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Baby Alpaca: Sea of Dreams

The Brooklyn Band Conjures a Blissful Psychedelic Fantasy

An abstracted landscape of volcanic clouds forms the backdrop to Baby Alpaca’s video for Turbotito’s euphoric remix of their track “Sea of Dreams”. Directed by the band’s New York-based painter-filmmaker-frontman Chris Kittrell, the work captures the balletic Benji Staker dancing on Whidbey Island in Washington. “We were watching the footage in slow motion with a few instrumental songs we had recorded,” says Kittrell of his inspiration alongside bandmate Zach McMillian. “I started adding in footage of paint and the sky to recreate the feeling of the day.” Although the psych-folk outfit have signed to Atlas Chair records (owned by JD Samson of Men and Le Tigre), Kittrell still pursues other creative outlets. When not composing the band’s haunting lyrics, the singer–a one-time intern at The Row and Marc Jacobs–designs a hand-painted knitwear line called Beautiful Dreamers x Baby Alpaca. “We are going to have some parties in boutiques where we’ll be launching our new collection,” enthuses Kittrell. “Melt-on-your-body knitwear. It’s so soft!” Following his new wave reworks for LCD Soundsystem and Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Producer and LA resident Turbotito’s interpretation of “Sea of Dreams” features on Baby Alpaca’s forthcoming remix album, Strictly Sexual

Route 94 - My Love (ft. Jess Glynne)

Guardian New Music:

Enigmatic 20-year-old dance producer Route 94 caused quite a stir in 2012 when a handful of songs started emerging via different mixes and on Skream and Benga’s Radio 1 show. Articles were written about who he might be and whether it even mattered who he was or wasn’t, especially when the songs were so good. (If it does matter to you, then apparently Route 94 is the new alias of dubstep producer Dream). Either way, he’s built up quite a presence, having already set up his own label imprint and remixed the likes of Storm Queen and Katy B. For his latest deep house single – which was specially commissioned for Annie Mac’s recent compilation album and was given a lift via a shout out from Adele– he’s roped in the talents of Jess Glynne, who’s currently sat at number 1 in the UK with Rather Be, her collaboration with Clean Bandit. Built over warm house piano riffs and a finger-click beat, it’s Glynne’s big diva-like vocals that lend it a proper hands-in-the-air-at-the-end-of-the-night feel. For the video – premiered here and perhaps slightly NSFW – we get to see some club revellers’ sweat patches via new thermal detecting cameras, which follow a couple through the evening’s activities.

DakhaBrakha @ globalFEST 2014 

NPR’s All Songs Considered:

The group mixes everything from punk-pop to traditional Ukrainian songs in cool yet beguiling textures, often with the close harmonies usually associated with Balkan music. But it’s really the live shows that take DakhaBrakha beyond mere curiosity to utter brilliance.

Listen to their full 45-min set => HERE

Raleigh Ritchie - Stronger Than Ever

Bristol-born Raleigh Ritchie – named after his two favourite characters in his favourite film, The Royal Tenenbaums – is the pseudonym of actor Jacob Anderson (he’s best known for his recurring role as Grey Worm in Game Of Thrones). If the phrase ‘actor-turned-musician’ makes you think of London’s Burning’s John Alford honking through his cover of “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes or Ricky from East Enders crooning “Good Thing Going then, well, I feel for you, but thankfully Ritchie’s move into music isn’t anywhere near as cynical. In fact, he only really got into acting in the first place as a way of meeting people that could perhaps help his songwriting, choosing to work behind a moniker not to create mystery or distance, but to protect himself from the emotional fallout of his songs. Taken from his recently-released second EP, Black and Blue, the epic sprawl of Stronger Than Ever details the realities Ritchie faced when he moved to London aged 17, its pretty pianos, grandiose strings and pounding beats underpinned by defiant lyrics such as “I won’t be crushed by the weight of this town” and “I’m fine I just need time to turn this into home, I’m good believe me”. For the excellent video – premiered here – Ritchie represents this strange pull of wanting to return to a home town he’d grown out of by sitting on a park bench and trying not to be blown away by a massive gust of wind.