Structures and Light is the intricate and esoteric works of synth-harnessing artist Group Zero, aka Cathal Cully from the Belfast based band Girls Names.Its abrasiveness is not for the faint hearted - this is an artist not interest in making an appeal to the mainstream.
The album "brought the naivety and spontaneity back to making music", according to Cully, whose playfulness is truly a diamond in the rough.
Singer/songwriter Rose Elinor Dougall has been a permanent fixture on the indie pop scene since joining the Pipettes at the age of 17. Dougall was born in 1986 in London but grew up in Kent with a musical family. Her father, Alistair, was a singer/songwriter on the Brighton scene, while brother Tom later went onto be the guitarist in Joe Lean & the Jing Jang Jong, then Toy.
She developed a love of music after listening to her parents' folk and reggae records, and after attending Camberwell College of Arts, began writing her own songs. In 2003, she joined the '60s-inspired girl group the Pipettes, who went on to score two Top 40 singles, "Pull Shapes" and "Your Kisses Are Wasted on Me." After five years, she left the band to pursue a solo career and provided guest vocals on tracks by Brakes, Young Playthings, and Dr. Colossus. Her debut album, Without Why, featuring the singles "Another Version of Pop Song" and "Start/Stop/Synchro," was released in 2010.
Dougall also appeared on Mark Ronson's 2010 Record Collection album and then performed as part of his live band the Business International on subsequent tours. She guested on albums by We Are Scientists and Rufus Wainwright, then in 2015 began working with Boxed In's Oli Bayston on her second album, Stellular, which is released on Dougall's own label, Vermillion Records.
'Nothing Feels Natural' is the title of Priests debut full-length album. They Washington DC punks have already released two singles from the album - “JJ” and “Pink White House,” and now they’ve shared the album’s surprisingly pretty and melodic title track. Listen below.
“This song was written when we weren’t sure the record we were trying to make would ever be completed or actually come out, and that is actually what it’s about,” says singer Katie Alice Greer in a press release. “I was really depressed and frustrated. I worked in a restaurant and hated it and thought I would work there forever (because that’s how you think when you’re depressed). This band has never been a hobby or something we do when there’s nothing better to do, so in times when it feels like things aren’t working, my entire life feels like it’s not working. This song came out of that feeling.”
Cali garage-psych upstarts and Band To Watch alums Meatbodies will return this year with the follow-up to 2014’s self-titled LP. ALICE is billed as “an 11-track concept album covering war, sex, politics, and religion,” with a sound the band describes alternately as “heavy pop” or “metal on molly.”
News of the new album arrives with the hard-hitting, glammed-up lead single “Creature Feature.” It’s an excellent reminder that Bolan and Bowie’s influence lingers long after their departure from this plane — and that Meatbodies remain one of the best units digging for gold amongst the relics of rock history.
Meg Duffy, aka Hand Habits, is a singer, songwriter and guitarist from Upstate New York. She has been putting her time in on the road and in the studio over the past two years with pacific northwest band Mega Bog, and the Kevin Morby Band, making an impression on everyone she comes across with her natural charisma and uncharted talent as a multi-instrumentalist. But let Wildly Idle (Humble Before The Void) be her open invitation to the world to step inside and take a much deeper look into who Duffy actually is.
Real Estate have announced a new album, In Mind — the follow-up to their 2014 LP Atlas. They have also shared the first song from the record, as well as its accompanying music video 'Darling'.
Real Estate recorded In Mind in Los Angeles with producer Cole M. Greif-Neill (who’s worked with Beck, Julia Holter, and more). It is the band’s first full-length since the departure of founding member and guitarist Matt Mondanile, who left last May citing a desire to focus on his own Ducktails project. The album features their new member, guitarist Julian Lynch.
Laucan is the Lewes-raised Sunday Best signing - real name Laurence Galpin - melts psychedelic pop with the natural splendour of fantastical folk on "Up Tomorrow".
Immersed in "folk music of increasing obscurity" Galpin set off on a journey into the past to escape the hubbub of London living. It seems he's done just that, sauntering backwards into a time of disconnection and solace. Andrew Phillips - of Ninja Tune's Grasscut - is Galpin's principal collaborator, and together they toy with texture, cinematic layers, and deep atmospheric shrouds.
Pissed Jeans have announced Why Love Now, the follow-up to 2013’s Honeys. It’s out via Sub Pop. Why Love Now was produced by Lydia Lunch and Arthur Rizk (of Sumerlands) and features contributions from author Lindsay Hunter, delivering a “self-penned monologue of W.B. Mason-inspired erotica.” The band have also shared the album’s first single, “The Bar Is Low.” According to vocalist Matt Korvette, the song is about “how every guy seems to be revealing themselves as a shithead.”
