M.I.A. – “Unbreak My Mixtape”

M.I.A.

Here’s a new song from M.I.A., Unbreak My Mixtape. Listen for the badass samples of Tender by Blur and I Love You More Than Words Can Say by Karen Dalton.

“Here’s a mixtape that I made, let’s take a break.” Yes. That’s what I’ve been trying to tell everyone. Thanks, M.I.A.

Stream it here:

And in case you missed it, here’s another single released a couple of months ago, Bring The Noize:

Ditt Inre – “Vi kommer aldrig bli som er”

Ditt Inre

Ditt Inre is hands down one of my favorite new bands of 2012-2013. Their music is a beautiful edition to this world. I’m so ecstatic about their upcoming debut LP, Värd mer än guld, set to be released on September 3, 2013 under the brilliant Cascine label. You would be excited too if you heard their sexy 2012 EP release En Värld I Brand.

And yea, these guys are also Swedish. I don’t know what all these damn Swedes are up to — probably world domination. They’ve already dominated MY world. Everyone in that country can’t stop spitting out beautiful music.

Check them out and prepare to let your heart melt. Here are two singles that will appear in their upcoming LP debut:

Here is a gorgeous song that only seems to be available as a single:

Au Palais – “Blue Lights”

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I’m a sucker for darkwave/goth-pop/whatever you want to call it. Au Palais releases a new song called Blue Lights that is worth checking out.

Stream it here:

Rhye – “Woman”

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Rhye

Rhye is a duo based off of LA, but they’re originally from Canada and Denmark. Mike Milosh and Robin Hannibal makes some of prettiest music you’ll ever hear. Sex is mainly the subject of their silky and seductive R & B music, but unlike modern music, they certainly don’t exploit the subject.

“Most pop, and what used to be rap, it’s derogatory, it exploits sex,” says Hannibal. “There’s nothing on this record that’s derogatory. There’s a worship in there, there’s an admiration, there’s love.”

You can stream a couple of songs from their debut album here:

[LP release date: March 5, 2013]

K-X-P – “II”

KXP - II

Here’s a nice little surprise. II is sophomore release from K-X-P, a Finnish group that infuses sounds of “free jazz, drone, noise, pop, and rock”. Maybe it’s not something that we would normally hear at a party (although I would love to), but I don’t think these guys will have a problem making you move.

[LP release date: February 11, 2013]

Butterclock – “First Prom”

Butterclock - First Prom EP

Butterclock (Laura Clock) is from Berlin and she reminds me of a much more tolerable version of Grimes. Sorry, Grimes, I certainly don’t mean any dis because I love your beats – it’s just your voice can be a little much after a few songs. Butterclock on the other hand, has a more mature voice that balances well with her quirky beats. I love her 80’s look, it’s cute and sometimes sexy. But what’s up with the hideous EP cover, though? :-/

Stream the EP here:

[EP release date: April 15, 2013]

Willow Beats – “Alchemy EP”

Willow Beats - Alchemy

Willow Beats is an uncle-niece partnership of Narayana Johnson and Kalyani Mumtaz from Melbourne, Australia. They’re “other-worldly” tunes and beats have gained a lot of attention lately, check them out!

Stream the whole album here:

[EP release date: May 24, 2013]

Au4 – “Everyone is Everyone (and Everything is Everything)”

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Last night, I was watching one of my favorite TV shows, Continuum, specifically Season 2 – Episode 11. Towards the end of the episode, an awesome song was perfectly placed into the scene. It wasn’t just Continuum’s brilliance of using the right song, but the song itself had great resonance and I had to find out who it was.

Au4 kind of reminds me of the music I listened to in the late 90’s and early 2000’s when I was in high school. I used to listen to a lot more post-rock and even industrial influenced music because it was more easily accessible. I may not feature music like this often on this blog, but I’m proud to share Au4 with you and I hope you give them a try. Their latest LP, …And Down Goes The Sky is available free on their website. The band has done a really good job bringing different styles of sounds in their album. If you like what you hear, support them by donating on iTunes. The song in particular that I’m referring to from the Continuum episode is called “Everyone is Everyone (and Everything is Everything)”.

