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NOW 89 - an uber-serious review - DiS Does Singles 24.11.14
Nov 24, 2014 6:31am | Drowned In Sound

Hello and welcome to a special edition of DiS Does Singles. To celebrate today's release of NOW That's What I Call Music! 89, we've curated some mini-essays on its tracklisting of smash hits. Because why the hell not?

Read on for our in-depth and occasionally serious takes on...

Teaching English with Charli XCX
The hollow triumph of Hoziers 'Take Me To Church'
An argument for Steal My Girl as the apex of Pop Music
Calvin Harris: king of the UK Top 40 and Las Vegas
Nicki, Meghan and reasons to be body positive
Who the hell is still propping up Tom Odell?


Teaching English with Charli XCX

James Skinner


Kids and teenagers, with their shifting tastes and fluctuating moods, can be a tricky prospect at times. Its at a young age when fandom is at its most gloriously unabashed, though, and that can be genuinely inspiring.

This summer I taught a group of unfeasibly bright 15-year-olds, all on course to pass the Cambridge Advanced English exam. We had class every morning for five weeks, during which time I made worksheets based on Conor Oberst songs and they tried to make me take up running. One thing they gave an unanimous thumbs-up was The Fault In Our Stars, John Greens enormously successful young adult novel. That might be underselling it a little, actually: they absolutely, unconditionally adored it.

Of course, the phenomenon that is the book became a phenomenon of a film ...



Watch highlights from Mike Skinner and Desperados raucous South London party
Nov 24, 2014 6:28am | Fact Magazine

On October 17, Mike Skinner and Desperados took over South London’s Bussey Building with the aim of taking clubnights to the Next Level.

As you can see in the video above, this didn’t just mean DJ sets – which came from the likes of Stanton Warriors, Deadboy, Oxide & Neutrino and Skinner himself – but a party that took place on multiple levels, with secret doors, walls to break through, rooms filled with surprises and the opportunity to dance with a succession of robots.

Speaking about the party, Skinner – who will be launching a new record label in the coming months – claimed that “Its great to be a part of something like this. I love what Desperados did, manipulating time and space to create something unique.”

Check out what you missed below, and keep up to date with future events on Desperados’ Facebook page.



Listen: Iris - Ill Wait For You [Premiere]
Nov 24, 2014 6:18am | The Line Of Best Fit
It's a track that warrants at least three immediate replays: one for the funk, one for the feelings, and one for that white-hot guitar solo.>

Hannah Diamond Every Night
Nov 24, 2014 6:07am | Gorilla Vs Bear

PC001, out now on iTunes.


Listen: Hannah Diamond - Every Night
Nov 24, 2014 6:07am | The Line Of Best Fit
Typically melodic, infectious and abrasive, Diamond continues to embody the '90s neon-glitz and baby pink Puffa jacket essence, for better or worse.>

There is no sorrier indictment of where dance music is in 2014: Giorgio Moroder, Flying Lotus and more reviewed in the FACT Singles Club
Nov 24, 2014 6:05am | Fact Magazine

Each week on the FACT Singles Club, a selection of our writers work their way through the new music of the week gone by.

With the way individual tracks are now consumed, the idea of what constitutes a single has shifted dramatically in the last half a decade, and its for this reason that the songs reviewed across the next pages are a combination of 12 vinyl releases, mixtape cuts, Soundcloud uploads and more.

On the block this week: Giorgio Moroder, Flying Lotus & DOOM, Pusha T, SZA and more.

Use your keyboards arrow keys or hit the prev / next arrows on your screen to turn pages (page 1/8)


Soho nightspot Madame Jojos has licence revoked after violent incident
Nov 24, 2014 6:00am | Fact Magazine

Police shut down the home of long-running clubnight White Heat.

London nightclub Madame Jojo’s has had its licence revoked by Westminster Council following a violent incident involving the venue’s security staff.

Madame Jojo’s and nearby gay bar Escape, which are operated by the same licence holder, were shut down in October after bouncers allegedly pulled out baseball bats hidden in black bin liners to attack a group of assailants throwing glass bottles at them. The police report notes that several members of the public were injured by flying bottles.

The closure leaves the Soho club’s array of cabaret shows without a home, along with indie night White Heat, which has put on early shows by the likes of The Horrors, The xx, Grimes, The Kills, Shabazz Palaces and a ton more over the past decade.

“We’ve been forced to cancel all of our foreseeable shows at the venue and it’s probably going to be impossible to have one last hurrah at Jojo’s for old times sake,” White Heat’s promoters wrote on Facebook.

“For now we’re going to weigh up our options and try to work out what we can salvage from this. We’ve put on a party every week for the past ten years so it’s in our blood, don’t expect to hear nothing.”

Several London clubs have been forced to shut their doors in recent weeks, including Bric...


In Photos: Spoon @ Shepherds Bush Empire - London
Nov 24, 2014 5:53am | Drowned In Sound

FACT mix 472: Om Unit
Nov 24, 2014 5:42am | Fact Magazine

In a recent production tutorial, Om Unit described musicians as “transceivers of information”.

