D E N A – “Cash, Diamond Rings, Swimming Pools”

The titular refrain of “Cash, Diamond Rings, Swimming Pools” aims straight for the brain where it will remain as the feel-good mantra of the summer.  Berlin-based Bulgarian and international sensation D E N A, AKA Dena Todorova, has two previous songs to her name, “Games” and “Boyfriend”, and has just released her 4th song, “Thin Rope” while … [Read more...]

Interview with Dangerous Muse

Hi Mike!  I’m so psyched ‘n’ enthused to be interviewing you regarding your electronic rock project Dangerous Muse.  It’s been a super-busy time for you since the release of Red this past November, the 1st of 3 EPs which will be compiled into your debut album.  What’s the vibe like for you now?  It's great to see how people are reacting to the … [Read more...]

Sarah Cracknell – Lipslide reissue

This past autumn saw the re-release of Saint Etienne chanteuse Sarah Cracknell’s 1997 solo album Lipslide in a 2-disc format.  The first CD contains the remastered (and reordered) tracks from the original album, while the second CD adds on various demos and previously unreleased material.  Sarah’s solo work is very much in line with Saint Etienne’s … [Read more...]

Interview with EDH

Hello EDH!  Your latest album, Yaviz, has been out since June on French boutique label Lentonia Records and distributed in the US by Nail. What have these past months been like for you since its release? It’s always scary to release a new album. I’m doing all the music alone, and suddenly I have to show what’s on my mind. You feel very … [Read more...]

New Music Spotlight #1

Phoebe Jean and The Air Force – Heartbreakers Phoebe Jean’s album dropped in June on French imprint Lentonia Records and its standout track is the hella catchy “Day is Gone”.  It’s a mix of snappy ‘n’ clappy rhythms, cymbal tap, a sprinkling of brighter electronic notes, and Phoebe laying down her short-phrase, spoken vocals with a … [Read more...]

Interview with RYAT

Hey there RYAT!  You’re music has been on my mind on ‘n’ off for the past couple of years, after I heard some songs off your entrancing electo-pop album Avant Gold, which was released in 2010 on Obvious Bandits.  Your new album, Totem, is coming out in early June on Brainfeeder and I can’t wait to hear that!  What’s the vibe like for you these … [Read more...]

Short Takes on 2 Albums and 1 EP

Nedry – In A Dim Light Monotreme Records http://nedrymakesmusic.com/ Nedry is back with its 2nd album and it’s a stripped down, subdued affair compared to stunning debut Condors.  Both sonic intensity and vocal angst are dialed down as the band steps away from its earlier electro-rock, dubstep sound.  Ayu Okakita’s previously airy, keening … [Read more...]

Elephant & Castle – Transitions

Imagine a mashup of concepts instead of beatmatching, one that is produced with the idea of vintage music manifested through modern ears. Oakland producer David Reep is doing just that. Only, instead of a top 40 hip hop track colliding with a classic rock anthem, he digs for slick pop/ obscure vintage vinyl, manipulates it beyond recognition and … [Read more...]