Champs – ‘Down Like Gold’ (Play It Again Sam) – Out 24th February 2014
Champs - Guardian’s New Band Of The Day
‘Savannah’ - Mojo’s Track Of The Day
‘Down Like Gold’ album sampler – HERE
‘Savannah’ is the new single from Champs, AKA brothers Michael and David Champion from the Isle of Wight. Timeless and elegantly constructed, ‘Savannah’ zips along on a memorable piano riff, above which soar the beautifully bruised vocals of the Champion brothers.
‘Savannah’ is taken from Champs debut album ‘Down Like Gold’, which is released on February 24th 2014 on Play It Again Sam.
‘Down Like Gold’ was recorded at Studio Humbug, an old water tower inside the walls of Osborne House, Queen Victoria’s retreat on the north of the island. What Champs came out of the tower with is a collection of songs that shiver and sway, strung out there between the sheer uplifting melancholic bite of ‘Too Bright To Shine’ and the gorgeously melodic twists and turns of ‘My Spirit Is Broken’. The Velvets-like ‘Pretty Much’ is a classic break-up song, marking that moment when you see that certain someone again six months down the line and they’re out and looking happy and you’re still a complete, broken-hearted mess. Then there’s ‘Down Like Gold’, a stunningly beautiful, utterly careworn frozen-landscape lament.
From the Victorian seaside resort of Ventnor, Michael and David were originally in different bands, but once they began to write together they developed a unique and striking depth to their vocal harmonies.
Working with a pair of tape machines, they worked out how to multi-track by listening to Sleepy Jackson, Flaming Lips, Arcade Fire and ‘Revolver’-period Beatles. Other Champs influences include Fleet Foxes and early REM, especially ‘Murmur’.
Mon 18th Nov Brighton Komedia, Warchild TuneUp w/Yuck & Swiss Lips
Tue 19th Nov London Scala, Warchild TuneUp w/King Charles & Night Engine
Mon 24th Feb Nottingham Rescue Room w/The Jezabels
Tue 25th Feb Manchester Gorilla w/The Jezabels
Wed 26th Feb Glasgow Oran Mor w/The Jezabels
Fri 28th Feb Belfast Limelight 2 w/The Jezabels
Sat 1st March Dublin Button Factory w/The Jezabels
Sun 2nd March Dublin Button Factory w/The Jezabels
Tue 4th March Bristol The Fleece w/The Jezabels
Wed 5th March London Shepherds Bush Empire w/The Jezabels
Thurs 6th March Brighton Concorde 2 w/The Jezabels
Parental Guidance / NSFW (unless ye have a capacious Swear Box to fill at your place of work!)
The video for ‘Dry Your Eyes’ continues the great Texas tradition of eye-catching storylines and unusual cameos with This Is England’s Vicky McLure and Lip Services’ Ruta Gedmintas taking the starring roles alongside Sharleen in a pub scene. Texas have now revealed the alternative “spoken word” version of ‘Dry Your Eyes’ which puts you right in the thick of a domestic argument.
In true Texas style, there’s plenty of swearing, so this isn’t for the faint hearted!
Vicky and Ruta join the likes of Alan Rickman, Jean Reno and Peter Mullan as Texas video guest stars. Sharleen goes on to explain “It was a pleasure working with Vicky and Ruta as they’re such great actresses and good friends of mine so the whole day was easy and enjoyable. Tto be honest when you’re in a pub having a drink with your mates it feels more like a night out than a day at work. I thought we were genius at acting drunk!! “.
Co-written by Sharleen Spiteri and Johnny McElhone with Richard Hawley at his Sheffield studio, ‘Dry Your Eyes’ is a Texas at their anthemic best, with its flavours of early Blondie, rock’n’roll and an unforgettable sing-a-long chorus. The story of the song is described by frontwoman Sharleen Spiteri as “one woman talking to another who’s going through a really shitty time. Absolutely a through-and-through woman’s song”.
Texas played to over 50,000 people at the BBC’s Hyde Park Prom recently where they were joined on-stage by Richard Hawley for a very special rendition of ‘Dry Your Eyes’.
Texas have just returned from a string of amazing shows across Europe, performing to huge crowds in Germany, France, Belgium and many others.
Ahead of the single release Texas embark on a nationwide tour commencing in York on November 9th and running through the rest of November.
