Italian artist/producer Andrea Mangia dropped his first solo record in six years this week under his Populous moniker. Entitled Night Safari, it features appearances and collaborations from Japanese electronic dream pop artist Cuushe and Swiss artist/producer Iokoi as well as fellow Italian electronic music luminaries Clap! Clap!, Digi G'Alessio and Giorgio Tuma and the mysterious non-national producer DJ Khalab.
It's very much a global affair with a focus on the nocturnal taking in Indigenous elements from Africa, West Asia and South America through a myriad of samples and field recordings. There's also European influences, most notably the synth driven Elektronische musik of c. 70's Germany. If only we lived in the progressive, borderless post-colonial world of Populous. Well, at least we can internalise the awe inspiring ride that is Night Safari. We've assembled the first two singles below, 'Vu' and 'Brasilia' and look out for his collaboration with Cuushe in the Top 30 chart out Friday. Grab the album on vinyl through Interbang's Folk Wisdom subsidiary here. No turntable? Bad Panda has the digital here.
1. Himalaya Reel To Reel
2. Fall (feat. Cuushe)
3. Vu (feat. Clap! Clap!)
4. Dead Sea
5. Quad Boogie (feat. Digi G'Alessio)
06. Honey (feat. Iokoi)
7. Agadez (feat. Dj Khalab)
8. Water Temple (feat. Clap! Clap!)
9. Brighton pier
10. Night Safari
11. Brasilia (feat. Giorgio Tuma)
Vu (feat. Clap! Clap!)
From the album, 'Night Safari', Bad Panda/Folk Wisdom
Lo-fi Boston dream pop outfit Mini Dresses have just released their new five track EP, Three. First surfacing in Austin back in 2012, the band have released two EP's (hence the title above), a 7" single and an assorted of home recordings. Inspired by an assorted array of 80's indie luminaries, (you can spot them earwise yourselves) filtered through an 8-track recorder, Three is another step forward for the now duo of Lira Mondal and Caufield Schnug who have another release due in about a month or so. The standout track on the EP the closer 'Other Ones', which will surface in this week's Top 30 countdown. In the meantime, whet your analog, scuffed up dream pop appetite with a free download of reverb filled opener, 'In Two' below. Grab the EP for a name your price arrangement here.
A veteran group of transatlantic indie pop artists well known to each other and middle aged indie tragics everywhere recently came together to form a new dream pop band The Luxembourg Signal and are set to drop their impressive debut record on all formats next month. Formed from bands such as Aberdeen, Fonda and Trembling Blue Stars, Beth Arzy, Brian Espinosa, Johnny Joyner, Betsy Moyer and Ginny Pitchford form a powerful arsenal and have produced an album of 10 tracks that drift authoratively and futuristically through vintage forms of dream and twee pop, alt and noise rock and shoegaze. We've collated three tracks from the release, the chord driven 'We Go On', the melodious 'She Loves To Feel The Sun' and the first to feature earlier this year, the hard hitting 'Distant Drive'. Originally slated for a release through Shelflife next week, the self titled debut has been pushed back to October 21. Pre-order the vinyl here.
1. Dying Star
2. Distant Drive
4. She Loves To Feel The Sun
5. First Light
7. Wishing Pool
9. We Go On
10. Let It Go
She Loves To Feel The Sun
The Luxembourg Signal (USA/ENG)
From the forthcoming album, 'The Luxembourg Signal', Shelflife. Out on October 21.
Four new entries and a new number one this week. The debuts are kicked off by Melbourne based New Zealand duo Hamish Lang and Daniel Neeve, aka Bad Blocks with the first single, 'Lunar' off their soon to be released EP, Circulate. The spatially ambient and precision beat laden track is in at 19.
Continuing her presence in the Top 30 at 20 is London artist FKA Twigs in the form of the patiently, expertly crafted 'Pendulum'. It follows up her former number one track, 'Two Weeks' which just fell from the chart after some 12 weeks in.
We fell for experimental electronic duo Teengirl Fantasy's last LP, Tracer and now the New York based artists are set to release a new EP, Thermal. The single from it, 'Lung' is in at 23 and has a reassuringly familiar yet progressive sound and features the awesome vocals of Tehran born and now Brooklyn based Lafawndah.
The new entries are completed by Mr Nasti, the nom de guerre of now Iowa based Nicholas Naioti. He's just released his second record, Truth Sound along with dripfeeding out three singles to promote the long player. We reckon the slow build of 'Change It' is the best of them with the duelling vocals of Naioti himself with Anna Gebhardt of Annalibera and its generally pensive disposition. It debuts at 28.
Menawhile, Lydia Ainsworth has shot to number one with the glorious 'PSI', from her equally glorious new album, Right From Real and big moves were afoot from all four of last week's new entries, all of which nestle in between 9-12.
The four new entries can be found below and includes a free download of the Bad Blocks track.
All chart details here and all tracks can be streamed in our Top 30 player. As always, enjoy.
Bad Blocks (NZL)
From the forthcoming EP, 'Circulate', Stars and Letters.
