Memoryy is the alias of Brooklyn-based Shaun Hettinger. Seamlessly bringing together ‘80s-inspired synths with elements of modern production, his synth-pop lives in a distinct realm between the past & present. Memoryy has just announced his new EP, Young Oblivion- set for release September 30th!
Young Oblivion EP cut “Feels Like The First Time” is the perfect jam to round out the last warm days of summer, filled with emotional vocals layered atop undeniably catchy synths & percussive elements. “Feels Like The First Time” premiered today with Wondering Sound, and is also available to post & share HERE!
Consisting of five sophisticated & memorable electro-pop gems that flirt with afro-pop, funk, moody mid-tempo, straight dancefloor & even a soul ballad, the Young Oblivion EP is the result of eight months of hard work & perseverance. At the helm of the EP’s production (having produced four of the five tracks) is co-producer John Jagos, also known as renowned chillwave artist Brothertiger. NYC producers & remixers extraordinaire The Golden Pony also inject their brand of dancefloor-ready electro-pop to the EP, and the record’s personnel is rounded out by indie-pop songbird Frances Cone (backing vocals), Josh Dobson (guitars), Dan Morosi (drums), Israel Heller (violin), Lizzy Rich (backing vocals) & Rose Lovell (backing vocals).
Stay tuned for more news from Memoryy coming soon!
The new solo project High Ends from Yukon Blonde frontman Jeffrey Innes is titled Super Class and will be released October 7th via Dine Alone Records. Having previously revealed lush album cut “The Weight” and the psych-rock single “Intoxicated,” NYLON has revealed the video for infectious album track “Downtown” today. Filled with irresistible, ‘80s-inspired analogue synths & an infectious refrain, the video is an artistic interpretation about relationships and detachment in the modern age. Watch the “Downtown” video HERE and we encourage you to post & share.
Innes explains, "Downtown" is a song I wrote about internet dating. It's actually more about a conversation I had with a friend regarding dating in general. She was finding internet dating hard to escape because less and less people try to meet people the old way now. She explained that in the old days she felt like a club was like a jungle and people behaved like animals. She used to hate being gawked at and treated like an object, but the internet thing doesn't feel like anything at all. I feel like the video interpretation that Sabre has made for the song somewhat fits the modern feel of what it's like to be single and detached from the new way of dating. The girl goes Downtown and still ends up by herself. It looks like she has a clear mind though, which is always nice.
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The ten-song LP was recorded with producer Colin Stewart (Dan Mangan, The New Pornographers) at his Vancouver Island facility. During the sessions, Gold & Youth drummer Jeff Mitchelmore handled percussion, Louise Burns and The New Pornographers' Kathryn Calder contributed backing vocals, and Ladyhawk's Darcy Hancock laid down guitar. Fan not able to wait until album release can grab the 2-track single featuring “Downtown” and “Intoxicated” available now.
Introspective “God Bless America” Released as Free MP3 to Celebrate
In the summer of 2012, a completely unknown band called Satellites released an elaborately packaged, “limited edition” (only 500 copies) album simply entitled Satellites 01. The album, available only in the UK, garnered rave reviews, winding up #16 on Rough Trade’s “Best Albums of 2012” that year.
Satellites 02 followed soon after, again released only in the UK, with gorgeous “bring back the beauty of the album” packaging, and again the critically acclaimed album wound up on Rough Trade’s “Best Albums of 2013” charts.
Satellites is actually writer, singer, multi-instrumentalist and producer Johnny Vic, an Englishman living in Copenhagen, who has spent most of his professional life touring the world as a band member and musical director for other more famous artists.
Since their initial release both 01 and 02 have gained momentum. They became blogger gold in the UK, word of mouth successes that received write-ups from The Guardian, Mojo & Clash. This summer Vic is finally making his long-awaited jump across the pond, releasing 02 for an American audience. The American release will be available as a “producer’s cut,”featuring four more tracks than its UK counterpart.
To celebrate the release of Satellites 02 in the U.S., Vic is giving away “God Bless America,”his own introspective homage to our fine land. The song is written from the perspective of a foreigner spending a two-year stint living in the States. “I wrote the song one sleepless night in a hotel room somewhere in middle America,” he says. “I was channel hopping and the song is literally about what was on TV. Only in America would you see a guy selling a piece of cloth that he said had been blessed by Jesus and that, if purchased and kept about one’s person, would scare off the devil! Then there was a news article about some lonely kid who had gone on a gun rampage. It’s not an anti-American song by any means. It’s more a song about how crazy the place is for someone coming from outside.“
Look for 02, out in the US, on October 7, 2014.
