Frank Ocean released "Pyramids", the first single from his upcoming debut LP Channel Orange, about a month ago and yesterday he unveiled a second track from the album titled "Sweet LIFE". "Sweet LIFE" is just as impressive as "Pyramids" but this time with a more distinct soul feel.
Outfit released their debut EP Another Night's Dreams Reach Earth Again in May this year via the excellent Double Denim label. Earlier today the video for EP opener "Everything All The Time" premiered over at Noisey and you can watch the '80s inspired video, which was directed by the band, below.
Mauro Remiddi or Porcelain Raft as he calls himself released an excellent debut album earlier this year in Strange Weekend, via Secretly Canadian, and he's already released a whole bunch of videos from it. Today came another one, this one for "The Way In", and as usual it was made by Remiddi himself. Watch it below.
Ikons' "Polaroid Cocaine", one of the strongest tracks from their newest outing Life Rhythm (out now on Service), and today an excellent remix of the track by Alexander Palmestål was unveiled. Alexander Palmestål is known for his work in Pistol Disco, Pool, Die Neue Mythologen and Iberia and you can listen to his version of "Polaroid Cocaine" below.
The Californian group The Neighbourhood released their debut EP I'm Sorry... almost two months ago now and it's a very impressive one. The five-piece sounds something like if The Weeknd was an indie band, maybe, perhaps. You'll just have to see for yourselves as the EP is available on iTunes, Spotify and as a free download (in exchange for your email address) below.
A few weeks ago we posted Azure Blue's remix of the Swedish singer-songwriter Big Fox's single "Boring Ones", taken from last year's self-titled debut album (out via Hybris). The remix is the b-side to her new single "Grow Up" which is also taken from that same album, and the video for "Grow Up" was released today. The video was directed by Line Degerhammar and you can watch it below.
Charli XCX has released one of the year's definite pop singles in "You're The One" and Gorilla vs. Bear premiered the video for it earlier this week. "You're The One" is taken from Charli XCX's debut EP by the same name, which is out now via IAMSOUND Records in the US and will be released in the UK on August 16, with her debut full-length coming this fall. Watch the video below.
Remember I posted two tracks from London noise pop act Playlounge last month? No? Well go listen here. Now you do. Well, both those tracks are taken from a split single called Family Portrait that is out via Art Is Hard Records now and one of the other bands on that single is fellow London act Gum.
Gum are set to appear on another split single called Guts with Tyrannosaurus Dead and The Hundredth Anniversary, which is currently available for pre-order on cassette or digital via Reeks Of Effort Records. Gum's "Slow", a fine piece of noisy indie pop, opens that split and you can listen to it below.
Luke Sital-Singh, a young singer-songwriter from London, is currently prepping his debut EP Fail For You and as a teaser he's posted three tracks from it on his Soundcloud page. All three tracks are very good, but as The Line Of Best Fit points out the true standout is "Honest Man"; an excellent piece of country-inspired singer-songwriter pop - not quite unlike Ryan Adams. (Yes, I'm just saying exactly what TLOBF already did but they're right as usual). Anyway, give it a listen below.
I was pretty late on discovering Active Child, aka Pat Grossi, and his extraordinary debut album from last year You Are All I See. A few days ago Active Child released a video for one the strongest tracks from that album; "Johnny Belinda", a beautiful track with Grossi's vocals being the high point. The video was directed by Dylan Wiehahn and it was shot in Australia, featuring gorgeous imagery of Grossi walking through a desolate landscape. Watch it below.
The bunny-infatuated Danish indie act Sleep Party People released its debut record We Were Drifting On A Sad Song earlier this year and following the video for its first single "Chin" they've now unveiled a video for album closer "The City Light Died". Watch the touching video below.
It's been over a month since the Londoners in Torches unveiled their excellent debut single "Sky Blue & Ivory" and in mid-June the Shells remix of the track was released as well. The 7" single will be released on July 23 via Fractions Of One and today the video for the track was premiered. Check out the Alexander Ingham Brooke-directed clip below.
Derbyshire producer Pinemarten is releasing his new three-track EP Can't Go Back Again via Bandcamp today as a "Pay What You Want"-download and i's definitely worth your time (and money for that matter). Last week he unveiled the opening track from Can't Go Back Again; "I Can See" and you can listen to and download it below.
Kanye West's GOOD Music label will be releasing a collaborative album titled Cruel Summer on August 7 and earlier this year we heard the first single from the album "Mercy" on which Kanye, Pusha T, Big Sean and 2 Chainz appeared.
Yesterday a second track titled "New God Flow", by Kanye West and Pusha T, appeared online and according to Wikipedia it's the second single from the album (take that as you will, there's no sources cited on the Wikipedia site). Anyway, check it out below.
The ever-productive Woods are set to release their new LP Bend Beyond via their own Woodsist label on September 18 and Pitchfork just premiered the first track from the record. "Cali In A Cup" isn't as direct and poppy as "Pushing Onlys", the lead single for their last album Sun & Shade, was as it's instead going for a more relaxed, or perhaps Californian, feel. Listen to "Cali In A Cup" below.
In May Jagjaguwar announced the New York act Foxygen as their latest signing and on July 24 they'll be releasing Foxygen's debut mini-LP Take the Kids Off Broadway. Back then a first track titled "Make It Known" was released and last week a second track was released; the Stonesy "Waitin' 4 U". Give "Waitin' 4 U" a listen below.
Well last week was a busy one; Kurt Vile, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Thee Oh Sees, Shearwater, Twin Shadow, Faye, Ikons and many more visited Stockholm. Thee Oh Sees in particular turned in one of the finest garage rock sets I've seen, completely blowing away both Kurt Vile and Brian Jonestown Massacre despite both of them being very good. This week is a bit slimmer - check out our tips below.
Back in January we posted Solen's "Mörkt Ljus", the first track from their upcoming debut LP, and last night a second track was unveiled in the form of "Bär Mig". For those of you who aren't familiar with Solen; they're one of the finest young Swedish indie rock acts right now and so far they've only released one EP and the two tracks I mentioned.
There's still no confirmed release date or title for their debut LP, but check back for more info as it comes - and for now give the Victor Claeson-directed video for "Bär Mig" a watch below.
In early May I posted the first session video from the Swedish festival Way Out West with First Aid Kit, and now we've got another one with Wilco. The Way Out West festival takes place on August 9-11 in Gothenburg, Sweden and ahead of the festival they'll be releasing session videos with some of the artists that'll play on the festival.
Way Out West caught up with Wilco in a record store in Barcelona and Wilco chose to perform the The Whole Love single "Dawned On Me". Watch the performance below (the performance starts at 2.40 into the video, before that there's an interview with Nels Cline of Wilco).
In mid-June indie rock legends Dinosaur Jr. announced the release of their new album I Bet On Sky, their third LP since reuniting for 2007's Beyond, and a few days ago the first single from the album was premiered on Rolling Stone. I Bet On Sky will be released on September 18 via Jagjaguwar and judging from "Watch The Corners" it'll continue Dinosaur Jr.'s impressive streak since the reunion.