NZ’S fave party duo – Hopetoun Brown are BACK!

Hopetoun Brown

Return with a whole lotta hootin’ goodness!

Listen to new track ‘You Know I Know’
(feat. Sophie Burbery)

See Hopetoun Brown live with Finn Scholes
at WOMAD 2018!

Friday 20th October 2017 – In their brand new song ‘You Know I Know’, our favourite horn-tootin’ pair Hopetoun Brown ditch the stomp to share a drum-machine driven party saga about a weed-smokin’ womaniser.

In this speedy rap duet, the Hopetoun boys called up their neighbourhood synth scientist and MC, Sophie Burbery and Weird Together percussionist/bongo player Issac Chadderton. Alto sax player Callum Passells completes the lineup, playing a blistering solo in the first verse before a one-take improvised duel with Nick Atkinson’s tenor for the finale.

Curiously, Atkinson is also on lead-singer duties as Hopetoun Brown explore new sounds. Brass player and Hopetoun Brown’s usual singer Tim Stewart will be back on the mic soon enough, but for now, he’s overseeing production duties with the mercurial engineer Jol Mulholland, who recorded ‘You Know I Know’ at The Oven in Mt Eden.

Also just announced – Hopetoun Brown are excited to be on this year’s artist lineup for WOMAD NZ, held in Taranaki’s idyllic Brooklands Park. They will be joined on stage by trumpet wunderkind, Finn Scholes for Taranaki’s biggest knees-up this March 16-18th. Come and party with our favourite pair, and stay tuned for more upcoming show dates!

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LANKUM – new single – ‘Sergeant William Bailey’

From The Forthcoming Album “Between the Earth and Sky”

Release Date: 27 October 2017

“Lankum are the darlings of Dublin’s 300 year-old folk scene.” Colin Irwin – The Guardian

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. Check it out! Fantastic!!


‘Satire in times of unrest is a potent a weapon as any, and this fact was not lost upon the ballad makers of Ireland’s past. Songs poking fun at the British Army recruiting sergeant were common in the Irish tradition and represent a class of anti-war song unto themselves. This one is particularly special in that the site of William Bailey’s recruiting attempts is Dunphy’s Corner, just down the road from where the members of Lankum live on Dublin’s northside. In our present era of social and political unrest songs that seek to lampoon and make fun of figures of authority, military or otherwise, are as relevant as ever.’ Ian Lynch, Lankum

Check out ‘Sergeant William Bailey’ from the forthcoming album now, here: http://rtrecs.co/sgtwilliambailey

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Cut Worms shares ‘Song Of The Highest Tower’

Debut EP, Alien Sunset, out October 20th via Jagjaguwar

“Clarke’s songs as Cut Worms are filled with homespun charm and vintage patina, and “Like Going Down Sideways,” the lead single for his debut EP for Jagjaguwar, is some of his most pleasant work yet.” – Pitchfork

Cut Worms (a.k.a. Max Clarke) is excited to share “Song of the Highest Tower” via FLOOD Magazine. This is the second single off his first-ever EP, “Alien Sunset,” which is out next Friday, October 20th via Jagjaguwar / Rhythmethod.

“Song of the Highest Tower” was written on the same day that Loud Reed passed away in October of 2013. It was also inspired by the Arthur Rimbaud poem of the same name. Here’s what Clarke has to say about the track:

I came across the Velvet Underground in high school. It was new and unheard of in my little suburb and it changed how I looked at music in a profound way. I wanted to honor that, or if not, pay it back, and at least give some kind of credit. One thing about the self-titled Velvet Underground album that really struck me was that they were fairly simple songs, but each song on that album contained a whole revelation. There wasn’t any bullshit or filler or flash, it just was what it was and it felt important. With the Rimbaud poem, I happened to be flipping through this book of poems at the same time I had the melody to that song and it somehow matched up perfectly. When I was writing “Song of The Highest Tower,” I wasn’t actually thinking about any of this stuff. I just wrote it and recorded it on my 8-track and that was it. But now looking back, I’m able to say that it could be a tribute to Lou Reed of sorts.

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DREAM WIFE FIRE REMIX EP OUT NOW

London-based and British/Icelandic born Dream Wife have released their Fire EP, a collection of four remixes of their latest single of the same name; “Fire” (biLLLy remix) .

LISTEN TO ‘FIRE’ EP

Earlier in the week, Gorilla vs. Bear premiered the Ellie Herring remix. Of this edit, Dream Wife had to say: “In Ellie’s remix of ‘Fire’ the song takes on a new and moody form. It’s exciting to hear this transformation of something so familiar to us.

Ellie commented: “Remixing ‘Fire’ was challenging in the sense that I did what I normally do by creating 12 edits in 3 different genres… but then multiply that by 10. I’m exaggerating, but this production timeline really caught me in one of my more indecisive stints of 2017 & I overworked it until pigs flew. Fortunately Dream Wife handed over a lot of great cuts from the original; I pulled off the shredding guitar riffs & focused more on keeping Rakel’s vocal lead towards the front. The remix ended up more of a rework, but in a format that I’ve been playing out lately.

