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Watch Wilco Perform On Colbert, Sing Stephen Colbert A Lullaby
Feb 5, 2016 7:42am | StereoGum
Wilco and Stephen ColbertWilco have been down with Stephen Colbert since his Colbert Report days. And when they showed up on his Late Show last night, they weren't just there to do musical-guest duties. They did just fine as musical guests, of course, performing the vaguely skronky "Random Name Generator," from last year's album Star Wars. More »










Against The Clock: Kamera
Feb 5, 2016 7:33am | Fact Magazine

Against the Clock is a series where we give an artist 10 minutes in the studio and see what they come up with. You can watch all the past episodes here.

Kamera is the latest signing to Erol Alkan’s Phantasy Sound stable, where he’s just followed up his 2015 debut Arc with Ventoux, four tracks of head-tripping techno and drifting sci-fi drones. In the studio Kamera cut his teeth on the classic Akai MPC sequencer, but after hunting for something similar he discovered the Elektron Octatrack.

“It took a while for me get my head around it but I use it for everything now drums, synths and anything sample-based,” he told FACT TV. “The sequencer is so powerful, you can change every step. You can literally make every sample sound different.”

Kamera went Against The Clock with just his Octatrack and a synth app on his iPhone. The episode was shot at his studio in North London before he headed off to play a set at Bugged Out.

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Jim-E Stack Deadstream
Feb 5, 2016 7:08am | Gorilla Vs Bear

New track from Brooklyn producer Jim-E Stack, inspired by Ready For The World's "Long Time Coming":

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Donuts Turns 10
Feb 5, 2016 7:06am | StereoGum
Donuts Cover ArtThere's a lot to break down on the massive hip-hop production pillar known as Donuts. In terms of emotion, technique, and legacy this thing is beastly. A 130-page book was written on it! So let's begin with a bit of background and symbolism to ease into why it's blasphemous among hip-hop heads to … More »









Stream Mssingnos Fones EP
Feb 5, 2016 6:11am | Fact Magazine

One of our faves is back.

Mssingno has just dropped his new four-track EP on XL Recordings. Stream lead track ‘Scope’ below and check out the full Spotify stream of Fones underneath it’s available to buy from XL too.

The label calls it a showcase of the UK producer’s “crystalline hybrid of R&B and rave, overflowing with trademark anthemic, ultra-melodic hooks.” First-listen review: we concur.

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Mssingno drops his new FONES EP
Feb 5, 2016 6:07am | Gorilla Vs Bear

UK producer Mssingno drops his new FONES EP on XL. Listen to the whole thing below + pick up the 12" here:

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Google declares war on fake download buttons
Feb 5, 2016 6:02am | Fact Magazine

Now you can steal music more securely.

If you’re the kind of person that likes to take food out of hardworking artists’ mouths, good news: Google is making it easier for you to find the one download button on the page of that dodgy site that will let you take their music for free.

Google has just upgraded its Safe Browsing capabilities, meaning that browsers will now offer even more warnings about malicious content on the web. One of the things it now looks out for are fake “download” and “play” buttons that usually populate the sort of sites where, let’s face it, we’ve all tried to download Taylor Swift’s 1989 because it’s not on Spotify.

If you’re unlucky enough to encounter one of these buttons, Google will issue a warning, thus preventing malware being downloaded while you try the other 10 fake buttons on the page.

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download Young Thug's I'm Up mixtape
Feb 5, 2016 5:30am | Gorilla Vs Bear

R.I.P Slime Season 3: stream + download Young Thug's I'm Up now:

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Cerrone releases Afrobeat-led EP with Tony Allen
Feb 5, 2016 5:10am | Fact Magazine

French disco luminary Cerrone has taken a new direction on his forthcoming EP, Afro, out February 12 on Because Music.

The clue’s in the name: it’s a record in thrall to Afrobeat. Cerrone has joined forces with erstwhile Fela Kuti drummer Tony Allen (who played with Fela during his formative years) and Cameroonian saxophonist Manu Dibango, for what he describes as “a passionate tribute to Africa.”

It’s also been remixed by Todd Edwards.

See the video for ‘Funk Makossa feat. Manu Dibango’ below.

Cerrone’s seminal LP, Supernature, is at No.38 in our 100 Best Albums of the 70s list.

Afro Tracklist:
1. 2nd Chance Feat. Tony Allen
2. Funk Makossa Feat. Manu Dibango
3. Bodytalk
4. Funk Makossa Feat. Manu Dibango (Todd Edwards Remix)
5. 2nd Chance Feat. Tony Allen (Mind Enterprises Remix)
6. 2nd Chance Feat. Tony Allen (Extended Club Mix)

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Future Primitive launches with vintage Italian techno from Leo Anibaldi
Feb 5, 2016 5:00am | Fact Magazine

Rome’s 90s techno scene gets highlighted by the new label.

Italian techno from veteran producer Leo Anibaldi will be the focus of the first release from a new label, Future Primitive.

Together with Numbers favourite Lory D, Anibaldi played a key role in Rome’s electronic scene in the late 80s and early 90s, bringing the harder sounds of US and European techno to the city’s clubs.

94-96 features two tracks from Anibaldi’s mid-90s peak: a ‘Stretched Edit’ of 1994 track ‘Fusion 1’, and a remastered version of ‘Evocation Part II’, a track originally released on Aphex Twin’s Rephlex label in 1996.

Future Primitive is being operated by online record store Juno’s techno buyer Milo Bragg, which means it should be worth keeping tabs on. According to Juno Plus, future releases will see both new and old material issued – expect the kind of music you’d find on his killer mixes for NTS, The Trilogy Tapes and Berceuse Heroique.

