Kane Strang says “Oh So You’re Off I See”


“Strang has a gift for pulling diamonds from the rough” – Pitchfork

Kane Strang has shared new music for the first time since 2016’s Blue Cheese in the form of Oh So You’re Off I See. It’s the first single from the New Zealander’s forthcoming album that he is currently putting the finishing touches on. That record is due out later this year on U.S. label Dead Oceans.

On Oh So You’re Off I See, Strang has moved away from the bedroom and into the studio. The song is angular and bright, showcasing his new collaborative approach to recording and writing with his band. The four-piece twists Strang’s melodies upside down and pushes his hooks inside out.

Listen to Kane Strang’s “Oh So You’re Off I See”:

Before heading off to explore the big red, white and blue, Kane Strang will play three shows at home:
Fri. Feb. 23 – Dunedin, NZ @ None Gallery
Fri. Feb. 24 – Auckland, NZ @ Cassette 9 *co-headline with Fazerdaze
Sat. Feb. 25 – Wellington, NZ @ Caroline *co-headline with Fazerdaze

For ticketing information head here: http://www.kanestrang.com/
Strang’s North American tour kicks off next month at Baby’s All Right in Brooklyn and takes him to Savannah Stopover, SXSW and Treefort.

These are his first shows ever outside of New Zealand.

A full list of dates after the leap….

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The xx Release ‘On Hold’ Video

Directed by Alasdair McLellan

Limited Edition ‘On Hold’ 7” in stores soon

The xx today release their video for ‘On Hold’, the first single from the trio’s highly-anticipated third album I See You. The video was shot in Marfa, Texas, where the band wrote and recorded some of I See You, and is directed by acclaimed filmmaker and photographer Alasdair McLellan.


Speaking of the collaboration, The xx say: “Today we get to share our new video for ‘On Hold’ with you! The video is directed by the brilliant Alasdair McLellan, whose work we all adore… It was filmed in Marfa, Texas, a very special place to us, where we wrote and recorded some of our new album. We have a lot of love and respect for the people of the USA, having played hundreds of shows across the country over the past years. We hope this video reflects just some of the warmth and acceptance we have encountered there.”

The xx today also announce that ‘On Hold’ will be available on 7” vinyl. The limited-edition release will feature an etched B-side and deboss mirri sleeve and will be available to purchase for NZ record stores from December 9th.

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WOMAD New Zealand adds 5 new artists to the already stellar 2017 festival lineup




As always with WOMAD, the three day festival is brimming with the very best musicians and artists from around the world and the 2017 festival features 53 acts with 21 countries represented (including Kidzone, Te Paepae and the newest addition to WOMAD New Zealand; World Of Words). WOMAD Programme Manager NZ, Emere Wano says “2017 is loaded with acts that entertain and inform, educate and inspire us through their music. The lineup just keeps on radiating diversity with our latest announcement of artists from Austria and Asia Pacific”

Introducing the latest acts to be announced:

TAGO (South Korea)
Tago means ‘lighting up the world by beating drums’, and this young ensemble achieves it with a breathtaking mixture of Korean traditional instruments, from gigantic drums to small percussion, spiced up with extravagant martial arts movements. TAGO’s performances are a masterful display of thrilling percussion and precision movement.

Parov Stelar (Austria) 
Austria’s electro-swing band Parov Stelar, fronted by singer Cleo Panther, will make their New Zealand debut exclusive to WOMAD NZ.  Their insanely catchy music that has been used in advertising campaigns across the world with joyous horns and sophisticated style, has the sass and panache of 1920s cabaret, with modern-day dance floor appeal.

Marlon Williams (Christchurch/Aotearoa) 
Described by the guardian as delicious, oddly uplifting misery, Marlon William’s is New Zealand’s acclaimed folk and country singer making deep waves overseas. A veteran singer songwriter at the age of 25, Williams found his calling as a child growing up in Lyttelton, New Zealand. He is known for his ability to truly inhabit his material, blurring the distinctions between classics and his own works.

BAYNK (Los Angeles/Aotearoa) 
Baynk has been credited with being the sound of a new generation. His bass-heavy electronic tunes and stage presence get even the most sedentary bodies dancing. His story of accidental fame is an entertaining one, rising to fame after uploading a mix to soundcloud. His premiere performance was at St Jerome’s Laneway festival in February 2016 and he’s since garnered a staggering online following in NZ and overseas.

Nattali Rize (Jamaica/Australia) 
Best known as the dynamic front woman of roots favourites Blue King Brown, the ever-evolving Nattali heads up this new-conscious reggae project.  With a renewed focus and energy after spending time living in Jamaica, Nattali and her Jamaican-international band are ready to unleash their debut album of uplifting and thought-provoking music.

