On September, 22nd METZ will release Strange Peace,an emphatic but artful hammer swing to the status quo and their highly-anticipated third full-length album. Alex Edkins (guitar, vocals), Hayden Menzies (drums), and Chris Slorach (bass) recorded at Electrical Audio in Chicago, live off the floor to tape with Steve Albini. The result is a distinct artistic maturation into new and alarming territory, frantically pushing past where the band has gone before, while capturing the notorious intensity of their live show. The trio continued to assemble the album (including home recordings, additional instrumentation) back at home in Toronto, adding the finishing touches with longtime collaborator, engineer and mixer, Graham Walsh.
“The songs on Strange Peace are about uncertainty,” Edkins explains. “They’re about recognizing that we’re not always in control of our own fate, and about admitting our mistakes and fears. They’re about finding some semblance of peace within the chaos.”
And “Cellophane,” the first song to be released from the new album, is available now. Read the full bio for Strange Peace below. Continue reading →
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
KINGS Announces forthcoming new album Chapter One To be released independently via DRM NZ
New Zealand recording artist KINGS announces today his forthcoming debut album, Chapter One, set for independent release later in the year. Entirely self-produced by Kingdon Chapple-Wilson, the 12-track album will be released by KINGS himself through a new partnership with local digital music distributors DRM NZ.
With lead single ‘We’ll Never Know’ scheduled to drop early September, the Kiwi hitmaker returns in fine form with a varied album showcasing an impressive range of styles and wide skillset as a producer, songwriter, lyricist and performer.
Best known for runaway chart-topping hit ‘Don’t Worry ‘Bout It’, which has now surpassed 6 million streams and recently received a Silver Scroll award nomination, KINGS has carved out a unique path as a multi-talented artist covering a diverse range of genres.
Regarding the album construction and forging a new path without a major record label involved, Kingdon comments:
“Firstly, thank you to everyone following and supporting this journey. Day 1 fans, new fans, welcome. Before I go further, I have to do a massive shout out to Warner Music NZ for believing in me – together we broke a New Zealand record, went platinum and made NZ history. Wouldn’t have been possible without them.
I’ve always encouraged artists and musicians to do things themselves and to study the game thoroughly. It was only right that I do this entire project the way I preach. From directing the music videos to designing the cover art, everything is written, produced, mixed, and mastered the way I intended, with the hope that it encourages YOU to do the same thing.”
DRM NZ are well known advocates for helping local New Zealand artists release their music globally. For just over a decade, the company has worked with a great host of independent kiwi artists in getting their music on digital platforms such as Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, Google Play, Pandora and more.
On the new partnership with Kingdon and his team, DRM NZ General Manager Andy Low states:
“This is a thrilling release for us, and we’re very excited to work with one of New Zealand’s great talents of today. KINGS has come up with a fantastic debut album, DRM looks forward to rolling out the new KINGS material far and wide.”
TORRES confirms new album THREE FUTURES out September 29 on 4AD
On September 29, 4AD will release Three Futures, the third full-length album
by TORRES. Today, TORRES unveils the title track and accompanying video, which ties visually into the album’s artwork and the previously released ‘Skim’ video, shot and directed by Ashley Connor.
Watch the beautiful new video for ‘Looking For The Rain’ The Road: Part 1 out August 18 on Pod / Rhythmethod
After a rollercoaster twenty-five year career as an artist, curator and tastemaker, James Lavelle returns with UNKLE’s fifth studio album: The Road: Part 1, out Friday August 18 on Pod via Inertia Music / Rhythmethod, a collection of fifteen new UNKLE tracks inspired by his curation of 2014’s Meltdown Festival at Southbank in London.
Lavelle has premiered the visuals for the latest single off the album, “Looking For The Rain”, a call to arms in our turbulent modern world, written by long-time collaborator Mark Lanegan with string arrangements by Will Malone (Massive Attack, “Unfinished Symphony” and UNKLE’s “Lonely Soul” amongst others). The video, by visual artist Doug Foster, was created by “filming a variety of subjects from nature, such as water, crystals and plants. The footage was composited in several stages to eventually form a moving tunnel of light that features synchronised repetition and bilateral symmetry.”
SBTRKT’s (pronounced ‘subtract’) debut album pulls off a series of impressive feats: it’s bursting with fresh ideas but yet sounds immediately familiar. The album influences are incorporated with subtlety and sophistication: dense enough to interpret, light enough to dance to.
While massively prolific, a minimalist ethos runs through the work and style of SBTRKT, not just in his name but in the precision of the sonics and arrangements. SBTRKT has left his imprint on the UK music scene by seamlessly fusing Detroit techno, Berlin electro and classic 2-step into the thriving London dubstep scene, although this masked man fits comfortably in any category he wishes to occupy.
Named by NME as one of the top 50 artists to watch in 2011, SBTRKT is no stranger to writing, recording and releasing music. To date he’s releases singles and EPs on Brainmath, Numbers, Ramp, Monkeytown and now home label Young Turks. Add to that, re-workings of Radiohead and Goldie, and remixes of Modeselektor, M.I.A and Basement Jaxx.
While he has had multiple releases, this is SBTRKT’s first full-length album. Featuring collaborations with Sampha, Roses Gabor and Jessie Ware, the album also features Little Dragon and the imitable voice of Yukimi Nagano on single ‘Wildfire’.
“Great new weird and wonky Hottest Record from SBTRKT tonight. Featuring Little Dragon, ‘Wildfire’ is a great song adapted to the sub. Not the other way around. Which is nice.”
Zane Lowe, BBC Radio 1
“Little Dragon frontwoman Yukimi Nagano, transforms this track from just a deep and funky dancefloor burner into a next-level pop song surpassing just about anything you’ll catch on the radio these days”
2. Hold On (feat. Sampha)
3. Wildfire (feat. Yukimi Nagano and Little Dragon)
4. Sanctuary (feat. Jessie Ware and Sampha)
5. Trials Of The Past (feat. Sampha)
6. Right Thing To Do (feat. Jessie Ware)
7. Something Goes Right (feat. Sampha)
8. Pharoahs (feat. Roses Gabor)
9. Ready Set Loop
10. Never Never (feat. Sampha)
11. Go Bang
Oh since you’ve been so good – go on then- have a listen to the WHOLE album!!
STREAM: LISTEN TO SBTRKT’S DEBUT ALBUM
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SBTRKT – SBTRKT is out 27 June 2011 via Young Turks/Rhythmethod