Brooklyn indie-pop trio Au Revoir Simone left it over four years since their last album ‘Still Night, Still Light’ to finally release its follow up. It seems as though the long wait has been worth it. Their fourth album ‘Move in Spectrums’ is out on September 24th via Moshi Moshi. We’ve already been treated to the dreamy single ‘Somebody Who’ which blends their harmonies with 80s inspired synths and a building beat. The full album is streaming on NPR here.
New single ‘Crazy’ is a more upbeat track and the accompanying video is a remake of Martin Scorsese’s 1985 film ‘After Hours’ – one to watch here:
With all the excitement surrounding the new Arcade Fire single this week you may have missed another big album announcement by Australian synth-rockers Cut Copy. They are set to release their fourth album ‘Free Your Mind’ via Loma Vista/Modular. The follow up to 2011’s excellent ‘Zonoscope’ was recorded in Melbourne and produced by the band’s Dan Whitford and mixed by New York guru Dave Fridmann (Tame Impala, MGMT, the Flaming Lips).
Lead single ‘Free Your Mind’ is a body moving psychedelic-disco epic that comes from the album set to be inspired by the two Summers of Love (1967 and 1988-89)
The hip hop world has historically been dominated by men and that doesn’t look like it’s going to change. However, that hasn’t stopped North Carolina rapper Rapsody whose been upping her game ever since she broke out on a Kendrick Lamar track in 2011. She’s just followed her excellent 2012 debut ‘The Idea of Beautiful’ with another mixtape ‘She Got Game’ released last month.
She’s not only managed to rope in some top notch producers including 9th Wonder (who takes the reigns on over half the record) DJ Premier, Ka$h, Eric G, Khrysis, E.Jones and Denaun Porter; but also some fine guest spot from some highly talented rappers including Mac Miller, Chance the Rapper, Jay Electronica, Ab-Soul, Raekwon and on the track below, Chicago’s Common. Enjoy the smooth sounds.
I’m going to just start off by saying that Chico Trujillo’s ‘Gran Pecador’ is a strong contender for album of the year and is a must listen for any fans of Latin American or gypsy music. Chilean band Chico Trujillo are already legends in South America, they’ve been playing their exciting brand of Cumbia for over 10 years, toured the world and even gaining a large following in Europe. With the release of ‘Gran Pecador’ that legendary status should now follow them globally, it’s by far their best work. ‘Gran Pecador’ is an epic journey that can only be created by a band that has played and lived together for a long time. It explores styles and themes miles away from their famed cumbia but never fails to sound authentic and real. But most importantly, it’s a lot of fun. This is a band that was made to party.
The album starts off with the building energy of the Balkan-inspired ‘Caleta Vargas’ which segues into the fiesta-starting Chilean polka-rocking ‘Así Es Que Vivo Yo (Sigue La Fiesta)’.
It’s hard to chose a best track as ‘Gran Pecador’ meanders through Cuban-salsa (‘Calientame La Sopa Con Hueso’ and ‘Linda Secretaria’), tons of cumbia and tropicalia (‘La Banda De Mi Vecino’ and ‘Negra Santa’) and even Brazilian batucada on the excellent title track ‘Gran Pecador’ (below). The album is out via Barbes Records and is streaming on their Soundcloud page here. I’m just sorry I didn’t bring you this earlier this summer… but it’s never too late, a fiesta in September works fine by me!
Weren’t we lucky yesterday? Arcade Fire finally dropped not one but two versions of the video for their new single ‘Reflektor’. Oh, and it features David Bowie on vocals. The band are due to drop their fourth album on October 29th via Merge Records and until yesterday it’s been kept pretty well under wraps.
The lead single ‘Reflektor’ is an 8 min disco-inspired epic which only makes anticipation for the album (which was produced by DFA Records founder and LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy) all the more stratospheric. Check out the youtube video directed by Anton Corbijn below or go to justareflektor.com for the interactive version.
So… newtunedaily finally returns! I’m back from the summer break and ready to post some great tunes this autumn – be prepared!
There’s no better way to start than a jazz style cover of a classic 80s track. Youngblood Brass Band are a 10-piece jazz-funk band from Oregon who just released their fourth album ‘Pax Volumi’ via Tru Thoughts. Forming in the mid-90s they have slowly developed their New Orleans style brass music by incorporating funk, soul and hip hop. Their last album was way back in 2006 so ‘Pax Volumi’ has been highly anticipated by anyone who has caught the band’s live show over the years.
A recent crowd favourite has been Youngblood Brass Band’s high energy cover of Rufus & Chaka Khan’s 80s classic ‘Ain’t Nobody’ which showcases everything the band is about: soul-shaking horn sections, mind-blowing solos and body-moving percussion. On an album that explores a much more modern sound, ‘Ain’t Nobody’ is the most traditional in style and the one works the best.