“Take Me to the Light” is set to become the title track to the impending album from the duo hailing from Oakland. The song is delicious, even downright heavenly, as Francis and the Lights’ usual warm embrace rests on forefront of the track. The artists’ masterful electronic sound manipulation makes for an auditory journey that begs endless repeat.
There had been ample speculation of new tunes on the way in recent Twitter activity from Francis and the Lights, hinting they’d been working on a track with “some friends.” Some friends, indeed.
Bon Iver released his album i,i nearly a day early, and the project has already received praise from a large amount of top tier outlets. The 13-piece record has a wide array of all-star collaborators, including a particularly standout number between himself and longtime collaborator, James Blake. Their productive relationship stretches back to 2011’s “Fall Creek Boys Choir,” and this new offering, “iMi,” marks their third joint effort together.
“iMi” is a rich, sentimental piece bursting doused in lo-fi sound design. It appears that James Blake might have played a larger background role, considering his vocal contribution to the tune consisted of a mere two lines. Others working on the track alongside Blake include Wheezy, Buddy Ross, and Mike Noyce. Velvet Negroni, Camilla Staveley-Taylor also contributed their vocals to the mix.
Two brand new Bon Iver singles have made their way to all major streaming platforms after originally debuting during Bon Iver’s performance at All Points East festival. “Hey Ma” and “U (Man Like)” are the first two previews of a Bon Iver album to eventually follow. According to a press release, the singles derive from an extended Bon Iver effort that will gain a release at a later point. The ensuing album will succeed the indie folk band’s 2016 longform production, 22, A Million.
Sonically, “Hey Ma” and “U (Man Like)” surface as dulcet showings that foreground the honey vocals of Bon Iver frontman, Justin Vernon. Bon Iver’s announcement of additional dates for their 2019 fall tour flanks the two-pronged release. The live initiative will see Indigo Girls, Feist, Yo La Tengo, and Sharon Van Etten provide city-specific support for Bon Iver.
Mad Cool’s lineup arrives as an exemplification of its name. Madrid’s multifarious music festival, Mad Cool is genre amorphous from its headliners to its flanking acts. Lauryn Hill, Empire Of The Sun, The Gossip, and Prophets Of Rage appear as the newest headliners to top the bill, which already touts Bon Iver, The National, The Smashing Pumpkins, and The Cure. Festival organizers have added several more artists to the festival’s expansive collection of talent, including Marina–formerly of Marina & The Diamonds–Let’s Eat Grandma, SG Lewis, Black Honey, Haiku Hands, and more.
Eminem recently surprise dropped his Kamikaze project which left everyone from day one fans to pop culture perusers in a frenzy. One track from the veteran rapper’s latest LP that remains perhaps the most controversial note from the record is “Fall” featuring Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon, who took to Twitter to state he was not a fan of the record’s message.
Was not in the studio for the Eminem track… came from a session with BJ Burton and Mike Will. Not a fan of the message, it’s tired. Asked them to change the track, wouldn’t do it. Thanks for listening to BRM https://t.co/E0wmt732ty
Now Marshall Mathers has unleashed the official music video for “Fall.” Released via Aftermath Records, the five-minute clip is dark and intense, with Shady tackling the demons that come constant social media attention and lashing online opinions. The new noir feature represents the track’s aesthetic accurately, further pushing Eminem’s polarizing new record into the spotlight.
In what can only be described as an over-the-top delivery of high frequencies and off-kilter, bass-driven meanderings, Crenshaw was in top form. Though much of his background is in jungle and drum-n-bass, Crenshaw still infuses his musical pursuits with pieces of his earliest musical fascination — hip-hop. Appropriately, he’s imbued his love for the genre on a new rework of Bon Iver‘s “715 – CRΣΣKS,” off the group’s electronic-tinged album, 22, A Million.
A highlight in his sets over the last four months, Crenshaw’s Bon Iver cut now sees its official renegade release, as both a nod to the artist and an amplified testament to Bon Iver’s electronic production potential — may that someday see that light of day.
