Dude York share ‘Break Up Holiday’

VIDEO: Dude York – “Break Up Holiday” [dir. Sean Downey]

It finally happened: Hardly Art is attempting their hand at the lucrative holiday album racket. More catchy than cynical, however, Dude York‘s Halftime for the Holidays defies any knee-jerk categorization as a mere year-end cash-grab. As evidenced by spunky original “Break Up Holiday”–for which the new music video premiered today on Stereogum–Dude York still have a lot on their minds. Plus, they really like the holidays. Continue reading

Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker announce ‘Birds EP’

Listen To Lead Track ‘The Cuckoo’ Now:

Smart URL: http://rtrecs.co/TheBirdsEP

YouTube Link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PL1p0vQdN40&feature=youtu.be

Rough Trade Records are excited to announce the release of ‘The Birds’ EP by Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker. The six track EP will be released both digitally and as a very limited edition 12” – 650 copies worldwide, to co-incide with them supporting Richard Thompson on his sold out UK Tour this October. A very limited quantity of the EP on CD will also be for sale via the Rough Trade Records Webstore, otherwise only available on the band’s merch table! Continue reading

Smerz share new track ‘No Harm’

Copenhagen based duo Smerz take you to the dark corners of the club in the video for new track ‘No harm’. As premiered on their new NTS show, Catharina and Henriette’s new track showcases a darker side to their musical palate, a feeling echoed in their visuals. The video was produced and directed by Smerz, and as with all Smerz music, the track was produced, programmed and sung entirely by the Norwegian duo.

The duo use their first hour-long NTS mix to play everything from minimalist R&B to deconstructed club music and full on techno floor-fillers, introducing listeners to their eclectic palate and wide range of influences. It’s a display they are bringing to various European cities this winter with their series of ‘Half life’ parties, which started in Copenhagen with a sold out show and after-party this weekend.

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U.S. Girls shares new track ‘Mad As Hell’

Meg Remy, the unapologetic pop revisionist known as U.S. Girls, has just dropped a new video for her song ‘Mad As Hell’. The wall-of-sound arrangement and throbbing disco beat along with Remy’s “radiant voice” (Pitchfork) make a candy-coated Trojan horse for her powerful call to action for pacifism and impassioned critique of military spending. The video, which is directed by Remy and Emily Pelstring pieces together historic patriotic and military imagery. Remy performs throughout the video duplicated in synchronized dance moves flipping off her subjects recalling backup dancers of ‘60s pop girl groups. ‘Mad As Hell’ is off U.S. Girls’ follow up to 2015’s celebrated, 4AD-backed album Half Free. Stay tuned for more details on the album. Continue reading

Rolling Stone premieres Estere’s new video ‘Control Freak

Following the release of her propulsively striking new single ‘Control Freak’, today Estère has shared her accompanying video clip, which premiered overnight on Rolling Stone Australia (read here).

The Wellington-based producer and performing artist brings it home to the streets of central Wellington in a music video directed by Paascalino Schaller and featuring kiwi actresses Johanna Cosgrove and Esther Lees in a competitive play of power. Watch the music video here, or below. Continue reading

Kamasi Washington releases ‘Harmony of Difference’

Playing WOMAD NZ – March 2018

Friday 29th September 2017 – Following his universally acclaimed debut album The EpicKamasi Washington’s Harmony of Difference is out now via Young Turks / Rhythmethod in New Zealand. Get the new EP, which The New York Times hails as “a liberation theology for fearsome times” where all good music lives.

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Princess Nokia shares new video ‘Bart Simpon / Green Line’

“One of the most exciting, assured hip-hop releases of the year, on which Princess Nokia asserts her claim to the throne” – The Observer

“…hearing her claim her territory, while holding onto self-proclaimed weird girl signifiers feels like its own type of victory”


Her music does not passively wait to be heard. It is a force that demands its presence be felt.”

SF Weekly

…everyone feels empowered by this tiny Afro-Nuyorican’s body-positive messages.”

Tiny Mix Tapes

Princess Nokia, aka Destiny Frasqueri, has released an 8 minute double-feature for two tracks from her new album 1992 Deluxe. “Bart Simpson / Green Line” was directed by Milah Libin, Destiny’s friend and frequent collaborator. The 8 minute video shows New York City through a young Destiny’s eyes–the rejection and struggles of high school, the innocent debauchery of a neighborhood party, the isolation and contemplation of solo travel on public transportation, and the depth of the friendships we forge in our youth. Continue reading

Moses Sumney share ‘Lonely World’

LISTEN: Aromanticism – apple.co/aromanticism

WATCH: “Lonely World” – https://youtu.be/fS63c-C-Rc4

Today, Moses Sumney is sharing his debut album. Aromanticism is out now across all digital platforms via Jagjaguwar, and to coincide with the release Moses is sharing a new video. “‘Lonely World’ is a myth about alienation, featuring Moses Sumney as the sole human on a solitary planet, and Sasha Lane as a coy creature he discovers that seduces him into the void,” comments Moses and director Allie Avital. “It’s a story about our inevitable desire for love and closeness and conversely, our instincts to destroy those that offer us those comforts.”

Aromanticism is a concept album about lovelessness as a sonic dreamscape. It seeks to interrogate social constructions around romance. The debut will include the recently released singles “Quarrel” and “Doomed,” as well as new versions of standouts “Lonely World” and “Plastic.”

Aromanticism artist statement by Moses Sumney: http://mosessumney.tumblr.com/post/165408788598/in-an-excerpt-from-platos-symposium-aristophanes#notes

See Moses Sumney live in Auckland at Laneway Festival 2018!

Moses Sumney –Aromanticism

Sept 22, 2017

1. Man On The Moon (Reprise)

2. Don’t Bother Calling

3. Plastic

4. Quarrel

5. Stoicism

6. Lonely World

7. Make Out In My Car

8. The Cocoon-Eyed Baby

9. Doomed

10. Indulge Me

11. Self-Help Tape