatly into the leading leftfield aesthetic that the duo has coined.
And if you missed it, catch up on our interview with them here.
Nosaj Thing’s latest piece, which features vocals from Blonde Redhead’s Kazu Makino, has just received the video treatment. This kaleidoscopic light show is courtesy of directors Daito Manabe, takcom, Satoru Higa, and MIKIKO, as well as The Creators Project who produced the project.
The result of an apparently enthralling session at Brooklyn’s Moonlab Studios, ‘Nothing So Great,’ achieves a bitter sweet nuance. I could make a James Blake comparison, but that would be too easy. Oh, well, too late.
Enjoy the film, the free download, and look forward to more from Evelyn Mason and Jeremiah Klein. They are Evy Jane.
[Archy Marshall, a.k.a. King Krule]
In typical fashion, Archy Marshall – King Krule – bears his bluesy soul with his ‘new’ single, Rock Bottom. The moody track is paired with visual accompaniment: Cacti-faced girlfriend, dainty wrists, putrid oil soup, wimpy facial hair, a concert with no audience, sucker punches, and sand kicked into the wind. If you felt the same shivers I did, head over to Rinse FM to pick up your copy.
[Arian Asllani, a.k.a. Action Bronson]
The most recent addition to Vice Records, Action Bronson, was gracious enough to give away the first cut off of his upcoming Rare Chandeliers mix-tape. The Symbol features masterful production by The Alchemist; a late 60s guitar riff over natural instrumental accompaniment. Action Bronson’s morbid stature is only matched by his equally morbid flow.
Download || Action Bronson – The Symbol [recommended]
The 3 minute track is paired with visual auxiliary; Bronson himself living the life of an esteemed coke lord: hilarity.
Hours ago, Ms. Banks issued the visual accompaniment to 1991. This is the latest instalment in her fashionably clad rampage over the rap game.
See Previously: Azealia Banks | Liquorice (Video)
[Claire Boucher, a.k.a, Grimes]
The video for Genesis is one step into the weird workings of Claire Boucher’s mind. The self-directed piece features Grimes and stripper/rapper Brooke Candy spiritually gallivanting in front of various settings. Genesis is taken from the album, Visions, out now on 4AD/Arbutus.
See previously: LOL Boys | Changes (Shlohmo Remix)
It’s so easy to fall in love-
As you may have expected, A$AP‘s latest syrup-drenched single comes equipped with a NSFW video, directed by the pretty motherfucker himself.
Through a smoky haze, the camera pans in slo-mo over the illicit nocturnal activities of A$AP and friends while the man’s voice rides high over a blurry Buddy Holly sample.
“Purple Kisses” can be found on A$AP‘s forthcoming mixtape Lord$ Never Worry, which will feature the mob in their entirety.
21-year-old Ryan Hemsworth is the latest member to join the “professionally unprofessional” Wedidit crew and when asked to describe his sound as a type of food, he probably couldn’t have given a better answer.
“Kitchen sink cookies, and well baked. There are a lot of artists making kitchen sink cookies and taking them out before the buzzer goes off or putting more than they should into them. Fresh buttery cookies off the pan into your ears.”
(via Yours Truly)
“Charly Wingate,” the first single to be let go from Hemsworth’s forthcoming EP Last Words, is a subtly sinister jam- a smoky, rap-smeared lullaby woven together by infectious beats that keep your head bobbing long after the song is though. Octave Abaji and Hector de la Vallee of the Fusils a Pompe Graphic Squad composed the accompanying video.
Last Words drops on August 21st complete with reworks by Shlohmo and friends.
We used to get closer than this-
The xx‘s sophomore LP was composed and recorded mainly in a room lined with black velvet. The room wasn’t exactly soundproof and the material worked to muffle the noise. One can only imagine the effect that writing in that atmosphere would have on the soundscapes of the record.
“Chained” is the second song to emerge from Coexist and is accompanied by a psychedelic video (which resembles something like an eardrum), just like the first, “Angels.” In an interview with Pitchfork, singer/guitarist Romy Croft confessed that this time around, some of the songs were written “from a more observational role,” rather than from direct experience. However, that change doesn’t seem to even slightly affect the intimate nature of their sound. Stream the official version of “Chains” below.
See previously: The xx | Angels
Peter Marsden and Dominic Flannigan shot, directed and animated the first video off of TNGHT‘s exceptional debut record. The visual translation is just as quirky and captivating as you would expect, considering the nature (and title) of the lead single, “Bugg’n.”
8prn is a young, Vancouver-based producer known legally by the name of Patrick Holland. Aligned with Jellyfish Recordings, Patrick has been said to offer eager listeners “downtempo IDM, filled with field recordings, off-kilter beats, lo-fi samples, and tweaked vocals.” [via 2012.newformsfestival.com]
The single, About Me, was set free by the artist but 4 months ago and features the likes of an original recording from fellow Vancouver-based vocalist, Francesca Belcourt. The chemistry between Patrick and Francesca is nothing short of delectable.
Download || About Me ft. Francesca Belcourt – 8prn [recommended]
Below is the official video for About Me, portraying the two artists recording the single ‘off of the floor’ (-live.)
Jerome (pictured above) of LOL Boys put together this visual accompaniment to the title track of their debut EP, Changes. The video features a slew of friends and friends of friends grooving to their summery, soulful single. It’s worth a moment of your time.
Earlier today, Jasper Patterson premiered the video for the title track as well as a remix, courtesy of FoF affiliate Tomas Barfod. Patterson commissioned The Great Nordic Sword Fights, a multimedia story-telling duo, to bring his sound to image and we suspect that the result is more than he could have hoped for. Watch the video, compiled of vintage film clips, below and see for yourself.
Barfod’s take on the nostalgic, 80s inspired track is a pleasant surprise also. Through extending the tune to seven minutes and emphasizing that four-to-the-floor kick, the Danish producer manages to mold “TV Dream” into a more accessible, dance-floor oriented tune while maintaining those sophisticated video game vibes.
‘Whilst everyone’s making trap, were just making something else.”
TNGHT, the boisterous super-group comprised of Hudson Mohawke and Lunice, released the video for the single, Higher Ground, yesterday morning. The video propels already high anticipation for the self-titled EP’s release on July 23rd/24th through Warp, and Lucky Me records.
Pre Order the TNGHT EP here.
This morning, The xx debuted the the first taste of their upcoming album Coexist. The track titled “Angels” is a sombre yet heartwarming piece that leaves you extremely satisfied. Much like older work, this track is brimming with honest emotion and a tempered ambiance that proves The xx show no signs of musical aging.
Pre-order Coexist here.