Obviously I prefer this version to the Rihanna version. Well done Zola Jesus.
Zola Jesus will be releasing my FAVORITE track off Conatus, “In Your Nature”, as the next single. The single will be backed by a remix by David Lynch. This is very exciting indeed – not only because, in the past, Zola Jesus has always avoided remixes, but because it’s David Lynch. David Fucking Lynch people!
Sacred Bones is currently one of the most interesting labels out there. They have a fantastic bunch of artists on their roster. They like to approach their label like a curated, and continuous art project. They have an in-house design team (David Correll and Caleb Braaten) and a short-film director (Jacqueline Castel). And the design is informed by cinema.
“In Your Nature” is out February 21 via Sacred Bones Records
Listen to David Lynch’s remix of below:
In Your Nature (David Lynch Remix) by Zola Jesus
And give the original a spin too. It’s AMAZING.
In Your Nature by Zola Jesus
So here is a list of 50 songs that moved me in some way in 2011. Tracks 1-20 are in the order I wanted them to be. From 21 onwards things got a little harder – I got distracted, couldn’t concentrate, and just placed the songs in whatever order I felt like. You get the idea.
1. The Golden Filter – Mother
A surprising choice for my favorite track of 2011, I know, but I absolutely love this song. “I break your heart, you break my bones” gives me the chills every time I hear it. An unexpected comeback from The Golden Filter.
2. M83 – Midnight City
EPIC. EPIC. EPIC. “The city is my church” EPIC.
3. Beth Ditto – I Wrote The Book
This should have been HUGE this year but, sadly, wasn’t. Beth Ditto proved she could be a disco diva if she wanted to.
4. The Rapture – How Deep Is Your Love
This is the other track from this year that ticked the ‘EPIC’ box for me.
5. Bjork – Crystalline
All hail the queen.
6. Yelle – Comme Un Enfant
7. CANT - Too Late, Too Far
8. Azari & III – Reckless (With Your Love)
9. Zola Jesus – In Your Nature
10. Planningtorock - Doorway
11. When Saints Go Machine – Church & Law
12. Niki And The Dove – The Drummer
13. Metronomy – The Look
14. Gil Scott-Heron & Jamie xx – NY Is Killing Me
15. Junior Boys – Banana Ripple
16. The Magician – I Don’t Know What To Do (feat. Jeppe)
17. Bon Iver – Calgary
18. New Look – The Balad
19. SBTRKT – Wildfire
20. Light Asylum - Dark Allies
21. Justice – Audio, Video, Disco
22. The 2 Bears – Take A Look Around
23. Joe Goddard – Gabriel
24. Nicola Roberts – Beat Of My Drum
25. Ladytron – White Elephant
26. Yelle - Safari Disco Club
27. S.C.U.M – Faith Unfolds
28. Hercules & Love Affair – My House
29. Little Boots – Shake
30. Chairlift – Amanaemonesia
31. Adele -Rolling In The Deep
32. Austra – Lose It
33. Lana Del Rey - Video Games
34. Beni – It’s A Bubble
35. Kate Bush – Wild Man
36. New Look – Nap On The Bow
37. Little Dragon – Ritual Union
38. Gus Gus – Over
39. Washed Out – Amor Fati
40. Zola Jesus – Vessel
41. Phantogram – Don’t Move
42. James Blake – The Wilhelm Scream
43. PJ Harvey - Let England Shake
44. Lykke Li – Sadness Is A Blessing
45. MNDR – Cut Me Out
46. Woodkid – Iron
47. Lana Del Rey – Video Games
48. Radiohead – Lotus Flower
49. Kelly Polar – I’m Not What You Want
50. Class Actress – The Weekend
It’s that time of the year when everyone is releasing their ‘Best Of’ lists. Not wanting to feel left out, I am doing the same.
First up is a list of all the albums that moved me in some way this year. They’re in no particular order.
Epic in every way, this 2-disc release from Anthony Gonzalez managed to top Saturdays = Youth and is one of the most cinematic albums of 2011.
Nika Danilova’s follow-up to Stridulum II found her in accessible but uncompromising form. A captivating album going from haunted Grouper-esque drone-folk and minimal techno to industrial pop and back. Amazing.
An enigmatic, strange and beautiful record that comes across as a The Knife Covers Band fronted by Antony Hegarty (of Antony & The Johnsons). That’s a compliment.
