Videos for a Lazy Sunday: Justice’s ‘Stop’

French duo Justice have shared the video for ‘Stop’.

The animated clip was created by Mrzyk & Moriceau, the duo behind videos from Air and Sebastian Tellier.

Catch Justice on the following dates;

May 18. Moscow, Adrenaline Stadium, Russia
May 26. London, All Points East Festival (Victoria Park), UK
June 2. Dublin, Forbidden Fruit, Ireland
June 10. Manchester, Parklife Festival, UK
June 23. Hurricane Festival, Scheessel, Germany
June 24. Neuhausen ob eck, Southside Festival, Germany
June 29. Nort sur Erdre, Festival de la nuit de l’Erdre, France
July 6. Boxtel, We are Electric, Netherlands
July 8. Arras, Mainsquare, France
July 12. Madrid, Mad Cool Festival, Spain
July 14. Barcelona, Cruilla Festival, Spain
July 17. Milan, Summer Festival, Italy [with Parcels and MGMT]
July 19. Lisbon, Super Bock Super Rock, Portugal
July 22. Benicassim, FIB Benicassim, Spain
August 11. Bucarest, Summer Well Festival, Romania
August 24. Zurich, Zurich Openair, Switzerland
August 26. Boulogne-Billancourt, Rock en Seine, France
September 11. Las Vegas, Life is Beautiful, USA
October 5. Austin, Austin City Limits Music Festival, USA
October 12. Austin, Austin City Limits Music Festival, USA

Videos for a Lazy Sunday: Powers Pleasant’s ‘Pull Up’ (Featuring Joey Bada$$ & A$AP Ferg)

The JMP-directed video for Powers Pleasant‘s ‘Pull Up’ finds Powers, Joey Bada$$ and A$AP Ferg in a globetrotting clip that takes them to illegal street racing scenes in Tokyo and NYC.

The video features appearances from model Slick Woods and actor Amandla Stenberg.

It’s taken from Powers’ forthcoming EP, due to be released on Commission Music.

He first gained attention thanks to his co-production work on Joey Bada$$’s RIAA platinum certified single “Devastated”. He’s currently on the road with Joey as the official DJ for his Amerikkkana tour.

Powers grew up in Clinton Hill and Fort Greene, two Brooklyn neighbourhoods known for being breeding grounds for musical talent including Erykah Badu, Mos Def, and Talib Kweli. Music played a big role in his life, he attended his jazz drummer father’s gigs since he was a baby.

“I think the first time I learned to walk was at one of his gigs,” Powers said in a press release.

His mother, a dancer, introduced him to The Neptunes, a band that would prove to be one of his biggest production influences. While he was attending Edward R. Murrow High School, he turned his attention to DJ’ing and met the late Courtney Jamal Dewar, aka Capital STEEZ thanks to his admiration for his rhyming ability. The two discussed starting a hip-hop collective and connected with Joey Bada$$ after a talent show and Pro Era was born.

After spending one semester at Berklee College of Music, where he was attending on a full scholarship, he joined the Pro Era crew on the Best Coast Tour. The exciting year ended in tragedy with STEEZ’s death on December 23, 2012. As he spent the holidays mourning the loss of his friends, the love and condolences came in from the fans they had gained over the years.

It made me realize how many eyes were on us with all the people who were shouting out STEEZ,” he said.



Stream Thyla’s ‘Blame’ for Free

Brighton post-punk quartet Thyla have shared a free stream of ‘Blame’.

The band has been garnering attention thanks to being included in the NME’s Essential Acts for 2018. They have also been tipped as an act to watch by several music publications. The BBC’s Huw Stephens has named Thyla as one of his Alternative Tips for 2018.

“’Blame’ is about the uncharacteristic choices people make when they’re trying to be like someone else, for the sake of someone else, at a cost to themselves. It’s a neurotic frenzy of guitars with self conscious lyrics about the state of paralysis jealously puts you in; blind anger with no real solution,” the band said in a statement.

Catch Thyla on the following dates;

12 May – Norwich Arts Centre (Dork showcase gig)
18 May – The Bee’s Mouth, Brighton (REX & Thyla present Guerilla The Great Escape show)
19 May – St Mary’s Church, Brighton (Alternative Escape)
23 May – The Boileroom, Guildford (BBC Biggest Weekend Fringe)
25-27 May – Dot to Dot Festival
26 June – The Castle & Falcon (supporting L.A. Witch)

Stream Declan O’Donovan’s ‘Hank’ & Let it Rain (Reprise)’ for Free

Declan O’Donovan said that his song ‘Hank’ is loosely based on an urban legend about a promiscuous Hank Williams the he wove into a narrative about a childhood friend.

It was written separate from the sessions for his 2017 album Broken Sky.

