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Au.Ra SET TO DELIVER DEBUT ALBUM
Friday, 20 February 2015 00:00
 

Sydney and now London based duo Au.Ra are set to release their debut album, Jane's Lament, and have just released the fourth cut from it, the atmospherically sparkling and psychedically multi-layered, 'Talk Show'. Resting on a delay drenched three chord hook, a consistent off beat, washed out synths and laconic vocals, the single packs a great deal into its substantial six minute running time. Au.Ra. materialised through the coming together of Tom Crandles (Ghostwood) and Tim Jenkins (Parades) and the record gained its finishing touches from HTRK's Nigel Yang. Jane's Lament is out on March 3 through Felte Records. Get it on all formats including vinyl here.

Tracklist
 
1. Morning
2. Sun
3. Pyramid
4. You're On My Mind
5. Juki
6. Spare the Thought
7. Talk Show
8. Ease
9. Width

 

Talk Show

Au.Ra (AUS)
From the forthcoming album, 'Jane's Lament', Felte. Out March 3.

Au.Ra Facebook

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TOP 30: BRAIDS TAKE OUT FIRST NUMBER ONE OF 2015
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 06:54
 

 

The Top 30 is finally back for 2015 and it's a Canadian 1-2. Montreal based trio Braids take out our first number one of the year on the Indie30 Top 30 chart with the incredibly powerful, 'Miniskirt'. Read our article on that release and their forthcoming album here. At 2 is Calgary's Viet Cong with the manic  'Silhouettes', while Yumi Zouma takes 3 with  'Catastrophe'. 'Just Like You', the first track from Chromatics new record is at 4 while Natalie Prass takes the number 5 spot with 'My Baby Don't Understand Me'. 

The rest of the chart is full of gems of all colours, shapes and sizes. The remainder of the top 10 are from artists we have featured this year except the fast paced 'Roswell' from Toronto synth rock outfit Moon King at 7 and  L.A artist Lauren Hillman, aka Kotomi, rounding it out at 10 with the shimmering, yet disciplined heartfelt ode to lives suddenly lost, 'The Last Time'.  

All tracks previously unfeatured this year, there are almost 20 of them, (Sleater Kinney, Leave The Planet, BOUQUET, Jib Kidder, Waxahatchee, Makthatverskan, Grave Pool, Nadastrom, The Twerps, Young Ejecta, Casa Del Mirto, Sosi, Petite Noir, Joanna Gruesome, Tabrill, The Soft Moon and Purity Ring) can be perused with full detail below while all 30 tracks are streaming in countdown format in our Top 30 player to the top right. Full chart details are here

It's great to be back folks!!!

 

7. Roswell

Moon King (CAN)
From the forthcoming album, 'Secret Life', Last Gang. Out April 18.

Moon King Facebook

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10. The Last Time

Kotomi (USA)
From the single, 'The Last Time', Self Released

Kotomi Facebook

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YOUNG GUV IS RIPE FOR LUV!
Tuesday, 17 February 2015 00:00
 

Extreme genre hopping Toronto artist Ben Cook is set to release his first long player, Ripe 4 Luv, under his solo moniker Young Guv. If anybody is expecting it to sound anything remotely like his work in bands Fucked Up and No Warning - just don't. But if Yacht Club is more up your alley, the uber smooth album closer, 'Wrong Crowd' is below to take you alternatively to a tropical paradise or a seedy late night bar - you pick! Ripe 4 Luv is out through Slumberland on March 9.

Tracklist

1. Crushing Sensation
2. Ripe For Love
3. Crawling Back To You
4. Aquarian
5. Kelly, I'm Not A Creep
6. Dear Drew
7. Living The Dream
8. Wrong Crowd

 

Wrong Crowd

Young Guv (CAN)
From the forthcoming album, 'Ripe For Luv', Slumberland. Out March 9/10.

