Chaz Bundick has wasted no time over the last little while. After releasing the stellar Michael LP under his Les Sins moniker just a few months ago, the South Carolina born producer is back with new material as Toro Y Moi – but perhaps not in the same vein as you’ve heard before. ‘Empty Nesters’ had us double taking as we heard it for the first time; bubblegum pop music, driven by guitars and more hooks than you could poke a stick at, a far cry from the contemplative, downtempo electronica which we heard on TYM’s previous Anything In Return LP. Ultimately whilst this new sound (Weezer, anybody?) provides an instant urge to contrast back to older works, it is a wholly satisfying piece of pop music that exudes warmth and energy – the self written, shot and directed clip is a more than agreeable accompaniment, too.
Toro Y Moi will release What For? on April 7th via Carpark Records.
Oscar Key Sung turned heads and broke hearts with his debut EP Holograms in 2014, and if today’s featured single is any indicator, he’s set to do it all again this year. ‘Premonition’ explores a much greater sense of depth vocally than anything we’ve heard from OKS before; playing serenely off organic percussion and bright, recurring samples to produce something otherworldly and totally engrossing. A proven live performer and a stunning producer alike – Oscar Key Sung is certainly looking to be an influential figure yet again in the musical landscape this year.
Premonition is lifted from the forthcoming Altruism EP, released on April 10th.
Melbourne five-piece Darts burst onto the blog this evening with their latest single titled ‘Westward Bound’. Drawing on the ideals of anxious optimism paralleled with depression in the time of transitioning to a new city, it’s easy to hear the root of the many sonic paradoxes that exist within this brazen single. Frayed guitars, wailing vocals and dissonant keys form a rich collage throughout the single, edging in and out of complete chaos and serene moments which rise so beautifully. Basically, these guys fucking rule. Check ‘em out.
Westward Bound is the first single from Darts debut album ‘Below Empty and Westward Bound’. Out May 15 on Rice Is Nice.
Belonging to a brilliant two-track EP titled Fifty-Phiphti / Asakusa, I’lls new video for ‘Fifty Phiphti’ signals a new direction and an organic slide into a new phase for the project. ‘Fifty-Phihti’ is warm and melodic; a hearty mix of vocal samples interplay with pulsating synthesizers and delicate percussion nicely to create a driving feel and the Sangkhara clip works wonders to fuse VHS materials with a range of digital and analogue backdrops to flicker, ebb and flow harmoniously. Step in and immerse yourself with one of Melbourne’s finest.
We hear a little rumour that I’lls will be releasing their third EP later in 2015. Stay tuned.
Following in the footsteps of The 2 Bears, Odesza, Alsion Wonderland, Treasure Fingers and Du Tonc – I OH YOU DJs took the reigns of the Purple Sneakers FBi Click guest mix this week! Delving into a range of deeper sounds than on the Take Me To The Hospital series, the mix is an aural journey from breaking dance music in not only Australia, but from around the world. Enjoy tunes from Roland Tings, Leon Vynehall, Ghost Culture, Tuff Sherm and many more. Thanks to the legends at Purple Sneakers for having us on their show!
I OH YOU DJs will be performing at the SOLD OUT Secret Garden Festival in Sydney this weekend.
Re-emerging Bedroom Suck legends Love Of Diagrams take their rightful place on the blog today with the assured new single ‘Story Up’. Buckle up, hold on tight. Story Up is a melodic, yet somehow still bashful effort, that gets straight to the point and instantly reminds us of why these guys are so good. Whilst lyrically advanced in its simplicity, Story Up leaves most of the narration to a brilliant symphony of winding guitars and driving percussion and manages to tell a gripping tale just the same. Keep an ear out for more later in the year.
Story Up is the second single from Love Of Diagrams’ new record, due out in Australia on March 6 via Bedroom Suck.
Dark, swirling and ethereal. Three words which only begin to help sum up the first track from Purple’s forthcoming LP, ‘Extinction’. The release is an impressive snapshot of what’s to come; razor sharp percussion, nods to classical piano and sickly sweet vocal range set the tone for one of the years most unique tunes yet and there’s plenty more to come from this WeDitIt Collective member.
Extinction is taken from Purple’s forthcoming debut LP titled Silence & Remorse – out on WeDidIt sometime in April.
Posted in Label News | Posted on: February 18th, 2015 | Posted by: Scott Armstrong
In case you missed it..
A short film created in collaboration with director Jessica Lawton and Montgomery for the song ‘Not Around’, which is taken from Montgomery’s debut EP ‘New Clear War’ which is available now through I OH YOU.
Ahead of her looming March 6th Casual EP release, Perth’s own Catlips has shared the weird and wonderful new single ‘Fade’. The track slowly ascends, patiently placing unique arrangements around manipulated vocals that dart around, providing colour and drawing you in deeper with each pivotal moment. Using the warmer touchstones of Chicago house and nu-disco, Catlips has created an intriguing single with Fade and it’s easy to see that the EP is going to be an exciting one for fans of dynamic, avant garde pop music. Keep an ear out and get voguing.
Get ‘Fade’ & Pre-order the ‘Casual’ EP on iTunes HERE, out on Pilerats Records.
If Michael Cera ever does another film about the quirky yet very real implications of a teenage pregnancy, this would almost certainly be the theme song. Maybe that sounds bad, but something about today’s feature brings a warm fuzzy feeling that makes you feel like everything will be okay after all. Alex G released ‘Sarah’ as a bonus single from the forthcoming reissue of his LP Trick and it instantly serves as a brilliant reminder of the unassuming pop music which he has become known for in the past few years. Simplistic in its overall sound but intensely rewarding with each repeated listen; Sarah is expertly crafted and ties unforgettable melodies in with heartfelt lyrics and striking, indifferent vocal delivery. Don’t miss it.
‘Sarah’ is a bonus track taken from the forthcoming release of ‘Trick’, out on 6 April worldwide, in all formats. Order here:bonus track taken from the forthcoming release of ‘Trick’, out on 6 April worldwide, in all formats. Order here: luckynumber.bandcamp.com