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Frank Ocean Teases New Song Memrise
Nov 28, 2014 10:06am | StereoGum

Frank Ocean teased a new song on his Tumblr last night called “Memrise” and shared the lyrics to the snippet that he provided. Details about the followup to the Grammy Award-winning Channel Orange have been scarce, but we know he’s working with Hit-Boy and Rodney Jenkins and he hinted in another Tumblr post back in April that he was almost done with the record. The only new Ocean material we’ve gotten so far this year was his collaboration with Mick Jones, Paul Simonon, and Diplo that they did for Converse. Listen to the snippet and check out the lyrics that Ocean provided below.


De La Soul and Chuck D team up for The People listen
Nov 28, 2014 10:00am | Cosequence Of Sound

Photo by Eric Tra

As the members of De La Soul explain it, they never intended to release a song addressing the events in Ferguson, Missouri. However, thanks to a bit of coincidental timing, “The People”, featuring Public Enemys own Chuck D, has become something of an “accidental” protest anthem.

“Originally ‘The People’ was supposed to drop in June, around the same time the Chuck D/Hot 97/Rosenberg situation took place,” De La Souls Trugoy told Rolling Stone. “We chose to hold off and not add fuel to any fires. Our next aim was for a Black Friday release. Coincidentally, the Ferguson tragedy took place and now the non-indictment verdict. Somehow this song was destined to be a part of something more than just dropping a joint. We hope it will lend itself to something positive in these difficult times.”

“The People” is nonetheless a powerful rallying cry. Over a triumphant beat of vintage horn and turntable scratches, the collective addresses a myriad of topics, from the power of self-actualization to the importance of family and community and the inherent power of rebelling against a broken system.

Added Trugoy, “The idea for the song came from a couple of samples, and the tracks vibe is earnest and has a pressing tone to it. The lyrics are commentaries of our struggles and successes, our weaknesses and ...

5 under-the-radar 2014 Record Store Day Black Friday releases your collection needs
Nov 28, 2014 9:52am | Chart Attack

This year's Record Store Day Black Friday event has upped the number of exclusive releases and reissues from last year's impressive haul. Maybe you're gonna grip the special Death Grips Government Plates pressing, or the brand new St. Vincent 10". But consider this: if you take enough risks you may one day consider yourself a functional human. So throw that list away and grab one of these today... even if you're in Canada.

The Afghan Whigs, Gentlemen at 21

Although the reissue of Hüsker Dü's Warehouse: Songs And Stories on colour vinyl is tempting, Gentlemen wins out as the alt-rock classic for Record Store Day thanks to its brand new remastering and generous bonus material. You get previously unheard demos, B-sides, promo photos and more.

Rammellzee V. K-Rob, Beat Bop

A vinyl reissue of the ultra rare hip-hop classic will make a standout addition to your crate, and not just because of Jean-Michel Basquiat's artwork. It's a watershed moment in weird rap, full of rambling characters and a jam session vibe. This edition is printed on biracial black/white vinyl, and comes with a historical review compiled by rap scholar Noz.

Diplo, F10rida

Before Diplo became one of the biggest DJs in the world and inspired a lot of well-deserved shade, he curated a worldwide selection of sounds from Bal...

The Smashing Pumpkins Debut New Lineup, Bowie Cover, Fuck You Anderson Cooper T-Shirts In Chicago
Nov 28, 2014 9:48am | StereoGum

At their show at Chicago’s Thalia Hall on Tuesday night, the Smashing Pumpkins debuted a new band lineup, played a bunch of songs live for the first time and played a cover of David Bowie’s “Fame,” and they started selling merchandise that addresses Billy Corgan’s recent beef with Anderson Cooper. The new lineup — which features Rage Against The Machine’s Brad Wilk and the Killers’ Mark Stoermer — debuted some Monuments To An Elegy tracks live, including the already released “Being Beige,” “One And All,” “Tiberius,” and “Drum + Fife” and a new one called “Monuments.” The merch that they sold was a t-shirt with Corgan’s cats Mr. Thom and Sammi with the words “Fuck You Anderson Cooper” written on it. That’s the t-shirt above, and you can see them perform Bowie’s “Fame” and check out a setlist below.


Council of elders: UK club culture icons General Levy and Sticky in conversation
Nov 28, 2014 9:42am | Fact Magazine

MC General Levy and DJ/producer Sticky have both made a huge impact on UK club culture’s history – and done so in a similar fashion.

Levy, a well-versed and award winning reggae artist, came to wider prominence by way of the junglist anthem ‘Incredible’ (the first to score a UK top 10), while Sticky created the most explicitly ragga-inspired UK garage song of the time, ‘Booo!’ featuring  Ms. Dynamite.

