Nicolas Jaar’s Against All Logic project released a new album, 2012-2017, back in 2018. Since then, Jaar has been working mostly behind the boards, co-producing FKA Twigs’ MAGDALENE and writing for the Weeknd. But earlier this week Jaar reactivated the Against All Logic name to put out a new mix for NTS Radio, and today he’s releasing two brand new songs.
The first, “Illusions … Of Shameless Abundance” features the avant-garde artist Lydia Lunch. (Jaar’s label Other People Records reissued her 1990 spoken word piece Conspiracy Of Women a few years ago.) And the second track is called “Alucinao” and features Jaar’s recent collaborator FKA twigs and Estado Unido,
Bestowed with a PC Music stamp of approval after joining the cult future pop label in the latter half of last year, Planet 1999 return with their new single “Party”. Following in the wake of their debut outing “Spell”, the new drop furthers the sound of the French born and bred and London-residing band.
Setting aside the more refrained tones of the previous slow burning ballad, “Party” dials up the energy with punchy drumbeats, lush electronics and the chimes of 90s synths. The dreamy landscape of their shoegaze-meets-bubblegum-pop sound is as ethereal as it is infectious, offset by partially obscured vocals and an audible digital naivety. It is the band’s ode to “taking a break from a party to go outside and look at the stars”.
Accompanied with a Y2K visual, the piece sees the band navigate their 3D world with cameos from PC Music head A. G. Cook and Planet 1999’s own mascot Zippy. “We wanted to make a video that felt as cool and surreal as the song,” explains the video’s director Aidan Zamiri. “I think it’s the perfect starting point to enter the world of Planet 1999”.
Porches, a.k.a. Aaron Maine, dances with his therapist in the new video for “Do U Wanna.” The track is the first single off the synth-pop artist’s upcoming LP, Ricky Music, out March 13th via Domino Records.
Directed by Maine and Nick Harwood, the dreamy clip opens with Maine in the middle of a session with his therapist, as they trade off singing the song’s lines to each other: “I think I wanna dance/Do you wanna/Do you wanna dance?”
“‘Do U Wanna’ is a song about looking at yourself and realizing the disparity between how you’d like to act and how you actually act,” Maine said in a statement. “The fun you vs. the isolated you. I feel like with the refrain I’m almost taunting myself to get up and do something.”
Ricky Music follows 2018’s The House. Maine will embark on a North American tour in support of the record this spring, kicking off at the Broadberry in Richmond, Virginia, on March 23rd and wrapping up at New York’s Webster Hall on April 29th.
Believe it or not, Chromatics released a new album last year, Closer To Grey. It wasn’t their long-anticipated (and missing in action) Dear Tommy, but it was very good, and the Los Angeles group is back with another very good new track today.
Their new single is called “Toy,” and it’s a characteristically cinematic and strobing song. “Tell me what I have to do/ ‘Cus I can’t stop thinking of you,” Ruth Radelet sings on it. “Tell me what I have to say/ ‘Cus I can’t go on living this way.” The band has also put out a stripped back “On Film” version of the track and an instrumental.
The band also recently released a 47-track (!) deluxe edition of Closer To Grey that included some alternate takes of tracks, remixes, and instrumentals of all the songs on the album.
Since debuting in the mid-2010s, Iranian-Dutch artist Sevdaliza has always excelled at augmenting reality through her music, exemplified on tracks such as “That Other Girl” and “Darkest Hour.” On her newest single “Oh My God,” which is out today, she trades mystique for full transparency. There’s still her signature warped production and twisted-up vocals, but this time around, the hook is surprisingly upbeat.
Matching the track’s aura of self-discovery is its video, stitched together of home movies from Sevdaliza’s youth — including getting her first Casio keyboard, and plenty of dance recitals. “Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others without complicated explanation,” Sevdaliza writes. “Unfold your own myth until everyone will feel without having to understand.”