The Big Moon: Cupid

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Female musicians get a lot of shit thrown at them.

Oh sorry, I wasn’t making social commentary, rather I was providing some narration to London based garage rockers The Big Moon and their new video for ‘Cupid’. The anthemic single is splattered with swagger, as lead singer Juliette Jackson and company effortlessly shred their way into our hearts. The video itself is a riot: “We thought we’d give our friends the opportunity of a lifetime and let them hurl things at us while we tried to unflinchingly play the song. We spent the day having paint and flour and glitter and playing cards and plants and plastic forks and teddy bears and sponges thrown at us. I think it was quite a cathartic experience for everyone involved.”

Their debut EP was uploaded piecemeal onto soundcloud a few weeks ago and is dripping with window-rattling riffs and Jackson’s soon-to-be-signature dulcet delivery. The Big Moon are set to become stars, so steal a listen and tell your friends.


Yumi Zuoma: Barricade

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With the physical barriers that separated bandmates Christie Simpson, Sam Perry, Charlie Ryder and Josh Burgess all but eliminated, soft-pop extraordinaires Yumi Zouma knew their first full-length would double-up on the intimacy of their previous work. Already sporting a tremendous track record, Yoncalla, due May 27th via Cascine, hopes to build on the band’s mounting fanfare.

Their latest single ‘Barricade’ is joyous and explosive, lush harmonies and driving synth lines saturate the band’s familiar pastel minimalism. The artistic synchronicity between band members is palpable. Burgess explains: “Barricade was the first song that was really collaborative for us. I remember sitting on the floor in Charlie’s apartment playing an unplugged bass, Charlie with an unplugged guitar and Christie humming out melodies. I hadn’t worked on a track like that since I was in college.”

Although the recording process marks a return to the bedroom simplicity that birthed indie pop, ‘Barricade’ is a fresh and robust entry bound to add some color to 2016’s musical landscape. Yoncalla will undoubtedly be Yumi Zouma’s strongest entry to date.

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BONUS TRACK
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Check out Yumi Zouma’s first single ‘Keep it Close to Me’ off their upcoming debut LP, Yoncolla

TOUR DATES
www.yumizouma.com
May 4 – Christchurch, NZ @ Blue Smoke (w/ Doprah)
May 5 – Dunedin, NZ @ Re Fuel (w/ Doprah)
May 6 – Auckland, NZ @ The Crystal Palace (w/ Doprah)
May 7 – Wellington, NZ @ Meow (w/ Doprah)
May 25 – San Francisco, CA @ Brick + Mortar (w/ Maria Usbeck)
May 26 – Los Angeles, CA @ Los Globos (w/ Maria Usbeck)
May 28 – Brooklyn, NY @ National Sawdust (w/ Maria Usbeck)
June 2 – Boston, MA @ Middle East
June 8 – Washington, DC @ DC9
June 10 – Montreal, QC @ Brasserie Beaubien
June 11 – Toronto, ON @ The Garrison
June 21 – London, UK @ Moth Club (tickets)
June 22 – Paris, FR @ Point Ephémère (tickets)
June 23 – Amsterdam, NL @ Sugar Factory Small Hall
June 24 – Berlin, DE @ Karrera Klub Birthday Bash at Bi Nuu
September 12 – Tokyo, Japan @ WWW
September 13 – Nagoya, Japan @ Tokuzo
September 14 – Osaka, Japan @ Pangea


The Everywheres: Dignity Fever

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The Everywheres have been, well.. everywhere as of late. After blowing up Shazaam for their spot on an episode of ‘Broad City’ (somebody give their agent a raise), the Halifax natives dropped their album Dignity Fever yesterday. The port city has been pumping out talent for years (Walrus, Wintersleep, The Brood), and if you’re lucky enough to live along the East Coast it shouldn’t be a surprise. The Everywheres are a culmination in every sense; their wandering line-up of talent, their psychedelic soundscapes, and their palpable rock revivalist influences.

Dignity Fever is classic rock cooked to perfection. Dreamy vocals, twangy riffs and a generous sprinkling of old-school organ. It’s an incredibly mature album, and another testament to Father/Daughter Records’ impeccable taste. From ocean to ocean, you’ll soon be hearing Dignity Fever-.. well

I’m not gonna say it.


Chillwave Wednesday XCIX

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Chillwave Wednesday is a semi-weekly shortlist of chill music from around the internet.

PS: The chill is also now available on Spotify. See all of the tracks posted to Chillwave Wednesday each week on Spotify here: http://open.spotify.com/user/thenewlofi/playlist/ChillwaveWednesday

Playlist


Kauf – In Tow

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Ahead of Kauf’s debut full-length album Regrowth, I wanted to share an oldie-but-goodie. Check out “In Tow” from Kauf’s self-titled EP below and keeps your eyes open for the LP this August.

Kauf – In Tow


Hot Hot Heat

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“Kid Who Stays In The Picture” is the first single off of Hot Hot Heat’s fifth studio album (which happens to be self-titled). If you are living in North America, you probably know Hot Hot Heat as a Canadian rock band that has been on the scene since the late 90s. Their music has been featured in video games, television shows and even a few films. After their fourth album was released in 2010 they went into hiding for the most part.

On record store day this year, they announced that they would be releasing their fifth and final album on June 24th. I know June is a far way off, but I’m already chanting “encore, encore.”

Hot Hot Heat – Kid Who Stays In The Picture

Spotify – smarturl.it/KWSITPSpotify
iTunes – smarturl.it/KWSITPiTunes
Apple Music – smarturl.it/KWSITPAppMsc
Pledge – smarturl.it/HHHPledge


Mr. Lif – Let Go

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Jeffrey Haynes is a Boston based rapper who goes by the name of Mr. Lif. Today he drops his 6th studio album called Don’t Look Down. “Let Go” is the first single off the record and it features the vocals of Philadelphia based singer Selina Carrera.

Mr. Lif - Let Go (Feat. Selina Carrera)


James Blake: Timeless

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James Blake has graced us with another single off his upcoming album ‘Radio Silence’ this evening. ‘Timeless’ is your usual Blake fare; vocal loops, gritty drum kits, and Blake’s signature lofi Prophet ’08 filling out the lows. I think it does poor justice to Blake’s sound to hear snippets of Radio Silence, his albums are best listened to as a singular cohesive unit. But ‘Timeless’ offers more hints of what will surely be one of the most eclectic chart-toppers this year. Radio Silence will be Blake’s most ambitious album yet, with 18 tracks (one of which well over 20 minutes long) one has to wonder if Blake will be pressing them as a quadruple vinyl.

Until then, check out ‘Timeless’ below.

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James Blake – Timeless

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BONUS: Unreleased song circa 2015, ‘Evening Fell Hard For Us’

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James Blake – Evening Fell Hard For Us