SBTRKT unveils Transitions
SBTRKT today unveiled his Transitions series.
“This is music written over the last year, whilst recording for my second album. Much of the music I released before my debut album was instrumental and I want to continue to share this side of the music I make. This series of tracks is titled TRANSITIONS. “ – SBTRKT
Transitions will be released on three individual 12” records in May. Each one will feature artwork and 2D Moiré animation by A Hidden Place. When removing the sleeve from it’s inner casing it creates a unique visual effect the ties in beautifully with the effect created by moving the mouse on the Transitions website.
The 6 individual tracks are available for download now from the Transitions website
Hold The Line
Highs & Lows
Happy Birthday tUnE-yArDs
tUnE-yArDs celebrates her birthday today with the news that her new album, Nikki Nack, is in the can and that she’s returning to the stage for her first live shows in nearly two years including an appearance at this years NXNE Festival in Toronto
Being released on May 5th, the brilliantly playful Nikki Nack follows on from 2011’s hugely successful W H O K I L L, an album that ended the year high in most Top Ten lists, even topping the highly prestigious Village Voice Pazz & Jop poll, based on the votes from 700 of America’s most notable music critics.
After affording herself a much-needed break, she’s back. Surprising her fans on her birthday with a ‘MegaMix’ of the album; “I’ve put together a mash-up of a lot of the songs from the album, so you can get a tiny taste. We really can’t wait to play this music for you. Thanks for all your patience while we cooked this chicken!,” Merrill Garbus said when posting it on her website.
Nikki Nack is released on 4AD on May 5th 2014.
Lo Fang performs on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic
To herald the release of Blue Film and to whet the appetite of ticket holders to Lo Fang’s upcoming concert appearance as support for Lorde, Mathew Hemerlein (aka Lo Fang) performed a set recently for KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic.
FKA X INC.
In November 2013, FKA twigs spent some time at inc’s house in the Californian desert.
Whilst there, the three wrote and recorded a song which they decided to release under the name FKA x inc. Their time together was documented by Nick Walker who shot photographs and a video for the song (co-directed by FKA Twigs)
FKA x inc. is a one-off collaboration that will be released as a one-sided 7” packaged inside an eight page ‘zine that Twigs made using Walker’s photographs and polaroids from Uncle Corey.. The 7” and ‘zine will be limited to 400 copies worldwide.
Watch the Nick Walker-directed video:
The Horrors unveil details of their heavier, weirder, wilder and more colourful fourth album, Luminous – available 5th May
Recorded over 15 months in the band’s east London studio-laboratory-bunker with co-producer Craig Silvey (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Arcade Fire, The National), Luminous is the follow-up to The Horrors 2007 debut Strange House, the Mercury-nominated Primary Colours (2009), and the critically-acclaimed Skying (2011)
Luminous is preceded by I See You, which received its first broadcasts earlier today on Zane Lowe’s BBC Radio 1 show and KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic.
The seven-and-half-minute synth anthem was recently unveiled at The Fly Awards in London, where The Horrors were joined onstage by Thurston Moore.
Album pre-orders are available from midnight on iTunes, with I See You available as an instant grat track to anyone ordering Luminous. I See You is also available to buy as a standalone track.
This Friday 28th February, The Horrors play their first full show since last summer at the inaugural 6Music Festival in Manchester, where they headline Stage 2.
Luminous is an album that, for once, merits that over-used phrase “keenly-anticipated”. Tipped to be one of the biggest British albums of 2014, it follows the breakthrough success of Skying, an album beloved of heroes and peers such as Bobby Gillespie, Alex Turner and Trent Reznor
Tasking themselves with, as ever, moving onwards, The Horrors determined to make an album that was brighter, more positive, more electronic.
‘We’ve refined our sound,” affirms lead singer Faris Badwan, “and in terms of songwriting it is the record I’m happiest with.” Or, in the words of bass player Rhys Webb, “it’s not so much about heavier guitars as a heavier potency… We want to make music you can dance to, music that elevates…”
Luminous by name, luminous by nature: this is an album radiating light and energy. These songs are The Horrors writing at their instinctive, intuitive and accessible best.
By way of explaining the intense but unhurried writing and recording of the album, the frontman says that, “If you’re happy with one record I think you always have those fears that you’ll somehow never be able to write a good song again. But I think between us we would never allow something that we weren’t happy with to be released. I can imagine it taking us 10 years to finish something – but I’d rather that than be a band who regress with each release.”
Shedding some light on the intra-band, in-studio creative process, keyboard player Tom Furse mentions an ever-evolving playlist featuring “so much, the usual – Beatles, Sabbath, Kraftwerk also Eno, J Dilla, Metroplex/Trax Records…but as always psychedelic music from all over the world, soul, funk, dub…”
Further input came from producer Paul Epworth (Adele, Paul McCartney, Foster The People) on the track Falling Star. There was also a crucial role for a new piece of kit. Badwan reveals that Richard Russell, boss of their label XL, “had the pyramid synth from our Changing The Rain video built for us.”
The Horrors are Faris Badwan (vocals), Joshua Third (guitarist), Tom Furse (keyboards, synthesizers), Rhys Webb (bass) and Joe Spurgeon (drums, percussion).
First Day Of Spring
So Now You Know
In and Out Of Sight
I See You
Change Your Mind
Mine and Yours