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I See You – The xx announce new album

I See You Released on 13th January 2017 via Young Turks

New Single ‘On Hold’ Out Now


Thursday 10th November 2016 – The xx today announce details of their highly anticipated third album. Titled I See You, the ten song album will be released on 13th January 2017 via Young Turks / Rhythmethod. I See You is the follow up to The xx’s two previous albums – xx and Coexist – which have sold over 3 million copies between them, winning a host of accolades along the way.

I See You marks a new era for the London trio of Romy Madley Croft, Oliver Sim and Jamie Smith, both sonically and in terms of process. For while xx and Coexist were both made in relative isolation in London, I See You was recorded between March 2014 and August 2016 in New York, Marfa TX, Reykjavik, Los Angeles and London, and is characterised by a more outward-looking, open and expansive approach. Produced by Jamie Smith and Rodaidh McDonald, I See You is The xx at their boldest yet, performing with more clarity and ambition than ever before.

You can hear this clearly on lead single ‘On Hold’, the first piece of music to be revealed from the album. Available from today, you can stream / download ‘On Hold’ HERE


I See You will be available on CD, LP and digitally, with each physical format featuring a debossed mirri board sleeve. There will be three different vinyl versions of the album, with full product descriptions as follows:

– Standard Vinyl: 10 tracks, in a debossed mirri board sleeve with either a download code or CD copy of the album enclosed

– Indie Vinyl: 10 tracks on limited-edition clear vinyl, in a debossed mirri board sleeve with either a download code or CD copy of the album enclosed . Available only via independent record stores.

– Deluxe Box Set: Silver mirri board debossed box containing the album on 180g heavyweight vinyl, with an extra 12” including 3 bonus tracks, album CD, enhanced CD featuring a live video of bonus track ‘Brave For You (Marfa Demo)’ and 3 exclusive prints by Alasdair McLellan.

The xx – I See You tracklist:

  1. Dangerous
  2. Say Something Loving
  3. Lips
  4. A Violent Noise
  5. Performance
  6. Replica
  7. Brave For You
  8. On Hold
  9. I Dare You
  10. Test Me

I See You is released on 13th January 2017. Pre-order it HERE

The xx online:

Official / Instagram / Twitter / Facebook





VIA YOUNG TURKS/ Rhythmethod




Friday 4th November – Sampha today announces details of his highly-anticipated debut album. Titled Process, the ten track album will be released on 3rd February 2017 via Young Turks, featuring the singles ‘Timmy’s Prayer’and ‘Blood On Me’.
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Estère reveals first new work “Ambition” from forthcoming album



“The American Dream: The ideal that every U.S. Citizen should have an equal opportunity to achieve success and prosperity through hard work, determination, and initiative.”
Oxford Dictionary

After spending the last five months touring Africa, Australia, France and the UK, today Estère shares the first new work from her forthcoming, self-produced album. Listen to “Ambition” and become acquainted with U.S. Presidential hijacker and Bordello resident, Magdelaine Lavirgin who wanted to be the United States President.

Accompanying the ambitious new release is a stirring music video, created in collaboration with Votre Arme and Candlelit Pictures, which you can watch below. The video is a striking image of visual femininity, power and ambition through the medium of dance, taking the ultimate aim at the predominantly male, whitewashed narratives that carry through western world histories. In this powerful visual, Estère (and Magdelaine) take a stand for the misrepresented.

Watch “Ambition”
Created in collaboration between Votre Arme & Candlelit Productions here:

“With a velvet smooth voice that has already drawn comparisons with Erykah Badu (with the charm of Lianne La Havas) she sang live, sampled her own voice and spun loops through Lola. With her colourful, soulful voice and ability to produce effortlessly, Estère Dalton is definitely not an artist to sleep on.”

– Acclaim Mag

Listen to  / Buy the single “Ambition” on Apple Music /  iTunes: http://smarturl.it/EstereAmbition

Magdelaine Lavirgin is an expert in the oldest recorded profession. Her biggest weapon is AMBITION. Grit, business skills and genuine concern for her fellow human beings has lead her to undertake a presidential campaign, the likes of which have never been seen before.

Visit magdelainelavirgin.com for more information

Stay tuned for Estère’s new album, due mid 2017

New To 4AD: Bing & Ruth

No Home of the Mind – February 17th, 2017

New Track/Video ‘Starwood Choker’

Bing & Ruth have announced their third studio album No Home of the Mind.

Continuing with the deft minimalism that has marked them out in critical circles in recent years, the New York ensemble’s new record will be released on February 17, 2017, with its opening track, ‘Starwood Choker’, available online from today to stream/download and with an accompanying video.

‘STARWOOD CHOKER’ directed by Sébastien Cros

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