BLACK MIDI 'SCHLAGENHEIM' OUT 21ST JUNE 2019 (DOMINO PUBLISHING)

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Black Midi 'Schlagenheim'
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Black Midi announce their debut album 'Schlagenheim' out 21st June 2019 via Rough Trade Records. This release follows a string of single releases 'Talking Heads' and' Crows Perch', a sold out US tour and being named 'the “best band in London” nobody knows a thing about?' [NME]. Watch the video for Crow's Perch above. 

The album is scratchy, intense and discordant with roaring riffs, locked in rhythm section and a truly unique vocal make black midi stand head and shoulders above all in 2019. black midi - Georgie Greep (vocals / guitar), Matt Kwasniewski-Kelvin (vocals / guitar), Cameron Picton (vocals / bass), and Morgan Simpson (drums) - have a dynamic energy, playing as a musical unit that’s constantly in a state of flux and development. They bonded over shared musical enthusiasms, or "liking messed up things" as Kwasniewski-Kelvin puts it, including an appreciation for rapper Danny Brown, Death Grips, Deerhoof, Miles Davis and Talking Heads.

Schlagenheim was recorded with Speedy Wunderground producer Dan Carey, who the band praises for his quick, unfussy approach. black midi laid down eight of the record’s nine tracks in just five days. The process was one of refining and rebuilding tracks around the initial structures. Five hour jams would sometimes yield a riff that then became a few bars of a song.  

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KATE TEMPEST 'THE BOOK OF TRAPS AND LESSONS' OUT 14TH JUNE 2019 (DOMINO PUBLISHING)

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Kate Tempest 'The Book of Traps and Lessons'
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Followers of the Big Issue may have noticed Kate Tempest  lead the cover with her Rick Rubin interview introducing this, her third studio album, 'The Book of Traps and Lessons'. It follows Tempest’s previous releases, 2014’s Everybody Down and 2017’s Let Them Eat Chaos, both of which were shortlisted for Mercury Prize in 2014 and 2017, respectively. Last year, Kate Tempest was nominated at The Brit Awards for Best Female Solo Performer.
 
Since her emergence in 2011, Kate Tempest has redefined what it means to be a wordsmith in the Modern Age. In 2013, Tempest won the Ted Hughes Award for her work Brand New Ancients. She was named a Next Generation Poet by the Poetry Book Society, a once-a-decade accolade. Her albums Everybody Down and Let Them Eat Chaos received nominations for the Mercury Music Prize. Last year, she received a nomination for Best Female Solo Performer at the 2018 Brit Awards. 

After performing a passage of her popular 75-minute narrative poem, Brand New Ancients, on Charlie Rose. Legendary producer and American Recordings Founder Rick Rubin caught the show, tracked down her phone number, and made a call.  The album was crafted with Rick Rubin and Dan Carey over the course of the past five years and is an intense 45 minute set of tracks that comprise a narrative thread. 

LET THEM EAT CHAOS | KATE TEMPEST - EUROPE IS LOST

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ELENI MANDELL 'WAKE UP AGAIN' OUT 7TH JUNE 2019 (DOMINO PUBLISHING)

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Eleni Mandell 'Wake Up Again'
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Inspired by teaching songwriting in two southern California area women’s prisons, Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Eleni Mandell will release Wake Up Again June 7, on Yep Roc Records. Watch the Inara George directed video for 'Circumstance' above. 

 “Circumstance was inspired by two different women. Neither accepted responsibility for what lead to their incarceration. One said, “it just happened.” The other woman claimed that it was all her boyfriend’s fault. The word ‘circumstance’ comes from ‘around’ and ‘stand’, which I thought applied so well to life in prison, which requires a lot of standing around.”

For nearly two years, through Jail Guitar Doors, the organization founded by MC5’s Wayne Kramer and Billy Bragg, and the William James AssociationMandell “loved working with the inmates, hearing their stories and seeing them light up when they heard their words come to life in a song.” 

Produced by Sheldon Gomberg at his Silver Lake studio, the album features 11 original compositions with Mandell on vocals and acoustic guitar, Milo Jones (guitar), Ryan Feves (bass), and Kevin Fitzgerald (drums).

LET'S FLY A KITE | YEP ROC

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WATCHING CATE LE BON 'HOME TO YOU' (DOMINO PUBLISHING)

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Cate Le Bon 'Reward'
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Cate Le Bon has shared the latest video from her album 'Reward' released on 24th May via Mexican Summer. Watch above. 

