Apr 2014 25

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If you’re like me, you’ve been anxiously awaiting the new album from tUnE-yArDs and NPR has us covered with their First Listen Stream.

It’s a kind of velvet handcuff, this technology. So it’s noteworthy whenever someone finds a new way to work with it, as Merrill Garbus has done on Nikki Nack, her dazzlingly imaginative third album as .

Like so many electronic pop artists, she starts on the grid, crafting smart and sometimes spastic (see the drum-machine intro of “Find a New Way”) rhythm beds that, to listeners of Four Tet and many others, will seem almost ordinary. But in just about every track, when the patterns threaten to settle into a static place, Garbus takes a wide and sudden left turn into the surreal catacombs of her imagination, where beats are happily mangled and narratives no longer move on linear tracks.

From the first listen so far, the album sounds super cool.  You can stream it for free on NPR by following this link here.  Make sure to mark your calendar for the new tUnE-yArDs album Nikki Nack which will be out for official release May 6th.

Apr 2014 24

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Worst blogger again, but at least I’m working on it.

Any who, if you follow the site, or my Twitter, or my Facebook, or any of my social networks, you will see that I spend a lot of time gushing about UK based singer Sasha Keable. After initially getting exposed to her from Disclosure’s Settle LP with the single “Voices” I instantly became a fan.  Last year, she put out her debut EP Black Book, which still is in constant rotation for me – I even put it on a CD in the car which is a huge deal.  I wrote about that project here (it’s also docked on the side of the page) , and if you have not yet, make sure to download it for free via Soundcloud ASAP.

Keable is now on the brink of releasing a new EP Lemongrass & Lime Leaves, which will be available May 12th.  From the EP, Keable is unleashing one of the first tastes of what people can expect with her new single “Living Without You” and it’s lovely.  It’s a very different sound from her previous EP which for me, had some great Hip-Hop undertones.  This time, it’s a little more poppy and I can definitely dig it.

Listen to the track below & make sure to mark your calendars for her upcoming release.

Source: Artistic Manifesto, xoxo.

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I love denitia and sene which could tell if you frequent this site with every post  I write about them.  Last year, the twosome released their new single “Divided” in part of Red Bull’s Sound Select to celebrate Record Store Day – April 19th.  I wrote about the Christian Rich produced single for Saint Heron which you can read here.  Now the sexy track written by Sene is getting the visual treatment and it’s pretty cool.  denitia looks like a vixen – that’s all I’m saying.  I love this track, the reggae vibe of this song makes you want to slow wind backwards – or me at least.  It’s a very sensual song.

Apr 2014 09
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Little Dragon

New music from Little Dragon, always makes me excited.  In my head, I sing just like Yukimi - I may even sing like her out loud not 100% sure right now.  Although I wasn’t such a fan of their last effort, Ritual Union, which was released three years ago I’m extremely anxious for their new LP Nabuma Rubberband. 

Little Dragon are currently on tour promoting their upcoming effort and here is the second release in the form of “Paris.” The song premiered yesterday on Zane Lowe’s BBC Radio show, and now here it is in stream form.  I’m pretty sure my coworkers wondered what was wrong with me as I listened to this song – baby girl probably looks like she’s having an experience.  This is one of those songs that makes me live out my Flash Dance 80′s desires – Spandex and all.  I just can’t STOP DANCING and I’m really loving this song.

This along with the first single “Klapp Klapp” have Nabuma Rubberband, sounding like a great project or as Lowe referred to it – “hottest record of the year.”

Listen to the stream below and pre-order Nabuma Rubberband here.

Last year, I got a chance to interview Detroit based group, Clear Soul Forces, for Frank151, about their then unreleased album Gold PP7′s.  I remember asking dumb questions like what exactly a Gold PP7 was – but I learned.  (You can check out the interview here)  After speaking with the ‘Fearsome Foursome’ and listening to the album, I can proudly call myself a Clear Soul Forces fan and am glad to see “Solar Heat” finally get the visual treatment.  The video is the final track from the groups sophomore project which you can get here — it’s a great project from start to finish – great production, lyricism everything.

Video credit: Richard Taylor of TaylorMadeHD

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