Full Album Stream: Interpol – El Pintor

27 Aug

:: On heavy rotation for a while now!


Stream ‘El Pintor’ now in full via NPR.

The lineup: Paul Banks (vocals, guitar and bass), Daniel Kesler (guitar and piano) and Samuel Fogarino (drums).

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Artist: Interpol
Title of Album: El Pintor
Release Date: 2014, September 08
Label: Soft Limit

1. All the Rage Back Home
2. My Desire
3. Anywhere
4. Same Town, New Story
5. My Blue Supreme
6. Everything is Wrong
7. Breaker 1
8. Ancient Ways
9. Tidal Wave
10. Twice as Hard

Upcoming Tour Dates:
Sep 02 // The Temple of Dendur // New York, US
Sep 04 // The Bowery Ballroom // New York, US
Sep 15 // Commodore Ballroom // Vancouver, BC, Canada
Sep 16 // Paramount Theatre // Seattle, WA, US
Sep 17 // McMenamin’s Crystal Ballroom // Portland, OR, US
Sep 19 // Ace of Spades // Sacramento, CA, US
Sep 20 // Fox Theater // Oakland, CA, US
Sep 22 // Fox Theater // Pomona, CA, US
>> The full touring schedule is available here

Follow ‘Interpol’ on:
Official Website | Facebook | Twitter


More ‘Interpol’ on Music Pickings:
2013, Jun 21 – New Album: El Pintor (2014/09/08) / New Track ‘Anywhere’


New Album: Cold Specks – Neuroplasticity (2014/08/25) [Full Album Stream]

27 Aug

:: An amazing voice sings an amazing album!

Two years ago, Montreal-based singer/songwriter Al Spx released the first album of her band Cold Specks, the critically acclaimed I Predit a Graceful Expulsion. Last year saw her collaborating with Moby in two songs on his latest album Innocents, and last May brought the announcement of Cold Specks’ sophomore effort Neuroplasticity. The album is out now and you can listen to in full here.

Neuroplasticity was released worldwide on August 25, 2014 via Mute Records. The album is available as download, CD and LP. You can buy it digitally from iTunes or order your physical copy of Neuroplasticity from Amazon.

The album is streaming in its entirety above (via Cold Specks’ Soundcloud). Featuring ten new Cold Specks songs, the album was recorded at Montreal’s Hotel2Tango and Toronto’s Revolution Recordings studios. Neuroplasticity is produced by Jim Anderson who also mixed it together Ben Hillier (Blur, Depeche Mode).

Cold Specks are touring Europe in September and North America on October. Check out the upcoming dates below.

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01. A Broken Memory
02. Bodies At Bay
03. Old Knives
04. A Quiet Chill
05. Exit Plan
06. Let Loose The Dogs
07. Absisto
08. Living Signs
09. A Formal Invitation
10. A Season Of Doubt

Upcoming Tour Dates:
Sun 31 Aug 2014 // Dorset, UK // End Of The Road Festival
Thu 18 Sep 2014 // Copenhagen, Denmark // Vega
Fri 19 Sep 2014 // Hamburg, Germany // Reeperbahn Festival
Sat 20 Sep 2014 // Brussels, Belgium // AB Club
Mon 22 Sep 2014 // Amsterdam, Netherlands // MC Theatre
Tue 23 Sep 2014 Paris, France // Flèche D’Or
>> The full touring schedule is available here.

Follow ‘Cold Specks’ on:
Official Website | Facebook | Twitter | Soundcloud | Youtube

Read more:
The Line Of Best Fit − Cold Specks – Neuroplasticity [Review]


More ‘Cold Specks on Music Pickings:
2012, May 30 − Blank Maps / Debut Album ‘I Predict A Graceful Expulsion’

New Album: Tesla Boy – The Universe Made of Darkness (2014/08/28) [Full Album Stream]

26 Aug

:: lll


The Lineup: Anton Sevidov (vocal, keyboards), Dima Midborn (bass), Poko Cox (guitar) and Mikhail Studnitsyn (drums).