Over a decade later, both floor-fillers are still greeted with similar displays of gun-fingers as when they were first unleashed. After a number of subsequent hits between them, the two pioneers joined forces for the trap-influenced ‘Pull Up’. Marvin Sparks caught up with both to chat soundsystem culture, how UK club culture has changed, and that Mista Jam session.

How did the collaboration for ‘Pull Up’ come about?

Sticky: We met in Croatia at Outlook Festival last year even though we both live in London. We met on a transfer bus back to the airport. We had a very long journey going back, missed the plane then drove to Venice, which gave us an extra two hours to talk. We did ‘Pull Up’ a week after that.

You both brought a Jamaican dancehall inspiration to the UK sound. Is that something you found as a meeting point?

General Levy: Well, we’re both of ...

Emotional Response plots four-part series of ambient and drone releases
Nov 28, 2014 9:19am | Fact Magazine

Industrious label plans droney new ventures.

Stuart Leath’s Emotional empire has added another small province to its map with the announcement of Schleißen, a four-part series of records exploring “the further reaches of ambient, drone and rhythmic percussion”. Launching in February, it’ll be tucked into the Emotional Response branch of Leach’s operations.

First up is a split release featuring Stefan Schwander of German trio Durian Brothers under his Harmonious Thelonious alias, a fitting choice as the idea for the Schleißen series apparently came from a CD-R of experimental work that Schwander gave to Leath several months back. On the other side is an 18-minute piece of “pure, modular beauty” by Abul Mogad, who has released on VCO Tapes.

Later on the series will offer a one-off collaboration between veteran electronic artist Colin Potter, Alessio Natalizia of Not Waving and Walls, and Italian producer Guido Zen.

Check out the excerpts of the first Schleißen release below and grab it on February 9, if you can imagine a date so far away.

We’ve seen an unusual amount of ambient activity this year, and FACT’s Joe Muggs recently picked out his favourite beatless records of 2014. [via JunoPlus]</...

Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer premieres online watch
Nov 28, 2014 9:09am | Cosequence Of Sound

Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the seventh entry in the Star Wars film franchise and the beginning of the third trilogy, is set to hit theaters on December 18th, 2015. In anticipation, the first trailer for the film has been released. Watch it on iTunes, or below.

Directed by J.J. Abrams, The Force Awakens stars John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Lupita Nyongo, and Gwendoline Christie, with Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker reprising their roles from previous films. John Williams is helming the score.

The film is believed to take place 30 years after the events portrayed in Return of the Jedi and feature a plot focused on George Lucas original characters Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, and Han Solo, as well as a new set of younger characters.

Check out a few screen grabs from the trailer below.

Frank Ocean premieres new song Memrise listen
Nov 28, 2014 8:39am | Cosequence Of Sound

With the exception of a few festival appearances, Frank Ocean has spent most of 2014 hauled away in the studio, working on his highly-anticipated sophomore album. Today, he offers a taste of new music in the form of a song called “Memrise”. It hardly feels like the final product, but suggests the R&B crooner could be experimenting with a more atmospheric, Toro Y Moi-inspired aesthetic. Listen in below.

Ocean also included the song’s lyrics.

I memorized the wayward expressions
Never look down
Never let you see me down
I memorized the way no directions
Can I come over now
Id like to stay a little while
I memorized your body exposed
I could fuck you all night long
From a memory alone

I never forget a face
Dont go plastic on me
Nothings set in stone
Youre not dipped in gold
Dipped in gold
You cant breathe if youre dipped in gold
You are not on paper
You are not a copy
Youre so, youre thick, so thick

Watch Mary J. Blige & Disclosure in the studio working on "Follow" from her upcoming LP (video premiere)
Nov 28, 2014 8:00am | Brooklyn Vegan

Mary J. Blige at FADER Fort at CMJ 2014 (more by Bao Nguyen)

As discussed, Mary J. Blige is releasing her new album The London Sessions next week (12/2) via Capitol and it includes collaborations with British artists such as Disclosure, Sam Smith and more. Leading up to its release, Mary's been putting out short "behind the music" videos with clips of her in the studio and talking about the recording process. She's calling the campaign 20/20, as the album was recorded in just 20 days. The newest video in the series premieres in this post and has Mary talking about her Disclosure collaboration "Follow," as well as footage of her and Disclosure working on the track. Watch that below.

Other videos in the series have premiered on Spin, Vibe, Idolator, Death and Taxes, and Celebuzz. Keep up with the growing 20/20 series here.

Watch the new video with Mary and Disclosure below...

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Explore a brilliant interactive film of Africa Express performing Terry Rileys In C
Nov 28, 2014 7:24am | Fact Magazine

Get a different perspective on the show in Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall.

