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CHLLNGRs Form of Release is a dub-influenced meditation on pop and R&B; stream it in full
Oct 23, 2014 6:28am | Fact Magazine

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Steven Jess Borth II takes his brand of modern soul music to the next level.

As CHLLNGR (pronounced challenger), the Sacramento-born, Copenhagen-based artist explores pop and R&B songwriting through the lens of dub-influenced electronic minimalism; his latest work is the fullest expression of that approach. “When I started the writing process of Form of Release I knew that I wanted to make something that a broader scope of people could understand, as opposed to my first offering Haven,” he writes.

Haven was really one of my first explorations of purely electronic music and with that album I felt like I wanted to see how far I could go with sounds in general using a bit more of my nerdy side. There are a few vocal collaborations there but my main focus was trying to make an interesting tune using my 10-year-old micro-Korg synth, some drum samples, a 70s spring reverb unit and my MBOX 2.”

His new album, Form of Release, is a step forward from 2011′s Haven, due in large part to how it was produced. “When I was offered to use Red Bulls studio out here in Copenhagen I got quite excited because I knew that I would be able to really dissect and reform the demos that were created a...



Hear a track off Dense & Pikas next Hotflush EP, Wandering Hands
Oct 23, 2014 6:27am | Fact Magazine

The London duo ready their latest EP for the label.

Dense & Pika‘s warehouse-ready brand of house and techno grinders has found a perfect home on Scuba’s Hotflush imprint. Their forthcoming Klank EP will be their fourth release for the label (not counting their massive remix of Paul Woolford’s ‘Erotic Discourse’), which they linked up with after building buzz with a series of white labels a few years back.

Stream ‘Wandering Hands’ below Klank is due out soon.



Band on Band: Eagulls and Hookworms interview each other
Oct 23, 2014 6:13am | Drowned In Sound

This weekend (October 24th/25th 2014), Neptune prize nominees Eagulls and last year's Neptune winners / DiS' 2013 album of the yearers Hookworms headline All Years Leaving Festival in Birmingham, so, we got the noize-making pair to interview each other.

Eagulls ask Hookworms

So how did you meet?
MB: Me and Jonny met on the mean streets of Halifax (aka a middle class cul-de-sac) about 20 years ago playing Red Arse and kicking footballs at wasp's nests. I forced myself on everyone else when I moved to Leeds, sorry lads. Me, MJ and SS played in a garage punk band with a bad name for a bit before this.

How long have you been a band?
MB: I believe it will have been 5 years since we first started practicing this coming winter. Longer than my guinea pig is likely to live.

Leeds has a thriving scene. What's it like to be a part of it? Is it great / Cray?
MB: I think I'm more excited about how close Laynes Espresso and Bundobust are to each other than the Leeds music scene at the moment.

Youre obviously massive Oasis fans, what did you think about Beady Eyes new album?
MB: I liked that single with the trumpets, readymade for a rowdy Sky Sports 1 advert.

So we heard you recorded your last album with MJ. What's he like to work with?
MB: Nightmare, thinks he's Bob Rock. Have you ever seen Some Kind of Mon...


Listen: Lola Colt - Driving Mr. Johnny
Oct 23, 2014 6:00am | The Line Of Best Fit
London psych sextet reinvigorates the subgenre with raw, dangerous edge as displayed on their latest single>

Brian Eno announces four album reissues including a trove of rare and unreleased material
Oct 23, 2014 5:58am | Fact Magazine

Original ambient material coming your way.

That soothing wave just keeps rolling in this year. In addition to the bounteous crop of new ambient records we’ve highlighted already this year, the guy who coined the genre’s very name has announced a quartet of reissues.

Brian Eno will re-release four of his albums for All Saints Records on the same label this December, packaging each CD with a bonus disc of rare and unreleased material, including the first commercial release for his album My Squelchy Life.

His 1992 album Nerve Net will come accompanied with My Squelchy Life, which was scheduled for release in 1991 but never made fully available (though some tracks were re-worked for Nerve Net). The Shutov Assembly will be expanded with unreleased recordings from the same 1985-90 period that the album tracks date from, while 1993′s Neroli (Thinking Music Part IV) will be paired with New Space Music, an unreleased hour-long ambient work from 1992.

Finally, 1997′s The Drop will come with the music that accompanied 77 Million, Eno’s 2006 audio-visual installation at Laforet Museum in Harajuku, Japan.