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Artist: Tesla Boy
Title of Album: The Universe Made of Darkness
Release Date: August 26, 2014
Label: Anton Sevidov

1 Undetected (Shur – I-Kan Remix)
2 Stars (Killy Cakes Remix)
3 Dream Machine (Mujuice Acid Pop Remix)
4 1991 (Xinobi Remix)
5 Invisible (Sportloto Remix)
6 Broken Doll (Pioneerball Remix)
7 M.C.H.T.E (Cream Soda Remix)
8 Paraffin (cosmonaut grechko Remix)
9 Split (7he Myriads Remix)
10 Fantasy (Pioneerball Remix)
11 Dream Machine (Cable Toy Remix) (Bonus Track)

Follow ‘Tesla Boy’ on:
Official Website | Facebook | Twitter

More ‘Tesla Boy’ on Music Pickings:
2012, Jan 03 – In Your Eyes (Radio Edit)


Debut Album: Luke Sital-Singh – The Fire Inside (2014/08/18) [Full Album Stream]

26 Aug


I’ve been a fan of Luke Sital-Singh ever since I saw him opening for The Villagers on a small concert in November 2012. The New Malden (South-West London) resident has released three wonderful EP’s to date, the latest being Tornados last November, and now time has finally come for his full-length debut The Fire Inside. The album is out now and follows the release of its lead single Greatest Lovers in April.

The Fire Inside was released in the UK/Europe on August 18, 2014 via Parlophone Records / Warner Music. North American release followed on August 19. The album is available as download, CD and 12″ vinyl LP. You can buy the digital album from iTunes or order your physical copy of The Fire Inside from Luke’s Store.

The album is streaming in its entirety over at Spotify or Deezer. The set of twelve songs is produced by Irish singer/songwriter Iain Archer (Jake Bugg, Gabrielle Aplin).

Upon album release, previous single Nothing Stays The Same, featured on last year’s Tornados EP, has become a new official video, check it out above. Luke Sital-Singh will be touring the UK with a string of eleven shows in September and he’s also coming to Germany for three gigs afterwards. Check out the upcoming dates below and watch the music video for Bottled Up Tight. Here too, an older video was replaced another newer one. The song was featured on Luke’s Old Flint EP, released in April 2013, and it became a new visual companion directed by Colin Solal Cardo last May when Luke’s debut album was announced.

Cover Art:
Luke Sital-Singh - The Fire Inside (2014)

01. Nothing Stays The Same
02. Greatest Lovers
03. Bottled Up Tight
04. 21st Century Heartbeat
05. Lillywhite
06. Nearly Morning
07. I Have Been A Fire
08. Everything Is Making You
09. Fail For You
10. We Don’t Belong
11. Cornerstone
12. Benediction

Upcoming Tour Dates:
Sun 07 Sep 2014 // Norwich, UK // Arts Center
Mon 08 Sep 2014 // London, UK // iTunes Festival (w/ Robert Plant)
Tue 09 Sep 2014 // Brighton, UK // The Haunt
Wed 10 Sep 2014 // London, UK // Scala
Thu 11 Sep 2014 // Oxford, UK // O2 Academy 2
Sat 13 Sep 2014 // Manchester, UK // Gorilla
The full touring schedule is available here.

Follow ‘Luke Sital-Singh’ on:
Official Website | Facebook | Twitter | Soundcloud | Youtube | Instagram

Read more:
Folk Radio UK − Luke Sital-Singh – The Fire Inside


More ‘Luke Sital-Singh’ on Music Pickings:
2014, Apr 15 − New Single: Greatest Lovers (2014/04/14) [Official Video]
2013, Nov 03 − New EP:Tornados (2013/11/03) [Full EP Stream] / New Video for ‘Nothing Stays The Same’
2013, Apr 15 − Bottled Up Tight [Official Video] / New EP ‘Old Flint’ (2013/04/15)

New Album: DJ Koze – Reincarnations Part 2 (2014/10/24)

25 Aug

:: King Koze!


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DJ Koze - Reincarnations

Artist: DJ Koze
Title of Album: Reincarnations Part 2
Release Date: October 24, 2014
Label: Pampa Records

01. Intro
02. Super Flu – Jo Gurt (DJ Koze Remix)
03. Moderat – Bad Kingdom (DJ Koze Remix)
04. Herbert – It’s only (DJ Koze Remix)
05. Herbert – You Saw It All (DJ Koze Remix)
06. WhoMadeWho – Keep Me in My Plane (DJ Koze’s Hudson River Dub)
07. Caribou – Found Out (DJ Koze Remix)
08. Zwanie Jonson – Golden Song (DJ Koze Remix)
09. Gonzales – Knight Moves (DJ Koze Remix)
10. The Big Crunch Theorie – Distortion (DJ Koze Remix)
11. Ada – Faith (DJ Koze’s Grungerwomen Remix)
12. Soap & Skin – Marche Funèbre (DJ Koze Remix)
13. Apparat – Black Water (DJ Koze Remix)

Follow ‘DJ Koze’ on:
Official Website | Facebook


More ‘DJ Koze’ on Music Pickings:
2013, Mar 20 − Matthew Herbert – It’s Only (DJ Koze Remix) [Pampa012]
2013, Feb 23 − Track ID Anyone? feat. Caribou / New Album ‘Amygdala’ (2013/03/22) [Full Album Stream]

New Album: Dry the River – Alarms In The Heart (2014/08/25) / New Single ‘Everlasting Light’ [Official Video]

25 Aug

:: So good they’re back!

