Oneohtrix Point Never – “Zebra”
Oneohtrix Point Never, aka experimental and electronic producer Daniel Lopatin, made a splash in 2011 with his album “Replica.” His new album “R Plus 7” is due out later this fall, and if “Zebra” is any indication, it should be great. “Zebra” goes in about seven directions over its seven minute runtime, with different synth and drum sounds coming and going all over the place but still somehow remaining cohesive and engaging.
The Blow – “From the Future”
The Blow are a synth-pop duo from Portland who put out a great album in 2006 and pretty much disappeared since then. “From the Future” is the second single from their upcoming self-titled album, scheduled to be released Oct. 1. “From the Future” is a catchy pop song that ironically sounds a lot like The Blow of 2006, which isn’t a bad thing at all.
Twin Shadow – “I’m On Fire”
Twin Shadow’s 2010 album “Forget” was excellent, his 2012 album “Confess” was a bit of a disappointment and his new cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “Born In The U.S.A.” single “I’m On Fire” is fantastic. He warps it into a creepy synth jam (not that Springsteen’s isn’t already a little creepy) while keeping all the emotion of the original.
M.I.A. – “Come Walk With Me”
“Come Walk With Me” is the latest single from M.I.A.’s upcoming album “Matangi.” The first single, “Bring the Noize,” was pretty excellent and “Come Walk With Me” is as well. It starts out as something of a sweet pop ballad for 90 seconds, and then transforms into a Diplo-esque banger. “Matangi” is due out Nov. 5.
Arcade Fire – “Reflektor”
Indie stalwarts Arcade Fire have a new album due out in late October, and “Reflektor” is the first single. They released an interactive video for it at 9 p.m. on Monday night, because apparently they are a big enough deal to release music videos at specific times.