listen: Magic Hands, “Limousine”

Melbourne’s pop duo, that consists of a producer Alex Badham and a folk singer Lucy Roleff, Magic Hands is releasing their new LP, Let Me Hold You While You Fail on September 5. Have a listen to their new single, “Limousine”, in which the duo incorporates 70′s psychedelic rock inspired melodies with folk sensitivity, and a subtle but carefully crafted electro pop background.

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listen: True Lust, “Silk & Lace (feat Outlands)”

True Lust is a denver-based disco producer. Following his first EP Dark Water, he is releasing his debut album Paranoia this year. The first single “Silk & Lace” features a gorgeous vocal performance by Outlands, wrapped with an ecstatic synth sound and a retro resonance of reverb-heavydrum machine. Try and have a listen, and grab it for free from the widget below.

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listen/watch: Perfume Genius, “Queen”

I am really, REALLY excited about Perfume Genius’ new album, Too Bright which is due out in September from Matador. Press release reports the album is produced with Portishead’s ADrian Utley, with a collaboration with PJ Harvey’s long collaborator John Parish. This cannot be real. Check out his new single, “Queen”, which is likely to be 2014′s best gay anthem.

Meanwhile check out the interview I have done with Perfume Genus here.

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listen: Femme, “Double Troble”

Laura Bettinson might be best known for her work on Ultraista, but she has got a charismatic sense as a pop vocalist as well, which is evident on her solo project, Femme“>FEMME. Her new track, which is recently released as a double A-side single, “Educated / Double Trouble” is a good one to prove that point. Looped vocal melodies, powerful but dreamy beats, her essence is all packed here, in one fantastic pop song.

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[FEATURE] Meishi Smile’s Essential Guide to Japanese Culture

Meishi Smile, j-pop shoegaze producer and manager of the cult U.S. “Zoom Lens” label, visited Japan on a tour this May. His music, inspired by anime, J-pop, and other facets of Japanese culture, has been described as “j-pop shoegaze electro.” His debut album, Lust, glitters with a somewhat heavy pulse, and communicates his attachment to Japanese culture with straightforward, unclouded eyes.

For this feature, we asked Meishi Smile to tell us his five favorite places in Japan. You can also see photos he took in Japan and his tour diary via the Fader here.

Preface translated by Andrew Brasher

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watch: My Panda Shall Fly, “Rainfall”

New video from London’s electro producer My Panda Shall Fly is directed by a Japanese visual artist, Yoshi Sodeoka. Check out the mesmerizing collage below. “Rainfall” will be featured in his new concept album which is due out in August from Soundway Records.

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