The prolific and consistently great Brooklyn folk rockers Woods released their latest album, With Light And With Love, earlier this year. Some of the band’s album covers have featured sketches from frontman Jeremy Earl, and his sketches have now been animated by organ/piano player John Andrews in a mesmerizing video for “New Light” that gives life to Earl’s simple line drawings. Watch below.
Last month, Rustie released the first single from Green Language, the very long-awaited follow up to his just about perfect debut, Glass Swords. One of the big surprises was that nearly half the album’s tracklist had vocalists listed, something that’s a major (and somewhat risky) move for the Scottish producer. The most exciting of those vocalists, though, comes right in the center of the album, courtesy of Danny Brown, which makes sense when you consider that Rustie produced some of the best songs on the energetic second half of Old. That song, titled “Attak,” is now available, and finds both producer and rapper at their most aggressive. Listen below.
The Chicago R&B smoothie Jeremih, alongside producer Shlohmo, is half of the tandem that put together the No More EP, one of the year’s better free mixtapes. But that tape came out only a week ago, and Jeremih has already snapped back into solo mode. His as-yet-untitled third album is due this fall from Def Jam, and first single “Don’t Tell ’Em” absolutely bangs. And now he’s announced that he’ll release Not On My Album a new mixtape of stuff that we shouldn’t look for on that LP, next month. Given that Jeremih’s last solo tape was Late Nights, an excellent slow burner, this is good news indeed. The first track we’ve heard from the tape is “She Know It,” a casually badass collaboration with the Chicago rapper Chi Hoover, and it’s already got its own low-budget penthouse-party video from directors Kevin & Tionne. Watch it below.
Diplo has lately been putting in some studio work with Madonna, which is a pretty cool thing to have on your resume. During one of those sessions, he apparently convinced her to record a new version of “La Isla Bonita,” the 1987 hit that’s right up there with “Open Your Heart” and “Burning Up” and “Frozen” on the “Tom’s favorite Madonna songs” list. This time around, Diplo had her singing over a vaguely dancehall version of the original’s vaguely Spanish beat, and the opening line is different, too: “Last night, I dreamed of Major Lazer.” Diplo had the track pressed up on an exclusive dubplate and played its opening for the BBC DJ Annie Mac, and she freaked out accordingly. Watch video evidence below.
Right now, the D.C.-based deep-house duo Benoit & Sergio are working on an album that’s being co-produced by Darkside’s Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington. Before they get to that, though, they’ll release their new Your Darkness EP. The video for the thumping, wistful title track is a sort of moving love letter to the city of Tokyo in the 1980s, and it’s full of drab, workaday images the things you might’ve seen there — the crowded commuter trains, the schoolkids in uniforms, the fascinating architecture, the crowded nightclubs where people actually wore suits. Kateb Habib directed the video, and you can watch it below.
How To Dress Well just released the devastating “What Is This Heart?”, one of the year’s best. But according to Tom Krell, one of the songs that didn’t make it onto the album is, in some ways, the key to the album. That song is the fragile piano ballad “Let U Know,” a “partial cover” of a song by oFF Love, a friend of Krell. Of the song, Krell writes, “In singing ’Let U Know,’ I discovered the title of my album and a lot of its meaning — I needed this song to be heard by people, even though I couldn’t find a place for it on the album proper.” Listen to it below.
The story behind the reissue of Lewis’ 1983 album L’Amour adds to its mysterious appeal: A record collector discovers a beautiful and strange album from an enigmatic Canadian performer and no one has heard it before and no one can shed much light on who Lewis was (or is). L’Amour should have been a one-off, an oddity in the internet age. But another LP has surfaced on eBay and, right now, is going for over $1,700. Romantic Times is the 1985 followup to L’Amour and reveals a few more tantalizing clues about the artist behind the music. It was released under the name Lewis Baloue, which could possibly be his real name. It was recorded by Dan Lowe at Calgary’s Thunder Road studios, though when asked he said he “remembered little about the session other than that Lewis seemed to be ’under the influence.’” There are only two known copies in existence: the one that is on eBay right now was found in the same Calgary store warehouse that the first one was and the one that Light In The Attic is remastering the release from was discovered by Vancouver record collector Kevin “Sipreano” Howes. The album is unmistakably the work of the man who penned L’Amour — the same chiseled jawline graces the cover of Romantic Times and the music has the same haunting, dreamlike quality. As with the first album, the label is promising to pay out royalties to anyone that could prove that they were Lewis. You can preorder a vinyl/CD or get the album digitally right now via Light In The Attic.
Jersey rockers the Gaslight Anthem will release their new album Get Hurt next month, and the album’s title track, which we posted a little while back, is a surprisingly Killers-esque turn for a band who used to occupy the middle ground between Bruce Springsteen and Social Distortion. The song’s brand-new video takes place in one of those run-down dive bars where all the half-asleep drunks get up and start interpretive dancing as soon as the chorus kicks in. It ends, as it must, with a pretty lady collapsing into feathers. It’s pretty silly! Watch it below.