Phoenix: New Album 'Bankrupt'
Phoenix discuss their forthcoming album 'Bankrupt' with Pitchfork TV. Release date 22nd April 2013.
Alt-J: BBC 2 Station Idents
The British television channel BBC 2 has chosen three Alt-J tracks for use as station idents. Instrumental versions of 'Something Good', 'Intro' and 'Fitzpleasure' from the band's Mercury Music Prize winning album 'An Awesome Wave', are all currently appearing between programmes on the station.
- Matt Bates
Lana Del Rey: New Video 'Chelsea Hotel #2'
Lana Del Rey has unveiled a new video, her own unique cover version of Leonard Cohen's 1974 song 'Chelsea Hotel #2'.
Mount Kimbie: New Single 'Made To Stray'
'Made To Stray' is the new single from Mount Kimbie's forthcoming album 'Cold Spring Fault Less Youth', released on 27th May on Warp Records.
'Made to Stray' was yesterday's 'Track of the Day' on Pitchfork.
See them on tour in Europe throughout May.
27 Mar, 2013
Phoenix: 'Entertainment' Blood Orange Remix
The Blood Orange remix of Phoenix's current single 'Entertainment' by producer Dev Hynes, features backing vocals from former original Sugababes; Mutya Keisha Siobhan. Available here as a free download from Soundcloud.
Phoenix's new album 'Bankrupt' is released on 22nd April, through Glassnote / Atlantic Records.
Daft Punk: New Album 'Random Access Memories'
Daft Punk's fourth album 'Random Access Memories' is now set for release on 21st May, through their own Daft Life label and Columbia Records. More details soon.
The 1975: 'Chocolate' at #19
The 1975's new single 'Chocolate' has entered the Official UK Singles Chart at #19.
- Matt Bates
Buraka Som Sistema: Free Download 'Zouk Flute'
The almighty Buraka Som Sistema join the Upper Cuts free download series on a mission to give the world yet another musical genre to dance to.
The tropical downtempo madness of first 15 minutes of their now legendary Boiler Room set marked the introduction of Zouk Bass, a brand new tropical hybrid born from the meeting of the French Antillan rhythms of zouk - and its Lusophone relative kizomba - with the bass-heavy styles of the UK underground.
'Zouk Flute' is the name of the track that brings the slow and sexy zouk rhythms to the 21st century clubs. A mischievous and downright hypnotic melody instantly puts you in the mood for dancing in dimly lit rooms, giving the style's tropical heritage a dangerous modern edge. While the charming synths reel you in, the heavy slow-paced beats and thick sub-bass pressure promise to keep you nailed to the dancefloor, ocasionally breaking the spell to ask the DJ for yet another rewind.
As it happened all those years ago with the fast-paced Angolan rhythms of kuduro, yet another tropical revolution in electronic dance music can be traced back to Buraka Som Sistema's studio. While the beats radically change this time around, the need to make people dance their troubles away stays the same. Because dancing is always the best remedy, why not do it a bit slower?
Kano: New Track With Benga 'Forefather'
'Forefather' is the new track from Benga and Kano, taken from Benga's upcoming album 'Chapter II' on Sony Music...
The Bloody Beetroots: New Single 'SPANK'
The new single from The Bloody Beetroots is 'SPANK' featuring TAI and Bart B More. It is released on Ultra Music on 19th March.
- Martje Kremers
Alex Metric: 'Ammunition 3' EP
It's with no hesitation that UK floor-filler Alex Metric drops an assertive 4/4 thump line to initiate the beautiful, diverse and heavy 'Ammunition 3 EP', his second collection of all new tracks for Skrillex's OWSLA collective. The man can't sit still, his provocative sound leaning heavily on UK garage before slamming headlong into breakbeats while rave synth-work fills in the details, and I'm speaking merely about the final cut of the collection. On the four tracks that comprise his newest, diva vocals flit and build around precise claps, stabs punctuate the low-end, flecks of acid permeate the mix; His amalgam is precise and diverse, tied together with a measured ear and impeccable taste.
