On Deck: Arcade Fire, Panda Bear, M.I.A., Miniature Tigers x Neon Indian, Nika and Rory



Nika + Rory is goth-pop mastermind Nika Roza Danilova, better known as Zola Jesus, and her touring bandmate Nick Turco; together they churn out warm, synthy, auto-tuned summer jams that seem to diametrically oppose the dark and distant work with which Danilova has made a name for herself. That’s not to say that Nika + Rory’s small but promising oeuvre is pure mindless pop – it’s smart, bright, far denser and more considered than most other chillwave contemporaries. Start with “I’m Not Going Anywhere,” Danilova attesting her love in a haunting, auto-tuned yowl over spiraling, uplifting arpeggios, organ, and classic pop drum machines, and try not to fall in love. (Continue reading for two more songs)

Miniature Tigers - "Gold Skull" (Neon Indian Produced)

We've talked about Miniature Tigers as a great live band more than a few times already. We haven't yet focused on the catchy tunes this band is responsible for. Come later this summer, the Phoenixites-turned-Brooklynites will be releasing their new album, Fortress. Download MP3. (Continue reading)

M.I.A. - "XXXO" (Andre Pipipi Remix)

While M.I.A.'s new single "XXXO" doesn't need any help pulling people onto the dancefloor, Andre Pipipi — one half of Brazil's Festa Beats — envisioned the track with a few more jungle sounds. Pipipi's baile funk remix doesn't change "XXXO" at all, but instead adds a few key elements that give the track an extra kick or two, much like High Contrast did with Maya's promo single, "Born Free". This one and Blaqstarr's version are two potent alternatives to the original, which isn't so bad on its own either. (Continue reading to STREAM/DOWNLOAD)

New Arcade Fire Single Out on June 1

In a postcard that closes with "Good Luck with Finals," the Arcade Fire have announced that they've just finished pressing a new 12" and that it would be out "in a couple of weeks". (Continue reading for more info)

Panda Bear Single, "Tomboy" Out in July

According to Gorilla vs Bear via Amazon via Paw Tracks, Panda Bear will release a new single, "Tomboy" on July 13. (Continue reading for more info)


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