Big Boi recently revealed on Twitter that he’s working on a new solo album, Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors.
Shortly after, he released a new single, “She Said OK,” which features Tre Luce and rapper Theophilus London. It’s pure sex funk, from the wah-guitar groove to the dirty lyrics. You’ll either love it or hate it, but you’ll probably find yourself singing that hook no matter what.
Since OutKast went on hiatus in 2006, Big Boi released Sir Lucius Left Foot: The Ballad of Chico Dusty in 2010. André 3000, the other half of the duo, has been trying out acting, portraying Jimi Hendrix.
There’s no word on whether “She Said OK” is a cut from Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors or when the album is scheduled to be released.
Beck just released a 7″ as part of Third Man Records‘ Blue Series. The single’s a-side, “I Just Started Hating Some People Today,” starts off like with a country twang — fiddles, acoustic guitars and an old-timey drawl. A fuzzed-out bass looms throughout most of the song, before it erupts into a full-blown punk outburst.
Jack White, who also produced the single, plays drums, acoustic guitar and lends what he calls “punk vocal” and background vocals.
Listen to “I Just Started Hating Some People Today” below and check out the single’s full artwork after the jump. The single, which features the b-side, “Blue Randy,” is out now on Third Man Records.
Matthew Dear released a new song today. “Her Fantasy” is the first single from his upcoming album, Beams.
Dear’s never been one to make static music, but “Her Fantasy” has incredible flow. The main beat shimmers while bass and synth pulses crest and fade beneath his distinct baritone. Even without his voice, “Her Fantasy” would be uniquely Matthew Dear.
Beams is out August 28 on Ghostly International.
After a simple Internet search, not much is known about Chelsea Jade, who makes music under the name Watercolours and played in the band Teacups. I stumbled across the Auckland, New Zealand, artist last summer when she released a music video for “Under,” a blissful, airy track with vocal and drum loops, backmasking and a calming aura. I downloaded “Under” and listened to it every other day.
Watercolours just released “Night Swimmer” via a Tumblr announcement, which leads you to a download link.
It’s ethereal and atmospheric with layers of vocals and a beautiful melody, frosted with vinyl crackles. Like “Under,” “Night Swimmer” is fine work within the realm of dream pop.
After expanding my search to find more about Watercolours, I found that she has no more official releases but has some songs on Myspace. The Watercolours Facebook page lacks a biography, only describing the band as “power lines against the sky and freshly laundered sheets.” This mysticism just feeds my curiosity, and I can’t wait to hear more.
Listen to “Night Swimmer” below and check out the video for “Under” after the jump.
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Redd Kross recently signed with Merge Records to release their first new album in 15 years. The new LP’s title track, “Researching the Blues,” is a fantastic return from the band.
Singer/guitarist Jeff McDonald wrote the ten tracks on Researching the Blues, and his brother, Steve McDonald (who also plays bass in OFF!), produced it.
Listen to “Researching the Blues” and check out the tracklist after the jump.
Metric released another new track from their upcoming album, Synthetica. “Speed the Collapse” has layered textures and soaring hooks, which give it a completely different feel than the album’s dark first single, “Youth Without Youth.”
Synthetica is out June 12.
Yeasayer made a surprise return this week. According to We All Want Someone To Shout For, the band sent fans on their mailing list physical CDs with a brand new track.
The new song, “Henrietta,” is thick with psychedelic echoes and noises, but has one of the best grooves Yeasayer’s ever made. It definitely fulfills their promise of a “demented R&B record.”
You’ve probably heard the newest HEALTH song in the commercials for the video game Max Payne 3. The noise-rock band composed the soundtrack to the game, and “Tears” is the first song that’s surfaced from it.
It’s an eerie, droning jam that seems to fit the cinematic and violent scenes from the game. It worked beautifully in the trailer, and the full-length song is even better.
You can listen to HEALTH’s full score on the game, and the Max Payne 3 soundtrack comes out next week, if video games aren’t your thing.
I feel like the only band I’ve been writing about lately is The Walkmen. Quite a few tracks have surfaced from their upcoming seventh album, Heaven – ”We Can’t Be Beat,” “Heartbreaker,” “Heaven” and “Southern Heart.”
The latest song to to come up, “The House You Made,” isn’t on the album, though. It’s the b-side on the title track’s limited edition 7″. Even though it didn’t make the album, “The House You Made” is still a gem.
Heaven is out May 29 on Fat Possum.
Rolling Stone premiered the first single from the Tallest Man on Earth‘s upcoming record, There’s No Leaving Now. “1904″ is the first single from the follow up to 2010′s incredible The Wild Hunt.
It sounds fuller than the stark recordings of The Wild Hunt, but every bit as beautiful. Kristian Matsson, aka the Tallest Man on Earth, gently plucks the mandolin over the rich acoustic strums.
“1904″ will leave you wanting more. So until There’s No Leaving Now comes out on June 12, I’ll be spinning The Wild Hunt a ton.