DIANA GORDON DEBUTS ANTHEMIC NEW SINGLE “WOMAN” TONIGHT ON THE LATE SHOW WITH STEPHEN COLBERT
Diana Gordon just dropped her new track “Woman” and tonight she will debut the massively anthemic song live on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
Diana and her band put a James Brown-infused rock and roll touch to the original track ELLE calls “fiery, feminist soul/R&B pop.”
Entertainment Weekly called the song a “tour de force of R&B-infused pop,” while The FADER praised her as “radiant [and] in-command“ in their feature and Vogue predicts “all eyes on Diana Gordon” in their August issue.
Pitchfork calls Diana a “prolific writer” for good reason. Besides her own music, Diana has written for some of the most culturally impacting modern icons like Mary J. Blige, Alicia Keys and Jennifer Lopez.
She has also collaborated with many cutting edge new artists including Travis Scott. Diana also wrote or co-wrote the three most diverse tracks on Beyonce’s ‘Lemonade’: ““Sorry,”” ““Daddy Lessons”” and ““Don’t Hurt Yourself”” alongside Jack White.
LÅPSLEY RELEASES VIDEO FOR ‘OPERATOR (DJ KOZE EDIT)’
Over the course of the summer, DJ Koze’s much talked-about edit of Låpsley’s ‘Operator’ has become a word-of-mouth phenomenon, lighting up dancefloors around the world and picking up huge DJ support from the likes of Seth Troxler, Jackmaster, Solomun, Disclosure, Norman Cook, Pete Tong and Annie Mac (who made it her ‘Hottest Record on Radio 1).
Today, Låpsley is delighted to premiere the video for ‘Operator’. The video is again conceptualized by Holly ‘Låpsley’ Fletcher herself and directed by Cherise Payne, who previously directed the videos for Love Is Blind, Hurt Me and Brownlow. Speaking about the video, Låpsley says:
“The video Is inspired by an amazing night after my first ever Berlin show, when a group of friends took me out and introduced me to the city’s drag scene. That night’s stayed with me ever since and I wanted to pay homage and say thank you – this video’s as much for that scene as it is for me. Berlin’s also the city that first embraced Koze’s brilliant Operator edit so I wanted to return there to make the video, and try and create something that feels really timeless.”
Speaking about his edit, DJ Koze stated:
“When I heard Låpsley´s ‘Operator’ for the first time, I thought that it was unique and perfect and didn’t need a remix at all, but what I could imagine was in fact a 10 minute-lasting, slowly unwrapping-itself version in a Larry Levan style, playing and dubbing around with the original stems, providing some gimmicks while imagining the moon with the spoon in the Studio 54”
‘Operator’ is taken from Låpsley’s highly acclaimed debut album Long Way Home, released at the start of the year on XL Recordings and also featuring previous singles ‘Hurt Me’, ‘Love Is Blind’, ‘Painter’ and ‘Station’. For much of the album Låpsley worked with XL’s in-house producer Rodaidh McDonald, in addition to production contributions from Paul O’Duffy and Mura Masa.
D.D Dumbo shares new single + details of debut album release
Take a listen to ‘Walrus’, the second single from that album, below:
Utopia Defeated is an epic, sprawling opus that sprung from the imagination of Castlemaine’s Oliver Hugh Perry and was written and performed almost entirely by him. Recorded at 4AD’s London Studios, and recorded, engineered and produced by Perry and 4AD’s resident engineer Fabian Prynn, the 10 track album hurdles effortlessly over the expectations set by his intriguing debut EP.
