Lindstrøm, “De Javu.” Lindstrøm’s last album, Real Life Is No Cool, was steeped in the space disco of Giorgio Moroder and the pop-funk of Prince, and if his new track, “De Javu,” is any indication, the Norwegian DJ’s forthcoming Six Cups of Rebel is going to be another funk-disco workout, if not as accessible as its predecessor. Prince is once again an obvious touchstone; the track is rife with horns, climbing synths, squelchy riffs, and, perhaps most notably, indecipherable vocals courtesy of Hans-Peter himself. Let the early-’80s fetishism recommence. Sal Cinquemani
Cloud Nothings, “No Future/No Past.” Steve Albini’s presence as producer on Cloud Nothings’ upcoming sophomore effort, Attack on Memory, is almost immediately felt on the album’s lead single, “No Future/No Past,” a song that illustrates the musical transformation Dylan Baldi has undergone since the release of his self-titled debut as Cloud Nothings earlier this year. Beginning with a crawling, grungy chant that evokes In Utero-era Nirvana, the track takes a turn for the pre-solo Frank Black-ish about halfway through, with Baldi’s vocals cracking and tearing through the rough backing percussion and twangy accompanying guitar lines as if they were papier-mâché. Mike LeChevallier
Fred Falke, “Aurora.” Are we finally at the point where it can be said everything from Fred Falke and Alan Braxe sounds exactly the same? Heavens no. We’ve been beyond that point for a while now, and Falke, the ’80s-obsessed producer of French cheese house, seems to know it. After all, his debut long player is cheekily called Part IV, the implication being either that his entire career up to this point has been so uniform that his first “album” could hardly count as a “part one,” or that he’s letting fans know some of the tracks therein have actually been floating around for a while now—or both. Lead single “Aurora” dwells in prime Falke territory, interlocking baroque, primordial synth lines (a la Daft Punk’s “Verdis Quo”) with slick, droning bass lines that eventually converge with borealis-dappled atmospherics just ripe and ready for the inevitable Americanized remake of Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive. (What? That movie was American? Huh.) Eric Henderson
Tamaryn and Ford & Lopitan, “Flying Dream.” In the late ’90s, there was a stampede—or, rather, the lushly orchestral, softly sung equivalent of a stampede—of watered-down post-Portishead trip-hop groups (Hooverphonic, Mandalay, Laika, Attica Blues, and my personal favorite, Mono) all fighting to get their song in the next national car commercial. Well, “Flying Dream,” produced by synth-pop duo Ford & Lopatin (Joel Ford and buddy Daniel Lopatin, whose Replica dropped last week) and featuring Tamaryn on vocals, is like, well, a flying dream back to 1996—in the best possible way. The track features stuttering string samples, fairy-tale flutes, a hypnotically cyclical bassline, and dreamy vocals doused with just enough reverb to complete the look. SC
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