New Album: SBTRKT – Wonder Where We Land / First Single ‘New Dorp. New York’ feat. Ezra Koenig

25 Jul

:: Yeeeeeeees!


Cover Art:
SBTRKT - Wonder Where We Land

Artist: SBTRKT
Title of Album: Wonder Where We Land
Release Date: 2014
Label: Young Turks Recordings

1 Day 1
2 Explicit Wonder Where We Land (feat. Sampha)
3 Lantern
4 Explicit Higher (feat. Raury)
5 Day 5
6 Look Away (feat. Caroline Polachek)
7 Osea (feat. Koreless)
8 Temporary View (feat. Sampha)
9 New Dorp. New York (feat. Ezra Koenig)
10 Everybody Knows
11 Problem (Solved) [feat. Jessie Ware]
12 If It Happens (feat. Sampha)
13 Gon Stay (feat. Sampha)
14 The Light (feat. Denai Moore)
15 Explicit Voices In My Head (feat. A$AP Ferg & Warpaint)

Upcoming Tour Dates:
26/09/14 // Leeds, UK // O2 Academy
27/09/14 // Glasgow, UK // O2 ABC
29/09/14 // Bristol, UK // O2 Academy
30/09/14 // Manchester, UK // Albert Hall
01/10/14 // Nottingham, UK // Rock City
02/10/14 // London, UK // Brixton Academy

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More ‘SBTRKT’ on Music Pickings
2014, Feb 11 - New Song: Hold the Line
2012, Feb 23 – Hold On [Sisi BakBak Remix]
2011, Dec 01 - SBTRKT LIVE TONIGHT / Wildfire feat. Little Dragon [Official Video]


New Single: Steve Smyth – Written Or Spoken [Official Video / Limited Free Download] (2014/07/07) / New EP ‘A Visual’ [Official Video]

25 Jul

:: Magnificent!

Following the fabulous and forceful track Shake It (released back in March), London-based Aussie troubadour, singer/songwriter and beard-grower Steve Smyth is back with a new single. The slow, balladic song is entitled Written Or Spoken, it’s available now and is the nest track unveiled off of Smyth’s upcoming sophomore full-length Exits.

Written Or Spoken was released on July 07, 2014 via Ivy League Records. The single is available as digital download, you can buy it from iTunes. The song come with a beautiful, hypnotising music video directed by Brian Purnell and Tom McDonald of Mushroom Creative, watch it above.

iTunes Australia has made Written Or Spoken their single of the week which is good for you cause their giving it away completely for free for the next week. Download the song here:

Exits will drop officially on September 05 via Ivy League. The album will be available as download, CD and 12″ vinyl LP. Pre-order links are up now and you’ll receive an instant download of the album track South Land when you you pre-order on one the following sites: iTunes, JB Hi-Fi or Sanity. The album was recorded by Smyth in Echo Park, LA, together with the production team of Joey Waronker (Atoms For Peace, Thom Yorke, Beck) and Gus Seyffert (The Black Keys, Norah Jones).

Steve Smyth also released a video with solo versions of Written Or Spoken as well as the album tracks Manuscripts and South Land (in that order). It’s also directed by Mushroom Creative, watch it below. Smyth is finishing his Spanish Tour these days, check out the remaining dates below too.

Cover Art:
Steve Smyth - Written Or Spoken (2014)

Tracklist ‘A Visual EP’:
01. Written Or Spoken
02. Manuscripts
03. South Land

Upcoming Tour Dates:
Fri 25 July 2014 // Lleida, Spain // Espai Centre Històric
Fri 25 – Sun 27 July 2014 // Benidorm, Spain // Low Festival 2014
Sat 26 July 2014 // El Bruc, Spain // Cal Còbix

Follow ‘Steve Smyth’ on:
Official Website | Facebook | Twitter


More ‘Steve Smyth’ on Music Pickings:
2014, Mar 28 − New Single: Shake It [Official Video]
2012, Apr 10 − A Hopeless Feminist / Debut Album ‘Release’ (2012/03/14)

New EP: Hudson Mohawke – Chimes (2014/09/29)

24 Jul

:: Pretty nice!