After two acclaimed warm up shows at Glasgow’s King Tuts and London’s 100 Club (“Timeless Texas thunder back” announced London’s Evening Standard in a 4* review), the band played two major festival performances at T in the Park and Latitude, where they headlined the BBC Radio 6 Music Stage.
WATCH THE ORIGINAL VIDEO HERE: http://youtu.be/Mi3eimky5XM
Now Texas release the latest single from the album, the stunning ‘Dry Your Eyes’, which will be released through [PIAS] Recordings on November 18th.
Full UK tourdates:
Saturday 9th November York, Barbican
Sunday 10th November Inverness, Leisure Centre
Monday 11th November Manchester, Bridgewater Hall
Wednesday 13th November Bristol, Colston Hall
Thursday 14th November London, Hammersmith Apollo
Friday 15th November Plymouth, Pavilions
Sunday 17th November Oxford, New Theatre
Monday 18th November Birmingham, Symphony Hall
Tuesday 19th November Southend, Cliffs Pavilion
Thursday 21st November Brighton, Dome
Friday 22nd November Portsmouth, Guildhall
Sunday 24th November Ipswich, Regent Theatre
Monday 25th November Cambridge, Corn Exchange
Tuesday 26th November Sheffield, City Hall
Thursday 28th November Glasgow, Academy
Friday 29th November Edinburgh, Usher Hall
Ticket information is available at www.texas.uk.com
Via a worldwide exclusive play from Zane Lowe (Radio 1), Enter Shikari unveiled their new single ‘Rat Race’ out November 3rd.
The last official release from the St Alban’s quartet for this year and the final track in a trilogy of singles the band have released throughout the 2013.
It’s been a seminal year for the band; headlining the Second Stage at Download Festival (their biggest UK festival appearance to date), in the same month taking on Glastonbury Festivals’ Other Stage (one of the only bands to be able to play both UK festivals) and launched an electronic side project – The Shikari Sound System that made it’s debut at Reading and Leeds this year. The video has over 30k hits in 12 hours (that’s almost a play a second!)
Editors premiered the video for ‘Honesty’ via Vevo on Tuesday 22nd October. Filmed on location in Soho throughout a Friday evening and early Saturday morning, the video captures the character of the area perfectly, delivering a suitably atmospheric visual accompaniment to one of the standout tracks from the band’s fourth studio album ‘The Weight Of Your Love’.
‘Honesty’ is released as a single on November 25th.
Throughout November the band embark on their first UK tour since releasing the album with long time band favourites British Sea Power as a very special support. The tour follows Editors current dates across Europe which have seen them play to 75,000 people across the continent over 30 shows, the largest being a 19,000 sell out in Antwerp and the smallest a 400 people club gig in Oslo.
Across Europe, ‘The Weight Of Your Love’ has been a hit album, racking up Top Ten placings with the band making prestigious appearances as headliners at Lowlands and Werchter in addition to high profile slots at festivals as geographically diverse as Ruisrock in Finland to Istanbul’s Rock N Coke.
The UK tour starts November 5th – dates below:
Tuesday 5th – Margate, Winter Gardens
Wednesday 6th – Brighton, Dome
Thursday 7th - Southampton, Guildhall
Saturday 9th - Cardiff, University Great Hall
Sunday 10th - Exeter, University
Monday 11th - Bristol, O2 Academy
Wednesday 13th - Norwich, UEA
Thursday 14th - London, O2 Brixton Academy
Saturday 16th - Birmingham, O2 Academy
Monday 18th – Liverpool, O2 Academy
Tuesday 19th - Belfast, Mandela Hall
Wednesday 20th - Dublin, Olympia
Friday 22nd – Manchester, Academy
Saturday 23rd - Leeds, O2 Academy
Monday 25th - Aberdeen, Music Hall
Tuesday 26th - Glasgow, Barrowland
Wednesday 27th - Newcastle, O2 Academy
Thursday 28th - Nottingham, Rock City
Thrill Jockey recording artist Wrekmeister Harmonies (aka JR Robinson) will be performing in London on Friday 18th October at Hackney’s Stour Space. Doors at 8pm.
Featuring a handpicked group made up of some of the most exciting underground UK acts around (including members of Grumbling Fur, Dethscalator, Hey Colossus and Cove) – this is sure to be a very special performance indeed.
