Super Furry Animals return to active service this spring with a deluxe 15th anniversary reissue of their long out-of-print album Mwng and a series of hugely anticipated UK gigs – their first since 2009.
Originally released in 2000 on the band’s own Placid Casual label (between deals with Creation and Sony), the Super Furries career-defining fourth album Mwng was the band’s only Welsh language long player. It reached Number 11 in the UK album charts and was their highest selling record globally up to that point. It remains the biggest selling Welsh language album of all time. On its original release, the record was praised in an Early Day Motion in the House of Commons for its significant part in promoting the language and culture of Wales. You can listen to ‘Ymaelodi Â'r Ymylon’ from the album below.
Super Furry Animals will play their first gigs since December 2009 in the week that Mwng is reissued. The band play:
1st/2nd Cardiff University Great Hall 5th Glasgow O2 Academy 6th Manchester Albert Hall 8th London O2 Academy Brixton
‘Fading Love’ is the debut album from British DJ and producer George FitzGerald. The album’s 10 songs were recorded and produced both in London and George's adopted home, Berlin.
Initially an artist who made his name DJ'ing the world's most prestigious club and festival stages, FitzGerald has also held a residency at Radio 1 for the past two years. With ‘Fading Love’, however, FitzGerald eschews the constraints of club-ready dance music and explores a variety of more tactile areas of electronic music, working with unexpected collaborators who fall outside of the expected DJ/producer community.
Full Circle, is a surprisingly mellow track. Immediately satisfying chords are familiar FitzGerald, but the production around them is more delicate than expected. In stark contrast to the sort of vocal snippets expected from much UK dance music, the soft vocals of Oli Bayston (frontman of Boxed In) feel much less of an afterthought.
13th March – UK: Stealth, Nottingham 14th March – UK: Chibuku, Liverpool 20th March – UK: Sankeys, Manchester 21st March – UK: Switch, Southampton 27th March – IRE: Button factory, Dublin 28th March – UK: The Forum, Aberdeen 2nd April – UK: Sub Club, Glasgow 4th April – Digital Festival, Amsterdam 5th April – SPAIN: Pacha, Barcelona 11th April – ITALY: Greentech Festival, Pisa
All We Arehas been remixed by a crew of talented peers – UK producer Lxury (Greco-Roman), Los Angeles-based dream rock band Warpaint, and Montreal electronic composer CFCF. Listen below to the 'Keep Me Alive' (Warpaint POJI Remix).
Mara Carlylepresents BBC Radio 3's Late Junction (February 24th, 2015) featuring a tribute to the music of the late Lhasa de Sela, including rarely heard archive recordings. Also, Duke Ellington and some of his small group sessions.
We are delighted to share the album teaser to the fifth record from Patrick Watson. The title track from the album is premiering with The Line of Best Fit HERE.
The new music was recorded at Capitol Studios in Los Angeles and Pierre Marchand Studio in Montreal. Of the record, some of which was debuted at private concerts in small loft spaces, Watson explains,
“I started thinking about things in a very mechanical way. I found it interesting how we would use our senses to come up with an emotional reaction. As I get older you get to know yourself better and I realized that a lot of my emotional reactions were mechanical responses and that was hugely influential. I didn’t want to be a robot. But the reason why we are superior to computers is that we have emotions and I realized that emotions are mechanical so the only thing left between us and robots is curiosity and inspiration - and I don’t think you can program that into a computer. That’s definitely where I was at when I started writing the record.”
Raised and still living in Montreal, Watson has composed 15 scores for both film and television, including a trailer for The Walking Dead and Wim Wenders’ new 3D film Everything Will Be Fine, where he performed the songs ‘Cynical World’ (an original for the film) and ‘Lighthouse’. The recipient of Canada’s elite Polaris Music Prize in 2007, Watson composes, performs and records his albums with a full band that includes Joe Grass (guitars), Robbie Kuster (drums/percussion) and Mishka Stein (bass).
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