NEW TODAY: The Preatures drop their long-awaited debut full-length; Christopher Owens (formerly of Girls — the acclaimed indie band not the acclaimed TV show) releases his second solo effort; danceable new music from French eletro-pop act Yelle; UK producer SBTRKT returns with a huge supporting cast; the band behind that song in Drive, Electric Youth, puts out their debut LP;Röyksopp gives us a peak at the first single from their final album; RAC spins up a couple new mixes; plus new stuff from Baths, Jon Hopkins, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. and Young & Sick.
Be honest: It’s always a bittersweet victory when a band you love rockets from obscurity to the main stage. But with Aussie’s the Preatures, it’s been deserved. Last year, I called their (now) hit single “Is This How You Feel?” one of the best songs of 2013. While the rest of the material from their EPs to date paled in comparison to the immediate urgency of “ITHYF“‘s rocking tick-tock tempo, seeing the band’s solid live show at SXSW this year proved the material they had in the pipeline should be fuel enough to propel them past being a one-hit wonder. See their debut LP’s current single: Somebody’s Talking.
The mask-rocking London-based electronic artist returns with his second SBTRKT full-length release a stacked collaborative roster, including Jessie Ware, and Warpaint's Emily Kokal. While the album isn’t on Spotify yet, a grip of singles from the album are, including songs featuring Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig, Chairlift's Caroline Polachek, Raury, A$AP Ferg, Denai Moore, and one of the four tracks featuring longtime collaborator Sampha.
The former Girls frontman drops solo release No. 2 with the help of at least three members of his old band. With heavy gospel, country and R&B influences, The New York Times says, “There are some quite serious by-the-numbers clichés of American music here, which might be more problematic if the record weren’t so suffused with a spirit of trust — in idealized relationships, in his favorite musical sources, perhaps in clichés themselves.”
The French electro-pop duo get production assistance from Dr. Luke, who’s had a hand in pop hits from Kelly Clarkson and Katy Perry, for their latest.
The Vermont-based folk artist’s second album is produced by Valgeir Sigurðsson (Björk, Feist), was recorded in Iceland and features jazz guitarist Bill Frisell.
The Canadian dreamy synth-pop duo best known for their collaboration with College on the Drive soundtrack release their first full-length album.
The Tennessee rockers cover Beck, Pixies, My Bloody Valentine, and Teenage Fanclub.
Nicolas Jaar's label Other People compilation features new music from the man himself, Darkside, and others.
The first track from the Norwegian duo’s upcoming (and final) album, The Inevitable End. It follows their recent collaborative EP with Robyn.
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