New Album: Miguel Migs – Dim Division (2014/10/26) / Track ‘Let it Play’

26 Oct

:: Thank you Migs!


Dim Division is the latest artist album from Miguel Migs: the veteran US producer who enlists a starling array of vocal talent on this moving, vibrant and cohesive LP.

Miguel Migs is one of the most respected DJs, producers and label owners in house music; an artist whose influence on the current musical landscape cannot be overlooked. Migs personifies the soul-driven vibe of both the Naked Music and Salted label projects in which he has been involved and, hailing from San Francisco himself, has been influential in cultivating and pioneering the famed ‘West Coast scene’.

Combining the best of the electronic music world with live instrumentation, he has carved out a deep, soulful niche, which carries with him the undying respect of his peers.

Rather than simply packing it full of club-ready tracks, with Dim Division Migs has created an album more focused on the listening experience. Throughout his multi-faceted career, Migs has always created a wide variety of music. Dim Division focuses on the songs, with intimate songwriting and vibrant yet subtle production taking precedent over peak-time dancefloor appeal.

Dim Division is a collection of house and downtempo gems that exemplify the very best aspects of Migs’ production aesthetic: fresh, buoyant and deeply soulful music that lifts the spirit, from the languorous chords of opener ‘I Can Feel It’, through the neon-flecked bounce of ‘Just Fade Away’ to the infectious groove of ‘Heartbeat’.

On Dim Division, Migs has also collaborated with an impressive international selection of artists including the multifaceted Meshell Ndegeocello, UK soul singer Omar, long-time collaborator Lisa Shaw, Andy Allo (who toured with Prince on guitar/vocals) and many more all making remarkable additions to the album. [Press-release]

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Artist: Miguel Migs
Title of Album: Dim Division
Release Date: 26 October 2014
Label: Soul Heaven Records

1. Miguel Migs – I Can Feel It (Stripped Version)
2. Miguel Migs feat. Lisa Shaw – Give Me Somethin
3. Miguel Migs feat. Andy Allo – This Feelin
4. Miguel Migs feat. Martin Luther – Runnin Away
5. Miguel Migs feat. Meshell Ndegeocello – What Do You Want
6. Miguel Migs feat. Tim Fuller – Come Into My Life
7. Miguel Migs feat. Martin Luther – Let It Play
8. Miguel Migs feat. Aya – Little Star
9. Miguel Migs feat. Jason Brock – Sail On
10. Miguel Migs feat. Martin Luther – Free My Mind
11. Miguel Migs feat. Lisa Shaw – Just Fade Away
12. Miguel Migs feat. Omar – We Can Make It
13. Miguel Migs feat. Lisa Shaw – Heartbeat
14. Miguel Migs – Everything
15. Miguel Migs feat. Gabrielle Walter-Clay – Green Light


Follow ‘Miguel Migs’ on:
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New Album: Mister Lies – Shadow (2014/10/28) [Full Album Stream]

26 Oct

:: I’m lost in (the) Shadow. Totally loving it!


Mister Lies is the multimedia project of New York City based artist, vocalist and producer Nick Zanca. On tour Zanca [vocals/keys/electronics) is supported by Tyler Dickerson [bass/electronics] and Steven Rogers [guitar]. After various EP’s and his full-length debut Mowgli, released in February 2013 via Lefse Records, Mister Lies is now up and about to release his sophomore LP Shadow. It won’t be out before next Tuesday, but you can take a full listen already now,

Shadow drops officially on October 28, 2014 via Orchid Tapes. In Japan, it’s already available since October 14. The album will be available as download, cassette tape and 12″ LP, limited to 500 copies of black & royal vinyl pressed together into a single record. You can buy digitally from iTunes or order your physical copy directly from Orchid Tapes.

The set of eight new Mister Lies tracks is streaming in its entirety over at The Fader. Listen to Shadow as a whole now, it’s an adorable set of songs!

Deepend was the first track unveiled off of Shadow, listen above. Mister Lies is touring North America in November (including two Canada shows). You can check out the upcoming dates and listen to the previously shared standout track High featuring New York vocalist and songwriter Harrison Lipton below.

