Remember Dent May? Harlem-based songwriter Jesse Thompson has been regularly rolling with them since 2008, and he has released earlier this year another solo EP as Tommy Toussaint, his oh-so-sentimental vintage-pop moniker. Called “Computer Snacks”, this incredibly tight and outrageously ignored opus is a collection of unapologetically romantic songs “heavily informed by an extensive use of digital technology”. The result has the vibe and features of the highly improbable and heavenly gorgeous love child of the 1950′s and the 1980′s. And guess what? This banging, quirky number has a companion piece, and it ain’t a music video. It’s an 8-BIT MUSIC VIDEO GAME. Developed by Stephen Borden for Toussaint’s “I Don’t Wanna Cry”, it is available for free download here and is iOS-, Android- and web browser-friendly. On a scale of 1 to complete nerdy awesomeness, I think that this just blew my mind. Grab the full EP for free via Bad Panda Records.
New video from Young Galaxy for their single â€śNew Summerâ€ť is as haunting and profound as the track that inspired it, depicting a slow-motion breakdown of the end of life as we know it. The video comes with an announcement of a North American tour, although there are currently no east coast dates announced. Check back with newdust for updates more apocalyptic videos!
The new single from Austin natives The Black and White Years comes as a precursor to their newly finished third full length album. The track, titled â€śJust Like Old Times,â€ť features a relaxed mix of the shoegaze and singer/songwriter genres. The low-synth melody is cute, subtle, pretty, and shoe-staring worthy all at the same time. Check out their single below, and stay tuned for details on the album.
Rock’n'roll darling andÂ cow-boy gearÂ loverÂ Hanni El KhatibÂ has just shared via Esquire his brand new video for the lovely “Penny”. Directed by rising French talentÂ Simon Cahn, who has recently wrapped up a short film with Spike Jonze,Â Mourir AuprĂ¨s de Toi, the video further explores Hanni’s seemingly boundless American inspiration, and gives us a sneak peek of what goes on behind the bars of a sunny prison: rough faces, endless time, sweaty tattoos, badass workouts and terrible food, heavy muscles and big, big hearts. Because even shaggy inmates can get their perfect little penny and sing about it, too. Hanni El Khatib’sÂ Head In The DirtÂ album is out now viaÂ Innovative Leisure, also home to the prolific nu-disco duoÂ ClassixxÂ who has recently released a bold, super breezy take on “Penny”. Stream it below and feel your mood soar up several extra feet.
Everyone is going bananas for Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories but I am cynical about it. I agree with Sasha Frere-Jones, â€śThe duo has become so good at making records that I replay parts of â€śRandom Access Memoriesâ€ť repeatedly while simultaneously thinking it is some of the worst music Iâ€™ve ever heard.â€ť Even though I agree with him, I am not gonna be a whiney hater… So over the next few weeks I am just going to post some great disco both new and old. I want to post tracks that If you like “Get Lucky”, youâ€™ll like these even more. First up is “Miura” by NYC veterans Metro Area. This is a dance music classic from the last decade. Itâ€™s now over 10 years old but it still sounds fresh. Itâ€™s suspenseful, itâ€™s hypnotic, itâ€™s effortlessly cool and when the disco strings pop in out of nowhere itâ€™s euphoric. Enjoy.