Philadelphia’s hot shots Work Drugs have been supplying the world with lush driver songs for actually more than a decade. The ensemble takes a dreamy look West and to the allegedly peaceful life down there on their newest issue LA Looks. Hop aboard and set sail, team Work Drugs are ready to do the hard lifting for you.
The track marvels down the palmy hills and boulevards and forms part of their 16th (!) studio album, if our intern counted correctly, an LP titled Fantasy File. The heavy hitters still got the swag and punch, what a ride.
Denmark’s royal groover Bear With Me has spent the first half of the year snagging cigarettes, driving, and writing new songs, the next exhibit of his output is attached below in the form of Life In Stereo. A lovely slightly melancholic ode to the duality of life and its relationships, in and of itself, carried by his crisp vocals and a melody that knows just were it wants to take you.
With the first week of the US Open is full swing, this one serves as perfect soundtrack to slow-motion Federer highlight reels and the thought of his career ever coming to a close. Bear With Me though, is just getting his ball spinning. This piece comes as prelude to his debut EP that is penciled in for release in early October. We need you, Roger.
Great news coming out of Buenos Aires’ cultural hot spots in the form of Basual, a refreshing indie pop outfit of four – pictured above, fleeing the scene. Attached is Hueco, a lush riviera jam that dips the sun into the ocean. Hit play, and doze off. The group just had this dreamy piece followed up with a debut EP titled Beach Pop, out now.
They have also scheduled two live shows in Buenos Aires too, with Aug 23 at Rabia Bar and Sep 21 at La Confitería. Look out.
In less than two weeks time, Berlin will play host to the ever expanding, the ever maturing Pop-Kultur festival, celebrating music, film, art and all sorts of performances 21 – 23. August. It all goes down at the mighty brick castle of Kulturbrauerei in Prenzlauer Berg. On the musical ballot for this fifth edition are heavy hitters like Mykki Blanco, CocoRosie, Jenny Wilson, Anna Calvi and Planningtorock as well as rising stars such as ÄTNA or Oum Shatt.
This year’s line-up also includes a healthy dose of commissioned works. Hamburg’s own Ilgen-Nur will be looking to answer questions of fame, feminism and post-internet identity in Live Through This on Friday. Identity then will also be the topic of Janto Djassi Roessner’s piece Picture Me Different. In an hour-long live-set that includes music, multilingual interviews, audiovisual media and painting, he will be deconstructing traditional ideas of affiliation and preconceived notions of belonging.
Followers of this fair Poule d’Or endeavor are once again in luck as we have secured a pair of tickets for Thursday’s action at the festival, waiting for one lucky winner. All you need to do, is scribble a GDPR-compliant email to music at pouledor.com and keep your fingers crossed on Aug. 16th, 6pm CET sharp, when the lucky winner will be picked at random – and be notified immediately. Good luck.
In the meantime, lose yourself in ÄTNA’s trademark piece Walls attached down low. They will be taking the stages on Thursday at 22h00.
It’s easy to get lost in the heat of summer in the city, in the heat of Berlin. Not this bunch though. The international group of People Club found themselves in Germany’s capital and have been steaming with ideas and a shared passion for soul and Motown since. Calling in from Australia, New Zealand, the United States and Britain, the group resembles the very English melting pot Berlin has become, a hub for art and free minds, with their music aiming to “encourage people to refocus their time and energy on their art”.
Their debut release is ready for rollout this Fall and Lonesome is their second single to pinpoint towards it. A lush pop track carried by a fruity melody and a German sense for precise production works. The single is out now on vinyl via Big Move Records.
Straight midnight jams floating in from the little Canadian hub that is Ottawa. Troy No composes a mad, deep jardin of electronic sounds and delicate botanical details that come wrapped in a four track EP, mystically titled Autonomous that is out today via Manchester’s base for independent music and visual arts First Light. The mesmerizing Fabricated Identity is attached below, but the whole tape is well worth a spin on any given night, be it hot July or breezy November.