Young Guv Soundcloud

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L.A DUO PRINTS_ RELEASE NEW TRACK
Monday, 16 February 2015 00:00
 

Last month, synth pop duo prints_, the Los Angeles based project of Carol Rhyu, the artist behind White Blush and Keil Corcoran, released a new track, 'Ghosts', a smooth yet unsettling number that combines glitchy electronic percussion, twinkling eerie like synths with Rhyu's dream like vocals. There are EP releases for both prints_ and White Blush upcoming this year. Our ear will be out.

 

Ghosts

prints_ (USA)
From the digital single, 'Ghosts', Self Released.

prints_ Soundcloud

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ROISTO UNVEILS DISCO INSPIRED DEBUT
Sunday, 15 February 2015 00:00
 

Finnish producer Roisto released his debut EP, Apart In Love late last month. It contains three tracks and four remixes, three of the title track, which you can find in its base form below. Swirling synths combine with subtle guitar to create a chilled out funky disco vibe that's all over far too soon - hit extended mix that closes out the set to fix that. What's impressive is the difference between the three originals with the uplifting semi-euphoric 'I'm Who You Need' and the more darker 'Call The Sky'. Apart In Love is out now on iTunes through Youth Control Records.

 
Tracklist
 
1. Apart In Love
2. I'm Who You Need
3. Call The Sky (feat. Gavril)
4. I'm Who You Need (TJH87 Remix)
5. Apart In Love (Yotto Remix)
6. Apart In Love (Disco Despair Remix)
7. Apart In Love (Extended Mix)
 

Apart In Love

Roisto (FIN)
From the EP, 'Apart In Love', Youth Control.

Roisto Soundcloud

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BRAIDS SET TO RELEASE THIRD ALBUM
Saturday, 14 February 2015 01:00
 

Montreal outfit Braids have announced an April release for their much anticipated third album, Deep In The Iris. Since the release of their outstanding debut Native Speaker back in 2011, the trio have been steadily developing their organic electronic sound. This comes to full maturation on what is perhaps their best track thus far, the brutally honest, 'Miniskirt', which is Raphaelle Standell-Preston's very personal take on the objectification of women and the ever present potential and real acts of violence that women endure as a matter of course in our less than perfect western society. Many well-meaning men like to think we've come a long way in the recent past when it comes to the rights and position of women in western culture. Standell-Preston's cutting lyrics remind all of us of just how far we all still have to go. Deep In The Iris is out on April 28 on two of Canada's best independent labels, Arbutus and Flemish Eye. Pre-order here. The contender for our first chart number one of the year is below.

Tracklist

1. Letting Go
2. Taste
3. Blondie 
4. Happy When 
5. Miniskirt 
6. Getting Tired 
7. Sore Eyes 
8. Bunny Rose  
9. Warm Like Summer
 
 

Miniskirt

Braids (CAN)
From the forthcoming album, 'Deep In The Iris', Arbutus/Flemish Eye.

Braids Official

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CHROMATICS UNVEIL FIRST TRACK FROM DEAR TOMMY
Friday, 13 February 2015 05:52
 

 
Portland electronic outfit, Chromatics are set to release their new full length record, Dear Tommy, in March. It's the follow up to our number one album of 2012, Kill For Love. The long awaited first single from the record is the measured and understated, 'Just Like You' is like spending five minutes of tranquility on a languid surface but lurking beneath that surface you know are unrevealed elements that will envelope you with each listen. It's available as a free download. There will be a new track released each week in the lead up to the album and we'll be posting each and every one. Chromatics mastermind Johnny Jewel is almost as excited as we are;
 
“I’M SO HAPPY TO SHARE THE FIRST SINGLE OFF OF “DEAR TOMMY” TODAY. GOING TO BE RELEASING A SINGLE A WEEK UNTIL THE ALBUM COMES OUT IN MARCH. I FUCKING LOVE THIS RECORD SO MUCH & I AM LITERALLY FOAMING AT THE MOUTH TO SHARE IT WITH YOU.”
 
