DAMON ALBARN JOINS MURA MASA ON NEW SONG “BLU” .
The two UK musicians originally met up to discuss working on the new Gorillaz album.
Rising UK producer Alex Crossan, aka Mura Masa, is prepping to release his debut album on July 14th. The self-titled LP features an impressive list of veteran collaborators, such as ASAP Rocky (“Love$ick”) and Charli XCX (“1 Night”). Damon Albarn also appears, contributing the album’s latest single, a late-night slow jam called “Blu”.
UNDER THE RADAR: Arcade Fire – “Signs of Life”.
Arcade Fire teased the single “Signs of Life” earlier this week and now we finally have the song, as well as a video. Directed by Miami filmmakers Borscht, the video features a pair of special agents who seem to resemble X-Files‘ Mulder and Scully that take on the case of analyzing the work of Arcade Fire in an attempt to find “signs of life.” Everything Now is out July 28.
UNDER THE RADAR: St. Vincent – “New York”.
It’s been over three years since Annie Clark released the last St. Vincent album but it looks like good news is on the horizon.
She shared a new song called “New York” that many are hoping is a precursor to a new album. The song itself is far more stripped back than Clark’s previous work and suggest possibly a new era for the legendary guitarist. It still has bite though, with Clark spitting out the words, “You’re the only motherfucker in the city who can stand me.”
UNDER THE RADAR: Widowspeak – “Dog”.
Sonically, Widowspeak exist somewhere in the overlap between sombre indie rock, dream pop, slow-core and their own invented genre, “cowboy grunge”.
New album Expect the Best is the follow up to 2015’s All Yours. While previous albums were conceived as a duo, the new LP finds the band playing to the specific strengths of the current four-piece touring incarnation and exhibits a marked increase in energy.
Their usual palette of dusty guitars and angular twang are still here front and centre, but now with a bit more 90s homage, even if abstractly. The Pacific Northwest influences creep in throughout, as do varying flavours of New York’s legacy, the city the band still partially calls home.
Have a listen to first single Dog, with its self-examination and palpable sense of dread that comes from feeling adrift.
UNDER THE RADAR: YUNGBLUD – “King Charles”.
Yungblud, aka 19 year old Dominic Harrison has been surrounded by music all his life. Born and raised in a family in love with music; Harrison’s father was a vintage guitar dealer and his grandfather played with T-Rex in the 70s. Spoon fed music like The Clash, The Beatles, and Bob Dylan since birth – he’s been playing guitar and singing since he can remember. Blending superbly catchy lyrical quips, with explosive pop rock-tinged instrumentation, King Charles is a massively confident, and finely executed first offering.
UNDER THE RADAR: Fuzz Club Session: Heaters – “Cap Gun”.
During a UK tour early last year, Grand Rapids four-piece Heaters spent a day off in a South London studio to lay down a live album – the result is the band’s excellent and totally debauched addition to the Fuzz Club Session series. This video from the session – a scuzzy rendition of Cap Gun is just under five minutes of lethargic, sun-soaked garage-rock that oozes with a hopeful, lysergic goodness. The reverb-coated vocals float effortlessly over jangling surf rock guitars and a spaced out psychedelic groove, like an utterly cosmic take on Nuggets-era 60s garage.
UNDER THE RADAR: Kevin Morby – “City Music”.
Kevin Morby’s title track off his forthcoming record, City Music nearly hits the 7-minute mark and challenges what fans may have come to expect from him. The song builds like a slowly accelerating subway train, as does this deeply impressionistic video.
WATCH THE NEW xx VIDEO FOR ‘I DARE YOU’.
“We are so happy to share our new video for ‘I Dare You’. Our love letter to Los Angeles, a city close to our hearts, where we wrote and recorded parts of our album ‘I See You’.
This is the third video, our friend, the wonderful Alasdair McLellan has directed for us. He collaborated with a hero of ours, Raf Simons on the creative concept and direction. It was amazing to work with both of them and such a pleasure to meet and work with Millie, Paris, Ashton, Lulu and Ernesto!
Thank you to Calvin Klein and everyone involved. We hope you enjoy watching!”
xx The xx
UNDER THE RADAR: The National – ‘Guilty Party’
The National have released the single Guilty Party off their forthcoming album, Sleep Well Beast out September 8th on 4AD.
It is a typically haunting, flickering track, that manages to be both sombre and compelling.
UNDER THE RADAR: Offa Rex – “The Old Churchyard”.
July 14, Offa Rex — the British folk revival collaboration between the Decemberists and British singer Olivia Chaney — will release their debut album, The Queen Of Hearts, which features 13 versions of folk songs. They’ve shared one song called “The Old Churchyard.” that is accompanied by a live performance video.
The Queen Of Hearts is out July, 14 via Nonesuch Records.