One third of Test Icicles, Sam Mehran, releases a collection of works. Whilst his former band mates (Rory Atwell andDev Hynes) have been producing and working on counteless high-profile side projects, we've been privately enjoying Sam Mehran's intrepid foray into his alter ego Outer Limitz notably with the song I Kontakt. Now dropping the Z in favour of an S, Sam launches a full public assault by consolidating his Singles, Demos & Rarities into one edition for you all to enjoy as well.
'I feel like I have many stories ahead of me. Over the past few years I've learnt that people are people and music is music and I can't really judge or say I believe deep down that one this is genuinely better than another, Life is just so crazy. I used to think I was an alien, but Earth has been such an epic experience that I'm now glad to call it home. But who knows, maybe one day I'll leave and realize that home was some place else.'Sam Mehran
This compilation represents the perfect portal into a special artistic imagination, a thrilling outsider-art artefact and even more reason for excitement regarding whatever Mehran dreams up next.
Angel Olsen's new album My Woman is out September 2 on Jagjaguwar. After sharing “Intern,” she's back with another one from her Burn Your Fire for No Witness follow-up. It's called “Shut Up Kiss Me,” and in her self-directed video, she rollerskates while wearing a glittery silver wig.
Dâm-Funk and Nite Jewel's project Nite-Funk have shared the lead song from an upcoming self-titled EP, which is due July 1 via Dâm-Funk's new label Glydezone. The song is called “Let Me Be Me” and it's mixed by Cole M.G.N. Hear the track, and find the tracklist and artwork below. Dâm-Funk and Nite Jewel both recently put out new records: DJ-Kicks and Liquid Cool, respectively.
Blood Orange’s highly anticipated new album, Freetown Sound, is out now. Written and produced by Hynes, and featuring musical contributions from Nelly Furtado, Carly Rae Jepsen, BEA1991, Debbie Harry, Adam Bainbridge (a.k.a. Kindness), Empress Of, Ian Isiah, Kelsey Lu, Jason Arce, Ava Raiin, Aaron Maine (a.k.a. Porches), Bryndon Cook (a.k.a. Starchild) and Patrick Wimberly, Freetown Sound is a tour de force, a confluence of Hynes’ past, present, and future that melds his influences with his own established musical voice.
You can stream the album via a variety of platforms using THIS link.
Porches return with a tropical-feeling avant-garde video for track ‘Car,’ a standout single from the group’s latest album Pool, released in February of 2016. Watch it above.
‘Car’s video was co-produced by Urban Outfitters as the 26th installment of their UO Music Video Series. Check out their blog for behind the scene photos and an interview with video director Daniel Brereton. Over the past 5 years, the UO Music Video Series has helped produce music videos for bands including Empress of, Petite Noir, Ariel Pink, Perfume Genius, and Spoon.
New Build's video for their single 'Luminous Freedom' was shortlisted for one of the Grand Prix Lion Awards at the inaugural Cannes Lions Entertainment for Music, awarded on 24th June 2016.
New Build picked up a Silver Lion Award for the video. The grand prize was eventually won by Beyonce for her video for the single “Formation” in the highly competitive Excellence In Music Video category. Other honorees included Silver Lion winners “Voodoo In My Blood,” by Massive Attack feat. Young Fathers; “Blackstar” by David Bowie; as well as Bronze Lion winners “Hello” by Adele; “Runnin” by Naughty Boy featuring Beyonce & Arrow Benjamin and “Wide Open” by the Chemical Brothers featuring Beck'.
Bella Hardy has kindly shared a video of her recent trip to the Yunnan province in China. It follows her through some of the experiences of her seven week trip, accompanied by a new song written whilst she was there. The words for the documentary are also written by Bella who spent an evening sat in her favourite Kunming bookshop, and wrote it as a letter to both her new friends in China, and friends back in the west.
Bella will be supporting Mary Chapin Carpenter, at The Sage Gateshead's SummerTyne Festival. Then heading to Germany's Bardentreffen Festival, Marlborough College in Wiltshire, and to Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival. All the ticket details can be found HERE.
Sun 24 Jul - Bella Hardy supports Mary Chapin Carpenter - The Sage, Gateshead Sat 30 Jul - Bella Hardy at Bardentreffen Festival - St Katharina, Bardentreffen, Germany Tue 2 Aug - Bella Hardy at Marlborough College Marlborough College, Wiltshire Sat 6 Aug - Bella Hardy at Tartan Heart Festival - Belladrum, Scotland
Lou Rhodes’ fourth solo album defies categorisation. Yes, there are elements of the singer-songwriter roots she bathed in growing up but these are embroidered with a rich palette of stark piano, vocal layering, transcendent harp and strings all wrapped up within a heady smattering of vintage reverbs.
'theyesandeye' was recorded in that same friend’s studio in rolling Wiltshire countryside crammed full of an analogue nerd’s paradise of vintage desks (one of which was used in the Beach Boys “Smile Sessions”), microphones and tape machines supplemented by Byrt’s own collection of reverb boxes. Acoustic guitar was played by Rhodes, additional guitar, bass, piano and synths by Byrt, abstract pedal steel by Ian Kellet and drums by Nikolaj Bjerre. String arrangements were provided by Danny Keane and harp by the remarkable Tom Moth (perhaps known for his work with Florence and the Machine).
After six albums with electronic genre-benders Lamb and three solo albums to date, including the Mercury nominated “Beloved One”, Rhodes’ capacity as a songwriter and interpreter of songs is fully road-tested but never formulaic.
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