Electric Lines, the new album from producer Joe Goddard, is all about connections. The title refers to the colourful cables that link the modules in his Eurorack synthesizer and to the invisible wires that run between all the different kinds of electronic music that he loves. An apt title for a record which brilliantly unites the strands of his prolific career: member of Hot Chip and the 2 Bears, songwriter, producer, DJ, Grammy award nominated remixer and co-founder of the Greco-Roman label.
Like Four Tet, Caribou and Jamie xx, Joe combines a thirst for experimentation, an instinctive understanding of the dancefloor and a love of left-of-centre pop music. Electric Lines confirms his place in the front rank of British producers.
Dirty Projectors have announced their new self-titled album to be released on Domino. They have also shared the brand new track ‘Up In Hudson’ which is described as an elegy to the Obama years, a generation of indie rock, and to a relationship.
The new album does everything we want and expect from Dirty Projectors — but in a way we never could have imagined or anticipated. In a career of surprising conceptual gambits, unexpected stylistic evolutions, and continually changing lineups — this is, as DJ Khaled says, “Another One!".
Alice Jemima merges sultry sweet vocals with contemporary electronic production – creating catchy yet intelligent pop that speaks of universal emotions. Initially spotted by Rob da bank via a phone-in song writing competition on BBC Radio 1, Alice joined us at Sunday Best early 2015.
Following on from the introductory Liquorice EP – with lead tracks ‘So’ & ‘Liquorice’ supported by Radio 1, BBC Introducing & Clash – Alice is set to release her self-titled debut album. First single ‘Dodged a Bullet’ dropped in September & gained instant momentum – making it’s way onto the BBC Radio 1 playlist, garnering supporting from heavyweight press like Complex & Nylon, and receiving the remix treatment from house aficionados Bodhi & US Alt-Pop visionary How To Dress Well.
Watch the video for 'Dodged A Bullett' above - which was was shot in New York & directed by Lauren Sieczkowski.
Solide Mirage is the fourth studio album from Frànçois & The Atlas Mountains. Alongside the announcement, Frànçois & The Atlas Mountains have shared the album’s first single, ‘Grand Dereglement’, plus a video directed by Jack Barraclough and Frànçois himself. The video is a collaboration between Frànçois and Palestinian Dabké dancer Mohamed Okal, who fled with his family from the conflicts in Gaza, where he used to work as an ambulance driver.
Watch the video above.
The album was recorded in Jet Studios in Brussels and produced by Ash Workman, who also worked on Piano Ombre and who has worked with Metronomy and Christine & The Queens, with strings performed by Owen Pallett.
Fashion VJs! Live cinema! Grime! …and glamour! This programme of live multi-sensory visual projections curated by London College of Fashion, UAL and Domino Publishing will re-create the spontaneity and immediacy of the fashion world through fashion film, interactive audio-visual performance and intoxicating beats, performed with a custom AV system designed by Dimitrios Coumados.
Also, artists Harriet Fleuriot and Sarah Cockings will showcase their project Plasma Vista in a remixed state with live sound from Luke Fraser and performance from Miss Cairo, and interactive sculptures from Laurence Symonds, showcasing its episodic art, design products, furnishings and clothing as a dysfunctional experimental piece of moving image.
And WBW Awards photographer of the year 2016, Olivia Rose, will present her photographic work for This Is Grime, the definitive book on Britain’s most provocative music genre (written by Hattie Collins) as live projections, accompanied by a suitable DJ soundtrack including artistes such as The Range, Oscar #worldpeace and Ragz Originale. For fashion adventures in a sonic landscape, sashay this way.
It’s been eight years since Scott Kannberg, aka Spiral Stairs (founding member of Pavement and Preston School of Industry), released any new music. He knows that. The years just have a habit of slipping away sometimes.
Doris and The Daggers – to be released on through Domino - and shares the first track from it, the album opener ‘Dance (Cry Wolf)’. Its Roxy Music meets Wire slink and stompable groove is a “positive, dance-away-the-pain thing” says Scott whilst the video features Jason Lytle from Grandaddy.
'Pothole In The Sky' is Lisa O’Neill's third album, following a witty and charming debut 'Lisa O’Neill Has An Abum'(2009), and an altogether more cohesive follow-up 'Same Cloth or Not' (2013) that marked her a serious artist, a contender, a voice, a forked tongue.
The album was produced by David Odlum in Black Box Studios in France. Lisa was recently featured as The Guardian's new talent to watch out for in 2017.
