Purity Ring dropped a new song called “bodyache” off their upcoming, severely anticipated album Another Eternity, out March 3rd (thank you finally!). I don’t think I need to tell you it’s magical.
Her voice is just stellar. The chorus is phenomenal. It’s so twinkly bus also bassy and nobody can pull that off the way Purity Ring does. I love that they created their own conjuncted term “bodyache” to convey that exact raw emotion. This song is devastatingly beautiful, much like most of the duo’s work.
But what is this music video? I have no idea but it is completely, utterly mesmerizing and I have no idea why. It’s weird af, for sure. This gold creature is stunning and simultaneously creepy and strangely emotionless, much unlike the song. Megan James sings with such power and conviction, which is why the creature is a bit displacing.
Regardless, song is cool, jury’s still out about the video.
But whatever. In the time it took me to write this, you can now just stream the whole album. I think this the first time I’ve ever seen anyone release a new song and then release the album stream within minutes of each other, never mind releasing the song on YouTube. Who uses YouTube anymore? Purity Ring makes up their own rules.
Tei Shi “Important Love Songs for the Young Heart”
As part of the million Valentine’s Day playlists that came out, Tei Shi mixed “Important Love Songs for the Young Heart” for oki-ni and it’s pretty good. The playlist includes a variety of genres and love songs from the 70s to now, including classics like “Jolene” and more untraditional love songs like Spooky Black’s eerie darkwave drenched single “Without You”. She starts off soft with the saxophone laced contemporary pop of Sean Nicholas Savage and delves into a range of genres and artists before finishing with Twin Shadow’s vulnerable synthpop single “5 Seconds”. So get cozy because Tei Shi’s mix of unconventional love songs will make you have all the feels.
1. “She Looks Like You” – Sean Nicholas Savage
2. “Without You” – Spooky Black
3. “Jolene” Dolly Parton
4. “Elastic Heart” – Sia
5. “A Long Walk Home For Parted Lovers” – Yumi Zouma
6. “Candy Says” – The Velvet Underground
7. “Grid” – Perfume Genius
8. “Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy” – Queen
9. “West Coast” – Lana Del Rey
10. “Baby” – Gal Costa
11. Tobias Jesso Jr – How Could You Babe
12. Caribou – Our Love
13. Beyonce & Frank Ocean – Superpower
14. Twin Shadow – 5 Seconds
I love dark pop. Especially dark dreampop. This genre fusion of electropop with darkwave elements is just right in every way. Darkwave is very broody and sultry in all the ways that resonate.
Southern California duo XYLØ dropped their debut single “America” yesterday and it’s magical. The single is blissfully beautiful. Their sound is raw and cloaked in black satin, with slight traces of Broods and Purity Ring. Paige Duddy’s voice is enticing and refreshing. It’s gorgeous, no doubt, and delicately haunting over the slow hard-hitting beat.
Those familiar with London record label PC Music are no strangers to the immensely saccharine, hyper-pop synth sound that put them on the map in 2014. “Drop FM,” by the label’s elusive founder A.G. Cook, is their latest release, and it features vocals from labelmate, Hannah Diamond.
The song begins with Diamond chanting her and Cook’s initials, before the buzzy track picks up and she begins singing in her high-pitched and staccato voice. Cook’s punchy beats combined with Diamond’s squeaky vocals make for a glittery track, that is undoubtedly PC Music’s own. For a song that is less than three minutes long, it packs a whole lot of punch throughout, making for an off-kilter, feel-good dance jam — perfect for these bitter winter days. For anyone who is lucky enough to go to SXSW, don’t miss out on the PC Music showcase, and you just might get to see this performed live.
We’re a little late on this remix, but we had to give it due credit. Newcomer Bassik hailing from Las Vegas may have just crushed the Fifty Shades game that is currently running amok in the U.S. With his stellar remix of Ellie Goulding’s “Love Me Like You Do” – which is burning up the charts – this new kid on the block might have struck solid gold.
Whereas the original track is a momentous ballad that builds and glides thanks to Goulding’s powerful, evocative voice, this remix re-structures said power into a melodic, deep house fist pumper complete with lighthearted synths, a bumping bassline, and sweet orchestral accompaniment. And thankfully, this edit keeps much of Ellie Goulding’s vocal arrangement giving it a good helping of sing-a-long capability which will assuredly make many of the ravers on the dancefloor shout with glee. It’s truly a crowd pleasing remix, but more importably, it’s an impressive debut from an artist we look forward to seeing more of in the future.
Listen to the Bassik remix of Ellie Goulding’s “Love Me Like You Do” below and visit his SoundCloud for the download link.