Month: June 2014

Debut Album: Anushka – Broken Circuit (2014/06/30)

:: Stayed tuned, ladies and gentlemen.


The lineup: Max Wheeler (producer), Victoria Port (vocals, songs).

Cover Art:

Artist: Anushka
Title Debut Album: Broken Circuit
Release Date: June 30, 2014
Label: Brownswood Recordings

1. Impatient
2. Never Can Decide
3. Echo
4. Atom Bombs
5. Kisses
6. Broken Circuit
7. Down in Flames
8. I Have Love 4 You
9. These Things
10. This Time
11. Mansions
12. Fire To me
13. Blessings (Bonus track for itunes)

Upcoming Tour Dates:
June 14 // Gwdihŵ Café Bar // Cardiff, UK
June 24 // Lydmar Hotel // Stockholm, Sweden

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More ‘Anushka’ on Music Pickings:
2014, Apr 19 – New EP: Distorted Air (2014/04/19) / New Track ‘World In A Room’
2013, Nov 16 – New Single: The Constant
2013, Aug 24 – New Single: Never can Decide



New Single: The Drifter & Benjamin Fröhlich – Waterville (2014/06/06)

:: Electronic love!


The Drifter is the moniker of Irish DJ and producer Mark Flynn who’s currently living in Berlin. His new single Waterville is a collaboration with Germany DJ/producer Benjamin Fröhlich from Munich, co-founder and -owner of Munich-based electronic label Permanent Vacation.

Waterville was released on June 06, 2014 via Permanent Vacation. It’s as available digitally and as 12″ vinyl single. You can buy digitally from iTunes or Beatport (recommended for all lossless lovers) or order your physical copy of Waterville directly from Permanent Vacation.

The release includes one alternate versions of Waterville and a remix by mysterious UK producer A Sagittariun as b-sides, both are streaming below via Benjamin Fröhlich’s Soundcloud.

Cover Art:
The Drifter & Benjamin Fröhlich - Waterville (2014)

A Waterville (Original Mix)
B1 Waterville (A Saggitariun Remix)
B2 Waterville (Hightide Version)

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Listen: The Helen Hollins Singers – Consolation (Nicolas Jaar Edit) [Free download]

:: Fantastic edit!


Artist: The Helen Hollins Singers (Nicolas Jaar Edit)
Title of Track: Consolation

Follow ‘Nicolas Jaar’ on:
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More ‘Nicolas Jaar’ on Music Pickings:
2013, April 13 – New Video: Noise (2013/04/03)
2012, Aug 11 – Cat Power – Cherokee (Nicolas Jaar Remix) [Free Download]
2012, Feb 06 – Materials [Fan Video]
2011, Jan 17 – With Just One Glance (feat. Scout LaRue and Will Epstein)
2011, Dec 07 – Nicolas Jaar & Dave Harrington – Darkside EP
2011, Oct 27 – Sneaky Sound System – Always By Your Side (Nicolas Jaar Version)
2011, Aug 21 – Marks


New Album: How To Dress Well – What Is This Heart? (2014/06/23) / New Video for ‘Face Again’ / New Mixtape ‘No Words To Say’

:: A very good friend of mine recently passed away, and everything on this triumph of an album makes me think of her!

It’s not even two years since Chicago-based singer/producer Tom Krell aka How To Dress Well released his marvellous, acclaimed sophomore album Total Loss – an album which ranks high among my all-time favourites. Krells music  is often associated with Neo-Soul or Contemporary R&B, but on his new and third LP What Is This Heart? – also described as his most ambitious and honest work to date – he proves that it’s so much more than that.

What Is This Heart? was released internationally on June 23, 2014 via Weird World Records/Domino Recording Co. Australia and New Zealand already saw its release on June 19. The album is available as download, CD and deluxe LP. The deluxe package includes mp3 download code and comes with double heavyweight 180g vinyl of the album in a deluxe gatefold sleeve with a 28-page booklet and a one-side etched 10″ vinyl containing the exclusive non-album tracks Let U Know and So Easy for Pleasure. You can buy the set digitally from iTunes or order your physical copy directly from Weird World Records.

The album of twelve songs is entirely written by Tom Krell. On What You Wanted and A Power (my album favourite), he collaborated with Mike Silver and Words I Don’t Remember was written together with producer Rodaidh McDonald who also produced the album with Krell in a Berlin studio during the height of summer 2013. McDonald also oversaw the production of Total Loss.

In a fantastic recent interview with SPIN, Krell commented on working with McDonald: “I learned a lot from working with Rodaidh about how to do things in the studio. With this record, I had a demoed record that basically was at the level, in terms of quality of sound, ofTotal Loss. I was in Toronto, and Rodaidh was there, and he was like, “I’m so excited to work on this.” And I was like, “I don’t know if I’m going to work on it anymore — I think it might be done.” And he was like, “No, dude, let’s go in and detail absolute everything.” And then I started thinking about what it would mean to undertake something like that. Because it’s a slippery slope. If you start detailing one thing then it starts sticking out like a sore thumb, and eventually you have to pore over every detail. […] So we spent eight weeks re-recording, repurposing, transforming every bit of the record. I’ve never worked so hard on anything in my life.” You definitely should check out the whole feature.

Face Again is the third single taken from What Is This Heart?, it follows the previously released Words I Don’t Remember and Repeat Pleasure. The song comes with another impressive music video directed and edited by Norwegian director Johannes Greve Muskat. The clip was written by Tom Krell, Luke Gilford and Muskat and is the second installment of the What Is This Heart? short film trilogy. It was shot in the Californian desert and is further exploring “what happens when people take a risk, when people try to live and die right”. Check it out above.