“’Hank’ has lived as a black sheep of sorts in my live repertoire for a couple of years without garnering an official studio release until now,” O’Donovan said in an e-mail.

The other track he’s shared a free stream of, ‘Let It Rain (Reprise)’, is a reiteration of the opening track from his last outing.

“This alternate version is lyrically identical, yet musically and conceptually an entirely different piece than the original,” he said. “On Broken Sky, I explored themes of contrast and counterpoint in both my lyrics and in the record’s production. This recording of ‘Let It Rain (Reprise)’ is the final counterpoint to this collection of songs, offering up a dark and somewhat bruised take.”

Stream Dear Youth’s ‘Out of Sight, Out of Mind’ for Free

Montreal’s Dear Youth have shared a free stream of ‘Out of Sight, Out of Mind’ from their forthcoming EP You Could Wish Me the Best, out on June 29 on Anchor Eighty-Four.

The band came together in 2015 over the five members shared interest in writing songs, releasing their debut EP Over the Bridge in October 2016. Dear Youth’s name is a reference to looking at youth with nostalgia while keeping an eye on the future.

They released the video for ‘Fair Warning’ shortly after signing with Anchor Eighty-Four;

Catch the band on the following date;

JUL 14– Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground (w/ Real Talk)

Tokyo Police Club Announce Fall Tour Dates

Tokyo Police Club have announced that they will be hitting the road for a month-long tour in the fall kicking off on October 16.

This follows the band releasing a new single, ‘New Blues’ for Record Store Day. They offered a free stream of the track;

The band have teased that they will be releasing a new album, having spent the winter in LA recording new material with producer Rob Schnapf, who helmed the boards for TPC’s 2010 album Champ.

After the band spent 2016 celebrating 10 years of releasing music, they decamped to a church in rural Ontario to write new material in a church in rural Ontario. The idea behind this was to cut down on the distractions in the band members’ hometowns,  New York, Toronto and Los Angeles, and just spend time together.

“It was exciting to hear ourselves in such a big space like that, the drums ring out, the guitars blend and swirl. I think it really affected the arrangements and songwriting. We started to favour simple rhythms, slower tempos (relatively speaking) and energy over details. It was really liberating,” bassist/vocalist Dave Monks said in a statement.

Monks also said that the decision to work with Schnapf again was an obvious one.

“I think we all felt like this was the most realized vision for an album we’d had in a while and we knew we just needed a low key recording process to bring it to life.   From day one in the studio, we kept recording all the instruments together for every take so it never felt like it was being disassembled,” he said. “I think all the touring between Champ and now had left us as a much tighter band and it was fun to wield that power in the studio. Sometimes even if just Josh was doing an overdub, Graham and I would get in there and play along too. It made it feel more musical than disassembling things track by track, which is usually the norm.”

Catch Tokyo Police Club on the following dates;

06/15 – Burlington, ON @ Sound of Music Festival *
10/16 – Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right ^
10/18 – Winnipeg, MB @ The Good Will Social Club ^
10/19 – Saskatoon, SK @ Capitol Music Club ^
10/21 – Regina, SK @ The Exchange ^
10/23 – Red Deer, AB @ Bo’s Bar ^
10/24 – Edmonton, AB @ Starlite Room ^
10/25 – Calgary, AB @ Commonwealth Bar & Stage ^
10/29 – Vancouver, BC @ Fox Cabaret ^
11/01 – Seattle, WA @ Barboza ^
11/02 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge ^
11/05 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill ^
11/07 – Los Angeles, CA @ Moroccan Lounge ^
11/10 – Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room ^
11/16 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah ^
11/17 – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom ^
* w/ Born Ruffians
^ Fleece support

Stream JP Maurice’s ‘Rocket’ for Free

Vancouver artist JP Maurice has shared a free stream of ‘Rocket’ from his forthcoming album Boys, out on May 18.

It’s the follow-up to his 2017 EP Girls. Maurice started work on the album four years ago at The Trailer, a small studio in Toronto.

“Many of the songs were reworked or even scrapped for newer, stronger, or more appropriate tunes,” he said in an e-mail. “And this all culminated in recording sessions in Vancouver in the Summer of 2016 with producer/mixer Russell Broom at Blue Light Studio, which I luckily had become a partner in after successfully taking home 2nd place in the final edition of The Peak Performance Project. 15+ songs were recorded and it was decided to break the album up into 2 parts which became the Girls EP and Boys LP.”

Maurice released Girls after his 2013 debut The Arborist, streaming for free via his Bandcamp;

The track ‘Go’ can be found on both Girls and Boys. Check out the video for the track;

Catch JP Maurice on the following dates;

May 11 – Toronto, ON – The Cameron House (CMW)
May 18 – Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre (Album Release Show)