Francis “Traktor”

“Traktor”, the indie-pop delight first single from Swedish four-piece Francis’ newly released This Must Be Blood EP, lands as stars-aligning-just-right sonic perfection, one of those rare band entries in which each member’s contribution carries its own individual ear-slaving hookery, resulting in an endlessly rewarding whole. Whether one chooses to hone in on Jerker Henriksson’s soaring […]

Madonna “Girl Gone Wild”

With the Super Bowl behind us and the initial Tweet-steria of “OMG! MADONNA HOOKING UP WITH M.I.A. & NICKI”-like all-caps exclamations a long-distant memory (Twittory? No? Okay.), the brief ride of “Give Me All Your Luvin’”, Madonna‘s somewhat flaccid return-to-the-charts “event”, atop the ‘Things We Care About’ Express has reached its end, with the song […]

Miguel “Adorn”/ “Gravity”

While Kanye’s lack of love in the big categories warranted the biggest cries of “Foul!!” when the 2012 Grammy nominations were announced last December (the rapper-producer eventually ended up scoring four awards), second to that Fail in our book was the institution’s overall snub of Miguel, one of the strongest newcomers in the game to […]

Arctic Monkeys “R U Mine?”

Right as they are about to launch a U.S. tour with the Black Keys in support of their less-than-a-year-old Suck It and See, and weeks after helping re-strengthen our “We (Heart) Monkeys” love with a really good cover of Katy B’s “Katy On A Mission”, the Arctic Monkeys have unleashed a new cut in the […]

U.S. Elevator “All Through The Night (Cyndi Lauper Cover)”

A sorta-supergroup entity merging the worlds of folk, pop and country (via Sarah Lee [daughter of Arlo/ granddaughter of Woody] Guthrie and her husband/ musical duo partner Johnny Irion) and alternative and hip hop (via San Francisco-based multi-instrumentalist/ production/ remixing duo the Rondo Brothers), U.S. Elevator is one of those ever-fascinating meeting-of-the-minds type of projects […]

Gorillaz featuring Andre 3000 & James Murphy “DoYaThing”

Following previous Converse-backed trio collab one-offs by Pharrell/ Santigold/ Julian Casablancas and Kid Cudi/ Vampire Weekend’s Rostam Batmanglij/ Best Coast’s Bethany Cosentino, the shoe giant has brought forth another ‘Three Artists, One Song’ event to slobber over, bringing together music blogopshere icons Gorillaz, Andre 3000 and James Murphy to help promote their new Limited Edition […]

Simian Ghost “Wolf Girl”

“Dreamy” has arguably become one of the dullest descriptors in the music review lexicon, but when it fits, it fits, and for Swedish outfit Simian Ghost‘s “Wolf Girl”, no other term feels right in explaining the song’s presence. Built around an odd “crush at first sight” narrative in which the protagonist is left completely entranced […]