1. The Kills – ‘DNA’
Here’s the latest release from Alison Mosshart and Jamie Hince. Taken from their new album ‘Blood Pressures’ (due out April 4th through Domino Records), it reminds us how very badly we’ve been missing the smouldering blues rock of The Kills. Click here to pre-order ‘Blood Pressures’.
2. TV On The Radio – ‘Caffeinated Consciousness’
This track sounds like it’s got a bit of a caffeine boost injected into it, and definitely sounds peppier than ’Will Do’ (the first song they shared from their forthcoming album ‘Nine Types Of Light’, due out next month).
3. Robin Pecknold (Fleet Foxes) & Ed Droste (Grizzly Bear) – ‘I’m Losing Myself’
Fleet Foxes frontman + Grizzly Bear frontman. It’s no surprise this song is absolutely, earth-shatteringly gorgeous. On his Twitter, Pecknold shared three new tracks that he recently recorded in Los Angeles (you can also get his “new solo jam” ‘Derwentwater Stones’ and his cover of Chris Thompson’s ‘Where Is My Wild Rose’). “These aren’t Fleet Foxes songs, but I didn’t know where else to disseminate it,” he said. “Pretty mellow jams.” Good thing he shared them.
4. Tyler, The Creator feat. Hodgy Beats – ‘French’ (Toro Y Moi Remix)
Heard of that mental hip hop collective from Los Angeles, Odd Future? Member Tyler, The Creator has just dropped a new track with Hodgy Beats (of Mellowhype), which had been twisted and tampered with by Toro Y Moi. Unexpected collaboration? Yep. Awesome and worth every minute? Absolutely.
5. Junior Boys – ‘ep’
This one comes from the electro duo’s fourth album, ‘It’s All True’, which will be released on June 20th. Inspired largely by member Jeremy Greenspan’s visit to Shanghai, China, where he began writing and recording the album, we’re told to expect an album with an “epic, 9-minute” closing track, along with this advance freebie ‘ep’.
6. Uh Huh Her – ‘Never The Same’
The L Word’s Leisha Hailey and her bandmate Camila Grey are set to release a new EP, ‘Nocturnes’, this Spring, following a split from their label and management. “Losing everything forced us to inhabit our frustrations and turn them into something inspired,” says Hailey. “We were absolutely compelled to write this record. We had something to prove to ourselves.” And as you can tell from this song, they’ve done a fine job at it.
7. Erland & The Carnival – ‘Nightingale’
So while you listen to this song, know that the trio’s entire album was recorded on a 1918 boat (which once served as a pirate radio station and also served as a passenger cruise liner during wartime), docked on the Thames. “You could hear sounds in the hull when we were mixing the record,” says drummer David Nock. “You’d get home and play it again and realise that something was missing, so we had to set up contact mics all around the ship to capture its unique sounds.” You can find this title track on their album ‘Nightingale’, which is out now on Full Time Hobby.
8. Jon Fratelli – ‘Santo Domingo’ (The Knocks Remix)
The man behind The Fratellis will be releasing ‘Santo Domingo’, his debut solo single, on April 11th through Island Records. Following a free download of his song ‘Rhythm Doesn’t Make You A Dancer’ (on his official website), he’s now giving away a remix of the track from NYC electro-duo The Knocks. “The chorus of ‘Santo Domingo’ is something I’ve had in my back pocket for a while now,” says Fratelli. “It’s that instant thing – how quickly can you grab someone’s attention?! I’m delighted with how it’s turned out. It’s one of my favourites on the album.”
9. Guillemots – ‘Walk The River’
Head over to the band’s official website for a little trade-off (share the download link on your Facebook/Twitter/MySpace/Digg and you get a free track in return). The title track from their forthcoming album (out April 18th) also comes with a gorgeous short film, created by Sophia Di Martino. “I think it looks like the song sounds and I’m glad it exists,” says frontman Fyfe Dangerfield.
10. Raleigh Moncrief – ‘Lament For Morning’
This guy’s from Sacramento, California and will be releasing an album, ‘Watered Lawn’, some time soon (no release date seems to be set, yet). Kudos to Urban Outfitters for digging this one up. He’s already released a few EP’s, but we’re hoping things might take off for him when the full-length hits digital shelves.