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Watch: Spit Shake Sisters - “Blasphemer”
Oct 20, 2014 7:35am | The Line Of Best Fit
Brighton's Spit Shake Sisters - indebted to the noise of White Denim and Ty Segall - are unfurling their debut single this Halloween. Spooky.

Listen: LAYLA - “For You”
Oct 20, 2014 7:30am | The Line Of Best Fit
The South London popstress is giving away her new track for free download via Soundcloud.

Sleater-Kinney's new song "Bury Our Friends" now streaming in full (listen)
Oct 20, 2014 7:30am | Brooklyn Vegan

Over the weekend it was revealed that the new Sleater-Kinney boxset contains a surprise a 7" with a new song reportedly called "Bury Our Friends." We already posted a short snippet, and since then a full stream of the song has come out. (The lyric video below features longtime collaborator Miranda July.) As mentioned, it's rumored that the song will appear on a new album called No Cities To Love, possibly due out January 20, 2015.

UPDATE: The album is confirmed and a full 2015 tour is announced!

Check out the song below...

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D.D Dumbo - Tropical Oceans EP
Oct 20, 2014 7:30am | The Line Of Best Fit
Aussie bluesman Oliver Hugh Perry delivers an EP packed with promise and potential.

Leave 'Mr Tembo' alone: Damon Albarn's Mercury-nominated solo album is superb
Oct 20, 2014 7:09am | 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 Damon Albarn's first (or possibly 5th) solo album Everyday Robots.

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.

Leave 'Mr Tembo' Alone

Damon Albarn can write a song about a baby elephant if he wants to. There, I said it: Weirdly its a controversial opinion round these parts. Were talking of course- about Mr Tembo, the lightest moment on Albarns Mercury-nominated debut solo album (two of those three words are debatable, but well come to that later) Everyday Robots, dubbed by one DiS boarder as that appalling elephant song, and the worst, most cringe-worthily embarrassing song ever recorded by anyone ever. It seems a bit unfair- its not even the most cringe-worthily embarrassing thing Damon Albarn has recorded (Blurs version of Olivers Army is so bad Alex James, of all people, actually refused to play on it. And he wrote that Wigwam song.) This is a man that spent a decade pretending to be four cartoon characters (and then he formed Gorrilaz. AM I RIGHT GUYSguys? Is this thing on?) and whose best song is about a handkerchief: on the Albarn-scale of ridiculous Mr Tembo barely scratches the surface...

Raze the rock establishment to the ground!: David Bowie, Jam City, Bonobo and more reviewed in FACT Singles Club
Oct 20, 2014 5:32am | Fact Magazine

Each week on the FACT Singles Club, a selection of our writers work their way through the new music of the week gone by.

With the way individual tracks are now consumed, the idea of what constitutes a single has shifted dramatically in the last half a decade, and its for this reason that the songs reviewed across the next pages are a combination of 12 vinyl releases, mixtape cuts, Soundcloud uploads and more.

Rated and slated this week? Jam City, Wiz Khalifa & Future, Murlo, David Bowie, and more.

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Ultimate Painting - Ultimate Painting
Oct 20, 2014 5:30am | The Line Of Best Fit
Sixties-inspired side-project courtesy of two of British music's most exciting talents. Re-creating the sounds of the sixties with nods to blues, psych and jangle-pop, this is a collaboration worth its salt.

FACT mix 466: Celestial Trax
Oct 20, 2014 5:21am | Fact Magazine

In an age where DJs blending genres, scenes and regions is the norm, it’s more crucial than ever we have people who do it well. And Celestial Trax is one of the good guys.

Raised in the UK but based in New York, Celestial Trax has been distorting grime, hip-hop and regional dance styles (footwork, Jersey, etc) with an approach and studio set up that feels more in tune with the experimental dance of labels like Not Not Fun and 100% Silk – as he told Liminal Soundshe uses “synths, guitar pedals and a trusty old Korg Electribe” to produce, while live he adds a Kaoss Pad, controller and more to the mix.

In short, he’s not your average dance producer, with his Paroxysm EP, released on Rinse this year, swinging between sharp, snapping drums and submerged quasi-dubstep atmospherics. Like his sets, it allies itself with a lot of different genre trademarks, but given the right amount of time and attention whisks you away into its own world.

FACT mix 466 blends Jersey club with squealing synth loops; grime and ballroom mutations with underwater rap, and it works like hell. Check out more Celestial Trax releases on his Bandcamp.


Celestial Trax – Cleansing
POOLBOY92 – Rebyrth (feat. Labanna Babalon)
Reilly Steel – Boyfriend (MikeQ & Di...

Viet Cong, Run The Jewels, Palace - DiS Does Singles 20.10.14
Oct 20, 2014 5:08am | Drowned In Sound

Hello. Its that time of week again, the one where we round up the best songs weve heard from the past seven days, and there were plenty.

Viet Cong have emerged from (almost) nowhere to bag Single of the Week. Their new track, 'Continental Shelf', is a post-punk delight - if you can take much pleasure in austere cacophony.

