Twin Shadow, the psueudonym of George Lewis Jr., released his second album, Confess, on 4AD in June. Self-produced and with mixing duties handled by Michael H. Brauer (Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney), the follow-up to 2010's Forget found Lewis Jr. doing what he does best; remembering and reinventing, fashioning a soundtrack which sounds refreshingly and distinctly modern.
June 11th marked the release of south Florida producer and MC SpaceGhostPurrp's debut album. Entitled Mysterious Phunk: Chronicles of SpaceGhostPurrp, the record compiled both new and old material, tracking the early years of this intoxicating prodigal talent.
Cast in the classic mould of producer/MC, SpaceGhostPurrp's musical influences read like a checklist of hip-hop touchstones - Three 6 Mafia, UGK, DJ Paul, Eazy E, Tupac and DJ Screw - a trait that plays out across the various contours of the record. Given his relative youth, the reference to such rich heritage shows Purrp as a child of the digital era; his rhymes veering between the hallucinogenic, somnambulant and visceral, his productions syrup-thick, schizophrenic and refreshingly off-kilter.
Grimes' new record Visions is officially released outside of North America today, having debuted in the Billboard Top 100 on its release in the US three weeks ago..
The work of Claire Boucher, Grimes is a project that has gained notoriety since its inception back in early-2010. Moving to Montreal from Vancouver in 2006, she developed Grimes among the city’s burgeoning DIY scene; a scene where both punk ethos and pop music collide. Visions is her fourth release in less than two years and...
Twin Shadow is excited to announce the release of 'The One (Live KCRW)' today. Taken from his critically acclaimed album Confess, this version of the track was taped at Twin Shadow’s “Morning Becomes Eclectic” session on October 10. The single is available on iTunes as of today - buy here. On this newest version, George Lewis Jr stripped the song down to simply him and his guitar. The result is striking and mesmerizing.
To accompany the single release George Lewis...
Blues Funeral, the first Mark Lanegan Band record in 9 years, was released back in February. It was recorded in Hollywood, California by Alain Johannes at his 11ad studio, and saw appearances from Greg Dulli and Josh Homme among an assorted cast of long-term Lanegan affilates. The first single to be taken from the album was a perfect entry point with its fearsome rhythm section, that distinctive vocal growl and was accompanied by a video that dripped suitably with Soutern Gothic undertones. Watch the video here. The band went on to tour the world throughout the year, culminating in a sold out show at the Forum in London in early December.