Jay Loyola

NEW MUSIC: Poliça – “Tiff” feat. Justin Vernon of Bon Iver



Ahhh! The brilliant electro-pop outfit, Poliça (aka Polica) have finally returned! The Minneapolis’ group\collective comprised of chanteuse Channy Caselle from Roma di Luna, Ryan Olson of Gayngs, Vampire Hands guitarist Chris Bierden, and drummers (that’s right, there are two) Drew Christopherson from Digitata and Ben Ivascu recently made an appearance at Coachella and premiered a new track called “Tiff” featuring Bon Iver’s frontman, Justin Vernon.

The gorgeous new tune is a soulful midnight-jam with a ghostly vibe that beautifully drifts above Channy Leaneagh and Justin Vernon’s melancholy vocals. Simply incredible tune. Take a listen!

I’m hopping to hear a new album announcement any day now. Xing fingers!

 PoliçaiTunes / Facebook




DC-based duo, PLOY (Gil Wojcik and Justin Victoria) recently appeared on our radar via their shimmering and breeze electro-pop gem “XIX”. The sweet summery lyrics and brilliant “Love me like you did when we were only nineteen” hook of the track is right on-par in quality, creativity and refinement as anything done by electro-pop masters, Hot Chip and Chromeo.

A few days ago the duo resurfaced with another incredibly brilliant tune called, “VRDSNT.”  The song is a sunny and bubbly synth-pop track led by the dreamy and inviting chorus “If you want it babe, just come on over, just come on over.” The hook is wrapped in melodic synth and steel drum kicks that add an island-tinged nostalgic effect. The track is absolutely brilliant!!

Take a listen!

Follow PLOY on Facebook to grab a free download of “XIX” now!

PLOYBandcamp Facebook Official Site

AUSTRA – “Home” [Official Video]


Toronto’s electro-pop-goth outfit, AUSTRA has unveiled the official video for “Home,” the lead single from the band’s forthcoming record, Olympia.

The video, directed by Noel Paul & Stefan Moore (aka THAT GO), is mostly shot in a single long-take and is as transfixing and haunting as Katie Stelmanis’ vocals.

A simple and intimate concept, we hoped to capture the sadness and longing of the track in one take through a two-way mirror. The video is directed by THAT GO, a brilliant director-duo from Seattle responsible for one of my favorite videos of all time: Royksopp’s “The Drug.”

I can’t wait to hear the new record!

Olympia arrives June 17/18 via Domino and Paper Bag Records.

Austra’s tour dates below.

Austra (iTunes) (Facebook)


03-13 Austin, TX – Vice Land (Vice SXSW)
03-14 Austin, TX – Hype Hotel (Hype Machine SXSW)
03-15 Austin, TX – The Mohawk (Windish SXSW)
03-16 Austin, TX – Elysium (Moog SXSW)
03-16 Austin, TX – Old Emo’s (Brooklynvegan SXSW)
06-02 Dublin, IE – Fobidden Fruit
06-06 Zurich, SE – Plaza
06-07 Luzerne, SE – Sudpol
06-08 Yverdon-les Bains, SE – L’Amalgame
06-10 Amsterdam, NL – Bitterzoet
06-12 Paris, FR – Le Nouveau Casino
06-14 Berlin, DE – Lido
06-17 London, UK – Hoxton Bar Grill
06-20 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
06-23 Los Angeles, LA – Troubadour
06-26 San Francisco, CA – The Independent



Electro-goth-pop princess, Charli XCX and pop-queen of diamonds, Marina and The Diamonds team-up for a seductive, delicious, criminally good new tune called,  “Just Desserts.”

The collabo is in support of the duo’s upcoming North American tour kicking off May 6th in San Francisco, CA.  The song is thought to be an Electra Heart leftover, a reworked version of a song called The Other Foot. (below)

Take a listen to the empowering, ‘revenge is sweet’ anthem below!

Follow this LINK to download the track.

Silverstar – “Music Is Magic” [Official Video]


Music is magic indeed!!

Check out this glorious, irresistible, nu-disco tune called ‘Music is Magic’ by Australian duo, Silverstar. The magical tune is accompanied by a bright and lighthearted video that reminds us that there’s magic in every moment. Directed by Tim White, the video follows a young boy around the streets of Morocco as he discovers different experiences and people in the nooks of the city.

‘Music is Magic’ is available now via iTunes and Beatport.

Silverstar  iTunes  Beatport

A.N.D.Y. Feat. Dominique Young Unique – “Pushing EP”


After setting dancefloors on fire with the house jam, “Pump it up” featuring rap\vocalist Nyemiah Supreme, Belgium producer, Andy Faisca aka A.N.D.Y. unleashes his follow up single, “Pushing.”

The progressive electronic stomper features the fresh rhyme delivery of up-and-coming female rapper, Dominique Young Unique over A.N.D.Y.’s magical throbbing production. Take a listen!

 A.N.D.Y. (BeatportDominique Young Unique (Facebook)

Boris Dlugosch feat. Róisín Murphy – “Look Around You” [Official Video]


German producer, Boris Dlugosch and electro-pop-dance diva, Róisín Murphy’s magical collaboration, Look Around You” finally gets an official video! Sadly though, the forgettable video does not include a milli-second nor a single shot of the regal pop diva. Big mistake!!! Couldn’t they have, at least, flashed a photo or include a CD, vinyl or a poster of the divine Ms. Murphy lying around somewhere in the video?! This is not your typical run-of-the-mill vocalist—-this is Róisín Murphy for god’s sake! She deserves screen time! Ugh!!!

