We are inching ever so closer to BADBADNOTGOOD’s upcoming fourth album, IV, out on July 8th via Innovative Leisure. The last track we heard from it was “Confessions Pt II” featuring Colin Stetson. Today, they have shared chilled-out, lunar jam “Lavendar” featuring producer Kaytranada, creator of one of our favorite albums this year, 99.9%. Listen below and pre-order IV now via Bandcamp.
Back in March, chameleon Stockholm, Sweden artist Sarah Assbring aka El Perro del Marset the stage for a new album, named Kokoro, to be released later this year with the reveal of the song “BreadandButter.” Today, we have the pleasure of formally announcing a release date of Assbring’s fifth studio album slated to drop on September 16th. The album could be her most personal and ambitious to date with every visual, sound, costume, and so on painstakenly thought out to the furthest degree with much of the influence stemming from, according to Assbring, “listening to Japanese, Chinese, Thai, and Indian pop music for the last three years.”
With the announcement, she also provided an alternate Karaoke themed video for the previously mentioned “Breadandbutter” keeping in with the Far East motif of the album. You can find the clip along with Assbring’s brief thoughts on emotions of the new LP. It is available for pre-order now via iTunes and physically via The Control Group.
‘KoKoro’ is about the vulnerability and the strength of the heart. What the heart is exposed to, both internally and externally. The heart cannot be protected. Not from pain, not from happiness. Not from love, not from corruption. I’ve been thinking a lot about issues such as “who am I if the social norms, expectations and pressures I carry were to be stripped away?” Hard? Soft? Or maybe both?
In a time that seem to go backwards humanistically and morally, seeking to put up walls rather than tearing them down I realized I wanted to make a borderless album that belongs nowhere but has a universal voice and a universal heart. -El Perro Del Mar
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.
Ricky Nelson – It’s Late
Bleached – Sour Candy
Hoops – Feelin Fine
Beck – Wow
Brave Radar – Earth Control
ZHU – Generationwhy
Lidija – I’m Done With You
Flamingosis – Believe In Me
DENA x Bullion – Like & Love
Laure Briard – C’est la vie
Let’s Eat Grandma – Sax In The City
Surfing – Lifetime
Cellars – Stir Crazy
Puro Instinct – Peccavi
Self Portraits – Kodokushi
merely ft. jj – yang
West Nile – Turnt 2 Cult
OPAL – France
Pale Dian – Judy Garland Is Dead
Faces On TV – Love Dead
Anna Wise – Princess Complex
Foals – Night Swimmers (Mura Masa remix)
Consilience – Soft And Slow
Preoccupations – Anxiety
Merchandise – Flower of Sex
Haux – Seaside
Agar Agar – Prettiest Virgin
Jay Som – I Think You’re Alright
Slow Dakota is the musical outlet lead by singer/songwriter/musician PJ Sauerteig. Born in Fort Wayne, IN, he started the project while a sophomore at Columbia University in New York City. While the Big Apple may be his current location, the eclectic sound of the project is quintessential Midwest with the diverse influences spanning folk, baroque pop, Americana, and electronic that occurs when you are caught in the crossfires from all various directions of the coasts, south. Over the last several months, he has been releasing compelling singles leading up to the expected release of his debut LP, The Ascension of Slow Dakota, due in the very near future through Massif Records. His latest unveiling is the emotive “In a Pigsty” permeating a sophisticated take on pop music that is both palatable and challenging at the same time. You can listen to the project’s full catalog via Bandcamp.
Clams Casino has his LP, 32 Levels, hitting shelves on July 15th via Columbia Records. Today, he released another track, “All Nite,” from the album featuring Vince Staples. Staples is just one of the impressive list of contributors to the album that includes Kelela, Mikky Ekko, A$AP Rocky, Kelly Zutrau of Wet, among others. You can find the full tracklist below and pre-order it on vinyl here.
32 Levels Tracklist:
1. Level 1
2. Be Somebody (feat. A$AP Rocky and Lil B)
3. All Nite (feat. Vince Staples)
4. Witness (feat. Lil B)
6. 32 Levels (feat. Lil B and Joe Newman of alt-J)
7. Thanks to You (feat. Sam Dew)
8. Back to You (feat. Kelly Zutrau of Wet)
9. Into the Fire (feat. Mikky Ekko)
10. A Breath Away (feat. Kelela)
11. Ghost in a Kiss (feat. Samuel T. Herring of Future Islands)
We continue to find ourselves listening quite frequently to last year’s self-titled debut EP courtesy of London, Ontario duo West Nile, so we are excited when we are given reasons to discuss it. Recently, they dropped a DIY visual for ’80s-indebted synth jam “Turnt 2 Cult” from it that they say is “best viewed in a poorly lit room” and, in our opinion, with the volume all the way up. You can still grab the release on red vinyl courtesy of Austin’s Young Cubs.
We cannot stop spinning this new one from Virginia’s OPAL title “France” and produced by another Virginia resident, Fake Uzumi, who both dub themselves “from the future.” As far as we are concerned, the future is now. They take PC Music camp and dance sonics, while pulling in more flavors of hip-hop and r&b resulting in a sound that is experimental, retro, and future and the same time. Listen to the track below along with her previous and equally great “Robot” from a few months back.
There is something always very comforting with every Jay Arner track we listen to. The elements he pulls from such as glam, new-wave, power pop, easy-listening comprised much of the songs we digested through our parents and older siblings during our formative years. Next week, the Vancouver resident will be releasing will be releasing his second full-length, simply named Jay II, via Mint Records. The album follows his self-titled debut nearly three years after its release back in 2013. His latest song reveal from the release is the breezy, soft-rock tinged “Personal Line” capturing qualities from some of the albums made by teen idols of the late ’70s and early ’80s, yet somehow sounding mature and sincere in doing so. This how we would imagine Rick Springfield crossed with lesser eccentricities of Ariel Pink might sound.