Monthly Archives: August 2016

Stream Thundercat’s ‘Bus in the Streets’ for Free

Thundercat has unveiled a free stream of ‘Bus in the Streets’; his first new music since his 2015 effort Beyond … Where the Giants Roam.

This follows his first Grammy win for his contribution to Kendrick Lamar‘s To Pimp a Butterfly; ‘These Walls’. He also found the time to guest on Comedy Central’s Why with Hannibal Buress and The Eric Andre Show.

Thundercat also unveiled the video for ‘Song of the Dead’;

Catch him on the following dates;

27 Aug Afropunk Fest, Brooklyn, NY, USA
10 Sep OnBlackheath Festival, London, UK
15 Sep Brainfeeder at Fox Theatre, Oakland, CA, USA – SOLD OUT
16 Sep Brainfeeder at Fox Theatre, Oakland, CA, USA

A Note About My Name

I have received several e-mail over the last few months calling me “Andre”.

This is not my name. If you want to approach me about coverage, it’s Andrew.

Moving forward, if I receive any e-mails calling me “Andre”, I will ignore and delete the message.

Stream Few Bits’ ‘Sweet Warrior’ for Free

Few Bits have shared a free stream of ‘Sweet Warrior’ from their sophomore album Big Sparks, out on September 30 via [PIAS].

This follows the timely release of ‘Summer Sun’, also streaming for free;

The band first got their start in 2013 and gained popularity in their native Belgium before being invited to open for Vampire Weekend, The War on Drugs as well as tour the UK with The Lemonheads.

“The girl on the (album) cover is the niece of photographer Boris Bruegel,” singer Karolien Van Reensbeck said in a statement. “The image already existed, but as soon as I saw it I was sold. She is small and vulnerable but at the same time she is looking into the camera with anger and determination. Combativeness too. I recognise myself in that. This one photo summarises the content of the record perfectly.”

Stream HarpAcash & The Morals’ ‘Sleeping in a Hammock’ for Free

Barrie, Ontario’s HarpAcash & The Morals have shared a free stream of ‘Sleeping in a Hammock’, the second single from their forthcoming debut album Lamps, out on Latent Recordings on September 23.

In a statement, the band said the song is about“getting through life even when it seems ridiculous. It’s about making lemonade out of lemons, accepting cause and effect and knowing that life doesn’t come with instructions, so you’re gonna go through some shit!”

Catch HarpAcash & The Morals on the following dates;

Aug 26 – Thornbury, ON –  Bruce Wine Bar

Sep 23 – Oro Medonte, ON –  OK Friday

Oct 06 – Toronto, ON –  The Burdock

Stream or Download Felix Cartal’s ‘Keep Up'(Featuring Steph Jones) for Free

DJ and producer Felix Cartal has shared a free stream/download of ‘Keep Up’, featuring Steph Jones.

To download the track, click on the embedded Soundcloud file.

‘Keep Up’ follows his collaboration with Kaskade, ‘Fakin’ It’, also streaming for free;

Cartal had this to say in a statement; “In 2015 I only released two singles. From a creative standpoint I felt drained. When 2016 started, I took a break from touring, and realized I needed to change my production set up. I wanted something more powerful and also more portable. So I cold install Ableton and download 60 tutorials to watch on a plane. I tried to condense all the bullshit of learning new hot keys etc into the shortest time possible. This was probably the genesis for everything good that has happened this year. Because not only am I being insanely musically productive, but I am inspired and excited again. I feel like I did when I first started making music. Now I’m back to making music that inspires me, that I can listen to, that I think is cool.

Digital guitars or synthetic strings are sort of more appealing to me, like the decision to use something that imitates something real instead of using the real thing is cool as fuck to me. That will always be what’s cool about electronic music to me. Keep Up has this drop that sounds like a guitar player but it’s not a guitar, it’s a sample of a guitar that’s just pieced together digitally. Only one real note was ever played. I love that. The vocal is really emotional, the lyrics don’t feel cheap or like I’ve heard them before. I’m excited for this next record and everything coming out, I feel like there is a cohesiveness to my entire 2016 releases and I can’t wait to continue in this path.”

Videos for a Lazy Sunday: Towkio’s ‘Playin Fair’ (Featuring Joey Purp)

The Chicago-shot video for Towkio‘s ‘Playin Fair’ also features Vic Mensa as well as Joey Purp.

The track is taken from Towkio’s latest release Community Service 2, out now.

Videos for a Lazy Sunday: Anna’s Anchor’s ‘Hampton’

Anna’s Anchor frontman and mastermind Marty Ryan gave some insight into the story behind the track ‘Hampton’ in a statement; “It’s about how due to various abuses from one of my parents, the family and home in Oakhampton was split in two. It was a sad, angry and unsure time but it has a positive outlook despite all of this!”

The vid was filmed by his good friend Shane Serrano. Ryan felt that working on the video was worthy of Serrano’s talents.

“His best work in my opinion has been with more simple story lines in which the video does the talking. I wanted the general concept of the song’s longing for something that isn’t there and dealing with not being in the place you had imagined. My Dad got into ballroom dancing and showed me photos of the eventual location – this ideal super old rural ballroom – the concept developed pretty quickly from this and I think it captures exactly what I envisaged!” Hampton said.

‘Hampton’ is taken from Anna’s Anchor’s forthcoming debut album Nautical Miles, out on Struggle Town and Never Meant Records. The band also shared a free stream/download of the track;

Catch Anna’s Anchor on the following dates;

Ireland: 22/09/16 Roisin Dubh (upstairs) – Galway | 23/09/16 Brú Bar – Cork | 24/09/16 The Stormy Teacup – Limerick | 25/09/16 Fibber Magees (Downstairs) – Dublin
UK: 01/10/16 Audio – Glasgow | 02/10/16 Pop Records – Sunderland | 03/10/16 Star & Garter – Manchester | 04/10/16 Santiagos – Leeds | 05/10/16 TBC – Reading | 06/10/16 Pre Bar – Southampton | 07/10/16 Veg Bar – London | 08/10/16 TBC – Cardi

Videos for a Lazy Sunday: Mark Mallman’s ‘The End is Not the End’

Minneapolis’ Mark Mallman had this to say about the about the video for the title track from his latest release, The End is Not the End, in a statement; “In a dream, there is no real end to anything, only states of in between. Time speeds up and slows down here. It’s both winter and summer. I’m searching for her, but she’s not in waking life. We are conditioned to believe that what we dream about is not real, yet nobody can prove it. This isn’t a song about finding an answer, it’s a song about being open to the answer. And maybe a little bit about that old saying ‘There are no atheists in foxholes'”

Videos for a Lazy Sunday: The Funk Hunters & Chali 2na’s ‘Word to Spread’

Even though the iLLectric EP is The Funk Hunters and Chali 2na‘s first release, they have been collaborating together for over two years.

The EP is out on October 14 via Westwood Recordings.

To give fans a taste of what to expect, they’ve shared the video for ‘Word to Spread’ featuring Australian musician and World Beatbox champion Tom Thum.

Videos for a Lazy Sunday: ZelooperZ’s ‘Elevators’

ZeLooperz shared the video for ‘Elevators’, taken from the Detroit rapper’s latest release Bothic, via Complex.

Stream Bothic for free;

He also announced the dates of his upcoming tour with Danny Brown and Maxo Kream;