New Zealand’s Lontalius (aka Eddie Johnston) is streaming a new song, “All I Wanna Say”, with an accompanying video. It’s a soft, romantic chill track, with vocals that remind me of a couple of cuts off David Sylvian’s 1999 Dead Bees On a Cake. Lontalius’ track centers around the tender-hearted lyrics: “All I wanna say is it’ll be alright / Maybe I shoulda lied / Because all I have to offer is my love / It’s not enough.” Lontalius is expected to have a new release in 2016 via Partisan Records, which just signed him. Follow him at twitter and facebook. — David D. Robbins Jr.
Wolf Alice will release a 7-inch featuring two songs: “You’re A Germ” and the b-side “Baby Ain’t Made Of China” — a rockin’ out track with a great sentimental line: “Oh love me, make me better.” The singles are available with four different limited-edition sleeves, each featuring a different band member. You can purchase one via DirtyHit. The release date is October 30. — David D. Robbins Jr.
The Radio Dept. are at their Smith-y best, streaming a new track called “This Repeated Sodomy”, available via Labrador Records. The Swedish band last released an LP in 2010, Clinging to a Scheme. — David D. Robbins Jr.
Last month, Brooklyn’s Small Black announced an upcoming release Best Blues, streaming the first single “Boys Life.” Now there’s a second track, “No One Wants It To Happen To You.” The latter has a more distinct club beat than its predecessor and a darker tone, but both songs’ strengths rest in the build-up to pretty overlapping rhythms: “We live in the dark / We do what we can / The rest is up to them.” Best Blues is out October 16 on Jagjaguwar. — David D. Robbins Jr.
Wicked. Always enjoy e-mails with links to music like this. FKA twigs is streaming her new EP titled M3LL155X, featuring five songs: “Figure 8”, “I’m Your Doll”, “In Time”, “Glass & Patron” and “Mothercreep”. Four of the songs, excluding the latter, are accompanied by a video directed by FKA twigs. It’s a fascinating listen. My favorite track is “In Time” — with that addictive chorus that kicks in at the 9:50 mark (along with some old-school synchronized dancing). Just wait until you hear FKA twigs rattle off the verse: “I’ve been feeling the same / In the club / In the rave /Everyday, everyday.” Be sure to check out her tour, with these three upcoming dates: August 23: FYF Festival 2015, Los Angeles Calif.; Sept. 4-6: Electric Picnic, Stradbally, Ireland; Sept. 11: Bestival, Isle Of White, UK. Follow FKA twigs on twitter. — David D. Robbins Jr.
North Oakland duo Main Attrakionz is back with a 12-song LP 808’s and Dark Grapes III, and one of the best tracks on it is called “My Story”. Fitting the duo’s style, the instrumentals are laid back and floating, with an elegant Japanese influence — with some kind of instrument that sounds like a koto. It’s ironic that this slow and mellow vibe is accented with lyrics about time and the urgency felt to do what one needs to do — in this case tell a story via music: “I couldn’t sit there and watch my time steady ticking on the clock …” Follow Main Attrakionz at facebook. The new record is out now via Vapor Records. — David D. Robbins Jr.