Joel Ford & Ian Evans aka Airbird & Napolian unveil another cinematic, low-key banger from their forthcoming debut LP. With its glimmering laser synths, throbbing bass, and breathy, yearning vocals, propulsive new single “Only You” pulsates with the tension of a cosmic chase/love scene in a retro-futuristic sci-fi flick (somebody get these dudes on that Top Gun vs. drones remake). Taken from Mr. Foolish, out November 13 on limited LP (500 total, 200 on grey vinyl) via Cascine.
SOPHIE will release a new bundle on NUMBERS that includes the producer’s 4 previous singles (including BIPP and LEMONADE) + 4 brand new jams. Pre-order that giant $75 “silicon product” above to unlock some new audio right now, and check the Product tracklist (via iTunes) after the jump…
Here’s the gorgeous/auspicious debut from Corinth, Greece duo Ocean Hope, who you may already be familiar with from their appearance on the dreamy new single from fellow Grecian duo Keep Shelly in Athens. “By Your Side” is a lush, billowy dream-pop gem, taken from group’s excellent forthcoming debut cassette, and it’s kind of elegantly melodramatic and hypnotically off-kilter in a way that recalls Cocteau Twins’ most affecting songs (shout out to Heaven Or Las Vegas, which incidentally just turned 25 years old last week). Chamber Dreams is out November 13 via Seattle label Hush Hush; listen to “By Your Side” + check the intriguing teaser for the record below:
Of all the wonderful new music that Skylar Spence introduced us to during his site takeover on Friday (there was a lot), George Clanton and his brilliant new record 100% Electronica stood out as our absolute favorite. Clanton (fka Mirror Kisses, and also the man responsible for the most meta vaporwave track of all time as ESPRIT 空想; he says this album finds his two previous projects “transmuted into their final form”) seems to have a similar uncanny knack as artists like John Maus and Ariel Pink for creating soaring, unabashedly dramatic classic pop, and it’s clear after one listen to legit anthems like “Bleed” and “It Makes the Babies Want To Cry” that ’80s MTV heroes like Tears For Fears and New Order are obvious reference points. But this is pop music refracted and warped through Clanton’s singular and unmistakably modern lens, as he manages to turn vaporwave, chillwave, and other assorted internet-genre-waves on their collective ear, ultimately transcending all of it in the name of undeniable, timeless jams that could only exist in 2015, songs that can be at once subversive, funny, dark, poignant, and deeply affecting. Listen to the album in its entirety below, and download the whole thing + pre-order it on limited vinyl here.