Premiere: Jess Williamson Mixtape
Dec 19, 2014
Before we all take off for all matter of Christmas/winter activities, we figured we’d leave you with one last mixtape. This one comes from Austin-based musician Jess Williamson. It’s a tribute to both her home state and time of year called December in Texas.
“December is my favorite month of the year,” Williamson says of her inspiration behind her musical picks. “I love the still and mild winters we have in Texas, where it’s rare but not unheard of to be warm enough some days to swim. For the past few years, I’ve been going out to West Texas at the end of December for New Years. It is an energetic and reflective place to consider the passing year and the new one ahead. This playlist is inspired by December in Texas, long drives out to the desert, and the West Texas landscape.”
Listen to Williamson’s mix below. For more, revisit our “Pleased to Meet You” interview with the musician here. Williamson’s debut album Native State is out now on Brutal Honest.
Jess Williamson Mixtape for Under the Radar Magazine by Under_Radar_Mag on Mixcloud
December in Texas tracklist:
1. Arthur Russell: Lets Go Swimming
2. Willie Nelson: Pretty Paper
3. Borges reading his poem ‘Texas’ over Ry Cooder’s version of ‘Canción Mixteca’
4. Smog: Held
5. Blind Willie Johnson: Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground
6. Bruce Springsteen: State Trooper
7. Santo & Johnny: Sleepwalk
8. Dwight Yoakam: A Thousand Miles from Nowhere
9. John Fahey: A Raga Called Pat (Part 4)
10. Michael Hurley: Werewolf
11. Roy Orbison: In Dreams (Live)
12. Cat Power: No Sense
13. Townes Van Zandt: Texas River Song
14. Leonard Cohen: Dear Heather
15. Bob Dylan: Wigwam
“Look What You’ve Done” Video
Dec 18, 2014
The video for Karin Park cut “Look What You’ve Done” features the Swedish singer/songwriter dancing it out in an old warehouse. It’s an artsy black and white clip, its extreme camera angles and crazy cuts highlighting the electro pop tune’s dark undercurrent. Check out the Pål Laukli directed cut below.
Premiere: “I’m in Love (Gonzalo Remix)” MP3 Stream
Dec 18, 2014
Stockholm-based artist Zhala makes spacey electronic pop. (It’s no accident that she was the first musician signed Robyn’s Konichiwa Records.) But when producer Gonzalo got a hold of her new single “I’m in Love” he sent the song into orbit.
“I'm in love with Gonzalo, his version of my song is like a majestic feather floating around in a pastel sway room,” says Zhala of the rerub. “It's rose and Venus scented, and the energy is so vibrant that everyone blushes.
Check out the original tune here, and then wrap your ears around our premiere of the remix below. Her single "I'm in Love" is out now.
Dec 18, 2014
In Oceaán new video for Grip cut “Veritas,” a pair of dancers get down in Peckham. It’s a nice compliment to the producer’s super smooth electro R&B. Watch the Ozzie Pullin-directed video below. Grip is out now on Chess Club
01-22 - The Waiting Room, London
01-23 - The Eagle - Manchester
01-29 - The Waiting Room - London
01-30 - The Eagle - Manchester
“Agor Edits Mixtape” MP3 Stream
Dec 17, 2014
Montreal duo Blue Hawaii are capping off 2014 with a mixtape featuring an unreleased track called “All Of My Heart” as well as several edits of older tracks. It’s almost enough to cheer us up after hearing that Raphaelle Standell will be taking 2015 to focus on her other project, Braids. But hey, at least Alex “Agor” Cowan will be keeping the name alive with “DJ Blue Hawaii” sets. So be sure to look forward to those at SXSW this year.
“Limbo” MP3 Stream
Dec 17, 2014
Oxford Drama combines sweet vocals and melancholy electronics to create a (dare we say it) dramatic effect. But the Polish duo is worth much more than a cheesy pun. Check out their haunting debut single "Limbo" below. If you’re digging it, stay tuned—the pair just signed to Brennnessel records.
“Shadows (Kitkaliitto Remix)” MP3 Stream
Dec 16, 2014
Last week we posted “Shadows,” a dark and jazzy new track from Finnish duo Phantom. That song has gotten a remix thanks to band member Tommi Koskinen (operating here under the name Kitkaliitto.) His version is dark and moody, more suited to the late night house club than brightly lit pop stage. Listen to the rerub below.