Each album comes in deluxe casebound packaging and is accompanied by a 16 page booklet compiling photos, images and writing by Eno that is relevant to each release. Three of the al...


Factory Floor unveil a sleazy electro remix of Interpols My Desire
Oct 23, 2014 5:55am | Fact Magazine

DFA trio bring ‘My Desire’ to the dance floor.

You might have heard the new single from NYC’s greatest gloom-mongers on the radio lately, but now here’s a decidely more bracing version from Factory Floor.

The London trio, who released their self-titled debut LP on DFA last year, have retooled Interpol’s track as an moody electro cut with lashings of primitive electronics and sleazy pitched down vocals.

Check it out below and grab it on October 27 through [PIAS] Co-Op. It’s the second single from Interpol’s new album El Pintor, and the band will be in the UK and Ireland next February for a six-date tour  check the dates underneath. They’ve also just added a third New York Terminal 5 show as part of their North American tour.

Meanwhile, Factory Floor’s Nik Void recently reunited with one half of Throbbing Gristle for another live gig as Carter Tutti Void  hopefully that will be released as an album just like the acclaimed first gig in 2011.


Interpol tour dates:

February 06 Roundhouse, London
February 07 Roundhouse, London
February 08  Albert Hall, Manchester
February 10 Olympia, Dublin
February 11  Olympia, Dublin
February 12  Olympia, Dublin


Rhodes - Home EP
Oct 23, 2014 5:30am | The Line Of Best Fit
Sensitive male singer songwriters may abound in 2014, but theres enough thats unique to Rhodes to make him stand out.

Manchesters Warehouse Project reveals New Year parties with Four Tet B2B Daphni, Eats Everything, Skream and more
Oct 23, 2014 5:11am | Fact Magazine

Manchester’s big party season draws to a close.

The Warehouse Project has unveiled the final events of its 2014 season at the smaller Store Street venue, including a double-header of New Year parties.

Eats Everything, Heidi and Skream lead the New Year’s Eve line-up, seeing in 2015 with support from Huxley, Bodhi, Citizen and more, while New Year’s Day is led by the mighty pairing of Four Tet going B2B with Daphni, plus sets from Maceo Plex, Julio Bashmore, Joy Orbison and more.

The full line-up for the 1-800 Dinosaur party on November 8, headlined by James Blake live, has also been revealed, plus WHP’s Hacienda night on Boxing Day with David Morales, Marshall Jefferson and A Guy Called Gerald (live).

Finally the Tuskegee Music party on December 27 will feature Seth Troxler and The Martinez Brothers going back to back all night long.

Tickets for all newly announced shows go on sale at 9am this Friday, October 24. Check out the complete line-ups below.

Line-ups:

November 8
1-800 Dinosaur
Full Line-up Revealed
James Blake – Live | Mala (DJ Set)


FKA twigs announces massive show at Londons Roundhouse next year
Oct 23, 2014 4:53am | Fact Magazine

Tiny person meets enormous stage.

FKA twigs may have only played a handful of (ridiculously oversubscribed) gigs during her swift ascent this year, but she’s already got enough pulling power to announce a gig at the massive Roundhouse venue in Camden.

The concert is set for February 19, 2015, and you can grab tickets from midday today (October 23) you’ll need to be fast, we reckon.

Tahliah Barnett finds out if she’s won this year’s Mercury Music Prize next week previously favourite to win, she’s just been ousted as the bookies’ favourite by poet Kate Tempest. Read FACT’s review of the album that got her nominated, LP1.

Watch her krumping in a new video for Google Glass below. [via DIY]


Cassies classic debut album to appear on vinyl for the first time
Oct 23, 2014 4:23am | Fact Magazine

The R&B queen’s only proper album is getting its first vinyl release.

Cassie’s self-titled debut from 2006 is a minimalist R&B classic that sadly stands alone in her catalogue due to her being lost in label/management limbo for so many years. She finally followed it up in 2013 with the patchier RockaByeBaby mixtape, but it could never live up to our expectations.

Cassie never did receive a vinyl release, so it’s great to hear that Be With Records who specialise in reissuing unavailable material are putting together an unofficial pressing for early 2015.

The most thorough introduction to Cassie’s incredible underground oeuvre over the past eight years remains 2012′s (also unofficial) Trilogy collection, a set of three mixtapes covering all aspects of the influential and oft-sampled vocalist.

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Cassies influential debut album to appear on vinyl for the first time
Oct 23, 2014 4:23am | Fact Magazine

The R&B queen’s only proper album is getting its first vinyl release.

Cassie’s self-titled debut from 2006 is a minimalist R&B classic that sadly stands alone in her catalogue due to her being lost in label/management limbo for so many years. She finally followed it up in 2013 with the patchier RockaByeBaby mixtape, but it could never live up to our expectations.

Cassie never did receive a vinyl release, so it’s great to hear that Be With Records who specialise in reissuing unavailable material are putting together an unofficial pressing for early 2015.

The most thorough introduction to Cassie’s incredible underground oeuvre over the past eight years remains 2012′s (also unofficial) Trilogy collection, a set of three mixtapes covering all aspects of the influential and oft-sampled vocalist.



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In Photos: Johnny Marr @ Lincoln Engine Shed
Oct 23, 2014 4:18am | Drowned In Sound

FKA Twigs: From Tewkesbury to Tinseltown
Oct 23, 2014 4:17am | Drowned In Sound

Each day until the winner is announced on Wednesday 29th, DiS in partnership with Naim Audio's mu-so wireless music system, will be focussing your attention on one of this year's 12 nominees. Today is the turn of FKA Twigs and her brilliant, self-titled debut. Visit our Mercury mini-site for J.R.'s 9/10 review of LP1 and Sammy Maine's thoughts on the awkwardness that surrounds fka Twigs, plus more coverage of all of this year's nominees.


Unless one has spent the last few months living under a rock, it would be fair to say the name FKA Twigs will have featured heavily in one's consciousness. Not necessarily for artistic reasons, I hasten to add. Since the tabloid press reported in September that she was stepping out with 'Twilight' actor Robert Pattinson, her profile has risen astronomically. Which may or may not explain her current status as the bookmakers' favourite to scoop this year's Barclaycard Mercury Prize when the winner is announced on 29th October. With the odds shortening to 5/2 across the board (although William Hill are offering a quite generous 11/4 which is worth a fiver of anyone's money), the expectations around FKA Twigs' self-titled debut are understandably high.

Which makes her elevation to household name even more remarkable considering this time last year she was relatively unknown to the majority of the population, yours truly included (although she was tipped on our forums back in 2013, a...


FKA Twigs: Beyond the hateful hype and Prince, Aaliyah and Kate Bush comparisons
Oct 23, 2014 4:15am | 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 the fantastic debut album by dancer turned alien-pop phenomenon fka Twigs. Visit our Mercury mini-site for J.R.'s 9/10 review of LP1 and Dom Gourlay's thoughts on the rise of fka Twigs, plus more coverage of all of this year's nominees.


There was this woman who had been feeling really bad about her behaviour. She went to the Catholic priest in her village and said, Father, Ive been saying these things about my neighbour and I dont know if these things are true. I feel awful but I cant stop saying them. He replied, Ill tell you what you can do. Take a feather pillow to the top of the highest roof in the village and once youre there, take a knife to the pillow and let the feathers fly from the roof. The next day, the woman did this. She returned to the priest and told him how she had completed his task but did not feel any better. Now, I want you to collect each and every feather, one by one, and place them back inside the pillow, he said. But how can I do that? she exclaimed. They could be anywhere. Theres no way I could find each and every one. The priest turned to her and said, That my dear woman, is gossip.

This was the story Tahliah Barnett told in the middle of her set at Bristols Trinity...


FKA Twigs - LP1
Oct 23, 2014 4:10am | 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 the fantastic debut album by dancer turned alien-pop phenomenon fka Twigs. This review originally appeared back in August ahead of the album's release.

Visit our Mercury mini-site for two thoughtful think pieces about fka Twigs, and more coverage of all of this year's nominees.


Pummelled continuously round the head by 24-hour news. Obliged to watch an entire DVD boxset per night so as not to get left behind as a cultural dinosaur. Plans for a costly high-speed rail network just to make the journey from one bustling metropolis to a similarly overcrowded conurbation thirty minutes quicker. Software update notifications every time you plug in your damned toaster. A Facebook feed bombarded by the constantly ageing faces of your friends infants. The We Buy Any Car jingle playing on an involuntary four-hour loop inside your crackling brain. Ray Winstones disembodied noggin interrupting all sports coverage every thirteen seconds to bellow the words, Come on geezer, put a fackin monkey on the orses, you soft bleedin muppet! Contracting the inability to concentrate on any arts criticism that dares to be longer than 140 characters. Too busy working, networking, scrolling, sharing and clicking to have the time or energy ...

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