New Music To Soothe Your Winter Woes
Ellee McClymont | On 01, Jul 2014
These beats are fresher than subway, and guaranteed to get you dancing/crying/fornicating this winter.
Alt-J â€“ ‘Hunger of the Pine’
2012 was a huge year for Alt-J, and their album An Awesome Wave, set them on a pretty awesome wave (yeah Iâ€™m funny) towards international success. Their infectious single, ‘Breezeblocks’, came in at number 3 in Triple Jâ€™s Hottest 100 for 2012, and now theyâ€™re back with the first track off their eagerly awaited new album. Alt-J continues to defy categorisation with ‘Hunger of the Pine’, a track that builds into a dark, electronic pop hybrid featuring some very David Lynch-style saxophone and a Miley Cyrus sample. If this is a sign of whatâ€™s to come from Alt-J, we should all be very excited for their new album, This Is All Yours, out September 22.
Lana Del Rey â€“ Ultraviolence
This woman rates high on my list of â€˜things that literally cannot even be dealt withâ€™ and her new album Ultraviolence is just another reason why sheâ€™s a perfect 10. Lana had a rocky start â€“ cancelled Aussie tour, weak dance game on SNL, a tonne of petty female hate â€“ but Lana stuck it out and released Born to Die, showing everyone that nothing phases her, and that sheâ€™s 100% talent.
Queen of melancholy, dripping with old school Hollywood glamour, Lanaâ€™s trademark sound appears once again in Ultraviolence, and this time it feels as if the album is more â€˜Lanaâ€™ than the others before it. Cinematic strings, epic drums and bluesy guitar riffs mesh together seamlessly with Lanaâ€™s floating melodies to create an album that pans generations. From ‘Shades Of Cool’, which sounds like itâ€™s straight out of a bond film, to ‘Brooklyn Baby’, a lilting rock song that takes hit at haters and hipsters, no song is the same, and yet they fit together so well in the album.
Best tracks? Aside from the albumâ€™s first single ‘West Coast’, ‘Shades Of Cool’, ‘Brooklyn Baby’, ‘Ultraviolence’ and ‘Fucked My Way Up To The Top’ are all winners.
Â Jamie xx â€“ ‘All Under One Roof Raving’
Oh Jamie, you god. Delivering exactly what you needed to get out of your winter funk, Jamie dropped ‘All Under One Roof Raving’ this week, and itâ€™s awesome. A musical love letter of sorts to his hometown of London and the nightlife, the track is a slow build, guaranteed to get you keen for a night out. Itâ€™s also accompanied by a strangely addictive visualiser style video, which I just stared at on repeat for a good 20 minutes. Thanks Jamie.
Winter woes cured!