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Will Smith has recorded seven or eight songs with Kanye West
Feb 27, 2015 3:37am | Fact Magazine

He doesn’t like any of them so far.

After announcing last week that he’s been working on his musical comeback with Kanye West, Will Smith has revealed that the extent of their collaboration already stretches to at least seven new tracks.

“I’ve recorded a lot, I don’t have anything I like yet, but I’ve probably recorded seven or eight,” he told a reporter at the premiere of his new movie Focus. “It’s not for certain, it’s just explorative.”

If all goes to plan, the Fresh Prince’s rap comeback will end a decade-long hiatus from the music business. The Will 2K star is also being mentored by his precocious 16-year-old son Jaden, whos put out several records of his own already.

Last week Smith said he was “in a creative ceiling”. “My son tells me I have to write out the things I dont like. I cant write and stop, I have to keep going and going and write them out. Ive never worked like that before but I think I might give that a shot.

Watch Smith and Jimmy Fallon demonstrate the evolution of hip hop dance styles in the video below. [via CoS]

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Will Smith has recorded seven or eight songs with Kanye West
Feb 27, 2015 3:37am | Fact Magazine

He doesn’t like any of them so far.

After announcing last week that he’s been working on his musical comeback with Kanye West, Will Smith has revealed that the extent of their collaboration already stretches to at least seven new tracks.

“I’ve recorded a lot, I don’t have anything I like yet, but I’ve probably recorded seven or eight,” he told a reporter at the premiere of his new movie Focus. “It’s not for certain, it’s just explorative.”

If all goes to plan, the Fresh Prince’s rap comeback will end a decade-long hiatus from the music business. The Will 2K star is also being mentored by his precocious 16-year-old son Jaden, whos put out several records of his own already.

Last week Smith said he was “in a creative ceiling”. “My son tells me I have to write out the things I dont like. I cant write and stop, I have to keep going and going and write them out. Ive never worked like that before but I think I might give that a shot.

Watch Smith and Jimmy Fallon demonstrate the evolution of hip hop dance styles in the video below. [via CoS]

The post Will Smith has recorded “seven or eight” songs with Kanye West appeared first on FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music..



Moon Duo - Shadow of the Sun
Feb 27, 2015 3:30am | The Line Of Best Fit
A trip into a world of towering riffs and cyclical rhythms that's as scary as it is exhilarating.

Ghostpoet - Shedding Skin
Feb 27, 2015 3:03am | Drowned In Sound

I can still remember where I was when I heard Peanut Butter Blues and Melancholy Jam, the debut album from Ghostpoet, for the first time. I was unassumingly surfing through the indier-than-thou Guardian music pages when I came across a stream, having been directed there by my flatmate. 'Intriguing band name', thought I. 'Terrible album title' went my next thought, quickly followed by 'enigmatic album cover'. Fortunately, I stopped thinking shortly after that, so thoroughly floored was I by the combination of Obaro Ejimiwes delivery, spoken and drawled, occasionally sung. To all intents and purposes it shouldnt really work at all, but it does more than that. Something about that album, and the possibilities it represented was transcendent.

One of the greatest aspects of listening to a lot of music is watching an artists career develop. Following 2013s more confident Some Say I So I Say Light I was fortunate enough to witness a show at Leicester University in which Ghostpoet, now a full band, was a much more strident, dynamic and tantalising proposition.



This progression continues with Shedding Skin. Here, the full power and diversity of the live Ghostpoet experience is expanded and explored to the full. The record is alive. It has punch, guts, heart, all the things you would hope for really, whilst at the same time maintaining the central potency of what made Ghostpoet so great in the first place: that v...


Gang of Four - What Happens Next
Feb 27, 2015 3:02am | Drowned In Sound

It probably goes without saying that Gang of Fours Entertainment is one of the unassailable titans of guitar music. Its the kind of album that grudgingly sneaks its way onto almost any Greatest Album of All Time list, making Gang of Four an inevitable reference point for lazy journalists writing about any band making scratchy yet danceable guitar music. I know all this, you all know this and as much as Gang of Four themselves might want to pretend otherwise, Entertainment was a debut album so obviously great and so obviously influential that it overshadowed anything the band did after (though I have a big soft spot for both I Love A Man In Uniform and To Hell With Poverty).

And so we come to What Happens Next, Gang of Fours ninth album and - this is the kind of phrase that causes a slight feeling of unease - the first not to feature vocalist Jon King. Instead Andy Gill has - here the feeling of unease deepens - '[reimagined] Gang of Four from the ground up'. Its difficult to know what to expect with this album. Gang of Four arent a band like The Fall, who have carried on pumping out albums regardless of critical interest, nor have they been away for long enough that this could be considered a reunion or comeback album: indeed, 2011s Content was very well received. Theyre somewhere in the middle, releasing albums every several years but mostly existing below the critical radar.

