Alt. & Indie

Nu Music: Milk and Bone – “New York” [Debut Single]

Listen to ‘New York’ the stunning debut track by Montreal’s Milk and Bone comprised of Camille Poliquin and Laurence Lafond-Baulne. The very first words that came to mind upon first listen were; “like a feather drifting on air in a cold winter’s day”—  when music makes you visualize something as poetic as a weightless feather floating on air then you know it’s something special. From the start, the downtempo, minimalist ‘New York’ slowly captivates at every drum-kick and snare, only letting go at the bridge, when it breaks into a mixture of static, electronic sounds. And although the production here is simply flawless; it’s the duo’s broody, whispering vocals that will take you to heavenly places.

Listen and share your thoughts on Milk and Bone’s debut below. Click HERE to grab a free download of the track.

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Nu Music: VÉRITÉ – “STRANGE ENOUGH” [Debut Single]

Listen to NYC songstress VÉRITÉ’s stunning debut called ‘Strange Enough’. Co-penned and produced by Elliot Jacobson, the track explores the emotional struggles of an ill-fated relationship. Cause I wanna fall, but every time you leave me down on the floor, picturing the ways we move, cause nothing ever stays the same”  VÉRITÉ  gently sings during the song’s soaring chorus. ‘Strange Enough’ is quite the introduction; musically, it recalls the early work of 90s pop singer Dido mixed with the shimmering, electropop magic of Ellie Goulding—a simply gorgeous mixture. Listen!

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Bat for Lashes – “Skin Song” [New Track]

Listen to Bat for Lashes’ gorgeous contribution to Body Of Songs, the music and science venture that brings together Britain’s most talented musicians and medical experts to create a collection of songs inspired by the organs of the human body.

Guided by medical experts including pathologists, neurologists and stem cell scientists; the artists where given lessons about individual parts of the anatomy and then asked them to create a song based on their chosen organ or body part. Below is “Skin Song,” Natasha Khan’s moving contribution to the project. “The song is from the perspective of an old lady looking back on her life through thoughts of the history in her skin.”

Although, Body Of Songs isn’t an entirely new idea; Bjork explored this subject with Medulla  and somewhat with Biophillia; I find the subject of Biology as an inspiration to create music simply fascinating—lyrically and musically, the results are always emotionally captivating. Take a listen!

Body Of Songs will feature songs by Ghostpoet and Goldie, amongst others. More details in the video below.

 

Indian Summer – “Shiner” Featuring Ginger & The Ghost

Australian production-duo Indian Summer comprised of Gabe Gleeson and Chevy Long are back with a brand new single, “Shiner.” “Shiner” is a bit of a departure from the duo’s typical, vibrant, electro-house productions; instead, the duo explores a darker territory using heavy house synth and thumping drums to create a truly diverse and unique sonic tale. Assisting on the track is the sumptuous vocals of Missy from Ginger & The Ghost. Her lush vocals sweetly glides throughout the song intensifying the magical experience of the track. We love it. Take a listen!

“Shiner” arrives today via Sweat It Out Music.

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Nu Music: Allie X – “Bitch” [Official Video]

LA-based artist by way of Toronto, Allie X has gone from being a relatively unknown artist to a potential rising star; all within a very short period of time.

She landed on earth from planet X (I just made that up) back in February with the electropop tune, “Catch” a sugary jam that immediately captured the attention of bloggers and a few well known artist. But it only took a quick tweet from Katy Perry:  “Currently I’m obsessed with this song CATCH by Allie X: SPRING JAM!”  to instantly gain the mystery-artist a substantial amount of followers. Allie X, followed “Catch” with an even catchier tune, “Prime” a synth-laden song with a more aggressive sound that deliciously verges on 80s New-Wave. Now, the alienesque songstress is back with “Bitch” an inescapable musical concoction that sounds like Lana Del Rey meets Cyrstal Castles meets 80′s band Art of Noise. And, although she might not admit it, there’s an homage to Ice Cube’s “It Was a Good Day” on those icy-cool, synth twinkles in the intro and throughout the song—which quite frankly makes her cooler than your average pop starlet. “Bitch” is simply, phenomenal.