One of the best releases on DFA this year, W often takes a bit of dedication but is a lavish and rewarding listen for the thinking music fan.
My love for Bjork transcends all. She’s been around longer than most people on this list, but is still the most exciting and forward thinking artist making music today.
French pop never sounded this good.
Sultry, soulful and eccentric, Ritual Union is consistently ground-breaking and lyrically challenging. Lead singer Yukimi Nagano is Sade, Björk, Marvin Gaye and Santigold, all rolled into one extraordinary package.
NME said it best: “The English Riviera is a deep sea of ideas and imagination: a far-flung, limitless dreamworld full of romance, nostalgia, lovers’ tiffs and good old-fashioned shagging.
Azari & III - Azari & III
This album, for me, was the soundtrack to dancing like my life depended on it in 2011.
Best enjoyed when lying by the pool when it’s 30 degrees outside.
A dreamy, mournful and compelling album of love songs to a series of places – some real, some imagined.
Lykke Li came back slightly better and definitely bigger with an album filled with driving, booming percussion and cascading beats combined with her often bleak or malevolent lyrics.
Chilly synths and cut-glass vocals, theatrical intesity and dancefloor-friendly beats, this album was The Knife with soul.
Who knew the combination of Gil Scott-Heron’s gritty, well-worn voice and Jamie xx’s dubstep-hoods-up introspection would fit together so nicely.
“A mix of shiny vocals with tight, accelerated textures, steeped deep in a glorious combination of two-step, UK funky, dubstep, US RnB and Chicago house. Add that to the compendium of a killer pop sensibility, infectious bubbling rhythms, unbridled energy and astounding curation, and what we have here is the promise of this decade’s Timbaland.”
Sarah Ruba’s voice is an understated treasure chest of emotion on an album filled with angst and mystery. It’s been a while since a voice like hers has floored me every time I hear it.
Their sophomore album divided fans, but I loved it. With this album, the Justice boys try their hands at ’70s arena rock, melding Italo-disco and singing hair-metal guitars with great success.
Sydney producer and one-man party show Beni released a shape-shifting, solid-state wall-of-dance album. Someone needs to fill the gap Basement Jaxx left, right?
Modeselektor’s music always amaze me. Forward-thinking, intelligent and experimental dance music that’s fun to listen to. If Thom Yorke approves, then it must be good, right? Well, it is. And then some.
And then there’s Siriusmo. This talented German wunderkid stole Daft Punk’s dusty crown and released an album filled with manic energy and playful ideas. Mosaik was my house-party mixtape of 2011.
I almost didn’t include this in my list, but there’s no escaping the power of Florence. She came back with a brilliant follow up to her debut – a darker, moodier and more cohesive collection of songs, produced by Paul Epworth.
An unsettling and strange modern pop record that has amazed and confused me in equal measure. I’ve never heard anything like it and I love it. Limit To Your Love and The Wilhelm Scream are my favorites.
Pitchfork summed up Zonoscope perfectly: “an album of euphoric, starry-eyed dance-rock”.
A very long delay in release due to label switch-ups meant this album flew under a lot of people’s radars. And what a shame. This is such a great disco funk-pop album.
James Blake with soul. This album has soundtracked many nights walking the empty streets of London home and sitting alone on a night bus.
I have a special place in my heart for the Junior Boys. Their music has a delicate sophistication that moves me. Personally, It’s All True was not their best, but it was still a beautiful record.
Some people listen to Mary J, I listen to The Weeknd.
Zola Jesus. Where do I begin? Russian-American Nika Roza Danilova, a trained opera singer, who – over the course of a couple albums and EPs, made Goth-pop cool. One of the most polarizing voices in all of recorded music, her voice is musical-marmite. You’ll either love her or hate her. Her latest album Conatus continues the evolution of her sound, inching closer to that Nine Inch Nails-industrial sound that she’s always teased us with.
From a strictly instrumental standpoint, Conatus is a marvel, filled with colorful details and worldly flair—big-ass beats, rattling synths, and striking production that gives every sound a newfound sheen. Add to that Danilova’s unique vocals, you end up with an album that’s both remarkable and macabre. Despite it’s uneven spark, the best bits sting like cigarette ash in the cornea.
Watch the video for first single Vessel below.