OLIVER COATES 'UPSTEPPING' OUT 13TH MAY 2016

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'Upstepping'

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'Upstepping' is the new mini-album by the cellist, composer and producer Oliver Coates. On first listen, Coates’ description of it as “pumped-up body music” feels perfectly apt – it’s a bedroom recording fuelled by caffeine, nervous energy and early Orbital and Photek – but deconstructed, destabilising and even sinister elements soon emerge. Coates himself, a globally lauded soloist, juggles appearances in Europe’s grandest concert halls with long-running, wide-ranging collaborations with like-minded artists, from the experimental composers Jonny Greenwood and Mica Levi to the electronic musician and producer Actress.

Upstepping continues Coates’ deep exploration of the synthesis between the sounds he can tease from his cello and the sonic and rhythmic palette of electronic music. The instrument is a bridge between two worlds: the rigour and restraint of classical performance and the catharsis of dance music. Upstepping is fuelled by a childhood spent practising and performing during daylight hours, and glued to the pirate radio of 1980s London at night.

When he came to make Upstepping, “limiting myself was the only rule” Coates says. “About 95 per cent of the sounds are derived from recording the cello and processing it digitally. A hi-hat equivalent is often a distorted, compressed and heavily EQ’d horsehair-on-steel stroke. All the melodic pitched sounds, even the ones that feel like keys, are samples of the tail of a cello harmonic. For example, ‘Perfect Love’ is a study in grey, concealing the source – it’s 100 per cent made from different types of cello attack. All of this is my way to try to widen the vocabulary of percussion, sampling and drum machine sounds, which have a rich history of their own.” Listen to "Timelapse (Walrus)" below.

OLIVER COATES (OFFICIAL WEBSITE)

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ROISIN MURPHY 'TAKE HER UP TO MONTO' OUT 8TH JULY 2016

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'Mastermind'

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Róisín Murphy has announced the follow up to last year's Hairless Toys. Her new album, Take Her Up To Monto, is out via Play It Again Sam. The LP was recorded with her longtime collaborator Eddie Stevens during the same sessions as its predecessor. As with Hairless Toys, Murphy will self-direct the album's videos.

Listen to the new track "Mastermind" below. 

HAIRLESS TOYS RECIEVES MERCURY MUSIC PRIZE NOMINATION

ROISIN MURPHY - HAIRLESS TOYS

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THE KILLS SHARE NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO FOR 'HEART OF A DOG' FROM FORTHCOMING ALBUM 'ASH & ICE'

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'Heart Of A Dog', 'Doing It To Death' & Instrumentals

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The Kills have unveiled the second music video from their fifth album, Ash & Ice. Heart Of A Dog” premiered on the Coachella festival live stream immediately before the band’s performance on Friday evening. The video was directed by Sophie Muller who has worked with the band in the past (“U.R.A Fever,” “Cheap and Cheerful,” “Last Days of Magic” and “Satellite”).

Ash & Ice will be released on June 3rd through Domino

THE KILLS - ASH & ICE

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VILLAGERS 'DARLING ARITHMETIC' ALBUM NOMINATED FOR IVOR NOVELLO AWARD

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'Darling Arithmetic' & Instrumentals

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Villagers’ Darling Arithmetic has been nominated in the category ‘Album Award’, at this year’s Ivor Novello Awards.

Conor O’Brien previously won the ‘Best Song Musically and Lyrically’ Ivor Novello Award in 2011, for his track ‘Becoming A Jackal’ taken from the debut album of the same name.

Released in April 2015, Darling Arithmetic is the third full length album from Villagers. O’Brien wrote, recorded, produced and mixed the album at his home – the loft of a converted farmhouse that he shares in the coastal town of Malahide, north of Dublin. It was a more pared-back, intimate journey compared to the multi-faceted arrangements of 2010’s Becoming A Jackal and 2013’s {Awayland} and revealed a single-minded artist at the peak of his already considerable songwriting powers.

DARLING ARITHMETIC

VILLAGERS' BECOMING A JACKAL WIN IVOR NOVELLO AWARD

IVOR NOVELLO AWARDS 2016

 

QUASI TO REISSUE FIRST THREE STUDIO ALBUMS

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'R&B Transmogrification’s, Featuring “Birds” , Field Studies'

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Indie rock had seen power duos before: Guv’ner, Royal Trux, Buckingham-Nicks, the Carpenters – but they’d never sounded like Quasi. Drumming like a controlled detonation; mutant blues coming out of an electric harpsichord or guitar by turns. Backwards through the backwoods of AM pop and Pebbles psych to create a new form: bar-room baroque. Honey-golden multitracked vocals and some of the bleakest, black-eyed, black-hearted lyrics put to paper since Lou Reed woke up in a bad mood. And all played with the kind of ramshackle ease that only comes from weeks of practice, months in the van, and serious chops.

Janet Weiss and Sam Coomes first collaborated in 1990 as Motorgoat, but by 1993 they had become Quasi. These initial excursions would later be re-released as Early Recordings, but 1997’s R&B Transmogrification is where they define their double act. On drums and harmonies, Weiss is all low-key Bonham-ie, power with poise. On top Coomes’ Roxichord makes you wonder how the electronic harpsichord never took off, its low-end crunch with top notes sounding like Ray Manzarek with a Superfuzz. 

