Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker announce ‘Birds EP’

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Rough Trade Records are excited to announce the release of ‘The Birds’ EP by Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker. The six track EP will be released both digitally and as a very limited edition 12” – 650 copies worldwide, to co-incide with them supporting Richard Thompson on his sold out UK Tour this October. A very limited quantity of the EP on CD will also be for sale via the Rough Trade Records Webstore, otherwise only available on the band’s merch table! Continue reading



Whitney are pleased to announce the release of Light Upon The Lake: Demo Recordings coming out November 10th, and share the previously unreleased song, “You and Me.” The track was written in 2014-2015 during the early sessions for Light Upon The Lake.

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Moses Sumney share ‘Lonely World’

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Today, Moses Sumney is sharing his debut album. Aromanticism is out now across all digital platforms via Jagjaguwar, and to coincide with the release Moses is sharing a new video. “‘Lonely World’ is a myth about alienation, featuring Moses Sumney as the sole human on a solitary planet, and Sasha Lane as a coy creature he discovers that seduces him into the void,” comments Moses and director Allie Avital. “It’s a story about our inevitable desire for love and closeness and conversely, our instincts to destroy those that offer us those comforts.”

Aromanticism is a concept album about lovelessness as a sonic dreamscape. It seeks to interrogate social constructions around romance. The debut will include the recently released singles “Quarrel” and “Doomed,” as well as new versions of standouts “Lonely World” and “Plastic.”

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Moses Sumney –Aromanticism

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1. Man On The Moon (Reprise)

2. Don’t Bother Calling

3. Plastic

4. Quarrel

5. Stoicism

6. Lonely World

7. Make Out In My Car

8. The Cocoon-Eyed Baby

9. Doomed

10. Indulge Me

11. Self-Help Tape



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

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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Reveal new track off upcoming album

Plimsoll Punks

Antisocialites, out September 8th
On Pod via Inertia Music / Rhythmethod

Alvvays will drop their highly anticipated sophomore album in under a month, and today the Toronto-based group are giving us another taste of new music with the infectious “Plimsoll Punks”. The song is the band’s answer to Television Personalities’ “Part-Time Punks” and a winking surf opus indictment of the self-righteous who intend to condescend. Check out the new track here.

The previously released tracks “In Undertow” and “Dreams Tonite” show a band on the brink of releasing their best material yet. Pitchfork notes on “Dreams Tonite” that the “new sound nods to the Chromatics and Beach House, touching upon their moody temperament while fleshing out their emotional explorations.” Rolling Stonepraised “In Undertow” in their Playlist section, writing “Canadian guitar romantics Alvvays mix pleasant noises and chill dejection, and the result is a perfect indie-rock lullaby.”


“Alvvays never second-guess their core strength: anthemic, arm-swaying hooks that aim for the stars even when the sky is gray.”Pitchfork

“The band has kept their rivers of reverb, which sometimes makes them sound as though they’re playing to an empty middle-school gymnasium, an image that fittingly blends sweetness with melancholy.” – Vulture

“Lead single ‘In Undertow’ contains all of the elements that were initially so charming about the Toronto five-piece blown up to fuzzy and dreamy new heights.”Stereogum

“The great thing about Alvvays is that they know what they do well – create objectively good, beautiful indie pop – and they are evidently doing it again with ‘Antisocialites'”Uproxx

Alvvays – Antisocialites
(Inertia / Pod / Rhythmethod)


1. In Undertow
2. Dreams Tonite
3. Plimsoll Punks
4. Your Type
5. Not My Baby
6. Hey
7. Lollipop (Ode to Jim)
8. Already Gone
9. Saved By A Waif
10. Forget About Life

Antisocialites by Alvvays is out Friday September 8 on Pod via Inertia Music

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