South London trio Little Cub will release their debut album Still Life on Domino. Marrying a wry, worldly and subversive form of diarist lyricism with sumptuously evocative electronic production, Still Life announces the arrival of a band at once deeply in tune with the greatest traditions of progressive, homespun British pop music and at odds with the increasingly vacuous pop culture they are born into.
Little Cub is Dominic Gore, Duncan Tootill and Adrian Acolatse. Whilst now residing and writing in Peckham, their story begins in the banker-belt ennui of Dorking, Surrey. It was in this less than illustrious setting that Gore and Tootill first met by chance. The two hit it off over a shared love of James Murphy's seminal DFA Records, early Aphex Twin and New Order and before long began meeting up to share ideas for original songs alongside Ady Acolatse, whom Gore had met on a night out in the blare and glare of Fabric nightclub the previous summer.
Still Life was produced by Little Cub and mixed by the band, Oli Bayston (Boxed In) and Alexis Smith.
Watch the video for the new single, 'Too Much Love' directed by Lily-Rose Thomas above.
Taken from the recently announced forthcoming record, Solide Mirage, Fránçois & The Atlas Mountains has today shared the new video for ‘Tendre Est l’Âme’. Starring Fránçois Marry as a small town postman, the video was directed by Robin Lachenal. On the video, Fránçois says: “Our new song deals with bullied romantics, the soul of eggs, and being the ghost of yourself. The vocal phrase "Eeeyou-eeeyou" resonates like a distant chorus from a blurred memory.”
Yorkston/Thorne/Khan release their new album Neuk Wight Delhi All-Stars out on Domino. It follows the band’s debut album, 2016’s critically acclaimed Everything Sacred, and presents a confluence of currents, among them the north Indian sarangi; jazz-tinged bass, reminiscent in places of Danny Thompson; acoustic guitar that owes a debt to Elizabeth Cotton, Dick Gaughan and Mississippi John Hurt; and three very different vocalists - James Yorkston (East Neuk of Fife), Jon Thorne (Isle of Wight) and Suhail Yusuf Khan (New Delhi).
The first track to be shared from Neuk Wight Delhi All-Stars is ‘False True Piya’ – mingling traditions as diverse as Britain and India via the Appalachian Mountains.
As the release of Dirty Projectors’ new self-titled album on February 24th approaches, they release another single. ‘Cool Your Heart’, co-written by David Longstreth and Solange Knowles, during breaks from sessions for Solange’s album A Seat At The Table, is a duet between Longstreth and psychedelic r&b visionary Dawn Richard. An anthem against co-dependency and about feeling cool by yourself, ‘Cool Your Heart’ finds Richard and Longstreth driving an S-series Tesla down a lonesome stretch of California road, their timelines scrubbing backwards and forwards on a nighttime journey.
"Raining On Hope Street" is Glasgow based band Spinning Coin's second single after they made their first impression on the world at large with 2016’s “Albany” / “Sides”, their debut 7” single on Geographic. A joyous jolt to the senses, it was also a call-to-arms for progressive politics, against the back-footed movement of right-wing bigotries. The quartet’s roots are in proudly independent music making, group endeavour and countercultural activism, and they’re sensitive to the ways this affects the art we strive to make.
The Range has partnered with YouTube on the release of a virtual reality video for his 2016 Potential LP single “Florida.” Directed by Andrea Allen and produced by Anchor Light, it plants the viewer on a rooftop in the midst of a group of kids dancing along to the song with the New York City skyline in the background.
Wild Beasts have just shared their video for the single Alpha Female - watch it above.
Directed by Sasha Rainbow, the film, shot in Bangalore, India, is immersed in the magical world of Atita Verghese and Girl Skate India with the song acting as a perfect soundtrack to their inimitable journeys.
Melbourne indie rocker Alex Lahey released her debut EP B-Grade University last year, and now it’s been announced that Alex signed to Dead Oceans. That makes her labelmates with Mitski, Kevin Morby, Slowdive, and more.
The EP gets a digital re-release, and she’s also got a video for “Wes Anderson” from the EP (which means there are now videos for four of the five songs). It’s a quirky video, starring Alex and her plank friend. It was shot, directed, and edited by Jam Nawaz. Check it out above.
The first official Documents release is In The Same Room by Julia Holter, although Domino count Villagers’ Where Have You Been All My Life? as the honorary inaugural Document in all but name.
In The Same Room – to be released March 31st 2017 – is named after a song from Holter’s 2012 album Ekstasis, and this new career-spanning collection is the fruit of two days recording by Julia and her tremendous band (Corey Fogel – drums/vocals; Dina Maccabee - viola/vocals and Devin Hoff - stand-up bass) at RAK Studios in the days after their main stage performance at Green Man Festival in Wales.
Having already shared a re-working of ‘So Lillies’ (originally on Tragedy), Holter is pleased to share a new version of Loud City Song track ‘Horns Surrounding Me’.
Structures and Light is the intricate and esoteric works of synth-harnessing artist Group Zero, aka Cathal Cully from the Belfast based band Girls Names.Its abrasiveness is not for the faint hearted - this is an artist not interest in making an appeal to the mainstream.