A small cellar in a smart building. A carefully curated collection of analogic synthesizers. A pot of Brylcreem on a table. ZZ Top and Muddy Waters vinyl sitting in a corner in front of a gleaming guitar and an old amplifier. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Arnaud Rebotini’s lair in Montmartre, Paris.
A hulk of a man, Rebotini may look physically impressive but inside he’s really a big softy who loves singing the blues and has an almost carnal attachment to his keyboards and vintage drum machines. His musical career is now divided between two projects: one uses his own name, Arnaud Rebotini, releasing instrumental electronic albums, both nostalgic and futurist, that he plays live on stage - alone - surrounded by his favourite machines. The other is Black Strobe, where he sings and plays a steamy mix of rock and electronic music heavily influenced by blues and country ‘n’ western. The project comes to life fully on stage with the energy of a four-person group.
In September 2014, Black Strobe will release his second album, Godforsaken Roads. The record confirms Rebotini’s rock sensibility and debt to the great American tradition of songwriting, with songs touching on the classic themes of the blues - the randomness of life, the very weight of existence and the strong emotions that run just below the surface (love, lust, loneliness…). He plunges into this world of the bayou, prison and the devil with real passion and the voice of crooner often compared to Iggy Pop or Nick Cave.
Godforsaken Roads contains ten new tracks, including the latest singles Going Back Homeand Broken Phone Blues. The digital edition adds Boogie In Zero Gravity and The Girl From The Bayou released as singles in 2012. On the album, Rebotini also reappropriates Folsom Prison Blues, a Johnny Cash classic, once again with the aim of keeping the blues/country ‘n’ western flame alive (the group’s first album already contained a cover version of Bo Diddley’s famous track I’m A Man). This new version, entirely synth-led with not a guitar in sight, transports the song to another space-time continuum with swathes of keyboard worthy of Tangerine Dream, perfectly resuming the spirit of Black Strobe in 2014.
However, don’t think that Godforsaken Roads is all retro - in fact it’s bang up to date, using electronics, sometimes even of a disco slant, to give Black Strobe its futurist dimension. The album allows Arnaud Rebotini to capture the spirit of America’s cowboy era and transport it to the present day with resolutely modern production, much like the spirit of the blues that seeps from the music of electro-pop idols Depeche Mode.
This contemporary western feel, both melancholic and polished, came to the notice of Quentin Tarantino – who used Black Strobe’s cover version of I’m A Man for the trailer ofDjango Unchained – and Dior, who chose the same track to advertise their perfume Eau Sauvage. By creating a link between the past, present and future, the group’s music has also appealed to Martin Scorsese (the trailer of The Wolf of Wall Street), Guy Ritchie (the soundtrack to RocknRolla) and the creators of the videogame Grand Theft Auto V (GTA).
Although plaudits are now coming from all quarters, Black Strobe has been around for a while. Founded in 1997, the group has released one album (Burn Your Own Church, produced by Paul Epworth) and more than a dozen singles on labels such as Kitsuné, Output, Crosstown Rebels, Supersoul Recordings and Source. As Black Strobe, Arnaud Rebotini has done more than forty remixes for groups such as Rammstein, Depeche Mode, The Rapture, Bloc Party, Fischerspooner, The Hacker and Dave Clarke.
The group is also used to touring in the USA, South America, Japan, Australia and Europe, playing both indoor venues and the world’s biggest festivals (Reading/Leeds, Sónar, Primavera, Pukkelpop, Dour, Transmusicales).
With Rebotini on keyboards and vocals, his current companions are Mathieu Zub (guitar), Benjamin Beaulieu (bass/keyboards) and Mathys Dubois (drums). These three musicians accompany the founder of Black Strobe both in the studio and on stage, and participated in the recording sessions for the album Godforsaken Roads, conducted entirely in Paris at Red Bull Studios, Studios Soyuz and using Rebotini’s home set-up.
With this new album, layered and feverish, the group is back with renewed faith in the power of the blues and a passion for motivating beats.
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Brooklyn-based, New Zealanders’ Streets of Laredo have announced their first full-length album, Volume I & II on Dine Alone Records, out October 7th. Destined to be a soundtrack for all things Fall, this album is a sing-a-long collision of jangling harmonies, stomping percussion, horns and guitars. Take a listen to their debut track “Slow Train” courtesy of AV Club. The band also premiered a teaser trailer documenting life on the road; check it outhere.
