O'FLYNN 'ALETHIA' OUT 6TH SEPTEMBER 2019 (DOMINO PUBLISHING/SUNDAY BEST)

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London based producer and DJ O’Flynn has announced his debut album ‘Aletheia’, to be released 6th September 2019 on Silver Bear Recordings, and shared the second single ‘Painted Wolf’, out 21st June 2019. Listen to Painted Wolf above. 

His latest release follows a series of acclaimedproductions which explored his wide-ranging style:from squelchy acid on Ninja Tune to loose and luscious jazz on Blip Discs, as well as the high-octane 12” released on his own Hundred Flowers imprint earlier this year. With his new single O’Flynn honesin on the expansive electronica style found on his previous 12” single, ‘Sunspear’. Continuing his recontextualisation of evocative world music samples combinedwith layers of percussion, O’Flynn builds a fluid but powerful energy on heady club cut ‘Painted Wolf’. Painted Wolf has been 4 years in the making. The longest I've ever taken to finish an idea. It was probably my follow up to Desmond’s Empire in terms of style. This is my attempt to deliver something new to the world."

With standout 12” debuts ‘Tyrion’ and ‘Desmond’s Empire’ in 2015, O’Flynn quickly established his reputation as “one of dance music’s most prosperous newcomers”, as put by Boiler Room. Having gained support from Four Tet, Gilles Peterson, Bonobo, Denis Sulta, James Blake and Hessle Audio and his debut album forthcoming, he continues his musical evolution to become a resonant force within dance music. 

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ONE TRUE PAIRING 'ONE TRUE PAIRING' OUT 20TH SEPTEMBER 2019 (DOMINO ALL-IN)

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Tom Fleming will release his debut solo album under the guise One True Pairing. The former Wild Beasts songwriter, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist shared the first taste of his new direction earlier this month with “One True Pairing”, the titular track of the upcoming record. Watch the music video above. 

Today, Fleming is pleased to share the second song from the self-titled album, “I’m Not Afraid”. With its refrain - “We’ve been kicked our whole lives and I’m not afraid, But I won’t go back down to that place again” - Tom sets his intention for One True Pairing.

“I wanted to write about the real world, I didn't want it to be an artistic, poised, tasteful record, it’s neo-heartland rock" says Tom Fleming. "One True Pairing is a name taken from internet fan fiction, where you write the perfect relationship you always wished existed. The idea of Prince Charming and Helpless Princess living happily after is no fun at all.”

Tom’s musical touchstones were Bruce Springsteen, Don Henley, Tom Petty alongside Depeche Mode and Swans. He wrote and played everything himself and then brought in Ben Hillier (Nadine Shah, Graham Coxon) on mixing and production duties.

One True Pairing is an album shaped by class frustration and self-despair and there is a continuation of the exploration of masculinity that made Wild Beasts so unique. As well as being deeply personal, OTP has a wider political resonance. "This country is going through a terrible moment and if you listen to the art nobody seems to give a shit,” Fleming says emphatically. He believes that class is entirely discounted from the current conversation about inclusivity and privilege. In its 11 songs of discordant guitar and aggressive synth Fleming channels his discontent with Britain in 2019 and a “feeling of directionless rage and cheatedness which hasn't gone away."

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ANNA CALVI SCORES THE NEW SEASON OF PEAKY BLINDERS (DOMINO ALL-IN)

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Anna Calvi is pleased to announce that she has written and performed the score for the entire new season of BBC One’s Peaky Blinders. Peaky Blinders had its season 5 premiere in Birmingham yesterday evening, where Anna Calvi joined the cast and director Anthony Byrne on the red carpet.

Previously a fan of the series, Calvi said on writing the original score: “This is a new thing for me but it was a really good fit, I love everything about the show. I completely immersed myself in it and became quite obsessed with the characters, especially Tommy Shelby [played by Cillian Murphy] and getting lost in his mind.” 

