Must-Hear Tracks

Debut Album: Nick Hakim – Green Twins (2017/05/19) / New Track ‘Bet She Looks Like You ‘

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Nick Hakim will release his debut full-length album Green Twins via ATO Records on May 19, and the release will be preceded by a North American & European tour. The anticipated album follows his breakthrough Where Will We Go, Pt. I & II EPs that were self-released on his Earseed Records and praised by the New York Times, NPR Music and more. Green Twins is an experimental step forward with emotional heft gleaned from his experiences in the years since. Intimate first single, “Bet She Looks Like You,” was recorded mostly in the New York-based singer-songwriter’s home bedroom, and was one of the first songs that saw Hakim embrace his new experimental way of songwriting and recording.

Each track on the album peels back a particular aspect of his life. He notes that, “a lot of it is what I was thinking in the moment, very specific songs… many of them are like self-portraits.“ He says of Green Twins, “I also felt the need to push my creativity in a different way than I had on the EPs.” The record draws from influences spanning Robert Wyatt, Marvin Gaye and Shuggie Otis to My Bloody Valentine. “We wanted to imagine what it would have sounded like if RZA had produced a Portishead album. We experimented with engineering techniques from Phil Spector and Al Green’s Back Up Train, drum programming from RZA and Outkast, and were listening to a lot of The Impressions, John Lennon, Wu-Tang, Madlib, and Screaming Jay Hawkins.”

The story of Green Twins truly began when, armed with the masters for his EPs, Hakim moved from Boston to Brooklyn, spending his time fleshing out unfinished ideas in his bedroom. He came up with lyrics on the spot, recording sketches and lyrics on voice memos and a four-track cassette recorder. From there, Green Twins came about as a sum of its parts: Hakim took the demo recordings to studios in New York City, Philadelphia and London, and built on them with engineers including Andrew Sarlo (bass, engineering, production), keeping the original essence of the songs intact. Sarlo notes that, “for other artists, a demo serves as a potential shape the song could form into. But for Nick, demos are more like creating a temple: a sanctuary that now we have to go into and somehow clean, furnish, and get ready for other people to experience the sermon in.”

Hakim’s debut comes as the culmination of years chiseling his skills as a musician. Hailing from Washington, D.C., he grew up in a musical household—his older brother introduced him to bands like Bad Brains and Nirvana, and his parents exposed him to Nueva canción—while he set out on his own to discover the DC music scene. He didn’t take an interest in learning an instrument until high school, when he taught himself to play the keys. After graduation, he moved to Boston to continue his study of music. In the time since moving to Brooklyn and setting to work for three years on Green Twins, he embraced the live circuit, both as a solo musician and with his band, whom he’s brought together from within his community in Boston and New York.

With Green Twins, Hakim plans to tour through the beginning of the year (see tour dates below), and hopes that folks will connect with the songs he’s written. “I think everybody feels insecure about certain things and everybody has lost people dear to them. I think I’m writing about common things that people feel,” he says. “I think I’m very grateful for anybody that’s listening or wants to be a part of my little world that I’ve created through song.” [Press Release via Bandcamp]

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Artist: Nick Hakim
Title of Debut Album: Green Twins
Release Date: May 19, 2017
Label: ATO Records

Track Listing:
1. Green Twins
2. Bet She Looks Like You
3. Roller Skates
4. Needy Bees
5. TYAF
6. Cuffed
7. Miss Chew (feat. Jesse & Forever)
8. Farmissplease
9. Those Days (feat. Onyx Collective)
10. Slowly
11. The Want
12. JP

Upcoming Tour Dates:
Apr 19 The Dome – London, UK (Sold Out)
Apr 20 Le Pop Up du Label – Paris, FR
Apr 21 Brussels, BE – Chez PIAS
Apr 22 Studio 672 – Cologne, DE
Apr 23 Bitterzoet – Amsterdam, NL
Apr 25 Berghain Kantine – Berlin, DE
May 11 The Drake Hotel – Toronto, ON
May 12 Bar Le Ritz PBD – Montréal, QC
May 13 Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA
May 14 Iron Horse Music Hall – Northampton, MA
May 17 Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY
May 20 Rock & Roll Hotel – Washington, DC
Nov 7 The Lantern – Bristol
Nov 8 KOKO – London, UK
Nov 9 The Deaf Institute – Manchester, UK
Nov 10 King Tut’s – Glasgow, UK
Nov 11 Brudenell Social Club – Leeds, UK

Follow ‘Nick Hakim’ on:
Facebook | Soundcloud | TwitterBandcamp

More ‘Nick Hakim’ on Music Pickings:
2014, Oct 27 – Listen: Where Will We Go, Pt. 1 + Pt. 2 [Full Album Streams]

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New Track: Flume – Skin Companion EP II (Full Album Stream)

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Cover Art:
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Artist: Flume
Title of EP: Skin Companion EP II
Release Date: February 17, 2017
Label: Mom+Pop Under Exclusive License from Future Classic

Track Listing:
1. Enough feat. Pusha T
2. Weekend feat. Moses Sumney
3. Depth Charge
4. Fantastic feat. Dave Glass Animals


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Follow ‘Flume’ on:
Official Website | Facebook | Twitter | Soundcloud

Read more: Behind the Beat interview with HNHH

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More ‘Flume’ on Music Pickings:
2016, Sep 07 – New EP: Flume – Skin Companion
2016, Feb 05 –  New Album: Skin (2016/02/05) / Track ‘Smoke And Retribution feat. Vince Staples & Kučka’
2015, May 29 – New Track: Some Minds [Official Music Video]
2014, Mar 22 – Listen: Flume & Chet Faker – What About Us
2013, Nov 27 – New Single: Flume & Chet Faker – Lockjaw
2013, Jan 21 – New Single: Left Alone ft. Chet Faker [Official Video]
2012, Dec 14 – What You Need

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New Single: Little Dragon – High (2017/02/14)

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Cover Art:
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Artist: Little Dragon
Title of Single: High
Release Date: February 14, 2017
Label: Lilla Draken Recordings HB

Upcoming Tour Dates:
4/13/17 Pioneertown, CA @ Pappy & Harriets
4/14/17 Indio, CA @ Coachella
4/16/17 San Diego, CA @ Observatory North Park
4/18/17 Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory OC**
4/21/17 Indio, CA @ Coachella
4/22/17 Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl^^
4/23/17 Scottsdale, AZ @ Live Wire
4/25/17 Dallas, TX @ Majestic Theater**
4/26/17 Austin, TX @ Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater**
4/27/17 Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall**
4/29/17 Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theater
4/30/17 St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant**
5/2/17 Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall**
5/3/17 Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre**
5/4/17 Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall**
5/5-7/17 Atlanta, GA @ Shaky Beats Festival
7/22/17 Squaw Valley, CA @ Wanderlust Festival
7/26/17 Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks^^
7/29/17 Cooperstown, NY @ Brewery Ommegang^^
7/31/17 Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE^^
** with Goldlink
^^ with Glass Animals
>> The full touring schedule is available here

Follow ‘Little Dragon’ on:
Official Website | Facebook | Twitter | Soundcloud

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More ‘Little Dragon’ on Music Pickings:
2014, May 13 – New Track: Paris / New Album ‘Nabuma Rubberband’
2014, Feb 15– New Album: Nabuma Rubberband (2014/05/13) / First Single ‘Klapp Klapp’
2012, Jul 05 – New Single: Sunshine
2011, Sep 19 – Little Dragon European tour dates
2011, Sep 09 – Seconds (Syd the Kyd Remix)

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Listen: Júníus Meyvant – Color Decay

:: Floating Harmonies!


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Júníus Meyvant is the artist name of Vestmann Islands born singer-songwriter Unnar Gísli Sigurmundsson. As a young boy he was an eccentric to a small degree and he only loved two things, skateboarding and painting. Every now and then he asked the Muses if he should learn to play an instrument but his wild and free behavior terminated his dreams as he was quickly suspended out of music school. All through his teens he rambled on without even considering becoming a musician or even playing any instrument.