From Weiss’s opening salvo, and the first action-painting splatter of Coomes’ keyboard on ‘Our Happiness is Guaranteed’, Featuring “Birds” is Quasi at their peak, melding jams-kicking rock’n’roll, punk action, and chord shifts that feel like the change of a season. The success of Weiss’s other group, Sleater-Kinney, in the meantime was clearly only firing up, rather than undercutting Quasi.

Closing in on the millennium, both feet on the pedals, Field Studies arrives in 1999. Organ edges out the Roxichord, making for a sound less jagged and more floating – like the protagonist of ‘The Star You Left Behind’, drifting out into an infinite void.  Does Field Studies have an Elliott Smith turn to the harmonies? They do share that heady hit of sweet-sour power-pop – or maybe both Quasi and Smith have a Heatmiser influence, given that’s the Portland band that Coomes and Smith had played in together. 

THE QUASI (REISSUE WEBSITE)

QUASI - MOLE CITY (DOMINO PUBLISHING)

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YORKSTON/THORNE/KHAN ‘BROKEN WAVE’ LIVE EP OUT 15TH APRIL 2016

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'Broken Wave' Live EP

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The trio of Yorkston/Thorne/Khan return with ‘Broken Wave Live’ EP. The tracks on the EP are taken from the Broken Wave Live sessions recorded at The Square studio in east London. These sessions afforded the band an opportunity to showcase poignant live versions of three songs from the band’s acclaimed debut album ‘Everything Sacred’. Lead track ‘Broken Wave (A Blues For Doogie)’ is James Yorkston’s tribute to Doogie Paul– a powerful, tender lament to his old bass player and friend. You can watch the Liam Saint Pierre directed video for the song, shot at The Square during recording. Watch above.

YORKSTON/THORNE/KHAN - SUFI SONG

YORKSTON/THORNE/KHAN - EVERYTHING SACRED

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WATCHING YOUR FRIEND 'GUMPTION' VIDEO

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'Gumption' & Instrumentals

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Taryn Miller makes music under the moniker Your Friend, and back in January she released a full-length via Domino Records. 'Gumption' is a simultaneously dark and airy collection of songs, and today Your Friend released a video for its title track that mirrors that dichotomy. In the clip, Miller walks through a gorgeous, wintery forrest before confronting a horrific car accident. Watch the Dan Huiting-directed video above.

YOUR FRIEND - GUMPTION

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YOUNG MAGIC SHARE TRACK 'SLEEP NOW' FROM FORTHCOMING ALBUM 'STILL LIFE'

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'Still Life' & Instrumentals

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“Sleep Now,” is the second single taken from Young Magic's forthcoming album 'Still Life' out 13th May 2016 via Car Park. The track features deep synth bass, muted drums, and atmospheric sweeps fusing around Malay’s ever feathery vocals. The accompanying clip, though not an official video, features footage of the documentary Lost In Bali, and the song is a perfect soundtrack for a glimpse of the life Malay is looking to reconnect with. There is some indigenous nudity, though, so be careful where you watch. Check it out above.

YOUNG MAGIC - LUCIEN (VIDEO)

YOUNG MAGIC - STILL LIFE

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JONNY TRUNK '20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA' SOUNDTRACK TO THE JULES VERNE CLASSIC OUT 25TH FEBRUARY 2016

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'20,000 Leagues Under The Sea'

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A nice little release here: as part of Four Corners Books’ ongoing Familiars series, they have paired the full text of Jules Verne’s novel 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea with an LP of original music from Jonny Trunk, who has translated the tone of the story into curious underwater music.

"The publishers (Four Corners Books) came to me and asked if I'd be interested in making an LP with a book, or music for a book or something and I immediately said yes, I will try 20,000 Leagues as it means I can try my hand at underwatery music. And that's what I have done. Artwork by cult tattooist Liam Sparkes, this releases in a fab gatefold sleeve Includes the full book and LP." Jonny Trunk

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LOCO LONDON COMEDY FILM FESTIVAL 20TH APRIL - 1ST MAY 2016

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'Coconut' (featuring the track 'Hoola' as used in the LOCO Trailer)

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LOCO is a not-for-profit foundation that discovers, develops and screens the world’s most original comedy film-makers. We champion the craft of comedy film-making through training, screenings, outreach and funding. We also run the LOCO London Comedy Film Festival, the UK’s only international comedy film festival, which returns to BFI Southbank and selected cinemas in April 2016.

Watch the official trailer above which features 'Hoola' by Archie Bronson Outfit as the soundtrack.

LOCO FILM FESTIVAL

ARCHIE BRONSON OUTFIT - WILD CRUSH & COCONUT

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WATCHING HIGHER AUTHORITIES 'INFLIGHT ENTERTAINMENT MIX' VIDEO

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'Neptune'

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HIGHER AUTHORITIES - NEPTUNE

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