Famed for their electrifying fusion of punk rock, electronic beats, reggae, bhangra, hip-hop and politics, the one-time Mercury nominees & NME Award winners Asian Dub Foundation return with a freshly reinvigorated & retooled line-up to release their career defining best with Adrian Sherwood back at the controls.
‘More Signal More Noise’ showcases a band shot-through with a new found sense of positive energy, militancy and purpose. Recorded in just three days straight to tape by a thoroughly tour drilled band, and mixed in another three, its urgency and pure joyousness shine through on the finished record. The album is released via Believe Recordings - watch the official album trailer above.
Luckless' (the ever-evolving musical project spearheaded by songwriter Ivy Rossiter) 2014 album “Vindication Blues” builds on their 2012 self-titled debut, with a record of great emotional breadth and musical scope. Two years of touring throughout New Zealand honed Rossiter’s songs to be brought to fruition at the Sitting Room in Lyttelton, with the aid of co-producer and engineer Ben Edwards.
Founded in 2010 in Auckland as a solo project, the Luckless line-up ebbs and swells as the tide does. Recently Ivy Rossiter has played alongside Luckless’s returning drummer Logan Compain (Carthaginian, Bond St Bridge), with helping hands lent from Rob Collins on bass (Dictaphone Blues, Heavy Jones Trio) and Ben Eldridge also on guitar (Warlords Of Atlantis, Heavy Jones Trio), but also tours an enchanting and ethereal solo show.
Luckless begin their UK Tour on 14th May 2015 at the Slaughtered Lamb in London.
14 May - Slaughtered Lamb, London 15 May - Gallery Cafe, London 16 May - Sebright, London, w Hannah In The Wars 19 May - The Finsbury, London 20 May - The Strongroom, London 22 May - Liverpool Sound City 25 May - Henry's Cellar Bar, Edinburgh 28 May - Bannermans, Edinburgh w Hannah In The Wars
Mikal Cronin and comedians Kurt Braunohler and Kristen Schaal team up to create a shot-by-shot reenactment of Natalie Imbruglia's music video ""Torn"" with some surprise guest characters for Cronin's music video release "Turn Around."
St. Catherine, is Matt Mondanile’s fifth outing as Ducktails. The new album emerges from the roots of Mondanile's previous work, from the free-form, ambient bedroom experiments of seminal underground release Landscapes (2009), to 2013's eighties pop re-imagination The Flower Lane, but ultimately moves Ducktails on to a more refined, personal and sincere place.
Listen to the preview 'Headbanging In The Mirror' below.
With Love Songs For Robots being released on 11th May 2015, Patrick Watson has shared the new video for‘Places You Will Go’ and you can watch above. The video was directed by Oscar-nominated team Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski.
Arthur Russell found inspiration in the most wide-ranging places. A composer who shattered the divide between the art world and pop music, Russell's work retains its power more than two decades after his untimely death. Instrumentals is a project inspired by the nature photography of Yuko Nonomura. Premiered in Berkley, California in January, 1975, the piece shifted and evolved as Arthur Russell and his ensemble played it four more times in New York over the next four years.
Close associate Peter Gordon is to direct a renewed version of Instrumentals, featuring original Russell collaborators Rhys Chatham, Peter Zummo, Ernie Brooks and Bill Ruyle. A performance in London's Cafe OTO was organised, but phenomenal demand saw the venue's website crash. Upgraded to Islington Assembly Hall, a further London date has been confirmed for Cecil Sharp House.
Full ticket details will be confirmed on April 24th, 2015. Arthur Russell's Instrumentals Directed by Peter Gordon dates:
May 23 Dublin Button Factory 24 London Islington Assembly Rooms SOLD OUT 25 London Cecil Sharp House
Inji, is the debut solo album by Sam Dust, AKA LAPRIEST. Across its ten audaciously imaginative tracks,Injireasserts Dust as a truly idiosyncratic voice in British music, applying the same frantically eclectic, mischievous and wilfully absurd spirit of his previous band, the beloved Late of the Pier, to ever more nuanced and affecting songwriting and composition. Listen to the single, “Party Zute / Learning To Love”, below.
Dub Pistols return with their new album 'Return Of The Pistoleros' in the summer. To celebrate this, the band have shared the lead single 'Pistoleros (feat Seanie Tee)' and a video which can be be viewed using the link above.
Singer Rebekah Raa and producer Nic Nell (aka Casually Here) make brooding, R&B-inflected electronic pop under the name Rainer. The London duo are releasing their debut full-length next month, and today, they’re sharing a new video for its excellent lead single “Nocturn.” Directed by Alexander Brown of the London film collective The Sweet Shop.
David Byrne: award-winning music legend, Talking Heads frontman, serial collaborator and now Meltdown curator has invited Francois & The Atlas Mountains andL’homme Tranquille guest musicians Djiga Boubacar and Sanou Darra to join him and a wealth of artists including Anna Calvi and Matthew Herbert this August at London’s Southbank Centre. Francois & The Atlas Mountains will be performing tracks from African EP L’homme Tranquille on August 25th at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre.
In the summer of 2013, Francois & The Atlas Mountains took a 10 day trip to Africa to tour and meet up with local musicians, with the intention of collaborating. In Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Francois jammed with Papa Djiga Boubacar (on ngoni), Luc Kyenbreogo (bass ngoni) and Sanou Darra (balaphon) at the French Cultural Center, building on some simple compositions Francois had already prepared that later blossomed into ‘Ayan Filé’.
With the forthcoming release of new album Why Make Sense? on 18th May, Hot Chip have today released bonus, non-album track Burning Up, as an instant download which comes with the special edition of the album. Watch the visualiser for 'Burning Up' above.
Glimmer Films in association with Truth Department and Met Film Production present: 'ORION: The Man Who Would Be King' - a film by Jeanie Finlay. The film has just won the GRAND JURY PRIZE at the NASHVILLE FILM FESTIVAL.
The film tells the story of Jimmy Ellis – an unknown singer plucked from obscurity and thrust into the spotlight as part of a crazy scheme that had him masquerade as Elvis back from the grave.
With a fictional identity torn from the pages of the best selling novel Orion by Georgia writer Gail Brewer Giorgio, the backing of the legendary birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll Sun Records and a voice that seemed to be the very twin of Presley’s himself, the scheme – concocted in the months after Presley’s death exploded into a cult success – and the “Elvis is alive” myth began.
The feature uses music from Domino Publishing artists My Brightest Diamond, Martin John Henry and Saint Saviour (Bill Ryder-Jones co-write).
'The Early Years' EP is the band's first release on Rough Trade records., The US/CA only 12" (limited to 500) & digital EP "The Early Years," compiles previously-released singles. To celebrate the release, they've premiered a freaky new video for EP track "Why They Hide Their Bodies Under My Garage?", a cover of a song by Yorkshire "terror-techno" purveyor Blawan.
Taking their influences from all manner of post punk / neue deutsche welle and electronic music in general Gross Net have managed to put together a visceral and caustic debut EP that perfectly captures the essence of their urgent live performances. Founded in January 2014, Gross Net aka Philip Quinn (Girls Names) and Christian Donaghey (Autumns) have been taking their brand of experimental noise punk to audiences across Northern Ireland and Dublin.
Recorded by the band themselves in the course of a day, the themes of the EP touch on bewilderment, surviving the recession and elitism within the arts. Listen to the EP below.
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