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Open Windows 3: Deap Vally grinds and Alexis Taylor unwinds

Prince’s influence on the music world after his death continues unabated. Via FactMag, Hot Chip’s Alexis Taylor has now covered the Prince unreleased rarity, “Old Friends 4 Sale,” with heartfelt, somber piano notes. Taylor unplugging himself from his electro-synth world is jarring enough; Taylor explaining how he wanted to relearn the song as a tribute to Prince is even more emotional.

 

Deap Valley’s finally got new music on the horizon, and we’re thankful they haven’t changed their stripes. The female duo continues their blues-punk, guitar-dripping sound with the slow-burning track “Royal Jelly” and some advice for those who want to rule the world.

Deap Vally’s album Femijism, produced by the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s Nick Zinner, will be out Sept. 16 on Nevado.

Watch the video below:

Read NPR’s blurb on Deap Vally in their “New Mix” wrapup: http://www.npr.org/player/embed/484374847/484377500

Deap Vally also released the video last month for “Smile More,” a tender ode to guys who try that advice on others.  “I am not ashamed of my age/ I am not ashamed of my rage,” Lindsey Troy sings. Deap Vally always knows the right thing to say.

 

The first two songs off Lando Chill’s upcoming album are more than just promising. The Tucson hip-hop artist spits honest truth, whether he’s feeling just fine rolling a bowl on “Early In the Morning” or fighting demons like depression on “Coroner”:

“There’s no more to say, no more to pay, no world to save / I’m not the man you believe in, see I’m just the man you were leaving,” Lando Chill says rather calmly on the song, and you believe he’s got something bubbling underneath the surface.

His album, For Mark, Your Son, will be out Aug. 12 on Mello Music Group. Listen on Bandcamp:

 

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Hear electro-dance trio Rufus Du Sol’s “Say A Prayer For Me”

Odesza’s Foreign Family Collective label is set to release its sixth work — and its first full-length album — from Rufus Du Sol, a trio from Australia. It will be Rufus Du Sol’s second album. Bloom will be out Jan. 22.

Listen to their hopeful, modern electro-dance song “Say A Prayer For Me.” Rufus Du Sol, comprising keyboardist Jon George, guitarist and vocalist Tyrone Lindqvist and drummer James Hunt recently won an Aria for Best Dance Release in their native country and are making the next step in their career here in the States.

Odesza hooked up with Rufus Du Sol in 2014, supporting them on their Australian tour. Odesza’s Harrison Mills explains the synergy:

“When an opportunity arose to work with Rufus Du Sol on releasing a track through a our label Foreign Family Collective, we sprung at the idea. They sent us the album to check out and we were blown away. Up until this point, FFC had only released singles. After hearing Bloom in its entirety, we knew we had to break that mold and put out the complete album. It’s one of the best albums we’ve come across in the last decade.”

 

BLOOM TRACKLIST:
1. Brighter
2. Like An Animal
3. Say A Prayer For Me
4. You Were Right
5. Be With You
6. Daylight
7. Hypnotised
8. Tell Me
9. Until The Sun Needs To Rise
10. Lose My Head
11. Innerbloom

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Red Bull Music Academy’s free 20 Before 16 series is back

Red Bull has brought back its “20 Before 16.” This is the second year Red Bull Music Academy will present 20 tracks by emerging artists to help ring in the new year.

Last year there were definitely surprises, like D’Angelo’s first music in 14 years, and exclusive Earl Sweatshirt music.
The 20 songs are released over 20 days, and the tracks are available as free downloads, 1,000 copies only.

The latest single is Chilean quartet Astro’s “Le Golden Ballon,” recorded live at Red Bull’s LA studio. The song was originally on the band’s 2009 debut EP, “Le Disc De Astrou.”

Download “Le Golden Ballon” here; as of Dec. 6, there were 579 downloads left.

Each song begins streaming at noon EST each day at redbull.com. You can listen to previous 20 Before 16 tracks there as well.

 

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Crystal Castles releases single “Deicide”

crystalcastles-deicideCrystal Castles released their ambient single “Deicide” on Soundcloud today. Their new album is still in the midst of being recorded. The album will be the first sans Alice Glass, whose departure continues to cause a stir. Another recent song, “Frail,” features new Crystal Castles’ singer Edith, whose last name is still under wraps.

Visit Pitchfork to read an interview with Crystal Castles’ Ethan Kath.

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