Outside Lands has revealed the 2018 lineup for its 11th installment in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park August 10-12.
Following a fervent 2017 edition of Gorillaz, The Who, and Metallica headlining, 2018 boasts a hefty onslaught of acts, and although the headliners see earlier appearances in the festival season — The Weeknd at Coachella and Janet Jackson at both Panorama and FYF Fest — the lineup remains rife with talent and excitement.
As Bon Iver’s debut studio album, For Emma, Forever Ago, turns ten this week, Justin Vernon and his bandmates are celebrating the seminal album’s milestone with two special releases.
Bon Iver commemorated a decade of For Emma, Forever Ago at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on February 17, where the band delivered a full performance of the album. Interspersed among the album staples like “Skinny Love” and “Blindsided” was “Hayward, WI,” an unreleased song that Vernon composed during the time span in which he was at work on For Emma, Forever Ago. Fortunately for those not in attendance, a fan captured live footage of the indie gem as Bon Iver debuted the track.
German DJ and hip-hop vanguard DJ Koze announced a new album, Knock Knock, is set for release on Pampa Records in May.
The 16-track LP marks Stefan Kozalla’s first since 2013’s Amygdala. Kozalla’s revealed the tracklist will feature an exciting number of guest artists. While some electronic artists run into an issue of having “too many guests” and thereby lack a signature sound, DJ Koze stands as an exception. Knock Knock will feature vocals from Bon Iver —though it’s just a sampling of the hit “Calgary” — Róisín Murphy, Mano Le Tough, Sophia Kennedy, and US rapper Speech (of Arrested Development).
Ahead of the record, he’s shared a kaleidoscopic new release, of “Seeing Aliens” and “Nein König Nein” on its B-side.
Knock Knock Tracklist:
01. Club Der Ewigkeiten 02. Bonfire feat. Bon Iver 03. Moving In A Liquid feat. Eddie Fummler 04. Colors Of Autumn feat. Speech 05. Music On My Teeth feat. José González 06. This Is My Rock feat. Sophia Kennedy 07. Illumination feat. Róisín Murphy 08. Pick up 09. Planet Hase feat. Mano Le Tough 10. Scratch That feat. Róisín Murphy 11. Muddy Funster feat. Kurt Wagner 12. Baby (How Much I LFO You) 13. Jesus 14. Lord Knows 15. Seeing Aliens 16. Drone Me Up, Flashy feat. Sophia Kennedy
One of Germany’s most versatile electronic music institutions, Mouse on Mars recently announced they would be returning with a new LP called Dimensional People.
According to the electronic duo, most of the album was recorded in a single tempo and was “inspired by Chicago footwork.” The dazzling new album will feature a dizzying array of indie rock’s finest including The National’s Aaron and Bryce Dessner, Beirut’s Zach Condon, and Bon Iver virtuoso Justin Vernon.
Mouse on Mars has shared the first single ahead of the new album and its a soaring soundscape led by the ethereal Justin Vernon.
“Dimensional People Part 111” is a significant departure from Mouse on Mars’ typically experimental material. Considering their most-accessible material draws from collaborations with groups like Modeselektor, the new record’s a significant shift in the type of releases that have been seen from the duo, despite many the argument many withhold that the group pivoted entirely towards pop with Radical Connector in 2004.
Vernon’s sultry vocals imbue a newfound melodic side to the duo’s music and even de-escalate to scats at a point in the track. Both Mouse on Mars and Bon Iver’s music over the years has contained multitudes, so perhaps the two are hinting that the new album’s title is really quite preconceived.
Dimensional People Tracklist:
1. Dimensional People Part I 2. Dimensional People Part II 3. Dimensional People Part III 4. Foul Mouth 5. Aviation 6. Parliament Of Aliens Part I 7. Daylight 8. Tear To My Eye 9. Parliament Of Aliens Part II 10. Parliament Of Aliens Part III 11. Résumé 12. Sidney In A Cup
Thrill Jockey will release Dimensional People on April 13.