Today Ibeyi have debuted a music video for ‘Me Voy feat. Mala Rodriguez,’ another song off their forthcoming album Ash, out September 29th on XL Recordings / Rhythmethod. “Me Voy” is Ibeyi’s first song with lyrics entirely in Spanish. For the song Ibeyi invited two-time Latin GRAMMY® award winning rapper Mala Rodriguez, known for her sensuality and provoking lyricism, to add a guest verse. “English, Spanish and Yoruba inspire us to write different kinds of music and lyrics,” says Naomi. “We needed to sing in Spanish to set a sensual tone for this song. When women feel sensual, not only is it sexy, but also powerful,” adds Lisa-Kaindé. The video, directed by MANSON and produced by CANADA, stars Ibeyi and Mala Rodriguez. The song, which sees both Naomi and Lisa-Kaindé on vocals and includes Naomi’s signature bata’s interlaced with electronic percussion, is available to stream everywhere at midnight locally. Continue reading →
“Max Clarke still has a firm grasp of his aesthetic, somewhere between the Everly Brothers and Harry Nilsson but with his own unique melodic spin” – Brooklyn Vegan
Cut Worms, a.k.a. NY-based Max Clarke, is announcing his debut EP, “Alien Sunset,” out October 20thon Jagjaguwar. He’s sharing the EP’s lead single “Like Going Down Sideways” along with its accompanying video via Brooklyn Vegan. Additionally, he’s announcing a fall tour supporting The Lemon Twigs and Nick Lowe around the U.S.
LANKUM Between the Earth and Sky Album Release Date: 27 October 2017
“Lankum are the darlings of Dublin’s 300 year-old folk scene.”Colin Irwin – The Guardian
Lankum are one of the most talked about bands to come out of Ireland in decades. They are a Dublin four-piece who combine distinctive four-part vocal harmonies with arrangements of uilleann pipes, concertina, accordion, fiddle and guitar. Their repertoire spans humorous Dublin music-hall ditties and street-songs, classic ballads from the Traveller tradition, traditional Irish and American dance tunes, and their own original material. The band comprises of brothers Ian and Daragh Lynch along with Cormac MacDiarmada and Radie Peat. When not on tour Ian lectures in Irish Folklore and musical traditions in University College Dublin, while Cormac and Radie grew up as champion traditional players, on the fiddle and concertina, respectively. Yet Lankum are not purely trad themselves, in the same way The Pogues were more urban music. Rough-hewn and raw, they’re the edgiest thing in Dublin right now.
Having spent the last number of years performing as ‘Lynched’ a play on Ian and Daragh’s family name Lynch, the band decided that they would no longer continue with the name due to the unavoidable implications that it has in regards to acts of racist violence. Their new name comes from the ballad ‘False Lankum’, as sung by the Irish Traveller John Reilly Jr.
The band was originally formed by brothers Ian and Daragh Lynch in the early 2000’s, and has since progressed through a number of incarnations, culminating in the four-piece group playing today. The release of their album ‘Cold Old Fire’ and a subsequent appearance on the BBC television programme, ‘Later… with Jools Holland’ cemented their reputation as a band that successfully crosses genres. Lankum are busy breathing new life into old music.
27 October 2017 sees the release of the bands second album, and their first on the Rough Trade label.
Although an acoustic group whose repertoire is fundamentally based on traditional song, influenced by legends such as Frank Harte, Planxty, The Dubliners and the Watersons, subtle traces of the group’s collective influences can be detected, ranging from American old-timey music to krautrock and drone.
TESSA Takes to the tarmac in debut music video Watch ‘Wait’ (feat. KINGS)
One of New Zealand’s newest voices to cross over in both electronic / pop music scenes, TESSA, has today shared the debut music video to accompany her hypnotic new single ‘Wait’ (feat. Kings).
Set at the popular race track at Hampton Downs Motorsport Park, the young artist (who has a side passion for cars and auto-mechanical DIY-ing) could not be more at home. “My love of cars and driving started on the dirt roads up north where I spent most of my time growing up, which then grew to the street/drift scene,” Tessa explains.
This is one for the car fanatics out there. Filmed and produced by Jonny Goosemanand Andrew Morrison (What’s Next), the video features sweet drifting action from drivers David Hunter and Josh Smith from Team Thirty3. “I was fortunate to have Team Thirty3 – a trio of amazingly talented drifters – behind the wheels of their c33 Nissan Laurels featured in the video. They will be putting their skills to the test at the next National Drifting Series D1NZ.”
The xx ‘ON HOLD (JAMIE XX REMIX)’ OUT TODAY B/W FOUR TET REMIX OF ‘A VIOLENT NOISE’
At the end of 2016, The xx announced their return and news of a new album (I See You) with the lead single ‘On Hold’. An undoubted highlight of one of the year’s most critically acclaimed albums, ‘On Hold’ has quickly become one of The xx’s biggest songs to date.
Today, the band’s very own Jamie xx reveals his ‘On Hold’ remix – his first official remix in over four years. It comes accompanied by a ‘remix video’ from Alasdair McLellan, who made the original ‘On Hold’ video and has been a key I See You visual collaborator. McLellan also created videos for recent xx singles ‘Say Something Loving’ and the star-studded ‘I Dare You’ video (a collaboration with The xx and Raf Simons which featured, among others, Millie Bobby Brown, Ashton Sanders, Paris Jackson, Lulu and Ernesto Cervantes).
