On Friday, NYC-based 7” slingers Neon Gold Records released two videos featuring Miami synth-pop duo ANR — Brian Robertson and Michael-John Hancock — on NGTV. First up is a video for ANR’s cover of “Millionaire”, a single from Harlem rapper Kelis’s 2003 album, Tasty, which was produced by and features Andre 3000. Robertson and Hancock, whose chemistry is palpable during this shoot, slow the original down to a meditative stroll, a fitting interpretation of Kelis’s ruminations on the premise that money can’t buy happiness: “Mama, I’m a millionaire/but I feel like a bum.”
Five months after releasing their eighth album, Stay Kids, the Miami duo of Brian Robertson and Michael John Hancock — aka, ANR — have announced the release of a 7” record via NYC tastemakers Neon Gold Records. The wax will feature “It’s Around You”, a post-apocalyptic R&B party track off of Stay Kids, and “Blood on Blood”, a crescendoing epic with a fed-up Hancock on vocals (“Raise your lazy voices … these are brutal choices”) and a sped-up piano interlude that conjures the harpsichord solo in The Beatles’ “In My Life”. Exclusive to the single, “Blood on Blood” was mixed by Ben Allen, who produced Animal Collective’s Merriweather Post Pavilion. Allen has also worked with Deerhunter, Washed Out, Cee Lo, and Givers. You can listen to “Blood on Blood” after the jump.
In December, Neon Gold signed a joint venture with Columbia Records to release more seven inches in 2011, a sign that the music industry writ large intends to capitalize on an indie trend. The ANR release is now available for pre-order. It will go on sale on Aug. 29.