Modeselektor – ‘I’m not into Twerk, I’m into Kraftwerk’

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Any news that involves Modeselektor and new music is good news –  all the more pertinent being that they’ve been a favourite Electronic act over the past six or seven years or so.

Anyway, the German duo have shared their new pun-tasticly titled track ‘I’m not into Twerk, I’m into Kraftwerk’. The track is taken from Bleep:10, a compilation celebrating the 10th anniversary of UK online music store, Bleep. The compilation will feature new and exclusive tracks from an all-star cast which includes Fuck Buttons, Shackleton, Nathan Fake & of course, Modeselekor. Their inclusion, ‘I’m not into Twerk, I’m into Kraftwerk’, is a techy number with a nice fidgety bassline, bouncy rhythm and drum machine claps. This is combined with their signature playfulness, fun side and preference for packing a punch…… actuuuuuaaaally…… it’s much easier to simply put it this way: it’s that quintessential ‘Modeselektor sound’. Top quality stuff!

You can check out ‘I’m not into Twerk, I’m into Kraftwerk’ below. Bleep: 10 is out on May 5th and all the details you need are here.

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Introducing: Loop Culture

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Loop Culture are an indie five-piece – Oisín Ó Tarráin, Mark Leonard, Ronan Murphy, Nathan Griffin & Andy Helbert – from Dublin.

Loop Culture are a playfully casual band unconcerned with tying up all the loose ends. Here is a quirky, low-key, lo-fi delight. Their scratchy, rough and ragged home recordings are rich, pleasing to the ear and an eminently repeatable experience. They are at their very best when they keep it loose, unpolished and remove any hint of glossy production. As is the case with ‘Why Can’t We Be Like Them’ & ‘See You There’, which wholeheartedly embrace this scrappy imperfection. The gritty raw materials are moulded with some off-key vocals and slant-edged rhythms to bloom into something decidedly beautiful and pleasing to the ears. What Loop Culture have arrived upon here is something strange but familiar, bemusing yet dazzling. Their preference for imperfection adds character and while the shadow of two classics, The Strokes (Is This It) and Tapes ‘n Tapes (The Loon), loom large in the background, there is a certain unique feel to what they’ve released.

You can listen to a couple of choice cuts below and Loop Culture’s self-titled debut EP is available to download for free from soundcloud.

 

TRWBADOR – ‘Breakthrough Ft. ESSA’

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Since forming in 2010, Welsh duo Trwbador have forged a distinctive and fruitful partnership for producing serenely beautiful, otherworldly music, merging folk and glitchy electronica with near perfection – a trend carried through their excellent debut LP from last year.

With their new single, ‘Breakthrough’, the duo of Angharad Van Rijswijk & Owain Gwilym have teamed up with London rapper Essa (formerly known as Yungun), as they push their folky origins to new far-flung reaches. It’s hypnotic, captivating and all absorbing as Essa rhymes over looped harps, pulsing bass and crunching beats, which all add weight and resonance to Essa’s verses. ‘Breakthrough’ is a first taste from the duo’s second album, which is set for release in late Summer along with another single following in September. Very good news indeed.

‘Breakthrough Ft. ESSA’ is released digitally on May 26th and the 7″ follows one week later. For now? Check it out below.

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The 2 Bears – ‘Angel (Touch Me)’

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Comprised of Raphael ‘Raf Daddy’ Rundell and Hot Chip’s Joe Goddard, The 2 Bears rightly rose to prominence with their excellent 2012 album, Be Strong.

Two years on and The 2 Bears are back with news of a new album entitled The Night is Young, which is penciled in for release in September, again through Southern Fried. That might seem like a long while away, but the pair have very graciously shared the lead single ‘Angel (Touch Me)’, with us, and it sounds as though they’re up to their old tricks again. ‘Angel (Touch Me)’ is a playful, bumping piano house tune which radiates a feel-good and summery vibe. It seems The 2 Bears will be delivering plenty more fun filled party tunes this year, a very welcome return indeed.

Check out  ‘Angel (Touch Me)’ below. It will be released on June 30th ahead of The Night Is Young, which follows in September.

Introducing: Galants

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Dublin trio Galants – David Kennedy, Peter Savage and Martin Fagan – serve up a lovely helping of melodic indie with a shoegazy side on their guitar heavy, debut double a-side ‘Howling / Silver’.

Produced by Ghost Estates’ Dan Doherty, ‘Howling / Silver’ emphatically sets their stall out. The double a-side displays a real fondness for melodic ’90s indie (pre-britpop) with an added shoegazey twist. Take ‘Howling’ for example, it encapsulates the very essence of what Galants are all about. Opening with a sudden squall of noise, intertwined by soft and dreamy vocals, fuzzy guitars, a hum of mild distortion which collide head on with soaring riffs and crashing drums, and propelled ever forward by a driving, surging rhythm. While the past looms rather large with Galants, they sound fresh and vital, more so perhaps than their retrospective influences may suggest. This is a blast from the past, but one that packs a hefty modern day punch.

You can give their guitar heavy debut double a-side ‘Howling / Silver’ the once over below and you can download it for FREE from here. Now, you can’t say fairer than that!