Polica: New Video 'Wandering Star'
'Wandering Star' is the brand new video from Polica, taken from their debut album 'Give You The Ghost', directed by Ely.
The band will be playing European festivals throughout the summer, and making an extensive UK tour in November.
The new single 'Dark Star' is released on 18th June.
Azealia Banks: 1991 EP
Azealia Banks' '1991 EP was released digitally this week and immediately went straight to the top of the UK iTunes Hip-Hop Chart. Featuring four tracks '1991', 'Van Vogue', 'Liqourice' and '212', vinyl and CD copies will be available from 12th June on Interscope.
Tickets are on sale now for her UK tour beginning on 28th September, CLICK HERE for details.
- Matt Bates
alt-J: New Single, Album & Tour
New single 'Breezeblocks' out 21st May
UK tour announced from 24th May
Debut album 'An Awesome Wave' out 28th May
alt-J, fresh from UK tours with Wild Beasts and Ghostpoet, announce details of a new single and a UK tour to coincide with the release of their debut album, 'An Awesome Wave'.
The single is live favourite 'Breezeblocks', a song that set Hypemachine alight when first posted in demo form earlier this year, and one that returns bigger and bolder for its single release, and bolstered by a suite of confounding and contrary remixes by the likes of Tom Vek and No Ceremony///, with more to be announced. 'Breezeblocks' is out 21st May via Infectious Music.
The video for 'Breezeblocks' can be found at www.youtube.com/altjband
alt-J announce a full UK tour beginning in late-May, as well as a string of festival dates including The Great Escape, Latitude, Parklife Weekender, Green Man and Bestival.
The debut album 'An Awesome Wave' will be released on 28th May via Infectious Music on CD/vinyl/digital.
Primaverasound Festival 2012
Primaverasound 2012 begins tomorrow in Barcelona, the first major European festival of the season, it includes many Primary and Decked Out artists, including two headliners.
Thursday 31st May
Friday 1st June
...Rufus Wainwright & His Band
Saturday 2nd June
Lana Del Rey Duets With Bobby Womack
Legendary soul singer Bobby Womack has just unveiled the track 'Dayglo Reflection', his duet with Lana Del Rey... from his forthcoming album 'The Bravest Man in the Universe', which was co-produced by Blur's Damon Albarn. The album is released on XL Records on 11th June.
Lana Del Rey begins an extensive European tour on 15th June.
Respect Jamaica 50 Festival
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Jamaica's independence in spectacular style, London's IndigO2 will play host to the Jamaica 50 Festival with some of the most iconic reggae, ska and dub artists appearing together on stage during a twelve-day event. Despite being a small island state, Jamaica's cultural impact on the world and musical legacy vastly outweighs its size as the Jamaica 50 line-up testifies.
The festival features Primary Talent artists:
...Lee 'Scratch' Perry 25th July
...Junior Murvin 25th July
...Mad Professor 25th July
...Toots & The Maytals 3rd August
Plan B and Patti Smith in The Guardian
Lots of news on Primary artists Plan B and Patti Smith in todays' The Guardian:
Antony Hegarty's Meltdown Festival 2012
Antony Hegarty (Antony & The Johnsons) has curated the next Meltdown Festival at the Royal Festival Hall in London, throughout August. He has chosen several Primary artists for the programme:
1st August: Planningtorock and Light Asylum
10th August: Lou Reed
Kylie: New Single 'Timebomb'
Kylie's new single 'Timebomb' was released today on EMI Records. She will perform this song on the semi-final of 'The Voice', on BBC1 this Sunday (27th).
Jonathan Boulet: New Single 'This Song Is Called Ragged'
The video for 'This Song Is Called Ragged', the first single from Jonathan Boulet's forthcoming album 'We Keep The Beat, Found The Sound, See The Need, Start The Heart', premiered earlier today with Stereogum.
It was shot in Australia, and directed by first time music video director Peanut.
Lit: Appearance on E!News
Lit made an appearance on the television show E! News earlier this week, to discuss their new album 'The View From The Bottom'.
- Ed Sellers
Exitmusic: New Video "The Night"
Exitmusic have released a new video 'The Night' from their debut release 'Passage'... out now...
22 May, 2012
Alt-J: Debut Album 'An Awesome Wave'
Alt-J's debut album 'An Awesome Wave' is available for live streaming on Soundcloud, ahead of it's official release on 28th May. The band begin an Irish & UK tour on Thursday 24th May.
Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster: Nike Advert
Although the band officially split over a year ago, a track from the Eighties Machbox B-Line Disaster has been chosen for the new Nike football advert. The song 'Chicken' from their 2002 debut album 'Horse of the Day', is featured on the advert which has picked up an astounding 9 Million plays on YouTube since last Saturday.