Elsewhere, Run The Jewels have done an angry love-in with Zach de le Rocha, Palace look like being the new, exciting indie thing, and Fall Out Boy won't stop with their bonkers bombast.

There are also ace new tracks from Shura, Ex Hex and Animal House. It really has been a vintage time for new tunes.

Single of the Week

Viet Cong

Continental Shelf (Jagjaguwar)

Viet Cong have existed since 2012, but Continental Shift feels like the moment they really arrived.

Last years Cassette EP was the Calgary bands first post-punk flirtation. Formed partly from the ashes of Women, the four-piece swung from taut eloquence to jangling anthemics in a daze of indecision. For a tour-only recording there was plenty to get excited about, even before Matt Flegel and Scott Munro settled on the sound of pure sonic dissonance.

While Throw It Away and Unconscious Melody were almost pretty in their delicate stylings, Continental Shift is definitively brutal. Following on from the crunc...

Hieroglyphic Being to collaborate with Sun Ra Arkestra on album of experimental electronics and improvisational jazz
Oct 20, 2014 4:33am | Fact Magazine

The Sun Ra obsessive is collaborating with his hero’s long-running ensemble.

Chicago DJ and self-described “rhythmic cubist” Hieroglyphic Being is working with cosmic jazz pioneers Sun Ra Arkestra on an album of “experimental electronics with improvisational jazz”.

Hieroglyphic Being & the J.I.T.U Ensemble will release an album titled We Are Not the First on New York label RVNG Intl in the first quarter of next year, according to an interview with Wondering Sound.

The heads at RVNG Ltd had wanted to work with me for about two years, but I kept being hesitant because I felt like I wasnt ready, the producer born Jamal Moss explains. I came around eventually. They wanted me to do with I do with machines, but with humans. I sum it up as another learning experience that will help me grow as a creator to merge the worlds of what I do and what has influenced me, in order to spark others into pursuing the same in kind.

Moss just dropped a two-track on Technicolour and a compilation for Planet Mu, Seer of Cosmic Visions, while Sun Ra’s posthumous career has been edging further into dance floor territory lately, with Detroit’s Mike Huckaby releasing a 12″ of jazz edits on Strut next year.

Sasha Keable at KOKO in London
Oct 20, 2014 4:00am | The Line Of Best Fit
The South London singer-songwriter plays a support slot for Kwabs. Wunmi Onibudo shoots.

Listen: Nathan Ball - Echo [Premiere]
Oct 20, 2014 3:45am | The Line Of Best Fit
London/Cornwall-based alt-folk musician Nathan Ball sets the tone for his forthcoming debut EP with the thunderous first single Echo.

Mysteries - New Age Music Is Here
Oct 20, 2014 3:30am | The Line Of Best Fit
We don't know who Mysteries are, but we do know that they've released one of the most fully-formed debut albums you're likely to hear this year.

Legendary reggae singer John Holt has died
Oct 20, 2014 3:05am | Fact Magazine

John Holt – a towering figure in reggae and rocksteady – has died, aged 69

The singer passed away in the early hours of Sunday morning, according to Jamaican Observer. A cause of death is yet to be confirmed.

A successful child performer in Jamaica, Holt came to wider public attention in the 1960s as lead singer of wildly successful rocksteady outfit The Paragons, most notable for their oft-covered The Tide Is High. His yearning, stunningly evocative voice featured on a brace of solo singles in the early 1970s (including the peerless ‘Ali Baba’), and collaborators included Bunny Lee and Duke Reid.

After some attempts at crossover success abroad (see 1974 covers package 1000 Volts of Holt) and a string of MOR releases, he had a second career wind with 1983′s roots classic Police in Helicopter, and he continued recording studio albums into the late 1990s.

Supermodel Cara Delevingne has recorded her debut single with Pharrell
Oct 20, 2014 3:04am | Fact Magazine

Model-turned-singer, always a winning formula right?

British supermodel Cara Delevingne will be hoping to overturn decades of evidence that catwalk icons make for terrible pop stars (Naomi, you thought we’d forgotten) with the imminent launch of her music career.

Handily, she’s got Pharrell in her phone book, so she’s given the unstoppable hit-maker a buzz and got him into the studio to record her debut single. The pair are said to have spent last week in Paris filming the video for the new track after eight months of writing music together.

“They’re going to release the song without warning, complete with video and global launch,” a typically anonymous source told The Sun. “They seem to have formed a great little writing collective and apparently it’s a huge song.

Pharrell had hinted at the collaboration at this year’s Brit Awards, saying: “I think what people should probably focus in on, versus these specific projects, is on her, her spirit. And what she’s up to next. Trust me. Because the films only get better, the parts only get bigger, the music only gets better, the modelling only gets better. But the spirit is becoming refined. She’s becoming refined, so it’s another chapter in her life.”

Pharrell released his second solo album, GIRL, earlier this year a deep disap...

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