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Kiss' Gene Simmons says that no 'iconic' new artists have emerged since 1988
Oct 1, 2014 5:50am | NME
Frontman maintains his belief that "rock is dead"

'Twilight Saga' to return with five short films on Facebook
Oct 1, 2014 5:42am | NME
'The Storytellers - New Creative Voices of The Twilight Saga' to premiere next year

'The Twilight Saga' to return with five short films on Facebook
Oct 1, 2014 5:42am | NME
'The Storytellers - New Creative Voices Of The Twilight Saga' to premiere next year

Mumdance and Logos launch label Different Circles: stream samples of Weightless Vol. 1 and read our interview
Oct 1, 2014 5:41am | Fact Magazine

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Two of grime’s best launch a new label, Different Circles.

Both Mumdance and Logos have soared over the last two years. Mumdance has been releasing music for some time, but appeared reborn on his Twists & Turns mixtape, and has followed it with this year’s anthemic ‘Take Time’ (feat. Novelist), as well as a collaborative mix CD with Pinch and a series of dramatic club 12″s with Logos. Logos released his debut album Cold Mission last year, one of two key full lengths, along with Slackk’s Palm Tree Fire, to come from the wave of grime that he promotes through the Boxed clubnight he co-runs.

The first release on Different Circles is an interesting one: it’s a various artists affair, with seven producers (Inkke, Dark0, Murlo, Mumdance, Logos, Rabit, Strict Face) exhibiting a sound that Logos and Mumdance refer to as Weightless.

With the release due on November 17, we caught up with Mumdance and Logos about their plans for the label, an...

Sylas Shore
Oct 1, 2014 5:38am | Abeano

London electronic pop duo Sylas come with a slew of accolades, and they’re only on their second track: for one thing, Brian Eno’s a known fan of theirs. For another, one half of the production/vocal duo is heading to Tokyo to participate in the 2014 Red Bull Music Academy later this year. Their debut track ‘Hollow’ made waves with its lurching structure, but ‘Shore’ – premiered on Zane Lowe’s Radio 1 show last night – is, on first listen, a much gentler, more recognisable pop song. Over a warm rush of synths and guitars, the vocal is weary and intimate as Sylas ask, “don’t just fall and find somebody else.” The three-song Shore EP is due out in November via Aesop.

Stream FACTs guide to the UK DIY underground, 1977-85, as a YouTube playlist
Oct 1, 2014 5:30am | Fact Magazine

Warning: lost afternoon ahead. 

Today, we’ve published our guide to the UK DIY scene from 1977-85 – an incredible 131-track rundown, written by Jon Dale, of one of the weirdest and most exciting pockets of British pop history. Running from biggies (The Homosexuals, Alternative TV) to brilliantly named nobodies (Grab Grab The Haddock, Naffi Sandwich), it’s one of the most thorough features we’ve ever published, full of stunning, surprising buried treasures.

As per our recent 100 greatest IDM tracks, we’ve collected the list (bar one or two AWOL exceptions) as a single YouTube playlist. Click here to access the playlist, or, alternatively, click below to run through the tracks.

Vashti Bunyan Heartleap
Oct 1, 2014 5:30am | The Line Of Best Fit
If this is to be the veteran English singer-songwriter's last album, then it's a most worthy swansong to a remarkable recording career.

Prince takes part in Facebook fan Q&A and only answers one question
Oct 1, 2014 5:24am | NME
The question referred to the optimum sound frequency to tune music

Lady Gaga demands $1.4 million from songwriter who sued her for plagiarism
Oct 1, 2014 5:22am | Fact Magazine

Filthy rich pop star wants to recoup legal costs from three-year court case.

Lady Gaga has filed court documents to claim $1.4 million from the songwriter who accused her of plagiarism.

Rebecca Francescatti sued Gaga in 2011, claiming that ‘Judas’ was a carbon copy of her own 1999 song ‘Juda’. This June, a U.S. judge ruled that the songs’ virtually identical titles and four similar 16th notes were “not sufficient to give rise to a finding that the Gaga song has captured the total concept and feel of the Francescatti song.”

Gaga is now demanding that Francescatti pay the $1.4 million in legal fees she incurred fighting the claim, reports TMZ.

Francescatti has delved into the details of the case in a lengthy blog post, noting some concerning developments in recent plagiarism cases that seem to work in favour of the accused:

“Access to a persons work [...] usually holds a lot of weight in copyright infringement suits, even more so than similarity of songs,” writes Francescatti. “But a new trend is upon us. Judge Aspen, and the rest of the Seventh Circuit court, dont consider direct access very important anymore in copyright claims.