Johnny Jewel.
 
 
Tracklist 
 
1. Fresh Blood
2. In Films
3. Time Rider
4. I Can Never Be Myself When You're Around
5. Cherry
6. She Says
7. Just Like You
8. 4 A.M.
9. Teacher
10. Camera
11. Dear Tommy
12. Touch Blue
13. After Hours
14. Shadow
15. In Silence
16. Colorblind
17. Endless Sleep 
 
 
 

Just Like You

Chromatics (USA)
From the forthcoming album, 'Dear Tommy', Italians Do It Better. Out in March

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PRODUCER TURTLE WITH PROPULSIVE NEW TRACK
Thursday, 12 February 2015 00:00
 

Last month Glaswegian producer Jon Cooper, aka Turtle, dropped, 'Colours', his latest cut and a piece of measured musical intellect. A kaleidoscopic journey that rests on guitar and synth textures and a hypnotic slow trance like beat interspersed with subtle electronic like flourishes that complement the groove. The rise is just fuckin' nice. Download it free below. The EP of the same name is out soon.

 

Colours

Turtle (SCO)
From the digital single, 'Colours', Self Released.

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NATALIE PRASS DROPS TIMELESS DEBUT
Wednesday, 11 February 2015 00:00
 

 

 
The gushing press that has heralded the self titled debut album from Cleveland born and now Nashville based singer songwriter Natalie Prass is more than deserved. After two long years in the can courtesy of a decision by her Richmond label Spacebomb to concentrate on the 2012 album Big Inner, by label head Matthew E. White, her album finally sees the light of day. However, it would be unfair to point the finger at Spacebomb for the delay in the sense that it's not so much a label but a stable of immensely talented musicians in the mould of the house bands of the late 50's and early 60's putting out music that is fiercely independent in all facets, distribution included. And Spacebomb's musical prints are all over Prass's exquisitely constructed soul, country and pop infused songwriting. While there is a definite sense of nostalgia that filters through the record, especially in its embellishments (closer 'It Is You' a case in point), this is actually a futuristic sounding document, all the more refreshing in its refusal to follow current trends. The album is out now on all formats and available on vinyl here. It's already sold out in a number of places so get in quick.
 
Tracklist
 
1. My Baby Don’t Understand Me
2. Bird of Prey
3. Your Fool
4. Christy
5. Why Don’t You Believe In Me
6. Violently
7. Never Over You
8. Reprise
9. It Is You 
 
 

My Baby Don't Understand Me

Natalie Prass (USA)
From the album, Natalie Prass', Spacebomb.

Natalie Prass Official Site

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Why Don't You Believe In Me

Natalie Prass (USA)
From the album, Natalie Prass', Spacebomb.

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Bird Of Prey

Natalie Prass (USA)
From the album, Natalie Prass', Spacebomb.

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TRANS-PACIFIC DUO VALLIS ALPS UNVEIL DEBUT EP
 

Collaborating musically across the Pacific Ocean online, electronic duo, Vallis Alps have released their debut EP, Young. It features the near perfect pipes of Canberra resident Parissa Tossif and the production/instrumentation work of Seattle based producer and visual artist David Ansari. The variety of tempo and approach across the four tracks is very much an attraction. The delicate title track can be heard below. We think you'll be impressed. Very very nice. Digitally here.

Tracklist
 
1. Young
2. Thru
3. Oh!
4. Reprieve

 

Young

Vallis Alps (AUS/USA)
From the EP, 'Young', Self Released.

Vallis Alps Facebook

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ALBUM OF THE YEAR

JULIA HOLTER (USA)

Have You In My Wilderness

Domino

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TRACK OF THE YEAR

LOWER DENS (USA)

Your Heart Still Beating

Ribbon Music

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EP OF THE YEAR

KELELA (USA)

Hallucinogen 

Cherry Coffee/Warp Records

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