AV AV AV’s new video features a dramatic walk on the beach, steam punk duds, and a rotting vessel. But then again, you wouldn’t expect anything less from a clip for a tune called “Leia’s Theme,” right? (Don’t ask about the asphyxiation —and poison gas.) The twinkling/glitchy tune is from the Danish trio’s new EP They Live, now out on iTunes.
The video for Choir of Young Believers’ new single “Face Melting” features some decidedly down to earth visuals. Just frontman Jannis Noya Makrigiannis chilling in a hoodie in the countryside. A kitten, kid, and similarly hooded pal join him. Coupled with the song’s epic swells and melancholy vibe, it’s a much needed piece of levity. Check out the clip below. The band's third album is due out later this year.
Premiere: “Dear Aphrodite (Hasta’s Beach Club Mix)”
May 27, 2015
Not long ago, Norwegian crooner Tellef Raabe released a lovelorn new single called “Dear Aphrodite.” (Romance, this ain't.) Now, thanks to Hasta, the downbeat tune has not one but two remixes: one to satisfy the tropical electro pop fan, the other to capture the heart of the warehouse cluber. (What a giver!) Listen to both delicious twists via our premiere below. Digging it? Be sure to head over to Riot Factory for all your Tellef Raabe needs.
AURORA sings with a hauntingly sweet voice that seems to come from somewhere in outer space—so her cover of Nat King Cole classic “Nature Boy” seems like a no-brainer when you take the David Bowie version into account, right? The Norwegian singer nailed the stripped down song in her recent live session. Just try to keep the chills at bay. Watch below. Her debut EP Running With the Wolves is out now on Glassnote Records. Revisit the title single here.
Vök’s new single “Waterfall” taps into everything we love about the Icelandic trio. Downtempo beats, haunted beats, and a flare for the dramatic? Yup it’s all in there. Listen below. The band’s new EP Circles is out now.
“Now You Know” is a R&B/pop anthem about regret. Swedish born, London-based singer China layers on the synth and emotion, creating a glittery 1980s-tinged musical world. The result is both beautiful and downright gutting. Listen below.
On June 1-5, Marina Di Ravenna, Italy will host the fourth edition of Beaches Brew—a free festival featuring the Thee Oh Sees, Viet Cong, Shabazz Palaces, and more. To help get us in an Italian fun and sun frame of mind, we’ve asked several artists playing the fest to make us mixtapes. The next one in our series comes from Ought.
“This mix is all sun-drenched bangers and anthems, feeling hot and happy with 128 MP3s,” says Ought’s Ben Stidworthy. “However, I also wanted to avoid evoking Ibiza summer breaks or "spiritual holidays" in Thailand, at all cost. Instead, I wanted to do a mix for the first really hot night of summer, in some small bar anywhere in the world. Tried my hand at actually beat-matching so bear with me.”
Listen below. You can also revisit our previous mixes in the series from DJ Fitz, Afterpartees, and Moon Duo. If you’re headed to Italy, be sure to grab all the event details here.
1. Django Reinhardt: La Mer - An absolutely gorgeous tribute to the sea. In my mind far more important than the beach, so veneration comes first.
2. Onra: Ms. Ho - From the Paris producer who can't stop putting out good albums. This one speaks for itself.
3. Jennifer Lopez: I'm Real (Instrumental) - Pop gold with some production that is hard to argue with. The bass and flute flirting with each other continuously creates some heart pounding warmth.
4. Phony Ppl: Yesterday's Lips - Lyrically it's not very beach-like, however these young New York musicians really know how to create a mood.
5. Destiny's Child: Lose My Breath (Reggae Remix) - The song for students around the world trying to finish that essay at four in the morning. Also works well on the beach.
6. Vince Guaraldi Trio: Surfin Snoopy - The San Francisco jazz pianist soundtracking Snoopy surfing. First track I though of for the mix.
7. Four Brothers: Uchandifunga - A song recommended to me by my friend who spent half his life in Zimbabwe and the rest in Hackney and Montreal. Lobster Shack and 1208 would have heard this one.
8. Swindle: Summer Fruits - One of the best producers in London right now comes out with a wink to Autumn Leaves that has some of the best drum sounds I'd heard in a while. It's hard not to feel the sun in this one.
9. Riko Dan: Skeng Teng - Lovely track from the London City Warlord himself. Revolutionary gun-talk with pretty massive low-end.
10. Mystic Stylez: Feloneezy - Frank (Intro) - Calm exit by Serbian musicians from Belgrade. Lovely chords to wash away the night...
SOAK (aka the 19-year-old singer/songwriter from Northern Ireland named Bridie Monds-Watson) recently covered St. Vincent's "Digital Witness," but now she's set her sights on a much older classic, Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song." The song was recorded for Fearne Cotton's last ever BBC Radio 1 show in the U.K. Cotton asked some of her favorite current artists to cover some of her favorite songs.
SOAK's debut album, Before We Forgot How to Dream, is out June 2 via Rough Trade. Also be sure to pick Under the Radar's current print issue (the one with Tame Impala on the cover) to read an interview with SOAK. Check out the cover below, followed by her U.S. tour dates.