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.
BBC Radio 1 DJ Annie Mac’s Hottest Record,British DJ and producer, George FitzGerald has shared ‘Call It Love (If You Want To) (Feat. Lawrence Hart)’. Call It Love (If You Want To) is the second track featuring vocals by Lawrence Hart to be shared from FitzGerald's debut album, Fading Love, out 27th April 2015.
Mikal Cronin returns on 4th May 2015 with the album MCIII. Marked by the lush arrangements, stunning melodies, and deeply personal lyrical work for which Cronin is now known, the album is also a deliberate attempt to simply “go big.”
As he did on his self-titled 2011 debut and 2013’s MCII, Cronin arranged and played nearly all of the record himself, including the tzouras, a traditional Greek string instrument he heard and subsequently bought while on tour in Athens. There’s French horn, saxophone, and trumpet. There are mood-altering crescendos and heartbreaking turns-of-phrase, guitars both gorgeous and pugnacious. No longer satisfied with the sound of “just one string player,” Cronin arranged parts for a full string quartet instead.
'Feeling Good Is Good Enough' is the new single from Matthew E. White's Fresh Blood album which was released 9th March 2015. Formed of intricate piano and soaring strings, the song is a spring staple with a sing-along chorus. Accompanying the song is a new video, which features behind-the-scenes footage of White's extraordinary show with a 30-piece orchestra at BRIC Arts Media House in Brooklyn, New York.
This may be Sam Cohen's first solo album, but the Brooklyn-based musician already has quite a catalog. From his work as a founding member of Apollo Sunshine to his more recent acclaim with his band Yellowbirds, Cohen’s solo debut Cool It holds the weight of a musician with a career that’s been over a decade in the making. While the album features contributions from several of his Yellowbirds cohorts, Cohen recorded most of the instrumentation himself. The 10-track release is released via Easy Sound Recordings.
Led by singer/songwriter Trevor Beld-Jimenez, whose old-school values of straightforward songwriting mean he isn’t afraid to put his heart on his sleeve, Tall Tales & The Silver Linings are everything that’s right about looking back to the ‘70s without stifling modern touches. “Something to Believe In” and “Unknown Forces” are so darn pleasant and infectious that you can’t help being charmed. Comparisons to Jackson Browne, Paul Simon, and Tom Petty are credible but nowhere near the full story. Elements of Badfinger, Bread, Peter Frampton, and The Eagles also lurk—a natural outburst from a songwriter who grew up internalizing these influences.
Wild Beasts have been nominated for an Ivor Novello Award for their album, ‘Present Tense’. The Ivors celebrate, honour and reward excellence in songwriting and composing. The Album Award acknowledges the album as a body of work and recognises exceptional songwriting and consistency. The awards will take place on May 21st in London.
Following his critically acclaimed second album 'Wysing Forest', Luke Abbott's next long-form release is the award-winning soundtrack to the British film 'The Goob'. Composed and produced by Luke Abbott in full, the LP picks up where his previous record left off. 'Music For A Flat Landscape' is a set of beautiful, meditative electronic music that shows Luke Abbott is a composer and musician at his zenith.
The music was awarded 'Best Soundtrack' at the Stockholm Film Festival in late 2014. Watch the official trailer above and listen to 'Night Bike' from the album below.
NYC-based producer Hot Sugar (a.k.a. Nick Koenig) will released his debut album, God’s Hand, on Break World Records. God’s Hand is his long-awaited first full-length release after a series of EPs and mixtapes, which have been described as “eerie and devastating” (SPIN). Comprised of 16 original songs, the new LP expands upon Koenig’s production style of “associative music” where he records his surroundings and other non-traditional sources and processes the recordings into samples, which serve as building blocks for the songs he creates. Today, Complex premiered the first new track “Trauma,” (listen below) calling it “a serene, warm textured track that will transport you to near-fantasy worlds..” For his new album, Koenig – who has established a name for himself in the hip-hop underground through his productions for The Roots, Das Racist, Fat Tony, Kitty (formerly Kitty Pryde), Big Baby Gandhi, Antwon, and more – recorded everything from ’snow melting’ to ‘Neil deGrasse Tyson thinking’ using state-of-the-art recording technology.
