BECK PREMIERES NEW TRACK ‘DREAMS’

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BECK has just dropped new guitar-heavy all-out pop track ‘DREAMS’, his first piece of music since MORNING PHASE, taking Album of the Year at this year’s Grammy Awards. There’s been no update on album titles or release dates yet but BECK has confirmed this is the first track of his new album!

It’s available to download via iTunes or Stream it via Vevo

Imogen Archer

Nick Cave will sign copies of new book at Rough Trade East

Australian musician, songwriter and author Nick Cave will be signing copies of his latest literary adventure on the 22nd of June at Rough Trade East in London.

After the success of ‘And the Ass Saw the Angel’ (1989) and of ‘The Death of Bunny Munro’ (2009), the Brighton-based Bad Seed just released ‘The Sick Bag Song’, published by Canongate.

Buy a copy of it through Rough Trade website and get the chance to meet personally one of the most influent musician and style icon of the last decades.

http://www.roughtrade.com/events/2015/6/1397

Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes to perform at The Victoria tomorrow

Former Gallows and Pure Love frontman Frank Carter will be playing with his latest music project tomorrow night at The Victoria, London.

The Rattlesnakes’ debut EP ‘Rotten’ shows them angry and intrusive, and live they’re pure ferocious chaos.

Don’t miss out any of the opening acts, a great selection of the hottest British bands around.

LINE-UP

7pm Doors open
– Slacker Live: 7pm
– Vant
– InHeaven
– Frank Carter and The Rattlesnakes
– Slacker Club: 10pm
– Black Masa
– Phil Taggart (Radio 1)
– Jakwob
– Breakage

Terry Palamara

Kagoule unleash ‘Glue.’

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Photo by Elmore

 

Young Nottingham 3 piece Kagoule have built up quite a following for themselves over the past year with support coming from the likes of Tigercub and Theo Verney whom they’ve played with several times.

‘Glue’ has been a live favourite for quite a while now. It’s a track that totally sums up the Kagoule sound: jagged but melodic in terms of vocal melodies yet reasonably heavy throughout. There are rad bass riffs mixed with Dinosaur Jr. inspired guitar lines that create a beautiful bond. The lead vocals come from guitarist Cai Burns on this one, with some lovely harmonies to compliment them courtesy of bassist Lucy Hatter.

The track comes from the band’s debut album Urth which is set for release in August on Earache Records. With Kagoule’s track record of releasing only killer punk rock songs such as ‘Glue’,  I am only filled with confidence that their debut LP is going to be one of the best rock albums of this year.

Words by Katie Wilkinson 

Foals release new music video snippet

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Foals have excited fans by releasing the snippiest of snippets of new material.

The short video gives a small, yet powerful sample of a new track which (in the video below) begins with the band in a small room with ambient music playing in the background before a rather angry looking Yannis Philippakis hovers over the microphone with 2 seconds of raging vocals.

The Foals frontman recently told NME that their forthcoming album will be “heavier, poppier and weirder” than their 2013 album Holy Fire.

He also cited Nick Cave as a huge influence on his lyrics for the forthcoming record, which is due to be released later this year.

See the music video snippet below:

Sean Fitzsimons

Album Review: Jamie XX ‘In Colour’

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Label: Young Turks

Released: June 1, 2015

Reviewer: Sean Fitzsimons

Rating: 8/10

Some albums are long overdue, yes, but in musical years, Jamie Smith’s (Jamie XX) first solo LP since releasing the golden reworking of the late Gil Scott Heron’s vocals in 2011 has seemed light years in the making.

It is strange that a producer who has been so pivotal in shaping the sound of British dance music this decade is just now only releasing his first wholly original solo album. But he has been a busy man, and according to a recent interview in the Guardian, Smith admitted that the album merely provided him with the opportunity to finish off tracks which had been lying around for the past six years.

Jamie has been consistent with his single releases in the past two years, following his second successful album as part of The XX trio, the Londoner reintroduced himself solo in 2014 with Girl, complemented by Sleep Sound and followed with the UK dance culture tribute All Under One Roof Raving.

Fast forward to the anticipated release of In Colour and Jamie would surely seem to have a wealth of musical gems to line his crowning album with.

Kick starting with Gosh, a preceding single B-side release, the record firmly announces itself with an array of saw-scratching and mind-bending bass punches. ‘Oh my gosh’ rings the sample with the distant sound of a horn, straight out of a jungle rave.

As Gosh climaxes to the sound of longer drawn out bass and an ear-splitting synth, it just as quickly drags itself down to the gentle strumming of Sleep Sound. From here on in, the album remains pleasantly unpredictable, while not entirely striking.

Along with splashes of hardcore, rare groove and jungle, those steel percussions which have ran throughout much of Smith’s career are present in the spine of In Colour, none more so than Obvs, one of the album’s warmest and most soothing tracks.

Loud Places was an early release this year, here it provides the closest moment to an actual XX track, with the sweet and wholly recognisable vocals of XX bandmate Romy, until a brilliant sample of the brilliant Idris Muhammad’s Could Heaven Ever Be Like This kicks in to combine with the off-beat trademark of Jamie’s production prowess.

The real lighter moment comes in the form of I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times), fusing the surprising collab vocals of Popcaan and Young Thug, it’s a stand-out track that, with the added vocals, manages not to stick out like a sore thumb.

To reiterate curiosity over the timing of this release, a question which may hang over this album is what impact would it have had say, two years ago? When dubstep’s wobbly basslines were beginning to leave clubs and the lighter rhythms of house were making their way back into a new generation of clubbers ears – tracks like the album’s penultimate euphoric number The Rest Is Noise may have stirred more people into new realms of music they hadn’t heard before back then.

But there is little point in questioning Jamie XX’s creative output when, at 26, he is already one of the most recognisable producers and remixers in the world, and a key member of one of this decade’s greatest alternative pop bands.

For never failing to acknowledge the soul, jazz and electronic influences which have spanned his musical upbringing and for keeping fans on their toes with every new piece of work he produces, Jamie XX is a UK artist to treasure. He may consider this an album that was made for the sake of finishing off a few tracks, but we can just be grateful he made one at all.

Radkey announce debut album ‘Dark Black Makeup’

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The Garage Punk trio consisting of the Radke brothers have finally announced details of a debut album release. It’s due out 21st August and is titled ‘Dark Black Makeup’. The album has been a long time coming, with the band having not put out anything since their last single ‘Feed My Brain’.

They have however been very open about the delay:

“We honestly just didn’t want to rip all of you off by releasing an album of weak songs, new recordings of old songs or unrecorded songs that we’ve played for you live tons of times already.”

“We’re giving you a real rock record. And we’re really excited for you to hear it.”

Tracklisting:

1. Dark Black Makeup
2. Romance Dawn
3. Love Spills
4. Parade It
5. Best Friends
6. Le Song
7. Hunger Pain
8. Feed My Brain
9. Sank
10. Song of Solomon
11. Evil Doer
12. Glore
13. Feel

 

Radkey are currently touring in the US, but return over the August Bank Holiday weekend to play Reading & Leeds.

You can hear the title track from Dark Black Makeup below:

By Dan Francis