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Inside My Record Bag: Second Storey
Oct 21, 2014 6:52am | Fact Magazine

FACT TV invited Second Storey round for a dance floor-focused edition of Inside My Record Bag.

Previously known as Al Tourettes, Alec Storey kicked off his Second Storey project last year with the Margosa Heights EP, but his biggest statement yet came with earlier this month with the release of his debut full-length on Houndstooth, Double Divide. Showcasing the UK producer’s transformation since his early 12″s on Applepips and Aus, the album blends knotty Autechre-isms with a kinetic dance floor sensibility  stream it in full.

FACT TV invited Storey round to snoop through a few the records that mean the most to him, from from a compilation of early electronic gems to swung techno from Neil Landstrumm and John Heckle.

Double Divide is out now on Houndstooth, and his collaborative EP with Appleblim under the alias ALSO is coming soon on R&S.

Planet Gear: Polar Bear on the gear behind the sound
Oct 21, 2014 6:50am | Drowned In Sound

Planet Gear is an irregular feature on DiS, in which we ask musicians to get a bit geeky and talk us through the equipment that makes the 'magic' happen... Ahead of this year's Mercury prize, DiS in partnership with Naim Audio's new wireless music system, mu-so, will help you GoDeeper into 2014's nominated albums. Today, we would like to turn your attention to Polar Bear, who have delved into the secrets behind their unique sound...

You can read our review of the album from earlier this year amongst our coverage of all of this year's nominees on our Mercury Prize 2014 mini-site.

Seb Rochford - Drums

For the new album I completely changed my drum kit, as I found that when I listened to the rehearsal recordings of the new music, the sound of my regular kit seemed alien to the new sound world we were creating and I wanted to merge my sounds more with John's (the electronics). Rather than make my sounds electronic I decided to construct my kit out of different sounding drums. Instead of toms I have some little vietnamese drums. I bought these with some money Patti Smith gave me for recording a song with her. Instead of a floor tom I use a bomba leguero which is traditionally used in Argentina and the south of the Brazil. To me it's like having a filtered bass drum, giving me new possibilities for different beats. I also use animal skin on my snare drum meaning all my surfaces are natural skin, this is a warmer and slightly softer so...

Polar Bear - In Each and Every One
Oct 21, 2014 6:45am | Drowned In Sound

Ahead of this year's Mercury prize, DiS in partnership with Naim Audio's new wireless music system, mu-so, will help you GoDeeper into 2014's nominated albums. Today, we would like to turn your attention to the fantastic In Each and Every One by Polar Bear. Here is Ben Philpott's review of the record, originally published back in March.

Visit our Mercury mini-site for the band's guide to their gear they used to make this album, and more coverage of all of this year's nominees.

Unbelievably, it's been a decade since Polar Bear released their extraordinary debut Dim Lit. If ever a band could re-introduce jazz as a relevant element of modern independent music it was these guys. Lead by drummer Seb Rochford, whose hair and musical CV lay claim to equal notoriety, it's arguable that Polar Bear are in a way, a downplayed super-group. Band mates comprise entirely of members of the F-IRE Collective (Fellowship for Integrated Rhythmic Expression) with saxophonist Pete Wareham (of Acoustic Ladyland), bassist Tom Herbert (of The Invisible) and composers Leafcutter John and Mark Lockheart making up the meat of the band.

In Each and Every One is Polar Bear's fifth full-length and yet another reinvention of an already highly experimental trademark sound. Past records played on members varied musical backgrounds, blending an accessible fusion of classic jazz with the playful, momentous drive of familiar ...

Stream the shimmering new album by Sebastian Mullaert and Eitan Reiter, Reflections of Nothingness
Oct 21, 2014 6:41am | Fact Magazine

In Joe Muggs’ recent ambient round-up, one of several 2014 albums he examined was Sebastian Mullaert and Eitan Reiter’s Reflections of Nothingness. 

Released on Tokyo label Mule Musiq, Muggs described it as “more human” than many of 2014′s ambient records, and “the only album in this round-up with any significant beats, being shot through with veins of slowed-down acid house and kosmische arpeggiator and primitive drum machine action.” Juxtaposing warm ambience with the kind of snow-capped beats native to some of the best Dial records, it’s seriously seduced us in recent weeks, and we’re premiering the full stream of Reflections of Nothingness below. It’s available to buy here.

Listen: Liv - “Special”
Oct 21, 2014 6:06am | The Line Of Best Fit
Drawing from a deep well of familial influences and the likes of Erykah Badu, Destiny's Child and Charlie Wilson, Liv provides us with a glorious twist on the surly soul that's now commonplace.

Sónar Reykjavik 2015 lines up Skrillex, Paul Kalkbrenner, Todd Terje and Nina Kraviz
Oct 21, 2014 6:03am | Fact Magazine

The Icelandic branch of Sónar festival has named Skrillex as the headliner of next year’s edition.

German big-hitter Paul Kalkbrenner, disco voyager Todd Terje and techno DJ/vocalist Nina Kraviz have also been confirmed for the 2015 event, which takes place next February.

