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May 21, 2013 3:16am | Fact Magazine
Bristol-born mumbler Tricky is back with his first album in three years – and it’s arguably his best since 1996′s Pre-Millennium Tension.
Released on his new label of the same name, False Idols sees Tricky finally setting aside the cross-genre larking which characterised his last five-odd albums. No thrash, reggae or ‘Lovecats’ covers here – instead, False Idols is a focused exercise in brooding trip-hop and low-slung soul. Even if it lacks the free-associative brilliance of his first few records, it definitely shows Tricky stumbling back onto the right track. head to NPR to listen to album. [via Pigeons And Planes]
False Idols is due on May 28. FACT TV recently sat down with Tricky, easily one of our favourite episodes to date. Head here to watch our man from the West sound off about accidentally collaborating with Zebra Katz, quarrelling with Katie Price and his bumbling cameo at Beyonce’s Glastonbury show.
Wild Nothing - Empty Estate
May 21, 2013 3:14am | Drowned In Sound
Jack Tatum clearly believes that a moving target is harder to hit, having been in near perpetual motion since he first broached the music scene in the guise of Wild Nothing back in 2009. Since then we've been treated to his dreamy pop earworms across two full length albums and an intervening EP, each released to wide acclaim and each feeling like a distinct progression from the last.
If the lush lo-fi ethereality of 2010's Gemini showed Tatum's first tentative steps blinking into the light, its finespun melancholic foundations were only extended and illuminated through follow up EP, Golden Haze. Then came last year's Nocturne, which felt like a distillation of Wild Nothing's sound and influences, having a clearly defined melodic structure but coupled with an effervescence, that created something which remained high on 'dream', but equally strong on 'pop'.
This all brings us to the new Empty Estate EP and (initially at least) familiar ground on an opening pair of tracks clearly designed with summer in mind. Shafts of light flood the jangle of guitars on 'Bodies In Rainfall', while breathy vocals and pulsating synths create hooks on follow-up 'Ocean Repeating (Big Eyed Girl)'. These form a couplet, which serve as head nodding reminders of everything Tatum does best, erring on the lighter side of his sound, they are a floatation device to keep us buoyant as the music pools into more less familiar waters.
Adult. - The Way Things Fall
May 21, 2013 3:12am | Drowned In Sound
With a grind of synths and a few involuntary twitches, Detroit
Thought Forms - Ghost Mountain
May 21, 2013 3:10am | Drowned In Sound
It's the politically incorrect stance to take, but I am pro-pigeonholing - in theory, anyway. An inbox with colour coded labels is one to be revered and emulated. Sadly, I've never found myself with the patience or tenacity to go much beyond multi-hued stars for emails that I will remember to have a look at one year down the line.
Similarly, the Dewey Decimal System, washing machine settings, actual pigeonholes, and rubbish bins, all serve to demonstrate the triumph of segregation. Catalogue your life. Label your experiences. Consider the science and the religion that tell us that the grandest complexities are just larger manifestations of the simplest event. Consider how psychology has reduced an endless continuum of human experience to six basic emotions.
Consider how much I rely on labels to make my job easier.
Bloody Thought Forms.
Ghost Mountain is an album so musically ambiguous, it is impossible stow it away under a conveniently selected all-encompassing genre. Which is actually a Good Thing because no one likes to be labelled (nor should they be), but, conversely, everyone loves speaking in labels. If it weren't for genres we'd be forced to validate Roland Barthes' snide observation that music criticism is simply the scattered 'poorest of linguistic categories: the adjective'.
Adjectives, adverbs, and descriptors in general are horrific (see what I did there?). As a rule, they tend to take more away from a statement,...
The Clash to collect remastered albums in boombox-shaped box set, Sound System
May 21, 2013 2:59am | Fact Magazine
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Punk warriors The Clash will go all LL Cool J on a new box-set, overseen by guitarist Mick Jones.
The Sound System box-set will feature the band’s first five LPs – that’s The Clash (1977), Give ‘Em Enough Rope (1978), London Calling (1979), Sandinista! (1980) and Combat Rock (1982) – remastered from the original tapes by Jones. The set will also include three CDs of rarities, demos and singles, a DVD featuring previously unreleased footage, and a fresh edition of the band’s iconic Armagideon Time zine. Art direction has been co-ordinated by Clash bassist Paul Simonon, who has elected to design the box in the shape and style of a vintage boombox.
According to Jones, the “concept of the whole thing is: best box set ever”:
Full version of Beyonce's 'Grown Woman' surfaces online
May 21, 2013 2:56am | NME
The track was teased in a Pepsi advert back in April
May 21, 2013 2:35am | Fact Magazine
Noted chicken enthusiast Beyoncé toasts her maturity in her new single.
Snippets of ‘Grown Woman’ first appeared in last month’s rug-pulling Pepsi advert. In contrast to the lacquered surfaces of The 20/20 Experience, ‘Grown Woman’ sees Timbo on playful and experimental form, crafting an instrumental that’s two parts moombahton, one part Song Of The South. B, aided and abetted by The-Dream, continues to push the warrior queen motifs found on ‘Run The World (Girls)’ and ‘Bow Down/I Been On’.
Note: The-Dream’s also been working with Beyoncé cohort Kelly Rowland. FACT’s review of Beyoncé’s recent O2 jaunt is here. [via Miss Info]
'Angry Birds' movie to be scripted by 'The Simpsons' writer Jon Vitti
May 21, 2013 2:17am | NME
The game is being turned into a 3D computer-animated movie due out in 2016
Bradley Cooper 'books cookery lessons from Gordon Ramsay' for new movie 'Chef'
May 21, 2013 2:13am | NME
Ramsay will apparently teach the actor 'flash tricks like knife-work'
Kate Hudson to co-star in Zach Braff's 'Garden State' follow-up
May 21, 2013 12:40am | NME
She joins a bumper cast that already includes Anna Kendrick, Mandy Patinkin and Jim Parsons
'Ghostbusters 3' plot details revealed by Dan Aykroyd
May 21, 2013 12:26am | NME
The long-promised sequel could begin filming next year (2014)
Watch The National on Letterman
May 21, 2013 12:15am | Cosequence Of Sound
The National celebrated this week’s release of their Top Star-earning album Trouble Will Find Me with an appearance on another New York institution: The Late Show with David Letterman. The band performed “Don’t Swallow the Cap” accompanied by a string section — watch the replay below.
Good, right? You know what else is good: Michael Roffman’s new Cover Story on the band. Read it here.
Watch The-Dream and Kelly Rowland on Leno
May 21, 2013 12:14am | Cosequence Of Sound
The-Dream and Kelly Rowland both have new albums due out in the coming weeks, which they’ll support with a joint tour. Last night, the duo appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, where they performed their collaboration “Where Have You Been” from The-Dream’s IV Play. Watch the replay below.
Take a listen to the studio version of the track:
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IV arrives May 28th via Radio Killa/Def Jam, followed by Rowland’s Talk a Good Game on June 18th via Republic.
The-Dream and Kelly Rowland Tour Dates:
'The Tudors' star Jonathan Rhys Meyers 'in talks' for 'Star Wars' role
May 21, 2013 12:09am | NME
Irish actor previously worked with new 'Star Wars' director JJ Abrams on 'Mission: Impossible III'
Why Live Music Kinda Sucks Sometimes...
May 20, 2013 5:28pm | The Daily Swarm
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