DREAM WIFE

Rakel Mjöll (lead vocals)
Alice Go (guitar and vocals)
Bella Podpadec (bass and vocals).

PRAISE FOR DREAM WIFE

Dream Wife have made the perfect song for Leo season.
The FADER

Icelandic-Brightonian three-piece with the attitude of New York
punks and pizazz of disco queens.

The Guardian

A well-oiled machine worthy of the Strokes but performed with the righteous
indignation of Bikini Kill…snappy, punk-informed rock ‘n’ roll.

Stereogum

“Dream Wife is a perfect example of what makes SXSW special,
the discovery and excitement of seeing something real that
has feeling and meat to it, and makes you grateful you
were there to witness it.

NPR Music

“Dream Wife offer a soundtrack ripe for a punk Sofia
Coppola movie soundtrack.

NYLON

For more information:
www.dreamwife.co
www.facebook.com/dreamwifedream
www.twitter.com/dreamwifemusic
www.instagram.com/dreamwifetheband

 

 

Belle and Sebastian – ‘We Were Beautiful’

Today, Belle and Sebastian release new single ‘We Were Beautiful’– the first new music to surface from the group since 2015.

Listen/watch HERE:

The song was recorded in Glasgow and produced by the band and Brian McNeill. The video  was filmed throughout Glasgow, from Crookston in the south-west, through the City Centre to Easterhouse and Cranhill, it is life experienced at different speeds as the city wakes up over a Saturday morning.

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Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile new single! with the sweetest video..

Continental Breakfast
taken from forthcoming LP 
‘Lotta Sea Lice’
released October 13th  
on Milk! Recordings/ Remote Control

“Harmonies and guitarmonies galore” Courtney

“An intercontinental country duo for the ages (minus the country, haha)” Kurt

By now you would have heard that Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile, two of the most accomplished songwriters of their generation, are releasing a very special collaborative album, Lotta Sea Lice October 13th – at once a glorious peek behind the studio doors of two acclaimed artists and an unabashed celebration of their unique, longstanding friendship.

After the runaway success of opening single Over Everything, the video for their magical new single Continental Breakfast gently pushes the door open just a little bit further. Using intimate home footage shot over four days of Kurt and Courtney in their respective family environments surrounded by friends and relatives, Continental Breakfast  goes beyond being a mere music video and becomes a mini documentary of sorts, capturing candid, honest moments that show the loving and playful nature of both musicians.

Director Danny Cohen says:

‘Continental Breakfast’ was made while spending time with Courtney and Kurt in Melbourne and Philadelphia, it’s an intimate home movie into their lives and the time spent with family and friends between recording /touring. Shot on 16mm, the mini-documentary captures honest moments that show the loving and playful nature of both Courtney and Kurt. It was such a treat to experience life with Courtney and Kurt in their natural habitats. It really left me feeling like part of the family and hopefully fans can feel that too.

It’s just another delightful layer to what is already promising to be one of the most compelling albums of the year.
 www.courtneybarnettandkurtvile.com

One of the UK’s most talked about young bands (and new Dead Oceans signing) Shame shares their new single and video, Concrete.

UK’s SHAME RELEASE NEW SINGLE VIDEO, CONCRETE – DEBUT ALBUM COMING IN EARLY 2018 ON DEAD OCEANS 

WATCH THE VIDEO FOR CONCRETE

Today, one of the UK’s most talked about young bands (and new Dead Oceans signing) Shame shares their new single and video, Concrete. A bracing jolt of a song, Concrete races forward on a tightly wound post-punk riff, its call-and-response vocals capturing the turmoil and schizophrenic internal dialogue of the song’s subject matter.

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Black Rebel Motorcycle Club announce their new forthcoming album Wrong Creatures, and release the first single the  “Little Thing Gone Wild”.

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club announce their new forthcoming album Wrong Creatures – out January 12th, and release the first single the  “Little Thing Gone Wild”…

A return to their trademark sound of scuzzy bass, slurry, heavy vocals and shrieking guitars Wrong Creatures was Produced by Nick Launay (Nick Cave, Arcade Fire) and recorded at Sunset Sound.

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TORRES: Watch the video for new single ‘Helen in the Woods’

OUT FRIDAY 29 SEPTEMBER: TORRES ‘Three Futures’ (4AD/Rhythmethod)
Watch the video for new single ‘Helen in the Woods’


 

Mechanized grooves are placed at the forefront, providing a framework for perforated electro-pop static, gothic textures, and insistent Krautrock motifs. She employs a more animated, frantic delivery to convey the dark obsessive desires described in ‘Helen in the Woods,’ while elsewhere she exhibits a throaty, hollow timbre or takes a solemn, reverential approach.

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