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Watch: Aquilo - I Gave It All
Nov 27, 2014 5:54am | The Line Of Best Fit
The video channels the sonic devastation in a goosebump-inducing short film about director Eoin Glaisters "interpretation of the song...">
Listen: Indiana - Only The Lonely
Nov 27, 2014 5:42am | The Line Of Best Fit
Nottingham's synthpop songstress Indiana has cut the ribbon the final track to be released before her debut LP No Romeo drops.>
The Drink - Company
Nov 27, 2014 5:30am | The Line Of Best Fit
Perhaps the most exciting things about The Drinks debut are the hints it gives as to what might come next.
The Ghosts of Goldie: how Om Unit is dismantling drumn'bass
Nov 27, 2014 5:25am | Fact Magazine
When I wrote the How Drum’n'Bass Got its Groove Back feature for FACT last year, my motivation came from a combination of excitement for the music as a fan and personal engagement with it as a writer.
This engagement arose primarily from my friendship with Jim Coles, known by then as Om Unit, and the fact we shared a flat together in London around the time he began the Philip D. Kick project. There was also something in the air, and we all felt it and lived it in different ways. Writing the feature was my way of contributing to what was being shared in the music.
The ideas discussed in the piece still feel valid a year on. Instead of the bubble bursting around this new movement, as part of me feared, artists like Om Unit and dBridge have continued to do their thing in a very natural way, inspiring and fostering others around them. Coles work has captured the attention of other drum’n'bass godfathers too, like Ray Keith and Goldie. The latter invited Coles to contribute to Metalheadzs Platinum Breaks series in 2013, inadvertently sparking a relationship that has since led to two more releases. First was a short three-track 12 of brooding and icy drum’n'bass in late 2013, followed by a longer EP this November – eight tracks across two 12s – that acts as a statement from Coles on both his junglist roots and his current state within the scene.
Titled Inversions, the rele...
Stream grime explorer Mr. Mitchs brilliant new album Parallel Memories
Nov 27, 2014 4:56am | Fact Magazine
The softer side of grime comes into focus on Miles Mitchell’s full-length.
One of the most seductive records we’ve heard all year is about to land on Planet Mu, and Dazed have got the full stream over here.
Mr. Mitch has been moving towards this tranquil take on grime and bass over several releases, starting with his string of Peace Dubs that popped up online last year and continuing through his teasing Don’t Leave EP for Planet Mu.
Check out his Peace Edit of Mumdance’s ‘Take
The Drink - Company
Nov 27, 2014 4:49am | Drowned In Sound
Its something of an incongruous step to take a series of early releases, stick them all on a record and consciously refer to it as your debut album, but thats the tactic which has been adopted by The Drink in presenting their first long player to the world. Company sees the London trio collate the 12 songs which comprised their first three EPs (all now out of print), shuffle the running orders and repackage them as one release.
You might expect such an approach to make for an inconsistent or disorienting listen, and to a degree it wouldnt be unfair to say this about Company. However, in a weird way this kind of suits it. Frequently the songs lock into lush melodic grooves which carry Dearbhla Minogues beautifully spectral delivery of vague, semi-conscious narrative, and the whole thing makes for a pretty delicious woozy patchwork of sounds.
It would be difficult to contend that the fractured nature of the records origins are particularly harmful to it in the context of an enjoyable album. In fact, listening to Company, you get the feeling that this is pretty much the debut album they might have made if they were doing it the traditional way. Theres a daring, occasionally playful spirit threaded through the songs which gives the strong impression that at heart The Drink are risk-takers, laudable experimentalists who are always likely to plump for trying something new over taking the safer option. When any artist does...
The Czars - Best of
Nov 27, 2014 4:49am | Drowned In Sound
Its an inevitability that when frontmen go solo, their erstwhile bands will be mentioned in almost every subsequent review. Its rare that bands are compared to their frontmen, if only for chronological reasons, though surely there were some who bought Elliott Smith records because he was 'that guy from Heatmiser.' But one assumes that if a band managed to release five albums on a notable independent label, said band would be the springboard for their frontmans solo career.
Such was not the case for The Czars. Despite ten years together and releasing five albums on Bella Union to critical acclaim, there was still the belief that frontman John Grant was birthed fully formed with his solo debut, 2010s Queen of Denmark. But he does in fact have a musical past, which is related on The Best of the Czars.
As a 'best of', its difficult to say whether or not there can be a definitive collection for a band that flew under the radar for the duration of their career. Theres an honesty in that the collection ignores the first six years of the band and picks up with songs from their third album, Before...But Longer. Its only the more muted tracks that are selected from there, though 'Get Used To It' makes the cut, however pleasantly incongruous its angsty lyrics are.
There are traces of the wry sense of humour Grant embraces in his solo work, but its not a constant. Nor is the huskiness of his voice, or the real feeling of...
