The sun has made an effort these last few days and I've got a couple of good tracks suitable to see out the summer before things take a turn for the cold. We've got everything from sunny electronica, weirdo hip-hop and the return of some alt rock veterans to feast your ears upon (can you feast with your ears, that doesn't sound right...). Anyway, happy listening!
Karen O – The Moon Song This new track by The Yeah Yeah Yeahs front woman will feature on the upcoming Spike Jonze film Her, its a short and intimate acoustic number that provides a nice little reminder that she can do soft murmurs just as well as harsh shrieks. The film itself, which will star Joaquin Phoenix and Scarlett Johansson, is gonna hit the screens the December and will have a soundtrack written by Arcade Fire. Karen O also contributed to the soundtrack of Jonze's previous film Where the Wild Things Are. Arcade fire also have a new album, called Reflektor, out in October. In the meantime you can check the trailer for Her right here.
Roosevelt – Elliot This single from Cologne based singer/producer Roosevelt sounding like a cross between Air France and Caribou's last record Swim, the track has the kind of light Balearic groove that makes for a perfect sun glazed dance track, just in time for the end of the summer. The relative newcomer will be dropping his debut EP, also titled Elliot, next week on Greco-Roman.
Sebadoh – State of Mind Pitchfork premièred this track from the forthcoming Sebadoh release, coming after a fourteen year hiatus, and they pretty much sound the same as always which, at least to me, is no bad thing. Over the course of three minutes they make the kind of noisy hookworm that they made a career out of through the nineties. Defend Yourself is released worldwide on September 17th on Joyful Noise Recordings.
Danny Brown – ODB
Here's a track from Danny Browns forthcoming LP OLD. Checking out some of the talk around Danny's new album led to thinking he was taking things in a more serious direction but this cut from the record is as strange and warped as anything he done before. Some psychedelic sample is twisted and messed with over the tracks two minute duration as Danny performs the kind of erratic verse that made XXX such a compelling album. OLD is out September 29 on Fools Gold and will feature collaborations from Purity Ring, Charli XCX, A$AP Rocky, Schoolboy Q, Rustie and Fools Gold-boss A-Trak.
San Mei - Brighter Here's a new discovery, well at least for me. San Mei is a purveyor of lush electronic dream pop and on this new single from the Aussie indie pop singer, whose real name is Emily Hamilton, mixes up drum machine beats with her dreamy voice and washed out synths. The single is out on Tidal Wave records next month.
Lucius – Tempest
The duel vocalists Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig shine here at the centre of this catchy new single from Brooklyn band Lucius. This reverb drenched, 60s influenced track is a lot more fuller sounding than their previous songs and will show up on their new record Wildewoman, out on 15 October on Mom + Pop Music.
Darkside – Golden Arrow
And last up we have the first track from a collaboration between New York-based DJ and producer Nicolas Jaar and guitarist Dave Harrington, via his new “serial label”, Other People. According to Jarr more music will be released “Like a magazine, we deliver new content each week. Every Sunday, our members receive a new issue,” he says. You can get hold of this rather epic 11 minute opening track from their debut LP for free on the Darkside website.
Thanks for reading, I'll try and be back next week.