Here’s yet another smooth, sexy song from Jhene Aiko. It’s called “Living Room Flow” and it’s a track about a lover giving in to every desire: “I’m so glad you called right on time / You must have just read my mind / If we skip the small talk / Want you now / I don’t have to stay ’til mornin’ / I don’t have to pack no clothes / I am really not that lonely / When we’re finished, then I will go / It’s whatever you want.” Note: Lyrics are unofficial. Follow Aiko at facebook. — David D. Robbins Jr.
Tei Shi is streaming a beautiful new song, “Go Slow”, from off her upcoming EP release Verde, due out April 14th via Mermaid Records (U.S.), Double Denim (UK) and on Caroline via Australia. Last month she released a video for “Bassically”. Follow Tei Shi at facebook. — David D. Robbins Jr.
Grimes shared a video for a song, “REALiTi”, a previously-unheard track she recorded in 2013 for an early version of her Visions follow-up — which was eventually abandoned. She released the song and video today along with a shout out to all the fans who came out to her tour dates during her times travelling throughout Asia. “I’m releasing it as a special thank you to everyone in Singapore, KL, Manila, Jakarta, HK, Shanghai, Beijing, Taipei, Seoul, Osaka, Nagoya and Tokyo who came out to the shows!”. The video was directed by Grimes, who also explains the song’s existence and production: “This song was never finished. its a demo from ~ the lost album ~, recorded early 2013. i lost the ableton file, so its not mixed or mastered. i tried to doctor the mp3 into a listenable state, but it was poorly recorded in the first place and never meant to be heard by anyone, so its a bit of a mess haha.” I don’t think Grimes is being disingenuous about how she describes her track, but clearly she hears something here worth sharing too. It’s a fantastic track. There’s a subtle addition to the beat at the 2:22 mark that’s a gorgeous expansion on the original beats. The video is sumptuous look at Asia via Grimes. – David D. Robbins Jr.
Here’s the full video description giving the details of the song:
Listen to this fantastic new orchestral track, “Brush Social Club”, from artist Jason Nolan. I don’t think I’m breaking any confidence in saying that he sent this track to me with a message that read, “I think you may like my latest track.” The answer is a resounding yes. The song begins with slow drumming, a clack and clunk of clutter, dissonant piano chords and a repeated lyric. It’s a slow-building track, that seems to piece together disparate elements, not unlike the fragmented artwork that accompanies the song and the title that conjures familiar words in a form that may make little sense to the listener but much to the Oxted Town musician himself. Even the song itself seems to exist as contradiction — isolated and echoed vocals (“I’ve got no place to go / When there’s nothing left”) are the lonely and fragile half of a song that also imparts warmth through intimacy and conveyance. There’s a quietude to “Brush Social Club”, as it’s a club of one blossoms subtly into many — joined layered vocals and a blanket of gorgeous, dramatic, sweeping strings, like a long-lost Youth Lagoon track. Follow Nolan at facebook. Note: All lyrics are unofficial. – David D. Robbins Jr.
Japan’s wonderful Cuushe (aka Mayuko Hitotsuyanagi) has scaled back the experimental digital side of her earlier tracks, like her work on 2013’s Butterfly Case, and added another style to her expanding repertoire. This time around she’s venturing into a more seductive R&B sound with “Tie”, creating a more traditionally melodic track, with lush repeated vocals and entrancing rhythms. “Tie” is one song off Night Lines, her first release for Cascine and fourth for Japan’s flau label. Follow Cuushe at facebook. – David D. Robbins Jr.