Kristina by Ghibli
Earlier this year, Ghibli, aka Thomas Michael (always trust a man with two first names), released Pythia, an ambitious electronic record that had moments of utter brilliance. Last night while preparing for two horrendous exams, I combed through my Twitter feed in hopes of finding something that would distract me from brain-numbing studying. I came across a tweet from Ghibli’s account that pointed me in the direction of his Tumblr. It was there that I saw a recent post promoting a newly finished 7” entitled Ross/Kristina. Upon hearing “Kristina”, which impeccably samples Sister Sledge’s “Thinking of You”, I felt both incrementally happier [ :’) ] and cooler [ 8) ]. On “Kristina”, thumping bass lines and a perfectly tamed sample create an outer-worldly feeling of pure dance. “I hope you shake yr ass (a little) to these songs,” writes Michael on his Tumblr. While I was trying to memorize Edmund Burke’s concept of the Trustee Model of Representative Democracy, ass-shaking knew no bounds.
Purchase Ross/Kristina 7” over at Ghibli’s bandcamp.
This is the umpteenth remix of a Lana Del Rey track over the past few weeks, and, to be quite honest, I hope it’s the last. (Not that it’s bad—it’s actually quite good—but for the sake of boredom, can you guys just stop remixing her songs?)
BLUE JEANS Odd Future’s The Internet Remix by P5757575757575
King Krule- The Noose of Jah City by truepanther
17-year-old Archy Marshall, now known as King Krule (formerly, Zoo Kid), is more or a less a prodigy. The London product’s intimate and poignant songwriting is only surpassed by his unconventional singing voice. Let’s be honest, this skinny, ginger-headed kid sounds more like a large and soulful man than anything else. Regardless, King Krule—who even states he takes inspiration from rap legends Gangstarr—provides listeners with a personal and private aura that is simply too hard to resist. Building off the beauty that was “Out Getting Ribs”, Marshall’s “The Noose of Jah City” is a tremendously welcoming track that features shimmering, albeit gloomy, instrumentation. While beautifully looped piano and guitar samples fill the nooks and crannies of this song, it’s Marshall’s fervent singing and songwriting that make it filled with the most wonderful kinds of cruelty: “I’m always to blame.”
Florida’s best musical gift since “Key Largo”, Surfer Blood, has a new EP coming out soon. However, you can stream it over at Stereogum for an early listen, bro. Also, sorry for the lack of posts, y’all. Midterms kicked my ass, so I’m still recuperating. But OTIOBR is not dying, I promise!
M83, also known as Anthony Gonzalez, recently released his latest effort, the double-album Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming. The synthy shoegaze of M83 has been one of the more memorable sounds in the landscape since its excellent Dead Cities, Red Seas and Lost Ghosts LP back in 2003. Since then, M83 has garnered a gigantic following that seems only to be getting larger (people love shoegaze, man). Anyway, here’s the spectacular, alien-inspired new video for the Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming standout, “Midnight City”:
New Jersey’s Real Estate features beach-pining tunes that have oddly been a staple for the months of winter. The band’s self-titled debut, which was released in November of 2009, stunned fans with its sensational vibes and approachable warmth, all the while making us forget that snow was on its way. On October 18, in anticipation of frigid temperatures, Real Estate’s sophomore LP, Days, hits stores. But thanks to NPR’s burgeoning love for all that is indie, you can stream Days ahead of its scheduled release by clicking here.
Aside from the collagen-filled (and shady music industry) background of Lana Del Rey’s career, “Video Games”, her break-out single, is undeniably poignant and incredible. And though Jamie Woon is known for soulful crooning and Burial-esque production, he’s taken a stab at remixing the sorrowful “Video Games” (and holy shit, it’s good). Check it out below:
Lana Del Rey - Video Games - Jamie Woon Remix by woon
Even though I’m still relishing the beauty of James Blake’s self-titled debut album, the prolific electronic producer and crooner is set to drop a brand new EP. Enough Thunder features that woozy, churned electronica of Blake’s Klavierwerke, but also contains his trademark, sultry tone. Stream the EP over at ABEANO.
Wow, this is quite the gem. Julianna Barwick’s ethereal vocals and loop recordings transfixed us earlier this year with her wonderfully crafted The Magic Place. And thanks to the power of the Internet, Diplo and Lunice’s electronic, semi-dub layerings create a spectacular remix of the already-spacey “Vow”. Check it out below: