STEVE MASON 'MONKEY MINDS IN THE DEVIL'S TIME' OUT 11TH MARCH 2013

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Steve Mason 'Monkey Minds In the Devil's Time' album and instrumentals
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Steve Mason has announced details of his new album entitled Monkey Minds In The Devil's Time which will be released by Double Six out 11th March 2013. Monkey Minds In the Devil's Time is an album that has been shaped by the current global political climate and the lack of dissenting voices in music and popular culture in general.


 

STEPHEN MALKMUS 'GROOVE DENIED' OUT 15TH MARCH 2019 (DOMINO RECORDINGS)

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Stephen Malkmus 'Groove Denied'
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The secret electronic album that Stephen Malkmus has been telling everyone about will see the light of day on March 15th, when it’s released on Domino. The first taste of Stephen’s new groove comes with the release of single ‘Viktor Borgia’, and its accompanying video starring Stephen alone in a dance club. Watch above. 

The title playfully merges the name of the comedian-pianist and the ruthless dynasty of Italo-Spanish nobles. With its stately melody and the almost-English-accented vocal, the coordinates here are early Human League or even Men Without Hats. “I was thinking things like Pete Shelley’s ‘Homosapien’, the Human League, and DIY synth music circa 1982,” says Stephen, adding “and also about how in the New Wave Eighties, these suburban 18-and-over dance clubs were where all the freaks would meet – a sanctuary.”

Groove Denied will shake up settled notions of what Malkmus is about and what he’s capable of, repositioning him in the scheme of things. But looking at it from a different angle, his engagement with state-of-art digital tech actually makes perfect sense. After all, Nineties lo-fi – the sound in which he and Pavement were initially vaunted as leaders and pioneers - was nothing if not insistently sonic – it was all about the grain of guitar textures, about gratuitously over-done treatments and ear-grabbing effects. Noise for noise’s sake. As Stephen tweeted recently on the subject of Auto-Tune’s omnipresence in contemporary music-making: “We long 4 transformation....and we humans fucking luv tools.”

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WATCHING PRAM ‘DOLL’S EYES’ VIDEO, DIRECTED BY SCOTT JOHNSTON (DOMINO ALL-IN)

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Pram 'Across The Meridian'
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Following the release of Across The Meridian – their first album in 11 years – Pram have shared a new video for ‘Doll’s Eyes’, directed by Scott Johnston. Watch the video above.

"Pram's music often conjures a world for me that lies disconcertingly between adult nostalgia, childhood terrors,” says Johnston of the new video. “For this track I took those feelings literally! The concept became, what if I were making this video when I was a 12-year old home movie monster kid, using Super8mm, crude props and friends/family pets, all mashed up with a teen's heightened view of love and obsession?"

Released in 2018, Across The Meridian is a celebration of Pram’s unique vision, focused into a beautifully constructed and tautly produced soundworld. As with their previous albums, Across the Meridian mixes instrumentals and songs, weaving a gleeful path through the musical territory of film scores, 30s jazz, sun-drenched pop, electronica, and post-punk experimentation. Haunting and wistful vocals are set to a variety of soundscapes, sometimes appearing as a snatched fragment of the subconscious and dreamlike, at others crafting a story of longing or regret, drawing the listener into Pram’s uncanny world through the mirror. Newcomers to Pram will find a richly detailed collage of influences ranging from exotica, Krautrock and the forgotten film soundtracks that went on to inspire contemporaries Stereolab & Broadcast.

PRAM 'ACROSS THE MERIDIAN'

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WATCHING RAGZ ORIGINALE 'PROOF READ' MUSIC VIDEO (DOMINO PUBLISHING)

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Ragz Originale 'Nature'
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Ragz Originale shares the single 'Proof Read' featuring a music video set in the depths of the smoke and strobe light filled london club scene directed by 'Stuupid', watch above. 

RAGZ ORIGINALE / MINI KINGZ / SKEPTA'S SHUTDOWN NOMINATED FOR IVOR NOVELLO AWARD (FACT)

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ALDOUS HARDING 'DESIGNER' OUT 26TH APRIL 2019 (DOMINO PUBLISHING)

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Aldous Harding 'Designer'
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Aldous Harding announces her latest album 'Designer' Out 26th April 2019 via 4ad. Watch the video for 'The Barrel' above. 

