Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Minx: Hold On (Featuring Hannah Joy)





Yesterday I came across what has quickly become a big favorite of mine: a collaboration between Australian DJ/producer Rachel Phillips aka MINX and her fellow Sydney based artist Hannah Joy, a classically trained musician-singer-songwriter whose song "Hold On" was discovered last year on Bandcamp by Phillip's EMI rep and wisely deemed to have great potential as a house track. Joy's stunning vocals + beautiful piano work + Phillip's (& her frequent musical partner Chris Arnott's) superb production is the perfect mix. If there were any fairness in the world this 2014 release would have been a global monster hit by now; shockingly, as of today, the video directed by Adam Callen has only been viewed a mere 22,754 times on YouTube since being published almost a full year ago. So please spread the word!
 

https://itunes.apple.com/au/album/hold-on-feat.-hannah-joy-ep/id917111850  (iTunes Australia)

https://www.facebook.com/DjMinx1

https://soundcloud.com/rache-minx

https://www.facebook.com/hannahjoycameron

http://hannahjoy.bandcamp.com/music

http://madeinkatana.com/  (director Adam Callen)






Thursday, August 27, 2015

Kentaur: The Arms Of The Infinite




Founded less than six months ago in Copenhagen as a trio, Kentaur are having a great year: in June they dropped the superb five-track EP 'Vertebra by Vertebra', they have opened for Rhye and Turboweekend and have two concerts scheduled for Tuesday November 10 and Wednesday November 11 at the prestigious venue Jazzhouse where fellow Danish bands such as Choir of Young Believers and Efterklang regularly perform (the Wednesday Nov. 11 show is already sold out.)

All recent graduates from the renowned RMC [Rhythmic Music Conservatory] in Copenhagen, exceptionally gifted singer Marc Roland Hansen along with formidable producers/co-composers Søren Stenager and Mikkel Juul Jensen create gorgeous soundscapes in the studio which are recreated organically on stage with the stellar help of a drummer, bassist and a violinist.

A stunning video was published in May to accompany the beautiful EP track "The Arms of the Infinite"; it was directed by Christina Amundsen who is part of the intriguing The Current short film short project (see link below.)

NOTE: Be sure to listen to the EP tracks "Matter & Stone" and "Collarbone" on the band's Soundcloud page. ("Matter & Stone" is the sublime song that generated the initial well-deserved buzz earlier this year.)



https://soundcloud.com/kentaur-official

https://www.facebook.com/kentaurofficial/events

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/vertebra-by-vertebra-ep/id1000824056

http://www.thecurrent.dk/2606803/christina-amundsen-no10-download-repost-share-enjoy







Friday, August 21, 2015

Julia Holter: Feel You




L.A. artist Julia Holter drops her fourth full-length 'Have You in My Wilderness' September 25, but the video for the captivating track "Feel You" was published already in early July. The sweet clip was directed by Jose Wolff and features the singer/songwriter-producer herself as well as a adorable dog (hers?) whose name unfortunately is not listed in the credits.

Holter has an extensive continental Europe/UK fall tour scheduled between October 27 and November 19. (she also has show in Meredith, Australia on December 11)



https://www.facebook.com/pages/Julia-Holter/153196178042232?sk=app_123966167614127&ref=page_internal

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/have-you-in-my-wilderness/id1015057725

http://josewolff.com/pagez/contact-me/






Saturday, August 15, 2015

Hippo Campus: Souls




St. Paul quartet Hippo Campus have one more summer festival gig (August 22 in Minneapolis) after which they travel to the UK for two shows (Leeds, August 28 + Reading, August 30) before kicking off a lengthy U.S. fall tour with a show in Philly September 6.

Their stellar six-track EP 'Bashful Creatures' was released in late February. An excellent video for the superb song "Souls" was published the same month; it was directed by Ethan A. Nelson.

  

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/bashful-creatures-ep/id971614575

https://www.facebook.com/thehalocline/app_123966167614127?ref=page_internal

https://vimeo.com/ethananelson






Saturday, August 8, 2015

Oh Wonder: Livewire




They have yet to play a gig or drop a record, but the strategy of releasing one utterly sublime track each month for the past year has clearly paid off in terms of buzz for Anthony West and Josephine Vander Gucht aka Oh Wonder. The classically trained London duo will gift their growing fan base with a self-titled debut full-length September 4; the final teaser track will be released September 1. (the album will contain a total of fifteen tracks.)

Concert dates have been been scheduled in the UK, continental Europe, the U.S. and Australia for the fall and the winter (Note: several shows are already sold out, including the four in L.A. and NYC October 5-8).

A poignant video for the superb song "Livewire" was published in May; it was directed by Mike Lee Thomas.



https://soundcloud.com/ohwondermusic/tracks

http://ohwondermusic.com/#k21u7EXScUjK889h.97

https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/oh-wonder/id951123601

https://www.facebook.com/ohwondermusic

http://www.kodemedia.com/directors/mike-lee-thomas/






Saturday, August 1, 2015

The Internet: Girl




For my lucky readers in the Bay Area: L.A. band The Internet will be performing at 9 pm Friday August 7 at the three-day Jazz Summer Fest in downtown San Jose.  

This year's festival lineup also includes acclaimed saxophonist Kamasi Washington (playing with his two projects The Next Step (Sunday at noon) and The West Coast Get Down (Sunday 9 pm), local duo Astralogik (Sunday 2 pm) and last but not least, there will be a DJ set by Ali Shaheed Mohammad of A Tribe Called Quest (Saturday 10:30 pm).

The Internet released their third full-length 'Ego Death' June 26 ; a decidedly low-budget but nonetheless effective video for the outstanding song "Girl" was published three days earlier.  The track features 22-year-old Haitian-Canadian musician-producer-DJ Kaytranada.

NOTE: The band's Facebook page lists a show not mentioned on Songkick: the gig is scheduled for September 12 at Aaron's Amphitheatre in Atlanta; the lineup includes The Roots, Janelle Monae, Lauryn Hill, Wale, SZA and more.



https://www.facebook.com/TheInternetMusic/app_123966167614127?ref=page_internal

http://www.songkick.com/artists/97357-internet/calendar

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/ego-death/id999127640

http://summerfest.sanjosejazz.org/

https://www.bandsintown.com/event/9999164?affil_code=fb_543917685645748&artist=The+Internet&came_from=74

https://www.facebook.com/Kaytranada/app_123966167614127?ref=page_internal






Sunday, July 26, 2015

On An On: It's Not Over




Minneapolis trio On An On dropped their second full-length 'And The Wave Has Two Sides' this week. The dreamy pop gem "It's Not Over" is accompanied by a fun video by acclaimed director Carlos Lopez Estrada.

Ryne Estwing, Alissa Ricci and Nate Eiesland kick off an extensive U.S. tour August 20 in Milwaukee and wrap it up September 24 in Chicago. (Note: they have one gig in Toronto September 22.)



https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/and-the-wave-has-two-sides/id986558787

https://www.facebook.com/itsOnAnOn/app_123966167614127?ref=page_internal

http://www.lopezestrada.com/