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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

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

Pink Mountaintops - Get Back
Apr 24, 2014 2:37am | Drowned In Sound

Originally started by Black Mountain's Steve McBean as a dreamy, more lo-fi alternative to the hearty rock thrills of the day-job, Pink Mountaintops have evolved across their career to fit the whims of their frontman. Here on their fourth LP, the band seem to be hung up around some sort of second adolescence, crafting a set of fizzing, nostalgic songs that aim to capture that particularly exciting, nihilistic time of life. More often than not they succeed with the atmosphere - Get Back would be a great soundtrack to an unhinged night of debauchery but it does occasionally feel a little slight when considered alongside the rest of McBeans output.

Take Wheels for instance, which melts the guitars from Ocean Rain-era Echo & The Bunnymen to McBeans apocalyptic vocals to create a terrifically atmospheric three and a half minutes that's just lacking a little something else to push it into greater territory. Or The Second Summer Of Love, which proclaims 1987 to be the date in question over a stomping, glam-tinged beat, a cracking start which you feel would build and developing into something else entirely if it was a Black Mountain track... but here it just ploughs that furrow before coming to a stop. Itd be nice to have that extra ingredient a barn-storming solo, a change in tempo maybe to push these tracks further.

Perhaps the most eye-catching moment on the album comes from one such injection of something different on North Hollywood M...

Deadmaus says 'dafuqs yer problem' Arcade Fire, after 'real instruments' jibe
Apr 24, 2014 2:33am | NME
EDM artist tells followers to check out opera if they want to see instruments be played

'Jurassic World' director teases possibility of sequels
Apr 24, 2014 2:20am | NME
Forthcoming reboot could be the first in a whole story arc, says director Colin Trevorrow

Watch the opening scene from Season 2 of 'Orange Is The New Black'
Apr 24, 2014 2:10am | NME
Hit series returns to Netflix on June 6

Inspiral Carpets - Dung 4 (expanded edition)
Apr 24, 2014 2:06am | Drowned In Sound

Sometimes the history books only tell half a story. Certainly that's the case where Inspiral Carpets are concerned. Having shot to prominence in 1990 as part of the 'Madchester' baggy scene alongside Happy Mondays and The Stone Roses et al, their popularity soared almost instantaneously. Debut album Life sold by the bucketload, reaching the dizzy heights of number two in the process. A headline slot at Reading Festival soon followed, while the band's merchandise sales also rocketed, largely inspired by their infamous 'Cool As Fuck' t-shirt design which featured a shades-wearing cow smoking a cigarette. At the time, nothing could stop them, their unassumingly upward trajectory seemingly assured of reaching even dizzier heights in the future. However, with first grunge and then Britpop lying in wait around the corner, they had to settle for a mid-table spot in rock's Championship instead.

Nevertheless, that is only a small part of Inspiral Carpets' lineage. Originally formed way back in 1983, the Oldham five-piece went through several line-up changes during their formative years, with only guitarist Graham Lambert and drummer Craig Gill present throughout. It was in 1987, though, that things really started to take off for the band. The quintet, then consisting of Lambert and Gill alongside original singer Stephen Holt, keyboard player Clint Boon and bassist David Swift found themselves courted by labels and promoters off the back of their gro...

Watch: Future and Pusha T perform on Fallon
Apr 23, 2014 11:59pm | Cosequence Of Sound

After 22 months of anticipation, Futures sophomore album Honest finally arrived this week. Making his first late night appearance since the drop, the Atlanta rapper made sure to celebrate big on Jimmy Fallon. He brought along Pusha T to deliver his verse from album single “Move That Dope”, and while Pharrell and Casino weren’t on hand for their contributions, The Legendary Roots Crew more than made up for the absence. Watch the replay below.

Honest, the followup to 2012′s Pluto, is out now on Epic. In addition to Pusha, Pharrell, and Casino, the album features appearances by Kanye West, Drake, André 3000, Wiz Khalifa, and Young Scooter. Future is currently slated to appear at June’s The BET Experience, and he has a handful of tour dates coming in May. See his itinerary below.

Future 2014 Tour Dates:
05/23 – Milwaukee, WI @ Rave-Eagles Balroom – Eagles Club
05/24 – Des Moines, IA @ Val Air Ballroom
05/25 – Chicago, IL @ Concord Music Hall
05/26 – St. Louis, MO @ Ambassador
06/27-29 – Los Angeles, CA @ The BET Experience 2014

Nas working on new album, with producers Timbaland, Swizz Beatz, and No I.D.
Apr 23, 2014 11:42pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Photo by Ted Maider

Nas has spent the last few months celebrating the 20th anniversary of his Illmatic debut, including a full performance of the record at Coachella. Reminiscing about music past appears to have gotten the rapper thinking about music future, as he’s now hard at work on a new record.

In an interview with NPR (via MTV), Nas confirmed that he’s been collaborating with Timbaland, Swizz Beatz, and No I.D. on material for his next album. He actually started working with Timbaland over a year and a half ago, around the time he dropped Life is Good. After deciding he didn’t want to rush back to the studio and stepping away, he found inspiration while working with One9 and Erik Parker, the duo behind the documentary Time Is Illmatic.

“I wasn’t really, really, really inspired, to tell you the truth, until we started to, kind of, embark on this 20th anniversary,” Nas told NPR’s Frannie Kelley and Ali Shaheed Muhammad. “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… [T]hat’s helped me find the inspiration. I found it.”

Since then, Nas and his trio of producers have been mulling over the material he started back in 2012. “I laid down i...

What's going on Thursday? (Flatbush Zombies, Lee Ranaldo, Duke Dumont, Peter Stampfel, White Hills & more)
Apr 23, 2014 11:15pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Flatbush Zombies @ VICELAND Austin, 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Flatbush Zombies, 100s, GrandeMarshall @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
NYC rap trio Flatbush Zombies love to rap about smoking, drinking, and doing drugs, and tonight's show should be an appropriately trippy experience with smoke clouds, 40s and one of the city's best current rap groups on stage. It's a Converse Rubber Tracks Live show -- free if you RSVPed, and "sold" out.

Lee Ranaldo and The Dust, Chris Forsyth & the Solar Motel Band @ Union Pool
Sonic Youth may not be playing shows anymore, but luckily there's never a shortage of chances to see Sonic Youth members. Lee's band makes indie rock a bit more straightforward than SY's with some psychedelia thrown in too. It's good, and you can get a dose of it at Union Pool tonight.

Duke Dumont @ Output
Duke Dumont had one of the best dance-pop singles of 2013 with "Need U 100%." It was pretty on par with most of the Disclosure singles, but tonight at Output you can catch Duke in a much smaller room than you're able to see Disclosure in these days.

Peter Stampfel, Jeffrey Lewis, Bushwick Gospel Singers, Modern Hut @ Mercury Lounge
Folk veteran Peter Stampfel (of the Holy Modal Rounders) released his new solo album on his new label home of Don Giovanni R...

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