• Jamie xx Details New Solo Album and Confirms A New The xx Record is on the Way
• Art Department Releases Official Video For “Cruel Intentions” feat. Seth Troxler
• Autograf Releases Remix of Dirty South’s “Unbreakable,” Launches “Future Nites” Series
• Stream the Upcoming Debut LP from Les Sins in Full
Jamie xx Details New Solo Album and Confirms A New The xx Record is on the Way
The xx’s new album is “coming” according to Jamie xx. “We’ve got quite a lot of songs that are not finished, but I’m excited about it,” he told The FADER over the phone from London during a chat about record shops. “It feels a lot more free than when we were making the last record.” The London band are known for the exhaustive world tours that swirled around their debut album xx, and their 2012 follow up, Coexist, but the road is not always the most conducive to getting the creative juice flowing, Jamie said. “I think the most inspiring thing, really, is just not being anywhere crazy and just being at home.”
The softly spoken UK producer had just returned from New York where he’d been mixing his own debut solo album, which he said collects three years’ worth of music and is nearing completion. “There’s one track where I need to get the vocal on, but I don’t know who the vocalist is going to be yet.” Apparently there’s only going to be one track on the record that features his beloved steel pans, but there could well be some more spoken word pieces in the vein of his recent “Girl” and “All Under One Roof Raving” singles. “I never really listen to lyrics, but I can understand [them] a little bit more when it’s spoken word rather than singing,” he explained. “It gets to my head a bit quicker.” Sounds like 2015 is going to be a good year.
Art Department Releases Official Video For “Cruel Intentions” feat. Seth Troxler
Art Department have released a brand new video for the single, “Cruel Intentions feat. Seth Troxler” – the first track to be released from the duos highly anticipated sophomore studio album, Natural Selection.
Pete Tong premiered the single on his legendary BBC Radio 1 show on October 17 and its since garnered further love and support across the network from Zane Lowe to Skream.
“Cruel Intentions” is a brooding whirlwind of hypnotic beats, layered synths and off-centre vocals courtesy of Kenny Glasgow. The video is a very real portrayal of “life on the road”, depicting the seedy underworld of crack hotels and the contemptible morning-after realities.
“The video adds in a bit of creepy surveillance-state paranoia and abstract sexiness to the cocktail of intriguingly weird vibes.” – Entertainment Weekly
The video was shot in Toronto and directed by Grandson & Son who cleverly used thermal imagining and X-ray film to “go beyond the bones” and capture people skinless and transparent on film, exploring the human structure as compositional device; “I love how the infrared photography imparts surreal effects when you reverse it and the subjects skin turns black.”
True to form, the track brims with Art Department’s signature impeccable arrangement; simplistic perfection, distorted through a murderous bass line and raw textures, topped with hauntingly eerie spoken word verses by long-standing friend and collaborator, Seth Troxler, who also features in the video.
The new album Natural Selection will be released on November 18th [through No. 19 Music]
Autograf Releases Remix of Dirty South’s “Unbreakable,” Launches “Future Nites” Series
Chicago-based trio, Autograf, have become one of the most talked about new acts in electronic music right now, racking up multiple Hype Machine number ones and over up 4 million plays on Soundcloud in just a matter of months. And what is most intriguing? They’ve done this all without having officially released a single record. Their refreshing take on electronic music continues to captivate and this official remix for Dirty South’s fantastic ‘Unbreakable’ is no exception.
This release marks the beginning of Autograf’s “Future Nites” series, a string of remixes and originals that have been created with their new live performances in mind. Hear more about the new series with some words from guys themselves, “For us, the beauty about the Future is the endless possibilities it holds. In essence, it’s a blank canvas waiting to be painted on. We’d love nothing more than to ‘build’ and ‘make’ a Future that’s all our own. That means doing everything ourselves from scratch, bringing the hand of the artist back. So as we’ve been building a studio in the backyard and developing our new live show, we wanted to start this new “Future Nites” series of remixes and originals with an eye on creating music for these live performances.
We added a marimba to the live set, so it was natural to use it for Issue 1 of “Future Nites”, a remix we did for Dirty South. Live instrumentation will be an important part of our performances and songs, but “Future Nites” will stay true to the club. As summer turns to fall, and day turns to night, we hope that you’ll paint these empty canvases of endless possibilities with us. You do it by sharing and blasting music out into the world, with every action you make. It’s about leaving your mark on the world. It’s about leaving your Autograf. This is Future Nites.” – Autograf
Stream the Upcoming Debut LP from Les Sins in Full
Before it drops next week, Chaz Bundick’s (a.k.a. Toro y Moi) debut LP under his dancefloor-focused Les Sins moniker is now streaming in full. Entitled Michael, the 11-track album finds Bundick toying with various strains of house and disco—with nods to a few other club-ready genres sprinkled throughout—while a soulful glow and funky undertones can be heard across the entire record.