COMING SOON: Austra, ‘Sparkle’

The Artist/Album: Austra, Sparkle (Domino, July 26th digitally/August 23rd on vinyl)

The Details: Now that she’s landed on the short list for this year’s Polaris Music Prize, we’ve got one thing to say about Austra: wake up, America! Because hockey isn’t the only thing Canada did better than us this year. The country also passed us in the Next Big Knife department via the goth-y demi-gloss of Austra’s debut album. Sparkle serves as a not-so-subtle reminder of how essential that record is by reheating its source material with club-ready remixes by the likes of Planningtorock, Still Going, Mark Pistel, and–as you’re about to hear below, right alongside Austra’s special Nine Inch Nails guide–MNDR…

Austra, Sparkle 12”:
A1 Spellwork (MNDR Nighttime Remix)
A2 Lose It (Mark Pistel Dub Remix)
A3 Lose It (Planningtorock Remix)
B1 Beat and The Pulse (Still Going Remix)
B2 Beat and The Pulse (Steffi Bass-Break Dub Remix)
B3 Beat and The Pulse (Kool Thing Remix)

Sparkle, expanded digital version:
1. Spellwork (MNDR Nighttime Remix)
2. Lose It (Mark Pistel Dub Remix)
3. Lose It (Planningtorock Remix)
4. Beat and The Pulse (Still Going Remix)
5. Beat and The Pulse (Steffi Bass-Break Dub Remix)
6. Beat and The Pulse (Kool Thing Remix)
7. Lose It (120 Days Remix)
8. Lose It (Young Galaxy Remix)
9. Lose It (Mark Pistel Vocal Remix)
10. Lose It (Mark Pistel Funk Bass Remix)

Austra Tour Dates:
7/14 New York, NY – Pier 54^
7/16 Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle
7/20 Victoria, BC – Lucky Bar
7/21 Vancouver, BC – Biltmore Cabaret*
7/22 Portland, OR – Doug Fir*
7/23 Seattle, WA – Capitol Hill Block Party
7/25 San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall*
7/26 San Diego, CA – The Casbah*
7/27 Los Angeles, CA – Ukrainian Center*
7/29 Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge*
7/30 Denver, CO – Bluebird Theatre*
7/31 Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room*
8/1 St Louis, MO – Firebird*
8/2 Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop*
8/4 Washington, DC – Rock and Roll Hotel*
8/5 Philadelphia, PA – Voyeur*
8/6 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom*

^With tUnE-yArDs
*With Cold Cave