Jack Dunning’s production work as Untold has reinvigorated the climate of dancefloors around the globe. First releasing music on Hessle Audio, the North Londoner has gone on to releases numerous scene stealing EPs on outlets such as Hotflush, R & S, Soul Jazz and 50 Weapons, as well as his own Hemlock Recordings. He now stands proudly as a tastemaker and pioneer in his own right.
Black Light Spiral, his debut album on his own Hemlock label, was his most focused and evolved release to date. Released to critical acclaim in 2014, it delivered on Untold’s mission to keep the people up and at it with rough tough music while confounding them with brilliantly executed improbabilities. Since the album Dunning has developed a brand new live show, taking in stand out performances at Berghain, Sonar, Dekmantel, Unsound, RBMA Tokyo and more. Listen to tracks from 'Black Light Spiral' below.
The Bohicas release Swarm, their razor-sharp new single, on Friday the 21st of August, alongside the release of their debut album, entitled ‘The Making Of’. Watch the riotous Chris Turner-directed video for Swarm above.
The Bohicas are rock and roll painted in vivid primary colours. Hi def, loud, fast and shiny. A barrage of killer hooks, razor blade riffs and choruses that slap you in the face, grab your hand and lead you onto the dance floor. All shot through with pulp imagery torn from the pages of a graphic novel.
Trevor Powers, aka Youth Lagoon, has announced his new album, Savage Hills Ballroom. The news was confirmed through a series of clues found packaged with physical 7-inch copies of his single “The Knower” handed out for free at select record stores.
The 10-track follow-up to 2013’s Wondrous Bughouse is due out through Fat Possum. Powers moved from his Boise, Idaho hometown to Bristol, UK, where he recorded alongside producer and engineer Ali Chant (Perfume Genius).
Additionally, Powers has shared “The Knower” online. A shadowy number highlighted by fragile falsettos and rich brass. Listen above.
Have You In My Wilderness, is the fourth full length album by Los Angeles artist Julia Holter and her most intimate album yet. Recorded in her hometown over the last year and once again crafted with Grammy-winning producer and engineer Cole Greif-Neill, the album follows 2013's Loud City Song and two much-lauded previous titles - Ekstasis (2012) and Tragedy (2011).
The album opener, ‘Feel You’, is the first single from Have You In My Wilderness, also released on the same date. Watch the video above.
'Holding Hands with Jamie' is Girl Band’s eagerly awaited debut album and comes a few years into their tenure; a few years after their first tour; nine days crammed into a Fiat Panda; a few years of stamping 7” sleeves to sell at merch tables and mail-order; a few years of writing songs and touring and developing a live ferocity unmatched by nearly anyone.
Recorded in April 2015, two days after returning home from their first-ever US tour, the nine tracks making up 'Holding Hands with Jamie’ capture, more than any previous recordings, the tension and abrasive energy of a Girl Band performance.
'Decency' follows 2013's The Days Run Away, and has been produced by Hookworms' MJ. The Futureheads' Ross Millard also makes his debut as a 'Heartstring'. Watch the video for the single 'Think Yourself Lucky' above.
LA PRIEST – the project of former Late Of The Pier front man Sam Dust – follows this week’s release of acclaimed debut album Inji with a brand new video for its latest single, ‘Learning To Love’. Watch the video now above.
Filmed around Dust’s remote habitat in rural north Wales and in collaboration with director Isaac Eastgate, ‘Learning To Love’ proves real the LA PRIEST fever dream in its visual decadence, combining the good and evil of LA PRIEST’s sonic spectrum with a dizzying array of high frequency visions.
In the second episode of THE CULTURAL - For Mini Clubman - this film directed by Emily Kai Bock follows musician Alex Zhang Hungtai who reveals what happened to Dirty Beaches and how his gut guided him to the next chapter in his career.
FFS – the unique collaboration between Franz Ferdinand and Sparks – have announced details of a new single, Call Girl.
Recorded at London’s RAK Studios in London with Grammy-award winning producer John Congleton (St Vincent, David Byrne, Anna Calvi), it’s taken from their recently released much-acclaimed self-titled album. Listen above.
SELFRIDGES FASHION AW15 PROJECT 1 Selfridges’ first AW15 fashion scheme will consider STRENGTH - and its connotations of potency and endurance. Through STRENGTH, Selfridges will seek to illustrate that Luxury is not more, but a potent less. It is about all, and nothing. It is a lifestyle that is reduced, but more concentrated.
Watch the video above featuring Georgia and the track 'Move Systems'.
Ikonika has taken enormous strides since her classic 2008 single 'Please' (Hyperdub). Following the release of her 2010 debut album 'Contact, Love, Want, Have' (Hyperdub), Ikonika toured everywhere from Europe to Asia to Australia to North and South America. Her Pitchfork approved 2012 EP 'I Make Lists' (Hum + Buzz), explored a more club-focused direction whilst retaining her melodic sensibility. Azealia Banks also used her production on the mixtape track 'Neptune'.