The album "brought the naivety and spontaneity back to making music", according to Cully, whose playfulness is truly a diamond in the rough.
Singer/songwriter Rose Elinor Dougall has been a permanent fixture on the indie pop scene since joining the Pipettes at the age of 17. Dougall was born in 1986 in London but grew up in Kent with a musical family. Her father, Alistair, was a singer/songwriter on the Brighton scene, while brother Tom later went onto be the guitarist in Joe Lean & the Jing Jang Jong, then Toy.
She developed a love of music after listening to her parents' folk and reggae records, and after attending Camberwell College of Arts, began writing her own songs. In 2003, she joined the '60s-inspired girl group the Pipettes, who went on to score two Top 40 singles, "Pull Shapes" and "Your Kisses Are Wasted on Me." After five years, she left the band to pursue a solo career and provided guest vocals on tracks by Brakes, Young Playthings, and Dr. Colossus. Her debut album, Without Why, featuring the singles "Another Version of Pop Song" and "Start/Stop/Synchro," was released in 2010.
Dougall also appeared on Mark Ronson's 2010 Record Collection album and then performed as part of his live band the Business International on subsequent tours. She guested on albums by We Are Scientists and Rufus Wainwright, then in 2015 began working with Boxed In's Oli Bayston on her second album, Stellular, which is released on Dougall's own label, Vermillion Records.
'Nothing Feels Natural' is the title of Priests debut full-length album. They Washington DC punks have already released two singles from the album - “JJ” and “Pink White House,” and now they’ve shared the album’s surprisingly pretty and melodic title track. Listen below.
“This song was written when we weren’t sure the record we were trying to make would ever be completed or actually come out, and that is actually what it’s about,” says singer Katie Alice Greer in a press release. “I was really depressed and frustrated. I worked in a restaurant and hated it and thought I would work there forever (because that’s how you think when you’re depressed). This band has never been a hobby or something we do when there’s nothing better to do, so in times when it feels like things aren’t working, my entire life feels like it’s not working. This song came out of that feeling.”
Cali garage-psych upstarts and Band To Watch alums Meatbodies will return this year with the follow-up to 2014’s self-titled LP. ALICE is billed as “an 11-track concept album covering war, sex, politics, and religion,” with a sound the band describes alternately as “heavy pop” or “metal on molly.”
News of the new album arrives with the hard-hitting, glammed-up lead single “Creature Feature.” It’s an excellent reminder that Bolan and Bowie’s influence lingers long after their departure from this plane — and that Meatbodies remain one of the best units digging for gold amongst the relics of rock history.
Meg Duffy, aka Hand Habits, is a singer, songwriter and guitarist from Upstate New York. She has been putting her time in on the road and in the studio over the past two years with pacific northwest band Mega Bog, and the Kevin Morby Band, making an impression on everyone she comes across with her natural charisma and uncharted talent as a multi-instrumentalist. But let Wildly Idle (Humble Before The Void) be her open invitation to the world to step inside and take a much deeper look into who Duffy actually is.
Real Estate have announced a new album, In Mind — the follow-up to their 2014 LP Atlas. They have also shared the first song from the record, as well as its accompanying music video 'Darling'.
Real Estate recorded In Mind in Los Angeles with producer Cole M. Greif-Neill (who’s worked with Beck, Julia Holter, and more). It is the band’s first full-length since the departure of founding member and guitarist Matt Mondanile, who left last May citing a desire to focus on his own Ducktails project. The album features their new member, guitarist Julian Lynch.
Laucan is the Lewes-raised Sunday Best signing - real name Laurence Galpin - melts psychedelic pop with the natural splendour of fantastical folk on "Up Tomorrow".
Immersed in "folk music of increasing obscurity" Galpin set off on a journey into the past to escape the hubbub of London living. It seems he's done just that, sauntering backwards into a time of disconnection and solace. Andrew Phillips - of Ninja Tune's Grasscut - is Galpin's principal collaborator, and together they toy with texture, cinematic layers, and deep atmospheric shrouds.
Pissed Jeans have announced Why Love Now, the follow-up to 2013’s Honeys. It’s out via Sub Pop. Why Love Now was produced by Lydia Lunch and Arthur Rizk (of Sumerlands) and features contributions from author Lindsay Hunter, delivering a “self-penned monologue of W.B. Mason-inspired erotica.” The band have also shared the album’s first single, “The Bar Is Low.” According to vocalist Matt Korvette, the song is about “how every guy seems to be revealing themselves as a shithead.”
Electric Lines, the new album from producer Joe Goddard, is all about connections. The title refers to the colourful cables that link the modules in his Eurorack synthesizer and to the invisible wires that run between all the different kinds of electronic music that he loves. An apt title for a record which brilliantly unites the strands of his prolific career: member of Hot Chip and the 2 Bears, songwriter, producer, DJ, Grammy award nominated remixer and co-founder of the Greco-Roman label.
Like Four Tet, Caribou and Jamie xx, Joe combines a thirst for experimentation, an instinctive understanding of the dancefloor and a love of left-of-centre pop music. Electric Lines confirms his place in the front rank of British producers.
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