Designer finds the Aldous Harding hitting her creative stride.  After Party, Harding came off a 100-date tour last summer and went straight into the studio with a collection of songs written on the road.  Reuniting with John Parish, producer of Party, Harding spent 15 days recording and 10 days mixing at Rockfield Studios, Monmouth and Bristol’s J&J Studio and Playpen.

From the bold strokes of opening track ‘Fixture Picture’, there is an overriding sense of an enigmatic artist confident in their work, with contributions from Huw Evans (H. Hawkline), Stephen Black (Sweet Baboo), drummer Gwion Llewelyn and violinist Clare Mactaggart broadening and complimenting Harding’s rich and timeless songwriting.

HORIZON (VIDEO) | NEW WRITER - ALDOUS HARDING | PARTY (2017)

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CLINIC 'WHEELTAPPERS AND SHUNTERS' OUT 10TH MAY 2019 (DOMINO PUBLISHING)

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Clinic 'Wheeltappers and Shunters'
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After a seven year break, Clinic, Liverpool’s cherished post-punk pop experimentalists return with album number eight, released on May 10th by Domino Records. The first track to be shared from Wheeltappers and Shunters is ‘Rubber Bullets’, watch the Joseph May directed music video above.

Wheeltappers and Shunters is neither a celebration nor a denigration of the culture of the era in which Blackburn and his collaborator-in-chief, Hartley, grew up. “It’s a satirical take on British culture - high and low,” explains Blackburn. “It fascinates me that people look back on the 1970s as the glory days. It’s emerged that there was a darker, more perverse side to that time. When you look back on it now it was quite clearly there in mainstream culture.”

The album was recorded last year in founding band member Hartley's Liverpool studio, before they brought in Dilip Harris (King Krule, Sons Of Kemet, Mount Kimbie) to mix it. “We thought it felt right to make a fun, dancefloor album in these dark and conservative times,” Blackburn continues. Fun, sure, but this is Clinic – their brand of fun oozes with menace. 

The Great Britain that Clinic are evoking is not that ancient, bucolic past of village green cricket, half a mild and hanky-waving Morris Dancers that many seem so determined that the country should return to, but a rather more sleazy past. Clinic’s reverie is for a time when Blackpool was the pleasure capital of the kingdom and the public was kept entertained by travelling circuses and the dirty glamour of the funfair; tacky end of the pier merriment and enforced fun at Butlins; when bell-ringing town criers bellowed their nonsensical broadsides into the ether. 

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FONTAINES D.C. ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM 'DOGREL' AND SHARE MUSIC VIDEO FOR 'BIG' (DOMINO PUBLISHING)

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Fontaines D.C. 'Dogrel'
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Fontaines. D.C. have confirmed details for their anticipated debut LP. 'Dogrel' – the word referring to a crude, traditionally Irish working-class form of verse historically looked down upon by literary critics (establishment upper classes) – will come out April 12th via Partisan Records. Opening track “Big” offers an intense, driving, self-confident statement of intent, and is accompanied by a music video (directed by Molly Keane) shot on the streets of Dublin. Listen/watch above. 

Speaking about the video, the band says: “We felt that great ambition was a sickness, and we got Grian's 11 year next-door neighbor to say it to you all because he's got the presence of a hundred frontmen.

Ahead of release, Fontaines D.C. sat down with Irish musician/writer/radio producer Paul McLoone to discuss the origins and meaning behind ‘Dogrel,’ read more HERE.

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NERIJA ANNOUNCE SIGNING TO DOMINO + SHARE RE-MIXED AND REMASTERED DEBUT EP (DOMINO ALL-IN)

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Nerija 'Nerija'
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Domino are delighted to formally introduce Nérija; the septet of Nubya Garcia (tenor saxophone), Sheila Maurice-Grey (trumpet), Cassie Kinoshi (alto saxophone), Rosie Turton (trombone), Shirley Tetteh (guitar), Lizy Exell (drums) and Rio Kai (bass).

Their debut NÉRIJA EP – originally composed, recorded and self-released  following their meetings and collaborations via London’s Tomorrow’s Warriors – is now re-released digitally in full, having been re-mixed by kwes and remastered by Chris Potter at Electric.

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