New Music Mondays: Daft Punk, Dark Sky, Mount Kimbie, The Uncluded

Daft Punk's 'Random Access Memories' Out Tomorrow. You Might Want to Pick Yourself Up A Copy

   So I won't waste your time and my breath telling you all about the new Daft Punk record Random Access Memories that is finally being released tomorrow on Columbia Records. You should have heard it all by now, with the record being streamed on iTunes --- of all places --- for a week now. It truly is amazing what the firepower of a behemoth record label can get you: all of the posters around town, the incredible build up to the release, the wonderful The Creators Project with Vice Magazine, and of course the cachet to stream the damn thing on iTunes.

   Either way, get the damn thing (there, I've said it). There is a double LP version available that should be quite good; in my experience, none of the large labels do vinyl as well as Columbia (except of course for the cost). You can pick it up through InSound, although I'm sure your local shop is going to be carrying this one. Here's "Doin' It Right" feat. Panda Bear.

DAFT PUNK - DOIN' IT RIGHT (FEAT. PANDA BEAR) from HugoTomElliot on Vimeo.



Dark Sky's Fall Over Saturday Night

   Outrageously excited for this EP on Mister Saturday Night, In Brackets the new EP from Dark Sky came out last week. In Brackets boasts 4 new tracks from the London based DJ trio. The crescent moon/sun that is Mister Saturday Night's logo is a fitting piece of artwork for In Brackets as there is some moonlight which pervades through these tracks, illuminating them just enough to hold a candle of hope in the twilight world of Dark Sky. This is especially prevalent in the album's second track "Voices." Check it out on their soundcloud. Better yet, buy it before it is gone and say you were there. Label Mister Saturday Night admits, "they’re the first non-Brooklyn artists on the label, and, funny story, when they first sent us music, we actually thought they were from Brooklyn. (Shows how much we know.)" We're all learning how good this group can be. Start your education early.


Mount Kimbie returns to 'Cold Spring Fault Less Youth'

   In certain circles, I feel like the new Mount Kimbie record Cold Spring Fault Less Youth out May 27 on the inimitable Warp Records has been as hyped up as the new Daft Punk. Whatever the case may be, Cold Spring Fault Less Youth deserves that kind of treatment. Evolving from the group's early work Crooks & Lovers. Cold Spring finds Kai Campos and Dom Maker progressing past electronica into a realm inhabited by the likes of fellow Brits Bonobo and Four Tet.

   Mount Kimbie is delightfully described as "Post-dubstep" and as ridiculous as that sounds it might be the best description for the group. Their sound is informed by urban life, but buttressed by a clear introspection. Don't be mislead: Mount Kimbie make beautiful, but weird music. It's dance music made by fans of Animal Collective or by ravers on the wrong drugs. Something happened here, and it needs to be witnessed. Pick up your copy through bleep.


Just When I Was Wondering What the Hell Happened to Kimya Dawson... She Makes a Collab Album with Aesop Rock

   Yes, you did just read that correctly: Aesop Rock and Kimya Dawson (of Moldy Peaches fame) have joined forces to become The Uncluded. Their new record Hockey Fright is out now on Rhymesayers. Aesop Rock and Dawson's collaboration began in 2007 when Aesop Rock wrote Kimya Dawson a fan letter. Several years later and they started the oddities blog 900bats. Eventually, this lead to the creation of The Uncluded and is every bit as absurd as 900bats. What seems like an impossible partnership --- the whispy jaded indie innocence of Kimya Dawson and the intelligent attack of Aesop Rock's rhymes --- blends bizarrely seamlessly.

My guess is that these two actually found friends in one another. The songs they've penned here have all the sense of inside joke that made Kimya Dawson's records so lovable in the first place, but here she's more focused, sounds like she's having more fun. You can pick up the vinyl over at The Fifth Element. Don't believe me? Check out the hilarious "Scissorhands" and the dark "TV at 10."