Anna adds: “There is a duality to the show, a beauty and a brutality, which I have been exploring in my own music and on the ‘Hunter’ album. I want to say thank you to the director Anthony Byrne for believing in me and letting me seek out what I needed to.”

Read Anna and Anthony’s exclusive interviews with NME here.

Anna Calvi’s first score for television follows the release of her critically acclaimed third album Hunter. Calvi is a previous Brit Award nominee and has been shortlisted for the Mercury Music Prize twice.

HUNTERMERCURY MUSIC PRIZE NOMINATION | DEBUT ALBUM (2011) | ONE BREATH (2013)

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WARMDUSCHER 'MIDNIGHT DIPPER' OUT 24TH JULY 2019 (DOMINO PUBLISHING)

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Warmduscher’s release their new single 'Midnight Dipper' and announce their upcoming album 'Tainted Lunch' out 1st November 2019 via Leaf Label. Watch the video featuring Iggy Pop above. 

Do you know that sinewy young fellow ploughing his way though the fields? Why, it’s Walt Clipper, and he has something to say. An armful of methamphetamine and a satchel full of anabolic steroids, driving a seven-wheeled behemoth at light-speed along a crystal highway. He is that neural terrorist of unknowing wisdom. Your friend and mine. Won’t you hear his story?  

Let me tell you, morning is the time for breakfast and I am just in time for tea. ‘Midnight Dipper’ has set a new bar for myself, the altruistic lust-conduit, to leap over. I have attempted to raise my limp and worthless body from my chair several times in a futile bid to resume the dance of my forebears, but to no avail. I end up, still, a used tissue of a man, crumpled on the floor, calling for help. 

If Warmduscher’s music can do this to an individual such as myself, imagine what it will do when played live in the discotheques and dancehalls of Berlin, Paris, Ghent and Jalalabad… rammed music-halls around the globe will tremble and swell with rapturous applause. ‘Head pulled back, eyes closed tight…’, our magnificent orator, Clams Baker Jr. III commands, this is how you must listen, dear reader. This is how you must live. Dr. Alan Goldfarb, 2019.

WARMDUSCHER 

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ALICE JEMIMA 'DANCING IN LOVE' OUT 19TH JULY 2019 (DOMINO PUBLISHING)

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After a highly successful summer touring the UK with Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Alice Jemima has just announced an autumn 2019 release for her second album, ‘Everything Changes’ and revealed a new single video for  ‘Dancing In Love’, which she co-wrote with Sophie Ellis Bextor and producer Simon Byrt. Watch the video above.

Alice’s new uplifting single ‘Dancing in Love’, is the second track to be revealed from her much anticipated second album. ‘Dancing In Love’  has an upbeat disco theme with retro synths and funk-infused basslines overlaid by Alice’s sugar -sweet, sultry vocals. The video for ‘Dancing In Love’ stars Alice and is a sequined,  disco-ball themed affair filmed in a karaoke bar in London, where Alice is surrounded by fun party goers. 

In her own words Alice describes her new single ‘Dancing in Love’ as “…being about falling in love, and the push and pull of the relationship resembling a dance. Since the release of my debut album two years ago, I’ve moved out of my parent’s home and now share a flat with my boyfriend and so I think this record, like most of the tracks on my new album, reflects a more mature view of love and relationships.”

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WATCHING ANTHONY REYNOLDS 'A PAINTER'S LIFE' (DOMINO PUBLISHING)

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Anthony Reynolds releases the title track from his forthcoming album  ‘A Painter’s Life’ via Rocket Girl Records due to be released on August 2nd 2019. Watch the music video above.

A Painter’s Life’ is Anthony Reynolds' second Orchestral solo album. Featuring Robert Dean (Japan), Carl Bevan (60ft Dolls), Richard Glover, (Dub War), Fiona Brice, (Midlake, John Grant), Gary Le Strange, Kirk Lake and a cast of many others. 

Anthony Reynolds was born in South Wales in the early seventies. Between 1993 and 2004 he was founding member of the groups Jack and Jacques, releasing five albums. Since 2004 he has released various albums and also worked as a writer, publishing four biographies which have been translated into 14 languages and two volumes of poetry which haven’t been translated at all. He has collaborated with the likes of Momus, Dot Allison, Peter Walsh (Scott Walker), Colin Wilson and Vashti Bunyan.

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WATCHING (SANDY) ALEX G 'HOPE' (DOMINO ALL-IN)

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(Sandy) Alex G has shared a new track and accompanying video, “Hope”, from his forthcoming album, House of Sugar.

(Sandy) Alex G, a.k.a. the singer, songwriter, and musician Alex Giannascoli, began writing the songs that would ultimately become House of Sugar in the fall of 2017. Whereas with earlier efforts, such as 2011’s self-released Winner or the landmark 2014 release DSU, music was written and recorded at a prolific clip, with these new songs Giannascoli approached the recording process with a newfound deliberateness, concentrating on a smaller collection of songs and laboring over each with more focus and acuity than ever before.

 Giannascoli worked closely with Jacob Portrait, who mixed both Rocket and 2015’s Beach Music, and helped to balance each of House of Sugar’s dense, multi-faceted tracks. As the product of extended focus and planning, House of Sugar emerges as Giannascoli’s most meticulous, cohesive album yet: a statement of artistic purpose, showing off his ear for both persistent earworms and shifting textures, and the out-there sonic adventurism that’s made previous (Sandy) Alex G records so singular.

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NEW SINGLE NERIJA 'LAST STRAW' OUT 10TH JULY 2019 (DOMINO ALL-IN)

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As they edge closer to the release of their debut album, Blume, on 2nd August, Nérija are extremely happy to share the new track, “Last Straw”. 

The new track is one of the more dancefloor ready moments on Blume, capturing some of the best aspects Nérija’s live sets whilst adding some indefinable studio magic, perfectly exemplifying the collaborative nature of the band.

Nérija are the septet of contemporary jazz luminaries, Nubya Garcia (tenor saxophone), Sheila Maurice-Grey (trumpet), Cassie Kinoshi (alto saxophone), Rosie Turton (trombone), Shirley Tetteh (guitar), Lizy Exell (drums) and Rio Kai (bass). Rooted in friendship, Nérija is a collective whose breakneck shifts in tempo and style rely on a deep understanding of mood, temperament and expression, a solid show of trust that extends beyond the usual bonds between musicians.

Blume is a truly breath-taking collection of compositions that perfectly encapsulates everything Nérija; vibrant, engaging, infectious and truly current. For just over an hour, they take us on a sprawling wonderful journey, arriving at what is a majestic body of work; their personal and collective experiences and inspirations over the last half decade or so.

BLUMENERIJA SELF-TITLED EP

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WATCHING LOWER DENS 'I DRIVE' OUT 9TH JULY 2019 (DOMINO PUBLISHING)

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Four years since their critically acclaimed album, Escape From Evil, Lower Dens recently announced their newest creation - The Competition - which will be released on Ribbon Music on September 6th.  Today, Lower Dens are happy to share the video for the second single from the album, directed by Jason Nocito, featuring choreography by Veleda Roehl and dancers Stephannie Henriquez & Steven Jeltsch. “I Drive” follows on the heels - in both sequence and theme - of the album’s lead single Young Republicans, about a certain sect of society's elite. On “I Drive,” Jana Hunter sings inquisitively “We had streets. But now there’s just police.  I drive at night.

On “I Drive”, Hunter says, “Like a lot of queer and trans people, I've learned that real family is made, and it isn't necessarily blood. Even my blood relatives, we work for that familial connection and trust. This song is about leaving behind obligations to people who don't love or care about you, being with and about people who do. It's a feeling so strong it's driving me. That's the driving I'm doing."

THE COMPETITIONESCAPE FROM EVIL | LOWER DENS

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VILLAGERS 'SUMMER'S SONG' OUT 9TH JULY 2019 (DOMINO ALL-IN)

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Villagers are pleased to share a brand new single, “Summer’s Song”. Featuring a chorus of six flugelhorns, “Summer’s Song” was written and produced by Conor O’Brien and mixed by the legendary Dave Fridmann (Tame Impala, Flaming Lips, MGMT). Watch the video above.

In Conor’s words: “Summer's Song is the closest I'll ever get to writing a pure pop song. I just had to roll with it and I'm glad I did; it was really just an excuse to make the horns sound like sunbeams. Boy it's fun to play live. I can't quite believe we managed to get the magical touch of Dave Fridmann in on the mix”. The video - animated by Joe May and illustrated by Patricio Bauzá - is equally drenched with memories of summers past and anticipation of those to come.

Fresh from supporting Mumford & Sons on their recent UK arena tour, Villagers will be playing shows throughout the summer including a sold-out gig at Dublin’s glorious Iveagh Gardens (his biggest ever headline - 4000 cap).  A European tour including Paradiso, Amsterdam and the Rolling Stone Weekenders in Germany have also been announced for November.

Villagers released their acclaimed fourth album The Art Of Pretending To Swim last year and O’Brien has a string of accolades under his belt including two Ivor Novello Awards, two Mercury Music Prize nominations and is a previous winner of Ireland’s Choice Music Prize.

Additionally, Villagers’ music has featured in both seasons of HBO drama ‘Big Little Lies’ – reaching the Top 60 Shazam charts in the UK and US last month - and their Spotify session of “Nothing Arrived” has hit over 130 million streams.

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DOMINO PUBLISHING AT GLASTONBURY 2019

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This year, writers from across the Domino Publishing and recordings roster had a successful weekend performing at Glastonbury.

GEORGIA

Kicking off the weekend, Georgia played The Park stage with her one-woman show debuting new tracks and playing her most recent hits 'Started Out' and 'About Work The Dancefloor'. Watch her full performance here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p07d9pjs/glastonbury-georgia-live-at-glastonbury

JON HOPKINS

Jon Hopkins' euphoric, electronica spectacle to the West Holts stage, complete with lasers and all-new mind blowing visuals featuring tracks from his latest album 'Singularity'. Watch back here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p07d60x1/glastonbury-jon-hopkins-live-at-glastonbury 

FONTAINES D.C.

Dublin rock band, Fontaines D.C. tore up the John Peel stage off the back of their successful debut album 'Dogrel' featuring fan favourites 'Big' 'Too Real' and 'Boys in the Better Land'. Watch back here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p07d66qb/glastonbury-fontaines-dc-live-at-glastonbury

KATE TEMPEST

British spoken word and hip-hop artist, Kate Tempest took to the Park stage transfixing the crowd with her political poetry from albums such as the Mercury nominated 'Let Them Eat Chaos' and her latest LP 'The Book Of Traps and Lessons'.Watch here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p07dj022/glastonbury-kate-tempest-live-at-glastonbury

HOT CHIP

The full legendary Hot Chip line-up came together to play a live show on the Park stage, a set full of classics alongside new songs from their latest album released on Domino - 'A Bathful of Ecstasy'. Watch here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p07dhzn6/glastonbury-hot-chip-live-at-glastonbury

FAT WHITE FAMILY

On the last day - south London's extraordinary, multi-instrumental rock collective, Fat White Family closed Domino's reign at Glastonbury 2019 by performing songs from their latest album 'Serf's Up!'. Watch back here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p07djv34/glastonbury-fat-white-family-live-at-glastonbury

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WATCHING HOT CHIP 'SPELL' OUT 24TH JUNE 2019 (DOMINO RECORDINGS)

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Hot Chip 'A Bath Full of Ecstasy'
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Hot Chip recently released A Bath Full Of Ecstasy, their brilliant seventh album and the group’s definitive release, crystallising the sound they’ve become celebrated for – bridging euphoria and melancholy with colourful melodies, idiosyncratic vocalisations and pounding electronic pop rhythms. Ahead of their show at Glastonbury, the band have shared a video for album track “Spell”, Watch above.