Check out the video directed by Jungle George and grab the free download below.

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Foster The People – “Best Friend” [Dim Sum Remix]

French DJ\Producer Dim Sum re-imagines Foster The People’s glossy, horn-driven “Best Friend” as a groovy, summer jam on this bouncy, nu-disco take on the track. Pure summer vibes on this one. Listen!

“Best Friend” is taken from Foster The People’s sophomore album, Supermodel.

Grab the free download from Dim Sum’s Facebook page here.

FKA twigs – Two Weeks [Official Video]

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Undoubtedly one of the most visually and musically intriguing artist to emerge this year, UK songstress FKA twigs delivers another incredible visual treat on her new single “Two Weeks.” In the video, directed by Nabil Elderkin, the gorgeous singer; looking  like a cross between Iman in Michael Jackson’s ‘Remember The Time’ and Aaliyah as Queen Akasha in ‘Queen of the Damned’ seats at her throne, seductively dancing to a series of choreograph hand gestures. Twigs’ every move is simply mesmerizing. Watch!

“Two Weeks” is taking from twigs’ debut album LP1 due out August 12 (album cover above).

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We Are The Brave – “Sparrow” [ATTAR! Remix]

Sydney-based indie/synth-pop duo We Are The Brave (aka singer-songwriter Jess Chalker and hip-hop producer Ox Why) get the remix treatment from Belgian producer, remixer and DJ ATARR! (aka Renaud Deru). Deru (who also records under the monikers Mustang, Cosy Mozzy, Dirty Dancing and Libertine Supersport) has gained international acclaim for his remixes for artists like Gossip, Chrome Canyons, Giorgio Moroder and Propellers.

Check out ATARR!’s magic on this acid-tinged, deep house remix for We Are The Brave‘s breakthrough single, “Sparrow.” This is pure Vocal.House.Magic. Listen! Free download here.

“Sparrow – The Remixes” is out now!

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AUSTRA – “Habitat” [Official Video + EP Stream]

Canadian electro-pop outfit Austra’s new EP, Habitat, was finally released yesterday. To celebrate  the band has shared the official video for the EP’s titled track! The video, directed by Matt Lambert is as sensual and hypnotic as the song itself; with great performances by strange, lustful characters. Beware though; there are some NSFW moments here.

Watch! EP Stream below.

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Photo by: Norman Wong

Eliot Sumner (aka I Blame Coco) – “Information” [New Track!]

After an absence of several years, UK artist I Blame Coco returns as Eliot Sumner with a somber and catchy new song called, “Information.”

A few days ago I was hotly tipped by my good friend Camille from HardCandy of the impeding return of Coco, a mutual favorite of ours. I was tagged in the letter you see below posted on Sumner’s new Facebook page.

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Although Coco has played small gigs here and there over the years (I saw her back in 2012 at Pianos in NYC) we haven’t heard any new material since her brilliant 2010 debut, The Constant.

This new track is such a welcome surprise; although her alias might have changed, we’re glad to hear that along with her captivating androgynous vocals, her distinctive 80s New-Wave and Synthpop sound has remain intact—it’s like she never left. The track was produced by Duncan Mills, who has worked with The Vaccines and Spector.

Take a listen and let us know your take on the new track?!

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BONUS: Grab a free download of Plastic Plates’ remix of ‘Turn Your Back On Love’ below.

Lana Del Rey – “Shades Of Cool” [Official Video]

Lana Del Rey unveils the official video for “Shades Of Cool” the cinematic new single off her masterful new album, Ultraviolence. The video stars Hollywood tattoo artist Mark Mahoney, whom also appeared in Lana’s video for “West Coast.”  Amidst some beautifully imagery of California’s landscape and hazy shades of color blue; the video depicts the after effects of Lana’s ill-fated romance with an older gentleman. Gorgeous visuals. Watch!

Ultraviolence is out today!

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