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Engage the inner neck-snap: Stray on the freedom of writing at d&b tempo, hip hop and mindfullness against neurosis
Apr 19, 2014 9:09am | Fact Magazine

As part of dBridge‘s boundary pushing Exit Records, London-based Stray has quickly become one-to-watch.

Much has been written in the past year about the freedom certain producers have found in the 160 to 170bpm tempo range – including Mark Pritchard who told us all about it last summer. Among those most responsible for this new found sense of excitement in drum & bass is dBridge and his Exit Records label, whose growing stable of artists are arguably leading the charge.

Among these is London producer Stray who in recent years has risen within the ranks of the drum & bass scene to become a favourite with fans and those enjoying the more varied experiments that are coming out of the stable’s preferred tempo range. He’s also been notable for delving more into half-time hip hop productions, such as the track ‘Matchsticks’ on his last release for Exit.

With a new EP due out on the label next week, Chatterbox, released on April 21, we caught up with the young producer over email about the freedom he finds in the tempo range, his avowed love of hip hop and more.

Alongside this chat Stray also gave us an unreleased track called ‘Triangles’ inspired by the Autonomic vibe that dBridge pioneered – you can hear and download it below.

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Black Lips and Boy George cover T Rex - watch
Apr 19, 2014 8:20am | NME
The two teamed up at Philadelphia radio concert

De La Soul press 100 copies of Smell The D.A.I.S.Y instrumentals on vinyl, leave them in stores around the USA (and on eBay)
Apr 19, 2014 8:18am | Fact Magazine

Limited edition white vinyl includes never heard before Dilla beat.

Not quite a Record Store Day tie in, but De La Soul released a limited edition vinyl of the beats used on their recent Smell The Da.I.S.Y mixtape by dropping the vinyl across record stores in the U.S (and it would appear on eBay too where they’re currenty fetching $500 and above).

The band’s website and social networks contain clues as to the records’ location, namely a list of shops in five major cities: NYC, L.A, Detroit, Atlanta and San Francisco. The records were released on April 18, a day before Record Store Day.

Alongside the 11 beats featured on the mixtape, some of which had already been used elsewhere, the release contains one never before heard beat from the Detroit genius.

Dilla fans in the US may want to get out of their houses and start looking. Those of you outside the US could always console yourselves with the eBay auctions, if you have that kind of cash to spare on a white vinyl of course.

The FACT Playlist: our 10 picks of the week
Apr 19, 2014 7:47am | Fact Magazine

Every weekend we post a rundown of the music – old and new – we’ve been enjoying in our UK and US offices that week.

No emphasis on the boxfresh or the under-the-radar: just an honest account of what’s spent most time on the respective office stereos, with (where possible) links to the music.

Norwell Harmonia

We’ve no idea who Norwell is, but we’ve fallen hard for the grainy, Border Community-esque analogue charms of this mini-album, released last year on Montreal-based label Box Records.

Luke Abbott ‘Amphis’

Talking of Border Community, the label’s very own Luke Abbott releases the follow-up to 2010′s colossal Holkham Drones this spring. ‘Amphis’ is the first track we’ve heard, and its fluttering, insect-like percussion and queasy synth gasps share that same sense of Olde English wyrdness we sensed on label boss James Holden’s excellent 2013 LP The Inheritors.

Mobb Deep The Infamous

We’ve no idea why Mobb Deep decided to reissue their seminal sophomore album in the same week Nas’ Illmatic got its 20th anniversary re-press, but poor timing shouldn’t put you off rediscovering this touchstone of ’90s NYC hip hop, as brilliantly illuminated by Pitchfork’s Ja...

Photo book Dust & Grooves celebrates vinyl collecting culture in all its glory
Apr 19, 2014 7:26am | Fact Magazine

Israeli immigrant documents the weird and wonderful obsession of record collectors with beautiful photography.

In 2012 photographer and budding record collector Elion Paz set out to document the collections of serious vinyl addicts, beginning a project that has grown from a website and Kickstarter campaign to a coffee-table book that profiles over 130 record collectors from around the world with photos and in-depth interviews.

The book is being released today in the US, co-inciding with Record Store Day, and will be on worldwide release from May 20. Among those featured are famed collectors such as RBMA and egotrip’s Chairman Mao, Now Again Records’ Eothen Egon Alapatt, Bill Adler and Philly’s King Britt and Rich Medina.

For those unable to get a copy today you can visit the website for pre-orders and to read and watch various content that Paz has accumulated in the process of putting the book together.

And those of you in the New York City area may want to make your way to the DUMBO area of Brooklyn later today where a launch party for the book is being held this evening from 6pm at the Powerhouse Arena featuring music from collectors and the DubStuy Tower of Power soundsystem.

Arctic Monkeys score biggest selling vinyl album of 2014 so far
Apr 19, 2014 7:23am | NME
Vinyl sales on course to exceed 2013's

Woman who collapsed at Coachella has passed away
Apr 19, 2014 7:02am | Fact Magazine

24-year-old reveler died after collapsing last weekend.

Kimchi Truong collapsed on April 12, during the first leg of this year’s Coachella festival, and was pronounced dead at a local hospital on Thursday April 17.

