A short film about The xx and their fans!

‘We See You – Berlin’

A short film about The xx and their fans by Sylvie Weber

The first of a series of ‘We See You’ films, supported by YouTube

The xx play Auckland – Trusts Arena – Jan 11th, 2018 – Tickets HERE 

In November 2016 – just over a year ago to the day – The xx’s Romy Madly Croft, Oliver Sim and Jamie Smith announced their return with a brand new single ‘On Hold’ and news of a third full length album, I See You. Recorded between New York, Marfa TX, Reykjavik, Los Angeles and London, and released in January 2017, I See You would go on to become a huge critical and commercial success, building on the achievements of The xx’s two previous albums, xx and Coexist. The xx’s three albums now have now sold over 4 million copies between them.

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THE NATIONAL RELEASE VIDEO FOR “DARK SIDE OF THE GYM”

DIRECTED BY AND FEATURING NEW YORK CITY BALLET CHOREOGRAPHER JUSTIN PECK
SLEEP WELL BEAST NOMINATED FOR TWO 2018 GRAMMY® AWARDS
Playing Auckland’s Villa Maria Winery – Feb 23, 2017
The National are pleased to release the video for “Dark Side Of The Gym”, directed, choreographed and starring NYC Ballet Resident Choreographer and soloist Justin Peck and executive produced by former Miami City Ballet dancer and current dance filmmaker Ezra Hurwitz. Also starring former Miami City Ballet mentor and Principal dancer, Patricia Delgado, the video finds the duo gracefully move around a balloon filled auditorium. The video premiered via New Yorker, who described it as “essentially an extended pas de deux, highly technical but low-key, intimate, and a little sexy…The song and the video read like a love letter. At the end, as the music frays and the dancing stops, the camera settles on Delgado’s sorrowful, vulnerable expression.” 

It’s already been a big week for the band, with their critically acclaimed new album Sleep Well Beast receiving Grammy nominations for Best Alternative Music Album and Best Recording Package.
The National are returning to New Zealand  in 2018 to play on the  Feb 23 in the beautiful grounds of Villa Maria Winery – Auckland.

NYC’s WIKI (Ratking) – debut album dropping on wax!

NO MOUNTAINS IN MANHATTAN OUT ON CD & 2LP 

DECEMBER 8TH VIA XL RECORDINGS / RHYTHMETHOD

PRE-ORDER FROM YOUR LOCAL RETAILER TODAY!!

Recently Wiki dropped in to hang with our own Zane Lowe…and had to have a play on the new drum machine! Check it out wiki wiki…

 

LISTEN: No Mountains In Manhattan – http://x-l-r.co/NMIM

After digitally releasing his album in August, Wiki is back this month to release his debut No Mountains in Manhattan IRL – on CD and 2LP!. Out now via XL Recordings, the album features fellow New York natives, both legend and novice, including Ghostface Killah, Lakutis, ACAB, Slicky Boy, Your Old Droog and more. Production credits include Ratking’s Sporting Life, Tony Seltzer, Kaytranada, Earl Sweatshirt, and Wiki himself.

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Björk announces new album ‘Utopia’

Set for Release November 24
Pre-order: https://bjork.lnk.to/utopia 

‘Utopia’ is the ninth studio album from Björk, out November 24th via One Little Indian Records.

The album is written by Björk with 14 of the songs co-written by Arca and one of the songs co-written by Sarah Hopkins. All of the songs except one is co-produced by Arca. One of the songs is co-produced by Rabit. Björk formed a twelve piece Icelandic female flute orchestra, which she arranged for and conducted. She also wrote an arrangement for Hamrahlíðarkórinn, a choir conducted by Þorgerður Ingólfsdóttir. The album was edited and structured by Björk on Protools. It was engineered by Bergur ÞórissonBart Migal and Chris Elms. It was mixed by Heba Kadry and Marta Salogni and mastered by Mandy Parnell .
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GOAT GIRL Share new single ‘Cracker Drool’

South London’s Goat Girl are excited to share the video for new track ‘Cracker Drool’, which was produced by Dan Carey (Bat For Lashes, Kate Tempest) and recorded in his South London studio. The video was directed by CC Wade and was filmed in Sussex by the London based brothers who have previously worked with King Krule. Pre-order the 7inch here: http://rtrecs.co/crackerdrool

‘Cracker Drool’ will be released on the 8th December on limited edition 7” backed by exclusive B Side ‘Scream‘. The track is available on all streaming services now.

Goat Girl head up an emerging set of groups from South London who have been inspired by the burgeoning local scene there. A classic sketch by the late great comedian Bill Hicks inspired their band name.

Goat Girl – ‘Cracker Drool’
Stream / Purchase: https://goatgirl.lnk.to/crackerdrool

LANKUM present New Track + Video ‘The Granite Gaze’

Check out new track ‘The Granite Gaze’ from Lankum’s new album “Between the Earth and Sky”, which is released now on Rough Trade / Rhythmethod. Described as a song “Dedicated to the women and children of Ireland, past and present” by Lankum themselves and sung by Radie Peat of the band.

The accompanying video has been made by cult Irish filmmaker Stephen McCollum (also responsible for the hilarious Award winning ‘Pullin’ The Devil By The Tail’ animated short film series).  Stephen has described the video as: ‘A metaphysical allegory exploring mankind’s capacity for ignorance and destruction of innocence in the face of celestial mystery, expressed in plasticine.”

Rough Trade label head, Geoff Travis contextualised,“On their first album the original song “Cold Old Fire “ is rapidly becoming an anthem for these times, listen to the Dublin audience sing every word with the band in concert. On the new album another original song “Granite Graze” serves a similar function of reminding us that the band are not merely traditionalists but classic song chroniclers of these modern times”.

Lankum are one of the most talked about bands to come out of Ireland in decades. They’re 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 most exciting thing in Dublin right now.

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. 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. Lankum are busy breathing new life into old music.

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

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