Earlier today, Spoon released a video for new album track “Do You,” and now, only a few hours later, they drop a new single: “Inside Out.” It’s a luxuriant slow-burner with a sweet harp (!) solo, and you should listen.
Last year Johnny Marr, that most legendary of all sidemen, finally released his debut solo album, and now he announces a second one. Playland comes a little more than a year after 2013′s The Messenger and features music Marr wrote shortly after finishing his debut. According to Spin, the title refers to the idea that play is an important part of cultural development, as explained by Dutch cultural theorist Johan Huizinga’s 1938 book Homo Ludens. Above you can see the album cover and below you’ll find the track list.
Along with Disclosure, British producer Duke Dumont is one of the guys responsible for bringing house sounds onto the pop charts. He’s got two UK #1 singles under his belt already, and he still has yet to drop his debut full-length. “Mumble Man” comes not from his forthcoming album but from For Club Play Only Vol. 3, the third installment of a four-part series of EPs. Hilariously touted by his label as “possibly the best scat track since Scatman John,” “Mumble Man” is a tech-house track full of synth and manipulated vocals that, as suggested by the EP’s title, seems built for club play. Hear it below.
YG’s debut album My Krazy Life remains, for my money, the best rap full-length of 2014 by a whole lot, and one of the great things about it is the way it weaves its big, obvious singles into its rich tapestry. The Compton gang-slang headknocker “Bicken Back Being Bool” feels more like an album track than a single, but like so much of what this guy does, it’s catchy as all hell, so maybe it’s not a surprise that it’s got its own video now. Director Alex Nazari starts things off with a long spoken-word fire-and-brimstone sermon, and he piles on the local Compton atmosphere before everything explodes into a gun battle. It’s a gripping video, and you can watch it below.
Lorde’s “Tennis Court” already had a bass-heavy weight to it, and now Diplo has only added more in his “Andrew Agassi Remix,” (mis)named for the all-time great tennis player Andre Agassi and released with a photo of Agassi as artwork. Whether Diplo is implying it is he or Lorde who is on an Agassi-level in music isn’t really clear, but it’s a remix that doesn’t mess with the song too much, simply amplifying the track’s already present strengths. Listen below.
Future seems to be on a mission to make videos for every one of the songs on Honest, his very good sophomore album. And the new video for the miasmic, thudding “T-Shirt” follows in the footsteps of the low-budget clips for “Blood, Sweat, Tears” and “Side Effects.” This one is a day-in-the-life sort of thing, and it follows Future from an airplane to a drug house, a shoe store, his house, and the stage at Birthday Bash, Atlanta’s biggest annual rap show. There are a few rapper cameos in there, too. Watch it below.
Lucki Eck$, an 18-year-old rapper from Chicago, released his debut mixtape last year. “Ouch Ouch,” produced by British singer FKA twigs (about to drop her own debut album), comes from his forthcoming mixtape BODY HIGH. FKA twigs also directed and starred in the video, a creepily hypnotic clip of what looks like either a séance or demonic possession shot on glitchy, grainy VHS tape. Watch it below.
Earlier this year, Johnny Foreigner released their slept-on fourth album, You Can Do Better. For whatever reason, the British four-piece never completely gained a foothold on this side of the pond in the way that contemporaries Los Campesinos or We Were Promised Jetpacks did, but it’s about time they were recognized for putting out consistently enjoyable and well thought-out punk. Their signing to Philadelphia’s Lame-O Records in the US should help. To celebrate the new relationship, the band is releasing a mixtape of reworked B-sides and demos from their archives, and “Candles” is a propulsive highlight in that collection. Listen below.