94-96 will be released on vinyl in late March – until then you can stream previews of the label’s debut 12″ below.

Tracklist:

A1. ‘Aeon Fusion I’ (2016 stretched edit)
B1. ‘Evocation Part II’ (remastered)

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Massive Attack to headline Dimensions 2016
Feb 5, 2016 4:44am | Fact Magazine

The Croatian festival returns for its fifth edition in 2016.

Dimensions has announced Massive Attack will headline this August’s event at Fort Punta Christo near Pula, with the Bristol veterans set to perform at the festival’s opening concert in a Roman amphitheatre on August 25.

A few of the many highlights from the rest of the weekend include DJ Stingray, Moodymann, Andy Stott, Hunee, Awesome Tapes From Africa, Josey Rebelle, Helena Hauff, Pender Street Steppers and Mood II Swing, while Ostgut Ton are sending along their A-team including Marcel Dettmann, Rødhåd, Tama Sumo and Ben Klock.

Check out the rest of the names just announced in the flyer below and head to Dimensions’ website for tickets and travel information. The festival takes place on August 25-29.

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Young Thug drops Im Up mixtape
Feb 5, 2016 3:31am | Fact Magazine

Slime Season 3 is no more.

Young Thug has dropped his latest mixtape, which arrives with a totally different title to the one we were promised.

Originally titled Slime Season 3, the nine-track mixtape is now called I’m Up, with guest spots from Lil Durk and Migos’ Quavo and Offset.

The new title stems from a recent spat with Future on Twitter, during which Thugger took shots at Future’s deal with Apple Music.

I hope Apple save u lil niggas…. Or church !!!!

— Young Thug (@youngthug) February 3, 2016

I learned that when u go fast like that, u running out of gas "IM UP"

— Young Thug (@youngthug) February 4, 2016

Listen to It’s Up below.

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Field Music - Commontime
Feb 5, 2016 2:13am | Drowned In Sound
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It's utterly baffling how Field Music remain such a minor concern in the overall 'arc' of British pop music. Here we have two gifted brothers who for over ten years have consistently released records of an almost overwhelming quality. It's not just indie blog dullards that seem to agree either, as evidenced by Prince's recent nod of approval toward the lead single from Commontime - 'The Noisy Days Are Over'. At six-and-a-half minutes in length, it's a playfully abstract prog pop number and a bold choice for courting radio play considering the wealth of would-be, could-be hits on here.

So what do Field Music actually sound like? It's a question asked every time I fruitlessly attempt to big them up to disinterested friends. Problem is there's no definitive answer, but for the sake of journalistic indulgence; they sound something like a more audacious and intellectual ELO reared on Super Furry Animals. Of course, one will probably listen to their music now and write that comparison off as twaddle, but consider it a compliment to the band they are somewhat indefinable.

Where their last LP Plumb felt like a self-contained journey with tracks that hooked and intertwined, Commontime feels more like a compilation of singular ideas and moments. For example, 'Disappointed' is arguably the poppiest track in the ...


Medication - Warm Places
Feb 5, 2016 2:05am | Drowned In Sound
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While this album by Medictation is the joyful coming together of members of Nineties UK punk heroes Leatherface and Canadians The Sainte Catherine, it sadly comes after Leatherface guitar legend Dickie Hammond passed away late last year, never getting to see Warm Places hit the shelves.

But while there is undoubted sadness in the story, Warm Places is invigorating. For although the albums opening guitar riff spiders up in a way only Dickie could tap out, once the chug kicks in its dishevelled, grunge-tinged punk thats not afraid to roll around in that mix of melody and melancholy that always seems to prickle with energy. From said opener Fishing (Friendships like fishing for your love) as it jumps into Gods And Glory, the album swings. The riffs are fluid and the rhythms propulsive as it dances along. In this respect this is more akin to a Leatherface album than the crunching bar-punk of The Sainte Catherine.

The dynamism stems from Hugo Mudies vocal performance as well, both gravelled yet able to glide. There are few vocalists who can be gruff without being grating, Frankie Stubbs (Leatherhead) being one and those, and of course theres those they influenced (Chuck Ragan of Hot Water Music and Brian Fallon of the Gaslight Anthem are obvious and consenting co-conspirators). But Mudie brings more to Warm P...


Rancho Relaxo - White Light Fever
Feb 5, 2016 1:57am | Drowned In Sound
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It's highly unlikely you'll have heard of Rancho Relaxo. However, new kids on the block they most definitely aren't. Hailing from Fræna in the county of Møre og Romsdal which sits in the northern part of western Norway, their story dates back as far as 2003 when guitarist Inge Kjetil Sandvik Malmedal bought a Seventies Crumar organ and asked his friend Martin Schram to play it. Inspired by the likes of Spacemen 3 and Sonic Youth, their adventures in drone and repetition soon brought them to the attention of like-minded souls, and drummer Khalil Olsen was recruited forthwith. Schram then switched from organ to bass while Malmedal's younger brother Ole Kristian was drafted in on rhythm guitar. With the line-up complete, the band moved into a derelict, abandoned house together which they've called home for the best part of a decade. Since then, seven full length albums have followed which brings us back to the present.

The most recent of those, White Light Fever, initially saw the light of day in the summer of 2015. Released through their own Bandcamp page, it turned a few heads after being picked up by numerous blogs, one of those in the shape of recently-founded independent label Wrong Way Records lynchpin Alistair Boyd set about giving the album a proper release on vinyl and all. So here we are, a full seven months ...

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