We first saw this American – Colombian (¡Viva Colombia!) pop singer on thisismyjam a few years back, and to be honest, although she seemed original, we didn’t take much notice, but that all changed last year while watching Jools Holland´s 25 years celebration show. She was brilliant, and since then we have been keeping an eye on her. Kali Uchis & Jorja Smith performing “Tyrant” on Later… with Jools Holland “The women I looked up to growing up were Frida and Billie Holiday, or Kelis. People wanted and admired them for how beautiful they were, but at the same time, Read more »
Fashion designer´s I am Harlequin may be minimal, but is far from simple. I Am Harlequin – Minimal In her own words the track “represents a bit of a departure from the traditional I Am Harlequin style – the opera-inspired tones, epic choirs and a general sense of grandeur. ‘Minimal’ is none of that. It is as the title of the song suggests – minimal.” I Am Harlequin or IAH is the alter ego of Germany born but London based music artist and fashion designer Anne Freier. The video was released on October 20th and director Sean Clancy plays with educational children shows. A Read more »
The bassist-extraordinaire teams up with a pair of yacht-rock legends for the low-slung funk of ‘Show You The Way’, with this new sequel video. Stephen ‘Thundercat’ Bruner has been making quite a name for himself in recent years having previously spent 11 years playing with punk/thrash legends Suicidal Tendencies as well as making a nme for himself as a top session musician, working with Erykah Badu and Kendrick Lamar amongst others. His third solo album Drunk – from which this track is taken – was released earlier this year, and now we have this brand new video, directed by Katarzyna Read more »
This song is hanging in my mind. The video makes me think of the seventies, and the song makes me want to sit in the park, lay on the grass and listen. She makes me think of Natalie Prass. She did spend a semester in Nashville, so perhaps that is why. Maybe something in the air? I would not be surprised. Faye Webster is a 19-year-old singer from Atlanta who went back to her hometown to develop her career there under the label of her friends’ Awful Records. Maybe working with Hip-Hop artists makes her folk sound current and relevant. This video Read more »
After a two-year break, Hercules & Love Affair (DJ Andy Butler´s disco/dance/house lovechild) released a video for their single ‘Controller’ featuring English front-man for The Horrors, Faris Badwan. The video is directed by artist Rei Nadal and has Emmy award winner cinematographer Franklin Dow as Director of Photography, but if you look at the video, the dancer with the bandages feels reminiscent of a Lucian Freud painting. Except for the giant floating dark lips and platinum teeth, which pretty much makes me think of Nine Inch Nails and Marilyn Manson also. Will it be another Blind? I don’t think anyone can predict that, Read more »
Thomas Dybdahl releases a video and new single from his acclaimed album The Great Plains. Hailing from Norway, Dybdahl has been around for a decade and a half-ish now with The Great Plains being his seventh studio album. His voice is rich and engaging and his music full of warmth and pathos and languid emotion. That said, this new single sees Dybdahl getting almost, well, funky, the geeky lo-fi groove coming across a bit like Beck meets Whitest Boy Alive. We love it, and the album, and Dybdahl generally. We hope you do too.
Only a few days have gone by since the band released its new video, and it’s already stirring controversy among mental health workers and institutions, who think the video taps into wrong stereotypes. The English band from Leicester had a great year last year and this album is a reflection of it. Guitarist and vocalist Serge Pizzorno said: “I wrote a proper feel-good album. It’s just the pure positive and complete opposite of what’s going on at the moment because that’s where I was as a human being. “This was my reaction against the rest of the world.” I think maybe Read more »
Cones is the sound of Los Angeles brothers Jonathan and Michael Rosen and ‘Echoes On’ is their infectious debut single. Not only that, but it comes with a fabulous hand-drawn animated video created by Jonathon who also happens to be an accomplished artist and animator, having created videos for Toro Y Moi, Delicate Steve, and of course Eleanor Friedberger with whom the Rosen brothers used to play. ‘Echoes On’ is taken from a forthcoming E.P. called ‘Whatever You’re Into’. We hope an album follows some time soon.
The Shins have released two versions, each with its own video, for their new song, They have done the same to all the songs on their new album ‘Heartworm’. Every song will have two versions. We applaud this and can’t wait to listen to their different takes on each song. No longer the naive – happy-go-lucky-band we feel in love with around the time of, and maybe because of Garden State, the band and front man have decided to embrace the dark side. Version A This version has a more straightforward guitar and a deeper groove. Kind of grungy even. But Read more »
Australian 5-piece indie outfit Dappled Cities are back with their first new music in six years. Having released their first album, A Smile, all the way back in 2004, and then 3 more since, all critically lauded, Dappled Cities have been at this for a while now. It would be tempting to call them Australia’s best-kept secret or something equally cliched but the truth is they settled in the States some years ago where they have now become one of their best-kept secrets instead. Hopefully this new single, coupled with an intriguing video featuring a man seemingly alone in an Read more »
The new single from this American noise-rock band is taken from their forthcoming album Why Love Now. Pissed Jeans, who get bonus points for that band name, have been with Sub Pop for a decade now, and Why Love Now will be their fourth long-player for them (their fifth in total). ‘The Bar Is Low’ is the first single to be taken from it and the accompanying video is a hilarious swipe at macho-man masculinity set in the gym. It’s the infectious thundering riff driving the song that is the winner here though, and this should be played at high-volume Read more »
Blondie have premiered their new video and song ‘Fun’, taken from their upcoming album ‘Pollinator’. Singer and pop icon Debbie Harry has become a beekeeper, and she is sharing that new found passion with us mere mortals. The song is about someone wanting to go back home, home being Mars, and warns about the dangers of having too much fun, but the band advocate on the importance of fun. They are very vocal at the moment, speaking against Trump and the importance of activism in these times. It is fitting to quote them quoting someone else. “Quoting Emma Goldman, ‘If I Read more »
Dave Longstreth’s experimental outfit are back with this deliciously weird collaboration with singer Dawn Richard. Like many people, I first became aware of Dirty Projectors via 2009’s Bitte Orca album and the single ‘Stillness Is The Move’, a waaay left-of-centre take on R&B that almost became some kind of hit record. Bitte Orca itself was even broader in scope and defied any kind of easy categorisation, a truly out-there pop record which displayed Longstreth’s ability to take disparate elements and fuse them in to something unexpected. And so it is with ‘Cool Your Heart’ which actually sounds odder on the third Read more »
Released on January 27, and already with more than 2 million views, Jamiroquai are back with a new song, video and album after a 7-year hiatus. In Jay Kay´s words: “The inspiration for Automaton is in recognition of the rise of artificial intelligence and technology in our world today and how we as humans are beginning to forget the more pleasant, simple, and eloquent things in life and in our environment including our relationship with one another as human beings,” Their 8th album, also called Automaton, brings the signature funk style back, but the sound is feisty, it is poignant Read more »
The latest video release from this French artist is winningly strange and funky. Pascal Arbez-Nicolas aka Vitalic has been around for a good few years now. His 2005 debut lp Ok Cowboy was a particular favourite of one half of this blog back in the day and since then he’s been pretty busy, with his fourth studio album proper Vitalic (there’s also a live album and a DJ mix album). I guess you would describe his sound as electroclash disco with attitude if you were looking for a description. But I’m not, so suffice to say it made me jiggle my Read more »