Conductor / Band leader – Wrekmeister Harmonies
Guitar player – Matt Ridout | Dethscalator
Guitar player – Kevin Morpurgo | Dethscalator
Bass player – Joe Thompson | Hey Colossus
Drummer – Mark Davidson | Cove
Noise maker – Duncan Brown | Hey Colossus
Strings - Alexander Tucker | Grumbling Fur
Wrekmeister Harmonies – ‘You’ve Always Meant So Much To Me’ (Thrill Jockey) – Limited Edition vinyl – Out Now!
“Doom or drone, new age or space rock? That barely matters: You’ve Always Meant So Much to Me is a terrific monument of simultaneous stylistic acceptance” – Pitchfork
“Unrelenting, seismic proposition, opening, in the cut we have, with harp-laced ambient waves, doom-laden with portent, before being subsumed by a crushing tide of colossal guitar chords and heavyweight drumming. Simply put, formidable” - The Quietus
“…A roiling blend of drone, funeral doom, and black metal that grows to Olympian heights, and as you wade deeper into the song, its undertow takes hold” – Stereogum
“For us, it sounds like the pretty soundtrack to a Lovecraftian Old One waking up and having a hefty stretch” – Bizarre Magazine
“…This album-long piece is a slow-burning exercise in tension-and-release that can hold your attention for the duration” – Under The Radar
“Like so many album-length songs by heavy acts… part of the charm is in never being satisfied with what you’ve just heard. Each listen unveils something new, and that something is different for each listener” – Invisible Oranges
“It’s a genuinely rewarding experience that becomes more powerful with each listen” – The 405
“It’s an incredibly emotional and intelligent piece of work and one that fully deserves to be listened to in its entirety” – Louder Than War
Watch a brilliant Wrekmeister Harmonies video interview by The Reader featuring live clips from his gig at Bohemian National Cemetery in North Park, Chicago for their Soundcheck series a few months ago: HERE
Jonathan Wilson returns this October with ‘Fanfare’, an epic, grandiose and highly ambitious production that builds upon the success of his Bella Union debut.
With 2011’s critically-lauded ‘Gentle Spirit’, audiences worldwide were introduced to the prodigious talents of singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer and unrivalled guitar hero Jonathan Wilson. ‘Gentle Spirit’s’ authentic exploration and modern updating of the “Laurel Canyon sound” earned it high marks on many year-end lists, including those of MOJO (#4), Uncut (#16) and The Guardian (#28). The eagerly-awaited follow-up, ‘Fanfare’, is an even more ambitious production that instantly conjures thoughts of Dennis Wilson’s ‘Pacific Ocean Blue’.
“‘Fanfare as a word represents a fanciful showing, a bodacious movement of energy, a celebration of sound,” Wilson explains. “Something to signify an arrival, a special occasion.” In this case, it’s also the immense opening song that builds into a multilayered cinematic poem from the artist to channel the perfect love song through his piano. As a declaration of intent, it’s a powerful statement.
“From the initial idea of the record, I knew I wanted a concert Steinway piano to be the centerpiece–the beating heart–of Fanfare. I was going for this sort of “widescreen” sound. I wanted strings, horns, vibes, voices, solos, improvisation and a full orchestra on some of the tunes… Having that 9-foot Steinway was central to achieving the sound that I wanted.”
‘Fanfare’ was made in Los Angeles over a 9-month period. Featuring vocal and instrumental contributions from heavy friends like Graham Nash, David Crosby, Jackson Browne, Josh Tillman (aka Father John Misty), Wilco’s Patrick Sansone, Dawes’ Taylor Goldsmith and Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench from Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, the album is a celebration of friends and family. Additionally, Wilson and British folk legend Roy Harper co-wrote several songs on the record.
Sometimes Wilson seems to need a pinch to believe his good fortune: “There are an awful lot of wizards on this album. Wizards of all ages and life experiences. All these amazing voices and musicians. There is a high degree of musical prowess and pedigree here. Cross-generational musical sharing and passing down traditions is very important to me and something that must continue. This is the way you keep the Fanfare’s blowing, this is how you keep the energies interacting.”
‘Fanfare’ will be released 14th October on Bella Union in the UK/Europe.
