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.
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.
Osaka-based left-field electronic producer, Magical Mistakes has recently revealed a new video for “Hollow Bodies”, which is taken from a new EP Decompose/Reassemble from King Deluxe, mastered by MatthewDavid. The video here is directed by Markus Hofko.
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.
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.
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
Toradora! is my favorite anime without question. I’ve watched it at least 7 times. While it definitely falls within the spectrum of being a “harem,” there is an overall sentimentality to it that reminds me a lot of the mundane romantic endeavors and friendships I experienced throughout High School as well. It’s as if a small portion of my reality has entered some sort of dreamlike fictional recollection. Re-watching is like reading through the scribbles in a yearbook a handwritten love note. “Stay Like This Forever”
2. Ganbare Goemon: Neo Momoyama Bakufu no Odori
My absolute favorite video game on the Nintendo 64. The humor in Goemon runs very dry, very bizarre and very Japanese, but sifting through that you come to a very beautiful and engaging soundtrack. The soundfont of the game contains many traditional Japanese instruments and I can’t help but feel as if some sort of melancholic ancestral feelings have been evoked within me as to feel this odd sense of connection I have with Goemon. I can’t think of a video game soundtrack that I love more or have been moved by so emotionally. It’s like staring off into a calm river processed through a computer screensaver.
I really enjoy the smell of Genmaicha. I don’t really have favorite smells, but I think it’s my favorite smell.
4. Book Off
Unfortunately I haven’t been to one in Japan, but the chain is available in select parts of the United States. Book Off has really aided in my curiosity for silver age and 90′s pop idols, as well as just the general discovery of the obscure. I once read about tofubeats purchasing one of Chisato Moritaka’s best-of albums at a Book Off. It felt funny to me that we shared such a randomized approach at discovering a similarly specific type of music. I spend more time in Book Off than any regular music store in the United States. It’s definitely a key to many of my inspirational discoveries.
5. Maltine Records
While it goes without saying, Maltine Records can’t not be mentioned on this list. My experience at their event in Tokyo was a very definitive moment for myself musically and the direction I wish to take with my own label Zoom Lens. Although the American music scene is so vastly different and has such different boundaries with its own musical culture, I hope to bring the feeling that I experienced there over here to America the best I can.
My 5 favorite Maltine Records releases off the top of my head would probably be:
Although the anthem of my friends and I for 2014 has definitely been Pa’s Lam System “I’m Coming” and 三毛猫ホームレス “そばが食べたい”. We’ve had a lot of fun moments together listening to those songs together here in the United States.
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