Dry the River have been a Music Pickings favourite right from our start in late summer 2011. The Stratford-based indie-rock band released their debut album Shallow Bed in March 2012, but it’s been rather quiet around them after. Last February, Dry the River announced that violinist William Harvey had left the band and that they would continue as a foursome. In June, the band ultimately announced Alarms In The Heart, their eagerly awaited sophomore album.

Alarms In The Heart drops officially worldwide (August 25, 2014) via Transgressive Records. In Germany, the LP already is available since August 22. The set of ten songs is available as digital download, CD and 12″ vinyl LP. You can buy the digital album from iTunes or order your physical copy of Alarms In The Heart from the Dry the River Shop.

Everlasting Light is the album’s second single. The music video for the song premiered on July 22 and it’s directed by Jake Dypka, watch it above. Upon the single/video release, Dry the Rive frontman Peter Liddle said of the song on their website:

At the time Dry the River were in something of a wilderness, creatively and temporally. There were a lot of uncertainties surrounding the record – when it would be finished and how we would get there, who we wanted to work with in terms of our wider team. [...] For me, Everlasting Light represents the path out of the wilderness – a kind of unlikely moment of clarity where we remembered what its like to be a band in a room.

Gethsemane is the first track unveiled from Alarms In The Heart, watch the music video above. Most of the album was recorded during a sojourn of the band at rural Iceland with renowned producers Charlie Hugall, Peter Miles and Paul Savage in early 2013.

Dry the River are playing a string of UK shows in October and they will be touring North America together with Nathaniel Rateliff in late October/early November. You can check out the upcoming dates below and watch the Jake Dypka directed The Making Of Alarms In The Heart.

Cover Art:
Dry The River - Alarms In The Heart (2014)

01. Alarms in the Heart
02. Hidden Hand
03. Roman Candle (Feat. Emma Pollock)
04. Med School
05. It Was Love That Laid Us Low
06. Gethsemane
07. Rollerskate
08. Everlasting Light
09. Vessel
10. Hope Diamond

Upcoming Tour Dates:
Fri 29 Aug 2014 // Zurich, Switzerland // Zurich Open Air
Thu 02 Oct 2014 // Portsmouth, UK // The Wedgewood Rooms
Fri 03 Oct 2014 // Cambridge, UK // The Junction
Sat 04 Oct 2014 // Manchester, UK // Academy 2
Sun 05 Oct 2014 // York, UK // Fibbers
Tue 07 Oct 2014 // Hull, UK // The Welly Club
>> The full touring schedule is available here.

Follow ‘Dry the River’ on:
Official Website | Facebook | Twitter | Soundcloud | Youtube

Read more:
The Line Of Best Fit − Dry the River – Alarms in the Heart [Review]


More ‘Dry the River’ on Music Pickings:
2012, Mar 06 − Shield Your Eyes / New Album ‘Shallow Bed’
2012, Feb 13 − The Chambers & The Valves [Official Video]
2012, Jan 04 – Bible Belt [Berlin Sessions #29]
2011, Nov 19 – Out Now: Weights & Measures EP
2011, Sep 24 – No Rest

Pretty Lights – The Hidden Shades [Full Album Stream / Free Download]

24 Aug

:: BIG ups! ‘Lost and Found’ is such a dope track.


The Hidden Shades is a limited edition Record Store Day 2014 release compiled of four b-sides from the Grammy nominated A Color Map of the Sun plus four remixes of those tracks.

Download ‘The Hidden Shades’ free at: http://plmusic.pl/THS.

All Pretty Lights music is available for free download at www.prettylightsmusic.com.

Cover Art:
Pretty Lights - The Hidden Shades

Artist: Pretty Lights
Title of Album: The Hidden Shades
Release Date: July 22, 2014
Label: 8 Minutes 20 Seconds Records

1 Lost and Found
2 New Moon Same Dark
3 Starlit Skies
4 Can’t Contain It
5 Lost and Found (ODESZA Remix)
6 New Moon Same Dark (Love and Light Remix)
7 Starlit Skies (Emancipator Remix)
8 Can’t Contain It (Blue Sky Black Death Remix)

Follow ‘Pretty Lights’ on:
Official Website | Facebook | Twitter | Soundcloud



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