Today’s Tune: ‘The Body Electric’ by Hurray for the Riff Raff


Track: ‘The Body Electric’
Artist: Hurray for the Riff Raff
Album: Small Town Heroes
Release: 11 February 2014 via ATO Records

What they say: “On album centerpiece and highlight ‘The Body Electric’, she subverts the traditional murder ballad, claiming it instead as a feminist anthem while referencing Dylan and Walt Whitman” – Josh Terry, ConsequenceOfSound.com

Hurray for the Riff Raff recently performed ‘The Body Electric’ on The Late Show with David Letterman. Watch their performance below:

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Today’s Tune: ‘Gooey’ by Glass Animals


Track: ‘Gooey’
Artist: Glass Animals
Album: Zaba
Release: 9 June 2014 via Wolf Tone (UK)

What they say: “[Gooey] sees [Glass Animals] further refining their sound – expressive vocals strafing skeletal electronic structures centred around R&B beats and the gentle chime of tuned percussion all suffused with sultry, claustrophobic synths” – Laurie Tuffrey, TheQuietus.com

Today’s Tune: ‘I’m Not Part of Me’ by Cloud Nothings


Track: ‘I’m Not Part of Me’
Artist: Cloud Nothings
Album: Here and Nowhere Else
Release: 31 March 2014 via Wichita (UK/EU) and 1 April on Carpark/Mom+Pop (USA)

What they say: “Each hook serves as proof of why ‘I’m Not Part of Me’ might be Cloud Nothings’ greatest achievement:  [Dylan] Baldi’s pretty good at making punk rock, excellent at making noisy pop, and pretty much unparalleled at doing both at the same time.” – Ian Cohen, Pitchfork.com

Today’s Tune: ‘Gold’ by Chet Faker


Track: ‘Gold’
Artist: Chet Faker
Album: Built on Glass
Release:  11 April 2014 via Future Classic

What they say: “Opening with buzzing electronic piano chords and handclaps, ‘Gold’ recalls Jamie Lidell’s mid-’00s work in its army-of-one arrangements. When the drum machine finally comes in, Faker alternates between his lower register in the voices and his higher range in the chorus, cleverly framing his voice as a foil for itself. ” – Jacob Webb, Kexp.org

Today’s Tune: ‘Skin Song’ by Bat for Lashes


Track: ‘Skin Song’
Artist: Bat for Lashes
Album: Body Of Songs (various artists)
Release: 2015 (details to be confirmed)

What they say: “Recently, several medical experts, including pathologists, neurologists, stem cell researchers, and hospital surgeons, joined forces with a group of UK artists to record an album… The collective has unveiled the contribution from Bat for Lashes songstress Natasha Khan. On one level, Khan’s ‘Skin Song’ is a kind of amateur science lesson on our body’s largest organ, seductively whispering about nerves and hairs over low, rumbling bass and atmospheric synths.” – Chris Coplan, ConsequenceOfSound.net

Today’s Tune: ‘Premonitions’ by Vaults


Track: ‘Premonitions’
Artist: Vaults
Album: Premonitions (single)
Release: 9 June 2014 via National Anthem

What they say: “Starkly vibrant, ‘Premonitions’ eeks out like a splice between Kate Bush and a more mature CHVRCHES. The praise is alarmingly high, considering there isn’t much material to judge from the band as of yet. But far be it from improbable to say that there’s intense potential here.” – Matt Korman, The 405

Today’s Tune: ‘What’ by Alice Boman


Track: ‘What’
Artist: Alice Boman
Album: EP II
Release: 3 June 2014 via The Control Group in North America, Adrian Recordings in Scandinavia and Happy Death throughout the rest of Europe

What they say: “The song is stripped from everything except a piano and the Malmö singer’s fragile voice that takes the audience on a journey about a struggle of being understood and getting to know somebody…” – Synne Strøm, JaJaJaMusic.com

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