Alex is an anomaly in his immediate circle of peers, his tunes awash with appreciation for the historical library of UK electronic music while wholeheartedly borrowing the US's most recent, open-armed approach to bass. It's his keen ability to incorporate and reinterpret the influences of the distant past for a wide-eyed audience, and few are doing it better regardless of context. We've seen the first wave crash on western shores, Alex is dead set on proving there's plenty more in the distance.
- Martje Kremers
Phoenix: Live at Shepherds Bush Empire
Phoenix will be celebrating the release of 'Bankrupt!', their fifth studio album, in style on April 22nd, as they land in London to play Shepherds Bush Empire for what will be their first British show of the year. With their hotly anticipated follow up to 2009's critically acclaimed 'Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix' released on the same day, this will be a memorable chance for fans to experience the tracks in their full glory as the band touch back on these shores before embarking on a string of dates at some of the world's biggest festivals.
A series of U.S. tour dates will culminate in a Saturday night headline slot at this year's Coachella, before the French outfit return to Europe to play a number of the continent's most highly regarded events, starting with a headline Thursday night slot at Primavera Sound in Barcelona.
The band have also just been revealed as a NME/Radio 1 stage headliner at this year's Reading & Leeds Festivals, which sees them returning to the sites for the first time since 2010.
'Bankrupt!' is the incredible follow up to 2009's critically lauded 'Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix', which sold over 1 million copies worldwide, was certified Gold in the U.S., and Platinum in Canada, Australia and France. The band also won the Grammy for 'Best Alternative Album'.
'Bankrupt!' was co-produced by the band - Thomas Mars (vocals), Laurent Brancowitz (guitar), Christian Mazzalai (guitar), and Deck D'Arcy (bass) - and producer Philippe Zdar.
Tickets for the show will be available through an exclusive pre-sale via the band's website on Wednesday 13th March at 10am at wearephoenix.com/tour and on general sale from Friday. Fans will also have the chance to pre-order the new album from the website when buying tickets.
'Bankrupt!' will be released on April 22nd on Atlantic / Glassnote Records.
The 1975: 'Chocolate' at #24
'Chocolate', the lead track from The 1975's 'Music For Cars EP' has entered the BBC Radio One Top 40 Singles Chart at #24.
The band will be touring the UK in May.
- Matt Bates
Phoenix: New Video 'Entertainment'
Unveiled today 'Entertainment' the brand new video from Phoenix, made by Patrick Daughters.
THE D.O.T.: New Single and Album
THE D.O.T. released their new single 'How We All Lie' yesterday. The second album by Mike Skinner formerly of The Streets and Rob Harvey (ex-The Music), is entitled 'Diary', and is released on 6th May.
Daft Punk: 15 Seconds of New Music
Daft Punk previewed fifteen seconds of new music, in a mysterious advert shown on American TV during last weekends 'Saturday Night Live'. No name for their forthcoming fourth album, no release date - just the Daft Punk logo and helmets, with a short funky disco riff.
Lee 'Scratch' Perry: The New Pope?
All hail our very own candidate for the papacy... the legendary Lee 'Scratch' Perry.
Mike Skinner: NME Award for 'Best Book'
At this week's NME Awards at the Troxy in London, Mike Skinner was awarded the 'Best Book' prize for 'The Story of The Streets'.
"cleverer, funnier, more illuminating and beautifully written than anything I have read in the longest time!
The Bots: New Electronic Press Kit
Brothers Mikaiah Lei, 19 (guitar, vocals) and Anaiah Lei, 16 (drums, back-up vocals) are THE BOTS.
Having toured the U.S. and European festival circuit extensively and supporting such legendary artists as Blur, Tenacious D, Refused, Social Distortion, and Yeah Yeah Yeahs, playing the closing ceremony for the 2012 London Olympics, traveling the UK with Damon Albarn's Africa Express Train Tour, and a recent musical appearance on one of France's biggest nightly talk shows, Le Grand Journal on Canal +, THE BOTS are causing a heavy buzz world-wide and introducing their innovative, visionary raucous organic blend of rock, blues, and punk across the globe.
- Ed Sellers
Dropkick Murphys: New Video 'The Boys Are Back'
Brand new video for the track 'The Boys Are Back', by the Dropkick Murphys, from their album, 'Signed and Sealed in Blood'.