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Mr. Lies - Shadow EP (2014)

01. Nymph
02. Deepend
03. New Woof
04. A Room Without
05. High (feat. Harrison Lipton)
06. Pill
07. Stuck / Ouija Fade (feat. Arrange)
08. Push Becoming Shove

Upcoming Tour Dates:
Sat 01 Nov 2014 // Boston, MA // Lilypad * °
Mon 03 Nov 2014 // Washington, DC // Communiverse *
Tue 04 Nov 2014 // Baltimore, MD // The Crown *
Wed 05 Feb 2014 // Philadelphia, PA // The Fire *
Thu 06 Nov 2014 // Pittsburgh, PA // Styling Moose *
Fri 07 Nov 2014 // Columbus, OH // Double Happyness *
* w/ Foxes In Fiction ° w/ Emily Reo
>> The full touring schedule is available here.

Follow ‘Mister Lies’ on:
Official Website | BandcampFacebook | Twitter | Soundcloud

Read more:
Brightest Young Things – BYT Interviews: Mister Lies


More ‘Mister Lies’ on Music Pickings:
2014, Sep 20 − New: High (ft. Harrison Lipton)

Listen: Alt-J – Every Other Freckle / New Album ‘This Is All Yours’

25 Oct

:: Yeeeeeeeeeeees!


The lineup: Gwil, Joe Newman (guitar and vocals), Gus Unger-Hamilton (keyboards) and Thom Green (drums).

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Alt-J - This Is All Yours

Artist: Alt-J
Title of Album: This Is All Yours
Release Date: September 19,  2014
Label: Pias Coop/Infectious

1. Intro
2. Arrival in Nara
3. Nara
4. Every Other Freckle
5. Left Hand Free
6. Garden of England
7. Choice Kingdom
8. Hunger Of The Pine
9. Warm Foothills
10. The Gospel of John Hurt
11. Pusher
12. Bloodflood pt.II
13. Leaving Nara

Upcoming Tour Dates:
Oct 25 // LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL // Las Vegas, United States
Oct 27 // THE COMPLEX // Salt Lake City, United States
Oct 28 // THE FILLMORE AUDITORIUM // Denver, United States
Oct 29 // ARVEST BANK THEATRE // Kansas City, United Kingdom
Oct 31 // MYTH // Mapplewood, United States
>> The full touring schedule is available here

Follow ‘Alt-J’ on:
Official Website | Facebook | Twitter | Soundcloud


More ‘Alt-J’ on Music Pickings:
2014, Jun 20 – New Album: Alt-J – This Is All Yours (2014/09/19)
2012, Jul 17 – New Single: Tessellate [Official Video]
2012, Jun 29 – Something Good
2012, May 31 – Debut Album: Alt-J (∆) – An Awesome Wave (2012/05/28)
2012, Feb 10 – Alt-J (∆) – Fitzpleasure


New EP: Jack Savoretti – Tie Me Down (2014/10/20) [Full EP Stream]

25 Oct

:: Addicted to this man’s voice.


Four years ago, British singer/songwriter Jack Savoretti quit making music after struggling as an independent artist and a two-year legal dispute with his former manager. But having quit, Savoretti suddenly couldn’t stop writing which ultimately led to his critically acclaimed third LP, 2011’s Before The Storm. Earlier this year, he ultimately signed his first ever major record deal with BMG Chrysalis, the label will release Jack’s freshly announced fourth studio album Written In Scars next February. Savoretti spent most of this year writing and his new single/EP Tie Me Down is out now.

Tie Me Down was released the UK/Europe digitally on October 20, 2014 via BMG Chrysalis, it’s available to buy from iTunes. Physical release follows on November 03. Written by Jack Savoretti, the four tracks of Tie Me Down are co-written and produced by Matty Benbrook. You can take a full listen, the EP is streaming above (via Savoretti’s Soundcloud).

Written In Scars is set for release on February 09, 2014 via BMG Chrysalis. The album will contain Tie Me Down, future single Home and another nine new songs, it’s up for digital pre-order via iTunes. In a label press release, Jack said of his new effort:

A lot of the songs were written with Sam Dixon, who is Adele’s musical director and Sia’s main co-writer. I also wrote with Matt Benbrook who has worked with Paolo Nutini, Jake Bugg and Faithless and finally, of course, with my guitarist Pedro Vito and Seb Sternberg (Pedro’s production partner). I drew inspiration from them all. The heartbeat of the album is rhythm. It’s all about groove, drums and bass. The sound was key – it came before the songs or the subject matter. I completely changed the way I’d previously written, abandoning structure for a looser, loopier, almost circular approach.

Jack Savoretti will be touring the UK in February and March 2015, you can order your tickets soon from his website.

