Bobby Womack – whilst doing some research..part 1

Whilst doing some research a learned colleague (thanks Soren!) sent me some links to get me going…

So.. for those that aren’t au fait either…

– 1944 – Born – Booby Dwayne Womack

– early 50’s – Bobby and his siblings: Cecil, Curtis, Harry and Friendly Jnr formed gospel quintet The Womack Brothers.

– 1953 – opened a show for the Soul-Stirrers and befriended lead singer Sam Cooke, who subsequently signed them to his SAR label

-1960/61 – made some gospel recordings but Cooke convinced them R& B was the way forward .. and they were re-named – The Valentinos … and one of their first recordings was this… oh yes it was!!

Bobby Womack – The Bravest Man In The Universe out in June 2012 on XL / Rhythmethod
Producers: – Gorillaz leader Damon Albarn and XL Records boss Richard Russell
First taste HERE

News: Accolades rolling in for Grimes!

“An astounding record.”The Observer
“A glitchy shimmering dance record.”MOJO (4/5)
“Visions gestures skyward and beyond.”Pitchfork (8.5 – Best New Music)
“You’ll have to search long and hard to find a more original and distinctive album this year.”Q (4/5)
“Fit to burst with bone-bending synths, insistent beats and a sometimes shrill vocal that manages to both charm and unsettle.”The Guardian (4/5)
“Easily Ms. Boucher’s best work and one of the most impressive albums of the year so far.”New York Times
“13 perfect moments”NME (8/10 – Album of the Week)

and locally reviews are starting to pop up also on cheeseontoast, Undertheradar and their interview HERE, Mixitup and Volume magazine…

Grimes’ new record Visions is officially released around the world now, having debuted in the U.S. Billboard Top 100 on its release in the US a few weeks ago..

The work of Claire Boucher, Grimes is a project that has gained notoriety since its inception back in early-2010. Moving to Montreal from Vancouver in 2006, she developed Grimes among the city’s burgeoning DIY scene; a scene where both punk ethos and pop music collide. Visions is her fourth release in less than two years and countless shows have been performed in this time, both helping to build much intrigue as to what‚s next.

With her creative bent being both musical and visual, she draws on the arts of 2D, performance, dance, video and sound, weaving them all together to strong rhythmic effect, incorporating influences as wide as Enya, TLC and Aphex Twin, whilst drawing from genres like New Jack Swing, IDM, New Age, K-pop, Industrial and glitch. The result is a record that is both otherworldly and futuristic.

Grimes also graces the cover of the latest issue of Dazed and Confused Magazine. Shot by Hedi Slimane,  If you head to Dazed Digital now, you can get a sneak preview and also hear the new album streaming in full here.

Watch the memorable video for ‘Oblivion’ HERE.

Find out more about Grimes:

Grimes – Visions out now on CD + LP on 4ad / Rhythmethod


Together for more than a decade, Efterklang have constantly pushed the boundaries of pop experimentalism over the course of three critically acclaimed albums (and some of the best album artwork ever!!). This desire to experiment has informed their approach to performing live, garnering the band plaudits for playing in diverse settings – whether alongside the Danish National Chamber Orchestra or Britten Sinfonia (‘Performing Parades’ tour), or in the company of family members on a remote Danish island (Vincent Moon’s ‘An Island’ documentary).

It comes as no surprise then, that Efterklang would look to present new material in a unique setting and on a grand scale. On May 26th 2012, Efterklang will make their debut performance at the prestigious Sydney Opera House with the Sydney Symphony, as part of Sydney Vivid Festival 2012. The Vivid Live event will be a worldwide premiere of the music from the Danes’ forthcoming album Piramida, due for release later this year on 4AD.

Working towards their antipodean debut, Efterklang have engaged classical arrangers Missy Mazzoli (Kronos Quartet, Victoire), Karsten Fundal (Under Byen, Oh Land) and Daniel Bjarnason (Sigur Rós, Múm) to help their new songwriting fully integrate with the Sydney Symphony orchestra, conducted by Matthew Coorey.

For this special concert, the Danish trio will be performing as a six-piece, augmented by Peter Broderick (piano), Katinka Fogh Vindelev (choir) and Toby Dammit (drums). Efterklang feel Sydney Opera House is the perfect place to mark a new beginning, on the grounds that fellow Dane Jørn Utzon designed nearly sixty years ago.

I’m looking at flights now!



Sonic Youth guitarist Lee Ranaldo released his first proper, song-oriented studio album Between The Times and The Tides this week via Matador / Rhythmethod.

Recorded with longstanding Sonic Youth producer John Agnello, Between The Times and The Tides is a shimmering and melodic tapestry of rock sounds.

Unsure of how that might come out… well check it out here before you buy: – You can listen to the the album in entirety thanks to Rolling Stone!




Perfume Genius has filmed a stunning La Blogtheque Take Away Show session. Read and watch below:

*info via

When an artist is sincere in all that you know this artist, it is the conviction with which he expresses his deepest intimacy in his songs, the meeting can be intimidating.

But from the first second, Mike Hadreas is charming. He has just completed a week of concerts and promo. It is dawn, the neighborhood is still asleep, but he and his band are energetic, willing to share their songs so intense.

We start in the main hall of the restaurant in Manhattan. A grand piano awaits us under a skylight, which illuminates a vegetation which none of us will say if she is alive or not. Mile’s voice fills the hall deserted, with a song perfectly suited to the intimacy of the moment. We move to the bar, sanitized, without light. Another blank canvas that Mike fills one with slow notes, island.


Put Your Back N 2 It is out now via 4AD/Rhythmethod.



Bobby Womack is set to release a brand new album The Bravest Man In The Universe this June via XL/Rhythmethod.

Produced by Damon Albarn and Richard Russell, The Bravest Man In The Universe was recorded at Albarn’s ‘Studio 13? in west London and New York’s Manhattan Center. It’s Bobby Womack’s first album of original material since 1994?s Resurrection

The first track to be taken from the album is ‘Please Forgive My Heart’, which you can listen to and download now: