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

:: Hottttt!


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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 Album: Marker Starling – I’m Willing (2017/01/13)

:: Last night I fell in love with this album… thank you, Kai!


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“I guess I’ll never learn… I can’t begin to know the meaning of love,” once sang New York jazz piano innovator Steve Kuhn atop a swirl of lush cello and skittering drums, on 1971 track The Meaning Of Love. Those same words might sound strange to hear tumbling from the husky vocal of Toronto troubadour Marker Starling on his new covers album I’m Willing – the latest chapter in the career of a Canadian avant-pop charmer whose music has, after all, long basked in the mysteries and meaning of romance. “I’m very much a romantic in real life,” smiles Marker, real name Chris A. Cummings. “There are love songs – then there are also love-of-life songs.” Both kinds are reinterpreted on the remarkable I’m Willing – an album that strips back the huge orchestral bloom of tracks by John Cale, Bobby Cole, Sergio Mendes and more to their raw, minimalist, emotional bare bones – just breezy bossa nova drum machine clicks, lilting Yamaha CP-70 electric piano melodies and one unmistakable voice.

Arriving hot on the heels of his March 2015 album Rozy Maze – a sanguine dream of McCartney pop, 1960s movie soundtrack sparkle with stoned Beach Boys melodies, released on Tin Angel Records – I’m Willing sees Marker move further away from his previous guise, Mantler, under which he released four cult acclaimed albums on German imprint Tomlab. “I wanted to make an album that would contrast strongly with my previous one,” explains Marker, who grew up listening to Miles Davis between episodes of Sesame Street. “It was my first time making a record outside of Toronto, and without any of my usual collaborators.” The opportunity had come up to make a record in a small studio on the fringes of Paris with Laetitia Sadier producer Emmanuel Mario (aka Astrobal), “so naturally I wanted to make that happen! But I only had two months before the session, and I quickly had the idea to make an all-covers record, which had been a long-simmering idea of mine.”

The result is a tender patchwork essay on the nature of love that, across 10 spell-binding covers, adventures through ecstatic proto-disco (‘For Real’, originally by Flowers), Brazilian Tropicalia (Caetano Veloso’s ‘Lost In The Paradise’), spiritual jazz (Doug Hammond’s ‘Moves’) and other eclectic sounds, put together in 5am writing sessions last winter, as the frost-covered rest of the city was just stirring into life, in his house – a 100-year- old building nestled between 1970s builds in east Toronto’s remote inner-suburbs. Stereolab’s Sadier turns up on a rendition of Bobby Cole’s ‘Perfect Day’ that dials down the scatty fervour of the original in favour of something more svelte. “I was overawed, since she has been someone I’ve admired and looked up to for years and years,” says Marker.

Marker found songs took on different meanings from the romance of the originals, shaped by events in his life. “Every time you walk my way, I know love is only moments away,” he sings on ‘For Real’, but he may also be singing about his infant child. “Rosy Maze was written before my daughter was born. Since that time, she’s grown from an infant to a baby to a toddler to a real, full blown, very articulate child, with her own thoughts and opinions, so living through all those phases of her life, and all the phases of fatherhood that went along with them – some of them exhilarating, some of them exhausting– was a new thing for me, a new chapter in my life. And really, the making of music was just a sidebar to that,” he says. “When your emotions are running high, which is often the case when there is a crying, laughing, jumping, running, emotional child in the house, different feelings can come up in the music that maybe weren’t there before.”

“Most of these songs are over 35 years old. I tried to make a unified album out of other people’s songs,” explains Marker. “I have a tendency towards schmaltzy 1960s pop with slightly over-egged arrangements, done right of course, and unjustly maligned forms of music such as 1970s jazz funk and so-called smooth jazz” – genres, he says, have been written off, but deserve critical and cultural renaissances. “Romance is writ large in jazz!”

“Let’s forget all our troubles and sorrows,” sings Marker on the album’s defiantly upbeat closing track, a cover of Brazilian MPB mainstay Ivan Lins. “This is the smiling hour.” Warm, wise and wonderful, the beautiful I’m Willing will put a grin on your face that long outlasts 60 minutes. [Press release via Tin Angel Records]

Cover Art:
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Artist: Marker Starling
Title of Album: I’m Willing
Release Date: January 13,  2017
Label: Tin Angel Records

Track Listing:
1. Stormy
2. Perfect Day
3. I’m Willing
4. For Real
5. Amsterdam
6. Lost In The Paradise
7. The Meaning Of Love
8. Would You Believe In Me
9. Moves
10. The Smiling Hour (Abre Alas)

Follow ‘Marker Starling’ on:
Facebook | Twitter

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New Album: Jonwayne – Rap Album Two (2017/02/17)

:: I can’t wait to see you in Hamburg, counting the minutes.


