MUSIC: New Tracks From MS MR, Cakes Da Killa, Mirror Mirror and CocoRosie

MS MR, “Hurricane” If you feel like you’re having déja vu, you’re not. New York duo MS MR already released a video for “Hurricane,” the first single from their debut EP Candy Bar Creep Show last year. But since then, they’ve toured with Marina and the Diamonds and GROUPLOVE, and their haunting single “Bones” was featured in the trailer for the new season of HBO’s Game of Thrones. With buzz steadily building around their upcoming album, Secondhand Rapture, due in May, it seems vocalist Lizzy Plapinger and producer Max Hershenow decided “Hurricane” needed a more polished treatment. The new clip is more narrative driven than the original video collage, but no less bizarre. Think: Mutant High after school special, with a sexy, neo-trip-hop soundtrack.
Cakes Da Killa, “Goodie Goodies” The year of the renegade out and proud rapper continues! Like Le1f, Mykki Blanco, and Zebra Katz, Cakes Da Killa isn’t here to cater to some dated DL image of gay hip-hop. He’s fierce and supa fly, and has the rhymes to back it all up. His latest track, “Goodie Goodies,” is all dirty flow and break-neck beats. If you ever had trouble getting ready for anyone’s jelly, you best stay far away from Cakes Da Killa’s goodies!
Mirror Mirror, “Nowhere” New York ambient rock duo Mirror Mirror’s latest video finds them covering Belgian darkwave artist Snowy Red’s 1982 track “Nowhere” for the upcoming tribute album _ever Alive. Their work tends to be heavy on the mood and atmospherics, so this jittery, schizoid song is a bit of a departure for Ryan Lucero and David Riley. The Desi Santiago-directed video is, of course, appropriately nuts, with a kind of claustrophobic, paranoia-inducing surveillance camera vibe, and the beefy artist himself as some kind of kinky mad scientist.

CocoRosie, “After the Afterlife”

Somehow, CocoRosie seems to have found out that our idea of heaven is their pretty, quirky music. Bianca and Sierra Casady probably pick up on ethereal messages like that all the time. Their latest single, ahead of next month’s Tales of a Grass Widow, delves into the great beyond, literally. “After the Afterlife” has the duo’s signature blend of swagger (courtesy of Bianca), soothing femininity (from Sierra’s corner), and the bleeps and tinkles of all their various toys—both musical and literal.

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