Vancouver and now Montreal producer Micheal Tucker's Blood Diamonds project first appeared on our radar with the brilliant 2011 slow jam, 'Lasting Love'. We loved its so much that it took out 28th place in our Top 100 Tracks of that year. Since that time he has been rather prolific remixing and putting his unique take on the track of others (Elite Gymnastics, Major Lazer and most recently Chvrches). There's also been collaborations with Grimes and How To Dress Well. His new single, 'Osaka' is well worth the wait, beginning as it does with exquisite emotion filled atmospherics before they eventually give way to a full blown dance explosion with marimbas and cut up beats in between. 'Osaka' is out through OWLSA on October 15. Stream the single and its B side 'Apex' below and buy the 7" on vinyl here.
Bristol's electronic noise demons Fuck Buttons have assumed the number one mantle this week on the Indie30 chart with their monster closer 'Hidden Xs' off their latest album Slow Focus taking the place of another English act Forest Swords. There are also major moves for Ejecta, 'Afraid Of The Dark', 20 to 11, Sapphire Slows, 'Dry Fruits' 19 to 12, Korallreven, 'Try Anything Once', 22 to 13 while Bam Spacey enter the top 5 with 'River'.
There are five debuts this week. Washington DC dream pop duo GEMS debut in the Top 10 at number 10 with 'Medusa', a beautifully paced and intelligently constructed piece of readily accesible widescreen pop. English quartet Woman's Hour return at 21 with a gorgeously nostalgic B side, 'Thunder' from their new single, 'Darkest Place', to follow up their brilliant track from earlier in the year, 'To The End'. New York electronic duo CRUSHES have an excellent new single out in the form of the darkwave pop inspired, 'Heartache'. That debuts at 24. London trio The Soft's new track, 'Painted' is in at 25 replacing the first single from their Uncanny Valley EP, 'Prana'. Rounding out the debuts is Swedish quintet the Tranq who dropped their new album yesterday, Loss Is For The Masses' for free. The first single, 'Dissident' has been within earshot here at Indie30 for a number of weeks and finally enters at 29.
Go to the entire chart here and check out the new ones below as well as the new video for Netherlands nostalgia buff Jacco Gardner's new track, 'The End of August'. Stream the whole chart in our Top 30 player top right.
From the forthcoming EP, 'Medusa', Self Released. Out on December 12.
Swedish producer Axel Willner, aka The Field released another incredibly consistent blissed out full length dance record last week, his fourth, Cupid's Head, to already raving reviews. Since releasing his debut album, From Here We Go Sublime back in 2007, Willner has not taken a misstep, not in the slightest. His slowly expansive trance like creations are cerebral pieces of work, challenging the inner core of the listener and the taking them away to far away places, almost celestial and dark places simultaneously. The Field, as a project does not fall into the stereotypical drab trap of most hypnotic styled electronic music and every second of his work is enticing and exhilirating. So it is with the brilliant Cupid's Head. It's out through Kompakt now. Buy it on vinyl here and stream it in its entirety here. Check out the album's opening track, the disco pop inspired 'They Won't See Me' below.
1. They Won’t See Me
2. Black Sea
3. Cupid’s Head
4. A Guided Tour
5. No. No...
6. 20 Seconds Of Affection
It's been seven long years since we've heard from J. Walker's Machine Translations. First appearing on the radar way back in 1997 with his debut album, Abstract Poverty, Machine Translations hit its height with the release of fourth record, 'Happy' and the gorgeous and very accessible track 'She Wears A Mask'. But there's always been an experimental side to Walker and his new album, The Bright Door, had a fair bit of trial and error in its recording process. Whether it was the painstaking lyrical re-writes, enlisting strange old instrumentation like dulcimers and detuned violins, singing sick and encouraging his band to go outside the norm, this album stays true to the Walker trajectory of pushing boundaries. The Bright Door is out on October 11 through Spunk Records here in Australia. Listen to first single 'Broken Arrows' below.
1. Perfect Door
2. You Can't Give It Back
3. Littke Pin
4. Broken Arrows
6. Water Met The Sky
8. Apple Core
10. The Bright Door
Machine Translations (AUS)
From the forthcoming album, 'The Bright Door', Spunk.
Well, what can we say that hasn't already been said about this band. The debut album from Scottish trio Chvrches is simply outstanding, some of the best synth pop lyrically and musically heard for many a year. We're struggling to pinpoint an 'album track' actually. The trio appeared on Jools Holland a week or so back and the performance of 'The Mother We Share' is complemented below by a couple of remixes/reworks with the schizoid like Blood Diamonds remix and an eclectic take on the track by Bristol producer Kowton. Chvrches have just been named to play the St. Jerome's Laneway Festival in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore in February 2014.