Krell recently released the No Words To Say mixtape on his Soundcloud exploring songs which influenced and inspired him for What Is This Heart?. Krell will also be touring North America throughout August and September. You can check out the upcoming dates and the mixtape below.

Cover Art:
How To Dress Well - What Is This Heart? (2014)

01. 2 Years On (Shame Dream)
02. What You Wanted
03. Face Again
04. See You Fall
05. Repeat Pleasure
06. Words I Don’t Remember
07. Pour Cyril
08. Precious Love
09. Childhood Faith in Love (Everything Must Change, Everything Must Stay the Same)
10. A Power
11. Very Best Friend
12. House Inside (Future is Older than the Past)

Upcoming Tour Dates:
Thu 21 Aug 2014 // San Diego, CA, USA // Casbah
Fri 22 Aug 2014 // Los Angeles, CA, USA // First Unitarian Church
Sat 23 Aug 2014 // Monterey, CA, USA // First City Festival
Sun 24 Aug 2014 // Monterey, CA, USA // First City Festival
Mon 25 Aug 2014 // Portland, OR, USA // Holocene
Tue 26 Aug 2014 // Vancouver, BC, Canada // Fortune Sound Club
Wed 27 Aug 2017 // Seattle, WA, USA // Neumos
>> The full touring schedule is available here.

Follow ‘How To Dress Well’ on:
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Read more:
Slant Magazine – Review: How to Dress Well – What Is This Heart? 
SPIN − Q&A: How To Dress Well’s Tom Krell On Finding Hope In A Godless Universe [Interview]


More ‘How To To Dress Well’ on Music Pickings:
2014, May 13 − New Music Video: Repeat Pleasure
2014, Mar 19 − New Single: Words I Don’t Remember (2014/03/07)
2013, Dec 27 − Listen: Teenage Spaceship [Cover Version]
2013, May 22 – Jacques Greene feat. How To Dress Well – On Your Side
2012, Aug 16 – New Album: Total Loss (2012/09/17) [Full Album Stream]
2012, Aug 31 − Cold Nites (Koreless Remix) / New Album ‘Total Loss’
2012, July 23 − Cold Nites / New Album ‘Total Loss’ Announced

Debut EP: Andrea Balency – Walls / Official Video ‘You’ve Never Been Alone’

:: Like it a lot.


The lineup: Andrea Balency (vocals, keyboards, production).

Cover Art:
Andrea Balency - Walls

Artist: Andrea Balency
Title: Walls
Release Date: June 23, 2014
Label: Bataille

1 Crystals Andrea
2 You’ve Never Been Alone
3 This Wall
4 Adieu créature
5 You’ve Never Been Alone (TEPR Remix)

Upcoming Tour Dates: 
Jul 04 // Fleche d’Or // Paris, France
Jul 06 // CALVI ON THE ROCKS // Calvi, France

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New Album: Martyn – The Air Between Words (2014/06/16) [Full Album Stream]

:: A perfect treat for ears of electronic music lovers!


Eindhoven-born and Washington DC-based DJ, producer and 3024 label owner Martijn Deijkers, better known by his stage name Martyn, has been releasing electronic music of varying styles since 2005. His full-length debut Great Lengths dropped in 2009, followed two years later by his excellent sophomore LP Ghost People on Flying Lotus American label Brainfeeder. For his third longplayer The Air Between Words, Martyn has now joined the Ninja Tune family and taken a step into a more dancefloor-oriented direction.

The Air Between Words was released internationally on June 16, 2014 via Ninja Tune. The set of ten tracks is available as digital download (mp3/wav) , CD and 3 x 12″ vinyl LP. You can buy/order your copy of The Air Between Words directly from the Ninja Tune Store.

The album is streaming in its entirety above via Thump, the electronic music channel of Vice Magazine. The album production followed no defined parameters or plan at all. According to the Nina Tune press release, Martyn simply experimented with purely analogue sounds and equipments which ultimately resulted in melodic sketches which began to shape the new record. Martyn explains: “Every album signifies a period in your life, and finishing one shows you something about yourself. Without the music being introspective, this is my most natural sounding album.

Lead single Love Of Pleasure features vocalist (and former half of art pop duo Hype Williams) Inga Copeland, simply called Copeland on this one. The power house track Glassbeadgames sees Martyn collaborating with Kieran Hebden aka Four Tet, check it out in the album stream above.

Cover Art:
Martyn - The Air Between Words (2014)

01. Forgiveness Step 1
02. Glassbeadgames
03. Empty Mind
04. Drones
05. Love Of Pleasure
06. Two Leads And A Computer
07. Forgiveness Step 2
08. Like That
09. Lullaby
10. Fashion Skater

Upcoming Tour Dates:
Sat 12 July 2014 // Baskerville Hall, Wales, UK // Freerotation Festival

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

Read more:
Drowned In Sound − Martyn – The Air Between Words
Thump − Listen To Martyn’s Brand New Album [Interview]


More ‘Martyn’ on Music Pickings:
2011, Nov 26 − Masks / New Album ‘Ghost People’ (2011/10/14)

New Track: Royce Wood Junior – Nuff / EP ‘Tonight Matthew’

:: Prepare to fall in love!


Cover Art:
Royce Wood Junior  - TONIGHT MATTHEW

Artist: Royce Wood Junior
Title of EP: Tonight Matthew
Release Date: April 21, 2014
Label: Parlez Parlez

1 Beeline
2 Hardly R
3 Nuff
4 Further;More

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