bEEdEEgEE aka Brian Degraw of Gang Gang Dance, put out our Album Of The Week yesterday, and now has a new video. “Flowers,” which features Brazilian singer Lovefoxxx, is a sprawling jam that stretches and bends like the goo in a lava lamp. The video does roughly the same thing all under a lo-fi VHS-style filter.
The Torontonian drag performer Tynomi Banks stars in the Canadian pop group Metric’s new video for “Lost Kitten,” a song from their 2012 album Synthetica. In the clip, shot beautifully by director Sammy Rawal, Banks vogues his way through Mexico City, looking for a mythical mother figure. Banks cuts a striking figure in the video, and his performance carries it even if I could make pretty much no sense out of the narrative. Watch it below.
Casanovas In Heat brings together members of Boston punk bands Bloodkrow Butcher, Male Nurses, and Subclinix, but the sound is not as abrasive as those acts. Still very aggressive though: Recent 7″ B-side “Destiny St.” is the sound of losing your mind melodically, with frayed nerves and fast-paced hooks, a la the Buzzcocks, the Nerves, Hüsker Dü, or even an especially amped-up R.E.M. It sounds very much like it could have been part of some Chuck Eddy punk scene overview from the ’80s, and I mean that in the best way possible. Brace yourself and press play.
Lil Bibby might have the world’s least intimidating rap name. It evokes the following things: Smallness, actual babies, and journeyman NBA point guard Mike Bibby, who had a nice run with the early-’00s Sacramento Kings but who was never exactly Ron Artest. (Maybe I should be happy that Lil Bibby didn’t go with “Lil Laettner” or “Lil Korver” or “Lil Greg Oden” or something, but still.) Based on the name alone, I expected him to rap in an exaggerated mouse-squeak, and this couldn’t be further from the truth. Bibby is part of the young Chicago rap zeitgeist, but he has the voice of a middle-aged survivor. Even compared to his wizened old-soul young peers like Chief Keef and Lil Reese, Bibby sounds gnarled and ancient. If not for the drill music church-bells and occasional Auto-Tune on Free Crack, his excellent debut solo mixtape, Bibby could pass for one of the ancient tough-guy veterans who show up on DJ Premier beats these days. He sounds more like Blaq Poet or Sean Price than he does like any of his generational contemporaries. The rap critic Noz already pointed this out on Twitter, but his closest vocal doppelganger is actually Hell Rell, the permanent Dipset B-teamer (an impression only strengthened when a Cam’ron soliloquy from the gloriously awful straight-to-DVD movie Killa Season, which starred Rell, shows up as a skit on Free Crack.) That Rell similarity might be a problem for you. It’s not a problem for me.
It’s been a fruitful season for mega-talented European dance music producers remixing HAIM’s Days Are Gone opener and breakthrough hit “Forever” — shouts to Lindstrøm & Prins Thomas and TCTS — and Euro dance greats don’t come greater than Giorgio Moroder. Now Daft Punk’s hero has unveiled his own take on the sister act’s signature track (OK, some of us ride for “The Wire“).
If you know Scott Reitherman, it’s probably because you know his indie pop band Throw Me The Statue (a Band To Watch back in 2007), but that is likely to change soon with his new project, Pillar Point. “Eyeballs,” an ode to the loneliness of social networking and the first single off PP’s upcoming debut, hits every pleasure center you want when it comes to synth pop. Reitherman’s gloomy, heart-on-sleeve vocals skip along with the bright hyper-melodic synths that sound like something from a Sega Genesis rejuvenated just in time to ring in 2014. Meanwhile that keyboard sweep hook is almost frustratingly addictive. Listen and check out a trailer for the album below.
We haven’t gotten any word on a new album from the world-wrecking Bay Area metal power trio High On Fire, but they do have a blistering new single called “Slave The Hive,” and now they have a video for that single. The clip centers around the practice of medicine in a nighmarish Orwellian rabbit-world, and it is metal as all fuck. Watch it below.
A$AP Rocky is already a star, A$AP Ferg is already a cult hero, and next year, we’ll hear from the rest of the A$AP Mob. The crew’s as-yet-untitled compilation album will be out in a few months, and first single “Trillmatic” is almost entirely a solo showcase for crew member A$AP Nast. But the ’90s-style boom-bap track also has a verse from Method Man, and Meth sounds nasty on this thing. The video sticks with the Timberlands-era aesthetic, going hard on the dudes-rapping-in-project-hallways style that used to dominate the Box and Rap City. Watch it below.