Perhaps Syria’s most successful musical export, international singer Omar Souleyman has returned with his second proper studio effort and most personal album to date, “Bahdeni Nami”, coming this July from Monkeytown Records.
For the new album Omar opened his doors to collaborations with a number of renowned electronic producers, all of whom were established fans keen to offer unique interpretations of Souleyman’s established sound. Four Tet returns to produce a track, Gilles Peterson lends his considerable talents to one song, Modeselektor turn in the two fastest dance numbers of the set, and Legowelt offers a remix for the title track.
The new album was recorded closer to home, in Istanbul, and appropriately the singer is joined by traditional accompaniment. Souleyman has reunited with his favorite poet, Ahmad Alsamer (who penned his pre-west hits “Kaset Hanzel”, “Khattaba”, and “Shift –al Mani”), heard throughout the album offering claps and wails of encouragement. The songs come alive with musical contributions and support from the virtuosic saz work of Khaled Youssef, another long time collaborator from his hometown.
Despite world’s insistence to associate him with his home country’s unending war, Omar gives back nothing but Love.
The diversely talented London-based producer Nic Nell, known as one half of modern pop duo Rainer and one half of Young Colossus, will be releasing the latest from his solo moniker, Casually Here, in the form of a debut LP titled Kept.
Nell has shared ‘Burst’, (listen below) the first single taken from Kept. Discussing ‘Burst’ Nell explains, "'Burst' is built around a single guitar harmonic stretched and re-pitched throughout, and drums I recorded on my phone out of my bathroom window of kids at the [elementary] school next door playing in a drum circle. It was the last track I wrote for the record and it sort of just wrote itself. It kind of works like a somewhat belligerent high intensity sound bath."
Alongside Rainer and Young Colossus, and releasing on XL Recordings' single imprint Salvia, Nell has collaborated with numerous artists across varied genres including electronic producer Brolin and singer/songwriter Alessi's Ark. Nell also has a background in film scoring (Channel 4/BBC). Kept takes its inspiration from these diverse musical strands and brims with atmospheric electronica.
Jack Dunning’s production work as Untold has reinvigorated the climate of dancefloors around the globe. First releasing music on Hessle Audio, the North Londoner has gone on to releases numerous scene stealing EPs on outlets such as Hotflush, R & S, Soul Jazz and 50 Weapons, as well as his own Hemlock Recordings. He now stands proudly as a tastemaker and pioneer in his own right.
Black Light Spiral, his debut album on his own Hemlock label, was his most focused and evolved release to date. Released to critical acclaim in 2014, it delivered on Untold’s mission to keep the people up and at it with rough tough music while confounding them with brilliantly executed improbabilities. Since the album Dunning has developed a brand new live show, taking in stand out performances at Berghain, Sonar, Dekmantel, Unsound, RBMA Tokyo and more. Listen to tracks from 'Black Light Spiral' below.
The Bohicas release Swarm, their razor-sharp new single, on Friday the 21st of August, alongside the release of their debut album, entitled ‘The Making Of’. Watch the riotous Chris Turner-directed video for Swarm above.
The Bohicas are rock and roll painted in vivid primary colours. Hi def, loud, fast and shiny. A barrage of killer hooks, razor blade riffs and choruses that slap you in the face, grab your hand and lead you onto the dance floor. All shot through with pulp imagery torn from the pages of a graphic novel.
Trevor Powers, aka Youth Lagoon, has announced his new album, Savage Hills Ballroom. The news was confirmed through a series of clues found packaged with physical 7-inch copies of his single “The Knower” handed out for free at select record stores.
The 10-track follow-up to 2013’s Wondrous Bughouse is due out through Fat Possum. Powers moved from his Boise, Idaho hometown to Bristol, UK, where he recorded alongside producer and engineer Ali Chant (Perfume Genius).
Additionally, Powers has shared “The Knower” online. A shadowy number highlighted by fragile falsettos and rich brass. Listen above.
Have You In My Wilderness, is the fourth full length album by Los Angeles artist Julia Holter and her most intimate album yet. Recorded in her hometown over the last year and once again crafted with Grammy-winning producer and engineer Cole Greif-Neill, the album follows 2013's Loud City Song and two much-lauded previous titles - Ekstasis (2012) and Tragedy (2011).
The album opener, ‘Feel You’, is the first single from Have You In My Wilderness, also released on the same date. Watch the video above.
'Holding Hands with Jamie' is Girl Band’s eagerly awaited debut album and comes a few years into their tenure; a few years after their first tour; nine days crammed into a Fiat Panda; a few years of stamping 7” sleeves to sell at merch tables and mail-order; a few years of writing songs and touring and developing a live ferocity unmatched by nearly anyone.
