Kelela – “Waitin (Kaytranada Remix)”

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Kelela & KaytranadaOne year ago, the futuristic, experimental R&B singer Kelela released her official debut album Take Me Apart. And next week, to mark the anniversary, she’s returning to that same album with the release of TAKE ME A_PART, THE REMIXES, a new remix album executive produced by Kelela and her longtime collaborator Asma Maroof … More »

Kelela – “LMK (Remix)” (Feat. Princess Nokia, Junglepussy, & CupcakKe)

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Last year, Kelela released “LMK,” the lead single from her lauded album Take Me Apart. The debut landed both Album Of The Week and a spot on our 50 Best Albums Of 2017 list. Most recently, her Pitchfork Music Festival performance made Tom Breihan declare her theMore »

Pitchfork Music Festival: Kelela Is The Future

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Kelela2018 was the year that Pitchfork quietly became a leftfield R&B festival. It’s not just that; there will always be room for plenty of indie rock at this particular shindig. But if there’s a major overarching story of this year’s festival, it’s the story of a subtle tectonic shift. Tonight, old gods Lauryn Hill and … More »

Outside Lands reveals The Weeknd, ODESZA, DJ Snake, Jamie xx & more atop 2018 bill

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Outsidelands 2015

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.

The Weeknd is set to perform, where he’s likely to play out his recent slew of new material which features the aid of Nicolas Jaar, Daft Punk‘s Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, and Gesaffelstein. Both Florence + The Machine and Janet Jackson front the bill with performances that will be nothing less than excellent and the lineup also promises a plethora of beloved dance acts. From ODESZA, Chromeo, and Claptone, to DJ Snake, Jamie xx, Tycho, CHVRCHES, James Blake, Gryffin, Lauv, and Whethan, Outside Lands is a music lover’s oeuvre in its late-summer installment.

More information and tickets, which are available starting at 10 a.m. PST April 5, can be found here.


Moogfest releases phase two of their already stellar lineup

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From Moogfest Facebook

Moogfest has built a name for itself around both its highly immersive visual and technological programming and stellar lineups year in and year out.

This year’s initial lineup announcement sparked slight controversy when the festival announced the first phase of their lineup would feature exclusively female and non-binary talent. The first phase announcement included performances by SOPHIE, Fawks, Jamila Woods, and Gavin Rayna Russom of LCD Soundsystem, along with various extracurricular programming such as a keystone presentation by privacy rights activist Chelsea Manning.

Now, the festival has released the second phase of their 2018 lineup. The festival will play host to two performances by Mouse on Mars, Jon Hopkins and Little Boots; an “ultramodern sonic installation hosting original creations by nine artists;” a headlining performance by R&B visionary Kelela; a Sleep Concert by members of Bedroom Community, as well as durationals by Wes Borland and Gareth Jones + Nick Hook.

The festival’s 2018 music programming is still expanding, with more announcements to come.

Premiere: Kelela – A Message (Petticoat Remix)

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The name “Petticoat” carries a sense of childlike wonder — and that’s exactly the vision behind the moniker of LA-based songwriter and producer David Halsey. Fusing warm, bubbly textures and metallic melodies with dark, rough noises, the result is an emotional and atmospheric expedition that tugs at the duality between masculinity and femininity.

Petticoat delivers a fresh take on his musical vision with his newest remix of Kelela’s “A Message.” When asked about the remix, he states, “The original was perfect, but it also left so much space for somebody to completely change the dynamic of the song. I took her voice and pitched it up, and it blended harmoniously with my backdrop of soft pads, bubbly arps, and polished chiptune effects. The end result is a song that feels like a smooth and mild sugar rush inside a PS1 video game.”

It’s clear to see that this potion of sonically warped arrangements and uplifting melodies not only pushes the idea of what music represents, it is also catchy as hell. Like smelling a fine perfume or eating an after-dinner mint, Petticoat’s music is sure to refresh your musical palette while you savor in its sound.

We can’t wait to get more from Petticoat in the future.

Kelela – “Frontline” Video

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Kelela is an R&B singer in the truest sense of the word, and all of her music fits squarely within the genre. But she always manages to find oblique, abstract takes on the genre, singing breathy, sideways vocals over woozily-structured cutting-edge tracks. And Kelela’s new video for “Frontline,” one of the standout tracks from … More »

Kelela surfs the Take Me Apart success wave around the globe, announces imminent tour dates

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It didn’t make our list of year-end favorites, but I’m willing to usurp the consensus view of the TMT staff and unilaterally make Kelela’s Take Me Apart our (unofficial) 51st favorite album of 2017!

A highlight among Take Me Apart’s numbered memories was the track “Blue Light,” where Kelela sang about letting the “chains” “fall down” and submitting to a passionate love. Fans in multiple continents would do well to drop their own chains and realize the wonderfulness imbued in Take Me Apart, especially since chains are especially inhibitive when it comes to going out in public! Those heavy shackles will simply need to be shed if you plan on catching one of Kelela’s just announced shows in Oceania, Europe, or stateside in the coming months.

The shows — which kick off TOMORROW, btw — are relatively few in number given the number of miles she’s racking up in the process, but I guess you probably need a lot of time to recuperate between gigs when you’re in the labor-intensive business of making audience members melt into a pool that requires mopping up afterwards. Those poor venue janitors…

Kelela dates:

01.13.18- Melbourne, Australia – Sidney Myer Music Bowl *
01.17.18 – Brisbane, Australia – Riverstage *
01.19.18 – Auckland, New Zealand- The Studio
01.20.18 – Sydney, Australia- The Domain *
02.19.20 – Milan, Italy – Teatro Principe
02.22.18 – London, UK – Roundhouse
02.23.18 – Bristol, UK – SWX
02.26.18 – Boston, MA – Royale
02.27.18 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of the Living Arts
03.01.18 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
03.02.18 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza
04.13.18 – Indio, CA – Coachella
04.20.18 – Indio, CA – Coachella
06.01-03.18 – New York, NY – Governors Ball

* The xx

The 10 Best Covers Of 2017

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Now that the year’s over, it’s time to go over a list of the 10 best covers to emerge from the various corners of the music world over the past 12 months. I mean, it’s time for a lot of things, many of which are more important, per se, and say a lot more about … More »

The 50 Best Music Videos Of 2017

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In this space in past years, I’ve usually written about which music-video directors had the best years. It’s a variation of the auteur theory, as visionaries like Nabil and Hiro Murai have used artists as vehicles for their ideas and approaches. This year, though, it feels like the artists themselves who are driving things, and … More »