Emily Reo Shares Song “Stronger Swimmer”

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Brooklyn-based singer Emily Reo released her compelling new 10″ single today through Orchid Tapes. Self-produced and recorded with a 9-piece ensemble helmed by Owen Pallet, the release features the beguiling “Spell” and b-side, revealed today, “Stronger Swimmer.” Despite her enchanting vocals that swim over beautiful orchestration, the song has a dark underbelly. Reo explains:

“I wrote Stronger Swimmer after reading a short story about a woman who was in an abusive relationship. In the story, her and her partner were canoeing when their boat capsized — he didn’t know how to swim but she was a great swimmer and she decided to leave him behind. Something about that imagery stuck with me, imagining her being in cold water at dusk and having to suddenly make the decision to save herself (in multiple ways). I feel like that would be one of the most complicated and complex struggles you could go through, and it can even be taken as a powerful metaphor for allowing yourself freedom from all kinds of toxic or harmful relationships. With this song I tried to express the complexities of self-care in the face of love, guilt and abuse, and because of that I ended up with something incredibly layered and intricate. Stronger Swimmer is organized chaos — it’s about taking all of the overwhelming turmoil in your life and transforming it into a source of personal power.”

The very limited vinyl release is available for purchase here. Listen below.

Hoops Share Video for “Cool 2”

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After touring the U.S. the last couple of months with Whitney, Bloomington, IN’s Hoops have traveled across the pond for several European dates in support of the self-titled EP out now via Fat Possum. In addition, they have recently dropped their first ever video for “Cool 2” directed by Anna Powell Teeter. Expect their debut long-play sometime during the first half of next year.

Premiere: Stream Machines EP from LA’s BOYO

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BOYO, the project of Robert Tilden born out of the dissolution of Bobby T. and the Slackers, dropped one of the more compelling under-the-radar gems a few months back with his debut album Control. The album pushed him to the forefront to those cultivating a new generation of pyschedelic-tinged garage and lo-fi rock in a similar vein to maybe Alex G. New EP Machines was born out of the making of the LP. According to Tilden, the three songs that comprise the release “were from earlier in those sessions and were a little scarier and needed to be together, separate from the rest.” The tracks have a subtle patina and emotional separation that differentiate them from the tracks heard on the debut, but also serve as a nice companion piece to compliment those as well. The EP in physical form for purchase here.

Premiere: Toronto’s Blitz//Berlin Score Your Halloween Weekend with “Undertow (Currency)”

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Blitz//Berlin made some waves earlier this year scoring the Clio Award winning trailer for The Girl on the Train featuring sampling Kanye West’s “Heartless.” Today, the band translates their work from the big screen into their debut instrumental album Movements I via Wax Records. The release is bubbling with epic, emotional compositions. “Undertow (Currency)” is an absolute stunner blending dark atmospherics and ominous synths over slithering orchestral sounds billowing underneath. The track would fit comfortably in the backdrop of a thriller or horror film and comes just in time for Halloween weekend. The LP is available now via iTunes.

New York Producer Kaazi Remixes Maria Usbeck’s “Ciudad Desnuda”

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Other than Solange’s A Seat at the Table, possibly no other album released this year contains the cultural depth heard in Maria Usbeck’s debut solo album Amparo. At the end of this week, Cascine, in conjunction with Labrador Records, will be releasing a remix EP to compliment the album featuring reworkings by several producers. New York City’s Kaazi, who just dropped a pretty great album himself thorugh 100% Silk, is one of those producers. His offering is a reinterpretation of “Ciudad Desnuda” (“Naked City”) that he has dubbed the “Inner City Garden Mix.” His version is more smooth subtracting the somewhat frenetic percussion of the original creating audible serenity. It is quite beautiful and worthy alternative to the album cut.

Today’s MOKB on SIRIUS XMU Blog Radio Playlist : 10/25/16

Here’s the playlist from today’s My Old Kentucky Blog Radio on SIRIUS XMU, Channel 35! Also, available anytime via OnDemand online and via the app.

Amber Arcades – Which Will (Nick Drake cover)
Glints – Catalyst
Shura – Touch (Four Tet remix)
Wet – Turn Away
Tom Petty – Crawling Back To You
Angel Olsen – Pops
Whitney – Light Upon The Lake
Drugdealer ft. Weyes Blood – The End of Comedy
Cellars – I’m Feeling
Black Marble – Woods
Andy Shauf – Quite Like You
Soft Hair – Relaxed Lizard
The Mary Onettes – Juna
Anna Straker – Serious
Oneohtrix Point Never – Animals
Austra – Utopia
Katie Dey – Only to Trip and Fall Down Again
Ruby Haunt – Drowning
Yellow Days – Your Hand Holding Mine
Spirit Club – You’re So Mean
Johnny Fritz – Are You Thirsty (From Sweet Creep)
Dwight Yoakam – Guitars, Cadillacs
RZA ft. Method Man – La Rhumba
DJ Snake ft. Justin Bieber – Let Me Love You
MC Breed – Ain’t No Future In Yo’ Frontin
Leisure – Moonbeam
Isaiah Rashad – 4r Da Squaw
Sylvan Esso – Radio

Anna Straker Gets “Serious” in New Track

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19 year old London artist Anna Straker has been showing some major promise on several tracks over the past year, however we are really vibing hard on her latest named “Serious.” The song’s production pushes out laid-back club beats pulling elements from dance music varying genres over the last 20 years and turning it into a modern twist on pop music. It is easily her most complete song to date.