Next week sees the physical release of the debut album, Right From Real, from one of our favourite new artists of this year, Lydia Ainsworth. The Canadian electronic pop experimentalist has quietly gone about honing her vocal and songwriting craft exploring the ethereal worlds of film scores, orchestral music, opera and pop noir. The result is a futuristic triumph as she welds together all of these elements and more into eight pieces of exquisite musical architecture. Two of the tracks have appeared in our Top 30 recently, 'Malachite' and currently 'PSI' while those and two others appeared in the form of the taster same named EP back in June. One that didn't was the chopped up otherworldliness of 'Moonstone'. Right From Real is available for pre-order on vinyl through Arbutus here. It's out September 30. Highly recommended.
2. White Shadows
4. Take Your Face Off
8. The Truth
Lydia Ainsworth (CAN)
From the album, 'Right From Real', Arbutus Records.
A couple of weeks back Chicago kaleidoscopic pop/rock quartet YAWN released their excellent second album, 'Love Chills', indication of their growing songwriting and virtuosity. Tracking through multiple genres, the musically adventurous and ambition filled outfit is outward reaching in its experimentalism and far from having their back turned, each track reaches out and connects big time. It's genre hopping character is no better evident than in the two tracks featured below, the rock jam 'Flytrap' (complete with new video) and the enveloping 'Wasting, Waiting' When combined with the best track on the album and our current No. 7 track on the Top 30, 'What's In The World', you should get the drift. Love Chills is digitally out now on Old Flame Records - a CD release is set for next month - no vinyl unfortunately.
Veteran Berlin based DJ/Producer Chris Clark leads the new entries this week with the ethereally propulsive, 'Unfurla'. It sees him at the top of his game which makes the release of his forthcoming self titled album as Clark a mouth watering prospect. Unfurla hits at 17. Close behind at 18 is Client Liaison, who we featured earlier in the week with 'Queen'. Long Island quintet, Mr Twin Sister, formerly minus the Mr, release their second full length next week, also self titled. It's almost three years to the day since the release of the grand, In Heaven. The third track to surface from it is the enigmatic night inspired, 'In The House Of Yes' and that debuts at 20. At 21 is J Fernandez, who we featured yesterday with 'Cosmic Was'.
Rounding out the new entries this week at 25 is none other than that walking pop encyclopaedia from Los Angeles, one Ariel Marcus Rosenberg. Yes, Ariel Pink is back with a brand new double album, Pom Pom, set for release on November 17. Minus his Haunted Graffiti, Pink goes solo this time, although in typical ambiguous fashion he has stated, "this is the first “solo” record credited to my name, it is by far the least “solo” record I have ever recorded". The record's first single, the lovingly and weirdly wistful, 'Put You Number In My Phone' is almost a hybrid between 'Only In My Dreams' from Mature Themes and his collaboration with Jorge Albrecht from last year, 'Hang On To Life'.
Yawn, 'What's In The World', moves into the Top 10 while Free Time remains at 1 with 'Esoteric Tizz'.
All chart details here while the Top 30 Player awaits you top right.
From the forthcoming album, 'Clark', Warp Records. Out Nov 3.
Chicago psychedelic DIY pop artist J. Fernandez is set to release a new EP, Memorize Now, through our favourite French imprint, Atelier Ciseaux. It's his first since the introspective No Luck from 2012. The first track to appear is the vintage jubilance of 'Cosmic Was'. The sound should be no surprise for anyone familiar with Fernandez's penchant for home recordings and his love for experimentation and utilisation of retro equipment. Memorize Now surfaces on October 14. Get the limited edition vinyl here.
Close Your Eyes
J. Fernandez (USA)
From the forthcoming EP, 'Memorize Now', Atelier Ciseaux. Out Oct 14.
Melbourne pop outfit Client Liaison dropped their debut self titled EP last week to follow up their dance oriented 12" single from earlier this year, Free Of Fear . The hopelessly catchy funky bass, chiming synth hooks, substantial horn work and carefully constructed guitar melodies contained in first single 'Queen' will definitely get you in as it plys its trade in taking off pure late 80s Australian financial and cultural hedonism. The duo make no apologies for mining that hedonistic past, which, you can tell from their wonderous video below, they just adore doing. Did the 80s actually ever sound and look thos good? The EP is out now digitally through Dot Dash and Remote Control here. There are still a few vinyl copies of the aforementioned Free Of Fear release which includes remixes by Com Truise and Knightlife at their website here.
1. End Of The Earth
2. Feed The Rhythm
4. Groove The Physical
6. Pretty Lovers
Client Liaison (AUS)
From the EP, 'Client Liaison', Dot Dash/Remote Control.
Sydney post rock outfit Sleepmakeswaves recently released their latest impressively big sounding opus, Love of Cartography. It's their first full length release since 2011's, And So We Destroyed Everything. The name of the record is telling as the now quintet traverse through the wonders of planet and space and probe the outer limits of own musical trajectories. Post rock has always been about the intersection between wide eyed wonder and introspection and Sleepmakeswaves nail it here. The track 'Something Like Avalanches' can be streamed below. Love of Cartography is out now on Bird's Robe Records. Grab the digital or CD version here. Unsurprisingly, the limited edition double vinyl is all sold out.
1. Perfect Detonator
2. Traced In Constellations
5. Great Northern
6. The Stars Are Stigmata
7. A Little Spark
8. How We Built The Ocean
9. Something Like Avalanches
10. Your Time Will Come Again
Something Like Avalanches
From the album, 'Love Of Cartography', Bird's Robe.
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