Man, I stan out a little for Toro Y Moi and Chaz Bundick, which is why I am extremely excited for Chaz’s new dance music project. The album, Michael, will be out November 4th via Chaz’s label which is a joint venture with Carpark Records. This is the first single from the album, “Bother” and I love it – makes me want to dance really hard.
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Los Angeles based sister trio, Haim, had one of my favorite releases of 2013 with their debut effort Days Are Gone. With the effort, they showed not only are they bad ass musicians with a healthy hair of locks, but that they are versatile. The versatility of the group was shown once again with their latest collaboration. From the album, my favorite song hands down was “My Song 5″ it’s crazy. The lyrics are captivating, and memorable. The guitar, the drum – in love. Earlier this summer, the band released the updated remix version featuring A$AP Mob counterpart A$AP Ferg.
Typically, I hate when people feel they need to put a rapper on a song because more times than not, it doesn’t fit the flow or just seems like a marketing plow. However, this collaboration I enjoy and it doesn’t bother me at all. I won’t say that it made the song better because the song was great by itself, but it definitely added a different energy.
The pairing are finally releasing the video for the track and it’s hilarious. For the video, they created a daytime talk show exposing some weird circumstances and cool cameos like Big Sean and Ke$ha.
Today, one of my favorite singers, New Zealand bred singer Kimbra, released her highly anticipated sophomore album, Golden Echo. It is in my hopes that I am able to finish my album review before I head out of town for AfroPunk because the album is crazy. Not only does Kimbra have a knack for writing great songs – she also does these real interesting and quirky things with her voice shown with her new single “Miracle.” The video which premiered on Refinery29 this morning, is interesting and fun, two things that have become synonymous with Kimbra.
Check out the video and make sure to cop Kimbra’s new album here. Also, make sure to check Kimbra out when she heads out on her tour (which begins on my birthday so you know where I’ll be) check the dates below.
10/20 San Francisco, CA The Independent
10/23 Los Angeles, CA The Roxy
10/24 Santa Ana, CA The Observatory
10/25 Las Vegas, NV Life Is Beautiful Festival
10/27 Salt Lake City, UT In The Venue
10/28 Denver, CO Sherman
10/30 Minneapolis, MN Fine Line Music Café
11/01 Chicago, IL Lincoln Hall
11/06 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom
11/07 Philadelphia, PA World Café Live – Downstairs
11/08 Washington, DC U Street Music Hall
11/09 Allston, MA Brighton Music Hall
So although I am a terrible blogger, my last posts on here have been about UK based singer Sasha Keable, who is my favorite right now. I first got introduced to Keable with her feature on one of my favorite projects of 2013 – Disclosure’s Settle LP for the track “Voices” which she was a featured artist on. I loved how her voice had so much soul, yet control and power and kind of stanned out for her with her debut EP BlackBook. The EP was crazy – and so is her latest effort Lemongrass and Limeleaves.
Here we see Keable singing the lead single from the EP in the form of “Living Without You” for an acoustic set with Vevo DSCVR and man doesn’t she sound amazing.
If you’re not up on Sasha, please get up on her ASAP.
For years, New Zealand based trio-now duo Electric Wire Hustle has remained a consistent favorite of mine. During SXSW in 2012 I believe, I had the opportunity to stan out while watching them at several showcases as well as at a house party when they had a little jam session. That being said, now the duo is working on putting out the follow up to their projects: their self-titled effort as well as Every Waking Hour both released in 2010. Their new release Love Can Prevail which will be released September 8th, should be a solid release given their new single “Look In The Sky.” The song shows that despite being down one member, they still have what it takes. The song gives all these Marvin Gaye vibes to me from the intro and I love it.
I can’t wait for their upcoming release, but until then – listen to the track below.