Archive for November, 2012
Not since 2008 has younger Knowles sister Solange released any concrete material. Though throughout the years she has kept her fans intrigued with one off singles and performances, she is back with an EP titled True to be released November 27th. I’ve always been back and forth with Solange; her talent and passion is immense but she’s always sounded like she has something to prove. Her latest offerings seem to be her best though. Nostalgic and soulful, Solange sounds like she’s finally found her niche. You can listen to her Dev Hynes produced single Lovers In the Parking Lot below.
It was only 6 months ago tha
t author, actor, poet and rapper Mykki Blanco released Join My Militia; a hard edged, bass thumping single which exposed the web to the multi-faceted artiste. Since, Mykki has gained a certain cult status for her aggressive flow, sharp appearance and all around bad-assness.
Just yesterday the California/North Carolina native dropped her mixtape Cosmic Angel: Illuminati Prince/ss with features from Le1f and production by Sinden & Matrixxman, Brenmar, Flosstradamus plus more, and can be downloaded here. Listen to an album cut titled Riot and be sure to catch her alongside Death Grips on one of the listed tour dates below.
Death Grips & Mykki Blanco:
11-12 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
11-13 Washington, DC – Rock and Roll Hotel
11-14 Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church
11-16 Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair
11-17 Montreal, Quebec – Corona
11-18 Toronto, Ontario – Wrong Bar
11-19 Detroit, MI – Magic Stick
11-20 Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge
11-21 Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry
11-23 Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge
12-08 Los Angeles, CA – FWD
School of Seven Bells will be releasing their second album in 2012 on November 13, Ghostory was released in February. This time it’s an EP called Put Your Sad Down that was previously only available as a download card that was sold during their recent fall tour. The EP contains four new tracks plus a cover of Silver Apples “Lovefingers”. Some of these songs were played live on tour but have been tweaked slightly for a more polished sound. The first single, “Secret Days”, was released by their record label, Vagrant, this week and has already received a lot of favourable press.
SVIIB has seen a line-up change with the loss of Deheza twin, Claudia, but this doesn’t seem to have affected their sound much. “Secret Days” still has the dreamy, layered vocals and punchy bottom end that was evident in Disconnect From Desire. In “Secret Days” the delicate harmonies benefit from electronic drum loops and minimalist production, curtesy of Ben Curtis. The song could have devolved into a strict navel gazing mess seeing as the message seems to be about budding self-awareness and the longing to have the world see her without “the rules and chains” instead it is a breathy dose of honest introspection. This song is a little “poppier” than in the past which makes me anticipate the EP even more.