Directed by Simon Owens, the video for “Spell” takes the lyrics “Like a spell you are under | And now I feel your curse / It’s all that I wanted / A memory in reverse / Forever I’m haunted” and twists them into a weird and warped bedroom that wouldn’t be out of place in an Evil Dead film.

Having originally started life as a track for Katy Perry (Alexis Taylor and Joe Goddard contributed to her 2017 album Witness), “Spell” showcases some of the more experimental vocal production found on A Bath Full of Ecstasy. Taylor’s vocals are manipulated to be playful and free, without obfuscating the words; harking to Prince’s gender-bending infectious lust.

A BATH FULL OF ECSTASY LPDANCING IN THE DARK EP | 'STARTED RIGHT' REMIXES | 'WHY MAKE SENSE?'

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BILL RYDER-JONES 'YAWNY YAWN' OUT 26TH JULY 2019 (DOMINO ALL-IN)

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At the end of 2018, Bill Ryder-Jones released the critically acclaimed Yawn – his beautiful fourth album. He has now reimagined the songs from Yawn, this time with only vocals and piano, opening an even more intimate window onto his world. Taking inspiration from The Beach Boys, Bill has titled this alternative version of the record Yawny Yawn and it will be released on July 26th. The first track to recieve a reimagining is 'Don't Be Scared, I Love you' which can be watched above.

In his own inimitable style, Bill Ryder-Jones says: “I can't remember why I thought it was a good idea to make a piano version of Yawn, I presume at some point I felt that the original had too much pep. Was actually quite fun to make although I've since developed a dislike for the way my hands look”. 

Similarly to Yawn, the album artwork for Yawny Yawn features a family photo. Bill adds: “Much like the artwork for Yawn, this photo just looked like it should be an album cover. Whereas Yawn featured my brother, our babysitter and myself in the background, the artwork for Yawny Yawn shows me at my aunt's house aged 3 and playing my keyboard.” 

Multi-instrumentalist, producer, string-arranger and composer Bill Ryder-Jones has had a career spanning 15 years, a rarity in a world that so often looks to the new.  From his musical interpretation of Italo Calvino’s ‘If On A Winters Night A Traveller' (If… in 2011), 2013’s A Bad Wind Blows In My Heart, West Kirby County Primary (2015) and last year’s Yawn, Bill has constantly widened his scope, weaving in an overarching sense of authenticity, intimacy and wryness as he goes. 

YAWNWEST KIRBY COUNTY (2015)

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

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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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BUZZCOCKS ‘A DIFFERENT KIND OF TENSION’ & ‘SINGLES GOING STEADY’ REISSUES OUT 14TH JUNE 2019 (DOMINO RECORDINGS)

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Today sees the release of A Different Kind Of Tension and Singles Going Steady, the latest pair of albums in the continuing Buzzcocks reissue campaign on Domino. And to mark the releases, Domino have shared the band’s 1978 Top Of The Pops performance of their biggest hit, Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve) and the video to What Do I Get?. Watch above.

Additionally, ‘What Do I Get? : 40 years of Buzzcocks and the art of Malcolm Garrett’, a very special exhibition celebrating the Garrett’s distinctive artwork for the band, takes place at the Noho Showroom, 67 Great Titchfield Street, Fitzrovia, London W1W 7PT tomorrow, Saturday June 15th, between 10am – 6pm.

It features Malcolm’s original artwork designs for Buzzcocks throughout their tenure together, as well as a pop-up shop where fans can buy special copies of the 40th anniversary re-issues and the original ‘Product’ carrier bag, plus a very limited number of exclusive screen-prints of the original Malcolm Garrett ‘What Do I Get?’ poster.  Finally, having previously announced a concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London on June 21st 2019, the band, featuring Steve Diggle and the current members, recently confirmed they would continue and play the show by way of a celebration of Shelley’s life and musical genius following his untimely death in December 2018.

