(Christmas) Song Of The Day
Listen: Warpaint - “Biggy”
Warpaint’s eponymous sophomore album is sure to be the first major release of 2014. The record is set for release on January 20th, with first single “Love Is To Die” appearing six weeks ago, and now this; it’s unlikely “Biggy” is an ode to the late, great Notorious B.I.G, but those chunky basslines and ethereal vocals are definitely a sound for sore ears. Welcome back, ladies.
Watch: DJ Earworm’s United State Of Pop 2013:It’s become one of the joys of this time of the year, seeing how Youtube mashup king DJ Earworm stitches the huge chart hits of the past twelve months into the opus of his United State Of Pop. This year marks the sixth video and somehow manages to cram Swedish House Party, Lorde, Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake, Daft Punk, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Rihanna, Miley Cyrus, and dozens more into its five minute runninj time. Even if it doesn’t quite match the heights of 2009’s remix (clearly the best), it’s a masterclass in the art of the mashup
In case our advent calendar of Christmas songs hasn’t been satiating your need for all things jolly, here’s a reminder of our collaborative Christmas Spotify playlist! As you may have guessed from the word collaborative, you Hitsvillians out there are free to add your favourite festive tracks to the playlist, so hop to it!
First acts revealed for Reading & Leeds 2014: Are Festival Republic picking their headliners by flicking through a 2001 copy of Kerrang magazine? We ask because this year Eminem came from the depths of irrelevance to headline the twin festivals, and in 2014 Blink 182 will top the bill for the second time in four years. The pop-punk stalwarts aren’t the only main stage band announced so far (although there’s no indication of the day they’ll play), with sentient Miles Kane clone Jake Bugg also confirmed to make his third appearance at the festival.
Down on the smaller stages, Disclosure will cap a quite incredible twelve months by headlining the NME Stage, and are joined by Metronomy. Of Mice & Men, Wilkinson and I Am Legion have also been confirmed to play.
Kids of the Apocalypse - Empire
Koett - Golden Peak
Taking a leaf from The Cinematic Orchestra’s book, this soundtrack-esque instrumental record is a thoroughly unique trip hop record dripping with atmosphere and retro style. Some really inspired synths paired with awesome orchestral sections and percussion that doesn’t miss a beat. A thoroughly sure-footed debut. Check out the eponymous track and Down for the best cuts from the album.
Vestbo Trio - Flowmotion
Though it sounds like the latest peripheral gadget to use with your Xbox One, Flowmotion is a pleasantly lo-fi affair. Though crisply produced, the instrumental blues EP is very stripped down and bare feeling. Ideal for winter. It treads a fine line between itunes advert and cute indie romance movie music from time to time, but suits just fine for walking around in the snow or the freezing cold. Check out Building Snowmen.
Daniel Wohl & TRANSIT - Corps Exquis
A terrific welding together of experimental electronic music and classically influenced orchestration, Corps Exquis is a sometimes frantic, sometimes serene, with a single piercing string quickly submerged in subtle electronics on Cantus. Intensely listenable and a real masterclass of crossover. Corps Exquis does effortlessly what modern film score composers wrestle with yearly.
Moonchild - All The Joy
Not a full release, but an unbelievably promising track from Moonchild. A Kimbra-esque pop jazz tune from LA-based trio, glittery and smooth.
Lorna Dune - Miamisphere
It seems like it’s hard to avoid electronic music with “Miami” in the title these days, but Lorna Dune’s Miamisphere is a shimmering single with dreamy electronic synths and rattling techno percussion. Retro brass pairs with analog synths and deep pads to make a pretty uniquely paced EP.