Christina Vantzou

“Sister”

In the grey of February, Christina Vantzou released Nº2, a record that provided great drama to an already dramatic season – these are slow, gorgeous compositions that unfold patiently, carefully, and delicately enough to warrant me wanting to say properly. Almost six months later, we’re graced with an immaculate, slow motion video for album-gem “Sister” and…wow. I often have a tendency to want to avoid this sort of emotionalism, but here it’s damn-near overwhelming, as the video has a way of asserting its “deep and realness” forcefully, to the point where there’s no way of feeling like your dead inside. This is a good thing! Dig the video’s classic imagery, as flickering candles, choir, and lush strings surround a woman’s act of levitation. The scene captures the intense, floaty feeling of listening to Nº2 in it’s natural habitat – bedtime reflection, in between states of consciousness. In fact, the only setting perhaps more natural than this sort of nocturnal-bedroom-zone is the music soundtracking a miraculous act in a church. Well! Here we are!

Vantzou has an extensive portfolio of video-work to her name, as she’s made a self-directed video for each one of the tracks on Nº2, so keep those eyes peeled. Check out “Sister” above.

• Christina Vantzou: http://www.christinavantzou.com
• Kranky: http://kranky.net

Miss Modular

“Earplug”

I hope the brevity of this paragraph signals you to listen to this track. Miss Modular, one of the minds behind London’s Her Records, delivers “Earplug” following his “Reflector Pack/Cruzer Edge” release at the beginning of the year. Too grime to be ballroom and too ballroom to be grime, “Earplug” is just one of the many releases on the Her Records Vol. 3 compilation (including a really good rework of Rihanna’s “Diamonds”). “Earplug” calls to mind Jam City’s “Her,” but it’s even more vogue!

• Miss Modular: https://soundcloud.com/miss-modular
• Her Records: https://soundcloud.com/herrecords

Chocolate Grinder Mix 107

[̲̅$̲̅(̲̅100)̲̅$̲̅] . [̲̅$̲̅(̲̅20)̲̅$̲̅] . [̲̅$̲̅(̲̅5)̲̅$̲̅] . [̲̅$̲̅(̲̅1)̲̅$̲̅]

Money: let’s get it. Money: over everything. Money: on a gold plate. Money: so much I’m gonna lend it. Money: this, that, the other. Money: over here. Money: every time they play it. Money: talks. Money: what I’m talking about. Money: covered in it. Money: getting it. Money: so long. Money: taste it. Money: playing with it. Money: on my mind.

Money: jets on holidays, chefs with hollandaise, expensive lingerie.

Money: blue hydrangea, cold cash divine; cashmere, cologne, and white sunshine; red racing cars, sunset + vine.

• Money: The Mario Coin
• Money: The New Fatali$m
• Money: One-Hundo$-Grand-Milli
• Money: [̲̅$̲̅(̲̅100)̲̅$̲̅]

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[00:00] Tink - “Money Over Everything”
[02:53] A. G. Cook - [untitled]
[06:03] GFOTY - [untitled]
[06:55] Mariah Carey - “Money ($ * / …)”
[08:58] Diamond Black Hearted Boy - “its bittersweet when i roll”
[10:18] Chinx Drugz - “All I Know”
[13:52] Future - “Covered N Money”
[17:23] Katie Got Bandz - “Playin Wit My Mone”
[21:01] Lana Del Rey - “Old Money”
[25:28] E-40 - “Money on My Mind”

STiM

“Elephants”

DAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAMN!!!!!!!!!!!

*blindsided*

I’m on listen number ∞, and I still want more!! How appropriate is that fuckin’ hashtag? Like, "uh-huh, yep, okay". Golly, this is gully (yo Cam, wanna rap over this?!?). Pancakes have nothing on the flatness of my thoughts right now. Totally singular and base. STiM’s a rascal. Stupid nods. Oh, real quick, PLEASE turn the speakers up. I know, I know; shit’s prolly cranked already, but I guarantee you they’re still not loud enough. TURN IT THE FUCK UP AND PLAY IT AGAIN!!!!!

• STiM: https://soundcloud.com/stewstim

A Sunny Day In Glasgow

“In Love With Useless (The Timeless Geometry in the Tradition of Passing)”

S’ohhhhhhhhhhhhh fucking influential to post-shoegaze lyyfe. A Sunny Day in Glasgow can’t stop. These fucking vocals. These edited-fucked vocals. Damn. Like, I can’t even THINK on their first single “In Love With Useless (The Timeless Geometry in the Tradition of Passing),” off new album Sea When Absent (out NOW for nearly a week on Lefse Records). And is it even worth thinking about? Shit, I’m just chill at the way this video is filmed.

If MTV actually still existed, this video would be put on repeat for an hour television time-block. But who the fuck is going to read this and be like, “Yo, C Monster is totally right: it’s better to listen than to think.” Answer: NOBODY. But being defeatist alongside A Sunny Day in Glasgow has been happening since 2007, as their range of psych-pop fuckery has become a staple to anyone of everything.

ALL THE MUSIC!

• Sunny Day in Glasgow: http://asunnydayinglasgow.com
• Lefse Records: http://www.lefserecords.com

  

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