Recorded in April 2015, two days after returning home from their first-ever US tour, the nine tracks making up 'Holding Hands with Jamie’ capture, more than any previous recordings, the tension and abrasive energy of a Girl Band performance.
'Decency' follows 2013's The Days Run Away, and has been produced by Hookworms' MJ. The Futureheads' Ross Millard also makes his debut as a 'Heartstring'. Watch the video for the single 'Think Yourself Lucky' above.
LA PRIEST – the project of former Late Of The Pier front man Sam Dust – follows this week’s release of acclaimed debut album Inji with a brand new video for its latest single, ‘Learning To Love’. Watch the video now above.
Filmed around Dust’s remote habitat in rural north Wales and in collaboration with director Isaac Eastgate, ‘Learning To Love’ proves real the LA PRIEST fever dream in its visual decadence, combining the good and evil of LA PRIEST’s sonic spectrum with a dizzying array of high frequency visions.
In the second episode of THE CULTURAL - For Mini Clubman - this film directed by Emily Kai Bock follows musician Alex Zhang Hungtai who reveals what happened to Dirty Beaches and how his gut guided him to the next chapter in his career.
FFS – the unique collaboration between Franz Ferdinand and Sparks – have announced details of a new single, Call Girl.
Recorded at London’s RAK Studios in London with Grammy-award winning producer John Congleton (St Vincent, David Byrne, Anna Calvi), it’s taken from their recently released much-acclaimed self-titled album. Listen above.
SELFRIDGES FASHION AW15 PROJECT 1 Selfridges’ first AW15 fashion scheme will consider STRENGTH - and its connotations of potency and endurance. Through STRENGTH, Selfridges will seek to illustrate that Luxury is not more, but a potent less. It is about all, and nothing. It is a lifestyle that is reduced, but more concentrated.
Watch the video above featuring Georgia and the track 'Move Systems'.
Ikonika has taken enormous strides since her classic 2008 single 'Please' (Hyperdub). Following the release of her 2010 debut album 'Contact, Love, Want, Have' (Hyperdub), Ikonika toured everywhere from Europe to Asia to Australia to North and South America. Her Pitchfork approved 2012 EP 'I Make Lists' (Hum + Buzz), explored a more club-focused direction whilst retaining her melodic sensibility. Azealia Banks also used her production on the mixtape track 'Neptune'.
In 2013, Ikonika unveiled her second album for Hyperdub, 'Aerotropolis'. Loosely based on her tour experiences and childhood growing up near London Heathrow airport, the album showcased her first collaboration with a vocalist (Jessy Lanza on 'Beach Mode') and introduced a new Latin Freestyle, Electro, R'n'B and Boogie influenced style. It was widely praised including 4/5 in Resident Advisor, 8/10 in NME and 2nd best album of the year in DJ Mag. She rounded the year off with nominations for Best Producer and Best Album at DJ Mag's Best of British awards, and a remix of 'Lies' by Chvrches that was voted 2nd best remix of the year in Dummy.
2014 saw the release of the 'Position EP' (Hyperdub), a collection of tough, pummelling club trax influenced by her Night Slugs affiliation, contributions to Hyperdub's 10th anniversary compilations and a packed touring schedule. She also completed mixes for FACT, Serato, SSENSE, Red Bull, Rinse FM and Triple J. For 2015, expect a release on Night Slugs, more new music and worldwide touring.
DJ Marfox’ debut 12” 'Eu Sei Quem Sou' (“I Know Who I Am”) declared his insistence on claiming cultural roots, and roots as an impetus for creative, technological and - perhaps most critically - collective social evolution. Marfox aka Marlon Silvas’s ancestry traces back to the former Portuguese colony of São Tomé e Príncipe. He began producing and DJing as a teenager, disseminating music via YouTube and independently releasing his music via mp3s in Lisbon. His DJs “di Ghetto” compilation EP produced with his crew by the same name acquired iconic status in urban Portugal and diasporic African communities throughout Europe. Helping to create a grassroots network of young creatives seeking to breach new territory in sound and culture. 'Eu Sei Quem Sou', released via the then emerging label Príncipe in 2012, articulated brash poetics with complex driving percussion, dark baroque techno, garage, bass, and batida (instrumental kuduro) demonstrating Marfox’ complex aesthetic matrices.
His most recent 'Lucky Punch' EP was released early last Summer on Lit City Trax (DJ Rashad, Traxman, ..) and his glorious US live premiere happened at the label's party at The Westway, as part of the Red Bull Music Academy New York Festival. Also topping a fantastic year, his commissioned remix work for tUnE-yArDs "Water Fountain" single got a digital release before December was over. Marfox has just delivered a new and eagerly awaited EP for Príncipe to be released soon and recently saw his 'Take Off' track included on Warp Record's Cargaa 1 compilation. Listen to 'Beat And Break' from the Lucky Punch EP below.
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