Cover Art:
Hudson Mohawke - Chimes

Artist: Hudson Mohawke
Title of EP: Chimes
Release Date: September 29, 2014
Label: Warp Records

A1 Chimes
A2 Brainwave
B1 King Kong Beaver
B2 Chimes (Gammer Re-Edit)

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More ‘Hudson Mohawke’ on Music Pickings:
2013, Dec 22 - New Song: Structure [Free Download]

New Single: Zola Jesus – Dangerous Days (2014/06/23)

24 Jul

:: Don’t know what exactly I was expecting, but it was something different I guess. Positively surprised by Dangerous Days and the new Zola Jesus sound. Really looking forward to the album now.


About a month ago, American singer/songwriter Nika Danilova, better known by her stage name Zola Jesus, announced her fourth studio effort Taiga for release in October and unveiled with Dangerous Days the first song off of it. Taiga is the follow-up to Danilova’s brilliant 2011 LP Conatus and and last year’s Versions, an album of orchestral reworks of all Conatus songs. On her new album, Zola Jesus seems to turn towards magnificent pop music, but listen yourself.

Dangerous Days was released on the internet on June 23, 2014 and is available to buy digitally from iTunes. You can download the song for free in return for your email at

Taiga will drop officially in Germany/Australia on October 03, 2014 via Mute Records. UK/European release follows on October 06, North America on October 07. Pre-order links are up now: The album will be available as digital download, CD and 12″ vinyl LP. You’ll also receive Dangerous Days instantly when you pre-order Taiga. The album trailer is streaming below.

On occasion of the album announcement, Zola Jesus explained the album title on“Taiga is the Russian name for the boreal forest. For me it feels very alive… very expansive. It represents a feral, untapped world that could happily exist without us. There are taiga forests in Northern Wisconsin where I was raised, and also in Russia where my ancestors are from, so it also feels very native.”

Zola Jesus will be touring worldwide in October and November. You can check out the dates below and order your tickets from Zola Jesus website.

Cover Art:
Zola Jesus - Dangerous Days (2014)

Upcoming Tour Dates:
Wed 08 Oct 2014 // San Francisco, CA, USA // Bimbo’s 365 Club
Thu 09 Oct 2014 // Los Angeles, CA, USA // El Rey
Thu 16 Oct 2014 // Chicago, IL, USA // Thalia Hall
Fri 17 Oct 2014 // Washington, DC, USA // Hirshhorn Museum
Sun 19 May 2014 // New York, NY, USA // Webster Hall
Wed 29 Oct 2014 // Bristol, UK // The Lantern (Colston Hall)
>> The full touring schedule is available here.

Follow ‘Zola Jesus’ on:
Official Website | Facebook | Twitter | Soundcloud | Youtube | Instagram


More ‘Zola Jesus’ on Music Pickings:
2011, Sep 27 − Hikikomori / New Album ‘Conatus’ Out Now!

New Album: Slow Magic – How To Run Away (2014/09/09) / New Singles ‘Hold Still + Girls’

23 Jul

:: Tick Tock, Tick Tock…


Cover Art:
Slow Magic How To Run Away

Artist: Slow Magic
Title Of Single: How To Run Away
Release Date: September 9, 2014
Label: Downtown Records

1 Still Life
2 Girls
3 Waited 4 U
4 Hold Still
5 Youth Group
6 Let U Go
7 Manhattan
8 On Yr Side
9 Bear Dance
10 Closer


Upcoming Tour Dates:
Jul 27 // Seattle, WA // Capitol Hill Block Party
Aug 1 // Salzburg, AT // Stuck! Festival
Aug 2 // Dublin, IE // Whelans
Aug 5 // Edinburgh, UK // Edinburgh Festival
Aug 6 // London, UK // Brooklyn Bowl
Aug 7 // Moscow, RU // Manifest
Aug 8 // St. Petersburg, RU // Club Zai

Follow ‘Slow Magic’ on:
Facebook | Twitter | Soundcloud

More ‘Slow Magic’ on Music Pickings:
2012, Sep 14 - New Single: On Yr Side


New Album: Bear In Heaven – Time Is Over One Day Old (2014/08/04) [Full Album Stream]

23 Jul

:: So so great.

