Berlin’s own HVOB (Her Voice Over Boys) started not even one year ago and they’re already doing great. With the right label, Stil Vor Talent, and the right set of vocals you basically have a guaranteed win, especially as each of the singles are remixed by some big friends like andhim and Oliver Koletzki.
HVOB’s 3rd single Always Like This is lovely, but andhim’s remix definitely gives it that little something extra that makes it that much MORE. The video, made by lichterloh, sweeps you off your feet and drops you in a wondrous land of aquarel painted figures where old men with long white beards sway their hips to the beat and Dalí-like animals come out of the water and fly away. And if you really get into it, you might feel the same rush of joy I got when the hot-air balloons came up and flew off! What a wonderful day!
A great piece of collective art, that’s what it is.
Or what I’d call them: Chile’s Tame Impala. I’m not entirely sure if The Holydrug Couple needs introducing, since they do have way over 2000 likes on facebook, but I sure have never heard of them. In any case, I’m very excited to find a band from South America making psychedelic rock, since this continent is not exactly known for their modern music export.
The Santiago-based duo, consisting of Ives Sepúlveda and Manuel Parra, made their debut in 2011 with a self-released LP, after which they were quickly picked up by Brooklyn-based label Sacred Bones. Below you can listen to Noctuary, their first LP for Sacred Bones, which was released earlier on this year. So not exactly recent, but it’s never too late for good music now is it?
Hailing from Brooklyn, these 5 guys are ready for success. A cool logo, a nice website all set up, complete social media profiles and a debut single up for sale on iTunes and bandcamp. Influenced by Tame Impala, Radiohead, Frank Ocean and Alt-J, Twin Wave promises something great. And it is. If I’d be wearing a hat right now, I’d take it off to them, producing a debut track with such a mature and just absolutely lovely sound. With a sold out debut show in the pocket, I’m sure we won’t have to wait too long to see them rock the stage in Europe. Until then, we can enjoy Relapse and soon also the rest of their EP.
Female vocals and soothing electronic beats rule this week’s Sunny Sunday Mixtape. It starts off with a truly fantastic track by Irish duo Young Wonder featuring fellow countrymen Sacred Animals. Time has been on repeat for the last couple of days in my house. Next is Mount Kimbie’s latest track Blood and Form, followed by Dj Koze and Ada for some mellow homesickness. What really does make me homesick though is umami and Alle Farben’s edit of Home by Gabrielle Aplin. Because “Home is where the heart is” and mine is all about Berlin summers chilling and dancing in a park or on a bridge, barbecuing, drinking Vodka Mate and listening to some kick-ass tunes… Only now that I’m writing this and looked up the facebook pages of the artists, I found out that that was exactly the idea behind this track. Apparently they were raising funds to make the documentary “Berliner Sommer” – a film about techno and living in Berlin, featuring many of Berlin’s best DJ’s. Unfortunately they failed…
To stay in the Techno mood we do some face painting with Jacques Greene & Tinashe, got sublime Coma from Cologne and a dream wavy NIVA remix of Postiljonen. London-based Manu Delago (previous drummer and Hang player of Björk) got himself some Andreya Triana gorgeousness. And we’re introducing Brighton’s Us Baby Bear Bones - check out their self-made video for Mountains! Finally, Australian Ginger & The Ghost are one of those up and coming indie artists who’s track One Type Of Dark got remixed by Ta-ku. Listen to Red Balloon in the mix and let the Aussie sun shine into your heart!
I honestly don’t have much to say about this indie rock band from New Orleans. “Put A Light On” is really just a great track which I would like to share with you. The surfy sound reminds me of bands like the Drums, but then a bit more relaxed. Generationals‘ latest record “Heza” will be out April 2nd on Polyvinyl Records and you can choose to buy it on tape, which is a nice novelty (and of course you also get it as MP3).
Video: Generationals – Put A Light On