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Hear Justin Timberlake’s new disco hit “Can’t Stop the Feeling”

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Justin Timberlake tonight dropped the song “Can’t Stop the Feeling” from his upcoming album. Via Complex, MissInfo and 2DopeBoyz, it’s got a happy disco beat that rides from beginning to end. Pharrell’s been at work with JT for this new project, and you can easily hear that influence. It’s still Justin Timberlake’s dance sound, and thank god for that.

“I got that sunshine in my pocket,” he says, and no one can argue with that.

Check out the audio here, and you can grab it on iTunes as well. The song was set to premier on Friday but apparently has leaked. A piece of the song was already previewed though.

 

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Don’t blink now — FKA twigs is changing the face of music with “M3LL155X”

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There’s good reason FKA twigs easily commands a captive audience. The young British singer, songwriter and dancer has been consistently breaking new ground in electro-pop, dance and trip-hop genres, winning accolades along the way.

Her eye-popping music videos are often overtly sexual without revealing anything, and demonstrate her mature grasp of performance art, skirting the hazy line that separates NSFW and slick production.

Her latest five-song EP, “M3LL155X,” also called “Melissa,” moves fluidly between trip-hop, soul, house and R&B influences. The songs gracefully house her hushed and porcelain vocals, which can drop to almost nothing in one measure and soar wildly in the next.

fka twigs bedThe scratchy, drawn-out groan she emits in the electric “Figure 8” is only one testament to how far she’s willing to go in music. On the explosive “I’m Your Doll,” she portrays a blow-up doll ready to do her bidding. “I’m feeling like a loaded gun, and when it’s done, I’m the only one,” she whispers.

For the synth-pop dance song “In Time,” she implores a man to stay committed, promising that together they’ll be unstoppable. But she also softly warns him, “The way you dismiss me/Will turn into missing me like I am yours.” On the tempo-jumping single “Glass & Patron,” she experiences a catharsis that frees her from the deep-seated pain of “being told who I am.” It’s her version of “Vogue” for the 21st century.

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Her accompanying 16-minute conceptual video for the EP sways wildly between vivid imagery and unsettling beauty – it screams to be seen. It’s safe to say few others in music are taking the kinds of risks that FKA twigs is fast becoming known for.

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Maya Jane Coles, as Nocturnal Sunshine, dims the skies with “Take Me There”

"Take Me There" is the first single of Maya Jane Coles' "Nocturnal Sunshine" record.

“Take Me There” is the first single of Maya Jane Coles’ “Nocturnal Sunshine” record.

British and Japanese producer Maya Jane Coles has released the first single, “Take Me There,” off her upcoming album, “Nocturnal Sunshine.”

Details on the new album include a track listing and musical collaborators. The musician Chelou provides his mysterious and earthy vocals on “Alright,” while Argentina’s Catnapp aids “The River.”

According to a press release, “Nocturnal Sunshine,” also Coles’ alias, will be released on Coles’ label, I/AM/ME, on May 26, via Kobalt Label Services.

Maya Jane Coles, aka Nocturnal Sunshine

Maya Jane Coles, aka Nocturnal Sunshine

Coles has also remixed an impressive and eclectic selection of top-shelf artists, including Florence and the Machine, The XX, Gorillaz, Bonobo and Ella Fitzgerald. Her self-produced debut album, “Comfort,” was released in 2013, and has steadily gained an underground following. For more, visit her Soundcloud page.

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(I/AM/ME – May 26th)

Tracklisting :
1. Intro (Holding On)
2. Believe ft. Chelou
3 It’s Alright
4. Take Me There
5. Drive 
6. Footsteps 
7. Down By The River
8. Bass Bin
9. Can’t Hide The Way I Feel
10. Intergalactic 
11. Skipper
12. Hotel

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Hot Chip lives again; releases “Why Make Sense?” details, “Huarache Lights” video

Hot Chip: "Why Make Sense"

Hot Chip: “Why Make Sense”

This week, Hot Chip released info on their upcoming album, “Why Make Sense?” as well as the video for “Huarache Lights,” also on the new album. The last time the British group released music was the excellent “In Our Heads,” which brought us “How Do You Do?” and the funk-blast “Night & Day” in 2012.

According to a story on Pitchfork, if you pre-order “Why Make Sense,” you can also get Hot Chip’s “Separate,” a four-track EP of outtakes from the band’s latest recording sessions. So it’s a win-win all over for Hot Chip fans.

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Check out “Huarache Lights”: It’s classic Hot Chip, but with an added techno/disco twist and the group’s silky vocals. Look for more surprises from the group on their sixth album, set for release May 18 on Domino.

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Hear the new song by Django Django, “First Light”

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Django Django by Pavla Kopecna

Django Django have released a new song, “First Light,” which blends a fresh mix of 60s-era, pristine harmonies and electronic dance beats. Its soaring melody starts and ends with a militaristic marching beat.

Their self-titled debut in 2012 received mainstream praise. The exposure allowed the Scottish quartet (producer and drummer Dave Mclean, bassist Jimmy Dixon, synth man Tommy Grace and singer/guitarist Vincent Neff) to hit up major fests like Glastonbury and Bonnaroo as well as tour the U.S.

More info on the band’s upcoming CD will be forthcoming.

Listen to “First Light” at Soundcloud.

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Watch New Hands’ GIF-generated video “Strange Attractor”

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Just a little bit of techno-geek: GIFs are bitmap pictures of just 256 colors usually reserved for low-res film clips. That turns out to be the perfect formula for what synth band New Hands’ wanted for their latest video.