Founded by close-knit family members Daniel, Dave and Sarahjane Gibson and inspired by the fervour and madness of the 70’s folk-rock circuit, Streets of Laredo was born out of trying to escape the mundane everyday working life. Older brother Dave tells the story, “Both Dan and I had done the hard yards in bands in New Zealand but we were worn out and a little lost by it all. And broke. I was running this t-shirt company and Dan walks in one day to tell me that he’s finished with music and he’s gonna go get a real job. All of a sudden my ‘big brother’ instinct kicks in and rather than see this young songwriter throw it all away, I gave him a job doing t-shirt orders, and we started working on demos and writing songs together, pretty much day and night from then on in.”
Refining their sound and songs one holiday weekend at a beach house on the New Zealand coast, the Gibsons started to fashion a sound that was equal parts folk storytelling and psychedelic madness. With just one home-town show under their belt, a handful of demos and a whole lot of hope, they took the plunge and decided to move halfway around the world. Fast forward to the summer of 2012 and Streets of Laredo in a rehearsal space in Brooklyn NY with a guitar, a drum-machine and no money, trying to figure out what comes next.
Quickly adding fellow countryman Thom Darlow and local Brooklynites Sean McMahon and Andrew McGovern to the mix, this now rambling, multi-instrumental, seven-piece started to craft a dance-inducing mix of vocal hooks, beats and wild sounds that saw the New York music scene embrace them as their own - building a firm reputation in the music halls of Brooklyn and the Lower East Side for playing danceable, crazy songs that kept fans coming back for more - not to mention seeing the band feted as a must-see act at both CMJ and SXSW.
A quick trip back to New Zealand saw the band record the bones of ‘Volume I & II’ - ten songs inspired by their old life in NZ and their new life in NYC - in an old converted Auckland theatre where, courtesy of friendships and favors, they locked down that distinctive Streets of Laredo sound.
Like Bob Dylan running late to a Ramones concert or Paul Simon getting blind drunk with Grizzly Bear, however you describe them the resulting songs and sound have had an instant effect on fans and critics alike. Stay tuned for an upcoming US tour announcement!
Volume I & II Track List:
1. Everything To Everyone
2. Lonsdale Line
4. Need A Little Help
6. Hey Rose
7. Slow Train
9. Dear Leron
10. I’m Living
With eye-catching imagery, witty word play, and an explosive guest feature, MC Frontalot is changing everything you know about fairy tales. “Gold Locks” isn’t the kind of story your mother would tell you. It’s better.
In the video, Frontalot narrates the precautionary tale to baby bears, warning them to watch out for Goldilocks, who if she “gets her knives in you, might invite [her friends] over to the spot she found for brunch.” Then, featured emcee Jean Grae drops her sizzling verse and vibes out with Frontalot. Interspersed with bears, humans, and a jarring Goldilocks stuffing her face with ribs and of course, porridge, this music video will definitely make you rethink one of your favorite fairy tales.
Catch MC Frontalot on the last leg of his US tour with Corn Mo and Dr. Awkward.
9/19 in Philadelphia, PA @ North Star Bar and Restaurant
9/20 in Brooklyn, NY @ Littlefield
Producer: Michael Toscano
Director of photography: Shaun Dixon
Additional photography: Jacqueline Castel
Gaffer: Justin Dickson
Editor: Michael Sobo
Hair and Make-up: Afton Adams
Goldilocks: Carlee Hoshowski
Bears: Gina Atwater, Revati Crouch Dhomse, Ellie Zeitlin, Matthew Tyler
Birmingham-based shoegaze-y three-piece, WRAY, release the wonderfully psychedelic and dream-like video for track “Relative” off their self-titled debut album, out July 15th on Communicating Vessels. The video premiered on Wondering Sound who described “…a severity to the song that makes it hard to shake.” The band will be performing in New York City as part of their CMJ showcase on Wednesday, October 22nd at the Lit Lounge.
What do you expect from a band that boasts its inspiration from, “Dreamlike frequencies, sonic colors, ritualism, stagnation, repetition, movement and cohesiveness.” It was recorded in their hometown of Birmingham, Alabama at Ol Elgante Studio. With mastermind engineer Daniel Farris (Man Or Astro-man?, St. Vincent, Polyphonic Spree, Verbena) at the helm, they managed to capture the atmospheric beauty that comes with every live show they play.
Wray is David Brown, Blake Wimberly, and David Swatzell. Though they are new, their involvement in the music community starts over a decade ago with such bands as Last Flight In, Comrade, Nightmare Waterfall, and a handful of other projects you might not have had the chance to see if “punk rock” just isn’t your scene. But this project is something you don’t want to miss.
