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Forgotten Classics: D-Styles Phantazmagoria & Ricci Rucker & Mike Boos Scetchbook
Mar 7, 2014 5:24am | Fact Magazine
Forgotten Classics is a new weekly feature where we ask FACT contributors and noted diggers from across the spectrum to pick an obscure gem that they think has been unfairly brushed under the carpet and explain why its worthy of re-appraisal. This week:
RICCI RUCKER & MIKE BOO
Picked by: FACT contributor Laurent Fintoni
Scratching! What is it?
It depends who you ask. To some it was mere noise, static to be ignored. To others it was a pioneering modern musical practice, born of the subversion of a home appliance. And to yet another group it was turntablism: a subset of one of hip hop’s four pillars, DJing. Not unlike jazz, turntablism required hundreds of hours of devotion and private practice to achieve a level of technical skill and musical understanding that allowed you to create, compose and freestyle in ways few had imagined possible.
While this isn’t the place for a history of scratching, some degree of historical setting is required to u...
Organisers deny claim that Morrissey will play Manchester's Summer in the City festival
Mar 7, 2014 5:20am | NME
James guitarist Larry Gott claimed singer will play Castleford show in July
Video of Justin Bieber's urine test released by police
Mar 7, 2014 5:17am | NME
Parts of the video have been blocked out to protect the singer's privacy
Save the Planet, Kill Yourself: remembering Electroclash
Mar 7, 2014 4:37am | Fact Magazine
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…
By the late 90s, the culture that had built around the acid house boom had begun disappearing up its own nose in earnest, and superstar DJ culture had become truly gruesome to behold. Of course great music was still being made, and UK garage flew the flag high for proper innovative party music, but elsewhere the mainstream was dominated by the creative vacuums of prog house, trance and big beat and the scene was dominated by egos, helicopters, coke and pomposity. Something had to give.
When it did, it was gross and spectacular; it’s all documented in the brilliant Superstar DJs Here We Go! by Dom Phillips a book that should be on the national curriculum and looking back it seems obvious how necessary electroclash was. Just as punk had provided a cheap, transgressive, exciting and accessible route to the heart of rock’n'roll as an antidote to a rock establishment that had become remote from its roots and its constituency, so electroclash gave the finger to the established values and egos of time and burst in a riotous flash of colour and polysexual sauciness into the middle of the dance scene.
“Electroclash gave the finger to the established values and egos of time and burst in a riotous flash of colour and polysexual sauciness”
Drowned in Leeds: March/April 2014
Mar 7, 2014 4:11am | Drowned In Sound
Its been a while since I last penned this column; Leeds was preparing itself for Forward Russias reunion gig at the Brudenell Social Club, with a mixture of nervous anticipation and excitement from both fans and band. During excellent openers This Et Al the band could be seen calmly and quietly preparing themselves, and I wondered if theyd have lost some of the intense passion that propelled them to cult band status last decade now that time has marched on. I stopped worrying the second Tom manically burst onto the stage in the trademark t-shirt, eyes-glazed and once again seemingly possessed by his old cable twisting demon. They were truly brilliant and a reminder that a lot of the current crop really could up their game. The band must have been pleased with how it went too, as theyve been coaxed out for one more special Dance To The Radio curated gig at Leeds Town Hall as part of Live at Leeds Festival in May. Where they will be joined by I Like Trains (playing a reflective 10th anniversary set), Lanterns on the Lake and Sam Airey. If you want to get a taste for whats in store, Forward Russia have made the audio from their Brudenell gig available on their bandcamp here.
There have been plenty of other announcements for Live at Leeds too, and it genuinely seems like their best line-up yet. Having managed to pull together a strong bill that will draw people from all scenes, with confirmations so far including The Hold Steady, Blood Red Shoes, Fuck B...
Wild Beasts top Official Record Store Chart
Mar 7, 2014 4:10am | NME
Band hold off competition from Beck and St Vincent to claim top spot
Livity Sound remix series continues with A Made Up Sound
Mar 7, 2014 3:58am | Fact Magazine
Dubwise Bristol label/collective Livity Sound have announced the second installment of their remix series.
Hot on the heels of the first 12″, which featured remixes from MMM and Pangaea, comes a two-track effort from Dutch producer Dave Huismans under his techno and house-leaning alias A Made Up Sound.
The source material for both tracks is the austere, heavily percussive techno of Asusu’s ‘Velez’, which Huismans embellishes with spooky chimes on Remix 1 and cranks into an acid jam on Remix 2. Preview both tracks below.
