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Snowbombing 2015 recruits Carl Craig, Andy C, Waze & Odyssey and Idris Elba
Nov 28, 2014 6:39am | Fact Magazine

Austria’s Snowbombing brings even more big-hitters to the table.

Carl Craig leads the latest round of additions to the Alpine festival, bringing a touch of Detroit class to next year’s bill, which now also includes d’n'b master Andy C playing all night, good-time house duo Waze & Odyssey, The Cuban Brothers, Justin Martin and Idris ‘Stringer Bell’ Elba. Yep!

They join a massive line-up that already includes Skrillex, Basement Jaxx, Carl Cox, MK, Sigma, Jackmaster and Paul Woolford, among many more.

Next years festival is set to sell out in record time, so make haste and grab tickets here. The 16th edition of Snowbombing takes place on April 6-11 in the Alpine town of Mayrhofen, Austria. Beds for 2015 are going fast, but there are still hotel rooms, pensions, apartments and chateaus to choose from  check out the options. The festival is also offering ‘solo-bombing’ packages for anyone who hasn’t nabbed an apartment.

Ahead of that, Snowbombing are also putting on a special Christmas do on December 4 at London’s Somerset House, where you can have a drink on the rink while ice skating to disco selections from Snowbombing favourites Blonde Ambition, Anna Wall and their resident podcast chief Ben Gomori. Grab you...

Live Review: Piano Wire, Autobahn & Desperate Journalist @ The Scene, Lincoln (21/11/14)
Nov 28, 2014 6:17am | Drowned In Sound

Lincoln on a Friday night might be something a group of football supporters would sing on an away day and sounds even less pleasurable. To make matters worse, the torrential rain causes us to take refuge in a side street public house (the George & Dragon) where warm Carling cider is served in plastic pint pots and our request for the phone number of a local taxi firm is met with... "Where are you going?"
"The Scene"
"Isn't that a gay bar?" "And what if it is?"
Charming. Welcome to Lincoln.

Whisper it quietly but The Scene has been at the epicenter of its city's local music scene for several months now. Thanks in no small part to DIY promoters Velvet Fuzz, the likes of The Telescopes, The Wands, Asteroid #4 and One Unique Signal have all played here recently, with shows booked up until March next year when Sleaford Mods will grace the tiny stage of this upstairs room.

However, tonight's bill reads like a showcase of sorts as four hotly-tipped acts from around the UK take to the stage. First up are Cold Water Souls, a five-piece from Derby. Playing only their second gig since forming earlier this year. With a line-up comprising former members of Lost Alone, Rugosa Nevada and Mint Ive respectively, their pedigree is there for all to see. Frontman Dan Holdsworth's vocal delivery captivates throughout, occasionally reminiscent of a young Jimi Goodwin or James Mudriczki yet oozing with a confidenc...

James Bay Backstage with Best Fit
Nov 28, 2014 6:00am | The Line Of Best Fit
The Hitchin singer-songwriter behind the scenes in London by Wunmi Onibudo.>

Cristobal and the Sea - Peach Bells EP
Nov 28, 2014 5:30am | The Line Of Best Fit
This multinational quartet tries damn hard to make us remember summer on their debut, and is damn successful at it.

Frank Ocean comes out of hiding with new song Memrise
Nov 28, 2014 5:08am | Fact Magazine

The best two minutes of our Black Friday so far.

Frank Ocean surfaces! He’s just shared a new track via his Tumblr, titled ‘Memrise’.

It’s a scruffy, warped little thing, recalling bedroom pop types like Jai Paul and James Blake but with a half-rapped section that’s more ATL than LDN.

Aside from a weird collaboration with Diplo and The Clash, we’ve barely heard a peep from the Odd Future affiliate since 2012′s Channel Orange, and to be honest we’re getting impatient. This bootleg compilation of odds’n'sods might keep you satisfied until we get some proper album news. [via Noisey]

Underworld just recorded and pressed a new record in under 12 hours
Nov 28, 2014 5:06am | Fact Magazine

Originally posted on The Vinyl Factory.

Anything Jack White can do

On Monday night Underworld took to the studio at Londons Abbey Road to record a re-worked version of their 1994 single Cowgirl with Gorgon City, direct to vinyl in front of a small audience. Taking advantage of the studio’s acclaimed direct-to-lacquer recording process, the masters arrived at The Vinyl Factory at 1am on Tuesday morning, with the first copies rolling off the press in white vinyl at 6.15am. Less than twelve hours after the track was recorded, test pressings were on their way to Underworld HQ, landing on their turntables in record time.

Well at least thats what were going to claim. Jack White may have anointed himself the king of the lightning turnaround, recording, mastering and pressing a 7 of Lazaretto in just four hours for Record Store Day this year, but to our knowledge this is the first time a record has been produced with similar speed in the UK, and is almost certainly the world record for coloured vinyl. See the finished item below.

Marking the launch of the Black Label Project which will see a series of collaborations between the UKs most established acts and its strongest emerging talent, the record has been pressed in limited quantities to be distributed to those in the audience as well as a selection of lucky fans.


