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To Rococo Rot joined by Arto Lindsay on first album in four years, Instrument
Apr 24, 2014 5:58am | Fact Magazine

After unveiling a brand new track on FACT last week, electronica boffins To Rococo Rot have announced their first album in four years.

The Berlin-Düsseldorf trio return to the City Slang label with Instrument, the follow-up to 2010s Speculation and the group’s eighth album so far.

Brothers Robert and Ronald Lippok and Stefan Schneider are joined by No Wave pioneer Arto Lindsay on three of the tracks, expanding their musical vocabulary with vocals from Lindsay, as heard on brooding album opener ‘Many Descriptions’.

“We wanted to make clear that something is different,” said Robert Lippok. “I think maybe weve come in a way back to where we started. Weve been through a lot of experimenting, buying new gear, trying this and that with electronic and non-electronic stuff.”

Instrument is due out on July 21, and to mark its release the group have lined up a show on the same date at Londons Café Oto.

Catch up with previously unveiled track ‘Pro Model’ and hear ‘Many Descriptions’ below and the album tracklist underneath.


Many Descriptions (featuring Arto Lindsay)
Besides Down In The Traffic
Classify (featuring Arto Lindsay)
Spreading the Strings Out
Pro Model

Slayer announce first album since 2009: download new track Implode
Apr 24, 2014 5:52am | Fact Magazine

Slayer will release their first album since 2009′s World Painted Blood this year.

The metal legends have announced the news with a new track, ‘Implode’, which can be downloaded on their website. The as-yet-untitled album will be the band’s first in over two decades not to be released through Rick Rubin’s American Recordings.

In Tom Araya’s words, ”Rick has played a huge role in our career, we’ve made some great albums with him. But today is a new day, record companies don’t play the kind of role they once did, and we really like the idea of going out on our own, connecting directly with our fans, and Nuclear Blast is fired up about taking on that challenge with us.” [via The Quietus]

The exact personnel on the album remains a mystery, of course: Dave Lombardo was publicly fired from the group after a pay dispute in February 2013, and Paul Bostaph is currently drumming for the group. Later that year, guitarist Jeff Hanneman died of liver failure – it’s reported that this new album may feature material written by him before his death.

Stream World Painted Blood‘s title track below.

The Horrors cover Frankie Knuckles' 'Your Love' listen
Apr 24, 2014 5:38am | NME
Band cover house classic during Radio 1 session

Fleet Foxes' Robin Pecknold 'working on new songs'
Apr 24, 2014 5:37am | NME
Frontman explains group's hiatus in Facebook post

Freddie Gibbs, Mac Miller, Addison Groove and more join Belgiums Dour Festival
Apr 24, 2014 5:21am | Fact Magazine

Belgium’s Dour Festival expands its eye-popping line-up with a raft of hip-hop, dance and punk acts.

The latest additions include modern gangster and recent FACT interviewee Freddie Gibbs and young buck Mac Miller, who join a mighty rap line-up that already includes Wu-Tang Clan’s Raekwon and Nas performing Illmatic.

Bristol bass specialist Addison Groove beefs up the dance arena alongside techno boss Boddika, Tale Of Us and Ta-Ku, and there’s reggae and dub in the shape of Clinton Fearon & Boogie Brown Band and Congo Natty feat. Congo Dubz & Tenor Fly.

Swedish punk stalwarts The Hives are the other big name added this week see the full list of new additions below. They join a line-up that already includes Jeff Mills, Mogwai, Hudson Mohawke, Machinedrum, Fuck Buttons, DJ Rashad, Joey Bada$$ and more.

This years Dour Festival takes place on July 17-20. Tickets are on sale now priced 127.

New additions:

Mac Miller
Freddie Gibbs
The Hives
Clinton Fearon & Boogie Brown Band
Congo Natty feat. Congo Dubz & Tenor Fly
Tale of Us
Addison Groove
Mr. Carmack
Trippy Turtle
Audio feat. MC ...

In Photos: Band Of Skulls @ Rock City, Nottingham
Apr 24, 2014 5:19am | Drowned In Sound

The Kooks announce new album 'Listen'
Apr 24, 2014 5:18am | NME
Band will release their third album on September 1

Watch Future and Pusha T perform Move That Dope with The Roots on Jimmy Fallon
Apr 24, 2014 4:19am | Fact Magazine

But it’s a no show from the Gandalf hat.

With his new album Honest finally in stores, Future turned up on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night to perform his addictive single ‘Move That Dope’.

The Atlanta star was joined by Pusha T with backing from Fallon’s house band The Roots, though sadly there was no sign of Pharrell and his scene-stealing verse on the track.

Watch the performance below and find out what FACT’s Chris Kelly made of Honest in his review.

Meanwhile, the auto-crooner has already detailed plans to release another full length in 2014.

Canada's fisheries minister accuses Morrissey of being 'brainwashed'
Apr 24, 2014 4:09am | NME
Gail Shea has responded to the singer's comments about the country's seal hunt

Cloud Boat announce new album for Apollo / R&S, Model of You
Apr 24, 2014 4:02am | Fact Magazine

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Cloud Boat have announced their second album, Model of You.

The follow-up to 2013′s Book of Hours, it will be released through Apollo / R&S on July 7. The album comes produced by Andy Savours, whose past credits include work for My Bloody Valentine and The Horrors. 

Stream the lead track from it, ‘Carmine’, below.