Koenig has recently contributed music to Comedy Central’s ‘Broad City’ and a handful of other shows and was nominated for a GRAMMY for his production on The Roots’ ‘Undun.’ Hot Sugar’s penchant for creative and boundary-pushing visuals has further cemented his place as one of the web’s most innovative beat-makers. Whether through his unique music videos or interactive web experiences, Koenig’s music exists beyond the traditional realm of audio and becomes a fully immersive adventure.
Avant-pop savant Jib Kidder recently spent a day at BRIC House in Brooklyn taping Jib Kidder Presents: Raw Vision, a one-hour long performing arts variety show he conceptualized himself. The show aired last night on Brooklyn Independent Media, a 24/7 television channel featuring programming produced and curated by BRIC. The offbeat variety show featured performances by Jib Kidder and fellow aberrant creatives Hartley C White, Philip Gayle & CE Schneider Topical.
From their early singles for Concrete Records to their genre defying ‘Six Million Ways To Live’ LP, the Dub Pistols have always added a much needed Rock n Roll swagger to the UK’s dance scene. Chewing up hip-hop, dub, techno, ska & punk & spitting them out in a renegade futuristic skank they have consistently defied genres & exceeded the highest of expectations.
Their genre-mashing abilities have led to remix work for the likes of Moby, Crystal Method, Limp Bizkit, Bono, Korn & Ian Brown, and seen them work with hiphop legend Busta Rhymes on ‘One’, a track for Blade 2 & ‘Molotov’ on the Y Tu Mama Tambien soundtrack.
In recent years the band has mutated from a studio based duo into a fully fledged live act often featuring the talents of guest vocalists Rodney P, Specials front man Terry Hall, rap wünderkid T.K., Sugardaddy horn-blower Tim Hutton & scratch maestro DJ Stix. The band's recent Glastonbury set saw Neville Staple from The Specials join the Pistols live on stage for the encore ‘Gangsters’.
Front man Barry Ashworth is also known for his full-throttle peak-time DJ sets across Australia, Singapore, Serbia, Dubai, Thailand, Germany, Croatia, Italy and France, to name but a few. Whilst 2010 is yet another busy year for Barry; licensing deals with Playstation Singstar & Hollywood Movies Parenthood & Piranha 3D, remixes in the making for Atomic Hooligan, DJ Love & Myagi, and his co-owned label Westway making bigger waves than ever. There is just no letting up for this much-loved party starter.
OWEN PALLETTdebuts a brand new video clip from his critically acclaimed In Conflictalbum. Directed by Eno Swinnen, the captivatingly animated video holds the already vivid narrative of "The Sky Behind The Flag" against an entirely different context, a sort of intergalactic missed connection all of which leaves the viewer to glean one's own personal meaning from the juxtaposition.
Warmduscher is a collaboration between members of Paranoid London and Fat White Family (Saul and Jack). Khaki Tears is everything you didn’t want your mother to hear. It’s rock n’ roll through a sticky, paranoid, leather-clad filter of filth and debauchery - all cocooned in 90 second gems. The album is released via Trashmouth Records.
Watch the video for 'Uncle Sleepover' above and listen to 'The Salamander' below.
Crystallise (Feat. Lawrence Hart) is the second track to be previewed from British DJ and producer, George FitzGerald's forthcoming debut album, Fading Love. It's a darker, more brooding affair recalling the fusion of new wave synths and dance music New Order first pioneered. A further nod to their brand of alternative dance is supplied by inwardly projected vocals and lyricism from collaborator Lawrence Hart. FitzGerald has described one of the major themes of the album as an exploration into the British acts that first energised his affection for dance music - Underworld, Orbital and New Order amongst others - and perhaps of all the tracks on the album, this is where these threads most neatly intersect.
Róisín Murphy's new single "Exploitation" will appear on Hairless Toys, her first album in eight years. Today, the song has a video directed by Murphy in which describes it as "the story of an actress and a love affair,".
Hairless Toys is out 12th May2015 via Play It Again Sam. It also features the previously-shared track "Gone Fishing".
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FFS – the unique collaboration between Franz Ferdinand and Sparks - have announced details of the release of the first single from their forthcoming debut album. Johnny Delusional, the opening track on the 12-track album is available now on Domino.
The single was recorded at London’s RAK Studios in London during the album sessions,and produced by Grammy-award winner John Congleton (St Vincent, David Byrne, Anna Calvi).
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