“Their most recent rulings stand as a body against individual creators (me) and in favor of corporate structures that put out music today (i.e. Lady Gag...

Vashti Bunyan's track by track guide to 'Heartleap'
Oct 1, 2014 5:22am | Drowned In Sound

Nine years after Lookaftering, her last album of new material, legendary British singer-songwriter Vashti Bunyan returns with a new LP. Recorded largely in her home studio, Heartleap is a unique collection of ten songs forming what Vashti is adamant will be her final album. Here she talks about the lyrical and musical inspirations behind the songs...

Across the Water

Remembering about feeling down and wandering - not focused on anything much - staying up until sunrise and sleeping late 'til the days are lit by the moon'. The first verse is about being stuck and the second about becoming unstuck. The strings were recorded in two places each recording (played by Fiona Brice, Gillon Cameron and Ian Burdge) had a different quality and so I put them together to make for a more far-reaching sound. The kalimba part is real - by Jo Mango - but mixed with a synth to give it a watery feel.

Holy Smoke

Following on from Across the Water - a song telling myself to get up and get on with it - not to sit around sighing and growing roots. Uh oh. A dear friend had once said to me that I must not worry about him as he was only as miserable as he wanted to be. I put him in the second verse - miserable wouldn't fit and became 'sad' - and I realised I did not want to just be sad.. 'like trees who stand round in freezing fog just waiting for the spring to come for me'. 'Oh no oh NO'. Devendra Banhart and Andy Cabic - dear f...

3RDEYEGIRL: “I dont know any band Id stand outside in the rain for seven hours for - except us!”
Oct 1, 2014 5:00am | The Line Of Best Fit
In the week he releases not one but two studio albums, Princes band talk us through creating music that sounds like a freight train smashing through a tiny little town.

The story of UK DIY: 131 experimental underground classics from 1977-1985
Oct 1, 2014 4:47am | Fact Magazine

This the incredible story of the UK DIY scene – one of the most febrile, unpredictable and demented periods in British pop history  - as told by scene scholar and enthusiast Jon Dale. Below is an introduction to the movement; alternatively, head here to go straight to the list. 

Do It Yourself: within those three words, both declaration and imperative, lies both an industrial and aesthetic programme that would take the year zero scorch of punk rock and turn it into one of the more inspiring self-realisation disciplines of the late 20th century.

Its not as though DIY, self-released music hadnt existed before: countless free jazz and improv artists had started their own labels and seized the means of production; oddball visionaries and genuine one-offs had been releasing private press LPs for some time, feeding generations of obscurantists and fanatical record collectors; DIY can even lay claim to roots in 50s skiffle, or perhaps further back, to the Arts & Crafts movement.

Two things differentiate DIY music from its potential precursors, however. One is the sheer weight of releases that flooded from the countless micro-scenes that made up the DIY diaspora and even though this article focuses on DIY from the United Kingdom, it was an international beast, albeit focused in the UK, USA, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. The other thing that marks DIY out as i...

Listen: Underworld - “Dirty Epic (Dirty Ambi Piano) [Premiere]
Oct 1, 2014 4:45am | The Line Of Best Fit
Underworld share a previously unreleased version of "Dirty Epic", taken from their remastered seminal album, dubnobasswithmyheadman.

Software developers Arturia announce portable iPad version of the iconic Prophet VS synthesiser
Oct 1, 2014 4:14am | Fact Magazine

Music software house Arturia bring the Prophet VS to the iPad.

In recent years, the French company has done an nice line in iPad approximations of classic synths, including the Oberheim SEM and the Minimoog. As Resident Advisor report, Arturia have now released a tablet version of the legendary 1986 Prophet VS synthesiser.

Manufactured by Sequential Circuits, the synth was a favourite of John Carpenter, appeared all over Michael Jackson’s Thriller, and defined the sound of Too $hort’s West Coast rap touchstone Born To Mack. The iProphet uses the same sound engine as Arturias Prophet V plug-in, and comes with plenty of presets and Audiobus support.

Head to the Aruturia site to cop it; a trailer is below. The Prophet VS, of course, featured in our guide to 14 synthesizers that shaped modern music.

Slipknot reveal plan to burn camel dung at Knotfest to give festival its own unique smell
Oct 1, 2014 4:08am | NME
Band member Shawn 'Clown' Crahan says burning waste "has a very distinct smell"

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