Angel Olsen announces ‘Phases’

Angel Olsen will release Phases, a collection of B-sides, rarities, and demos from the past several years, including a number of never-before released tracks, on November 10th via Jagjaguwar / Rhythmethod. Balancing tenacity and tenderness, Phases acts as a deep-dive for longtime fans, as well as a fitting introduction to Olsen’s sprawling sonics for the uninitiated. Continue reading

Meet Lankum – Rough Trade’s latest signing!

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 Lankumare 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.

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.

October 27th sees the release of the band’s second album, and their first on Rough Trade Records – Between the Earth and Sky.

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Estere shares new single ‘Control Freak’

Friday 22nd September 2017 – Opening with an army of propulsive rhythmic strikes before the attention is stolen by an exuberant synth solo, ‘Control Freak’ is Estère‘s latest track – born out of her love of percussion and an innate desire to explore the many different sides of ‘control’.

Today, the Wellingtonian producer and performing artist shares the new track with the world. Written, recorded and produced by Estère, and mixed by Simon Gooding, the new song sets out to explore how control can be given and taken away. If someone has something you want, what are you willing to do in order to get it? Continue reading

Ibeyi – Me Voy (feat. Mala Rodriguez)

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

Princess Nokia releases deluxe version of ‘1992’ and new song ‘FLAVA’

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

Nadia Reid Announces NZ Tour – ‘Preservation’ out now

“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

Kings shares new banger ‘We’ll Never Know’

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

The Black Seeds release ‘Fabric’ – out now!

Accolades for The Black Seeds:

“One of the foremost musical groups in the world” – Huffington Post

“Irresistible grooves and a kickass attitude to match” – The AU Review

“One of the best live reggae acts on the planet”  Clash Music

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Today, The Black Seeds release their long anticipated sixth studio album Fabric as they come close to 20 years together as a band! Available today on all streaming services and in all good record stores near you, the new album comes ahead of their extensive NZ & AU Fabric tour.

This year, the South Pacific reggae-soul legends have shared the length and breadth of their luscious and diverse new album – including the anthemic summer tune ‘Better Days’, the dance heavy ‘Freakin’ and their brand new track ‘Back To You’ (read about it here in the Huffington Post premiere).

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Alex Cameron shares new song ‘Runnin’ Outta Luck’

“Forced Witness has a grander sound, thanks to a full band and co-production by Foxygen’s Jonathan Rado. Here, you can kind of imagine a pervy version of Bruce Springsteen playing Giants Stadium, where he and everyone in the audience are hooked up to both life support and the Craigslist Casual Encounters page.” — Flavorwire

Forced Witness, the second album by Alex Cameron, is set for a September 8th release on Secretly Canadian. After sharing “Candy May” and “Stranger’s Kiss,” the duet with Angel Olsen, Cameron now presents “Runnin’ Outta Luck” and its accompanying video, filmed in the Hastings, UK seaside and directed by Nick MacMahon.  The song was written by Cameron, Roy Molloy (saxophone) and Brandon Flowers (backing vocals, guitars, keyboards, bass), and features Jonathan Rado (guitars, keyboards, bass) and Kirin J Callinan (guitar). Cameron describes it below. Continue reading