Wild Belle releases it’s excellent debut album, Isles, next Tuesday, March 12th. You can listen to the album in its entirety here. We asked Natalie and Elliot Bergman to curate a Spotify playlist with some of their musical influences and inspirational jams, and they picked some fantastic music. It’s a groove laden list with music from Kindness, the Tom Tom Club, a song from the legendary reggae group, The Congos, and the Michigan indie-pop band Saturday Looks Good To Me and more. Listen below.
Wild Belle’s debut album Isles is out Tuesday, March 12th. Buy the album here.
This week we’re premiering the debut album by Wild Belle, Isles, out on Tuesday, March 12th. Natalie and Elliot Bergman tap into some strong reggae vibes on their excellent debut album. Stream the album below, and watch the video for “Keep You.”
Wild Belle makes music for an integrated world. Chicago natives, brother and sister Elliot and Natalie Bergman, draw on reggae, pop, West African and psychedelic music on its mesmerizing debut album, Isles, out on Tuesday, March 12th. Listen to the album in its entirety below.
Isles is brimming with warm, mystical grooves and dreamy dance songs laced in pop tradition. Natalie and Elliot perform many of the instruments themselves including a wide range of keyboards including piano, Hammond, Fender Rhodes, Memory Moog, Minimoog and Casio. Elliot plays saxophone and percussion including congas and kalimba. Natalie’s lead vocals are beguiling and sensual, and the songs are complemented with bass, guitar and drums, handled by Erik Hall, who plays with Elliot in the jazz/funk/afrobeat influenced Chicago band Nomo.
Songs like “Keep You,” “Twisted,” and “It’s Too Late,” are catchy and irresistibly playful and on “June,” Wild Belle grab a page out of the playbook of the early rock steady sounds of Jamaica with refreshing results. In fact, Isles feels like a deep dive in to the classic Trojan Records catalog with great respect for the past while crafting something thoroughly modern sounding. For Wild Belle, the groove is definitely in the heart.
Isles is out Tuesday, March 12th. Buy the album here.
XPN welcomes the return of Firefly Festival to The Woodlands of Dover International Speedway on June 21st-23rd. The line-up is huge this year, with Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tom Petty and Foster the People headlining the multi-day festival and over sixty of the biggest established and rising acts in the country filling out the bill. Firefly’s diverse bill includes Vampire Weekend, rapper Kendrick Lamar, Public Enemy, Philly’s Dr. Dog, The Walkmen and the Spinto Band, Ellie Goulding, The Avett Brothers, Passion Pit, Calvin Harris, Grizzly Bear, Toro Y Moi, ZZ Ward, Matt and Kim, Dispatch, and new favorites HAIM, Wild Belle and Foxygen. Check out videos of some of the bands we’re most excited to see this summer and go here to view the full line-up. Tickets go on sale this Thursday, February 21st at noon; more information will be available here.
South Carolinian synth-popper Chaz Bundick and his cohorts in Toro y Moi headlined Union Transfer last night in support of their new LP, Anything In Return. The Chicago group Wild Belle opened the show; check out a recap of the night in the photo gallery above.
Indie chillwave artist Toro y Moi comes to Union Transfer tonight. Born Chaz Bundick, the South Carolina native just released his third studio album Anything in Return. Where his previous recordings were experimental collages of sonic textures and patterns, Anything in Return broadens Bundick’s palette to pair jazz and R&B structures alongside his staccato production style. Tickets and information for tonight’s all-ages show with Wild Belle and Dog Bite can be found here. Below, watch Toro y Moi’s latest video for “So Many Details.”