Esteemed producer Stuart Cullen returns with ‘Libero’, the 7th album under his Pilote moniker. Following on from 2013’s well received LP ‘The Slowdown’, this time Mr Cullen breaks out his songwriting skills to add to the mix of traditional folk stylings and more contemporary electronic production, and drafts in a range of vocalists to bring the record to life.
Over nine tracks, the album blends lilting waltzes and driving blues to startling effect. The hypnotic album opener ‘Clover’ leads into the ‘blues-rave’ of ‘Boxkart’ featuring the unmistakable voice of American bluesman Charlie Parr. Re-worked from an old instrumental, ’The Ballad of Titus Bramble’ then tells a surreal, existential tale of love in a time of woe. The trad bluegrass tune ‘Train On The Island’ is re-imagined as a beautiful waltz, with Tom Holder, roped in from Bristol scallywags ‘The Railway Sleepers’, providing lead vocals. Jo Nye then adds some sass on ‘The 45’, a paean to the 7” single. The mercurial Clemency Jones then takes over vocal duties on the infectious ‘Hog Farm Blues’, an Orwellian omen of a mistake that may already have been made....." Beck Lanehart then lends her beautiful voice to ‘Zetterling’s Ghost’ before ‘Libero’ comes to an end with the slow burning, all waltzing ‘Shoes On My Feet’.
Cherry Glazerr have announced their new album 'Apocalipstick' out January 20 via Secretly Canadian. The band have also shared the music video for their song “Nurse Ratched,” which you can check out above. (Warning: the video is pretty graphic.)
Following the release of their debut album, Practice, The Clang Group are happy to share the video for their latest track, ‘Had A Nice Night’, featuring Madness’ Suggs. The band release the video in anticipation of their biggest show to date, supporting Madness at London’s O2 Arena on Saturday 10th December.
Following the release of his debut album 'The End of Comedy', out now via Weird World, and a string of shows around his hometown of Los Angeles, Drugdealer, aka Michael Collins, returns with a video for the album’s title track. Directed, edited, and filmed by Andrew Storrs, and shot in and around Collins’ home and studio in Los Angeles, the video features cameos from Mac DeMarco and Natalie Mering of Weyes Blood, who also contributes vocals to the song.
The Moonlandingz will release debut album 'Interplanetary Class Classics' via Transgressive. The loose-knit London collective have gradually evolved into one of the most mind-expanding live experiences around, a thrilling fusion of power drill punk and brown acid psych.
Sean Lennon was recruited to shape their debut album, with The Moonlandingz decamping to New York state to lay down some feral psych-out grooves. Guests include Randy Jones the Cowboy from The Village People, Rebecca Taylor from Slow Club, drummer Ross Orton, bassist Mairead O’Connor, The Human League's Phil Oakey, and Yoko Ono who contributes to no-holds-barred finale 'This Cities Undone'.
In order to raise awareness of Alzheimers Research UK, 'Santa Forgot' has been created by Aardman Animations with music from Hannah Peel and narration by Stephen Fry.
Alzheimer’s Research UK (ARUK) has launched a new campaign set to pull at the nation’s heart strings this Christmas. The Santa Forgot campaign explores the idea of Santa having dementia through a bold animation that imagines Christmas without him.
Santa Forgot’s central character is a young girl called Freya, who has grown-up in a world where Santa has stopped visiting on Christmas Eve. On learning about Santa’s condition, Freya travels to the North Pole. She offers her own support and re-mobilises the redundant elves as researchers, explaining her belief that ‘if Santa has a disease, research can find a way to fix it’.
Through the depiction of Freya and Santa’s elves, ARUK showcases that only with world leading research, new approaches and innovative thinking can the diseases which cause dementia be defeated.
Dementia is the world’s greatest medical challenge, not only for the individuals affected and their families, but also for society as a whole. Over 850,000 people in the UK have dementia, and the condition has an economic impact in the UK of over £24bn a year, more than cancer and heart disease combined. It is also the leading cause of death amongst women in the UK.
