Toronto artist and producer Maya Postepski is set to deliver her second full length record, Progress, under her Princess Century moniker. It follows hot on the heels of her Lossy EP from earlier this year, which featured the 20 plus minute monster track, ‘Discoset’. Progress is a synth driven work of contrast from start to finish and is packed with multifarious elements that take the listener to subterranean depths and celestial heights almost simultaneously. Postepski is clearly fascinated with repetitive rhythms and motorik driven psychedelia and seems determined to gift the listener the opportunity to accompany her on a trip of musical simultaneity. It almost seems misleading to post the track most unlike the rest of the record but ‘Sunscreen’ is as much an example of Princess Century’s electronic experimentation as it is her pop accessibility. It's accompanied by its video below. Progress is out October 15 on Paper Bag Records. Pre-order it on vinyl here.
1. Bros vs UFOs
3. Tokyo Hands
5. Sunrise 101/Last Disco
8. Fata Morgana
Princess Century (CAN)
From the forthcoming album, 'Progress', Paper Bag. Out on Oct 15.
This week sees the addition of five new tracks led off by Brooklyn art pop/rock outfit SOFTSPOT with their new single, the gorgeously crafted ’Abalone’. It builds nicely on their last record, the 2014 album of the week listed Mass. It enters at 24 and is actually the first of three Brooklyn based entries - more below. Day Wave joins the party one spot back at 25 with ‘Come Home Now' while Swedish electronic trio DNKL return after dropping two amazing tracks in the same aforementioned year with their new single ‘Otherside’. It’s in at 27.
Returning to Brooklyn, the unassuming pop project of John Jagos, Brothertiger has just released a new single, the pop infused ‘Out Of Touch’ and it enters at 28 while DIIV are set to return with a new full length record, Is The Is Are and the first single doesn’t drift far from their staple sound and approach. ‘Dopamine’ debuts at 29.
All track details can be found here while all tracks as always are streaming in the Top 30 player.
The urgent yet dreamy ’Back At Belles’ is the third single to drop from Brooklyn quartet Small Black’s new record, Best Blues, set for release October 16. Put together with the eminently danceable retro funk of first single, ‘Boys Life’ which is still in our Top 30 and the ethereal bass driven second single, ‘No One Wants It To Happen To You’, on the whole the three tracks suggest the record is probably the most varied affair the Josh Kolenik led band have released. Listen to the second and third single below and catch them on tour in North America throughout October and November. Pre-order Best Blues here.
1. Personal Best
2. No One Wants It To Happen To You
3. Boys Life
4. The Closer I Look
5. Big Ideas Pt. 2
6. Back At Belle's
7. Between Leos
9. Smoke Around The Bend
10. XX Century
No One Wants It To Happen To You
Small Black (USA)
From the forthcoming album, 'Best Blues', Jagjaguwar. Out October 16.
Often there is beauty in simplicity and that shines through on Jackson Phillip’s new single under his Day Wave moniker, ‘Come Home Now’. It continues the trajectory begun the classically trained musician on his Headcase EP release a couple of months back with nostalgic jangly guitar replacing his earlier electronic roots, although synth does appear here to good effect in the intro and outro. Listen to the new single below.
Come Home Now
Day Wave (USA)
From the single, 'Come Home Now', House Arrest Records.
Molly Nilsson has released the third single, ‘Mountain Time’ ahead of the release of her forthcoming record, Zenith. Another stellar addition! Check out the video below. Can’t wait for the record. Pre-order it on wax HERE.
Molly Nilsson (SWE)
From the forthcoming album, 'Zenith', Dark Skies Association/Night School Records. Out Sept. 25.
Meg Remy’s U.S Girls project has its third entry in our Top 30 for 2015 with the languid extravaganza that is the third single, ‘Window Shades’ debuting at 15 ahead of the release of her brand new record, Half Free on September 25. Close behind at 16 is Kelela with the previously featured new track, 'Rewind' off her forthcoming debut EP, Hallucinogen. At 19 is Chromatics, Portland's purveyors of the emotive night, also making third entry int the chart for the year with the single, ‘Shadow’, which is the new track off the 2015 Adult Swim Singles Program. It's available below as a free download. The longer version will be on the much anticipated double album from the band, Dear Tommy, which is still to get a release date.