The Mother We Share
From the album, 'The Bones Of What You Believe', Virgin/Glassnote.
There's a substantial six new entries coming into the chart this week with a triumphvirate of Japanese representation led by Kyoto dream pop artist Cuushe with the beautiful 'I Love You' at 10. Brooklyn trio Au Revoir Simone enter at 18 with 'Crazy' off their new album while another Japanese artist, Tokyo's Sapphire Slows debuts at 19 with 'Dry Fruits' off her forthcoming album 'Allegoria'. The collaboration that is Ejecta come in at 20 with 'Afraid Of The Dark'.
Two artists not featured through the past week also debut. Los Angeles quartet Mansions On The Moon gain a guernsey at 21 with the superbly produced pop gem 'It's Not Too Late' off their forthcoming self released EP, Full Moon slated for release on October 15. Swedish trio Korallreven, who wowed us a couple of years back with their debut LP An Album With Korallreven have a new single out in collaboration with yet another Japanese artist, this time electronic pop veteran Keigo Oyamada, aka Cornelius. 'Try Anything Once' continues the balaeric trajectory and debuts at 22.
Forest Swords remains at 1 with 'Friend, You Will Never Learn' while Sundays enters the top 10 at 8 with the heartfelt, 'Hope It's Enough'. The entire chart can be found here while every track can be heard in order of newest entry to oldest in the Top 30 player to the top right of the screen.
21. It's Not Too Late
Mansions On The Moon (USA)
From the forthcoming EP, 'Full Moon',Self Released. Out on Oct 15.
Kyoto dream pop artist Mayuko Hitotsuyanagi, aka Cuushe has just released her second full length album, 'Butterfly Case'. It's been a bit of a wait since her debut, Red Rocket Telepathy back in 2009 but on the strength of this effort, well worth it. A cathartic journey from start to finish and a triumph of a gorgeous mixture of analog sounds, a soft voice full of fragility, delicately arranged synths and looped guitars. Check out beautifully constructed 'I Love You' and the starry eyed 'Twilight' below, stream the whole thing here and then grab the album here on Flau Records.
1. Sort Of Light
2. I Dreamt About Silence
4. I Love You
6. I Miss You
7. Lost My Way
8. Swing Your Heart
9, Steamy Mirror
Brooklyn indie electronic pop trio Au Revoir Simone are now into their tenth year and after a hiatus of sorts since the release of Still Night, Still Light back in 2009 have just released a new full length, Move In Spectrums. It's clear the break has done the trio the world of good as they have come back and arguably produced their most impressive and varied record to date. The cutesy, shy and awkward sound has been slowly morphing into something bigger with each release and now is largely gone as Erika Forster, Annie Hart, Heather D'Angelo beef up the sound, the approach and the musical complexity and ambition. Move In Spectrums is a triumph in that sense as such a departure from their original sound could have proved a bridge too far. But Au Revoir Simone have demonstrated on this record that one needn't have worried. They always had it in them. Check out second single 'Crazy' below and buy the record here.
1. More Than
2. The Lead Is Galloping
4. We Both Know
5. Just Like A Tree
6. Somebody Who
8. Boiling Point
9. Love You Don't Know Me
10. Hand Over Hand
11. Let The Night Win
Au Revoir Simone (USA)
From the album, 'Move In Spectrums', Instant Records.
Tokyo trance/ambient/dream pop artist Sapphire Slows is set to release her new album, Allegoria, in November. For those unfamiliar with the work of the bedroom wiz, upon first listen, the album may appear a little underwhelming but subsequent revisits will reveal a series of understated electronic wonders. What is impressive is the way she combines a metronomic spartan and rather cold like approach with sun drenched pop creations. First single and album opener 'Dry Fruits' is no exception. Allegoria is out on November 5 on Not Not Fun. Vinyl can be preordered here.
1. Dry Fruits
2. Third Party
5. Fade Out
6. Break Control
7. As You Know
8. Can I Get Out Of This Silence?
Sapphire Slows (JAP)
From the forthcoming album, 'Allegoria', Not Not Fun.
Check out the excellent new video directed by Lamar + Nik for the Keep Shelly In Athens track, 'Recollection' which sees an older woman walk though her old school, now a ruin - it wouldn't want to be the old contaminated Camden High School in Sydney...
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