Tensnake and Jacques Lu Cont: Feel Of Love (feat. Jamie Lidell)
Sex sells for the obvious reasons, but it can also be funny. Tensnake and Jacques Lu Cont’s hilarious new video for “Feel Of Love“—a standout track from the German producer’s latest album Glow, featuring Jamie Lidell—playfully juxtaposes human fetish with reproductive biology. Within the testes, a sprightly group of anthropomorphized sperm is trained by a drill instructor to be the best, most impregnating sperms they can be. Outside the testes, a range of fantasies play out, from furries to feet, with reproduction far from anyone’s mind. Endearing but potentially a little NSFW, the video’s take on physiology and culture is worth a watch.
Karen O: Rapt
Karen O’s career spans her role as lead singer of the formative indie band Yeah Yeah Yeah’s to collaborating with Spike Jonze for Adidas to composing the soundtrack for “Where the Wild Things Are.” With her latest release, “Rapt,” the celebrated artist presents a visceral vulnerability unseen in much of her previous work. The murky marine video, directed by O’s husband Barney Clay, sees O float-dancing in a nocturnal sea. Pared-down and decidedly lo-fi yet melodic, the track appears on her upcoming full-length Crush Songs—which she says was recorded between 2006 and 2007—is due out 9 September 2014.
Great Good Fine Ok: Not Going Home
The guest selector for this week’s #PrivateJam is Eric Weiner, founder of the online indie music publication (and events collective) The Wild Honey Pie. Weiner picked “Not Going Home” by Brooklyn duo Great Good Fine Ok, who feature in the second season of the The Wild Honey Pie’s original series, Welcome Campers. Weiner tells us, “These guys have a contagious amount of energy and passion and just signed to Epic UK.” Welcome Campers premieres online 12 August 2014, with each episode featuring a different band singing alternate versions of their songs to an excited crowd of campers.
Simian Mobile Disco: Dervish
English rock band-turned-electronic music duo Simian Mobile Disco are well-loved for their dark, addictive dance beats and passion for analog gear. They up the ante, however, with “Dervish,” the second single from their upcoming album Whorl. The album was recorded on two modular synths, two sequencers and a mixer near Joshua Tree National Park, in front a crowd of about 900 people. Eschewing typical verse-chorus-bridge sections for an entirely instrumental journey, the unpredictable melodic droplets in “Dervish” are accompanied by equally minimalist graphics from a custom-made oscilloscope. Whorl releases 9 September 2014 via Anti- Records.
Kitty Cash: Love The Free Vol. II (mixtape)
Channeling the days when artists would put out mixtapes with previously unreleased tracks, DJ Kitty Cash has meticulously assembled Love The Free Vol. II, an exciting followup to her mixtape debut from 2013. The eagerly anticipated compilation features 29 tracks—mostly alt-R&B—from artists that personally move and inspire Cash, including Willow Smith, Wynter Gordon, Dev Hynes, Kali Uchis and of course her main homie Kilo Kish. Living up to its name, Cash’s labor of love is indeed free, and is available for download from SoundCloud.
ListenUp is a Cool Hunting series published every Sunday that takes a deeper look at the music we tweeted throughout the week. Often we’ll include a musician or notable fan’s personal favorite in a song or album dubbed #PrivateJam.