Sam Smith has been on a giant roll this year. First, he had the incredible single, “Latch” with Disclosure. Then he had the funky single as part of a temporary electronic music supergroup. And now, in addition to releasing several solid demos, Sam Smith uploaded a new single. ”Money On My Mind” features a slick combination of fast paced R&B and a snappy drum beat. Combined with Smith’s unbeatable vocals and the positive message “I don’t have money on my mind, I do it for the love” it’s hard not to smile, jump out of your seat and immediately start grooving. Check out the electro-infused song below and look for the singles official release in February. Maybe we’ll even see an album from this guy in the near future.
Sam Smith – Money On My Mind:
It goes without saying that Bob Dylan is one of the greatest songwriters to come out of the folk scene in the 60s, or just flat out one of the greatest writers of all time. His words are sheer poetry and he has spawned fans of all ages. One of his most famous songs, “Like a Rolling Stone” which has seen countless uses, covers and unofficial music videos and has influenced fans for generations has just been released in its first ever official music video. With a song this powerful, it’s hard to imagine a video that could match, but Dylan might have done it with this one. Created by Interlude, this video works like an interactive TV with 16 channels of shows ranging from BBC News to The Price is Right to Dylan himself, all singing along to this prolific song. As it goes with many Dylan songs, this one feels just as relevant and touching today as it ever did. Check it out at Wired and look for Dylan’s latest box set, The Complete Album Collection Vol. 1 this winter.
Ever since releasing their incredible debut Settle, Disclosure have been eeking out singles and accompanying music videos. Their latest is a huge collaboration that pays off in a big way. Working with producers Jimmy Napes and Nile Rogers, this incredible production team created the chill new single, “Together.” Featuring, Sam Smith (who previously collaborated with the group on “Latch”), the single takes a turn towards the funk. Slower and more sensual than some Disclosure’s other dance tracks, “Together” rolls along at a smooth pace. A wavering synth line creates the groove as a subtle guitar slinks along its side. Check out the song below along with a lyrics video. Who would’ve though Sauvignon would ever make its way into a dance track lyric?
Disclosure, Jimmy Napes and Nile Rogers – Together [Feat. Sam Smith]
Every time I hear a new psychedelic band I think, “That’s it! This band has perfectly captured the psychedelic sounds of the ’60s!” But then a new band comes along with a different sound and I realize just how diverse is the genre of psychedelic music. From like Tame Impala and Pond, to the more straight-edged Foxygen to Coke Weed, and in comes Quilt. Straying from the heavy electric guitars and wild synths, Quilt’s single, “Arctic Shark” takes a page from the jangly sounds of The Byrds and early Jefferson Airplane. With a little bit of country and some non-sensical feel-good lyrics, Quilt flow through their song at a happy and very trippy pace. Below, you can watch the video which mostly features the band on blankets with fruit and vegetables. Quilt’s newest album, Held In Splendor, will be out in January. In the meantime, check them out on tour (tour dates after the break).
Quilt – Arctic Shark:
Ok, it’s been a slow, slow couple of weeks here at TDV. So what better way to get back into the mix than with a slow single? Kevin Morby is releasing his solo album Harlem River at the end of November. ”Slow Train” begins with a gradual fade into a laid back guitar and some jazzy drums, creating a fuzzy and foggy environment into which Morby soaks his voice, sounding something like Jim James attempting some 70s soft rock. Throughout, the song remains pretty repetitive pushing through the haze only to be changed as Cate Le Bon creeps in with her own voice. It’s the perfect song for sitting inside and watching the rain drip down your window. Check it out below and look for the full album November 26th. And don’t give up on TDV yet, we’re still hanging in there and looking for good tunes to send your way.
Kevin Morby – Slow Train (Feat. Cate Le Bon)
This combination is just too good to pass up a post. Botany, aka Spencer Stephenson, releases some cool progressive instrumental tracks on his own. On October 29th (yes, the same day Arcade Fire, Poliça, Moonface and so many others are releasing albums), Botany will release a concept album called Lava Diviner (Truestory). The album, which began as the story of a religious sect which prays for the eruption of a volcano, became the emotional journey of Stephenson’s own life. And as curious as the album is in itself, Botany recently paired up with Josh Tillman, better known as Father John Misty, for an off-album song called, “Laughtrack.” The song follows a trip-hop groove as Misty lulls out smokey lines, occasionally breaking down into string sections or a drum fill. Who would’ve thought this duo could create such a smooth and ethereal track? Check it out below and look for Botany’s album in October.
Botany – Laughtrack (feat. Father John Misty)
Here’s one for you folks getting ready to turn off the lights and get cozy. Milosh, who you may know as the super soprano singer from Rhye is releasing a solo album in November. According to Milosh, the album is dedicated to his wife and features many loving songs as a result. The latest sneak peak is the quiet, “Slow Down.” Featuring mostly an ambient piano and Milosh, the song serves as a sweet lullaby with plenty of breathing room. It’s a song about pausing, taking a moment to clear the clutter to see what’s really there. Check out the lovely and delicate tune below and look for the album, Jetlag, on November 26th.
Milosh – Slow Down: