The Kooks return with explosive new single “Down”. Written by Luke Pritchard & young hip hop pioneer Inflo, the future hit is like nothing the Kooks have ever done before, with it’s looped hooks + crazy percussion. It’s got a contagious swagger that bodes well for the band’s forthcoming album.
"With this record we didn’t do any rehearsing beforehand," Luke Pritchard says. "I’d write a song with Inflo or on my own, put it up and we’d all play over it. There was a real freedom to the process."
Produced by Inflo & co-produced by Luke, “Down” was recorded in London + LA, & will be released digitally + on a 7” on April 20th.
Down / pre-order
P.S. The Kooks are currently in the US at SXSW in Austin playing a series of shows + previewing new material.
London 4-piece Flyte, announce the release of their debut single “We Are The Rain” via paradYse records.
Lead singer Will Taylor describes the song as being "about monotonous relationships that continue for no reason other than comfort" with the song’s wry lyrics taking in Desert Island Discs and April showers, demonstrating a classically understated British eccentricity reminiscent of The Kinks or The Smiths.
Their DIY debut Live EP (released in September 2013) was recorded in just a day & quickly found mainstream radio supporters in the shape of Radio 1’s Zane Lowe + Fearne Cotton. Produced by Dan Grech-Marguerat (Circa Waves, Chloe Howl, The Vaccines, Lana Del Rey), “We Are The Rain” is Flyte’s 1st single proper, & sees the band continuing to perfect their sound and songwriting craft.
Pre-order your limited edition 7” here.
Teen Daze is excited to announce a new, free EP called Paradiso. It will be released on March 25th, the same day he begin his extensive European tour. To celebrate, here’s the beautiful EP closer, “Tokyo Winter”.
Tokyo Winter / download
Habstrakt makes his debut appearance on Disciple Recordings with an absolute banger of a trap/twerk/glitch hop crossover track. “Listen” marks the arrival of a new direction for the French producer’s sound. If you like this gem, you’re gonna love what else Habstrakt has in store for you in 2014…
Listen / buy
Dusk / download [like required]
Fans worldwide were delighted last week when on March 7th, Skrillex delivered a mysterious app featuring a countdown clock + a retro alien game via his official site. Last night, tracks began to mysteriously unlock every 30 minutes to reveal a new full-length album by the 6-time Grammy winning artist. The full album is streaming on iTunes via “First Play” for one week & the release is worldwide March 18th.
Recess was conceived + recorded in Los Angeles, Seattle, Seoul, London, Stockholm, San Francisco & Brooklyn with guests like Ragga Twins, Chance The Rapper, Diplo, Passion Pit vocalist Michael Angelakos, OWSLA stars Kill The Noise, Alvin Risk + up-comers Milo & Otis to name just a handful. The record sees Skrillex delivering on his promise as a fully-fledged musician, taking the listener by the wrist for a celestial reconciliation with innocence, escape, passion, & love while pulling from every imaginable influence within & outside of electronic music.
Pre-order it now on iTunes.
Jacques Greene is excited to announce his Phantom Vibrate EP, a 3-track club 12” of his most sophisticated songs to date. The EP explores themes of human interaction with technology as he embarks on a new hardware show + string of headline launch events in the 3 cities that helped model his signature blend of techno, house & contemporary R&B: Brooklyn, Montreal & London.
Now residing in New York, Jacques Greene is a producer helping define the next template for dance music - something not beholden to purist abstract language of what’s ‘real’ house music or techno. No, JG is singularly absorbing experimental influences, hip hop + R&B. It’s ironic then that should the old guard of dance music take notice of this artist they’d find an old head on young shoulders. Greene continues to write on analogue hardware - he’s DJ sets a journey through Chicago & Detroit, albeit ending up in the contemporary hubs of London & Atlanta. Since his early releases “The Look,” “Another Girl” + last summers massive “On Your Side” feat. How To Dress Well - he has proven himself as an artist who doesn’t think in tracks. These are considered EPs with deliberate aesthetic themes.
This week Jacques launches his new LIVE show at the LuckyMe x Warp Party at SXSW in Austin. He follows up with a string of dates across the globe.
The Phantom Vibrate EP out on April 28th via LuckyMe.
They’re called Designer Drugs for a reason. NYC’s Theodore Paul Nelson + Michael Vincent Patrick make up the “punishing electro-punk” DJ/production duo who have made their name pushing the boundaries & tearing up venues around the world with their heady, mind-melting sounds.
The duo now emerges from their underground lair to deliver their sophomore album The Drugs Are In Control. The 9-track LP is out now FREE OF CHARGE, via their own imprint, Sex Cult Records.
Tuesday April 22nd brings the release of Iggy Azalea’s highly anticipated debut album, The New Classic. Pre-order it on iTunes now & receive the brand new jam “Impossible Is Nothing” immediately.
Klaxons are releasing their Gorgon City-produced single “There Is No Other Time”, on March 23rd. The song belongs to the upcoming album Love Frequency, which was recorded last year with Tom Rowlands, Gorgon City, Erol Alkan & James Murphy.
The full-length drops on June 2nd, & if you pre-order your physical copy via PledgeMusic, it will be signed by the band.
Til then, listen to the 1st official remix “There Is No Other Time”, by British bass duo, Catchment.