Swedish electronic duo SQRD, who collaborate online between Stockholm and Berlin recently released their second ever track, ‘Chase’, a delightfully disorienting affair characterised by swirling synths, big tyco like drums and busy percussion. It’s in at 26. Check out their first track ‘Beast’ released a few weeks ago at the Soundcloud link below
The final new entry at 27 comes from The Ocean Party, who we featured yesterday with the sub two minute wonder ‘Greedy’.
Young Brisbane duo Lastlings ascend the number one position with their astonishing work of sensitivity ‘Verona’ replacing Ought. Just a reminder on the Montreal based US expats; their brand new album, Sun Coming Down is out next week.
All tracks streaming in the player and all details HERE.
15. Window Shades
US Girls (USA/CAN)
From the forthcoming album, 'Half Free', 4AD. Out Sept 25.
The great Australian stuff keeps on coming with the announcement of the new record, Light Weight from Melbourne based encyclopaedic jangle pop outfit The Ocean Party. They dropped a new single, ‘Greedy’, last Friday via French blog Magic RPM, a wonderous uber smooth two minute jam that will leave you wanting more. Put that together with the delightful first single, ‘Guess Work’ and you have a much anticipated release. Light Weight, the band’s fifth full length is set to surface through Spunk Records in Australia on October 9. Listen to both singles below. The band also set off on an Australian national tour in October
1. Black Blood
2. Light Weight
3. Phone Sex
4. Guess Work
6. Dirty Money
9. Real Life
10. Grow Up
11. Heat Wave
12. Negative Effect
The Ocean Party (AUS)
From the forthcoming album, 'Light Weight', Spunk. Out on October 9.
Melbourne quartet Gold Class released their impressive debut album It’s You last week and with ‘Life as A Gun’ currently sitting in our Top 10, their new single, ‘Furlong’ dropped to coincide with the album’s release. Formed in mid 2014 by guitarist Evan Purdey’s enlisting of drummer Mark Hewitt, vocalist James Purdey and bassist Jon Snub, they released first single, ‘Michael’ at this time last year. Gold Class musically meld together classic 80s elements including emotive delay drenched reverb, and elastic bass lines ensconced within a spiky minimalist post punk and disciplined pop framework with hard hitting lyrics delivered in style through Curley’s deep vibrato vocals, garnering the inevitable Morrissey comparisons. While the album can be accused of veering a little close to its influences at times, its a promising debut with enough originality to definitely keep interest throughout. It’s You is out now digitally now here through Spunk in Australia and Felte in the US and Europe with the vinyl edition to follow in the next few months. Listen to ‘Furlong’ below.
Los Angeles independent artist Kelela is set to release the long awaited follow up to her debut album/mixtape, Cut For Me released back in late 2013. It’s not that she hasn’t been busy in that period releasing a single in 2014, 'The High', which appears here and partipating in a number of collaborations. Titled Hallucinogen, the six tracker was originally slated for a May release but the perfectionist in Kelela felt “it wasn’t there yet”. One of the changes is the addition of the neon tinged minimalism of ‘Rewind’, produced by Kelela herself along with erstwhile collaborators Kingdom and Nugget. We’ve also included the video for first single, ‘A Message’ co-written with Arca. Hallucinogen is out October 9 on her own label Cherry Coffee and Warp Records.
1. A Message
4. All the Way Down
6. The High
From the forthcoming EP, 'Hallucinogen', Cherry Coffee/Warp. Out October 9.
It's all quiet on the Top 30 front this week with just two previously featured entries coming in. Adelaide DIY pop-punk outfit Terrible Truths enter at 24 with their two minute rumble, 'The Coast Is Clear' while Iasi ambient rock/electronic quartet Fine, It's Pink debut at 27 with the shimmering 'Young Burns'. Korallreven and Destroyer enter the Top 10 while Gold Class and FKA twigs hit the top 5.
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