1. Prelude
2. Hideaway
3. Carmine
4. Portraits Of Eyes
5. Bricks Are For
6. The Glow
7. Golden Lights
8. Aurelia
9. Thoughts In Mine
10. Told You
11. All Of My Years
12. Hallow

Nas working on new album with Timbaland, No I.D. and Swizz Beatz
Apr 24, 2014 3:37am | Fact Magazine

Queensbridge legend outlines follow-up to 2012′s Life Is Good.

After feeling uninspired for the past couple of years, Nas has said he’s back in the studio working on a new album.

“It took me a while to jumpstart it,” he admitted in an interview on NPR (which you can still hear and read in full). After working with Timbaland following the release of Life Is Good, the rapper said he had to step back from the project. “I didn’t want to go back in the studio that quick. I felt like I needed to be inspired,” he said.

That inspiration only came in recent months with the 20th anniversary of his landmark debut Illmatic, he explained.

“It wasn’t ’til then that I really started to feel it. Cause I got a chance and I gotta give credit to the documentary guys. Them showing me the footage and stuff really like it really lets you know where you come from and everything, and where you at now. I salute them dudes, man One9, Erik Parker, the whole crew over there that’s put that film together because that’s helped me find the inspiration. I found it. So I jumpstarted the album again the new one.”

As well as Timbaland, he’s been working with producers No I.D. and Swizz Beatz.

DiS meets Angel Olsen: "If nobody likes this record, I think it has been really fulfilling"
Apr 24, 2014 3:11am | Drowned In Sound

A lot has been made about the change in sound between Angel Olsens breakthrough Half Way Home, and this years equally masterful Burn Your Fire For No Witness. Her last record was made up of soft shuffles for her voice to somersault across, but this years LP pares down on the vocal gymnastics, and floods the textures with scuzzy guitars and driving rhythms.

The motif of change has always been at the forefront of Olsens lyrics, and its a force which colours her approach to writing and recording as well. As a writer, I could maybe say: At the moment, this is what something means to me to write this, she tells me. But ten years from now, it could mean something entirely different I listen to stuff from Strange Cacti and Half Way Home and I dont know where any of these songs came from. I have no idea.

Transience is built into to Olsens songs. Just listen to how many of her lines slip in the qualifying word sometimes, whenever shes expressing a desire or a conviction. Its little surprise that the feelings which inspired the songs whether drawn from life or from fiction are quickly lost, and difficult for Olsen to retrieve. Nor does she seem especially interested in trying. For Olsen, it was the recording process of Burn Your Fire..., rather than the writing, which was the greater experience of personal growth.

The number of times she refers to the positive working relationship she developed with the albums produce...

Avril Lavigne responds to criticisms over new video: 'Racist??? LOLOLOL!!! I love Japanese culture'
Apr 24, 2014 3:06am | NME
Singer's 'Hello Kitty' video was filmed in Japan

Damon Albarn - Everyday Robots
Apr 24, 2014 2:58am | Drowned In Sound

Seymour; Blur; Gorillaz; Mali Music; The Good, the Bad & The Queen; Rocket Juice & The Moon; Damon Albarn is not a man to put out a record under his own name when theres an excuse to form a new band.

But after this 25-year whirligig of projects, Albarn's actual, official, proper debut solo album is kind of the musical equivalent of the Higgs boson particle. Sure, nobody has ever actually heard a Damon Albarn solo album before (DEMOCRAZY DOESN'T COUNT). But theres such a vast amount of evidence out there for what a Damon Albarn solo album would sound like, that it's not hard to presuppose.

Everyday Robots isnt quite solo in the most bludgeoningly literal sense its co-produced by Richard Russell, and features a variety of low-key guests but its Albarn unshackled by concepts or collaborators. And it's not a surprise to report that the deal is gorgeously stripped down wooziness, spiked with the eclecticism that's characterised all his post-Nineties projetcs - a skeletally funky Moroccan rhythm here, a loping electronic beat there.

If such a laid back record could be said to possess a statement of intent, then that title would certainly fall to the opening title track, which pretty much sets out the records stall. A languorous, melancholic vocal from Albarn, cradled by gentle polyrhymthic percussion and a naggingly chopped up violin signature, its exactly what you expect. But a key part of this is that you expect a...

Woman's Hour remix Paul Thomas Saunders into deep-space
Apr 24, 2014 2:54am | Drowned In Sound

A lot of remixes turn something big into something poundingly epic, but the ones I love always seem to be the reworkings that take something gorgeous and pull it through the stargate, turning the tune into this elongated thrum that tumbles toward the moon.

Woman's Hour (one of DiS' favourite new acts of 2014! We've made them single of the week not once, but twice) clearly like remixes that ascend toward the heavens too, as this remix - exclusively premiered on DiS - of Paul Thomas Saunders' 'In High Heels Burn It Down' manages to turn a tune that's already pretty special into something otherworldly. It's almost as if M83's spaceship landed in Bono's heart, causing the perma-sunglassed Irish "one" to give up on the stadia-bombast and focus instead on his Fuck Buttons inspired side-project...

If you'd like to contrast and compare, here's the original:

And here are some more tracks and remixes by Woman's Hour.

Pauls debut album Beautiful Desolation is out now. Conversations, the debut album by Woman's Hour is set for release on July 14th via Secretly Canadian.

Related Reading

  1. Paul Thomas Saunders featured in our Leeds column
  2. Interview with Fiona from Woman's Hour
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