Ian Chang shares first solo track ‘Spiritual Leader’

Ian Chang - Spiritual LeaderBetter known for his impressive drumming stints with bands like Son Lux, Landlady or Father Figures, Ian Chang has launched his solo project. He’s offering the first taste of what’s to come with ‘Spiritual Leader’, an incredible and hypnotic percussive electronic track. It comes paired with a fitting video directed, edited, and produced by Endless Endless’s Sara Padgett Heathcott and Adam Heathcott. Watch it below.

Vula Viel unleash new video for ‘Zine Dondone Zine Daa’

Vula Viel - Zine Dondone Zine DaaVula Viel are offering their first music video for the exhilarating and entrancing ‘Zine Dondone Zine Daa’, a track which can be found on their Good is Good album, released last year and available on their bandcamp.
The clip has been released ahead of the band’s UK tour this Autumn, which includes a date in London on 2th December at Rich Mix. Watch the video below, made by Louise Boer, and find the full list of dates straight after.

Vula Viel Tour dates:

27th Oct – Midlands Art Centre (MAC), Birmingham
28th Oct – The Ropetackle Art Centre, Shoreham by Sea
10th Nov – Yellow Arch Studios, Sheffield
11th Nov – Silk Mill Museum, Derby
2nd Dec – Rich Mix, London

Dirty Projectors share first new music in four years

Dirty Projectors - Keep Your NameIt’s been four full years since Dirty Projectors released their outstanding and critically acclaimed studio album Swing Lo Magellan, which was one of our Albums Picks of 2012, and the accompanying About To Die EP. Fortunately, the wait is finally over. Earlier this week, the Brooklyn outfit led by producer, multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Dave Longstreth teased their first new material since then in a short clip shared on their social media. Now Dirty Projectors have released a brand new song, the beautiful and strange ‘Keep Your Name’. It comes with a fittingly stunning video co-directed by Longstreth and Elon Rutberg. Watch it. Now.

Watch the animated video for Tanya Tagaq’s single ‘Centre ft. Shad’

Tanya Tagaq - Centre ft ShadWith her highly anticipated new full-length album, Retribution, nearing release date, Tanya Tagaq has shared a brilliant animated video for the second single ‘Centre’, featuring Canadian rapper and hip hop artist Shad. Sometimes a track hits us so hard that we just keep listening to it again and again, and that is the case with the mind-blowing ‘Centre’, a “hip-hop song about molecular biology and menstruation”.
Tagaq teamed up with fellow Canadian artist and musician Chad VanGaalen, who animated the video. Speaking about it, she had this to say:

“I always knew I wanted to work with Chad because I’ve admired his work from afar for years. I wasn’t expecting it to turn out this well, where he was going to exactly exemplify every single facet of what we were trying to express in an otherworldly, fantastically, logical dimension. I’ve never felt my work so accurately visually embodied.”

What the video below.

Retribution is out on October 21st in North America and November 18th in Europe via Six Shooter.

Aquaserge share video for ‘Les Plus Beaux Jours’

aquaserge_artistIt has taken us a while to come across the music of Toulouse’s experimental pop band Aquaserge, but it’s no wonder we fell for it instantly. Last Friday saw them release Guerre EP, an EP featuring four tracks, each a universe on its own drawing from numerous and varied genres and influences.
The quintet had previously shared a video for the wonderful and exotic EP opener ‘Les Zouzes’. Now they have unveiled a new video for the closing track ‘Les Plus Beaux Jours’, a delightful love song, featuring longtime collaborator Eddy Crampes on vocals. The video was again directed by Olia Eichenbaum. Watch it below and make sure you grab Aquaserge’s Guerre EP.

Guerre EP is out now via Crammed Discs and Almost Musique.

Mica Levi & Oliver Coates announce collaborative album Remain Calm

Mica Levi & Oliver Coates - Remain CalmMica Levi of Micachu and the Shapes, and experimental composer and cellist Oliver Coates are two tremendously talented musicians whose paths have crossed many times in the past. Following an impromptu jam on Mica Levi’s NTS radio show, the pair continued to improvise together in a flat in south London. Remain Calm is the fruit of this collaboration, a full-length album set for release on November 25th via Slip.

Both hailing from a classical background, Mica Levin and Oliver Coates are also “keen to blur its lines into more contemporary styles like grime, techno and drone”, described the press release. “Shades of Iannis Xenakis, Aphex Twin, Burial and Scott Walker’s film music are suggested in certain passages, but the sum of its parts are a very singular soundworld and a stunning piece of work.”

Along with the announcement comes the first staggering single from the album, ‘Barok Main’. Take a listen below.