"My next record will be my 'Tarkus'": DiS meets Thurston Moore
Nov 27, 2014 4:47am | Drowned In Sound
As one of the most iconic musical figures of his and subsequent generations, Thurston Moore needs no introduction. Having founded Sonic Youth in New York in 1981 with Kim Gordon, the band went on to record fifteen albums over a twenty-five year period culminating in 2009's The Eternal, firmly establishing themselves as a pivotal force in the process until their hiatus two years later.
In the meantime, Moore has continued to release records both under his own name and as part of Chelsea Light Moving. His fourth and most recent long player The Best Day came out in October to a wealth of positive reviews, many heralding it as his best solo record to date.
Having assembled a band that reads something like an alternative rock supergroup - fellow Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley, My Bloody Valentine bass player Debbie Googe and guitarist James Sedwards who's worked with Guapo and Chrome Hoof among many others - the now London-based Moore is currently enjoying a new lease of life both on the live circuit and in the studio.
Earlier this month, Moore and his band played a series of sold out shows across the UK, wowing audiences every night with incendiary performances reminiscent of those early Sonic Youth shows. DiS caught up with him prior to the final leg UK tour at Nottingham's Bodega. Words here...
DiS: Your last show in Nottingham was at Spanky Van Dykes earlier this year. How did tha...
UK vinyl sales hit one million for the first time since 1996
Nov 27, 2014 4:27am | Fact Magazine
Over a million vinyl albums have been sold in the UK so far this year a feat that hasn’t been achieved since 1996.
Pink Floyd’s ambient swansong The Endless River is the fastest-selling vinyl release this century, shifting 6,000 copies in its first week of sales, according to new figures from the BPI. That’s the highest first-week sales of any vinyl album released since 1997, making it the fastest-selling vinyl album this century. The biggest-selling vinyl album of the year remains Arctic Monkeys’ AM (which was in fact released in 2013).
The vinyl industry is now worth around £20 million a year, according to the boss of the Official Chart Company, who has revealed that the body will soon launch a weekly vinyl chart.
“In an era when we’re all talking about digital music, the fact that these beautiful physical artefacts are still as popular as they are is fantastic,” said charts chief Martin Talbot. ”Only five years ago this business was worth around £3m a year. This year it’s going to be worth £20m.”
Several vinyl-focused record shops have opened in London this year last weekend we visited the newest, Do!! You!!! in Peckham, for a snoop around their stock. [via NME; BBC]
TL: Opposing things make such an interesting story
Nov 27, 2014 4:00am | The Line Of Best Fit
We go underneath Tottenham Court Road into TL's studio to talk about cultural diversity, her unique aesthetic, and the 'total sound clash' of her household growing up.>
Listen: Young Ejecta - Your Planet
Nov 27, 2014 3:45am | The Line Of Best Fit
American synth-pop duo Young Electra return with beautifully hypnotic pop treat, "Your Planet".>
Pixies - Doolittle 25 [Reissue]
Nov 27, 2014 3:30am | The Line Of Best Fit
A gloriously extended Director's Cut of the 25th anniversary edition of a landmark album, which saw the Boston outsiders redefine guitar music.
The Trilogy Tapes announce new 12 from mysterious duo Rezzett, stream Twizzta
Nov 27, 2014 12:39am | Fact Magazine
The shady pair will release their third 12″ through Will Bankhead’s esteemed imprint.
Mysterious duo Rezzett may keep a low profile but their two entries into the imposing Trilogy Tapes catalogue are among the London label’s finest. Last year’s excellent self-titled debut EP was followed up by the release of ‘Zootie’ in July, a blown-out fusion of floating ambience and rough, dusty hardcore. Rezzett also provided a stunning soundtrack to Japanese streetwear label C.E.’s SS15 show in October.
Some details of Rezzett’s next 12″ have surfaced, although information remains typically scarce. The Trilogy Tapes have announced that TTT032 will contain Rezzett’s ‘Twizzta,’ another sonically fried number built upon a scratchy kick and frazzled chords. ‘Twizzta’ had been floating around on YouTube since the beginning of this year but you can stream a longer version below.
TTT032 will be released on 18 December. Rezzett
are also playing their first London live show this
The sad reality of superstardom in 6 seconds
Nov 26, 2014 11:22pm | Fact Magazine
We realise you’re probably not a One Direction fan but this is too good not to share.
The endless amount of camera phones thrust into the face of One Direction’s members by teenage fans hankering for a selfie appears to be too much for one of the singers to endure. One Direction’s Liam Payne appeared to be losing his will to carry on at last night’s ARIA awards in Sydney, Australia.
The brief clip from Vine perfectly encapsulates the malaise of
modern celebrity in just a few short seconds. Payne moves
methodically from camera to camera and forces a smile for each of
his rabid fans, but it is the fleeting moments in between that are
telling. The poor lad looks as though he’s about to end it
What's going on Thanksgiving Thursday? (not much)
Nov 26, 2014 11:05pm | Brooklyn Vegan
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade @ Thanksgiving Day Parade
Jonathan Toubin @ Daddy's
Le Rug, Caddywhompus, The Due Diligence, Jack Donovan @
Baby's All Right
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.
Follow @BrooklynVegan on Twitter.
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