The electronic group has put out a GIF-based generative video for their new-wave song “Strange Attractor,” taking people’s random vintage home videos from Youtube and mashing them up in strange ways.

The idea seems bred from the vein of John Cougar Mellencamp’s “Jack and Diane” video;

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But for “Strange Attractor,” New Hands has curated more than 900 images — of young children, a guy trying to stuff something in a car trunk, skateboarders, dancers over the decades, Las Vegas, a man with a mask, car crashes, karate events, — usually catching people at their most awkward-looking.

These mundane images are familiar, wonderful and mysterious at the same time. The clashes of culture are oddly at home together on “Strange Attractor.”

Every time you click on New Hands’ video generator for “Strange Attractor,”, it regenerates the order of 329 of these images, for a unique experience every time. You could also just watch the YouTube version, which is slightly easier.

Sometimes the beat of “Strange Attractor” feeds off one of the images, but most of the time the awkward pictures are unsettling but extremely interesting to watch. You can never really latch on to one picture because in a few seconds, any attachment you might have to that is replaced with something different and new.

Drummer Gord Bond explained why the GIF format appealed to him:

““It was the GIF format that intrigued me. Technically it is a picture file, but it allows for animation. To me this was an interesting dualism. On the one hand it’s a video and on the other a still image. By using the GIF files we compiled as the frames for the video we are bringing attention to the structural element of video – the individual frame, which when stitched together create movement. This idea of stillness vs movement is also repeated in the thematic element of the video. The GIFs all contain some form of movement. Movement is critical to the song itself, it is constantly in motion.””

If you’re not into any of that, you can still just listen to the song at Soundcloud.

The song was mixed by Graham Walsh of Holy Fuck.  New Hands’ debut full-length album is due next year.

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Daft Punk’s “Alive 2007” to be released on double vinyl and limited edition Dec. 23

Daft Punk’s hugely successful CD “Alive 2007” will be rereleased as a double-vinyl edition Dec. 23 — just in time for last-minute awesome gift-giving.

“Alive 2007” is a mix of the French house duo’s most well-received studio songs up to that point — reworked and reimagined.

It was recorded live at Bercy in Paris on June 14, 2007, and was originally only available as a CD or digital download. “Alive 2007” garnered a Grammy for “Best Electronic/Dance Album” in 2009.

The “Alive 2007” double-vinyl edition is set to be a triple gatefold.

Side A: ROBOT ROCK / OH YEAH / TOUCH IT / TECHNOLOGIC / TELEVISION RULES THE NATION / CRESCENDOLLS 
Side B:
TOO LONG / STEAM MACHINE / AROUND THE WORLD / HARDER BETTER FASTER STRONGER / BURNIN’ / TOO LONG 
Side C:
FACE TO FACE / SHORT CIRCUIT / ONE MORE TIME / AERODYNAMIC / AERODYNAMIC BEATS / FORGET ABOUT THE WORLD
Side D:
PRIME TIME OF YOUR LIFE / BRAINWASHER / ROLLIN’ AND SCRATCHIN’ / ALIVE / DA FUNK / DAFTENDIREKT / SUPERHEROES / HUMAN AFTER ALL / ROCK’N’ROLL

Daft Punk's "Alive 2007" to be released as a double-vinyl edition on Dec. 23.

Daft Punk’s “Alive 2007” to be released as a double-vinyl edition on Dec. 23.

Adding to the hype — a limited edition of “Alive 2007” will be released at the same time. This one will have the album on two solid-white vinyl records, plus a vinyl bonus, a 52-page book of concert pics, a slipmat and download card.

On the vinyl bonus: Side A– The show’s encore (Human After All / Together / One More Time (reprise) / Music Sounds Better With You). Side B — “Alive 2007” pyramid logo etched.

Along with all that comes a silver vinyl edition of Daft Punk’s first live album “Alive 1997.”

How’s that for holiday gift-giving?

Watch Daft Punk perform “Harder Better Faster Stronger” from “Alive 2007.”

(Top photo credit: Daft Life Ltd.)

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Download, stream Yacht’s “Terminal Beach”

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“Where Does This Disco?” Limited Edition EP

Dance-punk group Yacht are streaming their latest single “Terminal Beach,” which you can also download for free at Stereogum.
“Terminal Beach” refers to a collection of stories by British science-fiction writer J.G. Ballard. The namesake story is basically about a man, whose wife dies, decides to run away to an island that used to be used for nuke-testing.

Despite that thought, you should still listen to Yacht’s “Terminal Beach,” maybe because it’s eons from the story: The song mixes up 80s pop-dance and punk-princess vocals and is worth your time.

Yacht’s EP “Where Does This Disco?”  was out Nov. 11 on Downtown Records.

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A cure for the nation’s cold snap: “Uptown Funk”

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Mark Ronson’s newest gem “Uptown Funk” is frankly, a dance-funk synth explosion of fun-filled joy. It’s loaded to the gills with vibrant energy and brightness — a pick-me-up-and-carry-me-through-the-fall (and winter) kind of song.

“Uptown Funk” also features Bruno Mars, in case you need more motivation to listen to “Uptown Funk.”

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Peaking Lights announce four-date tour

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Peaking Lights: “Cosmic Logic”

LA married duo Peaking Lights have announced a short West Coast tour in support of their latest album, “Cosmic Logic,” out now via Weird World.

If you’re unfamiliar with them, listen to the softened dance/dub and mid-80s retro haze  of “Everyone and Us.”

12-05-14 The Fox Cabaret – Vancouver, BC
12-06-14 Barboza – Seattle, WA
12-07-14 Holocene – Portland, OR
12-09-14 The Chapel – San Francisco, CA

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