Oh well, moving on… In positive news, the single arrives with a set of remixes by Raik, Chopstick and Johnjon, and Maxi Soundsystem via Beatport. Preview some of the tracks below.

What’s your thoughts on the video?

Róisín Murphy (iTunes) (Beatport)

Little Boots – “Broken Record” [Official Video]


On the eve of the release of her highly anticipated sophomore album Nocturnes, Little Boots unveils the video for lead single Broken Record, a swirling, hypnotic after-dark odyssey directed by the Au Agency (Alunageorge).

Nocturnes is now streaming exclusively on Pitchfork, so head-on over to give it a spin! http://pitchfork.com/advance/82-nocturnes/

Broken Record is available now via Beatport. Nocturnes arrives May 7!

Little Boots (iTunes) (Facebook) (Beatport)


2/5: Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex

3/5: San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop

4/5: Philadelphia, PA @ Voyeur (Making Time)

5/5: Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair

7/7: Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

8/5: Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall

14/5: Manchester, UK @ Gorilla

15/5: London, UK @ Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club??(SOLD OUT)

17/5: Singapore, @ Fashion Forward After Party (LBD)

8/6: Aberdeen, UK @ The Garage, (LBD)

28/6: Somerset, UK @ Glastonbury (LBD)

11/7: Spain, @ ?BBK Festival, Bilbao

13/7: Bristol, UK @ 02 Academy (LBD)

9/8: Hungary @ Sziget festival

5/8: Portugal, @ Paredes De Coura Festival

17/8: Austria, @Frequency festival

Emika – “Searching” [New Single + New Album]



Mesmerizing, electronic-dark-chanteuse, EMIKA returns with a brand new album entitled, DVA and new single, Searching.”

The new track is a slow burning gem that swirls in darkness. Bittersweet lyrics of faith and deception are beautifully delivered by Emika’s sultry vocals; while bouncy basslines and synthesized drums add a touch of R&B groove to the smoky track.

Emika shares:

‘[Searching] is a song about deception, feeling the intentional deceit of someone close to you, and sucking the lies out from their eyes.

A few days ago Emika previewed her next single, “Sing to Me” via her Facebook page. The track is one of her most pop-friendly tunes yet—Although “Sing to Me” is a danceable song, it still offers the same poetic and dark lyricism we’ve come to know and love from the singer. “Sing to me in the dark, sing to me as the pain falls away” Emika softly croons above the melodic keyboard riff and hypnotizing club beats.

I’ve have been following Emika from the very beginning. Her debut album made it to our list of Best Albums of 2011; so needless to say I’m a huge fan. I’m extremely excited she’s finally visiting New York City on May 24 for a live performance! I’ll finally get to see her live (tickets here.) Be sure to visit her official site for more North American tour dates and to download her cover of  Chris Isaak‘s “Wicked Game.”

Emika’s “Searching – EP” is available now via Ninja Tune. DVA arrives June 10.

Emika (iTunes) (Facebook) (Ninjashop) (Official Site)

Ali Love feat. Kali – “Emperor” [Official Video]


British singer/songwriter/producer, Ali Love returns with “Emperor,” his first solo release since 2010’s eclectic dance record, Love Harder.

The groovy, deep-house cut features the sweet, lush vocals of singer, Kali and it’s accompanied by an eerie dreamlike video that can best be described as Kill Bill meets Michel Gondry (Bjork, Beck, Radiohead videos). Take a look.

If the name Ali Love doesn’t immediately pop— maybe the tracks below will refresh your memory. He was featured on The Chemical Brothers’ “Do It Again” and Justice’s “Civilization.” He’s also a member of the incredible up-and-coming dance-house outfit, Hot Natured; whom we’ve featured several times on the blog.

 “Emperor” is available now via Crosstown Rebels and Beatport.

Ali Love (iTunes) (Facebook) (Beatport)


Do it Again.

Janelle Monáe – Q.U.E.E.N. Featuring Erykah Badu


Janelle Monáe and Erykah Badu join forces to deliver Q.U.E.E.N. the first single from Monáe’s upcoming studio album, “The Electric Lady.

The petite funky diva announced the collaboration a few weeks back on her website via this clever teaser.


 Well, Q.U.E.E.N has finally arrived and is fantastic! The empowering anthem is a funky fusion of old-school R&B, Jazz with a touch of a Big Band flare. The funky divas sing and rhyme back-and-forth about intolerance, religion, cattiness and the right to be a freak. “THE BOOTY DON’T LIE”

“This song is inspired by private conversations she and I have had and continue to have,” Monae told Billboard backstage at Coachella earlier this month. “She’s a great friend to me; she’s like a big sister and it’s a song about private dialogue that she and I have had.”

 Q.U.E.E.N is available now via iTunes!

Janelle Monáe (iTunes) (Facebook)

NONONO – “Pumpin Blood” [Official Video]


If there was any doubt that Swedish indie\pop\rock outfit, NONONO is one of the most exciting acts to emerge this year; maybe their latest video and song, “Pumping Blood” will officially clear that up.

Watch the cool new video for the catchy, energetic and contagious, “Pumping Blood!”

And it’s your heart, it’s alive It’s pumping blood And the whole wide world is whistling!

NONONO (Facebook) (Soundcloud)

More on the up-and-coming band in a previous post here.