But enough of the history less...


Vessels - Dilate
Feb 27, 2015 3:02am | Drowned In Sound

Theres a lot to be said for taking ones time over things that one truly believes in. Many an artist has emerged from the studio after what, to fans, has seemed an eternity, only to deliver their most convincing effort to date. Many listeners to the last Vessels release 2013s Elliptic EP will have become supremely confident that the long-awaited full-length follow-up to 2011s Helioscope would be a triumph. More importantly, as the moment at which Vessels solidified their transformation into a band centred around electronics rather than guitars, Elliptic emphasised the wide range of possibilities granted to the Leeds quintet by making such a change.

Unfortunately, rather than exploring those possibilities to the maximum, Dilate turns out to be a rather staid and predictable effort from a band that have previously never been short of ingenious ideas. Over its eight tracks including Elliptic Dilate is, in fact, less about exploration and more about regurgitation. This is an album that takes many of the most prominent tropes of contemporary electronic music at face value, and obstinately refuses to do anything particularly noteworthy with them.

This does not, in itself, make Dilate bad for the record, it isnt but it is hard to emphasise adequately how surprising it is to see Vessels celebrate the establishment of their new incarnation in the demure style that best characterises this record. Thi...


Missy Elliott and Pharrell are working together
Feb 26, 2015 11:21pm | Fact Magazine

Missy Elliott and Pharrell Williams are working together, according to a tweet shared by Elliott earlier today.

The Under Construction rapper shouted out her and Pharrell’s home state of Virginia, tweeting “VA! 2 up 2 down! Me & my fam @Pharrell hard at work.”

The pair recently performed together at the 2014 BET Awards, when Pharrell surprised the audience by bringing out Missy for a performance of ‘Pass That Dutch’.

Since re-emerging as a guest performer during Katy Perry’s Super Bowl halftime show, Missy has also popped up on a remix of Diplo and Skrillex’s Jack Ü single ‘Take Ü There’. [via Billboard]

The post Missy Elliott and Pharrell are working together appeared first on FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music..


Missy Elliott and Pharrell are working together
Feb 26, 2015 11:21pm | Fact Magazine

Missy Elliott and Pharrell Williams are working together, according to a tweet shared by Elliott earlier today.

The Under Construction rapper shouted out her and Pharrell’s home state of Virginia, tweeting “VA! 2 up 2 down! Me & my fam @Pharrell hard at work.”

The pair recently performed together at the 2014 BET Awards, when Pharrell surprised the audience by bringing out Missy for a performance of ‘Pass That Dutch’.

Since re-emerging as a guest performer during Katy Perry’s Super Bowl halftime show, Missy has also popped up on a remix of Diplo and Skrillex’s Jack Ü single ‘Take Ü There’. [via Billboard]

The post Missy Elliott and Pharrell are working together appeared first on FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music..


Jack Ü Release Surprise Album Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack Ü
Feb 26, 2015 11:05pm | StereoGum
Skrillex and Diplo have just released their debut album as Jack Ü. Their new production team-up got their start last year, and made waves with their Kiesza-featuring lead single “Take Ü There,” which recently got an awesome remix from Missy Elliott. All day on Thursday, the two of them DJed on a livestream as a […]



What's going on Friday? (This Will Destroy You, Dodos, Sleater-Kinney, Radical Dads, Museum of Love & more)
Feb 26, 2015 11:00pm | Brooklyn Vegan

photo: TWDY in Chicago, 2012 (more by Grant MacAllister)

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

This Will Destroy You, Sannhet, Planning For Burial @ Saint Vitus
Epic post-rockers This Will Destroy You conclude their BrooklynVegan-presented two-night stand at Saint Vitus tonight. Different openers both tonights, tonight being fellow post-rockers Sannhet and the gloomy Planning for Burial.

Sleater-Kinney, Lizzo @ Terminal 5
Sleater-Kinney aren't on some nostalgia reunion -- they're picking up right where they left off with a killer new record and this is tour is as much about that as it is about old favorites. Tonight's the second of two sold-out shows at T5 shows.

Radical Dads, Dead Stars, Doe, Life Size Maps, Left & Right @ Shea Stadium
Couldn't get tickets to Sleater-Kinney? Radical Dads (who probably went to T5 last night) are Brooklyn's leading torch-bearers of classic '90s-style indie rock. They celebrate their terrific new album, Universal Coolers, tonight with a great bunch of openers, including UK band Doe.

