The xx are finally off hold, release new single

This week has been a rollercoaster of mostly devastating news, and global concern continues to linger in the air over the recent election of Donald Trump for U.S. president. There’s no denying that during these days of frustration, we’re solaced by particular things — people, surroundings, creative expression. And well, if you’re reading this blog post, you might be doing so as an attempt to distract yourself from reality. Excellent, otherworldly art is more necessary than ever, which is why the Thursday release of the xx’s new single, “On Hold,” is so relieving.

Fans of the trio have likely kept Jamie xx’s (Jamie Smith) debut solo record, In Colour, on repeat since last year, falling in love with Smith’s tracks featuring fellow the xx members Oliver Sim and Romy Madley Croft, whose voices are now recognizable not only in the indie pop sphere, but in the dazzling, sometimes moody world of house and dubstep. In Colour was ingenious, and expectations for the xx’s newest material in four years are rightfully high.

But “On Hold” hasn’t disappointed, and it’s additional proof of how marvelous a producer Smith is. The single is crisp electronic pop — upbeat enough to shimmy to — and features a warped but well-utilized portion of Hall and Oates’ 1980s chart-topper “I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do).”

“On Hold” reminds us that in an incredibly imperfect world, some things can still sound pretty darn close to perfect. The song is housed in the latter half of the xx’s greatly anticipated upcoming album, I See You, scheduled for release on January 13, 2017 via Young Turks. Check out the track list below.

The xx’s I See You

1. Dangerous

2. Say Something Loving

3. Lips

4. A Violent Noise

5. Performance

6. Replica

7. Brave For You

8. On Hold

9. I Dare You

10. Test Me


For more information on the xx, visit the band’s website. Check out their music on Spotify or Apple Music.

 

Astronomyy hypnotizes us with fresh single on #NewMusicFriday

You’re traveling at a steady seventy on the highway. Beyond the illumination of the car’s headlights is asphalt blending in with a speckled black sky. Sitting shotgun could be a best friend or lover, maybe just the thoughts you force to take the backseat during the day. The car stereo blasts at a positively deafening volume, and oozing from the speaker grilles is a pop opiate perfect for night cruising: Astronomyy’s brand new single, “Hypnotized.”

Not familiar with the name? Don’t feel too out of the loop — Astronomyy releases his dreamy, surf guitar-laced R&B on his own label, Lunar Surf, and he’s also an enigmatic lone wolf — the UK singer-songwriter and producer seldom posts to social media, and virtually no videos can be found of the guy performing live. In a contemporary sphere where visual aesthetics quite often and ironically trump a musician’s sound, the virality of Astronomyy’s songs attest that good music is still what gets people listening. Thousands of SoundCloud users are addicted to the Englishman’s sound, which is something he likes to call “guitar’n’B.” Such a label is genre-blurring, but a quick listen to tracks like 2014’s “Nothin on My Mind” and the newer “Hypnotized” proves its aptness.

A Bonnie and Clyde-esque short film by Blake Atienza accompanies the new track, and the showcased romance will appeal to fans of Drugstore Cowboy or the 1975’s “Robbers” music video.

Check out “Hypnotized” and its clip below. Astronomyy is on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and his website.