WATCH ALASDAIR MCLELLAN’S ACCOMPANYING ‘ON HOLD’ REMIX VIDEO HERE
Released October 13th on XL Recordings/ True Panther Sounds
shares new single & video ‘Dum Surfer’
Picture Credit: Frank Lebon
One of the most celebrated figureheads on the independent British scene, Archy Marshall returns with the dense, sprawling “The OOZ”, the much anticipated follow up to his debut “Six Feet Beneath the Moon”. Drifting and seeping through the cracks of South London like the album title, King Krule casts an unflinching eye over his kingdom, transforming his observations of all the disorientation and heartbreak of his youth into piercing narratives and poetry that are both startlingly honest and brutally beautiful. With “The OOZ”, Marshall finally takes the crown as poet laureate for the dazed and confused generation, painting a bleak and sometimes harrowing picture of a rapidly splintering city.
“The OOZ” is released October 13th on XL Recordings/ True Panther Sounds, and can be pre-ordered HERE. It also comes preceded by the raucous new single “Dum Surfer” which can be pre-ordered HERE, as well as a brilliant Brother Willis directed video which you can see HERE (link). This autumn also sees Marshall hitting the road for a worldwide tour this autumn; for further details head to http://kingkrule.co.uk/live
Where “Six Feet Beneath the Moon”, released in 2013, was a rigorous, rambling excavation of Marshall’s expansive body of work to date, “The OOZ” snaps into focus quickly and sharply, his modus operandi coming into view almost immediately. Over jazzy curlicues and guitars, the opener “Biscuit Town” sets out its stall irresistibly as Marshall sings about rapidly disintegrating romance and personal dissolution with acute, almost painful detail. These wrenching themes of self-annihilation and fraying relationships seem inextricably linked in Marshall’s eyes – once you lose yourself to someone else, you inevitably wind up losing yourself completely when they leave – and recur in other tracks. “Why’d you leave me? Because of my depression? You used to complete me but I guess I learnt a lesson” he spits on the roiling “Midnight 01 (Deep Sea Diver)”, and, even layered with the warm vocals of Okay Kaya, “Slush Puppy” is an unsparing dissection of a couple with nothing left to give, like a Gainsbourg and Birkin ballad gone toxic. Elsewhere, things only get darker, as Marshall desperately tries to find safe harbor in the city he knows and loves, only to be thwarted constantly, as on “The Cadet Leaps” and first single “Czech One”. Not even the synthetic high of chemicals, as shown in “Emergency Blimp” and “A Slide In (New Drugs)”, can stanch the suffering.
Although seeming at first abstract, “The OOZ” as a title proves oddly fitting. There are references littered throughout about its physical manifestation, or as Marshall himself says, “about earwax and snot and bodily fluids and skin and stuff that just comes out of you on a day to day basis”. But it works on a more figurative level too, with the OOZ also representing the unknown depths or horizons the solitary mind can travel to, whether it’s sinking into the deep sea or soaring through the night sky. It may be messy, unwieldy, even unsightly, Marshall seems to say – but we need The OOZ in order to exist.
“A beautiful, mad jigsaw of ideas.” – Loud And Quiet – Album of the Week
“Do Hollywood is a special little record with surprises around every corner that constantly thrill and excite.” – The Line Of Best Fit – Album of the Week
“Do Hollywood is a curiosity, but a pretty glorious one.” – The Guardian ****
“The Lemon Twigs have created their own world, and it was exciting to witness it for the first time.” – The Times ****
“A hugely entertaining, hyperactive romp crammed with lush, Beatles-y harmonies, vaudeville pop and histrionic rock opera flourishes.” – Q
“Baroque and power pop splendour.” – MOJO
“The future of rock ‘n’ roll.” – NME ****
Ahead of their Brothers of Destruction EP, The Lemon Twigs have shared a second song from Brothers of Destruction, their forthcoming six-track EP due to be released on September 22 on 4AD. Premiered by BBC 6Music and Stereogum yesterday, ‘Why Didn’t You Say That?’ is now available on all streaming services.
Harlem-based rapper Princess Nokia (Destiny Frasqueri) has released her 1992 Deluxe album via Rough Trade Records / Rhythmethod. This deluxe edition is an expanded version of last year’s breakout mixtape 1992, featuring eight brand new tracks (*) which have been fully remastered. The album will be available for the first time on CD and 2xLP on Friday 10 November.Continue reading →
“The rising New Zealand folk artist’s spare sound has an arresting impact, and deserves wider exposure”
– Kitty Empire, UK Guardian
2017 is proving to be an amazing year for Nadia; currently still in Europe on her second tour there this year, supporting Ryan Adams in his sold out Auckland show in May, named as a finalist for the 2017 APRA Silver Scroll Award that recognises excellence in songwriting, and a bevy of glowing reviews from the world’s biggest music media for both her album and her live shows. Continue reading →
Every Friday this month, kiwi performing artist/producer KINGS (Kingdon Chapple-Wilson) has shared a new track off his upcoming album Chapter One, revealing the different stories and sides to his forthcoming debut album.
Today he shares an upbeat banger of a track titled ‘We’ll Never Know’ that starts off with warm piano stabs evolving over a sophisticated, fast-moving medley of slick beats. Get this feel good jam into your day, and listen to it below on your favourite streaming platform! Continue reading →