We Are Augustines: New Single 'Juarez'
'Juarez' is the new single from We Are Augustines, taken from their album 'Rise Ye Sunken Ships'. The video was directed by Matt Amato.
Lana Del Rey Wins Ivor Novello Award
Lana Del Rey won the award for 'Best Contemporary Song', for 'Video Games' at last night's 57th Ivor Novello Awards. The song which she co-wrote with Justin Parker, features on the album 'Born To Die', which has sold around 2 million copies around the world.
Her next single, also taken from the album, is 'National Anthem', to be released on 8th July. It will feature a whole spread of remixes by Tensnake, Todd Terry, Afterlife and DC Breaks.
Lana Del Rey is currently attending the Cannes Film Festival in France.
Luke Ritchie: The Music Box Trail
Luke Ritchie came up with a totally unique way of getting his debut album 'The Waters Edge', heard around the world. To place it on an MP3 player, put it in a tin and send it out into the world, with instructions to listen, leave a note and pass it on.
"I've had an idea for a few years, similar in some ways to my podcast. To celebrate the launch of the album, I decided to work on something a little home-made.
My own modern-day music box. Something that only plays the album, and is tangible and unique.
I thought it might be fun to send it to my friends around the world, and ask them to pass it on to their friends, and them on to theirs. It's loosely based on the Book Swap model which has been around for years.
There would be 3 simple steps:
2. Leave a note.
3. Pass it on.
There are roughly 245 countries in the world, and I want to see how many we can reach... one friend at a time..."
- Steve Backman
Beady Eye: Warrington
Beady Eye have announced an exclusive intimate show at Warrington's Parr Hall on 28th June 2012. This will be their only UK headline show this year, and tickets will be available via a lottery on the bands website from 9am on Wednesday 16th May. Ticket winners will be announced via email from Monday 21st May who will then be able to purchase 2 tickets per person for what promises to be a very special night. Apply for tickets here - bit.ly/JX9Atb
The show will be a chance for fans to catch the band before their appearance with The Stone Roses at Heaton Park in Manchester on 30th June 2012.
They will also travel to Japan and Korea in July for two festival shows. Vocalist Liam Gallagher was recently voted the "greatest frontman of all time" by XFM Listeners and the band earned a fearsome live reputation when they toured their debut album 'Different Gear, Still Speeding' worldwide in 2011.
16 May, 2012
Alt-J: Lauren Laverne Live Session
Alt-J were on BBC Radio 6 on Monday, where they performed a live session for Lauren Laverne. Click the link below to hear it... the band start their UK & Ireland tour on 24th May.
Green Man Festival
The Green Man Festival takes place between 16th-19th August, in the beautiful setting of the Black Mountains in Wales. Primary Talent artists on the bill include:
...The Felice Brothers
The Golden Down Festival: June 2012
The Golden Down festival takes place near Winchester (UK), between 15th-17th June. Many Primary artists are featured on the bill:
...Lee 'Scratch' Perry
...DJ Ease (Nightmares On Wax)
Polica: 'Dark Star' Record of the Week
Polica's 'Dark Star' is 'Record of the Week' on Fearne Cotton's BBC Radio One show. Their European tour begins in June.
Mark Ronson: New Single 'Move To The Beat'
Mark Ronson's song for the London Olympics 2012 is released as a single today. Entitled 'Move to the Beat it features dubstep queen Katy B on vocals.
New Young Pony Club: New Single 'You Used To Be A Man'
New Young Pony Club released their new single 'You Used To Be A Man' on 7th May, the video was directed by Laura Buckley.
It is also available as a free download from their website.
Azealia Banks: New Track 'Jumanji'
Azealia Banks has unveiled a new track 'Jumanji', from her forthcoming mixtape 'Fantastic' to be released this summer, in advance of her album in the Autumn. The track was produced by Hudson Mohawke and Nick Hook.
- Matt Bates
Plan B: 'Later Live with Jools Holland'
Plan B and his band performed a storming rendidtion of 'ill Manors' on last nights 'Later Live with Jools Holland'
Django Django: 'Later Live with Jools Holland'
Django Django performed 'Default' live on the TV show 'Later Live with Jools Holland', last night.
Two Door Cinema Club #1 Band to Watch This Summer
The NME have chosen Two Door Cinema Club to be the most exciting live band, to catch on the festival circuit this summer.
CLICK HERE to see their full schedule of live dates.
- Matt Bates
The Great Escape Festival Brighton
Brighton's Great Escape music festival, takes place between the 10th - 12th May, featuring over 300 new artists at 30 venues around the city. For a complete line up, see their website.