Brooklyn’s psychedelic/synth-rock outfit Bear In Heaven comprises founder/vocalist Jon Philpot, bassist Jason Nazary and new drummer Adam Wills. The trio will release their fourth full-length Time Is Over One Day Old only in two weeks, but you can stream the follow-up to 2012′s I Love You, It’s Cool already now via NPR.

Time Is Over One Day Old drops in the UK/Europe on August , 2014 via Dead Oceans/Hometapes. The album will be available as download, CD and 12″ vinyl LP (standard black and limited edition colored, the latter is selling out fast). You can buy/pre-order the digital album from iTunes or order your physical copy of Time Is Over One Day Old from the band’s shop.

The album of ten songs is streaming in its entirety over at NPR.orgTime Is Over One Day Old is entirely written, composed and produced by Jon Philpot and multi-instrumentalist Adam Wills.

Autumn is the second single and opening track taken from Time Is Over One Day Old, listen to the fabulous track above. Bear In Heaven are touring North America in August/September and they’ll be heading over to Europe for 14 shows in October. You can check out the upcoming dates below and listen to the album’s first single Time Between.

Cover Art:
Bear In Heaven - Time Is Over One Day Old (2014)

01. Autumn
02. Time Between
03. If I Were To Lie
04. They Dream
05. The Sun And The Moon And The Stars
06. Memory Heart
07. Demon
08. Way Off
09. Dissolve The Walls
10. You Don’t Need The World


Upcoming Tour Dates:
Mon 04 Aug 2014 // Brooklyn, NY, USA // Rough Trade
Wed 20 Aug 2014 // Philadelphia, PA, USA // Johnny Brendas
Thu 21 Aug 2014 // Cambridge, MA, USA // Sinclair
Fri 22 Aug 2014 // Washington, DC, USA // Rock’N’Roll Hotel
Sat 23 Aug 2014 // Carrboro, NC, USA // Cat Cradle Back Room
Sun 24 Aug 2014 // Atlanta, GA, USA // Terminal West
>> The full touring schedule is available here.

Follow ‘Bear In Heaven’ on:
Official Website | Facebook | Twitter | Soundcloud | Youtube | Instagram

Read more:
The 405 − Review: Bear In Heaven – Time Is Over One Day Old

New Album: Common – Nobody’s Smiling (2014/07/22) / Track ‘Kingdom (feat. Vince Staples)’

22 Jul

:: Stay tuned for more!


Cover Art:
Common - Nobodys Smiling

Artist: Common
Title of Album: Nobody’s Smiling
Release Date: July 22, 2014
Label: ARTium/Def Jam

1 The Neighborhood (feat. Lil Herb & Cocaine 80s)
2 No Fear
3 Diamonds (feat. Big Sean)
4 Blak Majik (feat. Jhene Aiko)
5 Speak My Piece
6 Hustle Harder (feat. Snoh Aalegra & Dreezy)
7 Nobody’s Smiling (feat. Malik Yusef)
8 Real (feat. Elijah Blake)
9 Kingdom (feat. Vince Staples)
10 Rewind That
11 Out On Bond (feat. Vince Staples)
12 7 Deadly Sins
13 Young Hearts Run Free (feat. Cocaine 80s)

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


More of ‘Common’ on Music Pickings:
2012, Jan 16 – Lovin’ I Lost / “The Dreamer / The Believer”
2011, Nov 02 - Common – Blue Sky (Official Video)
2011, Sep 16 - Common to release autobiography



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