Yesterday, we caught wind of SOPHIE’s new forthcoming release, Product, which features four previously-released tracks and four new ones. (To clarify, it’s NOT an album, but a series of singles.) Today, we can reveal that Product launches with a store featuring some incredible-looking products. In addition to the usual music formats — CD, digital, vinyl (including beautiful pink and black silicon bubble cases) — the shop includes:
• SILICON PRODUCT (“skin-safe odourless and tastless platinium silicon prodcut” [sex toy])
• JACKET (“liqui-UV transparent plastic soapy puffa jacket”)
• SUNGLASSES (“plastic lenticular sunglasses with graphic lenses”)
• SHOES (“A/B side rubber leather embroidered hard platform shoes with foam bounce”)
Go to SOPHIE’s shop for more information on the products, and pre-order something that you can show off in the club and/or in the bedroom. (Though, it looks like the jacket, sunglasses, and shoes might be sold out already, leading me to wonder if they ever existed in the first place.) Most everything’s out November 27. Order the “silicon product” bundle, and you’ll also get an exclusive “audio track.”
The Berlin-based Argentine duo Mueran Humanos has announced a new album, Miseress, their first since 2011. Famous for their noisy mixture of minimal beats and dark wave-leaning synthwork, here Mueran Humanos hone their industrial inclinations by introducing guitars to their bass-synths-sampler setup for the first time, played by no less than Einstürzende Neubauten’s own guitar-manipulator Jochen Arbeit. Miseress, just their second long-format release, roughly follows the story of a woman going through pretty serious turmoil. Stream the album’s first cut below, which deals precisely with the struggles and redemption of the titular character.
Mueran Humanos was founded in 2006 by Carmen Burguess and Tomás Nochteff, conceived as a multiplatform project involving sound art, video, and installations. Both of them had spent several years heading post-punk acts in Buenos Aires: Mujercitas Terror, in Burguess’ case, and Dios in Nochteff’s, the latter being arguably the most original Argentine band of the 2000s. The dark eccentricity of the two groups merged in Mueran Humanos’ stark-but-heavy industrial sound. Their acclaimed self-titled debut quickly positioned the duo at the forefront of Latin American avant-garde music, thanks to a carefully developed aesthetic, gloomy lyrics, and a highly distinctive sound.
Mueran Humanos are currently signed to ATP’s record label and will play the festival’s Nightmare Before Christmas in the UK this year.
Miseress is out November 27 via ATP Recordings.
It’s been over a year since SOPHIE released the one-two punch of “Lemonade” and “Hard.” While we’ve been tiding ourselves over with his production work for other artists, grainy YouTube vids of new tracks, and remixes here and there, anticipation for new material by the already-influential London producer/materialist/sound fetishist has reached a fever pitch.
Well, the wait is finally over. While there are more exciting announcements to be revealed soon, the cat has been let outta the bag (or was it already outta the bag?) by iTunes, which has revealed a new product by SOPHIE ostensibly called… Product, out November 27 on Numbers. The release compiles two previously 12-inches that SOPHIE has already dropped on Numbers (“Bipp”/”Elle” and “Lemonade”/”Hard”), as well as four new tracks, “MSMSMSM,” “Vyzee,” “L.O.V.E.,” and “Just Like We Never Said Goodbye.”
08. Just Like We Never Said Goodbye
Art’s pretty cool, right? Now just think: what if, instead of just viewing it, you could also LISTEN to it in the comfort of your own home? A revolutionary concept, no doubt. And now you can. With the latest release from Editions Mego, you can listen to the lovely aural compositions of Robin Fox for dance choreographer Stephanie Lake’s A Small Prometheus, which debuted at Melbourne Festival in 2013, within your very own living room/car/cool office with a record player.
Out October 30, this will be Fox’s first Editions Mego release since 2010’s A Handful of Automation. If you’ve ever dreamed of exploring “the themes of combustion and heat dissipating in various physical systems,” well, here’s your chance. Available as a limited-edition vinyl release with six tracks, and as a digital download with two additional works.
01. 3 Phase
02. A Pound of Flesh
03. A Small Prometheus
04. Dark Rain
06. Through Sky
07. Counter Strike (Bonus)
08. Four Lines (Bonus)
• Editions Mego: http://editionsmego.com
Steve Gunn, everyone’s favorite guitarist with the surname Gunn, has had a pretty hectic year since announcing his signing with Matador and embarking on a world tour. While most regular folk would reward themselves for a job well done by going into hibernation and watching tons of YouTube clips until Kwanzaa, Gunn is no ordinary person.
Instead, he’s decided to put on a solo tour through October and November with his likeminded buddies James Elkington and Nathan Salsburg. Then, maybe, it’s couch and YouTube time, though it’s hard to imagine Gunn actually having a fixed abode with said couch on which to crash right now.
The extra-exciting news is that Gunn will be trying out some new tunes from his forthcoming record, though no date or details are set, which is why you ought to get along and hear these tunes for yourself.
