A music video from Jamie xx, #TBT by Chaka Khan and more in this week's music picks


Future Islands: The Chase

With another stunning live performance, this time of brand new single “The Chase,” Future Islands further solidified their captivating appeal and consistent relevance. Frontman Samuel T. Herring is more than a dynamic vocalist and songwriter. He’s a force to be reckoned with, and every element of his person carries his message. “The Chase” is a kinetic, charismatic track that delivers everything we love about this band.

Alessia: Here

Here” is an excellent debut single from newcomer Alessia (aka Ontario-based Alessia Caracciolo) who is currently signed to Def Jam. The song is one that will truly speak to anybody who has felt alone in the middle of a crowd. The 18-year-old artist sings, “Truly I ain’t got no business here / but since my friends are here, I just came to kick it / but really I would rather be at home all by myself.” Essentially it’s a powerful theme song for those who are shy, introverted, anti-social… or Larry David.

Cayucas: Moony Eyed Walrus

Two man surf rock outfit Cayucas quickly gained widespread attention with their 2013 debut Bigfoot. The band, composed of twin brothers Zach and Ben Yudin, went from recording in their bedrooms to touring, almost overnight, thanks to their throwback sleepy California vibe. Their new single “Moony Eyed Walrus” brings a more refined but nonetheless infectious energy. It’s the kind of rock music that the summer beckons and we predict this will be on heavy rotation this year. The band’s sophomore album Dancing at the Blue Lagoon drops on Secretly Canadian 23 June 2015.

Jamie xx: Gosh

Creating even more anticipation for his debut album In Colour—set to release this June—is the music video for Jamie xx’s single “Gosh.” Using images from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Goddard Space Flight Center, Scientific Visualization Studio and the University of Arizona, the journey through space is enhanced through the English music producer’s just-as-epic instrumental track. Synth melodies wind around long bass tones and a futuristic rhythm with a breath-like texture.

Chaka Khan: Through The Fire

This week’s #TBT comes from R&B and soul powerhouse Chaka Khan, who’s been belting out hits for over four decades—and although “Through the Fire” released in 1984, it still inspires spontaneous public sing-alongs to this day. There’ll be a whole lot of that on 3 June 2015 as Chaka Khan kicks off the 37th annual Celebrate Brooklyn! with a free opening night concert at the Prospect Park Bandshell. This year’s festival of music, film, dance and multimedia works is as diverse and accessible as ever; check out the schedule online to see the entire lineup from The New Pornographers to tUnE-yArDs and a smattering of NY-bred talent like Porches. and Luke Temple (of Here We Go Magic) in between.

ListenUp is a Cool Hunting series published every Sunday that rounds up the music we tweeted throughout the week, also found in Listen. Hear the year so far via Cool Hunting Spotify.