With their soulful, smooth-as-silk sound, Brooklyn-based denitia and sene effortlessly meld elements of electronic, hip hop, R&B & soul in equal doses. With influences ranging from The Fugees to The Beatles, denitia’s seductive voice paired with sene’s magnetic beats create a sound both fresh and quixotic. After hitting #11 on the iTunes R&B charts with their debut album, denitia and sene bring you on their latest alluring journey with their 4 track EP, side fx., set to be released on November 11th via Red Bull Sound Select in the US and Rinse in the UK.
Shifting from a serene trance to an exhilarating ride in a moment’s notice, the side fx.. EP is packed with raw emotion and relentless melodies. The duo’s inebriating sound comes to life within the first seconds of their title track, “side fx.,” as the beat draws you in commanding you to move. “side fx.” was unveiled with VICE’s Noisey and is available to post and share HERE. The band also shares a live video performance for the song, shot in the Catskills for the ‘Great Outdoors’ series. Watch the “side fx.” live video HERE.
Fans will have another chance to experience denitia and sene’s hypnotic live show as they support Chet Faker on November 29th at Mack Sennett Studios as part of Red Bull Sound Select Presents: 30 Days in LA.
UK soul/rock singer Liam Bailey sings with a raw expressiveness that has drawn comparisons to Jimi Hendrix, Jack White, Queens of the Stone Age and Cody ChesnuTT. Co-written and produced by Bailey, and Executive Produced by Flying Buddha label head and Executive VP of A&R Salaam Remi (Kendrick Lamar, French Montana, Nelly Furtado), his debut album Definitely Now is out now via Flying Buddha/Sony Masterworks.
Definitely Now spans genres and styles from hard-driving rock tracks to gentler singer-songwriter inspired works to reggae-tinged jams, simultaneously showcasing Bailey’s undeniable skill and musical charisma and continuing to win him fans. Album cut “Villain,” called “a psychedelic stomper that sounds something like Hendrix covering a White Stripes track” by Entertainment Weekly, has been given a fresh sheen by A$AP Ferg, who contributes a verse to the top of the track. True to the edgy grit of the original, “Villain” Ft. A$AP Ferg was unleashed by Complex. Click HERE to check it out and we encourage you to post and share!
The Nottingham, England native got his initial introduction to the music business via his friend, producer Salaam Remi. Remi introduced Bailey to the late Amy Winehouse, who was so impressed with his music that she signed Bailey to her Lioness Records imprint and recorded 2 EP’s with him. In a similar fashion, Bailey was personally invited by Paloma Faith to join her for the US leg of her fall tour, which begins September 26th.
Butch Walker wears many hats. From his early career as a hair metal guitarist to his prodigious songwriting and production resume (which includes work with Pink, Gavin DeGraw, and Weezer) to performing with Taylor Swift at the GRAMMY’s to his 6 full-length solo albums, it‘s likely that if you don’t love Butch Walker, you merely haven’t heard of him yet. But that is about to change.
Walker previously announced that he’ll be joining friend and fellow punk-rocker Ryan Adams for the first leg of Adams’ national tour. Today, he has this message for fans and followers, “A lot of you have been asking if I'm gonna stay out on the road opening for Ryan Adams' dates in November...Well... I am gonna stay out on the road opening Ryan Adams' dates in November. It's that simple. Boom”. Expect to see Walker’s infectious live-wire energy, with his incredible instrumental abilities on display as he takes on Indianapolis, Detroit, Boston, New York and more. Together he & Adams will be one thing: undeniable.
Walker’s recent EP Peachtree Battle perfects the balance between heartfelt imagery and pop hooks. Recently the subject of a documentary entitled “Butch Walker: Out of Focus,” and called a “rock specialist in a pop world,” by Billboard, it becomes undeniably clear that Walker is continuing his rise, and only on his own terms.
10/6: Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre
10/7: Vancouver, BC @ Orpheum Theater
10/9: Edmonton, AB @ Francis Winspear Centre
10/10: Calgary, AB @ Southern Alberta Jubilee Aud.
10/12: Winnipeg, MB @ Burton Cummings Theatre
10/13: Minneapolis, MN @ Northrop Auditorium
10/14: Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theater
10/16: Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre
10/18: Ames, IA @ Iowa State Center
10/19: St. Louis, MO @ Peabody Opera House
10/20: Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theater
11/6: Indianapolis, IN @ The Murat Theatre
11/8: Columbus, OH @ Palace Theatre
11/9: Detroit, MI @ Fillmore Detroit
11/11: Cleveland, OH @ State Theatre @ Playhouse Square
11/12: Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall
11/18: Boston, MA @ The Wang Theatre
11/19: Upper Darby, PA @ Tower Theatre
11/22: New York, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom
11/23: New York, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom