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SBTRKT teams with Chairlifts Caroline Polachek for Look Away watch
Sep 15, 2014 8:11am | Cosequence Of Sound

SBTRKTs new album, Wonder Where We Land, features a bevy of collaborations that each touch upon a different emotion or aesthetic.

On “New Dorp.New York”, he and Vampire Weekends Ezra Koenig pay a wacky tribute to the Big Apple; the Sampha-aided “Temporary View” is more straightforward and soulful; Warpaint brings out the producers baser tendencies on “War Drums”; “Higher” succeeds because SBTRKT finds an ally in the cutting and jagged in up-and-coming MC Raury; and the addition of ASAP Ferg on “Voices In My Head” adds a more manacling quality to the Warpaint-SBTRKT dynamic.

For his latest collaboration, the man otherwise known as Aaron Jerome teams with Chairlift singer Caroline Polachek for “Look Away”. Perhaps of all the collaborators thus far, Polachek may be the best suited creatively. Theres a skittishness and theatricality to her croon that works brilliantly with this specific production, a kind of Victorian-folk-meets-80s-horror-soundtrack of warped, looping piano, jarring drum claps, and swirling effects. Its totally beautiful and utterly beguiling … right until the sense of impending doom smacks you square in the face.

And speaking of horror movies, the accompanying video is just as frightening. Using your web cam, the interactive clip allows users to try and make eye contact with a shadowy, doll-like creature as it attempts to glance back. Gi...

Robyn Hitchcock released new LP, touring, playing Eugene Mirman Comedy Fest & City Winery (dates, streams)
Sep 15, 2014 8:08am | Brooklyn Vegan

For Robyn Hitchcock's new album, The Man Upstairs, he worked with legendary British folk producer Joe Boyd (Nick Drake, Fairport Convention, Etc). Boyd suggested that Hitchcock make "a Judy Collins album," such as Elektra would have released in in the late '60s, with a mix of originals and covers, all in a spare acoustic style that showcases Hitchcock's skill with the frets and his nicely aged voice. Among the covers are versions of The Doors' "The Crystal Ship" and a particularly lovely take on The Psychedelic Furs' "The Ghost in You." You can stream that and the whole album below.

Robyn will be on tour this fall, including a stop at New York's City Winery on November 10. Tickets are on sale now. Before that, Robyn will be in New York this week for the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival, appearing as part of the Pretty Good Friends show at The Bell House on Saturday (9/20). That's sold out though you can still buy the Eug Express Lane VIP packages that get you +1 into everything.

All Robyn Hitchcock tour dates are listed, along with the stream of his album, below...

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The Neptune Album Prize - 2014's 12 Shortlisted LPs Revealed
Sep 15, 2014 8:08am | Drowned In Sound

The Neptune is back! 12 Great British Albums! New Judges! Streams! And more!

The Neptune album prize started as a reaction but has become an annual 'thing'. At first it was a response to the annual Mercury Music Prize overlooking some of our countries finest acts (in our opinion, etc, etc) right at the moment when it seemed like they were on the verge of a breakthrough. There's been a certain pang of 'WTF' to the Mercury award over the years, as it was originally setup to help left of centre treasures gain wider recognition, including artists who have already sold bucketloads... then again, perhaps the years when there have been the likes of Bowie, Plan B and M People were the years when the British Public have been more engaged in the award, but you could easily also argue the opposite. People love to argue.

We can't remember whether it was the exclusion of Foals or Wild Beasts or Fuck Buttons or someone beloved of our readers and writers alike, but we thought 'screw it, let's have our own list!' So we did. It started out as the Pluto prize, but we decided after the first few years to call it The Neptune, instead. Because it's to do with the god of the sea, rather than associations with a cartoon dog...

Over the years, the acts we love have had Mercury nods (Wild Beasts, Bat for Lashes, Burial, Villagers, Field Music, etc; Jon Hopkins and Foals last year; and Youth Fathers this year), but there have still been raised eye brows when the list i...

SBTRKT Look Away (Feat. Caroline Polachek) Interactive Video
Sep 15, 2014 8:07am | StereoGum

The masked producer SBTRKT is about to release Wonder Where We Land, a new album of diffuse, jazz-damaged dance-pop, made with a lineup of all-star collaborators. We’ve already posted “Temporary View” with Sampha, “New Dorp. New York” with Ezra Koenig, “Higher” with Raury, and “Voices In My Head” with A$AP Ferg and Warpaint. For the album’s first video, though, SBTRKT has opted not to use any of those songs, and he’s built a strange interactive experience that really doesn’t play anything like a music video. For “Look Away,” a starry-eyed collaboration with Chairlift leader Caroline Polachek, SBTRKT has enlisted the design collective Resn to put together an animated video in which you use your computer’s camera to attempt to make eye contact with a mysterious, elusive CGI woman. The whole thing works best in Chrome, and you can try it out below.


Beyoncé And Jay Z Bang Bang Video, Part 1
Sep 15, 2014 8:02am | StereoGum

Beyoncé and Jay Z have released the first part in a trilogy of short films called Bang Bang. The visuals were directed by Dikayl Rimmasch and appeared on screen during their On The Run joint tour, which wrapped up in Paris on Sunday. The clip was inspired by French new wave and Bonnie and Clyde, which has been a long-running theme in Bey/Jay’s relationship. In an interview with Nowness, Rimmasch recalled a conversation he had with Jay about the meaning of On The Run: “Were not trying to do this literally, its not that were Bonnie and Clyde. Were on the run from everything. On the run from becoming a cliché. On the run from doing the same thing again.” The next two parts of the trilogy will be released this week in the lead-up to the premiere of Beyoncé and Jay Z’s HBO concert special, which airs on 9/20.


PMR announce new sub-label, PMR Beat Club
Sep 15, 2014 8:00am | Fact Magazine

PMR – the Island-backed pop label behind some of the biggest breakouts of the last few years – introduces its baby brother. 

Founded in 2011, PMR made a big impression quickly, putting out releases from Jessie Ware, Julio Bashmore, L-Vis 1990 and Disclosure, and slotting easily into our best labels of 2012 rundown as a result. Theyve since scored a mega-smash with Disclosures Settle LP – and with Wares second album on the way, they’ve likely got another unit-shifter in them.

The label have snipped the ribbon on a new sub-label, PMR Beat Club. The imprint promises a varied grab-bag of young music makers pushing things in new directions. Their first signing is Polish nipper Klaves, who toured with Nicolas Jaar earlier this year. His debut 12, People / Oh No, offers pressure-cooked jazzy house; anyone with a soft spot for Gerry Read and s output for Fourth Wave should be in their element.

People / Oh No drops on October 12 on digital, with a physical version due on October 27.

Public Enemy playing shows, including Brooklyn on Tuesday
Sep 15, 2014 7:59am | Brooklyn Vegan

Public Enemy at Made In America 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

New York hip hop legends Public Enemy have a couple dates scheduled this year, including one in their home state happening on Tuesday (9/16) at Brooklyn Bowl and then one in France in October. The Brooklyn show will be opened by PE2.0 (the group led by MC Jahi, with DJ Lord and The baNNed, the rhythm section of Public Enemy) and Kendo The Almost Famous. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

All dates are listed, with a video, below...

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Caribou adopts Daphni alias for club-ready remix of Our Love
Sep 15, 2014 7:43am | Fact Magazine

Dan Snaith breaks out the drum machines for a dance floor refix.

Caribou has returned to his club-focused Daphni alias for a remix of his own single ‘Our Love’, taken from the forthcoming album of the same name.

The souped-up Daphni mix chucks out the original’s romantic synth swirls in favour of some 90s-referencing analogue high jinks, propelled by a bossy bass melody and lashings of tinny hi-hats. Check it below and grab the album Our Love via City Slang on October 6 in the UK and Europe (October 4 in Germany) and via Merge on October 7 in North America.

FACT’s Louis Pattison spoke to Snaith last week to find out more about the Canadian producer’s continued adventures in clubland and what it’s like being 15 years older than your audience.

Stream Perfume Genius Too Bright
Sep 15, 2014 7:39am | StereoGum

The new Perfume Genius album Too Bright is the moment that Mike Hadreas moves away from stark, personal singer-songwriter music to something more grand and playful. Hadreas recorded the album in Bristol with Portishead’s Adrian Utley, and he uses the album to riff on the idea of the young gay man as a predatory force. In turn, his music has blossomed out and embraced sinister, operatic glam influences. It’s still as pretty and crystalline as ever, but now it’s something else, too. As you can probably guess from early singles “Queen” and “Grid” (and from their mind-boggling videos), it’s a hell of an album. And right now, you can stream the whole thing at NPR.

Too Bright is out 9/22 on Matador, and you can also check out our interview with Hadreas.

Nine U2 albums re-enter iTunes Top 100 after release of 'Songs Of Innocence'
Sep 15, 2014 7:38am | NME
Some 24 of the band's titles have reached the top 200 of the iTunes chart globally

Douglas Dare - Caroline/If Only EP
Sep 15, 2014 7:30am | The Line Of Best Fit
The Erased Tapes star revisits his Whelm album with help from label mate Rival Consoles, and Throwing Snow.

Beyoncé and Jay Z release Bang Bang short film watch part 1
Sep 15, 2014 7:24am | Cosequence Of Sound

This weekend, Beyoncé and Jay Z wrapped up their “On the Run” world tour with a pair of shows in Paris. However, the Carter-Knowles family isn’t done quite yet: on September 20th, HBO will premiere a concert special documenting the husband-and-wife’s epic co-headlining tour. In anticipation, the duo is releasing a series of cinematic short films directed by Dikayl Rimmasch.

Entitled Bang Bang, the three-part series draws heavily from the mythos of Bonnie and Clyde, as it depicts Beyoncé and Jay Z as two outlaws “on the run.”

Rimmasch relayed the couple’s intention with the film in an interview with Nowness, saying, “Were not trying to do this literally, its not that were Bonnie and Clyde. Were on the run from everything. On the run from becoming a cliché. On the run from doing the same thing again.”

Stream: Leonard Cohens new album Popular Problems
Sep 15, 2014 7:15am | Cosequence Of Sound

Iconic singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen will mark his 80th birthday by releasing a new studio album, Popular Problems, on September 23rd via Columbia. (Cohen was actually born on September 21st.) As an early birthday present to us, the album is streaming in full below (via the Guardian).

The nine-track collection serves as the follow-up to 2012’s Old Ideas and his thirteenth album to date. While much of the material is new, Cohen has been working on several tracks for some time. In fact, the gospel ballad “Born in Chains” is one that Cohen has been “kicking around for 40 years. “I’ve rewritten the lyric many times to accommodate the changes in my theological position, which is very insecure.” Meanwhile, the song “A Street” was written in the wake of September 11th, but Cohen was only just now comfortable in releasing it.

In an interview with Rolling Stone, Cohen offered insight into his songwriting process:

“A lot of young writers ask me for advice mistakenly, because my methods are obscure and not to be replicated,” he explained. “The only thing I can say is, a song will yield if you stick with it long enough. But long enough is way beyond any reasonable duration. Sometimes a song has to hang around for a decade or two before it finds its expression. Some of them came together with shockingly alarming speed,” s...

Hear Joy Orbisons slow-burning remix of Jungles The Heat
Sep 15, 2014 7:14am | Fact Magazine

A rare remix from the low-key Londoner.

Joy Orbison has unveiled a gorgeously moody remix of ‘The Heat’ by the decreasingly mysterious XL duo Jungle.

Employing a stuttering, almost Reichian synth-stab motif and a luscious underlayer of roiling bass, Joy O transforms the original track into delirous dancefloor slow-burner that fits right in on these fading summer nights. You can buy it from September 22, only via Beatport.

Jungle have also announced a UK headline tour next year, including a show at London’s Roundhouse on March 3. Tickets go on sale at 9am on Wednesday see below for the full list of dates.

After that, we recommend you catch up with Joy O’s ace Essential Mix, broadcast on Radio 1 a couple of months ago.

Tour dates:

Tuesday 17th February Portsmouth, Pyramid Centre
Wednesday 18th February Bristol, O2 Academy
Friday 20th February Oxford, O2 Academy
Sunday 22nd February Liverpool, O2 Academy
Tuesday 24th February Dublin, Olympia Theatre
Wednesday 25th February Edinburgh, Liquid Room
Thursday 26th February Manchester, Albert Hall
Friday 27th February Sheffield, Leadmill
Saturday 28th February Nottingham, Rock City

Monday 2nd March Brighton, Corn Exchange
Tuesday 3rd March London, Roundhouse
Thursday 5th March Leamington Spa, The Assembly
Friday 6th March Norwich, Un...

Royal Blood cover Lana Del Rey's 'West Coast' watch
Sep 15, 2014 7:10am | NME
Brighton duo take on US singer's track for German radio station

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