Stream the song and the rest of the album here:

Janelle Monáe featuring Miguel – “Prime Time”

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Here is a sexy new single from Janelle Monáe featuring Miguel. Janelle has a special place in my heart and I can’t wait to see her live again in November (her last show of the tour is in her hometown, Atlanta). See tour dates below. The new LP, Electric Lady will be released on September 20th. Pre-order it now!

Stream the song here:

Chorus:

Cause baby it’s a prime time for our love
Ain’t nobody peekin’ but the stars above
It’s a prime time for our love
And heaven is betting on us

CLICK HERE TO SEE TOUR DATES

09-14 London, England – iTunes Festival
09-20 Hamburg, Germany – Mojo Club
09-26 Cork, Ireland – Arthur’s Day
10-13 Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
10-14 Washington, DC – Lincoln Theatre
10-16 Boston, MA – House of Blues
10-18 Montreal, Quebec – Olympia Theatre
10-19 Toronto, Ontario – Kool Haus
10-21 Chicago, IL – Vic Theatre
10-22 Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theater
10-24 Englewood, CO – Gothic Theatre
10-25 Salt Lake City, UT – In The Venue
10-29 Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
10-30 Seattle, WA – Showbox Sodo
11-01 San Francisco, CA – Warfield Theatre
11-02 Los Angeles, CA – Club Nokia
11-05 Anaheim, CA – House of Blues
11-06 San Diego, CA – House of Blues
11-07 Phoenix, AZ – The Crescent Ballroom
11-09 Dallas, TX – House of Blues
11-12 Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Live
11-13 Houston, TX – House of Blues
11-15 Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theater
11-17 Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
11-19 Raleigh, NC – The Ritz
11-20 Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore Charlotte
11-22 Orlando, FL – Hard Rock Live
11-23 Miami, FL – Fillmore Miami Beach
11-26 Atlanta, CA – The Tabernacle

$3.33 – “$ .”

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[Post updated 8/19/2013 – see the end]

This, my friends, is a hidden gem. I don’t remember how the hell I found this band, nor can I find ANY damn information on them. I’ve tried googling “$3.33” and “three thirty three” and have had no luck finding out who these guys are and if they have any other releases. It also doesn’t help that all their song titles consist of a line of underscores and a couple of letters. This cringing, but exciting mystery has made me develop a crush on the woman who sings in many of the songs. I can’t help that I’m a sucker for everything awesome!

I think for the majority of people, $3.33 may seem a bit too “experimental” and may require an inquired taste to appreciate. I can appreciate experimental music more than the average person, but trust me, I do have boundaries before I get annoyed and sometimes confused. With this said, I don’t feel like $3.33 pushes my boundaries of being “too weird” (except I could do without the second half of song #8). Frankly, it’s the opposite, I think they’re almost on the perfect side of their genre. But shit, I don’t even know what genre their music would be in. Actually, I kinda dislike trying to label everything I listen to into a genre. That’s like trying to put a label on an individual’s musical preference, political preference, sexual preference, etc. The more you try to, the more you separate yourself from the beauty of just letting it be.

And don’t be fooled, these guys are far from amateur musicians. Give them a proper listen and you may just fall in love, too. They have a knack of adding elements of tease and then when you least expect it, but subconsciously crave, they add their unique charm that makes you stick around and keep listening. At least, that’s what they do for me. The experience may be completely different for you and that’s okay. Since I have NO information on this band, the feeling their music gives me is all I have… and that makes me feel fuzzy inside.

P.S. Hey $3.33, if you happen to see this, that fuzzy feeling won’t be there forever so don’t hide from me. I’d like to eventually learn more about you! :)

UPDATE 8/19/2013: After a day of this post, Celia Hollander – the woman behind $3.33 contacted me to let me know who she was. Yea, I think that’s really cool, too. :) Her websites are still just as mysterious as $3.33. I dig it. And you should read this insightful essay she wrote on music.

Stream the whole album here or buy the album:

[LP release date: February 22, 2013]