Motion Graphics, the solo project of NY based electronic artist Joe Williams, announces its’ debut with a self-titled LP out on Domino. Created over a two year period between NY, LA, & Baltimore, Motion Graphics is a unique and compelling collection of richly detailed widescreen compositions, inspired in part by the ambient sound effects of digital menu systems that decorate today’s auditory landscape. Creating custom randomised software instruments, Williams’ mimics the erraticism of the Twitter timeline and the aggregated news feed, while incorporating elements of techno-pop and jazz, sequenced through the superhuman capabilities of a computer. Motion Graphics is an ambitious debut from an artist adept at manipulating the sounds and digital tools ubiquitous to the everyday. The first single ‘Lense’ is now available, accompanied by a striking animated visual of the album artwork, a video created by CULTURESPORT.
Williams currently serves as a core member of Future Times’ Maxmillion Dunbar’s ongoing Lifted ensemble. Williams’ productions can be heard on Baltimore-based Co La’s Moody Coup LP and on Williams’ original score for 12 O’Clock Boys, a feature-length documentary on the notorious dirt bike riders of Baltimore’s Westside.
Lou Rhodes is in the Live Room with tracks from new album 'theyesandeye'. Having released 6 records as one half of electronic genre-benders Lamb this is her 4th solo LP and is released on Nude Records on 22nd July.
Lou says 'I had a gut feeling I wanted to experiment with a slightly psychedelic feel and, by chance, met up with Simon Byrt (the album's co-producer) in a friend's studio. It turned out that he has a strange passion for vintage spring and tape echoes and, before long, we'd decided to make a record together."
Son Lux began as the solo project of classically trained electro artist Ryan Lott, but it was expanded to a trio for last year’s album Bones. The trio is set to follow up that excellent full-length effort with the Stranger Forms EP this summer.
It opens with winding, wandering, triumphant horns and careens into a marching band feel with the horns coming in huge bursts with big drums. Lott’s soulful vocals come in to signal a switch to a more subdued, jazzy aesthetic and then the two contrasting sounds alternate, wonderfully fluctuating the energy and evolving the sonic for a relentlessly engaging excursion. Hanna Benn joins to punctuate the crescendo as Lott provocatively repeats “You don’t know me/ You don’t know me at all,” evoking the gamut of emotions that come with the realization of someone you care about knowing you less intimately than you thought or would like them to. The tension between the brightness and immensity of the sound and the darkly shaded sentiments makes for a stirring experience.
The ceaselessly prolific Ty Segall announced the formation of a new band with FUZZ’s Charles Moothart and Chris Shaw of Ex-Cult. Calling themselves GØGGS, the trio of garage punk stalwarts have now revealed the details of their forthcoming self-titled debut.
Due out via In The Red Records, GØGGS features contributions from Wand’s Cory Hanson, Vial’s Denee Petracek, and Segall’s frequent collaborator Mikal Cronin. Recorded last summer in LA, the album took “three years of planning, thirty days of writing, one week of ripping” to complete, according to a press release.
Gold Panda has released a surprise EP, Kindgom, which was inspired by the recent Brexit vote. The EP, whose track titles include ‘Eurotunnel’ and ‘Mediaevil’, follows the release of his recent Good Luck And Do Your Best album. The LP was inspired by a trip to Japan to create a “sight and sound documentary” of field recordings and pictures. The EP is available for purchase on his Bandcamp. Stream it below.
King Creosote, returns with his new record Astronaut Meets Appleman. It explores the tension and harmony between tradition and technology – between analogue and digital philosophies – and also invokes a feeling, King Creosote (otherwise known as Fife’s Kenny Anderson) says, of “being caught between heaven and earth”.
Astronaut Meets Appleman follows King Creosote’s breakthrough record From Scotland With Love (2014) and his Mercury-nominated collaboration with Jon Hopkins, Diamond Mine (2011). It arrives replete with a chamber-rock rabble and then some: harps and bagpipes come as standard, as does silence.
The first track to be shared is the album’s opener ‘You Just Want’. A seven-minute piece of hymnal drone-pop, its touchstones are the art of patience, scenes of mild bondage and Venus (in Furs). Listen above.
Following the announcement of new album Boy King, released 5th August 2016 on Domino, alongside its first single ‘Get My Bang’, Wild Beasts have released the video for the album’s second single, ‘Big Cat’. Filmed in several locations outside of Barcelona, Spain and directed by Pablo Maestres, watch the video above.
The new Wytches album is set to be released on Heavenly Recordings and is titled ‘All Your Happy Life.’ The album was recorded by Jim Sclavunos (Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds / Grinderman) in Chapel Studios in Lincolnshire and then Toe Rag in East London, and mixed by Sclavunos and Mikey Young (Total Control Eddy Current Suppression.)
The album draws on a lifetime’s worth of new experiences shoehorned into two whirlwind years since their acclaimed debut album Annabel Dream Reader. There’s no difficult second album syndrome here. This black-hearted set is a combination of heavy comedown psychedelia and bilious and brilliant baroque ‘n’ roll. It’s portentous and scathing. Scabrous and bold. Utterly nihilistic.
Influences and inspiration is drawn from unexpected places – reading Tolstoy’s stories of dysfunctional relationships on the tour bus, digging the warm Hammond-and-acoustic tones of Elliot Smith, loads of underground metal band – but mainly it is informed by observing small town English life with new eyes, having traversed the planet on that first wave of success that followed their 2014 debut. It’s not so much the sound of the calm after the storm, but the howling vortex that follows in its wake.
Sea of Bees is the musical project of Julie Ann Bee, or Jules as everyone calls her. She sings, writes the songs, and plays lots of musical instruments. The 3rd album, Build A Boat To The Sun, is released on 3loop Music.
Since the release of 2012’s “Orangefarben” (Heavenly Records), “Build A Boat To The Sun” sees Jules leaving the darkness for brighter horizons, gathering the good things up, leaving the bad behind and moving forward. The music has also moved forward sonically from previous releases with more tracks having a full band sound after Jules bought a drum kit and spent as much time playing drums as guitar much to her neighbour's dismay. The immediate upbeat pop swagger of ‘Test Yourself’ and alt-rocker ‘Karma Kard’ set out the stall for this album as Jules and producer John Baccigaluppi visit a variety of styles across the album. There are moments of the folk-pop that brought the initial critical acclaim in ‘Don’t Follow Me’ and ‘Moline’, touches of lush orchestration in ‘Monk’ and ‘Little Sea’ and even a nod to the electronica of Grandaddy (Jason Lytle is a big fan) on ‘Dan’. The album was mixed with Jesse Lauter who produced The Low Anthem.
Led by the raffish and slightly scuzzy romance-obsessed Peter Perrett, the Only Ones were one of the punk era's most underrated bands. Not as confrontational as the Sex Pistols, as politically indulgent as the Clash, or as stripped-down as the Ramones, the Only Ones played not-so-fast guitar rock that sounded deeply indebted to the New York Dolls and other mid-'70s proto-punks. Singing his intelligently crafted pop songs in a semi-tuneful whine of a voice and backed by a band that effectively combined youthful exuberance with gracefully aging veterans (non-punk drummer Mike Kellie had done time with early-'70s clod-rockers Spooky Tooth, bassist Alan Mair was nearly 40), Perrett was an astute chronicler of the vagaries of modern, dysfunctional love. Despite a career that lasted from 1978-1981 and one certifiable "hit" song to their credit (the brilliant "Another Girl, Another Planet"), the Only Ones became the archetypal contenders that never broke big, despite assurances from fans and critics that they couldn't miss. Although they split up in 1981 after only three records, the Only Ones, due in large part to "Another Girl, Another Planet," became more influential than one would have guessed.
Listen to Paul Westerberg and you'll hear more than a little Peter Perrett (in fact, the Replacements covered "Another Girl"); look at the number of Only Ones releases over the past decade (a half-dozen at least) and you soon realize that a significant cult surrounding the band grew after their breakup. Ironically, it was the posthumous release of the sessions for John Peel's BBC show that, more than any of the proper studio releases, accurately displayed the muscle and smarts of this fine band. There have been many rumors surrounding Perrett's life after the Only Ones, many of them involving an alleged heroin addiction. Perrett did continue to record and release solo projects during the '80s, including a project known as the One in the mid-'90s.
Angel Olsen's new album My Woman is out September 2 on Jagjaguwar. After sharing “Intern,” she's back with another one from her Burn Your Fire for No Witness follow-up. It's called “Shut Up Kiss Me,” and in her self-directed video, she rollerskates while wearing a glittery silver wig.
Dâm-Funk and Nite Jewel's project Nite-Funk have shared the lead song from an upcoming self-titled EP, which is due July 1 via Dâm-Funk's new label Glydezone. The song is called “Let Me Be Me” and it's mixed by Cole M.G.N. Hear the track, and find the tracklist and artwork below. Dâm-Funk and Nite Jewel both recently put out new records: DJ-Kicks and Liquid Cool, respectively.
Blood Orange’s highly anticipated new album, Freetown Sound, is out now. Written and produced by Hynes, and featuring musical contributions from Nelly Furtado, Carly Rae Jepsen, BEA1991, Debbie Harry, Adam Bainbridge (a.k.a. Kindness), Empress Of, Ian Isiah, Kelsey Lu, Jason Arce, Ava Raiin, Aaron Maine (a.k.a. Porches), Bryndon Cook (a.k.a. Starchild) and Patrick Wimberly, Freetown Sound is a tour de force, a confluence of Hynes’ past, present, and future that melds his influences with his own established musical voice.
You can stream the album via a variety of platforms using THIS link.
Porches return with a tropical-feeling avant-garde video for track ‘Car,’ a standout single from the group’s latest album Pool, released in February of 2016. Watch it above.
‘Car’s video was co-produced by Urban Outfitters as the 26th installment of their UO Music Video Series. Check out their blog for behind the scene photos and an interview with video director Daniel Brereton. Over the past 5 years, the UO Music Video Series has helped produce music videos for bands including Empress of, Petite Noir, Ariel Pink, Perfume Genius, and Spoon.
New Build's video for their single 'Luminous Freedom' was shortlisted for one of the Grand Prix Lion Awards at the inaugural Cannes Lions Entertainment for Music, awarded on 24th June 2016.
New Build picked up a Silver Lion Award for the video. The grand prize was eventually won by Beyonce for her video for the single “Formation” in the highly competitive Excellence In Music Video category. Other honorees included Silver Lion winners “Voodoo In My Blood,” by Massive Attack feat. Young Fathers; “Blackstar” by David Bowie; as well as Bronze Lion winners “Hello” by Adele; “Runnin” by Naughty Boy featuring Beyonce & Arrow Benjamin and “Wide Open” by the Chemical Brothers featuring Beck'.
Bella Hardy has kindly shared a video of her recent trip to the Yunnan province in China. It follows her through some of the experiences of her seven week trip, accompanied by a new song written whilst she was there. The words for the documentary are also written by Bella who spent an evening sat in her favourite Kunming bookshop, and wrote it as a letter to both her new friends in China, and friends back in the west.
Bella will be supporting Mary Chapin Carpenter, at The Sage Gateshead's SummerTyne Festival. Then heading to Germany's Bardentreffen Festival, Marlborough College in Wiltshire, and to Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival. All the ticket details can be found HERE.
Sun 24 Jul - Bella Hardy supports Mary Chapin Carpenter - The Sage, Gateshead Sat 30 Jul - Bella Hardy at Bardentreffen Festival - St Katharina, Bardentreffen, Germany Tue 2 Aug - Bella Hardy at Marlborough College Marlborough College, Wiltshire Sat 6 Aug - Bella Hardy at Tartan Heart Festival - Belladrum, Scotland
Lou Rhodes’ fourth solo album defies categorisation. Yes, there are elements of the singer-songwriter roots she bathed in growing up but these are embroidered with a rich palette of stark piano, vocal layering, transcendent harp and strings all wrapped up within a heady smattering of vintage reverbs.
'theyesandeye' was recorded in that same friend’s studio in rolling Wiltshire countryside crammed full of an analogue nerd’s paradise of vintage desks (one of which was used in the Beach Boys “Smile Sessions”), microphones and tape machines supplemented by Byrt’s own collection of reverb boxes. Acoustic guitar was played by Rhodes, additional guitar, bass, piano and synths by Byrt, abstract pedal steel by Ian Kellet and drums by Nikolaj Bjerre. String arrangements were provided by Danny Keane and harp by the remarkable Tom Moth (perhaps known for his work with Florence and the Machine).
After six albums with electronic genre-benders Lamb and three solo albums to date, including the Mercury nominated “Beloved One”, Rhodes’ capacity as a songwriter and interpreter of songs is fully road-tested but never formulaic.
Producer, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Andrew Fox, better known as Visuals, has recently returned from his adopted home of Berlin and put down roots back in New York. His new EP, The State of Things combines the sounds of dark techno found within Berlin’s club walls with New York’s hazy aesthetic. Recruiting longtime friend and collaborator Dave Harrington (of Darkside) on co-production duties, Fox’s latest project juxtaposes haunting vocals within solid melodies, creating an ideal surrounding for self-discovery.
Domino Records and Domino Publishing artists will be well represented at this year's Glastonbury Festival. Highlights include Roisin Murphy, The Last Shadow Puppets, Frightened Rabbit, Georgia and Bob Moses.
We've compiled a list below of times and the stages where our artists will be appearing - just to make it a little eaiser to navigate your way through the crowds.
Girl Band has shared a new video for “In Plastic” from their debut album Holding Hands With Jamie, which came out via Rough Trade in 2015. The video was directed by longtime video collaborator Bob Gallagher, whose videos for “Paul,” “Pears For Lunch,” and “Why They Hide Their Bodies Under My Garage?” were named among of the best music videos of 2015 by Stereogum.
Following barely a year after the highly acclaimed self-titled debut--which garnered support across BBC Radio 1, Spotify and KCRW and led the band to their impressive live debut at SXSW— Boxed In return with sophomore effort Melt, set for release via Nettwerk Music. First single “Jist,” is a fresh spin on ‘70s krautrock, ’80s synthpop and ‘90s house and techno. Listen below.
Boxed In is the brainchild of Oli Bayston – the singer, songwriter, producer and front-man of Boxed In – “Jist” is a head-turning, expertly-produced cut of electronic pop, keeping one foot firmly in Bayston’s background - intricate piano lines, taut rhythms – but also digging deeper into the dance music influences tightly compacted within Boxed In. The track was produced between Bayston and Dan Carey.
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