Naytronix returns with second album Mister Divine

Naytronix - Mister Divine

We have been waiting for a new album from Naytronix since the Oakland based multi-instrumentalist and producer released his 2012 debut Dirty Glow, which was a Pick of the year then and remains a favourite. News of Naytronix’s much anticipated follow-up have finally emerged. Mister Divine will see the light of day on October 16th via City Slang. Crafted mostly on the road whilst also rocking the bass with tUnE-yArDs, as the press release explains, Mister Divine “sees him turning from the disjointedly funky party dance anthems of his debut Dirty Glow to a surrealist stream of consciousness poignancy.” The album is described as “the feeling of déjà vu between delirious post-show fevers and the road-torn sleep through the night on the way to the next city, driving the circumference of the Earth in nine weeks, dreams of Pangaea, of forever ago and infinity from now.”.

Nate Brenner, the project’s mastermind, recorded the album with the help of guitarist Mark Allen-Piccolo and percussionist Robert Lopez. Mister Divine also features contributions from fellow Beep! member Michael Coleman and fellow Oberlin Conservatory members Matt Nelson and Noah Bernstein.

It seems like a long wait till October but we can already hear a taste of what Naytronix will be throwing at us with the wondrous title track now available to stream. Listen to ‘Mister Divine’ below.

Jerusalem In My Heart share new single from upcoming second album

Jerusalem In My Heart

There’s a new album on the way from Montreal based audio-visual performance collective Jerusalem In My Heart, as we had previously mentioned. The upcoming If He Dies, If If If If If If, drops on September 4th via Constellation Records. Jerusalem In My Heart have just shared ‘7ebr El 3oyoun’ (‘Ink Of The Eyes’), an entrancing single featuring a guest contribution from Pierre-Guy Blanchard (of Pacha) on hand percussion. Listen to it below.

Watch Son Lux’s video for ‘You Don’t Know Me’

Son Lux - You Dont Know Me

Hot on the heels of the release of their new album, Bones, Son Lux are now offering a video for the mighty ‘You Don’t Know Me’. The effort was directed by Nathan Johnson and created by The Made Shop and it features Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black) and Noah Segan (Looper).

Here’s what director Nathan Johnson said of the video:

“When Ryan first sent the album over to The Made Shop, this was the song that I kept coming back to. It touches a pretty raw nerve, and we wanted to explore the song in terms of the empty rituals we often see in relationships and, to a larger degree, religion.

We wrote the video specifically for Tatiana and designed everything around her performance. She’s such a phenomenal actor, and she brings something so compelling to the role – this powerful figure who is stuck in the vacancy of routines that have lost their meaning.”

Here’s the video.

Bones is out now via Glassnote.

Alif share first single off upcoming debut album Aynama-Rtama

Alif - Aynama-Rtama

We weren’t familiar with multicultural collective Alif but their music caught our ears on first listen. Made up of Khyam Allami (Oud), Tamer Abu Ghazaleh (Vocals/Buzuq), Bashar Farran (Bass), Maurice Louca (Keys/Electronics) and Khaled Yassine (Drums/Percussion), their absolutely thrilling music takes roots in Iraq, Palestine, Egypt and Lebanon.
Alif, named after the first letter of the Arabic alphabet, have announced the release of their debut album, Aynama-Rtama, which translates to Wherever It Falls. The effort, due out on Friday 4th via Nawa Recordings, was self-produced and recorded between Beirut in Cairo last year. The album’s incredible and vibrant instrumentation is paired with contemporary Arabic poetry from renowned poets such as Iraqi poet Sargon Boulos and Palestian poet Mahmoud Darwish, and it comes with English translations by Nariman Youssef.
According to the press release, the album “traces a complex labyrinth of genres, sounds and emotions, rendered as a unique postcard of the tumultuous rollercoaster-ride of its time.”

To whet our appetite, Alif have unveiled the first single off Aynama-Rtama, ‘Holako (Hulagu)’. I’ve been listening to it again and again. Here it is.