Caught in the net: Graffiti artists grow up with their Baby
Saturday 16 June 2012
The weirdo lo-fi LA sound of Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti returns, two years after their brilliant breakthrough record Before Today.
Pink and his somewhat changeable roster of players release their LP Mature Themes on 20 August. Premiered last week (ind.pn/KxIUjY), new track "Baby" is a fairly straight cover of the original slow jam by obscure duo Donnie & Joe Emerson. The new version, with guest vocals from Dam-Funk, has a surprising sheen to it – about as hi-fi as you'll get from the band. But just to muddy the waters, earlier this week Pink posted on his Facebook page that he'd broken up the band, a claim later dismissed by the band's publicist.
A drip-feed from independent masters
The excellent Domino Records, home to everyone from Peaking Lights to Bonnie Prince Billy, Washed Out to John Cale, is the latest label to offer up a new subscription service to fans. Domino Drip, at drip.fm/domino, will give subscribers downloads of two albums per month plus bonus material for $9.99 (£6.50) per month. The timing is good, with records coming from Hot Chip, Animal Collective and Dirty Projectors. They'll also occasionally dip into the back catalogue for music to offer in the monthly bundle.
Breaking out of the rap pack
Frank Ocean, the singer-in-chief among the rappers in the Odd Future collective, makes his latest bid for solo glory with the album Channel Orange, out on Def Jam in July. Last weekend Ocean offered a sample of what's to come with the nine-minute "Pyramids". It's an impressive workout, oscillating between R&B jam and club track, with strange sounds in between, all topped with Ocean's soulful crooning. Get the song at snd.sc/Mib2tu.
Hasty hipsters' quick-fix trip
It's like a hipster Travelling Wilburys. The electro artists, rappers and producers Grimes, Kreayshawn, Blood Diamond and Tragik got together under the moniker L$D and recorded a song. The track, "Don't Smoke My Blunt Bitch" was apparently made in 10 minutes, with the accompanying trippy video put together in an hour. The song sounds like it was made quickly but, regardless, sounds rather good. Find song and video at youtu.be/ScPaXIyb3SA.
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