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:

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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