We've been fans of both Todd Terje & Hot Chip for a fair while, so when the two come together into a musical explosion of worthiness its definitely something we're gonna talk about. It's the Stockton and Malone of the music world 2012.
Check out Todd's masterful rework of Hot Chip's 'How Do You Do' and just feel alright.
He recorded this, his fifth career full length, in his home studio and its all set up for release next Monday, August 27th on Ghostly International.
Have a listen to all eleven tracks and you'll be 'pretty stoked'.
From Vancouver's greatest exports Japandroids, 'Celebration Rock', is one of the highlights of 2012; easily surpassing 84% of the Olympic Games and the entirety of both the Opening and Closing Ceremonies. Directed by Jim Larson, the video is a classic behind-the-scenes video clip fully charged with unbarred revelry of the highest order.
We've got no time for Trevor Chappells around here so when we suggest something, you know we're going a 2006 McGrath at the absolute worst. Cardiff Kids on the Rise Bodhi have grabbed the herald of the xx return 'Angels' and given it a classic mid-90's Warney. They've spun it with a hefty dose of bounce, making it a ripe afternoon audio treat. We salute them and their cracker of a delivery with a gold seal of approval.
France has given the world an immeasurable amount of glorious things. From the justifiably big and obvious - the Eiffel Tower, cheese, baguettes blah blah blah - to the less so - like the simple pleasures of an afternoon of pétanque and pastis, France does intelligent, historic, cultural charm better than anyone.
To celebrate Bastille Day, the French national day to commemorate the day the people stormed the Bastille and took the power back, in the process birthing the nation as it exists today, here's a very small selection of those musical things nearest and dearest to our own hearts.
jj are back with 'High Summer', a free digital 5 track EP out now on Sincerely Yours.
It doesn't matter which side of planet Earth you fall on, you'll either be basking in sweet sunshine or wishing for Summer to get back here and start behaving like a good little season.
Who can combine feathers, rhinestones, human hair and tinsel into one psychedelically beautiful dream? Her name is Christian Joy and she did just that as the costume designer for Karen O's 'psycho opera' "Stop The Virgens".
Even as a little girl, this Iowa native knew that she wanted more out of life than a typical suburban existence. Following her dreams led her to New York City, where she started dabbling in fashion design while working as a shop assistant. It was here that she met the young Karen O and their friendship led them to a fruitful and fantastical collaboration that continues to this day. Christian's irreverently DIY approach to creating clothes and a keen understanding of colour naturally progressed into making some awesome art. Tanja G spoke to Christian about her projects and what's next in the pipeline.
Next week the sixth album from Liars will be released. We've been long-time fans of Liars, and still recall the adventures we had promoting their first Australian tour with The Yeah Yeah Yeahs in 2003. They're awesome and every record is awesome, in short, we had high expectations.
In a recent interview they said they'd consciously "dropped everything that we had learned on the last couple records and tried to really see what it's like starting from the other end. That's always pretty frightening." While it might've been a frightening process the outcome has been rewarding. This album is a confident, assured and focused journey.
Above is the video for their first single "No 1 Against The Rush" or you can listen to the whole album via NPR.
Originally hailing from San Francisco, now based in New York, Lemonade are turning out their third LP, Diver, next week via True Panther Sounds. Recorded over a few years in New York and Brazil, it's a dreamy ride through 90s RnB, 2-step, and balearic house.
We love a cheeky nod in our direction down here at Modular HQ, and this collaboration from Giraffage & XXYYXX is pretty high on the list. Directed by Irish filmmakers Feel Good Lost, the video is a trippy, double-vision inducing homage to Leif Podhajsky's cover art for Tame Impala's acclaimed full-length 'Innerspeaker'.
The clip has been in the wild for a while but their EP of the same name was just released through Kitsuné.
Aoyama Tunnel, Tokyo, Japan
Primavera Festival, Barcelona, Spain
The Corner, Melbourne, VIC
Avalon, Hollywood, CA
Debaser Slussen, Stockholm
Sasquatch! Festival, Washington
C Grade, Melbourne, VIC
Survivor!, Melbourne, VIC
Hotel Illawarra, Wollongong, NSW
Oxford Arts Factory, Sydney, NSW
Crystal Ballroom, Portland
Festival Hall, Melbourne
Oxford Arts Factory, Sydney, NSW
Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver
Fox Theater, Oakland
Beach Road Bondi, Sydney, NSW
Maifeld Derby Festival, Mannheim
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