Yeah, No


So, here's a weird one for anybody with a minute to spare. I happened across this track after the band The World Is A Beautiful Place And I Am No Longer Afraid To Die tweeted it, broadcasting their love for this 50 second song, and hear I am doing the same.

The track, 'Purple' by the so called Yeah, No lacks any further information apart from that the Vocals, Guitars, Bass, and Drums are all written and recorded by a one Andrew Scott Corl. Exactly who this is escapes me for now, but he's done a pretty decent job, and I'll be interested to see if more is to follow. However as one of the tags on the song is 'comedy', right now I'm not certain who is supposed to be laughing over this.


2 New Portico Tracks Featuring Joe Newman of Alt-J

I had '101' on my 'To Listen' list for over a month, and to be honest, I'm pretty mad that I didn't make time for it sooner. Portico, a name that I somewhat recognised but was far from familiar with, wasn't enough to draw me in without any prior knowledge of the band or their sound, instead being enticed by guest vocalist Joe Newman, and the constant allure of anything to do with Alt-J.

'101' is a brooding number that first sounds of Wild Beasts with its echoing synths, but once the impeding drums break through, it's given a life of its own by Newman's signature vocals and Portico's tight instrumentation and production. I was infatuated from my very first play, which came on Wednesday morning, and by some cosmic coincidence, a second track featuring Newman was released later that day.

'Atacama', from the forthcoming Living Fields, may not have immediately excited me as much as the first track, pleads "Go forward, and be fearless" and by the time Newman laments "And to know I truly lost you" a little piece of my heart was breaking. Named after the most arid desert in the world, this track is a slow burn, echoing within me as much when it had finished playing as it did when I quickly hit the replay button.  

Living Fields is out via Ninjatune on 30th March, and I, for one, am very excited.


Tame Impala - Let It Happen

I've been trying to find time to listen to the new Tame Impala song for days, but finding 8 minutes to spare can be quite difficult at times. Thankfully, upon finally forcing myself to sit down and consume the track, I've had it on repeat so it's safe to say that I haven't been disappointed, and I hope you won't be either.

'Let It Happen' is the first taste of the band's highly anticipated third album, and as always, it's a sprawling sonic journey. It honestly scares me to think that the last LP, Lonerism, came out in 2012, it really doesn't seem long ago at all.

The Australian boys are also offering up the track as a free download in return for your email address, a worthy exchange if ever I saw one. Listen above, or get it here to keep whilst we await further album details.


Action Bronson Feat. Chance The Rapper - Baby Blue

Action Bronson has steadily been sharing songs from his major label debut album Mr. Wonderful, and the latest cut 'Baby Blue' features none other than Chance The Rapper.

A simple piano melody is the centrepiece of the track, and it's a more heartfelt number than we normally receive from Bronson, who even sings the hook whilst lamenting about the jealous and difficult women in his life. To be honest, it sounds more like a Chance The Rapper song, but that's not a bad thing either. Don't fear however, his over the top braggadocio is still present, with lyrics such as "I'm not exactly flawless / but I'm gorgeous just like a horse is." When Chance finally chimes in with the final verse, his lyrics wish the worst for the girl who left him, and his bars remind me of Chiddy Bang's remix of the Darwin Deez song 'Bad Day'

I've listened to this track quite a lot over the past few days, and I've really fallen in love with it. It isn't the first time the two have joined forces either, having previously come together on Chance's 'NaNa' from his Acid Rap mixtape. It's got me sufficiently hyped for 24th March, the release date of the brilliantly named Mr. Wonderful.

If that's not enough for you, listen/watch 'Easy Rider' which was released all the way back in August, so this album has been a long time coming.


Scarlett Johansson & Este Haim Form New Band - Release Debut Single Candy

Sometimes I regret listening to certain songs or bands, and I feel this may well be the case with the new band formed by actress Scarlett Johansson & Este Haim. Alongside Holly Miranda, Kendra Morris, and Julia Haltigan, the all female project has put out the track 'Candy' via Dave Sitek's (of TV On The Radio) label Federal Prism. They were initially going by the name The Singles, however a cease-and-desist has been put out by another band who has been using the name since 1999.

Legal dramas aside, the band currently remains nameless, and yet somehow still manages to haunt me with their over the top pop music and cheesy lyrics. It's not the worst thing I've ever heard but there aren't too many redeeming features, and it's safe to say it's catchy, but I definitely never intended for it to get stuck in my head for so long. I constantly think they're about to break out into Cameo's 1986 hit of the same name too which is slightly distracting.

While Johansson is no stranger to the music industry, I still find myself whimsically imagining that it's actual her character Samantha from the movie Her singing. Now that would be something I could support.


Samuel T. Herring (Future Islands) & Earl Sweatshirt Feature On New Gangrene GTA V Track

There's a title I wasn't expecting to type today. Samuel T. Herring, vocalist from Future Islands, and Earl Sweatshirt, Odd Future's youngest and arguably best member, have both offered up their talents to a new song which is set to be featured on the PC version of GTA V.

The track itself is actually from Gangrene, a duo consisting of famed producers/rappers The Alchemist and Oh No, who have a whole new album on the game's soundtrack. It's a fun listen, with a rapid trade off verses and a heavy, funky bassline that harks back to the past and makes me think of police chases in old films, so should fit in well with the game's subject matter.

Herring's involvement should come as no surprise though, given his known love for hip hop, and his rapping alter-ego Hemlock Ernst. While he saves the rapping for the professionals in this instance, I love to hear his input and hope it leads to further collaborations in future.


Kid Cudi - Love

It's no secret that Kid Cudi has been working on the conclusion to his Man On The Moon series for some time (alongside producers Emile Haynie and Plain Pat who helped craft parts 1&2), and yesterday he broke his musical silence by releasing a new track called 'Love'. However, the track is said to be an off cut from 2014's Satellite Flight, but any Cudi output is always appreciated. 

The track itself is PMA heavy, and its refrain aims to serve as inspiration to the disparate youth that Cudi has long appealed to, and related with:

"Don’t be so down, come on young homie / You’ll be OK, you’ll find real love / All of the stories the hero gets lonely / Now is the time to show what you’re made of”

The track also features a sample from longtime collaborators Ratatat's 'Sunblocks', and I was as excited to hear their signature sound as well as Cudi's.

With Cudi back in the studio, and Ratatat back on the road this year, dare I predict big things and further joint ventures between the two parties? Watch this space.