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.
Singer Rebekah Raa and producer Nic Nell (aka Casually Here) make brooding, R&B-inflected electronic pop under the name Rainer. The London duo are releasing their debut full-length next month, and today, they’re sharing a new video for its excellent lead single “Nocturn.” Directed by Alexander Brown of the London film collective The Sweet Shop.
David Byrne: award-winning music legend, Talking Heads frontman, serial collaborator and now Meltdown curator has invited Francois & The Atlas Mountains andL’homme Tranquille guest musicians Djiga Boubacar and Sanou Darra to join him and a wealth of artists including Anna Calvi and Matthew Herbert this August at London’s Southbank Centre. Francois & The Atlas Mountains will be performing tracks from African EP L’homme Tranquille on August 25th at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre.
In the summer of 2013, Francois & The Atlas Mountains took a 10 day trip to Africa to tour and meet up with local musicians, with the intention of collaborating. In Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Francois jammed with Papa Djiga Boubacar (on ngoni), Luc Kyenbreogo (bass ngoni) and Sanou Darra (balaphon) at the French Cultural Center, building on some simple compositions Francois had already prepared that later blossomed into ‘Ayan Filé’.
With the forthcoming release of new album Why Make Sense? on 18th May, Hot Chip have today released bonus, non-album track Burning Up, as an instant download which comes with the special edition of the album. Watch the visualiser for 'Burning Up' above.
Glimmer Films in association with Truth Department and Met Film Production present: 'ORION: The Man Who Would Be King' - a film by Jeanie Finlay. The film has just won the GRAND JURY PRIZE at the NASHVILLE FILM FESTIVAL.
The film tells the story of Jimmy Ellis – an unknown singer plucked from obscurity and thrust into the spotlight as part of a crazy scheme that had him masquerade as Elvis back from the grave.
With a fictional identity torn from the pages of the best selling novel Orion by Georgia writer Gail Brewer Giorgio, the backing of the legendary birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll Sun Records and a voice that seemed to be the very twin of Presley’s himself, the scheme – concocted in the months after Presley’s death exploded into a cult success – and the “Elvis is alive” myth began.
The feature uses music from Domino Publishing artists My Brightest Diamond, Martin John Henry and Saint Saviour (Bill Ryder-Jones co-write).
'The Early Years' EP is the band's first release on Rough Trade records., The US/CA only 12" (limited to 500) & digital EP "The Early Years," compiles previously-released singles. To celebrate the release, they've premiered a freaky new video for EP track "Why They Hide Their Bodies Under My Garage?", a cover of a song by Yorkshire "terror-techno" purveyor Blawan.
Taking their influences from all manner of post punk / neue deutsche welle and electronic music in general Gross Net have managed to put together a visceral and caustic debut EP that perfectly captures the essence of their urgent live performances. Founded in January 2014, Gross Net aka Philip Quinn (Girls Names) and Christian Donaghey (Autumns) have been taking their brand of experimental noise punk to audiences across Northern Ireland and Dublin.
Recorded by the band themselves in the course of a day, the themes of the EP touch on bewilderment, surviving the recession and elitism within the arts. Listen to the EP below.
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