To celebrate the release of their debut album, The 2 Bears have made available, as a guilt-free download, the Saint Etienne Remix of their single, Work. Saint Etienne slows things down a bit, making it less “work” and more “relax and chill”.
We recently posted Black, White & Blue, the new single by Ladyhawke that will appear on her sophomore album, Anxiety. Now comes a mix by The Big Pink, who gives the track a more psychedelic and tribal sound by stripping out the guitar hooks and adding reberb to the nth degree. We can only hope someone will create a synthpop mix (remixers, are you hearing us), who can turn the track back towards the sound of her debut.
We featured the excellent Foxes (Loui Rose Allen) track, Youth awhile back, and now Pyramid (Etienne Copin) has worked wonders on it by creating this epic new mix. Be sure to grab it while Pyramid is making it available to download, guilt-free. Expect big things for both artists this year.
Normally we like to reference the music of the 80s, but today it’s all 70s as New York’s, The Phenomenal Handclap Band have released this fantasic retro-futuristic video for their funky space-age single, The Right One. It will be featured on their new album, Form & Control, due out February 13. The video, which seems inspired by equal parts Logan’s Run, Pans Labyrinth and 70s/80a cosmic album cover art (i.e., Pink Floyd, Styx) is directed by Moh Azime, who was also involved with their video for 15 to 20.
We recently previewed two new Mirrors tracks; Dust and Shooting Stars, both of which were done shortly after Ally Young’s decision to leave the band. That posting became one of the most visited pages on our site (and deservedly so) and now these songs as well as five! unreleased demos that were recorded during their first album sessions are finally getting released. The package, called, This Year, Next Year…Sometime?, is avaiable off of the band’s bandcamp page (a great site dedicated to artists who can self-release their music). You can preview all the new tracks below and although all are obviously great, Dust and Shooting Stars are still the standout tracks. As for the newly available demos, we are particularly impressed by the stunning Dead Air. What is your favorite?
Miami never looked so bleak and grey as it does in Don’t Call, the new video by Desire. It could be because of the song’s theme of weathering the after effects of a stormy relationship, or maybe it could be because it was actually shot during a hurricane! Desire is the latest project of Johnny Jewel (Chromatics, Glass Candy) and features Montreal’s Megan Louise. The song was orignially released in 2009, but is just now getting the video treatment.
So we were a little late finding this track, but even if we are late, Even If I’m Late is a great track by Hungarian electropop duo, Polar Dear (Oleg Borsos and Mark Lechner). The synths are great and the boys are cute, especially when being total push overs (literally). The band is making this single available as a guilt-free download simply by visiting their website.
Arguably one of the greatests pop acts of all-time, Saint Etienne are gearing up to release their 8th studio album (and first in 7 years). Words and Music comes out in May and in anticipation of the release they are making available, for a limited time, a guilt-free download of its first single, Tonight. It will be produced by Xenomania (Burnt Out Car) and feature mixing by Richard X (Method of Modern Love, Foxbase Beta). Judging from the upbeat 90s sound of m>Tonight we hope the rest of the album will continue this sound which is more like material released on To Young to Die and less like their album Sound of Water. Hurray!
We covered the frothy, gothy Toronto synthpop duo Trust before and their track Bulbform, and are happy to report that they are back with a new track, Sulk, which will be the lead single off their debut album, TRST, out next month. Made up of Austra drummer Maya Postepski and Robert Alfons, we can hear the Austra influences, but they create a hypnotic new sound. Its dark wavy synths and haunting melodies prove once and for all, the dead can dance.
Fear of Dawn has tweaked the brilliant College/Electric Youth track, A Real Hero, which was recently featured on the motion picture soundtrack to Drive. Both version or simply stunning, but Fear of Dawn speeds things up ever so slightly, and thus giving it a little kick without overdoing it. Best of all, their version is being made available as a guilt-free download. Now download and drive.