wears the trousers magazine

trouser shorts: ida maria, soko, dirty projectors


Ida Maria has rejigged her 2007/2009 single ‘Oh My God’ for a third shot at the charts, this time with guest vocals from Iggy Pop. Although they did not meet during the recording, the two plan to shoot a video together in Miami later this month. Speaking to SPIN.com, Ida revealed that she’s a big fan of the chiselled elder statesman of punk and is delighted with his contribution. “It turned out to be the most euphoric supernatural sound I could ever imagine,” she gushed. Judge for yourself here. The single gets a digital release on August 31st.

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French proto-diva Soko has teamed up with former Bonde Do Rolê singer Marina Ribatski for a one-off, limited edition 7″ single. The first in a series of exclusive vinyl releases put together by LA-based label/blog IHEARTCOMIX and London record shop Pure Groove, ‘Mum’ was produced by Radioclit (aka The Very Best) and features original artwork by animator and comic book artist Robert Goodin. Released this week, copies are priced at £6.00 with only 300 pressed. The B-side is an instrumental version of the title track. Snap one up before they’re gone.

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With the much-lauded Bitte Orca [review] still doing brisk conversions of non-fans into damp-eyed devotees, Domino Records signings Dirty Projectors are captialising on the momentum with a new four-track EP, Temecula Sunrise, out September 28th. Only two of the songs are previously unreleased – ‘Ascending Melody’ and ‘Emblem Of The World’ – but that’s enough to get excited about as far as we’re concerned.

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Christina Aguilera has lined up even more star collaborators for her upcoming fourth studio album, rumoured to be titled Light & Darkness. Alongside previously reported collaborations with Ladytron, Sia and Goldfrapp, Christina has clocking up some studio hours with MIA and Santigold. “I think I’m most proud of this work than I’ve ever been, just because I worked with so many amazing and incredibly talented people,” she told MTV.

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Big lunged Welsh tunesmith Amy Wadge releases new single ‘Hold Me’ on October 12th as the first taster for her as yet untitled fifth album, due early next year. Produced by Stan Kybert (Oasis, Paul Weller) and described as “a love song in the most classic sense”, it marks her first recording since giving birth to her daughter Mali in January 2008. Pre-order here. Amy plays the following dates later this month:

28.08.09 The Trades Club, Hebden Bridge
29.08.09 The 9th Annual Southsea Folk & Roots Festival, Southsea
30.08.09 Nottage Music & Beer Festival, Nottage, Porthcawl

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Alan Pedder


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