Omar Souleyman is dropping his new album To Syra, With Love on June 2 via Diplo's Mad Decent label, and it's great to hear the singer's magnetic style of dabke continue to break through in the West. This latest single, "Chobi," is probably his most techno-oriented offering yet.
A new single from M.I.A., presumably from her forthcoming project Matahdatah, though it has yet to be detailed.
Singer-songwriter Natasha Khan (Bat for Lashes), producer Dan Carey, and British psych-rock band TOY have united as Sexwitch. A self-titled debut album of cover songs (mostly culled from 60's & 70's Iran, Morocco, and Thailand) is due out September 25 via The Echo Label. Hear the band's take on Zia Atabay's "Helelyos" above and the original down here:
With loads of strange MIDI sound effects, synths, and a live drum kit, the recently formed Psykers are on their way to producing a twisted, enthralling, and electronic monster of some sort. The handful of video rehearsals they've pulled together so far on YouTube are pretty impressive. They've even put in the effort to grab a few dancers to perform along with their noisy, textured, and groove-laden jams.
The beginning to these videos is the song "Battleship," and it's a for an awesomely foreign flavor to it. However, the third and untitled rehearsal video, I think, will grab the attention of either Death Grips or dubstep fans--maybe both. Lightning bolt? Enjoy!