Kamasi Washington & Anoushka Shankar confirmed for WOMAD 2018

Two critically acclaimed and exciting artists have been secured for WOMAD New Zealand 2018.

Los Angeles saxophonist, composer and jazz superstar KAMASI WASHINGTON and Indian classical and progressive sitar virtuoso ANOUSHKA SHANKAR have signed on to be two of the headlining acts for the popular three day international music and dance festival. Continue reading

THE XX RELEASE VIDEO FOR O’N HOLD’ (JAMIE XX REMIX)

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‘ON HOLD (JAMIE XX REMIX)’
OUT TODAY B/W FOUR TET REMIX OF ‘A VIOLENT NOISE’

At the end of 2016, The xx announced their return and news of a new album (I See You) with the lead single ‘On Hold’. An undoubted highlight of one of the year’s most critically acclaimed albums, ‘On Hold’ has quickly become one of The xx’s biggest songs to date.

Today, the band’s very own Jamie xx reveals his ‘On Hold’ remix – his first official remix in over four years. It comes accompanied by a ‘remix video’ from Alasdair McLellan, who made the original ‘On Hold’ video and has been a key I See You visual collaborator. McLellan also created videos for recent xx singles ‘Say Something Loving’ and the star-studded ‘I Dare You’ video (a collaboration with The xx and Raf Simons which featured, among others, Millie Bobby Brown, Ashton Sanders, Paris Jackson, Lulu and Ernesto Cervantes).

WATCH ALASDAIR MCLELLAN’S ACCOMPANYING ‘ON HOLD’ REMIX VIDEO HERE

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KAMASI WASHINGTON ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM

KAMASI WASHINGTON’S
HARMONY OF DIFFERENCE
Out September 29th on Young Turks / Rhythmethod

“My hope is that witnessing the beautiful harmony created by merging different musical melodies will help people realize the beauty in our own differences.”
— Kamasi Washington

Music titan Kamasi Washington’s new EP Harmony of Difference, the first new music from Washington since his universally acclaimed 2015 debut album The Epic, will be released on September 29th via Young Turks / Rhythmethod.

Harmony of Difference originally premiered as part of the Whitney Museum of American Art 2017 Biennial alongside a film by A.G. Rojas and also featuring artwork by Kamasi Washington’s sister, Amani Washington.

The new music is an original six-part suite that explores the philosophical possibilities of the musical technique known as “counterpoint,” which Washington defines as “the art of balancing similarity and difference to create harmony between separate melodies.” Beyond the artistic impulse to expand the possibilities within counterpoint, Washington wanted to create something that opened people’s minds to the gift of diversity.

Each of the first five movements is its own unique composition. “Truth,” the sixth movement, fuses all five compositions into one simultaneous performance. Echoing this fusion, Amani created five paintings focused on raw shapes and colours, each inspired by one of the first five movements of the suite. Amani then combined these paintings to create a sixth: an abstract depiction of a human face.

The film, directed by A.G. Rojas, brings the metaphoric ideas found in both the music and paintings to life. While still quite abstract, it focuses on the harmony found in people from South Central and East Los Angeles and shows the beauty in their differences.

Harmony Of Difference will be available on all digital services, as well as on 12” vinyl with a 14-page concertina booklet featuring original artwork by Amani Washington and still images from the film by A.G. Rojas on September 29th. It is available to pre-order via http://y-t-r.co/harmonyofdifference

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

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The xx – I See You (Deluxe) released on Digital Services

The xx– I See You (Deluxe)

 Released On Digital Services Today For The First Time

 Featuring Three New Tracks: ‘Naïve’, ’Season’s Run’ and ‘Brave For You (Marfa Demo)’

Friday 23rd June 2017 – The xx today release a digital deluxe version of their highly acclaimed third album. I See You (Deluxe) is available on all digital services now and features three new songs: ‘Naïve’ (which features a sample of Drake’s ‘Doing It Wrong’), ‘Season’s Run’ and ‘Brave For You (Marfa Demo)’. The songs were previously available on the I See You boxset but have never previously been available digitally.

To mark the news, The xx have today also revealed a video for ‘Brave For You (Marfa Demo)’. Again, the video was only previously available in the I See You boxset.
The xx – I See You is out now on Young Turks / Rhythmethod

The xx online:

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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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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

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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

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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:

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SAMPHA ANNOUNCES DEBUT ALBUM DETAILS

SAMPHA – PROCESS

RELEASED 3RD FEBRUARY 2017

VIA YOUNG TURKS/ Rhythmethod

PRE-ORDER HERE

WORLD TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED INCLUDING AUCKLAND

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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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Jamie xx & Romain Gavras share “Gosh”

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Jamie xx is proud to present the brand new video for ‘Gosh’. Directed by Romain Gavras (famed for his work with Kanye West & Jay-Z, M.I,A., Justice and The Last Shadow Puppets among others), the epic film provides the perfect accompaniment to Jamie’s anthemic In Colour album opener. Huge in both scale and ambition, ‘Gosh’ features a cast of over 400 actors with no CGI or 3D effects whatsoever. Continue reading

Good Times, Good Times, There’s Gonna Be Good Times, Good Times…

Jamie xx has today unleashed the video for I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times). Directed by Rollo Jackson, the video features all three artists featuring on the track – Young ThugPopcaan and of course Jamie xx himself – shot in New York and Jamaica.

Today will also see the premiere of Skepta’s much-hyped remix. ‘I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times) (Skepta remix ft. Frisco and Popcaan)’, which received its first full play last night on BBC’s Radio 1 as the ‘Hottest Record In The World’.  Continue reading