Pairing some instant Doors-ian sounds (they don't last long, but something about the opening sequence screams Morrison to me) with Daptones-esque horns, Maximum Balloon and TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek pumps out a jingly jangling remix of Lykke Li's I Follow Rivers. It also sounds like elements pulled from The xx at times. In other words, so good.
So, in short, we'll simply say it's Beaston approved.
Lykke Li's Wounded Rhymes is out March 2 in Sweden. And on some other day in the US. (ok, it's March 1)
Stop everything you're doing at this very moment and pay attention, because that's exactly what I'm doing. While Maximum Balloon material has been floating around for a few weeks, it's in this very moment that a certain set of songs made my ears and eyes perk up this morning. And it's not for lack of intrigue...more like "lack of an army of beastly minions to assist with my daily duties here". But then again, I'm so OCD with how I run this, that said situation is unlikely to ever occur. But shit...let's just get back to the music, cause isn't that why we all come here in the first place? Whew.....end. rant. now.
So how dare I title this as an "introducing" post, when in all reality, it should be labeled as an "oh wow, totally awesome, super next level rad to the max" categorical selection. But hey, we roll with what we got...
Maximum Balloon is the solo work of Dave Sitek, most notably recognized as the guitarist of TV On the Radio. When I say solo work, it's with a small disclaimer, as his amazing production work couples with other featured artists, including: Tunde Adebimpe, Kyp Malone, Karen O, Holly Miranda, and Little Dragon. The first experience I had with MB is the immediate attention-grabber, Tiger, which features Aku from Dragons of Zynth. The single officially saw a release on June 15, and the corresponding video is yours to view below.
The album is due out August 24 via DGC/Interscope Records. You can also watch a semi-NSFW video for Tiger, which features Daisy Lowe dancing for Esquire.
PS: if you've been a diligent blog-reader in recent days, you'll know that just yesterday Dave released the second single, featuring a certain dapper dude, and one of my "Beaston-faves". More on that later, because tomorrow's Belly of the Beast on East Village Radio will be bringing some "balloon-related fire". So, no spoilers...yet.