MGMT is charting an ominously morbid, gothic return with their latest track, the aptly-named “When You Die.”
Confronting the concept of death, vocalist Andrew VanWyngarden sings, “You die / and words don’t do anything.” Continuing, “It’s permanently night / and I won’t feel anything.”
A buoyant melody and driving synth aid in the exuberance of a most blissful multitude on the new track. It’s both enveloping and enthralling, all while the video’s protagonist flys through a blissful void of seemingly meaningless activities, and a sea of space when he passes.
“When You Die” is akin to the very ethos of the synth-pop stars. VanWyngarden lashes out on the track, “Go fuck yourself / You heard me right / Don’t call me nice, again,” all while simultaneously encapsulating the introspective lyrics and dazzling dexterity of group that seems to be charting a momentous return.
Little Dark Age is due out in February of 2018 and will serve as a follow-up to the band’s self-titled LP of 2013. While its release date and tracklist have yet to be announced, they’ve been performing new tracks from the record while on tour, and have an array of festivals they’re set to appear at.
Those questioning whether electronic music producers are “real musicians” say no more, because Daktyl is here to silence naysayers. The UK-born, LA-based artist performed his track “Unseen,” a selection from his The Act of Hesitation EP, live with instrumentals while JJ Draper performed vocals. The producer plays the guitar, the keyboard, the xylophone, a MIDI controller, and pad among other instruments during the performance — in addition, he also provides some vocal contributions of his own.
To say the performance is a spectacle would be an understatement, as Daktyl displays mastery of more than six instruments throughout the course of the video. Daktyl will be on the road with Big Wild this winter where fans will be able to see him perform live.
2017 was arguably Tyler, the Creator’s biggest year yet. The OFWGKTA founder released his fourth studio albumFlower Boy back in July to widespread critical acclaim. It saw Tyler hit lyrical stride at the peak of his career through a journey of introspective, self defining tracks.
Tyler, the Creator’s debut Tiny Desk performance was the first time NPR has held a nighttime performance, at the special request of Tyler’s team to light the room themselves.
Tyler and his bandmates perform bathed in a saturation of rich, self lit colors, “What’s your name?” Tyler asks a woman in the crowd. “Nana” she replies. Tyler then motions to his backing choir to sing along, “Nana in this motherfucker” they sing. It’s quite silly, but Tyler and his backing group sing with an impassioned fervor.
The group plays “Boredom,” “See you Again,” and “Glitter” across the twenty minute concert, all songs from Flower Boy. Tyler’s bandmates balance his nonchalant frontman presence with their earnest vocal hymns. Even when he’s joking, Tyler, the Creator seems to hit a soft spot in his audience.
Most likely not, but it’s doubtful that anyone would be opposed if it did.
Slim Jxmm and Swae Lee of rap duo Rae Sremmurd recently sat down to record a new installment in Noisey’s The People Vs. series. In characteristic People Vs. fashion, the episode follows Jxmm and Lee as the Rae Sremmurd members read aloud and then respond to a series of YouTube comments. Rae Sremmurd spiritedly react to comments of both positive and negative poles, thanking the user that wrote “Cool thanks best song ever,” before answering a number of comments that accuse the rappers of comparing themselves to The Beatles.
Rae Sremmurd emphasizes that the track doesn’t set out to equate Rae Sremmurd to The Beatles, but instead embodies the concept of the “new age” rockstar. “We are not The Beatles,” Jxmm emphasizes, “we’re not comparing ourselves to The Beatles, we’re the Black Beatles, we’re rockstars — new age new generation.”
Lee chimes in to underscore Rae Sremmurd’s musical versatility: “We’re going to all genres, doing everything,” Lee states. “Next we might make some techno, you never know from Rae Sremmurd.” The joke alludes to the range of genres in which Rae Sremmurd can work, leaving an underground Rae Sremmurd release not altogether outside the realm of possibility, but unlikely for now.
His remix of “Walk on Water” adds a dance music backbone to the original track, but doesn’t stray too far from the empowering rock song’s core. R3HAB lets lead vocalist Jared Leto‘s voice guide the track, adapting it just slightly to fit in with the producer’s discography. It’s a well-executed of an already brilliant song that will rouse fans of both dance and rock music.
Delaney Jane‘s name has popped up all across the dance music spectrum in recent years. The Canadian singer has been featured on tracks by the likes of Tiësto, Adventure Club, REZZ, and many more. She’s ending 2017 on a high note with a track of her own, “HOWL,” produced by Shaun Frank.
“HOWL” is centered on the singer’s emotive vocals over a simple mellow dance beat. In “HOWL” and its accompanying music video, Delaney Jane showcases both her wild side — calling for her listeners to howl at the moon — while also showing her sensitive side, describing the feeling of longing when being separated from a loved one.
The track is the debut release from Delaney Jane’s upcoming solo EP.
SOPHIE has released the official music video to accompany her track “Ponyboy.” The Los Angeles-based record producer, singer, songwriter, dancer and DJ started her career with a band called Motherland before releasing a string of singles and collaborations in 2014 that would help catapult her towards a mainstream breakthrough. Now, SOPHIE — with an album coming in the near future — is slated to become one of pop’s most invigorating figures.
The video features captivating light schemes that give rise to SOPHIE’s commanding vocals. As the camera shakes and SOPHIE leads two other women in a synchronized routine, the word “pony” and “boy” alternate on the background screen: the video is visually stimulating, the perfect fit for the ear candy that is “Ponyboy.”