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Cover Art:
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Artist: Jonwayne
Title of Album: Rap Album Two
Release Date: February 17, 2017
Label: Authors / The Order Label

Track Listing:
01. TED Talk
02. LIVE From The Fuck You
03. Human Condition
04. Out Of Sight
05. The Single
06. Paper“ (feat. Shango)
07. City Lights
08. Rainbow“ (feat. Danny Watts)
09. Afraid Of Us“ (feat. Zeroh)
10. Blue Green“ (feat. Low Leaf)
11. Hills“ (feat. Zeroh)
12. These Words Are Everything

Upcoming Tour Dates:
Mar 3 // Bitterzoet // Amsterdam, NLD
Mar 5 // Lefto & Red Bull Elektropedia present: Jonwayne // Vooruit Gent, BEL
Mar 7 // Molotow // Hamburg, DEU
Mar 8 // Musik & Frieden // Berlin, DEU
Mar 10 // Muffathalle // Munich, DEU
Mar 15 // Soundcrash Presents: JONWAYNE Jazz Cafe // Camden Town, GBR
Mar 16 // Jazz Cafe // Camden Town, GBR
Mar 17 // Headrow House // Leeds, GBR

Follow ‘Jonwayne’ on:
Facebook | Twitter | SoundCloud

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More ‘Jonwayne’ on Music Pickings:
2015, Apr 22 – New EP: Jonwayne Is Retired (2015/04/28) / Video ‘Minerals & Gems’

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New Single: Fink – Cold Feet / New Album ‘Fink´s Sunday Night Blues Club, Vol. 1’ (2017/03/10)

:: Can’t wait to hear the album!


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Cover Art:
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Artist: Fink
Title of Album: Fink´s Sunday Night Blues Club, Vol. 1
Release Date: March 10, 2017
Label: R’COUP’D

Track Listing:
1. Cold Feet
2. She Was Right
3. Little Bump
4. Boneyard
5. Hard To See You Happy
6. Keep Myself Alone Now
7. Hour Golden
8. Black Curls

Upcoming Tour Dates:
Nov 6 // Ahoi! Festival // Linz, Austria
Oct 30 // Tavastia // Helsinki, Finland
Oct 28 // Klubben // Stockholm, Sweden
Oct 27 // Rockefeller // Oslo, Norway
Oct 19 // De La Warr Pavilion // Bexhill, United Kingdom
Oct 17 // Academy2 // Manchester, United Kingdom
Oct 16 // The Forum // London, United Kingdom
Oct 15 // Anson Rooms // Bristol, United Kingdom
Nov 27 // KOKO London London, United Kingdom

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

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More ‘Fink’ on Music Pickings:
2015, Mar  03− New EP: Pilgrim
2014, Oct 15 − New EP: Shakespeare (Remixes) 
2014, Jul 11− New Album: Hard Believer (2014/07/11) / Track ‘Hard Believer’ [Free Download]
2014, May 14− First Single: Looking Too Closely / New Album ‘Fink – Hard Believer’ (2014/07/11)
2013, Mar 20 – New Song: Hard Believer [Free Download]
2013, Aug 23 − New Album: RCO (2013/10/14)
2013, Mar 14− New EP: Warm Shadow (2013/03/10)
2012, Sep 04 – Debut Live Album: Wheels Turn Beneath My Feet / Upcoming European Tour Dates [Free Download]
2012, Jan 14 – In Bloom (Nirvana cover)
2011, Dec 23 – “Best of the Given” Mixtape
2011, Oct 13 – LIVE TONIGHT
2011, Sep 19 – Autumn tour dates + new single “Perfect Darkness / Berlin Sunrise “
2011, Aug 31 – Perfect Darkness / Q&A

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

:: Love. Love. Love.


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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]

Cover Art:
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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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Debut Album: Chaz Bundick Meets The Mattson 2 – Star Stuff (2017/03/31) / New Track ‘Star Stuff’

:: Recommended for you.


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Chaz Bundick meets The Mattson 2 “Star Stuff” is the kind of record that only comes about every once in a blue moon. It slips into existence by the merest margins at the very edge of universal consciousness and then expands to fill a vacuum that we didn’t know needed filling until it appeared full right before us.

The unspoken brotherly bond of the Mattson 2 and the incredibly refined and aesthetic genius of Chaz Bundick (playing both the role of musician and producer) combined to invoke this album from the ether. The Mattsons’ brotherly forgetfulness acted as a catalyst for this most spectacular of collaborations: Jared Mattson (Guitar/bass/extra dimensional texture) forgot to pack a drum stool for Jonathan (Drums/Intra dimensional rythmality) for a show in Oakland in late 2014.

A mutual friend, photographer Andrew Paynter, said he knew someone nearby who might have one, that someone was Chaz Bundick. Chaz stayed to watch their show, and over the following few months they recorded with no set schedule, no set plan, no rules and no limits.

“We all got together after that first encounter, meeting at Chaz’s home studio in Berkeley. We had no set musical ideas because we wanted this to be fresh and pure and 100% collaborative… The songs started morphing and the camaraderie got so strong, inspired, and positive that it was absolutely exhilarating working together! We had the utmost trust in one another. It naturally became a joint record so it became fitting to call it a “meets” project.” – Jared Mattson [Press Release via Bandcamp]

Cover Art:
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Artist: Chaz Bundick Meets The Mattson 2
Title of Album: Star Stuff
Release Date: March 31, 2017
Label: Company Records

Track Listing:
1. Sonmoi
2. A Search
3. JBS
4. Star Stuff
5. Steve Pink
6. Disco Kid
7. Don’t Blame Yourself
8. Cascade


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Upcoming Tour Dates:

11/07: Neptune – Seattle, WA
11/09: Wonder Ballroom – Portland, OR
11/10: The UC Theatre – Berkeley, CA
11/11: SLO Brew – San Luis Obispo, CA
11/12: Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival – Los Angeles, CA
11/14: Crescent Ballroom – Phoenix, AZ
11/15: Tricky Falls – El Paso, TX
11/16: Meow Wolf – Santa Fe, NM
11/17: Fox Theatre – Boulder, CO
11/18: Urban Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT
11/19: Knitting Factory – Boise, ID
11/20: The Badlander – Missoula, MT

Follow ‘Chaz Bundick Meets The Mattson 2’ on:
Bandcamp

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