UNDER THE RADAR: Jamie xx shares video for his remix of The xx’s “On Hold”.
The xx announced their return with their first album in five years, I See You, by releasing the single “On Hold” in November of last year. Now, the band’s resident producer/DJ Jamie xx has used that track for his first official remix in over four years.
Jamie’s reworking comes accompanied by a new visual from director Alasdair McLellan, who helmed the track’s original video. Like Jamie xx’s remix, his new version is a re-edit of the original, cutting things up to fit the new rhythm with a particular focus on the scenes of Jamie DJing a small, black-and-white house party.
UNDER THE RADAR: METZ – “Cellophane”
A couple of months ago, Toronto noise-punk power-trio METZ teased a possible new album, the follow-up to 2015’s utterly badass II. And today, they’ve come out with “Cellophane,” and absolute ass-stomper of a new single. “Cellophane” is big and juicy and punishing, just like every METZ track, but it’s also a bit more melodic and structured than most of the band’s work.
Paul Weller Photographed by Adrian Boot
THIS IS OUR MUSIC: Fischer Z – “Perfect Day”.
Song from the album “Reveal” (1987).
UNDER THE RADAR: Japandroids rock out in Europe in new “North East South West” video.
Japandroids return today with a new music video for “North East South West”, a highlight off this year’s Near to the Wild Heart of Life LP. Only the second clip of the band’s career, it plays out like a visual documentary of one week’s worth of touring in Europe.
There are onstage moments of sweat and raucous, chill backstage hangs, and behind-the-scenes footage from various plane and train rides. As the Canadian two-piece explains in a press release, it’s meant to be a sequel to “The House That Heaven Built” video, which chronicled one of Japandroids’ American tours.
The National: Something Out of Nothing
Join the National onstage during an epic performance in Copenhagen and in a cozy Hudson Valley recording studio. This V.R. experience, directed by Oscar nominee Marshall Curry, follows the creative process as members of the band puzzle out their new album, “Sleep Well Beast.” Watch below the immersive experience.
UNDER THE RADAR: False Advertising – “Hey You”.
The Manchester via Oxford DIY trio, False Advertising are set to release a new EP, I Would Be So Much Happier If I Just Stopped Caring, next month, and have this week share their riotous new single, Hey You.
Hey You, described by the band as, “a rallying cry against gender stereotyping”, is built around ferocious, almost Pavement like guitar work, and pounding drums, but it’s singer Jen’s howling, visceral vocal that’s the star. There’s a touch of Shirley Manson, with the attitude and noise of early PJ Harvey, and as she repeats the tracks key line, “I am no figurine”, we’d dare anyone to suggest she’s anything but a rock star. Raucous, accessible and with plenty to say, False Advertising are more than worthy of their hype.
I Would Be So Much Happier If I Just Stopped Caring is out October 27th.
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UNDER THE RADAR: Suzie True – “Rat Kid”.
Suzie True are a, “sad girl three-piece pop band”, hailing from Los Angeles. They’re fronted by Bear Cats drummer Lexi McCoy.
This week the band have shared their debut single, Rat Kid, accompanied by a video shot by film-maker, and Lexi’s brother, Bobby McCoy. Lexi’s vocal, pitched somewhere between Camera Obscura’s Tracyanne Campbell and Diet Cig’s Alex Luciano, is accompanied by Dustyn Hiett’s propulsive drum beats, bright acoustic guitars and delightfully fuzzed out bass-lines. Early days, but if this slice of Californian indie-pop sunshine is anything to go by, Suzie True could just be our new favourite band.
Rat Kid is out now.
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