10.18.15 - Jersey City, NJ, Monty Hall *
10.22.15 - Philadelphia, PA, First Unitarian Church - Side Chapel #
10.23.15 - Brooklyn, NY, Union Pool #
10.24.15 - Brooklyn, NY, Union Pool #
10.25.15 - Northampton, MA, Iron Horse #
10.26.15 - Burlington, VT, Signal Kitchen #
10.27.15 - Montreal, QC, La Plante #
10.29.15 - Toronto, ON, The Great Hall #
10.30.15 - Detroit, MI, Marble Bar #
10.31.15 - Chicago, IL, Constellation Room #
11.07.15 – Dallas, TX, Untapped Festival
11.08.15 – Austin, TX, Fun Fun Fun Fest
11.19.15 – Woodstock, NY, Bearsville Festival @
* Michael Chapman and Bridget St. John
# James Elkington & Nathan Salsburg
[Photo: Constance Mensh]
• Steve Gunn: http://www.steve-gunn.com
Europe is great! It’s got all the hits: Germany, France, Iceland, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, Austria, and the rest. Known space-rock duo White Hills just got back from Europe, and boy are their entire bodies tired. Touring makes you tired, especially when you’re playing ATP Iceland and Copenhagen, the rawest festivals of the land.
So, kick back, White Hills. Have a marg, a foot rub, and put on some Cocteau Twins. Or, heck, listen to your recent album Walks For Motorists. Then, to ease back into the swing of things, play four US dates in November. Here’s to you, White Hills. And here’s those dates. Wink.
White Hills dates:
11.04.15 - Kansas City, MO - Riot Room
11.05.15 - Chicago, IL - Red Line Tap Room
11.06.15 - Cleveland, OH - The Happy Dog
11.07.15 - Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie
• White Hills: http://whitehillsmusic.tumblr.com
It’s Friday. Feels like a “cat rap” night to me.
Meow the Jewels tracklist:
01. Meowpurrdy feat. Lil Bub, Maceo, Delonte, Snoop Dogg (Remixed by EL-P)
02. Oh My Darling Don’t Meow (Remixed by Just Blaze)
03. Pawfluffer Night (Remixed by Zola Jesus)
04. Close Your Eyes And Meow To Fluff (Remixed by Geoff Barrow)
05. All Meow Life (Remixed by Nick Hook)
06. Lie, Cheat, Meow (Remixed by Prince Paul)
07. Meowrly (Remixed by BOOTS)
08. Paw Due Respect (Remixed by Blood Diamonds)
09. Snug Again (Remixed by Little Shalimar)
10. Creown (Remixed by The Alchemist)
11. Angelsnuggler (Remixed by Dan The Automator)
12. Creown (BONUS) (Remixed by 3D of Massive Attack)
• Run the Jewels: http://www.runthejewels.net
Príncipe Discos has, quite simply, laid waste to the rest of the dance music scene this year (as reductive as that sounds, it’s kinda true). Nidia Minaj, DJ Nigga Fox, CDM, Niagara: the Lisbon label has been hemorrhaging non-stop hot shit, and now you can add DJ Firmeza to that veritable stack.
Alma Do Meu Pai isn’t just the usual kinetic deliverance you’d expect of a Príncipe record — it’s also a spiritual one, what with Firmeza dedicating the release to the “Soul Of My Father.” Basically, there’s a lot of personal waging at play here, and it makes for some truly captivating music. The title track, streaming below, is a downright hypnotic riddim, which is some feat given its extended runtime. Promising to set itself apart from “notions of kuduro or afrohouse,” Alma Do Meu Pai may well cap off Príncipe’s 2015 in fine style. Unless, of course, they manage to sneak out more fire before the year is up. Don’t bet against it.
Alma Do Meu Pai drops October 16.
Alma Do Meu Pai tracklisting:
01. Alma Do Meu Pai
02. Somos Melão Doce
03. Os PDDG
04. Start Go
05. Coelho 2025
Nobody talks up Zomby quite like Zomby. He’s been teasing it for a while, but today the official confirmation came via tweet: Zomby’s got two new records out on October 9 for XL, titled Let’s Jam 1 & 2.
Yo Im very excited to announce my debut records for XL Recordings "Let’s Jam 1 & 2" are released on the 9th October pic.twitter.com/K2WBfThqh8
— ZOMBY ® (@ZombyMusic) September 25, 2015
The Let’s Jam releases follow hot on the heels of “Step 2001,” a Zomby-fied take on some classic Wiley bars, as well as 2013’s With Love. There’s a preview up on YouTube, streaming right below this text, so what are you waiting for? Hit that shit up! It does raise the question, though; will we ever see that disintegratory record for 4AD?
Mark McGuire has announced his second full-length on Dead Oceans, titled Beyond Belief. It’s due November 13, and he’s packing pre-orders of the new album with a “Chopped &Chief’d” cassette, which includes chopped and screwed versions of tracks from the album.
McGuire has shared the track “Earth: 2015,” which is a cluttered yet oddly comforting sonic equivalent of the futuristic now with a dark, 80s-inspired mood. There are also recordings of bear farts on this album. And to keep things deep and interesting, McGuire includes liner notes that accompany each song with fantastical stories.
Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction:
- Mark McGuire has new album: FACT
- Pre-orders include chopped and screwed cassette: FACT
- Bear farts: FICTION
- Cool liner notes: FACT
Beyond Belief tracklisting
01. The Naacals
02. The Past Presents The Future
03. Sons Of The Serpent
04. Earth: 2015
05. The Undying Stars
06. Lock In Our Sky Language (For Cyan)
08. True Love (Song For Rachel)
• Dead Oceans: http://www.deadoceans.com