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Jack Savoretti - Tie Me Down (2014)

01. Tie Me Down
02. Last Beat
03. Jackie Blue (Demo)
04. Solitude (Demo)

Upcoming Tour Dates:
Tue 10 Feb 2015 //  Portsmouth, UK // Wedgewood Rooms
Wed 11 Feb 2015 // Cardiff, UK // The Globe
Fri 13 Feb 2015 // Birmingham, UK // The Library
Sat 14 Feb 2015 // Leeds, UK // Rescue Rooms
Sun 15 Feb 2015 // Newcastle, UK // Brudenell Social Club
Tue 17 Feb 2015 // Glasgow, UK // Sage 2
>> The full touring schedule is available here.

Follow ‘Jack Savoretti’ on:
Official Website | Facebook | Twitter | Soundcloud | Youtube


More ‘Jack Savoretti’ on Music Pickings:
2014, Mar 27 − New EP: Sweet Hurt (2014/03/24) / New Video for ‘Sweet Hurt’
2013, Apr 25 − Crazy Town / New EP ‘Not Worthy’ (2013/03/25)

New Track: Chvrches – Get Away

24 Oct

:: Listen toGet Away’, a new and great track of Chvrches which is part of a forthcoming reworking of the 2011 soundtrack to Drive.


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Artist: Chvrches
Title of Track: Get Away (Soundtrack ‘Radio 1 Rescores: Drive – Curated by Zane Lowe’)
Release Date: unknown
Label: unknown

Other artists involved in Radio 1 Rescores: Drive – Curated by Zane Lowe is as follows:
The 1975, Baauer, BANKS, Bastille, Bring Me The Horizon, CHVRCHES, Eric Prydz, Foals, Jon Hopkins, Laura Mvula, The Neighbourhood, SBTRKT and ZCC (aka Simon Neil).

The re-scored film will be shown on BBC Three on October 30. Watch a trailer for the project Radio 1 Rescores: Drive, Curated By Zane Lowe, below.


Follow ‘CHVRCHES’ on:
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More ‘CHVRCHES’ on Music Pickings:
2013, June 15 – Debut Album: The Bones Of What You Believe (2013/09/23)
2013, May 28 – New Single: Gun
2013, Mar 10 – Debut EP: Recover (2013/03/25)




New EP: The Staves – Blood I Bled (2014/10/24) / New Track ‘Open’ / New Video for ‘Blood I Bled’

24 Oct

:: Absolutely terrific, these new Justin Vernon-produced Stavely sisters!


The Stavely-Taylor sisters Emily [vocals], Jessica [vocals/guitar] and Camilla [vocals/ukulele] from Watford in England’s Hertfordshire county debuted in late 2012 with Dead & Born & Grown, a fantastic album of folk-rock songs. For their sophomore LP, the sisters who simply go by the name The Staves on stage have now teamed up with US musician and producer Justin Vernon, better known by his Bon Iver moniker. Not only is he producing the album, but they also recorded the four-track EP Blood I Bled. It’s out today in Germany and it’s (please excuse the word play) bloody brilliant.

Blood I Bled is officially released in the UK/Europe on October 27, 2014 via Atlantic Records / Warner Music Group. The EP is available as download, CD and 10″ vinyl EP You can buy digitally from iTunes or order your physical copy of Blood I Bled from The Staves Store.

Open is the second track taken from Blood I Bled, listen above. The official video for title track and first single Blood I Bled is directed by Nick Rutter. The Staves are currently concluding their UK/Ireland tour, watch the Blood I Bled video and check out the remaining dates below.

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The Staves - Blood I Bled EP (2014)

01. Open
02. Blood I Bled
03. America
04. Open (Justin Vernon Remix)

Upcoming Tour Dates:
Fri 24 Oct 2014 // Limerick, Ireland // Dolans
Sun 26 Oct 2014 // Birmingham, UK // The Temple at The Institute
Mon 27 Oct 2014 // London, UK // The Crypt on the Green

Follow ‘The Staves’ on:
Official Website | Facebook | Twitter | Soundcloud | Youtube


More ‘The Staves’ on Music Pickings:
2012, Nov 13 − Tongue Behind My Teeth [Official Video] / Debut Album ‘Dead & Born & Grown’ (2012/11/12)

Listen: Saint Pepsi – Gin City [Full Album Stream]

23 Oct

:: Great songs to start a new day…


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Artist: Saint Pepsi
Title of Album: Gin City
Release Date: February 25, 2014
Label: Self-Released

1. Gin City (feat. Taøers)
2. Walking Talking
3. Baby
4. Disappearing
5. Mr. Wonderful

Follow Saint Pepsi’ on:
Facebook | TwitterSoundcloud | Bandcamp



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