Lead single Satan was named by many as one of the best tracks of the year so far, receiving major support from Annie Mac (‘absolute gold, I love it’), Huw Stephens, 6 Music (where it was A-listed), triple j (#1 most played), Beats Music and KCRW. It peaked at #1 on the Spotify Australia’s Most Viral Chart and The Line of Best Fit said it was “a wholly contagious number… his best work to date.” Uncut magazine has already heralded Utopia Defeated “a looping, globally attuned 2016 update of Jeff Buckley’s Grace,”
D.D. Dumbo’s output stretches back to 2013, when he released his self-recorded debut EP, Tropical Oceans. Led by the spooky strut of the title-track, the lo-fi four song-set of blues-laced, deconstructed pop, announced Perry as an exciting newcomer fluent in a language all his own. People took notice. Performing solo with a 12-string electric guitar, two drums and a bunch of effect pedals, D.D Dumbo made an impression at the 2013 SXSW Music conference. In the following 12 months he was invited to support the likes of Warpaint, Tune-Yards, St Vincent, Jungle, Iron & Wine, and do live sessions for NPR, Daytrotter and BBC Radio 1. Soon after D.D Dumbo signed to 4AD, and in 2014 he toured the UK for the first time, supporting both Daughter and Tame Impala. He played Splendour in the Grass in Australia, and returned to Europe for a handful of dates (including a slot at Pitchfork Paris), as well as a debut tour of the US to much acclaim.
D.D Dumbo – Utopia Defeated
3. In The Water
6. King Franco Picasso
7. The day I first found god
8. Toxic City
WARPAINT’S HEADS UP SET FOR RELEASE SEPTEMBER 23; “NEW SONG” PREMIERES TODAY
Heads Up, the highly anticipated third album from Los Angeles-based band Warpaint is set for release September 23 via Rough Trade Records.
The first song from the new album, “New Song,” premieres today.
Heads Up was recorded after the band spent 2015 apart working on solo projects and their own endeavours. Reuniting in January of this year, the band invited producer Jacob Bercovici—with whom they had worked on their debut EP Exquisite Corpse —into the studio to begin work on the new LP. The band spent time recording in their House on the Hill studio in downtown Los Angeles, their own home studios and Papap’s Palace, and—for the first time ever—recorded in pairs and alone rather than as a full band, allowing for a new creative freedom.
“The doors were a little more open in terms of what was accepted and what wasn’t, because we were sharing ideas so rapidly between us,” says the band’s drummer Stella Mozgawa of the recording process. “The roles that each of us individually had—or had established—were a little more malleable.”
“Everybody was allowed to have their space, time and creative freedom with songs and figure out, ‘I wonder what the best notes would be? I wonder what the best part would be to play?’” says bassist Jenny Lee Lindberg. “Everybody got to sit and go, ‘What do I want to do on this? What’s my part? What’s my role? How can I make it the best?’”
The result is an album influenced by artists as eclectic as Janet Jackson, Björk, Kendrick Lamar and Outkast.
“I feel really proud of what we made—almost surprised and shocked,” says Lindberg. “When we were making it, I was like, ‘I wonder what this is going to sound like? How’s this going to come together?’ I love the way that it came together so nicely. I feel so proud of it, and like it’s an evolution of our band. It sounds like a mature version of Warpaint.”
To celebrate the release, the band will embark on a global tour this fall, including dates in Vancouver (Imperial Theatre – September 20th), and Toronto (Danforth Music Hall – October 3rd)
Warpaint is Emily Kokal (guitar, vocals), Jenny Lee Lindberg (bass, vocals), Stella Mozgawa (drums, vocals) and Theresa Wayman (guitar, vocals). Heads Up follows their critically beloved debut EP Exquisite Corpse, 2010’s The Fool and 2014’s Warpaint
JOSIENNE CLARKE AND BEN WALKER TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM ‘OVERNIGHT’ OCTOBER 14 ON ROUGH TRADE
Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker will release their debut album for Rough Trade, Overnight on October 14th, 2016. The album which is self-produced, follows their Rough Trade debut, the Through The Clouds EP, which was released earlier this year.