With the release of his much anticipated new album ‘Fanfare’ just over a week away on 14th October, and already the subject of a three page Album of the Month in Uncut, Jonathan Wilson has just unveiled a suitably far-out video for lead track ‘Dear Friend’. Directed by fellow traveller Grant James, the video can be viewed HERE:
In other exciting news Jonathan Wilson will be opening for Bella Union labelmate Roy Harper on this UK tour in October, performing a rare solo acoustic set. Dates below:
Tuesday 22 October – London – Royal Festival Hall
Friday 25 October – Manchester – Bridgewater Hall
Sunday 27 October – Bristol – Colston Hall
Then embarking on his own headline UK tour the following month. Dates/info below:
Wednesday 27 November – Leeds – Brudenell Social Club
Thursday 28 November – Manchester – Gorilla
Friday 29 November – Liverpool – Kazimier
Saturday 30 November – Bristol – Thekla
Monday 2 December – Norwich – Arts Centre
Tuesday 3 December – Brighton – Studio Theatre (Brighton Dome)
Wednesday 4 December – London – Islington Assembly Hall
“Not since Massive Attacks ‘Blue Lines’ has a heavy heart and urban dread been so absorbing” – Q
”Ghostpoet serves up his bruised, tender hat with the steely precision of a master sushi chef” – Mojo
“If you liked his Mercury nominated debut, Peanut Butter Blues and Melancholy Jam you’ll love this” – The Sunday Times
“That murky world of electro clicks ticks and cosmonaut synths that Thom Yorke has been dipping into for years, Ghostpoet lives for real” – NME
“Sputtering beats, languid Jazz vibes, subterranean whispers” – The Independent
“Compelling sonics and drama on the spoken word stars second album” – The Daily Mirror
“Brooding and brilliant” – The Fly
“It’s a paean to inner-city pressure, with an insistent pulse” – Metro
“Nods to Radiohead and Burial” – The Guardian
October Headline Tour
October 10th: Sound and Vision Festival – Norwich
October 17th: SWN Festival – Cardiff
October 18th: The Bodega Social Club – Nottingham
October 19th: The Deaf Institute – Manchester
October 20th: The Wedgewood Rooms – Portsmouth
October 21st: Glee Club – Birmingham
October 22nd: CCA – Glasgow
October 23rd: Think Tank – Newcastle
October 24th: Hackney Empire – London
October 25th: Button Factory – Dublin
Goldfrapp – ‘Annabel’
Taken from the brand new album ‘Tales Of Us’ – out now via Mute.
Oneohtrix Point Never – ‘Problem Areas’
Taken from the brand new longplayer ‘R Plus Seven’ – out 30th September via Warp Records.
Arctic Monkeys – ‘Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?’
Taken from the huge new album ‘AM’ – out now via Domino Recording Co.
Temples - ‘Keep In The Dark’
‘Keep In The Dark’ b/w ‘Jewel of Mine Eye’ released October 7th 2013 on limited 7″ via Heavenly Recordings.
Agnes Obel – ‘The Curse’
‘The Curse’ is taken from Agnes’ new album ‘Aventine’ released 30th September on Play It Again Sam.
Lanterns On The Lake – ‘Until The Colours Run’
Taken from the new album ‘Until The Colours Run’ released October 2013 on Bella Union.
R.Seiliog – ‘The Peroxide ((H202))’
Taken from the mini-album ‘Doppler’ – out 30th September via Turnstile Music.
Body/Head – ‘Last Mistress’
Taken from the brilliant new longplayer ‘Coming Apart’ – out now on Matador Records.
No Ceremony – ‘Heavyhour’
Taken from the self-titled debut album – out now.
Morcheeba – ‘Gimme Your Love’
‘Gimme Your Love’ is the first single to be released from the band’s new album, ‘Head Up High’ which releases worldwide through [PIAS] on the 14th October.
Volcano Choir – ‘Repave’
Brand new album, out now via Jagjaguwar.
Kathryn Williams – ‘Heart Shaped Stone’
‘Heart Shaped Stone’ is the lead single from Kathryn Williams’ forthcoming 10th studio album ‘Crown Electric’, her first in almost four years. Out 30th September via One Little Indian.
Fela Kuti – ‘Teacher Don’t Teach Me No Nonsense’ (Live)
Knitting Factory Records continue their sterling job of reissuing Fela’s downright *essential* catalogue. ‘Teacher Don’t Teach Me No Nonsense’, ‘Original Sufferhead’ / ‘ITT’, ‘Live In Amsterdam’, ‘Beasts Of No Nation’ / ‘Odoo’ and ‘Underground System’ are all due out 14th October.