Listen: Tessera Skies - Droplet (Lanterns On The Lake remix) [Premiere]
Nov 28, 2014 4:45am | The Line Of Best Fit
North East music architects Lanterns On The Lake turn the beautiful "Droplet" by Tessera Skies into something even more cathartic.>

Joey Bada$$ Backstage with Best Fit
Nov 28, 2014 4:00am | The Line Of Best Fit
The Brooklyn hip-hop sensation behind the scenes in London by Siamak Amini.>

Listen: Corbu - Promise Me
Nov 28, 2014 3:45am | The Line Of Best Fit
Brooklyn's Corbu give us "Promise Me", a beautiful, melancholy affair to give your Black Friday a tinge of blue.>

Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton is recording an R&B album
Nov 28, 2014 3:31am | Fact Magazine

The race champ seems to have caught the pop bug from his Pussycat Doll girlfriend.

Lewis Hamilton has said spends as much time working on his music as he does preparing for races these days, though it doesn’t seem to have affected his performance on the track  he won his second world championship in Abu Dhabi last week.

The Formula 1 driver is apparently working on his debut album at every opportunity. “I have been writing a lot, even on race weeks,” he told BBC Radio 1′s Newsbeat. “When I was in Japan, I was in the studio, Monday to Wednesday. Then, Thursday to Sunday, I was racing. Then I was straight back in the studio.”

The wannabe R&B singer says he’s influenced by the “great greats” like Michael Jackson, Prince, Jay Z and, er, Irish rock wimps Kodaline.

“At the moment music is just a hobby, but I’m very serious about it,” he said. I built the [home] studio for Nicole, so she didnt have to leave the house to go back to LA, and now she can hardly get in because Im always in it.”

As the Guardian points out, Hamilton has been recording songs since at least 2013, when he began writing material with pop singer-songwriter Angel. ”He’s a proper singer,” said Angel in an interview at the time, praising Hamilton’s “smooth vocal”. ”Its a r...

Alex G: Im not trying to be this bedroom guy
Nov 28, 2014 3:30am | The Line Of Best Fit
We catch up with the internet's best kept secret to talk the impeccable DSU, growing up in Philly, and ruling the alt-world from his bedroom.>

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Im In Your Mind Fuzz
Nov 28, 2014 3:30am | The Line Of Best Fit
The Australian gang of psych-rockers barge into your head-space and proceed make themselves at home without taking their shoes off and making a fair bit of a mess in the process.

Julia Holter with Stargaze in Berlin
Nov 28, 2014 3:00am | The Line Of Best Fit
The experimental singer and Berlin-based collective rehearsing in Berlin.>

Yo La Tengo - Extra Painful
Nov 28, 2014 2:15am | Drowned In Sound

Theres little doubting that, when they look back at the music of the Nineties in years to come, indie rock will dominate discussions. Theres also a good chance that one particularly noteworthy group from Hoboken, New Jersey will get largely overlooked, because they usually do.

Never a genuine mainstream proposition, despite an arsenal of highly accessible tunes, Yo La Tengo have been plying their trade now for 30 years, combining wild psychedelic rambling with pop hooks and gentle lullaby-like ambience. Perhaps unsurprisingly for a band built around a husband and wife (guitarist Ira Kaplan and drummer Georgia Hubley), Yo La Tengos music has always had an intimate vibe to it. Listening to the groups records feels a little like eavesdropping on a private performance, whilst going to see the trio (rounded off by bassist James McNew, present since 1991) live often feels more like spending an evening with old friends than it does your standard rock gig.

No record the band has released better captures the intimacy of the bands sound than 1993s Painful. At times quiet and unassuming, at others dominated by Iras wailing guitar, its this album that has been reissued as the band turn 30. If its not the jewel in the crown that is their discography then thats only because 1997s I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One is slightly more diverse, and thus perhaps more representative of their career as a whole.

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Brian Eno - The Shutov Assembly, Nerve Net, Neroli, The Drop (expanded editions)
Nov 28, 2014 2:09am | Drowned In Sound

Peacock-feathered Priapus who out-weirded (and out-shagged) Bryan Ferry in Roxy Music; real-life model for Jack Fairy, the glam enchanter of Velvet Goldmine; 'bomb-noise'-maker on Nicos bleakest album; soundscaper of The Best Album of the 1970s © P4K; honorary krautrocker (with Cluster and Harmonia); Oblique Strategist integral to U2s best albums, Talking Heads most futuristic, Jamess most mournful, Slowdives most spacious; English Oulipean bringing process-driven art to electronica, and electronica to gallery spaces; composer of the Most-Frequently-Heard-Melody-in-Human-History (maybe).

Since the Seventies, Brian Eno has been everywhere and nowhere; a Renaissance Man who directly influenced many of the biggest artists and indirectly influenced countless others through his high-profile productions. Thing is, theres a widespread misconception that his own albums tumbled into mediocrity and/or predictability well before the Nineties, with the David Byrne collaboration My Life in the Bush with Ghosts (1981) his last truly essential release, and a landmark for Intelligent Dance Music. The facile assumption is that the Ambient series (whether composed or produced by Eno) had exhausted most possibilities.

This series of Eighties and Nineties re-releases challenges that misconception, and with an albums worth of bonus material attached to each, its as easy to compile your own alternative Eno albums as it is to make in...

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