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Last week M.I.A. announced that she would be releasing a bonus track from her recent album Matangi on Spotify, and sure enough, today she delivered. You can listen to “Trouble Again” below via Spotify, and be sure to check out our Premature Evaluation of the album.
Within the first minute of the Invictus EP, Cory Jreamz writes a revisionist history where he’s the black man killing Nazi’s in Casablanca and calls himself the coal in the center of the sun. There is also a Sylvia Plath reference. This is stress-rap for film school kids. There are hi-hats and industrial buzzing and bomb noises, march of the automatons organs and cries to fuck your advice. That’s good advice. The album is ostensibly named after a Morgan Freeman vehicle, but I assume that Cory was seeking to title it after the English translation of Invictus — undefeated or unconquered. And in his brief career, he’s racked up a flawless record that Khaled might envy.
If you missed my interview with Jreamz, you can peruse it here. Otherwise, the EP and several videos with music in them are below the jump. Highly recommended if you like Ariel, the Nick Adams Stories, David Lynch, and rap to turn your aortas into icicles.
MS MR‘s “Think of You” doesn’t seem to lend itself to remixing. Musically, it’s tame compared to the duo’s typical grandeur, yet the lyrics come with a personal punch; “I still think of you and all the shit you put me through, and I know you were wrong,” sings Lizzy Plapinger in the song’s chorus. Assertive, yes, but it comes off as just a teeny bit petulant.
This heavy emotion didn’t stop HAERTS from choosing “Think of You” as their first remix, though. Instead of ignoring the narrator’s anger, they pull from it and raise it to the nth power. HAERTS up tempos, add layer upon layer of synth and create a new structure to the song, complete with an interlude from their own Nini Fabi. It all works together to create a soundtrack to the utter exhaustion of holding a grudge. Stream it below.
STREAM: MS MR — “Think of You (HAERTS Remix)”
Tek and Steele filmed the video for the title track off their new project in Brooklyn and Kingston. Produced by Beatnick and K-Salaam.
No Other, the 1974 solo album from the former Byrds member, is one of those cult-favorite albums that you’re probably never heard of unless you’re part of its cult. The densely orchestrated album pushed the studio excesses of early-’70s Cali folk rock to its natural conclusion, and all that ornamentation served to highlight Clark’s voice. Now, a number of the best vocalists in indie rock — Fleet Foxes’ Robin Pecknold, Beach House’s Victoria Legrand, Grizzly Bear’s Daniel Rossen, the Walkmen’s Hamilton Leithauser, Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner, Fairport Convention/Plainsong O.G. Iain Matthews — will sing the album, in its entirety, on a very brief tour next year. For the tour, they’ll have an all-Baltimore backing band that includes members of Beach House, Lower Dens, Celebration, and others. Check out the dates below.