Saturday Spins: Sam Smith, Flatbush Zombies, Swans, the Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Blueprint, Phèdre

New videos by a peppy NYC pop band, zoned out rappers from Brooklyn & a rising U.K. star who cancelled his Montreal show to play SNL tonight + more new music to see and hear.

Phèdre. Photo by Maya Fuhr

Sam Smith, “Stay With Me”

Sam Smith was due to play Montreal this week, but cancelled to make room in his schedule to perform on Saturday Night Live tonight. Check out a new video for a track from the Disclosure collaborator’s forthcoming album, In the Lonely Hour, out May 26 on Capitol.


The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, “Simple and Sure”

NYC four-piece the Pains of Being Pure at Heart are playing le Belmont on April 25. Check out this hypnotic video for a song off their upcoming album, Days of Abandon, created by BANGS.


Swans, “A Little God in My Hands”

This is the first track to drop from Swans‘ next album, ‘To Be Kind, out on Mute on May13 on Young God Records. The album, feat. special guests including St. Vincent and Cold Specks, was produced by Swans frontman Michael Gira, and recorded by John Congleton.


Phèdre, “Sunday Someday”

Toronto’s Daniel Lee (Hooded Fang) and bassist April Aliermo are Phèdre, and they’ll be playing Divan Orange on April 11. Get a feel for their weird, whispery pop sound via this new video for a track off their album Golden Age, directed by Allison Johnston & Marianna Khoury.


Blueprint, “Respect the Architect”

Columbus-based rapper and RJD2 affiliate Blueprint, aka Albert Shepard, has a new LP dropping on April 22 through Weightless Recordings: Respect the Architect. Blueprint plays the mugger in this new video, directed by Varras Tower.




Flatbush Zombies, “Don’t Do Drugs Kids”

NYC hip hop crew Flatbush Zombies have launched a free single series called Day of the Dead (ahead of a forthcoming mixtape, It’s All a Matter of Perspective), and this is the first installment. In case you were wondering, yes, there’s some irony behind that song title.