If…, is the solo album from Bill Ryder-Jones out November 14th 2011 recorded to soundtrack Italo Calvino’s meditation on writing in the post modernist novel If On A Winters Night A Traveller. Ryder-Jones left The Coral after the fifth studio album where he was able to spend time focussing on developing ideas in string arrangements and orchestral platforms particularly with a focus on working towards emulating beloved film scores. This debut came into being in various locations around Ryder-Jones’ hometown of Liverpool including the Scandinavian Church, Grade II listed warehouse Elevator Studios and his mother's home down by the Irish sea. Musicians, friends and even the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra pulled together to make this extraordinary undertaking a magnificent work and the beginning of what will assuredly be a spectacular opening for one of Domino's most fine new signings sure to be recognised as one of Britain's finest young composers.
New Build recorded new album 'Pour It On' at their own Lanark Studios in Shoreditch and Club Ralph in West London with Mark Ralph (Franz Ferdinand, Clean Bandit), the 10-track self-produced album follows their 2012 debut Yesterday Was Lived And Lost.
An unashamedly electronic collection, and featuring the vocals of Al Doyle (Hot Chip, LCD Soundsystem) alongside Felix Martin (Hot Chip) and Tom Hopkins, Pour It On is a cohesive and assured record of rich, monolithic dance music. With shades of The Human League, textures reminiscent of Caribou or Dan Avery and vocal turns right out of Richard Thompson’s songbook, it explores the outer limits of the pop-song-structure.
An anthemic set of bold statements, Pour It On lyrically addresses very human concerns; broken lives, frustration, fear & confusion, whilst simultaneously celebrating the resistance of the human spirit.
'Pour It On' was released via Sunday Best Recordings on 17th October 2014.
Super Furry Animals return to active service this spring with a deluxe 15th anniversary reissue of their long out-of-print album Mwng and a series of hugely anticipated UK gigs – their first since 2009.
Originally released in 2000 on the band’s own Placid Casual label (between deals with Creation and Sony), the Super Furries career-defining fourth album Mwng was the band’s only Welsh language long player. It reached Number 11 in the UK album charts and was their highest selling record globally up to that point. It remains the biggest selling Welsh language album of all time. On its original release, the record was praised in an Early Day Motion in the House of Commons for its significant part in promoting the language and culture of Wales. You can listen to ‘Ymaelodi Â'r Ymylon’ from the album below.
Super Furry Animals will play their first gigs since December 2009 in the week that Mwng is reissued. The band play:
1st/2nd Cardiff University Great Hall 5th Glasgow O2 Academy 6th Manchester Albert Hall 8th London O2 Academy Brixton
‘Fading Love’ is the debut album from British DJ and producer George FitzGerald. The album’s 10 songs were recorded and produced both in London and George's adopted home, Berlin.
Initially an artist who made his name DJ'ing the world's most prestigious club and festival stages, FitzGerald has also held a residency at Radio 1 for the past two years. With ‘Fading Love’, however, FitzGerald eschews the constraints of club-ready dance music and explores a variety of more tactile areas of electronic music, working with unexpected collaborators who fall outside of the expected DJ/producer community.
Full Circle, is a surprisingly mellow track. Immediately satisfying chords are familiar FitzGerald, but the production around them is more delicate than expected. In stark contrast to the sort of vocal snippets expected from much UK dance music, the soft vocals of Oli Bayston (frontman of Boxed In) feel much less of an afterthought.
13th March – UK: Stealth, Nottingham 14th March – UK: Chibuku, Liverpool 20th March – UK: Sankeys, Manchester 21st March – UK: Switch, Southampton 27th March – IRE: Button factory, Dublin 28th March – UK: The Forum, Aberdeen 2nd April – UK: Sub Club, Glasgow 4th April – Digital Festival, Amsterdam 5th April – SPAIN: Pacha, Barcelona 11th April – ITALY: Greentech Festival, Pisa
All We Arehas been remixed by a crew of talented peers – UK producer Lxury (Greco-Roman), Los Angeles-based dream rock band Warpaint, and Montreal electronic composer CFCF. Listen below to the 'Keep Me Alive' (Warpaint POJI Remix).
Mara Carlylepresents BBC Radio 3's Late Junction (February 24th, 2015) featuring a tribute to the music of the late Lhasa de Sela, including rarely heard archive recordings. Also, Duke Ellington and some of his small group sessions.
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