Museum of Love, Oneida, Blondes @ Bowery Ballroom
For those used to Pat Mahoney behind the drum kit (LCD Soundsystem, Hot Chip), seeing him behind a mic might be a bit of a shock. With Museum of Love, he's a confident frontman with a nice, soulful voice -- which may also be a shock. Tonight's show has...


february 2015 mix
Feb 26, 2015 10:11pm | Gorilla Vs Bear

mp3:
GORILLA VS. BEAR FEBRUARY 2015 MIX (70 mb)


01 Yumi Zouma :: song for zoe & gwen 00:00
02 Chromatics :: just like you 03:48
03 Anthony Naples :: ris 08:40
04 Bouquet :: stacks on stacks 10:43
05 Cuushe :: tie 14:24
06 Hudson Mohawke :: forever 1 (cashmere cat edit) 18:14
07 lee (asano+ryuhei) :: //// 21:10
08 Earl Sweatshirt :: quest/power 23:11
09 Cash Wednesday :: cash wednesday 26:04
10 iLoveMakonnen :: tuesday (shash’u remix) 27:21
11 tom’s diner (modernist) // the ghost in the mp3 31:17
12 Missy Elliott :: sock it 2 me (kaytranada remix) 32:54
13 Chazzzy :: cashmere cat x dj mustard x sophia grace 36:13
14 Prince Innocence :: i don’t care (remix feat. kilo kish) 38:31
15 Moth Face :: nunca me vez 41:42
16 Chromatics :: yes (love theme from lost river) 44:38

[previous monthly mixes]


Tools new album is progressing nicely according to Maynard James Keenan
Feb 26, 2015 8:58pm | Fact Magazine

Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan has provided an update on the progress of the band’s long-awaited fifth studio album.

“I’ve been making regular trips to LA to check on the writing progress of my Tool brethren,” Keenan wrote on Instagram, below a photo of the band in a recording studio. “Things a progressing nicely. Slowly, but definitely progressing. Nothing is recorded yet, but the guys are confident that the pieces are coming together swimmingly and will be ready for me to begin writing melodies and content soon.”

He continued: “I’m as anxious to get this album completed as everyone else. But as history will show, you can’t rush these gents. Patience is Gold in this Sound Mine. In the meantime, as always, other things are simultaneously occurring. Life is too short not to create something with every breath we draw.”

Tool’s last album, 10,000 Days, was released in 2006. [via CoS]

The post Tool’s new album is “progressing nicely” according to Maynard James Keenan appeared first on FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music..


Tools new album is progressing nicely according to Maynard James Keenan
Feb 26, 2015 8:58pm | Fact Magazine

Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan has provided an update on the progress of the band’s long-awaited fifth studio album.

“I’ve been making regular trips to LA to check on the writing progress of my Tool brethren,” Keenan wrote on Instagram, below a photo of the band in a recording studio. “Things a progressing nicely. Slowly, but definitely progressing. Nothing is recorded yet, but the guys are confident that the pieces are coming together swimmingly and will be ready for me to begin writing melodies and content soon.”

“I’m as anxious to get this album completed as everyone else. But as history will show, you can’t rush these gents. Patience is Gold in this Sound Mine. In the meantime, as always, other things are simultaneously occurring. Life is too short not to create something with every breath we draw.”

Tool’s last album, 10,000 Days, was released in 2006. [via CoS]

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Tools new album is progressing nicely
Feb 26, 2015 8:17pm | Cosequence Of Sound

It seems every time there’s a positive development on the Tool album front, it’s immediately shot down or backtracked by the band. Just last week video surfaced of guitarist Adam Jones in the studio with Motörhead, but Maynard James Keenan disputed Tool was there to record.

Now, though, Keenan has offered a progress report on Instagram. He says the album is “progressing nicely” and he’s been making regular trips to Los Angeles to check in on the writing process. “Nothing is recorded yet, but the guys are confident that the pieces are coming together swimmingly and will be ready for me to begin writing melodies and content ‘soon,’ he adds, “I’m as anxious to get this album completed as everyone else.”

Tool’s last studio album 10,000 Days was released in 2006. In the meantime, check out drummer Danny Carey’s new collaboration with Mastodon’s Brent Hinds, the Legend of the Seagullmen, or watch him jam out with Neil Peart and Stewart Copeland.



Kanye West Publicly Apologizes To Beck (And Bruno Mars)
Feb 26, 2015 6:00pm | StereoGum
Kanye West has officially told Beck that’s he’s sorry: “I would like to publicly apologize to Beck, I’m sorry Beck,” he tweeted earlier today. Does this mean it’s over? Please? After Kanye called Beck out on his so-called “artistry” following his win over Beyonce for the Album Of The Year Grammy, he’s spent the past […]


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