IBEYI SHARE NEW SINGLE ‘MAMA SAYS’
‘Mama Says’ sees Ibeyi (19 year old French-Cuban twins Naomi and Lisa-Kainde Diaz) at their most natural. Relying solely on the piano, the Cajon (a Peruvian percussive instrument) and the enchanting combination of their voices in harmony, the pair seamlessly switch between lullaby-like story telling and traditional Yoruban chanting.
‘Mama Says’ follows the release of the Oya EP, out last month on XL Recordings and produced by Richard Russell. The Oya EP is available to download and stream immediately and a 12” vinyl version will be released on 22nd September.
Lisa and Naomi are the daughters of the late Cuban percussionist Anga Diaz. Naomi plays percussive instruments, the Cajon and the Batas, while Lisa plays piano. Together the twins have learned the songs of their father’s culture, Yoruba.
Yoruba travelled from West Africa to Cuba with slavery in the 1700s. The Yoruba people have the highest twinning rate in the World, and twins occupy an important position within Yoruba culture. Ibeyi is pronounced “ee-bey-ee” and translates as “Twins” in Yoruban.
Ibeyi sing in English and Yoruban, and have created a minimalist sound that merges elements of their heritage with their natural love of modern music as teenagers growing up in Paris, citing artists such as James Blake and King Krule amongst their wide range of influences.
Ibeyi are currently recording their debut album for XL, with Richard Russell on production
SBTRKT SHARES NEW SONG 'LOOK AWAY (FEAT. CAROLINE POLACHEK)' WITH INTERACTIVE MUSIC VIDEO
Today, SBTRKT shares a new track ‘Look Away (feat Caroline Polachek)’.
The track is accompanied by an immersive and fully interactive website that requires the user to enable their webcam, and attempt to catch the gaze of a mysterious figure whilst she tries to avoid yours.
Listen to ‘Look Away (feat. Caroline Polachek)’
Wonder Where We Land follows his critically acclaimed eponymous debut album and a recent interim release of six instrumentals called ‘Transitions’, which joined the creative dots between the first and second albums.
Since the release of his debut album in 2011, SBTRKT has cemented his role as one of the most acclaimed electronic artists and performers around. What began as praise in his hometown of London has now reached to every corner of the globe.
SBTRKT’s captivating and ever changing live show will be touring the world for the rest of the year. Catch him at Montreal’s Metropolis on October 30th and Toronto’s Danforth Music Hall on October 31st and November 1st
New Tobias Jesso Jr song via Blogotheque
He recently went to Los Angeles and recorded Takeaway Session for La Blogothèque at the Kibitz Room of Canter’s Deli.
The live performance is the first video footage online of Tobias and features a new song from the forthcoming album, ‘Without You’ and the previously released Just A Dream’.
Since posting his first demo online for ‘Just A Dream’ in 2013, Tobias Jesso Jr has been working with JR White (Girls) and several other notable producers on his debut album in studios in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Vancouver.
In July he shared his latest song True Love which was named Best New Track by Pitchfork, called “Stunning” by Consequence Of Sound, with NME adding, “‘True Love’ is little short of wondrous. It recalls peak-period Elton John in its stark simplicity, with a bit of Ryan Adams and Harry Nilsson chucked in for good measure.”
Whilst working on his album, Tobias launched a singles subscription series. The premise is simple – $5 for 5 (plus shipping) of his unreleased, unadorned piano demos pressed onto flexi 7” singles and mailed to subscribers in 3-week intervals.
There are a few subscriptions left of the pressing of 300. The first song, ‘Bad Dreams’ is already in the mail…. Sign up HERE
Tobias will be also making his live debut at Pitchfork Paris Festival this year.
Perfume Genius unveils video for new single ‘Grid’
“A lot of these songs are me trying to claim some power in situations that would typically depress or alienate or victimize me. Also, no matter how good I feel there is a darkness hanging, which I don’t agree with – giving it a voice is an attempt at freeing it so it can potentially dissipate”.
Mike Hadreas, Perfume Genius
If you’ve heard the first single Queen, with its swaggering stomp and anthemic choruses, you would know that Too Bright represents a dramatic departure from the stark piano ballad confessionals of the first two records. ‘Grid’ goes even further down the rabbit hole, with pounding drums, tribal chants and piercing screams all lending the song a heightened air of force and unease – not so much a declaration as it is an exorcism.
Fittingly, the video, directed by Charlotte Rutherford, only adds to this intense atmosphere of resistance and release, with Mike Hadreas literally surrounded by his (hentai-clad) demons before confronting them head on and being devoured by them. It’s a quixotic, unsettling video for sure but not without flashes of Hadreas’ black humour as well, making the whole thing uniquely and typically Perfume Genius.
Too Bright is released September 22nd on Matador Records
SOAK reveals new single ‘B a noBody’
We are pleased to welcome 18-year-old Derry-based Bridie Monds-Watson, aka SOAK, to the Rough Trade fold. Check out her first single for us (the follow-up to ‘Blud’, the first release on CHVRCHES’ singles imprint) here:
‘B a noBody’ will be released on 3rd November.