The Time Out mixtape
The week's best new music, fresh every Friday
Fri Aug 30 2013
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TV on the Radio – ‘Mercy’
So, Brooklyn art-rockers TV On The Radio are back with a new track, and you know what? It’s pretty good. After the wandering, Flaming Lips-ish eclecticism of their 2011 album ‘Nine Types of Light’, they’ve stripped things back with new track ‘Mercy’, which goes in low and gritty, the crunchy guitars accompanied by beefed up disco drums and a swooping, spacey chorus. It’s immediate, ballsy and probably catchier than anything TOTR have done before, but still full of artsy flourishes and the kind of inventive songwriting that made us love them in the first place.
Cyril Hahn – 'Raw Cut'
Swiss producer Hahn has become one of the most in-demand remixers of the moment thanks to his knack for turning Destiny’s Child, Mariah Carey and Haim – amongst many others – into blissed-out, lo-fi gospel-electro, impressing The xx and Diplo, to just two of his many supporters. He’s now started showing the world what he can do by himself, with ‘Raw Cut’ the more impressive of a couple of recently aired tracks. It’s built on a simplistic, catchy bass hook, bouncy tom-tom rhythm and ‘funky’ guitar loop, which sounds cheesy on paper and could almost be a breaks track from the early noughties, but the UK bass leanings, euphoric touches and Hahn’s production finesse turn it into satisfying post-club fodder that drifts through the speakers with ease.
MGMT – ‘Your Life is a Lie’
Well, here’s a track that’ll fit nicely in the ‘David Lynch’ playlist on your iPod. The latest offering from the ever-art house MGMT is an anthem to rival the likes of Bloc Party’s ‘Song for Clay (Disappear Here)’, with its gruellingly distorted guitars and the haunting mantra, ‘Your life is a lie.’ The video juxtaposes kitsch suburban imagery with a postmodern dystopia, flicking from shots of a living room sing-along to a teddy bear severed at the waist, complete with exposed entrails. If you read a lot of Bret Easton Ellis, you’ll like this song.
Julianna Barwick – 'One Half'
If Peter Jackson had wanted someone way cooler than Enya to write floaty, otherworldly music for ‘Lord Of The Rings’, Julianna Barwick would have been a surefire bet. The Louisiana musician is a master at building up huge, beautiful soundscapes, primarily using loops of her own voice. Her latest single, taken from upcoming album ‘Nepenthe’, retains the fascination with layered voices and gentle musical textures, but treads a more direct route than previous ambient material, with distinguishable lyrics and string parts contributing to the sound. Utterly ethereal, and great if you’re looking for headphone music while you roam around a deserted forest, pretending to be a giant.
rROXYMORE – ‘FItNordf’
The title may sound like someone clearing their throat, but don’t let that put you off. This track from Paris-raised Berlin-based producer rROXYMORE (edgy dance producers, take note; please stop this trend for unnecessary capitalisation. NOW!) is a fascinating, off-kilter fiend. It starts off simple enough, with a solid, bubbling beat, but gradually builds into a jittery tapestry of oddball rhythms, unexpected key changes and synths with a life of their own, all of which winds itself around your confused but grateful brain and refuses to sit still for its eight minutes and 22 seconds. You’ll be gagging to dance to it but you won’t quite know how. And that’s a good thing, okay?
Listen to 'FItNordf' here
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