Django Django are set to return this winter with a new album entitled, Marble Skies. Serving as the follow-up to their 2015 sophomore effort, Born Under Saturn, the 10-track effort is due out January 26th via Ribbon Music.
Three of the band’s members — vocalist/guitarist Vincent Neff, bassist Jimmy Dixon, and synth player Tommy Grace — were joined by Metronomy drummer Anna Prior for the initial recording sessions at Tottenham, London’s Urchin Studios. After 10 days of jamming, they sent the material to drummer/producer David Maclean, who chopped and edited the work until it was ready to become a true album. The foursome reconvened all together at their own studio in north London to produce what became Marble Skies.
As a first listen to what this back-to-basics approach produced, the band has shared the record’s lead single, A frantic art-rock number with echoing notes of psychedelic rockabilly, the track comes with a video directed by Maclean’s brother John, also known for helming Slow West.
New Jersey’s cryptic new electronic solo artist, Blood Cultures, has emerged into the local scene with a seductive and well thought-out debut single, titled “Indian Summer.” Although a biography is not provided online, and the one picture available conceals the musician’s face, there’s obviously something humble about this music, that could be described as a complex yet catchy blend of LCD Soundsystem’s fanfare with the ambience of Tycho, complemented by the artist’s own soothing vocals, that sounds like they are coming out from a bedroom’s corner.
Tenderness is the first new material from Canadian artists Raphaelle Standell and Alexander Kerby (who also DJs under the name Agor) since 2013’s Untogether. Where that album was about the duo’s romantic breakup, the new one is inspired by mediating relationships through the internet and long-distance communication.
Arbutus Records says the album takes influences from ’90s dance music and “deep disco cuts,” mixed in with Standell’s acoustic guitar. Tenderness also features skits, spoken word sections and demos to help tell its story.
In the four years since Untogether, Standell has focused on her other band, Braids, while Kerby spent extended periods of time in LA and Berlin focusing on his DJ career.
Riding high from last year’s huge collaboration with DJ Snake, ‘Middle’, Adio Marchant AKA Bipolar Sunshine has released his latest single, ‘Major Love’. After a move from his native Manchester to LA sparked a musical awakening, ‘Major Love’ is the opening chapter to a transformative stage in Bipolar Sunshine’s sound, embodying a more electronic focus, without trading in the blissful haze of his preceding work. It’s also the truest reflection of Marchant’s current self – merging both the dance tinged pop of LA and the mellow guitars of Manchester, and marking a liberating, confident statement as a completely independent artist on his own imprint, Grey Label.
Chvrches are no strangers to covers. Their latest comes in the form of Tegan & Sara’s ‘Call It Off’ turning into a synth-laden dreamscape with Lauren Mayberry’s delicate vocals bleeding the emotional side of the lyrics-
The synths from Martin Doherty and Iain Cook create the perfect luscious canvas for Mayberry to work her magic to give ‘Call It Off’ a whole new dimension from the lo-fi guitar driven original. It’s the first taste of new material from the Scottish band.