In their first ever video interview, The One and Only PPL MVR tells Billboard about the band’s origins and tour plans.
“We come from the mouth of God and the all-encompassing oneness,” Snowball explains. “Look for us in your dreams.”
Watch the interview here!
The One and Only PPL MVR is spinning at radio now!
“Darling Arithmetic shows that Conor O’Brien (aka Villagers) exists in a world unto himself,” writes Paste Magazine on the Irish folk singer’s gorgeous new album.
By the third time through, the nine songs on Villagers’ new album sound like you’ve known them all your life. […] O’Brien writes lyrics with a novelist’s eye for subtle detail, honing his songs into tight, lean narratives that are often at their most personal, and revealing, on Darling Arithmetic.
Read the full review here!
Darling Arithmetic is at radio NOW!
The electronic duo OOFJ aren’t typical west coasters.
They avoid the sunny beaches of LA and instead relish in those moments spent lounging in dark rooms watching films - hence, their very obviously cinematic-inspired sound in their latest release Acute Feast. Not to mention, they provided the stellar score for Lars Von Trier’s recent movie Melancholia.
CLASH magazine investigated the sound behind OOFJ and have concluded their music is the perfect “Dark pop for widescreen fantasies,” while OOFJ’s Jenno and Katherine have other ideas:
“The sweeping symphonia and creeping strings in their tracks have the potential to transform your car trip to Tesco into something Polanski-directed. While Katherine’s soprano shape-shifts between something sickly-sweet and more sinister. ‘I like the idea of the music making life more like you’re living in your own novel,’ reveals Katherine. While for Jenno it’s best in the bathroom. ‘Showering before going out to our music is great, maybe, it’s slinky - a normal yet sexy thing to do’ he says.”
Head over to CLASH to check out the rest and watch OOFJ’s music video for “I Forgive You”.
Acute Feast unleashes via Ring the Alarm 4/21 and is already picking up spins from radio stations worldwide. Don’t be outta the loop!
Martin Gore, co-founder of Depeche Mode, is a charming fellow in person and through his music.
Ned Raggett of The Quietus sits down with Mr. Gore for word over his upcoming, all-instrumental solo LP MG.
The more I thought about [recording a solo album], the more I liked the idea, because it was something new and different, something I’d never done before. I did the project with Vince; that was very, very different. That was purely a techno album where this is kind of atmospheric and filmic.
Read the full interview here!
MG drops April 28th via Mute Records.
Our enthusiasm for Hop Along’s new record Painted Shut is undeniable -
Let’s take a moment outta the busy work day to appreciate and tune into their lead single “Waitress” like the folks at Album of the Year have done. Click above to get psyched.
May the 4th marks the day you can grab a copy of one of the most anticipated albums of the year (pun intended) via Saddle Creek!
No one tells Mitski what to do! She creates intelligent emotionally-driven ballads that drive stakes into the hearts of women, men as well as coming-of-age boys and girls.
Okay, so this part might not be news; but her recent cover of One Direction’s “Fireproof” certainly is. Her rendition of this popular song strips it of its Top 40 standing with adding her fail-proof rage and energy. Although it’s a stand-out cover, she refuses to claim it’s better or “more thoughtful.”
According to Billboard:
Brooklyn’s Mitski Miyawaki, who goes by her first name onstage and in the studio, has some thoughts about the much-discussed dichotomy between so-called “indie” music and Top 40. “We seem to de-legitimize music that has a majority of young girl fans and think of it as having less cultural value,” she tells Billboard. “Isn’t that strange? I’m not down with the elitism of indie rock music, where it considers itself to be more ‘serious’ or 'intelligent’ than mainstream pop. That thought often has nothing to do with the composition or political motivations of the music as it’s conveyed to be about, and more to do with its production, 'aesthetic,’ and just another kind of branding.”
Listen for yourself. Head over to Billboard for the original and Mitski’s version.
Bury Me at Makeout Creek is out on Don Giovanni and is going for spins at radio NOW!
Watch Hudson Mohawke’s live debut of “Ryderz” at The Fader Fort, presented by Converse.
While the track is incredible, Travi$ Scott seems to be the only one in the crowd with any visible emotional reaction. What did you think?
Lantern drops 6/15 via Warp Records.
Steve Madden has revealed a big o’ style crush on TORRES - the details from their recent visit to Mackenzie Scott’s chic NY abode up on the site along with a sweet and simple interview. Some highlights include:
Eternal style muse? Johnny Depp in the ‘90s.
Go-to outfit? Black tapered pants, black blazer, either a Hanes T-shirt or some sort of a black button-down and boots.
Your most prized possession? My Gibson guitar, my family gave it to me a couple of years ago.
What would be your life theme song? Jewel - I’m Sensitive
Dig into the fun interview here and find out more about the brooding voice behind one of SXSW break-out hits of 2015!
TORRES’ full length Sprinter comes as a special treat to radio this week, while the album unleashes to the general public on 5/5 brought to us by our pals at Partisan Records.
Zinja Hlungwani aka Nozinja sits down
with Boiler Room to discuss his recent partnership with Warp, his innovative
approach to collaborations and hopes for the future in South African Music:
“Nozinja occupies a unique place in the South African electronic music world. Where others have taken house or hip hop as their template and hybridised these with local styles to create something new, he is the producer who has most unabashedly used traditional rhythms – the hyper-speed percussion of the Shangaan dances he attended in Soweto – as his base. The style he invented as a result, Shangaan electro, has been a runaway success.”
Read the interview here and don’t miss out on Nozinja’s debut album, Nozinja Lodge, which drops 6/2 via Warp Records!