Janet Jackson just made the comeback of the year. “Unbreakable”, one of her first new singles since 2008, is a smooth R&B groove that’s exactly what you need before (and during) the weekend. Once you’re ready to digest other new music, read on to hear about Jack White‘s new Polaroid project, why James Murphy teamed up with Arcade Fire, updates about Radiohead’s new album, Hot Chip’s remix of Florence + the Machine, and a Breaking Bad-style music video from Unknown Mortal Orchestra. Let’s dig in!
Janet Jackson has a 17-song album on the way and so far it sounds epic. Unbreakable, due out October 2, is her first new material since 2008’s Discipline and features J Cole and Missy Elliott on new singles. Her latest single off the album is the title-track: a powerful, demanding, soulful cut that sees her on top of her game. Turns out her love-filled lyrics (“Never for a single moment did I ever go without your love”) is about her loyal fan base, not a fancy fella, making it even better. [Rolling Stone]
Don’t shake it like a Polaroid picture. Wait for it to develop. That’s the (kind of) slogan for The Impossible Project, a film company that preserves the art of Polaroid photography by using different but similar chemicals. They’re teaming up with Jack White‘s Third Man Records to produce a limited run of film that develops in black and yellow–the record label’s colors–instead of black and white. It’s definitely going to sell out quickly, so stalk their website in anticipation of an order button popping up soon. [Pitchfork]
The celebrity pile-up continues. A new clip has surfaced in anticipation of Arcade Fire‘s part-documentary film The Reflektor Tapes which sees LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy behind the desk. In the video, Murphy and the band work on the intricacies of “Afterlife”, one of the album’s best songs. Check it out above and get ready for the film to hit select theaters on September 23. [Rolling Stone]
It’s been four years since Radiohead‘s last album, The King of Limbs, but their mysterious as-yet-untitled new record is almost done. Drummer Philip Selway confirmed the band are back in the studio. In a new interview with NME, he said they plan on wrapping it up in autumn and launching themselves into the process. Time to do a weird fish dance until then. [Stereogum]
Thankfully there’s fish dance-worthy music out right at this very moment. Dance professionals Hot Chip dropped a crazy fun remix of Florence + the Machine‘s “Queen of Peace” that’s nonstop rhythm and groove. The How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful cut transforms into a whole new beast — one we will gladly take hands with to conquer the dance floor. [Pitchfork]
Unknown Mortal Orchestra stunned us with their shift from psych indie rock to R&B electro pop on this year’s excellent LP, Multi-Love. Now glittery single “Can’t Keep Checking My Phone” gets a music video that’s full of strange phenomena and modern sicknesses thanks to director Dimitri Basil. The video opens with a captioned quote: “This is one of those rare, unexplainable things.” Funny. They’re talking about the video, but we think it’s more a direct statement about the band’s phenomenal album, too.
That’s a wrap for today’s news! Enjoy the long weekend and swing back here on Wednesday for more, ya hear?