Category Archives: Atzucacs

Hit of the week: Flume “Hyperreal”

Flume has once again teamed up with Kucka for a new bonus track called ‘Hyperreal’. The new track was to be an exclusive addition to the vinyl release of Skin Companion EP II, but Flume decided to make it available in digital form as well.

It’s a thumping, glitchy club track packed with bass and off kilter syncopation. Flume has woven explosions, claps, distortion and kick drums together with Kucka’s soprano to create an unnerving, deep dark beast.

Hit of the week: Phoenix ‘J-Boy’

Phoenix are gearing up to release their new album Ti Amo this summer and today you can hear its opener and first single ‘J-Boy’.

The band opened up about the album in a recent New York Times profile, describing a long recording process in Paris during extremely fraught political times. Despite that, they described Ti Amo as “incredibly colorful” and there isn’t a better way to describe this first taste.

At least judging by ‘J-Boy’, the French rockers seem to be inching further away from their previous crunchy, dueling guitar-driven sound and more towards the synth-driven power pop they explored on Bankrupt!.

Hit of the week: Royal Blood “Lights Out”

British rock band Royal Blood have announced a new album How Did We Get So Dark? due out June 16, 2017, via Warner Bros. Records. In support of this, the duo have shared the album’s lead single “Lights Out” with an accompanied music video. They’ve also announced a slew of United States tour dates, kicking off June 2 at the Paradise Rock Club in Boston.

Hit of the week: Novo Amor “Carry You”

Welsh multi-instrumentlist Novo Amor is sharing beautiful new cut “Carry You”, the first track from new EP Bathing BeachNovo Amor – aka Ali Lacey – describes the song as “an expression of nostalgia, a wistful nod to to a certain period of time.” The song is rich and full, and despite a wealth of layers building towards the heavens, there’s a bold sense of freedom.

 

Hit of the week: Gorillaz “Saturnz Barz (Spirit House)”

Where other artists tease with glimpses of their forthcoming albums, Gorillaz, the ever-shifting musical entity headed up by Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett, is flooding the zone, releasing four new songs from their forthcoming album, Humanz, which is due out April 28.

The complete album will consist of 14 tracks, 19 on the deluxe version, and will also be available as a “super deluxe vinyl box set” with each of the 14 tracks on a separate 12” slab, backed by an alternate version. A list of the album’s featured artists includes Vince Staples, Peven Everett, Popcaan, De La Soul, Danny Brown, Grace Jones, Mavis Staples, Pusha T, and Carly Simon, with actor Ben Mendelsohn narrating the album interludes.

Here’s the music, and note that the Hewlett-directed six-minute video “Saturnz Barz (Spirit House),” which contains clips from all four songs, is available in both regular and, via supported web browsers, 360-degree versions.

Hit of the week: The Afghan Whigs “Demon in profile”

Alt-rock icons The Afghan Whigs have announced a new full-length album called In Spades. Due out May 5th via Sub Pop, the 12-track LP follows the band’s 2014 comeback effort, Do to the Beast, which was their first since 1998.

Bandleader Greg Dulli wrote and produced In Spades himself, and inoperable cancer be damned, guitarist Dave Rosser is also a featured contributor. Recording sessions took place in New Orleans, Los Angeles, Memphis, and Joshua Tree.

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