Kamasi Washington releases ‘Harmony of Difference’

UPCOMING NEW ZEALAND SHOW:
Playing WOMAD NZ – March 2018

Friday 29th September 2017 – Following his universally acclaimed debut album The EpicKamasi Washington’s Harmony of Difference is out now via Young Turks / Rhythmethod in New Zealand. Get the new EP, which The New York Times hails as “a liberation theology for fearsome times” where all good music lives.

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The xx – FIRST SHOW IN NEW ZEALAND IN 8 YEARS

The Trusts Arena. Thursday 11th January 2018.

Tickets Through Ticketek.

This is an all-ages show with a licensed bar available for over 18’s.

It’s a long anticipated and hugely welcome return for The xx who last played in New Zealand in 2010. The xx are coming back as a band who have now taken their place alongside the all-time greats, performing in the area where the alternative meets the electronic to produce what, for many people, is simply perfect atmospheric pop for today.

Eight years ago The xx recalibrated the musical landscape with their ground-breaking debut release xx. Its distinctive style became the most critically acclaimed release of the year. Featuring crowd favourites ‘Intro’, ‘Crystalised’ and ‘Shelter’, xx won the prestigious Mercury Music Prize in 2010 for best album of the year.

Fast forward to 2017 and The xx are one of the most in demand bands on the planet, selling out arenas in Europe and the USA and headlining festivals around the world. Just last week their new album I See You was nominated for the 2017 Mercury Prize and it’s in this synchronistic moment that The xx announce their return to New Zealand!

The xx are Romy Madley Croft (guitar, vocals), Oliver Sim (bass, vocals) and Jamie Smith (beats, MPC, production), also known as Jamie xx. The London based trio are touring at an all-time high following the January release of I See You – universally lauded as the band’s biggest critical and commercial success to date, reaching number one in charts around the world. The xx launched their new album with a record-breaking seven consecutive sold out nights to 35,000 people in their hometown at the legendary and iconic venue Brixton Academy.  

‘Britain’s most influential modern band set the Brixton Academy alight….. No act has captured the musical zeitgeist of the past few years quite like The xx.

(The Telegraph, UK ?????)

Tickets go on general sale Friday August 25th at 10am.

Don’t miss out. Magic will happen.

The xx

The Trusts Arena, Auckland. Thursday 11th January. All Ages.

The xx FAN CLUB PRE-SALE via thexx.info/tour
Begins: Monday 21 Aug (12pm noon NZ)
Ends: Thursday 24 Aug (10pm NZ)
(or ends earlier if pre-sale allocation exhausted)

GENERAL PUBLIC ON SALE
Begins: Friday 25 Aug (10am NZ)

TICKETS THROUGH TICKETEK.CO.NZ

The xx have partnered with PLUS1 so that $1 from every ticket purchased will go towards local LGBT+ programs in each city of the tour. Visit plus1.org for more information on the organisation.

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Watch – The xx ‘I Dare You’

The xx release a brand new music video for ‘I Dare You’, directed by Alasdair McLellan in collaboration with The xx and Calvin Klein Chief Creative Officer Raf Simons. Watch it below!

The video, filmed in Los Angeles, continues The xx’s longstanding visual collaboration with McLellan, who also directed the band’s ‘On Hold’ and ‘Say Something Loving’ videos, in addition to their collaboration on the It Could Be Love photo book zine.

Last week, the band released a deluxe version of their album I See You online, featuring three new songs: ‘Naïve’, ‘Seasons Run’ and ‘Brave For You (Marfa Demo)’…

 

SAMPHA – AUCKLAND VENUE UPGRADE

“Sampha is this year’s breakout R&B star”
-NZ Herald – 5 stars
“The best albums of 2017, so far”
-NZ Listener, April 2017

Due to extreme demand, Sampha’s debut Auckland performance on Wed 24 May has been upgraded to Powerstation.
Final tickets are on sale now
from AAATicketing – Direct link here

*Exisiting tickets will be valid for the new venue*

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KAMASI WASHINGTON SHARES NEW TRACK ‘TRUTH’

Kamasi Washington’s
“Truth”debuts today
One of six movements from
Harmony of Difference EP
Due for release this Winter
Signs to Young Turks globally

Avant-garde jazz titan Kamasi Washington today debuts “Truth,” the sixth movement from Harmony of Difference, a new EP set for release this winter. The EP is the first new music from Washington since his universally acclaimed 2015 debut album The Epic, and will be released via Young Turks. Washington has signed to the iconic London label, the home of The xx, Sampha, FKA Twigs and more, worldwide.

“Truth” is accompanied by a new short film from director A.G. Rojas.
Harmony of Difference, an original six-movement suite, premiered as part of this year’s Whitney Biennial alongside a film by Rojas also featuring artwork by Washington’s sister Amani Washington.

Watch ‘Truth’ directed by A.G. Rojas here:

YouTube link: https://youtu.be/rtW1S5EbHgU

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Apple Music premieres Kahlil Joseph’s film

Film still

Young Turks and Apple Music are delighted to announce the release of Process, a film about the London musician Sampha by Kahlil Joseph (Pulse Films). After premiering at London’s Institute of Contemporary Art, The Museum of Modern Art in New York and The Underground Museum and The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, Process is now available exclusively on Apple Music. The 37 minute film is a rich, widescreen visual contextualisation of Sampha’s acclaimed 2017 debut album of the same name.  Continue reading

Sleaford Mods share new video ‘Mop Top’

SM 1

The band are happy to share their new video for ‘Moptop’, filmed in a friend’s kitchen, taken from theirnew album ‘English Tapas’ which came out on Rough Trade on Friday. According to singer Jason Williamson, the song is “based around the disgusting lie that is Boris Johnson, thewannabe Churchill (We don’t need another one). The song also discusses the void that is modern music, internet attention spans, one dimensional acts and the current trend of reformed bands looking to cash in with PR heavy assaults that try to conceal their pointlessness.” 
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The xx share video for ‘Say Something Loving’

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The xx have released a video for ‘Say Something Loving’. Filmed in the band’s hometown of London, the video was directed by renowned photographer and filmmaker Alasdair McLellan who also directed the video for previous single ‘On Hold’ (which was shot in Marfa, Texas). ‘Say Something Loving’ is taken from The xx’s hugely acclaimed third album I See You, which debuted at number 1 in the UK album charts on release in January. Speaking about the video, The xx stated “We wanted to celebrate our home town and revisit some of the places that reminds us of our friendship when we were growing up. We’re so happy to be back home and so excited to begin our Night + Day residency in Brixton this week!” Continue reading

Sampha shares new track ‘No One Knows Me (Like The Piano)’

Sampha. London, 2016.

Sampha. London, 2016.

Sampha today releases a brand new single ‘(No One Knows Me) Like The Piano’. At once both emotionally raw and achingly beautiful, the track is a tribute to the piano that sat in Sampha’s south London family home from the age of three – a piano on which he wrote much of his highly anticipated forthcoming debut album Process. Continue reading