The video for “Home To You” was made in Košice, Slovakia in collaboration with residents of Lunik IX neighbourhood. It was directed by visual artist and filmmaker Phil Collins, who had previously worked in the city in 2013, and is co-produced with Kino Úsmev. Kino Úsmev's new educational initiative is aimed at establishing connections between young people from Lunik IX and other parts of the city through filmmaking workshops, practical production and public presentation of resulting works.

Reward (2019): 'It was on a mountainside in Cumbria that the first whispers of Cate Le Bon’s fifth studio album poked their buds above the earth. “There’s a strange romanticism to going a little bit crazy and playing the piano to yourself and singing into the night,” she says, recounting the year living solitarily in the Lake District which gave way to Reward. By day, ever the polymath, Le Bon painstakingly learnt to make solid wood tables, stools and chairs from scratch; by night she looked to a second-hand Meers — the first piano she had ever owned —for company, “windows closed to absolutely everyone”, and accidentally poured her heart out. The result is an album every bit as stylistically varied, surrealistically-inclined and tactile as those in the enduring outsider’s back catalogue, but one that is also intensely introspective and profound; her most personal to date.'

CATE LE BON 'WONDERFUL' VIDEO | CATE LE BON - CRAB DAY

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GIRL BAND 'THE TALKIES' OUT 27TH SEPTEMBER 2019 (DOMINO PUBLISHING)

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Girl Band 'The Talkies
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Girl Band are happy to announce their new album “The Talkies” releasing through Rough Trade Records on September 27th, 2019. This is the follow up to their debut album “Holding Hands with Jamie” that came out four years ago. Watch the Bob Gallagher directed video for Shoulderblades above.

“The Talkies” was recorded in November 2018 at Ballintubbert House, a stately home on the outskirts of Dublin “a few pay grades above what we’re used to”. The alien construction of Ballintubbert and its corridors help to navigate Girl Bands cataclysmic sound within a world of its own.

Bandmember Alan Duggan underlines this thought: “In many ways the idea behind the album was to make an audio representation of the house” -Daniel continues - “We recorded all the drums twice: once on the landing and once in the cellar, and during production we could actually cut in between both these sounds.” The first track to be released from the album is Shoulderblades. Sonically, the landscape vacillates from a dissonant, distant horizon to a threatening “shh!” in your ear. The dark vocal line groove loops back on itself, building an unsettling momentum, caught up by the chugging snare with the ascending / descending snakes and ladders noise rock guitar that is so distinctively Girl Band.

GIRL BAND 'THE EARLY YEARS' EP | NEW SIGNING - GIRL BAND | HOLDING HANDS WITH JAMIE 

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TY SEGALL 'FIRST TASTE' OUT 2ND AUGUST 2019 (DOMINO PUBLISHING)

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Ty Segall 'First Taste'
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Ty Segall has announced his new album, ‘First Taste’. The full-length which follows on from 2018's ‘Freedom's Goblin’, Segall’s White Fence collaboration Joy, and this year’s live album Deforming Lobes. It is out on the 2nd August 2019 via Drag City.

Watch the Joshua Erkman video for ‘Taste’ where 'All members of The Freedom Band were murdered during the making of this video' above. 

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WATCHING FRANCOIS ATLAS 'PARFUM EXOTIQUE' OUT 9TH MAY (DOMINO PUBLISHING)

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Francois Atlas 'Parfum Exotique'
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Francois Atlas (from Francois and The Atlas Mountains) is a new solo project inspired by Charles Baudelaire's Les Fleurs du mal. The artist has paired music to eight texts grouped in an album entitled Flowers of evil, in reference to the work of the one who is called the cursed poet. The album is surrounded by artists of his generation like Fishbach, Barbara Caroloti, Juliette Armanet or Voyou to accompany the journey into the heart of one of the most beautiful works, but also one of the most controversial, of French literature. Watch the video for Parfum Exotique above. 

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NEW SIGNING: THE SPECIALS 'ENCORE' OUT 1ST FEBRUARY 2019 (DOMINO PUBLISHING)

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The Specials 'Encore'
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Re-emerging with their first new material since 1998’s Guilty ‘til Proven Innocent and the first album to feature frontman Terry Hall since the release of the classic 1981, ‘Ghost Town’. Legendary band The Specials have released the album 'Encore'. Encore features ‘Vote For Me’ and the recent single ’10 Commandments’, which includes an appearance by activist Saffiyah Khan. Watch 'Vote For Me' video above.

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