Japanese instrumental trio Nisennenmondai and Swedish sad boy Yung Lean are on the bill too, plus Barcelona’s Alizzz and local Icelandic musicians Samaris, Mugison, Prins Polo, Uni Stefson and Young Karin.

Sónar Reykjavik spans five stages over three days from February 12-14 at Harpa Concert House. Buy tickets from Sónar Reykjavik’s website.

Listen: HUNTAR - “Bitter”
Oct 21, 2014 6:01am | The Line Of Best Fit
HUNTAR wowed us back during the summer with the brutally effective "Naked Noises", and now he's back with both "Bitter" and an EP of the same name.

Listen: Dog In The Snow - “Concrete Wall”
Oct 21, 2014 6:00am | The Line Of Best Fit
Brighton singer/songwriter Helen Ganya Brown engages with her impressively restrained new single

Listen live to RBMA Tokyos secret warehouse party with Palms Trax, Xosar, Alejandro Paz and more
Oct 21, 2014 5:50am | Fact Magazine

It may be disgustingly early in the morning in Europe and the US, but it’s comforting to know that there’s always a secret warehouse party going on somewhere in the world.

Tune in to RBMA Radio right now to hear what’s going on at the Terabyte Transfer party in Tokyo, part of RBMA’s month-long jamboree of parties, workshops and talks in Japan’s capital.

All the performers are RBMA participants this year Lobster Theremin signee Palms Trax, analogue cruncher Xosar, Norways Olefonken, Italo-industrial-new wave blender La Mverte, and Chilean Cómeme artist Alejandro Paz.

For an overview of all Red Bull Music Academy Tokyo 2014 events, as well as info on ticketing, visit the RBMA Tokyo website.

Set times (GMT +8) :

19.00 Olefonken
20.00 La Mverte
20.45 Alejandro Paz
21.45 Xosar
22.30 Palms Trax

Flight Facilities - Down To Earth
Oct 21, 2014 5:30am | The Line Of Best Fit
The Australian dance duo release a debut which takes inspiration from a range of dance genres and features some surprising collaborations.

Belgian EDM festival Tomorrowland plots launch in India
Oct 21, 2014 5:26am | Fact Magazine

The world’s biggest EDM festival heads east.

After expanding to Georgia and São Paulo in recent years, Belgium’s Tomorrowland is plotting an event in India.

The location may appear unlikely at the moment, but Tomorrowland organisers seem to think that India with its huge, and proportionally very young, population  is the next major market for EDM.

Local news site The Asian Age recently reported that Universal Music India is “looking to expand its live music space in India and there can be nothing bigger than Tomorrowland”, while India’s tourism minister Dilip Parulekar revealed that the festival has made a proposal to stage an event in mid-January, but has yet to find a suitable location.

Following the success of Goa’s EDM festival Sunburn, which attracted 160,000 fans in 2013, it seems feasible that Tomorrowland would also look for a spot in the traditional trance destination. As Beatport reports, festival organisers haven’t yet made an official statement, but a Facebook page called ‘Tomorrowland 2014 India’ has been set up and already has over 75,000 likes.

Watch: Polar Bear with Jin Jin - “Cuckoo” [Premiere]
Oct 21, 2014 4:45am | The Line Of Best Fit
Mercury Music Prize nominees Polar Bear disorientate on a dark and unforgiving video for "Cuckoo".

Glass Animals - Thekla, Bristol, 15/10/14
Oct 21, 2014 4:00am | The Line Of Best Fit
The Oxford four-piece roll out an effortless performance that proves they're still zooming towards big things.

Listen: I’lls - “Fifty-Phiphti” / “Asakusa” [Premiere]
Oct 21, 2014 3:45am | The Line Of Best Fit
I'lls make a beautiful return with new double A-side single, "Fifty-Phiphti" / "Asakusa".

Orbital split up again, Paul Hartnoll announces solo album 8:58
Oct 21, 2014 3:32am | Fact Magazine

Orbital have disbanded for a second time.

Phil and Paul Hartnoll have gone their separate ways again. “Orbital had stopped working properly. We had a great four years since getting back together in 2008, but it was time to move on,” said Paul in a statement.

The British rave institution split in 2004 but reunited five years later for a string of shows and festival appearances, including an appearance at the Paralympics Opening Ceremony in London, and the release of their 2012 album Wonky.

The end of Orbital doesn’t mean an early retirement for the brothers, though, as Paul Hartnoll has announced a new album under the alias 8:58, set for release on February 16 on ACP Recordings. The album’s title track, which is available as a free download and video, is introduced with a monologue on the theme of time by actor Cillian Murphy.

“Ive always had a thing for clocks and for time as a powerful force – but also the way it oppresses you,” he explains. “Its one of those things I keep coming back to. For me, 8:58 is a moment of choice. Its almost 9 oclock. Are you going to school? Are you going to this job you hate? Everybody faces that decision now and again. 8:58 am is when youve got to make up your mind.”

The veteran producer has also announced a tour for next February, with tickets going on pre-sale to fans from his new website

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