Despite a statement from the promoters about possible drug overdose, the local Sheriff’s office said it was not clear yet whether or not drugs or alcohol were involved and that test results would not be available for up to six weeks.

Festival promoters Goldenvoice issued the following statement: “Last weekend, a festival attendee suffered an apparent drug overdose. The individual was seen by on-site medical staff and later transferred to JFK Memorial Hospital and later to Desert Regional Medical Center. We are saddened to learn the individual has died. We believe this to be an unfortunate but isolated incident. Our thoughts and condolences are with the family and friends.”

The California-based festival continues this weekend. [via The Hollywood Reporter]

Unreleased J Dilla track 'Give Em What They Want' surfaces - listen
Apr 19, 2014 6:48am | NME
The song is taken from forthcoming 'The Diary' LP

Billie Joe Armstrong joins The Replacements at Coachella
Apr 19, 2014 5:39am | NME
The Green Day frontman stepped in for an injured Paul Westerberg

Woman dies after collapsing at Coachella festival
Apr 19, 2014 5:16am | NME
Festival promoters described her death as an "apparent drug overdose"

Glastonbury tickets to go back on sale next week (April 24)
Apr 19, 2014 4:20am | NME
Cancelled tickets will be made available to the public

Listen to Mazzy Stars new song Im Less Here
Apr 19, 2014 2:40am | Cosequence Of Sound

For Record Store Day, Mazzy Star will release a 7-inch vinyl containing two new, previously unreleased songs. The A-Side “I’m Less Here” is streaming below.

“I’m Less Here” dates back to 2000 and has been previously performed live under the title “It Speaks Of Distance”. However, this marks its first official release.

The accompanying B-Side is titled “Things. The two tracks will be pressed on coke-bottle clear vinyl, limited to 3,000 copies.

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Green Days Billie Joe Armstrong joins The Replacements for Coachella
Apr 19, 2014 2:28am | Cosequence Of Sound

Photo via Shirley Halperin

Turns out we were partially right in our predictions for Coachella Weekend Two. The Replacements were joined on-stage by a special guest, but it wasn’t Lorde. Rather, Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson welcomed Green Day frontman Bille Joe Armstrong.

As Slicing Up Eyeballs points out, Armstrong played guitar for most of The Replacements’ Friday night set. He appeared to fill in for Westerberg, who spent most of the performance sitting on a couch (yes, a couch), suffering from an ailing back.

Coincidentally or not, the set was much well received and better attended than the band’s weekend one set, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The setlist included performances of “I’m In Trouble”, “Kiss Me on the Bus”, “Tommy Gets His Tonsils Out”, “I Don’t Know”, and “IOU”, among other songs. Below, watch fan-shot footage of the band performing “IOU”.

(Read: Dissected: The Replacements)

Armstrong has long expressed admiration for The Replacements and even interviewed Westerberg for SPIN in 2010.

Listen: Princes new single The Breakdown
Apr 19, 2014 2:09am | Cosequence Of Sound

Prince wasted little time cementing his new record contract with Warner Bros. Record, releasing a brand new single in the wee hours of Friday night. Entitled “The Breakdown”, the four-minute funk ballad is now available for purchase through iTunes. It’s also streaming below.

As Dr. Funkenberry points out, Prince first debuted the song during a concert last fall.

As part of his new deal with Warner Bros., Prince plans to release a new studio album, along with a 30th anniversary reissue of Purple Rain, later this year. What’s more, he promises a veritable goldmine of unreleased music. Additional details are forthcoming.

For more sounds, check out Prince’s other recent singles, specifically “FALLINLOVE2NITE”, “FUNKNROLL”, “Da Bourgeoisie”, and “Breakfast Can Wait”.

What's going on Saturday? (#RSD14, Hospitality, Nothing, No Joy, WBAR-B-Q, NY's Alright, David J, Frameworks & more)
Apr 18, 2014 11:30pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Hospitality @ MHOW in March (more by Amanda Hatfield)

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

As you might be aware, today is Record Store Day with special events at shops all over the city, with tons of music fans and record collectors out to score some of the many exclusive RSD releases. Don't know what to buy? We have suggestions. Don't know where to go? We can guide you. Just want free beer? We can help there too. Don't know what a record is? How did you come to this site?

Hospitality, Amen Dunes, Betty Who, Fear of Men, Mark Mulcahy, Milagres, Nothing, Palehound, The Rails @ Rough Trade
Between the killer line-up of free performances and all the RSD14 exclusive releases, expect Rough Trade to be packed all day long. Perfect Pussy had to cancel, though.

You can also catch Lonnie Holly at Other Music, Doug Gillard DJing at Generation, and The Dirtbombs' Mick Collins at Kim's. Details are in our RSD14 In-Store Performances & Special Events guide.

Blazing Eye, Nomad, NO, Pleasure Industry @ ABC No Rio (NY's Alright)
Infernoh, Crazy Spirit, Gas Rag, Wiccans, Stoic Violence, Murderer @ Le Poisson Rouge (NY's Alright)
School Jerks, Lumpy & The Dumpers, Varix, Creeping Dose @ Acheron (NY's Alright)
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