In his early twenties Unnar stumbled upon a beat up guitar at his parents’ house and started noodling around. By playing the guitar he managed to tame his inner beast and his sense for songs and melodies burst like rockets. The uncontrollable urge for writing music and constant flow of ideas kept him tossing and turning every night and day forever and a day. For a while he filtered his ideas through a band that didn’t live up to his creative requirements so he decided to undertake his alter ego Júníus Meyvant.

The sound of Júníus Meyvant is a rich and afflicted take on freaky folk pop with a familiar and soulful feel. The feeling you get from listening to Júníus equally as comfortable as resting under a thick wool blanket with a hot cup of cocoa in or even when one settles with an exotic beverage on a hot sandy beach far and away. [Press release via Facebook]

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Artist: Júníus Meyvant
Title of Debut Album: Floating Harmonies
Release Date: July 8, 2016
Label: Record Records

Tracklist:
1. Be a Man
2. Beat Silent Need
3. Color Decay
4. Neon Experience
5. Domestic Grace Man
6. Hailslide
7. Mighty Backbone
8. Gold Laces
9. Signals
10. Manos
11. Pearl in Sandbox
12. Floating Harmonies

Upcoming Tour Dates:
Feb 13 // Mascotte // Zurich, Switzerland
Feb 14 // Le Romandie // Lausanne, Switzerland
Feb 15 // GéNéRiQ Festival // Besancon, France
Feb 16 // GéNéRiQ Festival // Dijon, France
Mar 24 // Bæjarbíó // Hafnarfjarðarkaupstaður, Iceland
Aug 11 // Airport Piestany // Piešťany, Slovakia
Aug 18 // C/o Pop Festival // Köln, Germany
>> The full touring schedule is available here

Follow ‘Júníus Meyvant’ on:
Official Website | Facebook | Twitter

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Listen: Blue Gas ‎– Shadows From Nowhere

:: Been waiting a long time for this re-press!

It’s dedicated to the 1983 so rare mix of the Balearic / Italo-Disco pure bliss by Blue Gas / Celso Valli, recorded at the famous Stone Castle Studios (Carimate, Italy).

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Artist: Blue Gas
Title of Single: Shadows From Nowhere
Release Date: December 05, 2016
Label: Best Record Italy

Tracklist:
A1. Shadows from nowhere
A2. Marie
B. Shadows from nowhere (Manu•Archeo “There are shadows because there are hills” extended edit)

Follow ‘Blue Gas” on:
Official Website | Facebook | Twitter

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New Album: Jim James – Eternally Even (2016/11/04) // New Track ‘Same Old Lie’

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Cover Art:
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Artist: Jim James
Title of Album: Eternally Even
Release Date: November 04, 2016
Label: Capitol

Track Listing:
1. Hide In Plain Sight
2. Same Old Lie
3. Here In Spirit
4. The World’s Smiling Now
5. We Ain’t Getting Any Younger PT1
6. We Ain’t Getting Any Younger PT2
7. True Nature
8. In The Moment
9. Eternally Even

Upcoming Tour Dates: 

>> The full touring schedule is available here

Follow ‘Jim James’ on:
Official Website | Facebook | Twitter

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More ‘Jim James’ on Music Pickings:
2013, May 06 –  State Of The Art (A.E.I.O.U) 
2012, Dec 25 – Know Til Now [Free Download] / Solo Debut Album ‘Regions of Light and Sound of God’ (2013/02/05)

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Watch: Mark Pritchard – Beautiful People (feat. Thom Yorke) [Official Video]

:: This voice… love the collaboration between Mark Pritchard and Thom Yorke! Watch the video below.

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Directed by Michał Marczak.
Taken from Mark Pritchard’s new album ‘Under The Sun’, released on 13 May 2016 via Warp Records.

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Artist: Mark Pritchard feat. Thom Yorke
Title of Track: Beautiful People
Release Date: September, 2016
Label: Warp Records

Follow ‘Mark Pritchard’ on:
Official Website | Facebook | Twitter

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