We’ve already seen a visualisation of Pull Me Down and saw Mikky Ekko perform the song live in a session for Yours Truly, but no “proper” video had been unveiled yet. Today that is the case, with the Sam Pilling-directed piece matching the sinister yet romantic atmosphere of the song.
Mikky Ekko sits down with Yours Truly for an interview and a stellar performance of Pull Me Down (which is still on repeat in our heads); this live version learns us that Mikky is kind of holding back vocally on the studio version of Pull Me Down and makes us even more excited to hear new tracks from the man (and eventually see him live).
Today we take a closer look at The Boys. We admit we’re more easily attracted to girls musically, but 2013 might become the Year of the Boys if you take a look at the five acts we’ve featured below.
Mikky Ekko is definitely most promising and exciting new singer-songwriter that crossed our path in 2012, his Pull Me Down might have something to do with that. This Louisina-born young man spent the last months recording his debut record with a handful of big producers (Paul Epworth, John Hill, Dave Sitek, Clams Casino, etc) and one of our favorite new songwriters Justin Parker (Lana Del Rey’s partner in crime, Laura by Bat For Lashes) - it would be a true shock if this album doesn’t fulfill our wishes.
Ofei is a “London Soul” singer that bathes in mystery; he’s got nothing but one track out, the stunning London, but that one song makes us gasp for breath. His voice reminds us of Ellery Roberts’ (WU LYF) over-the-top voice, as it almost sounds as if he’s singing his lungs out. London represents the true sound of the city of London: with it’s many layers and unexpected directions it represents the chaos and vibrant atmosphere of the city; on the other hand, London is a highly charismatic and soulful tune because after all, living in London is basically kind of living in a dream.
S O H N
Vienna-via-London producer S O H N is probably the most intriguing producers around right now, with a sound that’s so organically electronic you can hardly call him a producer. With his well-structured and highly original tunes, S O H N received worldwide praise - we are sure he is capable of a lot more.
Deptford Goth doesn’t mess around and goes straight for your heart - it’s very easy to love him though. Lyrically and musically, this London singer creates a safe harbour for all hopeless romantics and lonely hearts out there. Perfectly crafted indie-oriented pop; we just can’t wait to have his record soundtrack those quiet evenings.
Oh boy, we sure do love Mykki Blanco. His whole persona-game are what attracted us to him/her in the first place, but Ms. Blanco is one of the most exciting rappers out there in our humble opinion. Surrounding yourself with talented producers, directors and photographers sure has it benefits, but the idea of combining a certain macho aggressivity with a sexy female bitch-vibe was all her’s.
Mikky Ekko’s Pull Me Down is a song that’s been on repeat ever since we first heard it, we keep on singing the line “pull me down if you want to / and I hope that you want to.” Davy Evans, known for his recent visualisations of every track on The xx’ Coexist, created a video for Pull Me Down which is reminiscent to the Coexist visuals but has more variation and a stronger organic vibe to it.
Mikky Ekko (not to be confused with Mykki Blanco) is an exciting new singer-songwriter - he was born in Louisiana, grew up in Mississippi and then moved to Nashville. All of these cities and travels have influenced his sound, which is currently a pop-structured melancholic one. It caught the attention of some big names like Paul Epworth (Adele, Florence and the Machine), Elof (Niki and the Dove), John Hill (M.I.A., Santigold) and Dave Sitek (TV On The Radio, Yeah Yeah Yeahs), people is he currently recording his debut full-length with.
More recently, he spent some time in the studio with Clams Casino - even though Mikky Ekko’s sound is nothing like Clammy Clams’ usual guests (A$AP Rocky, The Weeknd, etc), it’s nice to see the rising producer do things a little differently without losing his own vibe. One of the results of that collaboration is Pull Me Down, a slow-burner which pairs up Mikky’s talent and Clams’ beats (and reminds us of Lana’s Born To Die). We also heard Justin Parker is also writing tracks with/for him, which you may or may not know from Lana Del Rey (he co-wrote most songs on Born To Die) or Bat For Lashes’ ballad Laura.
Find Pull Me Down, along with some other recent tracks of his. He released some EP’s back in 2010 (which are still available on iTunes), but it seems he’s being “re-positioned” on the musical market to become a star in 2013.