Seams – ‘Rilo’
Taken from ‘Quarters’ – out now on Full Time Hobby.
Trentemøller – ‘Never Stop Running’ (Live, feat. Marie Fisker)
The original version is included on the new Trentemøller album ‘Lost’ – out now via In My Room.
Carcass – ‘Surgical Steel’ official album teaser
‘Surgical Steel’ is out now, via Nuclear Blast.
Au Revoir Simone – ‘Somebody Who’
Taken from their new album ‘Move In Spectrums’ – out now on Moshi Moshi.
*Single ‘Gimme Your Love’ receives it’s first play on BBC Radio 2 last night (21st Aug)*
*6Music Interview confirmed for 31st August*
*Now over a staggering 206,000+ views on the ‘Gimme Your Love’ lyric video*
Morcheeba release their eclectic and beautiful new album, ‘Head Up High’ through [PIAS] Recordings on 14th October 2013.
The same day, the band also release the lead single, ‘Gimme You Love’ and will later embark on a full European tour this autumn.
Their eighth studio album, ‘Head Up High’ is written by all three band members, Paul and Ross Godfrey and Skye Edwards with production by Paul Godfrey. The album reflects a series of significant changes in the trio’s lives while marking the success of the bands career spanning eighteen years since the release of their debut album, ‘Who Can You Trust’, an acclaimed trip-hop blueprint and the root of Morcheeba’s universal success and appeal having sold millions of albums worldwide.
The album plays hosts to a truly stellar mix of guest features from hip hop legend, Chali 2na (Jurassic 5), rap mogul Nature Boy Jim Kelly, the smoky vocals of James Petralli (White Denim), cheeky UK rhymers, Rizzle Kicks and the fierce French-Chilean rapper, Ana Tijoux who Paul first encountered on hit TV show, ‘Breaking Bad’. The diversity of guests on the album is an inarguable accolade to Morcheeba, highlighting the magnitude of their career and influence on artist’s whole generations apart.
Morcheeba’s impressive back catalogue showcases the bands ability to consistently evolve and develop their sound. Following 2010’s ‘Blood Like Lemonade’, ‘Head Up High’ has been two years in the crafting and demonstrates a new sense of movement. The beat master, Paul has explored the wonders of analogue synthesis, producing deeper and more irregular basslines hinting at post-dubstep productions, while Ross is responsible for the musical colour, tints and tones. Skye’s melodious vocal adds her signature ethereal texture to the tracks, complimenting the new bass sounds and adding atmosphere to a more uptempo paced album.
The single, ‘Gimme Your Love’, is an infectious synth-driven track which is lifted Skye-wards by a melting vocal and hooky chorus – the perfect introduction to the additive sounds of a new brooding landscape from these musical pioneers.
Morcheeba are a stand-out live act who have taken their acclaimed show to all the corners of the globe across their career.
This autumn the band will embark on a full European tour. See below for dates:
Full European Live Dates:
24th Oct Roxy, Prague
26th Oct Den Atelier, Luxembourg
28th Oct Theaterfabrik, Munich
29th Oct Gibson, Frankfurt
30th Oct C-Club, Berlin
1st Nov Gruenspan, Hamburg
2nd Nov Kantine, Cologne
4th Nov Paradiso, Amsterdam
5th Nov Het Depot, Leuven
7th Nov Olympia, Paris
8th Nov Krakatoa, Bordeaux
9th Nov Bikini, Toulouse
10th Nov Theatre Du Moulin, Marseille
12th Nov La Rodia, Besancon
13th Nov Laiterie Club, Strasbourg
14th Nov Komplex 457, Zurich
15th Nov Thonex Live, Geneva
18th Nov ABC, Glasgow
19th Nov Forum, London
1st Dec Meo Arena, Lisbon
3rd Dec But, Madrid
5th Dec Culture Factory, Girona
7th Dec WUK, Vienna
8th Dec Culture factory, Zagreb
10th Dec Durer Kert, Budapest
11th Dec Arenele Romane, Bucherest
13th Dec NDK Hall 3, Sofia
14th Dec Gargarin, Athens