Overnight is their most ambitious record to date, focusing on Clarke’s extraordinary voice and lyrics, and Walker’s prodigious guitar-playing and arranging; the album features panoramic orchestration by an eclectic core of acclaimed musicians, including strings, horns, piano, double bass, and drums. The twelve songs – ten originals and two covers – recorded almost entirely live at Rockfield Studios in Wales – serve as a snapshot of the endless cycle of night into day and back again, morning light, into dusk, into black midnight, into greying dawn, and on, and on.
The album’s lilting first single, “The Waning Crescent,” is almost an answer in ballad form to the portrayal of the moon in traditional and popular music as a soothing, confessional, companion (i.e. “Blue Moon”). Coming at the darkest and stillest point in the album, the song – like the moon – brings a reassuring lightness.
Clarke explains, “I started to think about if I was the moon, what I might think and feel, and what the moon might sing back,” adding, “I’ve given it a slightly whiny, self-pitying quality because it’s whimsical and a bit funny.”
One of the poppier songs on the album, the sound of “The Waning Crescent” is meant to fit the song’s subject matter. “We’ve done vignettes before where we’ve taken on a musical genre because that’s what fits the concept of the song. On this one, we’ve used the ‘50s and ‘60s space-race era pop sound to deliberately compound the moon theme,” says Josienne.
Other Overnight highlights include the stunning country/soul ballad “Something Familiar” and their marvelous take on Gillian Welch’s “Dark Turn Of Mind,” the eerie folk of “Dawn Of The Dark” and “The Light Of His Lamp,” and the traditional-leaning “Sweet The Sorrow” and “Weep You No More Sad Fountains,” the latter a traditional English ballad set to song.
Though Clarke & Walker’s previous work is very much steeped in the the folk tradition – the two in fact won the BBC Folk Award for Best Duo in 2015 – Overnight draws just as much inspiration from more-straightforward 1970s AM radio rock like Fleetwood Mac or Neil Young as they do from folk-rockers like Fairport Convention or Joni Mitchell.
‘Overnight’ Full Track Listing:
01. Nine Times Along
02. Something Familiar
03. Sweet The Sorrow
04. Dawn Of The Dark
05. Dark Turn Of Mind (Gillian Welch cover)
06. Weep You No More Sad Fountains (traditional English ballad)
07. The Light Of His Lamp
09. Milk and Honey
10. The Waning Crescent
12. Light Of Day
13th Aug – Winchester, Boom Town Fair – UK
27th Aug – Thame, Towersey Festival – UK
28th Aug – London, National Theatre – UK
3rd Sept – Salisbury, End Of The Road Festival – UK
7th Sept – Boston MA, Club Passim – USA
8th Sept – New York NY, Rockwood Hall – Stage 3 – USA
9th Sept – New York NY, Rockwood Hall – Stage 3 – USA
10th Sept – Philadelphia PA, Tin Angel – USA
13th Sept – Toronto ON, The Dakota – CANADA
16th Sept – Bloomington IN, Lotus World Music & Arts Festival – USA
17th Sept – Chicago IL, Hungry Brain – USA
18th Sept – Milwaukee WI, Colectivo Back Room – USA
19th Sept – Minneapolis MN, Turf Club – USA
1st Oct – Derby, Derby Folk Festival – UK
7th Oct – Bristol, Bristol Folk House – UK
8th Oct – Dartmouth, Flavel Arts Centre – UK
12th Oct – Birmingham, Red Lion Folk Club – UK
14th Oct – Cambridge, Cambridge Folk Club – UK
21st Oct – Buxton, Buxton Opera House – UK
22nd Oct – Glasgow, The Hug and Pint – UK
23rd Oct – Leeds, Oporto – UK
24th Oct – Salford, The Eagle Inn – UK
26th Oct – London, Shoreditch Town Hall, UK
28th Oct – Aldershot, West End Centre, UK
29th Oct – Dublin, Upstairs at Whelan’s, IRE
30th Oct – Waterford, venue TBC, IRE
4th-5th Nov – Weissenhauser Strand, Rolling Stone Weekender 2016, GER