The remixes are out on 12″ on March 31 and follow Livity Sound’s excellent 2013 compilation album. [via Juno]
Hear both remixes:
Linkin Park reveal new song 'Guilty All The Same' featuring Rakim listen
Mar 7, 2014 3:41am | NME
US band team up with rapper on first taste of new album
Perc announces The Power and The Glory remix 12, featuring Untold and Tessela
Mar 7, 2014 3:41am | Fact Magazine
Perc invites three artists into his oubliette.
The Perc Trax boss’ brilliant second LP, The Power And The Glory, is a hammering exercise in shock-and-awe techno – shattered, nasty club music, spotted with demonic giggles and Whitehouse-grade screams. Next month, the producer will turn select album tracks over to a number of contemporaries for a new remix 12″.
Untold – the man responsible for the other exceptional roughneck techno LP released in the last couple of months – contributes a remix of ‘Bleeding Colours’. R&S and Punch Drunk-approved Radio 1 jock Tessela provides a remix of the shredding ‘Take Your Body Off’, and Turbo regulars Clouds have a a crack at ‘Dumpster’.
The Power and the Glory Remixed will arrive on April 11 through Perc Trax. In the meantime, spend some time with Perc’s walloping February FACT mix.
Coldplay work with producer Paul Epworth on new album 'Ghost Stories'
Mar 7, 2014 3:19am | NME
Band reveal they have teamed up with Adele producer for first time on new record
Kanye West and Big Sean join Rick Ross for performance of 'Sanctified' watch
Mar 7, 2014 2:55am | NME
US rap trio unite for performance on the 'Arsenio Hall Show'
Micah P Hinson - Micah P Hinson and the Nothing
Mar 7, 2014 2:45am | Drowned In Sound
Almost dying in a car accident will change a person. In 2011, Micah P. Hinson was involved in a near fatal crash and the future of his arms hung in the balance. That's horrific for anyone but for a guitarist, you couldn't think of anything more tragic. During the course of recovery, Hinson listened back to the demos he had created before the incident and with the help of The Twilight Sad and T. Nicholas Phelps, he began to mould his previous recordings into what would eventually become Micah P. Hinson and the Nothing.
The title itself is provoking - having previously titled records with 'The Pioneer Saboteurs' and 'The Red Empire Orchestra', and working with an array of local musicians on this particular record, 'Nothing' gives this sense of a pessimistic outlook and of hopelessness. Already, the album seems far more personal than any of his other efforts and opener 'How Are You Just a Dream' erupts into your ears with a vengeance. An almost out-of-tune Hinson is wailing above a mirage of angry guitars that provide a solo that could have come straight out of a Nineties teen sitcom. It's frantic, it's all over the place and it's unpredictable - something that is a million miles away from his previous, somewhat delicate releases.
It's also a million miles away from the rest of the album, as 'On the Way Home (To Abilene)' sees Hinson return to his crooning self, with gorgeous slide guitar and staccato banjo pickings. He has always had a k...
Withered Hand - New Gods
Mar 7, 2014 2:45am | Drowned In Sound
At the End Of The Road festival in 2010, Canadian artist Woodpigeon played a number of sets across the stages. At each they turned out their own lambent material but also threw in a striking cover: a torturously heartsick exercise in melodious loathing that turned out to be Withered Hands No Cigarettes.
Dan Wilson, who to all intents and purposes is Withered Hand, had released a couple of EPs as well as his debut album (Good News upon which the title of this second full length appears to be a neat inversion) in Scotland by that time and was slowly gaining a name for himself in 'indiepop' circles as an acoustic troubadour you could legitimately connect with, a serious, damaged but playful guy-with-a-guitar that took all the bluster and self-importance of the likes of Frank Turner and his ilk and flushed it, without fuss, down the toilet where it belongs.
While Good News was a steadfastly lo-fi affair, Wilsons strumming accompanied by the odd bit of banjo or ramshackle drum, sometimes a stray harmony here or there, New Gods is a fairly large step from the streets of Edinburgh out into the Technicolor widescreen of California and beyond.
Its largely a tour album, Wilson employing his self-deprecating charm on the Norman Blake-esque Love Over Desire, where the travel pussy is another nail in the coffin of monogamy. It sees him ruefully trundling through the States, offering up a doe-eyed but genuine o...
In Photos: Laura Cantrell @ Club Academy, Manchester
Mar 7, 2014 2:43am | Drowned In Sound
Lorde: 'Bruce Springsteen cover of 'Royals' made me teary'
Mar 7, 2014 2:37am | NME
US singer covered Number One hit during recent Auakland show
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