With their S/T début focusing primarily on connections with nature, High Places vs Mankind treads the ‘band exploring the relationships human beings forge with each other during a lifetime’ theme. So it’s apt that the opening three tracks successfully convey a gamut of adolescent optimism, trepidation, excitement and innocence via a stunning combination of organic yet mechanical musical methods.
M.I.A.’s let this punky/electro bad boy out into the wild. ‘Born Free’ is a massive departure from her big beat bangers of previous albums. Very excited about this and her as yet untitled album due on June 29th on the N.E.E.T. label. Click here for to listen.
Here’s the video. It’s quite heavy, possibly NSFW, definitely anti-ginger, amazing.
I give up trying to host the video. I think it’s pathetic that this video keeps getting pulled from every site. Yet, Gaga can wave her cootch in everyone’s face and get away with it.
The crazy funking remix-masters formally known as Simian Mobile Disco today announced that they no longer want to be referred to as Simian Mobile Disco, but instead should be addressed using the acronym, SMD. The name change is said to be the result of increasing concern regarding the inaccuracy that they are neither simians, nor do they provide the mobile disco service they once offered.
The pair are gearing up for their biggest ever live show at Smirnoff Experience Berlin. An event which will also serve as the début for a light show, although they were keen to stress that it will in no way resemble a mobile disco.
Deerhoof bring out the fanatical in me. After one ‘hoof gig I asked Greg Saunier if I could have the set list. Way cool as it listed what I assumed was a new song, but what was in fact an awesome cover by Swiss post-punk band, LiLiPUT. “Hitch Hike” has now been recorded for a soundtrack for the forthcoming book, Rules to Rock By. The book follows the life of young girl whose parents move from Brooklyn to Rhode Island, causing her to leave her band. I dunno if I’m gonna buy it, but you can buy it here if you want to.
Were my class assemblies like this then I may have enjoyed school slightly more. But no, to this day I can recite all the words to ‘Were You There?‘ and ‘Light Up The Fire‘ which, lets be honest, could quite easily be some sort of pro-pyromaniac ode. Anywho, PS22 nail the chill-wave harmonies of Beach House’s ‘Zebra’ with gusto. So they do look slightly like a cult, but I’ll take this over ‘All Things Bright and Beautiful’ any day.
This song is overflowing with so much effortless and cool groove. Sadly I’ve missed the boat by a long-shot with Tune Yards. Depressing as it means I’ve missed the UK tour and now I’m gonna have to wait to see them. Also means that the CD is out of stock at my local record shop. Sigh.