The Bonus Track: The Voidz, Fear Of Men, Kiesza, Night Engine and Aloe Blacc


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Touching The Voidz

Julian Casablancas from The Strokes has released an intriguing video featuring live footage of his new solo project with his band The Voidz. Shot on handheld, shaky camera and entitled “Can I VHS you?”, from the sounds of things we can expect a dirtier, punkier version of The Strokes or as Casablancas describes it - “a protest record”



Melancholy popsters Fear of Men took inspiration from performance artist Marina Abramovich to make their health and safety-defying video for new single “Luna”, which features live snakes and a bow and arrow. The band are named after a rare anxiety disorder which singer Jessica Weiss came across when researching mental illness and they cite Kafka among their influences. Cheerful!


All Hail Kiesza

We’re still loving the video for Canadian electro-pop dance diva Kiesza’s track “Hideaway”. The former ballerina and Navy sniper (now that’s a backstory) broke a rib while filming this 90s dance epic, shot on the streets of Brooklyn in just one take


A little night music

Four-piece funk-rock band Night Engine have already garnered comparisons to Bowie and Talking Heads but with new single “All I Got” they’re establishing their own (pretty groovy) sound ahead of their debut album out this Autumn

Next week's biggie

He might not be a household name but you’ll definitely recognise Aloe Blacc’s dulcet tones from his catchy 2010 single “I Need A Dollar” or his vocals on Acicii’s mega-hit “Wake Me Up”. Blacc’s new album Lift Me Up is reviewed next week and you can watch the video for his single “The Man”, which samples Elton John of all people