Supported by Skids and Penetration, additionally a host of special guests will be joining Buzzcocks on stage, including Paul Morley, who will be MC for the evening, Tim Burgess (The Charlatans), Captain Sensible and Dave Vanian (The Damned), Peter Perrett (Only Ones), Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth), Richard Jobson (Skids) and Pauline Murray (Penetration), as well as ‘classic’ Buzzcocks members John Maher and Steve Garvey.

SPIRAL SCRATCH EP AND TIME'S UP

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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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NERIJA 'BLUME' OUT 2ND AUGUST 2019 (DOMINO ALL-IN)

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Nérija announce their debut album, Blume, due for release on 2nd August 2019 on Domino. With the announcement of Blume comes the first track from the record, “Riverfest” - written by the whole band, could perhaps be the entry point for anyone new to Nérija. With blistering playing from the band, it’s a track that exudes feeling, capturing the best aspects of their live sets while adding some indefinable studio magic. Listen to the track above. 

Nérija are the septet of contemporary jazz luminaries, Nubya Garcia (tenor saxophone), Sheila Maurice-Grey (trumpet), Cassie Kinoshi (alto saxophone), Rosie Turton (trombone), Shirley Tetteh (guitar), Lizy Exell (drums) and Rio Kai (bass). Rooted in friendship, Nérija is a collective whose breakneck shifts in tempo and style rely on a deep understanding of mood, temperament and expression, a solid show of trust that extends beyond the usual bonds between musicians.

Recorded in the boat-shaped confines of London’s legendary Soup Studios and produced by Kwes, the overarching goal with Blume was to simply capture the rawness, warmth, joy and the spirit of their relationship and performance. One of the recording aims was to channel the feel of Teo Macero and Stanley Tonkel’s records with Miles Davis during his Columbia years, thinking “forward” as they did but for this band, capturing the controlled chaos and frame it with a timeless elegance.

Blume is a truly breath-taking collection of compositions that perfectly encapsulates everything Nérija; vibrant, engaging, infectious and truly current. For just over an hour, they take us on a sprawling wonderful journey, arriving at what is a majestic body of work; their personal and collective experiences and inspirations over the last half decade or so.

NERIJA SELF-TITLED EP

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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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LOWER DENS 'THE COMPETITION' OUT 6TH SEPTEMBER 2019 (DOMINO ALL-IN)

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Lower Dens 'Young Republicans'
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Four years since their critically acclaimed album, Escape From Evil, Lower Dens are proud to announce their newest creation -- The Competition -- which will be released via Ribbon Music on September 6th. The album’s first song “Young Republicans,” can be watched above.

The Competition is a pop album with a concept both emotionally and politically urgent. By design, competition is the driving force of modern capitalism, and the title is lead singer and songwriter Jana Hunter’s (pronouns: they/them, him/his) term for a socio-psychological phenomenon this generates, a kind of psychosis that accelerates our insecurities and anxieties to the point of total overload, corroding our intimacies, our communities, and our senses of self.

The new album speaks, in various ways, to the necessity of what Hunter describes as “socially de-conditioning ourselves and learning how to be people.”  Ranging in scope from the very personal to the political, each song is linked by a theme that expresses the connection of one to the other.  The lyrics are steeped in humor and visceral, sometimes grotesque imagery: “I stood there stupefied by your pretty face/And spitting blood onto your shirt and your pretty face/I said I might love you,” Hunter sings in “Buster Keaton.” In “Empire Sundown” — about overthrowing the plutocrats — they sing, “Look them in the eyes when they push you/Off the raft and make them watch you drown.”

Musically, Hunter’s tastes have always been expansive (they cite serpentwithfeet, Hand Habits, Travis Scott, Faten Kanaan, and Elon Battle, aka :3LON — who appears on feature “I Drive,” as well as three other songs on the album — as some current favourites).  These and other musical tomes inspired them to try layering recorded sounds, performances, midi and synth instruments in walls of sound. The result is a pop album that unifies theme and feel, and swallows you up: The songs are dense with guitars, drums, bass, and synth, but also accordion, French horn, trumpet, bassoon, and flute. 

ESCAPE FROM EVIL | LOWER DENS

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