The Weeknd remix Florence + The Machine

The BBC's Zane Lowe just gave a first airing of a remix of Florence + The Machine's new single Shake It Out by Toronto R'n'B producer The Weeknd. The original's wide-eyed optimism is replaced with a certain anxiety and the remixer's charateristic murky, nocturnal quality, which fans of the Weeknd's album House of Balloons will recognise immediately. Check out the radio rip below.

Florence & The Machine - Shake It Out Remix (Feat. The Weeknd) by Music Is


Frontier Ruckus

Though I have been leaning towards more agrarian music of late, there is still something very special about Detroit based Frontier Ruckus, who display remnants of Cake with a hip hillbilly twist. The combination of the lyrical meandering of Milia's verse, Jones' banjo plucking and the unorthodox saw playing of Zachary Nichols will appeal to the faintest of music lovers. Both their debut and sophomore albums are out now and demand a listen.

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J Dilla :: 'Last Donut Of The Night' video

Beautifully filmed and utterly strange video for the late J Dilla's classic track from the essential Donuts instrumental hip-hop album. Here, a love of donuts brings about some pretty odd behaviour in two Finnish policemen. The video is part of Stones Throw Records' video contest which is receiving submissions from amateur filmmakers for any song in the labels back catalogue.

M83 album teaser

It's been a full 3 years since M83 dropped their excellent Saturdays=Youth album. Their follow-up record is due in October and here we have a brief snippet of one track with some suitably lush visuals. It's as grand and orchestral as you would hope and expect from Anthony Gonzalez and co.


The Rapture :: 'How Deep Is Your Love?'

After a few low-key years The Rapture return with this pumped up and hypnotic piano-driven piece of disco. They're back on DFA Records and have a new album, In the Grace of Your Love, dropping later in the year which, on this evidence, should be well worth the wait.

The Rapture - "How Deep Is Your Love" by Marco Collins


Young Montana? :: Limerence LP

It may be the most superfluous question mark since Jonatton Yeah? graced our screens but UK producer Young Montana? is making some damn good beats at the moment. His debut album Limerence is out now and is getting a lot of attention from the likes of BBC's Mary-Anne Hobbs. Like Manchester beat-maker Star Slinger, though less prolific (who could keep up with him?!), Young Montana? dips into in the same post-J Dilla pallette of sounds but with a restless tendency to chop and twist them for his own amusement. Head on over to his Soundcloud page for some of his remix work.

Young Montana: Sacre Cool by ALPHA PUP

Young Montana? - 'Limerence' Album Sampler <<< OUT NOW by Young Montana?

Broken Social Scene cover Modest Mouse

I saw Broken Social Scene playing a cover of Modest Mouse classic World At Large on stage a few weeks back and then this interesting video surfaced of a live studio recording of the song for charity video series The Voice Project. BSS give the song some breathing space, faithfully letting the quality of the original song shine through while still putting their own stamp on it with the saxophone and simple percussion.

Broken Social Scene » Modest Mouse from The Voice Project on Vimeo.


The Weeknd make it ok to like R'n'B!

Toronto group The Weeknd have generated a lot of hype with their free mixtape 'House of Balloons' which charts the tricky waters between Burial's nocturnal atmospheres and a sinister kind of R. Kelly sleaze but the results are compelling.

The inventive source material is what initially makes this album stand out from the crowd, as is the case with the Siouxsie and the Banshees-sampling title track below.

Download the album 'House of Balloons' here.

The Weeknd - House Of Balloons/Glass Table Girls by snipelondon

The Weeknd - The Morning by The_Weeknd