In 2013, Ikonika unveiled her second album for Hyperdub, 'Aerotropolis'. Loosely based on her tour experiences and childhood growing up near London Heathrow airport, the album showcased her first collaboration with a vocalist (Jessy Lanza on 'Beach Mode') and introduced a new Latin Freestyle, Electro, R'n'B and Boogie influenced style. It was widely praised including 4/5 in Resident Advisor, 8/10 in NME and 2nd best album of the year in DJ Mag. She rounded the year off with nominations for Best Producer and Best Album at DJ Mag's Best of British awards, and a remix of 'Lies' by Chvrches that was voted 2nd best remix of the year in Dummy.
2014 saw the release of the 'Position EP' (Hyperdub), a collection of tough, pummelling club trax influenced by her Night Slugs affiliation, contributions to Hyperdub's 10th anniversary compilations and a packed touring schedule. She also completed mixes for FACT, Serato, SSENSE, Red Bull, Rinse FM and Triple J. For 2015, expect a release on Night Slugs, more new music and worldwide touring.
DJ Marfox’ debut 12” 'Eu Sei Quem Sou' (“I Know Who I Am”) declared his insistence on claiming cultural roots, and roots as an impetus for creative, technological and - perhaps most critically - collective social evolution. Marfox aka Marlon Silvas’s ancestry traces back to the former Portuguese colony of São Tomé e Príncipe. He began producing and DJing as a teenager, disseminating music via YouTube and independently releasing his music via mp3s in Lisbon. His DJs “di Ghetto” compilation EP produced with his crew by the same name acquired iconic status in urban Portugal and diasporic African communities throughout Europe. Helping to create a grassroots network of young creatives seeking to breach new territory in sound and culture. 'Eu Sei Quem Sou', released via the then emerging label Príncipe in 2012, articulated brash poetics with complex driving percussion, dark baroque techno, garage, bass, and batida (instrumental kuduro) demonstrating Marfox’ complex aesthetic matrices.
His most recent 'Lucky Punch' EP was released early last Summer on Lit City Trax (DJ Rashad, Traxman, ..) and his glorious US live premiere happened at the label's party at The Westway, as part of the Red Bull Music Academy New York Festival. Also topping a fantastic year, his commissioned remix work for tUnE-yArDs "Water Fountain" single got a digital release before December was over. Marfox has just delivered a new and eagerly awaited EP for Príncipe to be released soon and recently saw his 'Take Off' track included on Warp Record's Cargaa 1 compilation. Listen to 'Beat And Break' from the Lucky Punch EP below.
Low have announced their follow-up to 2013's The Invisible Way. Ones and Sixes is out September 11 via Sub Pop. It was recorded at Justin Vernon's April Base Studios in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Check out the album track "No Comprende" above.
Canadian duo Bob Moses have announced that they’ll be releasing their debut album “Days Gone By” on Domino.
The highly anticipated full-length debut will feature 10 original tracks, including their current and critically acclaimed single “Talk.” To accompany the announcement of their album “Days Gone By” the duo also shared the official video to “Talk”. Directed by Andreas Arvidsson and Robin Asselmeyer, and shot in Sweden, the mysterious video details the story of a young woman facing life - changing decisions – you can watch the video above.
Silicon - the new project from New Zealand via Hawaii multi-instrumentalist Kody Nielson - will release its debut album Personal Computer on through Weird World.
To coincide with the announcement, Silicon has released the latest single from the album in Burning Sugar - stream the audio visualiser above - which follows the acclaimed debut single God Emoji - stream below.
Personal Computer is a seductive electronica record that pits Nielson’s brilliant soul, funk and disco influenced songwriting against a backdrop of extra-terrestrial noir sonics, calling to mind the varied likes of Flying Lotus, Panda Bear and Daft Punk in the process, as well as that of the project of Nielson’s brother Ruban, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, with whom Kody co-wrote and co-produced the new album Multi-Love and who was also his former band-mate in cult New Zealand punk group The Mint Chicks.
Six years after Dâm-Funk revived the G-Funk era with his epic 2009 debut Toeachizown, the Los Angeles producer finally returns with his long-in-the-works second studio album Invite the Light. Damon Riddick's 20-track new LP, due out September 4th, will feature guest appearances by his 7 Days of Funk cohort Snoop Dogg, Ariel Pink, Nite Jewel, Kid Sister, Jody Watley, Ohio Players' Junie Morrison and, on a pair of tracks, rapper Q-Tip.
Yannick Ilunga, AKA Petite Noir, has released details of his debut album ‘La Vie Est Belle / Life Is Beautiful’. The 11 track LP from the half-Congolese, half-Angolan, Cape Town-residing artist follows the release of his breakout EP, ‘The King Of Anxiety’, earlier this year.
Recorded at Box Ten Studios in London with Oli Bayston (Boxed In) and Leon Brichard (Ibibio), the albumis a highly accomplished work with a unique concoction of influences. Named after a revered Congolese film of the same name, the album is both a beacon and a vessel of inspiration, offering empowerment to those who need it.
With footage filmed around the streets of Lubumbashi during Yannick’s recent trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo, the first track to be shared from the album - ‘Down’ - blends unrehearsed imagery and joyful sounds to paint a contemporary portrait of Petite Noir's Congolese background and his hopes for the country's future. Watch it above.
'False Alarm' is taken from Boxed In's debut album which was released on the 19th January 2015. Watch the video for the track above which Stereogum described as "an infectious bass line with a Todd Terje-sounding piano riff".
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