Brooklyn’s French Horn Rebellion carry on with their fun, easy-going style on a new sunny single released late last week aptly titled ‘Caaalifornia’. Featuring like-minded good-time guys Ghost Beach, ‘Caaalifornia’ contains upbeat synths, funky bass lines and vocal hook reminiscent of indie-pop bands MGMT and Passion Pit – oh how I’d like to catch some West coast sun right now!
You can listen to the track below or download here.
Texan rockers Black Joe Lewis have been throwing out blues-infused garage rock since their self-titled debut album in 2007 and their newest release won’t disappoint anyone whose been following the band thus far. Their fourth album ‘Electric Slave’ is out now on Vagrant Records and contains some absolute cracking tracks – ‘Dar Es Salaam’ is the rock I’ve heard all year – in the vein of The Black Keys and The Black Lips.
On new single ‘Come To My Party’, Joe Lewis channels his inner James Brown, the percussion goes a bit disco and the horns, well… they just fricking rock! This is good old fashioned rock-soul which will make you want to grab a bottle of Jack and P.A.R.T.Y.
Need a burst of energy to get you to the end of the week? Look no further than Malian singer Ben Zabo whose music, full of rich textures and harmonies, would rouse any snoozing person into life. Zabo is from the Bwa ethnic group, a culture where the music traditions are more upbeat and energetic then most Malian music. It’s the perfect companion to the more down-tempo and reflective Malian releases you may be used to by artists like Ali Farka Toure and Toumani Diabate.
On ‘Wari Vo’, Zabo is backed by a hard-hitting 7-piece band: they make a lot of noise – flowing guitar licks, stirring horns and hypnotic percussion which makes ‘Wari Yo’ more than dance-floor ready. Released in the US via Glitterhouse Records, the lyrics (detailing Malian poverty) are very touching, especially when compared to the new Rihanna single. Check out a translation of them here.
Ah that Monday feeling – don’t worry, you’ve always got newtunedaily to fall back on. Toro Y Moi’s third full-length ‘Anything In Return’ (out via Carpark Records) is one of the best albums to come out this year, getting multiple plays on my headphones this summer. The California based producer has just released the third single from the record, ‘Rose Quartz’, and the video alone is worth mention on here. Created by Lauren Gregory it’s a work of art that wonderfully matches the trippy, uplifting house of the track – enjoy!
Disco made a huge come back this summer, mainly due to that Daft Punk song but also due a year-long Brooklyn revival led by bands like Escort and Midnight Magic (although nothing has come even close to the re-release of Kiki Gyan’s ’24 Hours in a Disco’ – best album of the year!). Now it’s the turn of one of the sexiest and most fun disco revival bands of recent years, Chromeo. The Canadian duo have announced their new album ‘White Women’ out later this year and is set to feature Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig, Toro Y Moi and Solange.
The first song to drop from the new record, ‘Over Your Shoulder’, is as smooth and silky and baby-making as anything the duo have made in the past – which bodes very well for the upcoming album. The band also announced three tour dates for the diary – November 6 at London’s XOYO, November 8 at Annie Mac’s Warehouse Project in Manchester, and November 14 at New York’s Webster Hall.
Bondax may have released the tune of the summer in ‘Giving It All’ with its catchy lyrics and that massive sun-drenched hook which made it the perfect uplifting party anthem. After the success of the track this summer, UK based duo Bondax (George Townsend and Adam Kaye) have tried to keep us all warm through Fall with a new video telling a story of a love triangle set in sunny LA – the perfect accompaniment to the huge track.
Check it out below, and if you haven’t heard ‘Giving It All’ yet, you’re welcome.