“I think once we understand that”, he continued, “then it becomes less about making things with such a fixed perspective and more about adding something reflective to the landscape by using our own techniques to hopefully create something unique and convincing.” Taken in context this may have been a quite about production, but it also extends to the philosophy that makes Om Unit’s music tick. You only need to read one interview to realise that he’s religiously studied the forms of music dearest to him, and thought long and hard about what he can add to them. He doesn’t take his position as a musician lightly, in short.

He originally did this as 2Tall, releasing a series of albums and mix CDs from 2004-2008, including the brilliant Beautiful Mindz, a collaboration with Dudley Perkins and Georgia Anne Muldrow. As Om Unit, he found his opening act with a white label edit of Joker’s ‘Digidesign’; the track was heavily supported by Plastician, who signed Om Unit up for a full EP on his Terrorhythm label.

Om Unit continued to released warped hip-hop on labels like All City and Civil, but in 2011 something really clicked. Inspired by Chicago’s footwork scene, which had started making waves in Europe due to the support of Planet Mu and others,...


Mogwai - Music Industry 3 Fitness Industry 1 EP
Nov 24, 2014 5:30am | The Line Of Best Fit
Glasgow post-rock outfit polish off a successful year with an EP containing some energetic new material.

Stream Hannah Diamonds new single Every Night
Nov 24, 2014 5:15am | Fact Magazine

PC Music’s Hannah Diamond closes a breakthrough 2014 with a new single, ‘Every Night’.

Following past Diamond singles ‘Pink & Blue’ and ‘Attachment’ – the former finished high in FACT’s recent 100 Best Tracks of the Decade So Far – it’s the first PC Music single (QT, aside) to be available on iTunes as well as the label’s Soundcloud. There’s even a new catalogue number system to reflect this (PC001), so this may be the start of a new phase for PC Music.

Stream it below, and check out the mini-site for the track.



Bob Geldof tells Band Aid 30 supporters to delete and download again
Nov 24, 2014 5:14am | Fact Magazine

Sirbob is worried that the 99p price point is too low to have an impact.

Mr Sirbob Geldof has called on anyone who has downloaded Band Aid 30′s Ebola charity single to delete the song and buy it again.

Despite the revamped ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’ becoming the fastest-selling single of 2014 on its release last week, he’s worried that they won’t be able to match the original Band Aid’s £8 million result. The new single’s 99p price tag is a fraction of the cost of the 1984 version, which retailed for £3.50.

“We need to sell 300% more than we did than [in 1984] to even begin to make up the cash figure,” Sirbob told Radio 1. “That worries me… Even if you already have it, delete, download again.”

Erm, except you can’t  iTunes allows you to repurchase any track you’ve previously bought and deleted for no additional cost. Alternatively, you can donate again by sending the download as a gift to another iTunes user, or wait to buy the single when it’s released on CD on 8 December.

The Band Aid reboot has not exactly been smooth sailing, with artists including Lily Allen and Fuse ODG refusing to take part. The Afrobeats star wrote a razor-sharp riposte to the charity venture in The Guardian last week, calling the lyrics “shocking and...


"I dont mind connecting with as many people as possible" - DiS meets Richard Hawley
Nov 24, 2014 5:02am | Drowned In Sound

As anyone whos seen Richard Hawley in concert can tell you, hes a bit of a talker. Gigs can often feel more like stand-up shows with musical interludes, as Hawley talks us through the stories behind the songs in anecdotes that are often too blue to put down in print. Its the same off stage as well. Ostensibly agreeing to chat to mark the re-release of his first three albums, the conversation veers off topic almost as soon as its begun. Theres a Memphis in Egypt, you know? Hawley suggests at one point, my first name taking us from Elvis to the parting of the Red Sea within seconds. For the rest of our conversation, all manner of diversions pop-up, not least the man himself having to pop inside to put a jacket on as hes freezing his bollocks off sat on the front step taking the call. Like those diversions mid-concert, you dont mind Hawley striding off on a tangent though if anything its part of what makes him such a fascinating character and a songwriter, honest and heartfelt but wickedly self-deprecating at the same time.

The first time anyone heard him as a solo artist was back in 1999, and he was probably a lot quieter on stage then. I was shitting myself, to be honest he admits now, thinking back to the first time he went on stage as a solo artist. Even though it was just in a pub near where I lived at the time. I knew the landlord well, and people like Jarvis and Steve from Pulp had been encouraging me to get out there with my own songs, so this ...


Watch: DEEDS - Disorder
Nov 24, 2014 4:48am | The Line Of Best Fit
DEEDS gives us a hat trick with his third release to date, an uplifting, cheerful piece of ambient house.>

The rise of EDM in the US to be documented in new book The Underground Is Massive
Nov 24, 2014 4:43am | Fact Magazine

The Underground is Massive charts the transition from early US rave culture to today’s arena-sized stars.

Dance music writer Michelangelo Matos is penning a book about the rise of EDM in the US. Drawing on his many years of raving and writing (for publications including Rolling Stone, NPR and The Guardian), Matos documents the development of EDM from ’90s rave culture enabled by emergent internet technology to today’s arena-sized festivals and millionaire EDM stars. He also looks at the impact of drugs, specifically ecstasy, on the scene.

The Underground Is Massive: How Electronic Dance Music Conquered America draws on hundreds of interviews and rave artifacts like fanzines and mailing list archives, and the book will include dozens of photos too.

It’s due to be published on March 10 next year by Dey Street Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. [via RA]

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