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M83 – ‘Midnight City’ (VIDEO)

The internets are already doing backflips over M83‘s album ‘Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming’ and now leading man Anthony Gonzalez has dropped an official video for ‘Midnight City’! Directed by Fleur & Manu who recently won awards for Bag Raiders ‘Sunlight’ (you know the video with the monkey and the young girl…*cough*)!? Anyway, for M83’s ‘Midnight City’ Fleur & Manu get all Village Of The Damned. Check it out below…

Visit M83 and order ‘Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming’ @ www.ilovem83.com.

Arrange + Ricky Eat Acid – ‘P.S.L.W.’

I’ve been struggling to keep up with the musical tidal wave of late and Arrange‘s collaboration with Ricky Eat Acid has been one of the casualties! The pair have worked together to create the incredible song ‘P.S.L.W’.

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If you haven’t yet heard Arrange‘s ‘Plantation’ album then do yourself a favour and pick it up here free. Arrange is producer Malcolm Lacey from Southern Florida whilst Ricky Eat Acid is otherwise known as Sam Ray from Maryland. No doubt this won’t be the last we hear from the duo.

Arrange @ Facebook + Bandcamp / Ricky Eat Acid @ Facebook + Bandcamp.

Real Magic – 'Hard 2 Keep'

Real Magic’s ‘Hard 2 Keep’ has been getting loads of love from music fans since it hit the web last week. So if you’re a regular blog troller you may’ve already sucked this one up! I hadn’t heard Real Magic before this but it’s clear that the 26-year-old Colorado producer deserves the attention. ‘Hard 2 Keep’ kicks off with bold wonky synths before busting into Drew Englander’s deep vocals, he nails the harmonies too.

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Normally this brand of mid-tempo electro pop bores me to tears because there’s a lot of people doing it, Real Magic is an exception. The one man production path is so common these days with the technology available to us, its only natural that some people will be stronger at composing than producing, playing the guitar than singing etc. ‘Hard 2 Keep’ will be a tough tune for Real Magic to follow up because it doesn’t show any of these cracks.

Download Real Magic’s ‘Hard 2 Keep’ free via Stereogum here. Download Real Magic’s earlier tunes via Heart Music Group’s website here or visit Real Magic @ Soundcloud.

NO CEREMONY/// – 'WEARME'

While we are no closer to figuring out exactly who is behind No Cermony, we do have a new single titled ‘Wear Me’. The Manchester electronic outfit first hit the googlesphere back in August releasing ‘Hurtlove’. Then a few week’s ago No Ceremony dropped another taster in the shape of a Patrick Wolf remix for ‘Time Of My Life’.

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Just like ‘Hurtlove’, No Ceremony are offering up ‘Wear Me’ as a free download from their official site, here. ‘Wear Me’ is a progressive piece that rises from atmospheric piano chords into ambient dance territory. Just like No Ceremony‘s choice of artwork and design, there’s an apocalyptic feel to both the song and the creepy video (just released today).

No Ceremony favour effect heavy vocals on ‘Wear Me’ and push for a highly textured sound. Many of its parts are repeated samples that evolve and overlap before falling away into the ether. For this reason, I suspect No Ceremony is the work of a sole producer. Someone that’s a little shy in revealing his vocal chords (regardless of style).

However, for the sake of buzz, I’d just as soon make claims that No Ceremony is actually a CIA operative in hiding after uncovering a wicked government secret, forced to hide away in a studio and express himself in the only way he knows how. I could be wrong.

For more information and free downloads visit No Ceremony @ www.noceremony.com.

Warm Ghost – ‘G.T.W.S.’

Warm Ghost released their new album ‘Narrows’  via Partisan records last week. This follows on from the ‘Uncut Diamond’ EP from earlier in the year. In other words, the Brooklyn synth-pop duo don’t fancy sleep!

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‘G.T.W.S.’ kicks off Warm Ghost‘s new album, it’s a laid back, new wave leaning track with a totally spun out video. By the way, if you decide to start a band today I’d advise against putting ‘Ghost’ in your band’s name because… well, everyone else has.

Connect with Warm Ghost @ Facebook @ www.warmghost.com or shop at Partisan Records here.

Oliver Tank – ‘Last Night I Heard Everything In Slow Motion’

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Just when I thought it was safe to turn off the computer, Oliver Tank‘s ‘Last Night I Heard Everything In Slow Motion’ taps me on the shoulder and I’m back. Fans of James Blake, Boards Of Canada or Jamie xx will lap this up on first listen. Promise.

It’s a slick and simple production making good use of the contrast between warm strings and an electronic drum pattern. Oliver Tank has even dared to apply the often misused vocoder to his vocals, it didn’t work out so well for Kanye but in this instance it’s just the right amount. The song title is also fitting, it ebbs and flows like a sci-fi lullaby!

So who is Oliver Tank? Oliver is a Sydney-based producer who is just about to drop his debut EP. And he’s only 21 years old! ‘Last Night I Heard Everything In Slow Motion’ will feature on the EP along with a bunch of new songs via Australian imprint Yes, Please Records on October 24.

Sydney locals who tune into FBI Radio may’ve heard Oliver Tank recently as he took out the Northern Lights competition and will be heading to Reykjavik next month to perform at the Iceland Airwaves Festival – and deservedly so! In the meantime, Oliver is offering this track as a free download here. (right click, save link as)

Connect with Oliver Tank @ Facebook or visit Oliver Tank @ Yes, Please Records.