Hannah will be performing at Shoreditch Church, London on 24th November 2016.
Austra, the recording project led by Canadian vocalist and producer Katie Stelmanis, recently announced their third full length LP Future Politics, out January 20th via Domino. Today, Austra are pleased to share a remix by Ikonika for Future Politics’ lead single ‘Utopia’.
John Cale will re-issue the classic live album Fragments of a Rainy Season, featuring his revered interpretation of Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’ amongst many solo versions from his enduring catalogue and previously unreleased outtakes, out via Double Six / Domino.
Alongside the announcement, Cale has shared a new video for ‘Hallelujah’, directed by Abby Portner – watch it ABOVE.
Hannah Peel plus special guests, presents an evening inspired by the music, imagery and themes of her new album Awake But Always Dreaming. "A meeting of minds on memory/art/music/literature/film"
Hannah will play a live set from her new album. She'll also be joined by poet, writer and filmaker Lavinia Greenlaw (The Sea Is An Edge And An Ending) and artist/film director Shelly Love (Scratch) with special film screenings from both. Curated by Kirsteen McNish of Vine Collective. In association with Alzheimer's Research UK.
TRAAMS have been surging towards something great for some time. Last year’s ‘Modern Dancing’ full-length was a step up, taking the energy of that debut and tying it down with that knot-tight rhythm section. ‘Slipping’ and ‘Penguin’, those two newbies unleashed earlier this month, proved they had the chops to take things further still. ‘A House On Fire’, though, is the most captivating and crazed the Chichester trio have ever sounded.
The new Nimmo single 'Dancing Makes Us Brave' debuted as BBC Radio 1s Annie Mac's Hottest Record, and follows Nimmo's Room 5 Sessions series.
It's a big, bold piece of forward-thinking pop that centres on making you throw of the shackles of the daily grind. Escape your 9-to-5 shell and let the beats take control. The track was co-written with Oli Bayston.
Allison Crutchfield (P.S. Eliot, Swearin’) has announced her debut solo album. It’s called Tourist in This Town, and it’s out via Merge Records. She has also shared a music video for the album’s first offering, “Dean’s Room.” Directed by Lara Jean Gallagher, the video (watch below) shows scenes of Crutchfield dancing around a home alongside the dancer Marlee Grace. In the video Gallagher “wanted to counter the upbeat tempo of the song with moments that felt like taffy,” she said in a statement.
Crutchfield’s last album with Swearin’ was 2013’s Surfing Strange. In 2014, she self-released the Lean in to It EP. Earlier this year, P.S. Eliot got back together for a reunion tour in support of an excellent compilation of their complete recorded works, 2007-2011.
Blood Orange - aka Dev Hynes - released one of 2016’s most talked-about albums in the form of Freetown Sound.
Blood Orange today releases the video for Freetown Sound standout “I Know”. Directed by Hynes with collaborator Tracy Antonopoulos, and featuring ballet dancer Maria Kochetkova (principal dancer at the San Francisco Ballet and the American Ballet Theater), the video (shot at Gibney Dance Centre) can be viewed ABOVE.
With their long awaited debut album released on 28th October, on Weird World, the pair of Connan Mockasin and Sam Dust aka Soft Hair have shared the album’s opening track, ‘Relaxed Lizard’.
The album’s recording took place five years ago amongst the pair’s solo careers. After the dispersion of Late of the Pier, whom Connan supported on tour in 2009, Sam travelled Eurasia, Africa and elsewhere, spending time inventing his own instruments, producing and directing, and re-emerging as LA PRIEST in 2015 with debut solo album Inji.
Asian Dub Foundation return to Australia for the second time in 2016 to perform at Sydney Opera House. They will be playing a live score to George Lucas’s THX 1138 movie on November the 5th as Australian Premiere. The show will be part of the program of GRAPHIC, a festival of visual storytelling, animation and music.
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