Terry Riley’s minimalist masterpiece ‘In C’ is a composition that, by definition, can never be performed the same way twice, and with its subtle, ad hoc polyrhythms and emphasis on listening and communication between performers, it shares some key similarities with African traditions, which is what Africa Express’s musical director Andre De Ridder realised when he dug out a copy of the score while working with musicians in Mali.

Several months later, Damon Albarn’s Africa Express venture (a troupe that currently includes Yeah Yeah Yeahs guitarist Nick Zinner) performed their version of ‘In C’ in Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall, marking the fiftieth anniversary of Riley’s landmark piece.

If you missed that, here’s a chance to get an even closer look at the event with a nifty interactive film that lets you create your own route through the music by watching the show, sitting among the musicians, exploring art in the Tate galleries and going on the road to Bamako in Mali.

Check out the film below, which was created by The Space and, and look out for the physical release of ‘In C Mali’ on Transgressive Records.

Snowbombing 2015 recruits Carl Craig, Andy C, Waze & Odyssey and Idris Elba
Nov 28, 2014 6:39am | Fact Magazine

Austria’s Snowbombing brings even more big-hitters to the table.

Carl Craig leads the latest round of additions to the Alpine festival, bringing a touch of Detroit class to next year’s bill, which now also includes d’n'b master Andy C playing all night, good-time house duo Waze & Odyssey, The Cuban Brothers, Justin Martin and Idris ‘Stringer Bell’ Elba. Yep!

They join a massive line-up that already includes Skrillex, Basement Jaxx, Carl Cox, MK, Sigma, Jackmaster and Paul Woolford, among many more.

Next years festival is set to sell out in record time, so make haste and grab tickets here. The 16th edition of Snowbombing takes place on April 6-11 in the Alpine town of Mayrhofen, Austria. Beds for 2015 are going fast, but there are still hotel rooms, pensions, apartments and chateaus to choose from  check out the options. The festival is also offering ‘solo-bombing’ packages for anyone who hasn’t nabbed an apartment.

Ahead of that, Snowbombing are also putting on a special Christmas do on December 4 at London’s Somerset House, where you can have a drink on the rink while ice skating to disco selections from Snowbombing favourites Blonde Ambition, Anna Wall and their resident podcast chief Ben Gomori. Grab you...

Live Review: Piano Wire, Autobahn & Desperate Journalist @ The Scene, Lincoln (21/11/14)
Nov 28, 2014 6:17am | Drowned In Sound

Lincoln on a Friday night might be something a group of football supporters would sing on an away day and sounds even less pleasurable. To make matters worse, the torrential rain causes us to take refuge in a side street public house (the George & Dragon) where warm Carling cider is served in plastic pint pots and our request for the phone number of a local taxi firm is met with... "Where are you going?"
"The Scene"
"Isn't that a gay bar?" "And what if it is?"
Charming. Welcome to Lincoln.

Whisper it quietly but The Scene has been at the epicenter of its city's local music scene for several months now. Thanks in no small part to DIY promoters Velvet Fuzz, the likes of The Telescopes, The Wands, Asteroid #4 and One Unique Signal have all played here recently, with shows booked up until March next year when Sleaford Mods will grace the tiny stage of this upstairs room.

However, tonight's bill reads like a showcase of sorts as four hotly-tipped acts from around the UK take to the stage. First up are Cold Water Souls, a five-piece from Derby. Playing only their second gig since forming earlier this year. With a line-up comprising former members of Lost Alone, Rugosa Nevada and Mint Ive respectively, their pedigree is there for all to see. Frontman Dan Holdsworth's vocal delivery captivates throughout, occasionally reminiscent of a young Jimi Goodwin or James Mudriczki yet oozing with a confidenc...

James Bay Backstage with Best Fit
Nov 28, 2014 6:00am | The Line Of Best Fit
The Hitchin singer-songwriter behind the scenes in London by Wunmi Onibudo.>

Cristobal and the Sea - Peach Bells EP
Nov 28, 2014 5:30am | The Line Of Best Fit
This multinational quartet tries damn hard to make us remember summer on their debut, and is damn successful at it.

Frank Ocean comes out of hiding with new song Memrise
Nov 28, 2014 5:08am | Fact Magazine

The best two minutes of our Black Friday so far.

Frank Ocean surfaces! He’s just shared a new track via his Tumblr, titled ‘Memrise’.

It’s a scruffy, warped little thing, recalling bedroom pop types like Jai Paul and James Blake but with a half-rapped section that’s more ATL than LDN.

Aside from a weird collaboration with Diplo and The Clash, we’ve barely heard a peep from the Odd Future affiliate since 2012′s Channel Orange, and to be honest we’re getting impatient. This bootleg compilation of odds’n'sods might keep you satisfied until we get some proper album news. [via Noisey]

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