Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Better In The Dark

On The Radar: Issue #2 is all about the synths, funk, and a little bit of pop. This week we talk about sexy socialites, explorers, and being afraid. 

Charli XCX is tired of getting requests to write another 'I Love It' because it's not going to happen. She said: "We’ll never write a song like that ever again. I just kind of want to get out of that for a bit and do my thing." But she doesn't regret giving away the song to Icona Pop in the first place because they are "totally owning it". 

Now, she's focused on her second album and already released its lead single, SuperLove, to which Yeasayer just did a remix of.

Stereogum recently did a Q&A with her and I'd like to share this bit about their shared feelings towards pop music.
STEREOGUM: I think sometimes people want to imprint too much meaning on pop music when a lot of it is about that kind of simple, release. 
CHARLI XCX: Exactly. And I think it can still be meaningful, but I don’t think it has to be overly clever and ridiculously meaningful. I think stuff can be dumb and easy and be really important.
They also talk about the ultimate karaoke songs and the biker gang that tried to run off with her while shooting her music video for SuperLove in Japan. (Read the full article here)

Tha Funk Lordz are back with Sexy Socialite. Chromeo are at it again and bringing the funk back for their third studio album, White Women, which has yet to be given a release date. This 6-minute single has Pat Mahoney (LCD Soundsystem, Museum of Love) playing drums for Dave 1 and P-Thugg. It's been said that the new album also includes appearances from Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend, Solange Knowles, and Toro Y Moi. But for now, you can look back and reminisce on the Reddit AMA they did a month ago. (Listen)

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NME did a track-by-track analysis of MIA's Matangi. (Read)

Cut Copy releases We Are Explorers, another single off their forthcoming album, Free Your Mind. Two weeks ago their video for their album's title track went live. It showed a topless Alexander Skarsgard as a Jesus figure of a blue Puma tracksuit wearing cult. (Listen)

Childing Gambino gives us a taste of Because The Internet with 3005. (Listen) Also, check out Baio's Welterweight from his new ep, Mira. (Listen)

In other news about artists doing covers, Daughter does a mash-up of Bon Iver's Perth and Hot Chip's Ready For The Floor. (Listen)

Now, let's talk about The Neighbourhood's new video, Afraid, by ENDS masterminds Zack Sekuler and Daniel Iglesias Jr. First of all, I love the visual aesthetic of The Neighbourhood of always being in black and white. It is so slick and genius of them to have a clear artistic vision of their image. Second of all, this video is amazing! I think it is very brave for an artist to bare all in this "explicit" video but it works well with the song and the story it tells. How very contrasting to be fearless in a video to a song about being afraid. But we're not here to talk about that but rather, the tasteful video as a whole by ENDS. I am a sucker for time stretching used in music video much like in Foals' My Number and with this, I really loved it. It starts at about the 3:06 mark and then goes into this life flashing before your eyes bit until 3:50. Ok, enough geeking out since no one is reading until this part anyways. I could say anything at this point and no one would notice, poop. (Watch)

Read The Fly's October issue here. (Read)

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