Primary Talent artists scheduled to appear include:
...Dan le Sac
...Drop Out Venus
...M O N E Y
...Sonic Boom Six
...We Are Augustines
The Felice Brothers: Free Download of 'Cus's Catskills Gym'
Adding their take to a long list of classic boxing songs (think Simon and Garfunkel's 'The Boxer', Warren Zevon's 'Boom Boom Mancini' or Bob Dylan's 'Who Killed Davey Moore,').
The Felice Brothers underline their darkened aesthetic on their track 'Cus's Catskill Gym'. The song, according to Scotland on Sunday, "Delights in contorting different sounds in a conventional structure, escaping the traditional folk band stylings". Told from the perspective of Kevin Rooney, protege to Mike Tyson's manager Cus D'Amato, Cus's Catskill Gym carries much like an actual fight would, with momentous riffs and electronic thuds echoing throughout the story of Mike Tyson's career.
03 May, 2012
Plan B: 'ill Manors' The Movie Exclusive Trailer
Watch the trailer for Ben Drew aka Plan B's new movie, his first as director, 'ill Manors'. Released in the UK on 6th June. Trailer is available, exclusively from todays' The Guardian.
03 May, 2012
The Magnetic Fields: 'Andrew In Drag' at The Guardian
Stephin Merritt from The Magnetic Fields, performs 'Andrew In Drag' live in The Guardian's studio. See them on tour in Europe throughout this month.
NME Festivals Guide 2012
Liam Gallagher, The Horrors and Dizzee Rascal all appear on the front cover of this week's NME, in their Festival Guide 2012.
The Mission: On Tour with The Cult and Killing Joke
In late 1985 Wayne Hussey and Craig Adams left The Sisters Of Mercy and formed The Mission, enlisting Simon Hinkler and Mick Brown into their ranks.
In January 1986 The Mission set out on a European tour at the invitation of Ian Astbury and Billy Duffy of The Cult. 26 years later the invitation is extended once again and hence we see The Cult and The Mission performing together for the very first time ever in the UK.
Wayne Hussey: "It'll be great. We played a festival show in Belgium with The Cult back in October last year and it was really lovely to see Ian and Billy again. It had been many years since I'd seen either of them but we sat down and had a chat and it was like no time had passed at all. We'd gone our separate ways over the years and traveled different roads but I always think of Ian and Billy as brothers in arms, kindred spirits, and of course Craig also played with The Cult for a few years so the ties between the two bands always remained intact. I'm looking forward to hearing 'Sanctuary' every night. And it'll be great to have Killing Joke along too. I've been a long time admirer of Jaz and his cohorts. I was fortunate enough to be able to work with Jaz in the studio on a string arrangement he orchestrated and conducted for a Mission album a few years back and he is a huge personality. A baton in one hand and a bottle of brandy in the other. It'll be good to see him again."
- Steve Backman
The Proclaimers: New Single: 'Spinning Around In The Air'
'Spinning Around In The Air' is now released and available for download.
Taken from the album 'Like Comedy' released on Monday 7th May.
Matt Lucas is a huge fan of The Proclaimers and as well as writing the script for the video he makes his director's debut behind the camera whilst also popping up in a cameo role as the story unfolds.
The video is a satire on a Golden Wedding party set in a Glaswegian bungalow. Proclaimers fans might be a bit surprised by their look, though, as the Reid brothers have been cast by the director to dress up as old ladies.
Charlie said of the requirement imposed on him: "Matt said it was going to be liberating, and I think liberating is an understatement." Matt described his directorial debut as: "It's my first, it might be my last as well. I had this idea to do this 50th anniversary party and shoot it as though it's shot on home video; and there's a punch going around this party that gets all these respectful senior citizens disgracefully drunk and uninhibited."
Of the brothers' costumes, Matt added: "They could turn a man. They've turned me straight. I think it's the start of something new, a new chapter in the lives of one of Britain's top female duos!"
The Proclaimers describe 'Spinning Around In The Air' as "A song about words and how they can change meaning and how you can exaggerate. It's kind of a bit of a nonsense lyrics but it is as they used to say it's a catchy song."
Craig commented, "It was a unique experience. Matt has great ideas and I think the video really compliments the song." Charlie said, "We had a great time doing the video. Matt was a brilliant director and kept everything focussed and hilarious alongside a great cast and crew."
Drop Out Venus: New Video 'Love In Vein'
New additions to the Primary roster - Drop Out Venus unveil a new video for their track 'Love In Vein', which is also available as a free download from their Soundcloud and Bandcamp pages. They are also 'Radar Tip of the Day' in today's NME, and were featured as 'Next Hype' on last night's Zane Lowe show on BBC Radio One.
See Tour News for details of their live shows throughout May.