Fast rising producer TĀLĀ doesn’t keep us waiting to long with a follow-up to the lush. Serbia shows an entirely different side (of the apparently quite pretty producer): it kicks off with big drums but quickly evolves into this Jai Paul/Ben Khan-challenging thing of weird but brilliant pop. The abrupt, unusual rhythm focuses around the “you give me something / just what I need” lyric, basically confirming this entire sexwave thing we started when Ben Khan’s Youth blew us away the other day. T Out on June 2nd via Aesop, with artwork courtesy of our favorite Kate Moross.
The one and only Lulu James is back, priestess of self-proclaimed 21st Century Soul, with a proper EP in the works. Beautiful People is a first taste of it and sees the Newcastle diva shine amidst of a brooding production that could have easily been produced by SOHN (apart from that swirly bass perhaps). Ironically she opens the song with the lyric “remember when you said / loving me is not easy” - seconds later, however, she sings the more fitting “no one else compares to me”.
Down on the West Coast, they got a saying… Lana Del Rey delivers pure magic once more with West Coast, which is quite literally setting the internet on fire as we speak. Lyrically it’s classic Lana, with the once-called “Gangsta Nancy Sinatra” luring you in that world of her own with things like “move baby, move baby” and “if you’re not drinking, then you’re not playing”. Musically it builds further on the Paradise Edition of her Born To Die debut: dour and beautiful, but lighter than ever with the Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys) production being very clear and her voice functioning as this hypnotic omen.
Lykke Li is paired with a beautiful piano for No Rest For The Wicked, up until the drum kicks in for the chorus, turning it into a grand hymn. Yet again Tarik Saleh turns her grand songwriting into a visual masterpiece, focusing on the rather emotional lyrics like “I had his heart but I broke it every time” when her former lover sends her off to feel “lonely, I’m so alone now.”
London based artist and poet Sofia Mattioli got the idea for her video for Sleep Sound by Jamie xx on the train: while she sat there listening to music through her headphones, feeding her brain and body with the sound, a deaf woman came up to her and told her that she could almost feel the music by her movement. With this chance encounter, she came up with a touching and beautiful video that somehow perfectly matches the rich palette of Sleep Sound, highlighting the fine beauty of music.
Bayou's soft, harmonized melodies are accompanied by an abrupt, distorted production on new song Airlock, which is an interesting turn the London artist takes after the rather sweet ear candies Cherry Cola and Varsity Jacket. "And it’s too far away" he sings soothly, in all peace, without being disrupted by the stuttering 2k15 hip-hop production beneath all of the harmonies.Hoping to see more of these experiments on Loopback, the forthcoming mixtape from Bayou via Double Denim (the label he co-founded.
Presenting you, in our on-going series of DN-hosted shows in Belgium, what is probably our biggest show to date (and not only in terms of venue capacity). A four-billed show at the Botanique’s yearly festival Les Nuits Botanique, all taking place in the outdoor’s and festival-specific Chapiteau tent.
Acts involved are Samaris, the Icelandic trio that is bending the walls of indie pop with their typically odd Icelandic pop; DN darlings Say Lou Lou, the deadly/drop-dead gorgeous *big* dream pop duo; Thomas Azier, falsetto-voiced angel electronica from the depths of Berlin; and last but not least We Have Band, DN alumni and proper 2k pop/indie/rock/etc trio destined to break through with their new Tim Goldsworthy-produced LP.
All of this is (really!) happening on May 18th at the Botanique - tickets are on sale right now!
Artwork by Thomas Vanhuyse (so so pretty).
We knew the Silverdale boy-boy duo had the capacity to pleasantly surprise us, but this morning Aquilo literally silenced us with their self-titled debut EP. The light dream pop the boys capture on the 4-track wonder is so delicate and so detailed, the beauty is imminent. It All Comes Down To This is our personal favorite so far (it’s like a cloud hovering over which you find yourself staring at), but EP closer I Don’t Want To See It is a close contender with the Active Child-esque production. It’s the mutual interest for production that brought these neighbors together after being rivals in guitar bands for some time - it’s that same production that will now highlight them as a duo to watch.
Following the release of her debut EP on CHVRCHES’ Goodbye Records and a tour through Europe along with them, songbird SOAK pays a tribute with the song that put her in contact with them: The Mother We Share. She strips down the song to barely nothing, putting lyrics like “I’m in misery where you can seem as old as your omens” in an entirely different perspective. It’s a far cry from the energetic approach from CHVRCHES but shows SOAK’s capacity to truly tell a story through (her, or anyone else’s) music.
It’s pretty inevitable one day Florrie is going to be a proper pop star - in the build up to yet another EP (which is apparently the build up to a proper (!) full-length record), the blonde unveiled a second taste of it with new song Free Falling. The chorus is big (as usual), the beats are somewhat nasty with these guitar twitches, plus the lyrics are quite simple so you’ll find yourself singing along by the second time you hit replay (and believe us, you will).
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