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We recently caught up with Svein Berge from his home in Bergen, Norway, to talk about their music, which he so perfectly refers to as "dancing with tears in your eyes," and chats at length about human heartache that goes beyond understanding. It's quite bizarre recounting someone’s work from 2001-2014. Like paging through their diary together, but it was as though the memories never faded and he feels the same way about making music as he did back then. [read more]
"All the albums we picked were taken from our vinyl collection. It is a rather limited one. That is why we turned to it, to pick 5 our favourite albums of the last few years, since the modest number would make it easier for us to choose. These are all albums that we have repeatedly listened to, with our friends, through out the last few years, so they have a lot of nostalgia attached to them. We hope you enjoy the selection!" [read more]
To call 808s & Heartbreak just a rap album does the work, and Kanye himself, a great disservice. The clapping drums, lengthy strings, '80s synths and electro-pop elements transcended the album above rap. Whilst West heavily relied on auto-tune to mask his vocal shortcomings, it was a bold step that would almost certainly change both rap and R&B. [read more]
Sundfør previously remixed Maps' James Chapman's single 'AMA', so this seems like the perfect opportunity to return the favour. [read more]
We at The 405 are proud to offer the exclusive stream of Oxford based electro-ambient outfit PADDOX's debut record 'Aphrodisiaque'. [read more]
"When someone shows you how little you mean to them and you keep coming back for more, before you know it you start to mean less to yourself. You are not made up of compartments. You are one whole person! What gets said to you gets said to all of you, ditto what gets done. Being treated like shit is not an amusing game or a transgressive intellectual experiment. It's something you accept, condone, and learn to believe you deserve. This is so simple. But I tried so hard to make it complicated." [read more]
Music, like all art, is totally subjective. And with music being as multifarious as it is, there are literally thousands of possible songs, albums and artists that could have made your year. Maybe you have just been listening to Beyoncé all year? Even so, it's interesting to know what people have been digging, what's been floating people's boats, making their days, weeks, months, making their whole year. [read more]
One of the great things about music in our modern times is the increasingly blurred lines in genres. It's not uncommon to find so called "traditional" R&B acts dipping a toe into the dance or pop world and of course, history has taught us that hip-hop and rock are a lot more closely related that one had thought. Hugh are prime examples of genre fusion at its best. [read more]
Now at 24, she has her foot firmly in the ground of the psych-rock world, buddies with many we can only dream of, including Brian Jonestown Massacre's brain Anton Newcombe, who she this year wrote an album with, Joel Gion, who she toured with this summer, and fellow Canuck Mac DeMarco. [read more]
Streaming has become big business in the last 12 to 18 months, more so in the UK since streaming now finally counts towards chart positions. Could YouTube's Music Key be the catalyst for another jump? [read more]
Settling down in a gloomy London flat to speak to Deerhoof's Greg Saunier half way across the world via video conference was initially daunting. But to ask Greg a question is to receive an essay in reply, and therefore plenty of material and grounds for discussion. He proved, as I had read, to be articulate, amusing (he chuckled to himself constantly) and highly passionate about his music and the creative process. [read more]
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"Dancing in the street" videos are all the rage now, aren't they?
It's breathtaking, and you can download the song for free right now.
It's a slickly edited video depicting a live recording of the track, making it even more impressive.
Love the hat, dude.
"Living in Illinois can really suck sometimes. The winters are increasingly terrible and the state is one of the most corrupt in the country. Although living here, one thing we've all noticed is ho...
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