Watch the video for the title track 'Pothole In The Sky' above.
Lisa will also be on tour in the UK & Europe supporting The Divine Comedy > PLAY (LIVE DATES)
Domino will release the 40th anniversary of the release of Buzzcocks’ groundbreaking ‘Spiral Scratch’ EP with its reissue and ‘Time’s Up’, the 1976 demos recorded with founder & singer Howard Devoto and originally released as a bootleg.
Featuring the original line-up of Howard Devoto (vocals & songwriter), Pete Shelley (guitar & songwriter), Steve Diggle (bass guitar) and John Maher (drums), ‘Time’s Up’ was recorded at Revolution Studios, Bramhall Lane Stockport on the 18th of October 1976. The session, recording Buzzcocks’ live set at the time, cost £45 and was engineered by Andy MacPherson.
In December of the same year, the band recorded the four track ‘Spiral Scratch’ EP with a minimum of fuss in ‘downtime’ at Indigo Studios, with Martin Hannett (then going under the pseudonym of Martin Zero) producing. The band inexplicably took it upon themselves to release the EP themselves, somehow finding the monies necessary to press up 1000 copied on 7” vinyl, on their own New Hormones label. The EP sold for £1 a copy. Within days of the initial release, with typical punk chaos and sweet disregard for any cohesive business strategy, Howard Devoto revealed that he was quitting the band. The ‘Spiral Scratch’ EP quickly sold out its initial 1000 pressing, went on to sell 16,000 copies over the next six months and is now recognised as one of, if not the, most important records of the punk explosion – the first self-released record of its time, with the band responsible for everything, from sleeve design to distribution.
Watch ‘Breakdown’, filmed at Manchester’s Lesser Free Trade Hall shows in 1976 - watch ABOVE.
2016 saw the release of Night Moves’ sophomore album, Pennied Days, and today they have followed it up with the digital-only companion EP Carl Sagan consisting of the album’s opening track - a standout from Pennied Days - and four tracks available digitally for the first time.
Listen to it in full and watch the Brook Linder-directed (Grimes, Preoccupations, The Lemon Twigs) video for Carl Sagan via the link below.
Dirty Projectors have shared their new video for their new track 'Little Bubble' - which explores the metaphor of Earth itself as a fragile bubble of life in a cold, dead universe. Building on the visual language of Dirty Projectors’ 2012 short film Hi Custodian, it was directed by Longstreth and longtime collaborator Adam Newport-Berra.
After the first single ‘Keep Your Name,’ here is ‘Little Bubble’ — the second song from the hotly anticipated, possibly forthcoming but yet-unannounced next Dirty Projectors work.
Following an eventful 2016, the multi-instrumentalist, producer and songwriter, Georgia has returned to kick-off the New Year with a new track and video, ‘Feel It’.
Written with the intention to inspire a new generation of musicians to get up and play, Georgia says of ‘Feel It’: “My goal was simple; to make a music video that makes every five-year-old girl in the world break her Barbie's legs and use them as drumsticks.”
Fresh from a European tour with The Kills plus sharing a bill with Florence & The Machine and Kendrick Lamar at the Barclaycard BST Hyde Park Festival, Georgia has announced that she will be heading out on tour with The Flaming Lips across Europe this January,including her biggest UK show to date at London’s O2 Brixton Academy.
Rising duo Makola have their roots in Finland and Ghana but their sound, an irrepressible explosion of hip-hop and afrobeat, could only ever have been forged in London. Their latest track, ‘All My People’, compares the frosty reception Ghanaian immigrants received in the ’50s to the more inclusive attitude that largely reigns in the capital today, and does so to an infectious beat bolstered by some exuberant samples. Look out for a debut album from Makola next year.
Makola have already won huge support from the likes of Radio 1’s DJ Target, Mistajam, Phil Taggart and Beats 1 DJ Julie Adenuga who hailed their debut single ‘This is London’ as one of her ‘’tracks of the summer’’, adding it to her ‘Big 3’, as well as it being on Apple Music UK’s ‘A-list tracks of the week’. Makola are continuing to prove they are a force to be reckoned with.
Watch the video for the single 'Black Man Statues' above.
Ty Segall has announced a new self-titled album. Ty Segall marks the prolific artist’s ninth studio record (his debut record from 2008 was also called Ty Segall) and it’s out via Drag City. Segall has also shared the album’s lead single; listen to “Orange Color Queen” below. He’s planned a slew of tour dates for 2017 behind the new album.
Segall’s last album, Emotional Mugger, arrived in 2016.
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