In addition to performing solo as indie-electro chanteuse Grimes, Claire Boucher is also half of the more experimental, mostly-live act Membrain. With this duo the Saint Etienne influence is more pronounced, as is the bend toward drone music à la Terry Riley. But don't be scared by that description: It’s actually pretty easy to get into.
Ty Segall and White Fence: “I Am Not a Game”
This first taste of the collaborative album between psych-garage rocker Ty Segall and wonky Nuggets pop dude White Fence is everything I’d hoped for. An inventive yet familiar homage, this gem sounds like a lo-fi take on a Small Faces album track. What are you waiting for? Check it out! [Pitchfork]
A-Trak ft. Juicy J and Danny Brown: “Piss Test”
Now why would three rappers be so concerned about taking a urine test? Ohhhh, yeah… This song about smoking the reef has a casually shuffling pace and an excellent, bonkers verse from Brown.
Dntel: “Bright Night”
Dntel, a.k.a., Jimmy Tamborello, a.k.a., the other half of the Postal Service. Here, the indie beatmaker toys with a sonic collage of sampled organ notes, Casio synths, regal horns and general atmospheric gorgeousness. [Stereogum]
Mission of Burma: “Dust Devil”
It’s always a pleasure to hear a new song from the killer early ‘80s band that combined hardcore punk energy with post-punk experimentation. The latest from their upcoming album is another rock song by way of Interzone.