Ratatat REVEAL NEW ALBUM DETAILS
Today RATATAT, the duo of Evan Mast and Mike Stroud, have revealed they’ll release their fifth studio album Magnifique on July 17 via XL Recordings. The 14-track album includes the recently released single Cream On Chrome which the duo debuted during their closing, headline set at this year’s Coachella.
In support of Magnifique, RATATAT have already hit the road running with sold-out underplay shows in April and confirmed festival appearances at Primavera Sound, Governor’s Ball, Capital Hill Block Party and HARD Summer.
Following up on the experimental sounds of LP3 and LP4, RATATAT return to their core guitar-driven sound on Magnifique which was recorded over the course of four years in various studios in different locations including Jamaica (the country), upstate New York, Long Island, NY and their home studio in Brooklyn. The artwork for Magnifique includes a series of sketches drawn by Mast and Stroud during the recording sessions.
What else you can expect on Magnifique pedal steel guitar, the sound of a tiny 1940’s guitar amp found in a thrift store in Guadalajara used on “Intro,” a song named upon the discovery that the guys both had posters of a “ Countach” on their walls in junior high (the duo met in college), and a cover, their first ever, called “I Will Return” by Springwater (aka Phil Cordell).
Magnifique track list:
Cream On Chrome
Pricks Of Brightness
I Will Return
“Ratatat have returned with a vengeance” exclaims Fader. Leading up to the release of Magnifique, RATATAT has played a string of shows across North American including sold-out shows in Tulsa, Denver, Pomona, San Diego and an appearance at Coachella. Consequence of Sound reviewed the band’s recent headline show in Pomona noting “fans’ rabid reaction thought this performance spoke volumes about the outfit’s perhaps underrated impact and popularity…their 75-minute set was nothing less than explosive from beginning to end.”
RATATAT has additionally announced they’ll play more West Coast headline shows in Vancouver on July 27, Portland, OR on July 29 and San Francisco on July 31 around their festival appearances at Seattle’s Capital Hill Block Party and Los Angeles’ Hard Summer Music Festival- full list of tour dates below.
RATATAT on tour:
5/30 PRIMAVERA SOUND – BARCELONA, SPAIN
5/31 WE LOVE GREEN – PARIS, FR
6/5 GOVERNOR’S BALL – NEW YORK, NY
7/24-7/26 CAPITAL HILL BLOCK PARTY – SEATTLE, WA
7/27 THE VOGUE THEATRE – VANCOUVER, BC
7/29 ROSELAND THEATRE – PORTLAND, OR
7/31 THE REGENCY BALLROOM – SAN FRANCISCO, CA
8/2 HARD SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL – POMONA, CA
HÆLOS ‘Earth Not Above’ EP Released June 2nd
London trio HÆLOS announce full details of their debut EP ‘Earth Not Above’, due for release on Matador Records on June 2nd
The new EP, which features the recently shared title track along with 3 brand new songs – ‘Cloud Nine’, ‘Breathe’ and ‘Ethyr’ – sees HÆLOS take another exciting step forward which further demonstrates the band’s ability to create mesmerizing and vividly cinematic electronic pop.
Each one of their tracks seems to map the long journey from desperation to relief, stress to sanctuary – the basic dynamic of urban life. Calling to mind the same deserted dawn high streets stalked by the music of Massive Attack, Portishead and other electronic artists who spent the 90’s finding the pain after the rave, each HÆLOS track sounds like a ritual; a way to cope. In a world that has forgotten about the chillout room, those rituals and coping strategies are more vital than ever.
This EP is the band’s first official release on Matador Records – after posting their debut track ‘Dust’ last year. Today the band also launch their website (insert website link) and offer on it a free download of their superb cover of The Beloved’s classic ‘The Sun Rising’.
HÆLOS will play their second London headline show at XOYO next week, after selling out Oslo in March. Before that, The Great Escape beckons where the band will play two shows over the coming weekend. The rest of the summer will see the trio take on the festival circuit with key slots already confirmed at Field Day, Festival No. 6 and Latitude as well as support slots with TV on The Radio.
‘Earth Not Above’ EP tracklisting –
Earth Not Above
SHAMIR PREMIERES VIDEO FOR NEW SONG“DARKER”
In the music video, Shamir is alone in the Joshua Tree desert, singing as night magically turns into day into night again. Anthony Sylvester, who directed the video, used high-flying drones to film the entire performance.
Last week Shamir launched his very own relationship hotline: 1-844-4SHAMIR.
Inspired by his most recent single “Call It Off,” a song about busting yourself out of a bad relationship, Shamir will provide free advice for all your relationship needs.
Meanwhile, Shamir is getting ready to head-out on his biggest run of live shows to date. This month he’ll head to Europe and the UK for a run of shows around his album release. In June he’ll return to North American for an east coast run of shows which includes Toronto’s Bestival (June 13th) and Montreal’s Bar le Ritz (June 12th)
You will not want to miss Shamir live, Stereogum raved of his performances at SXSW: “I haven’t been this enthralled with a live performance for a while…The new material displays a Robyn-like irreverence for pop craft, thumping with an urgency and freneticism that’s intoxicating.”
Jamie xx Announces In Colour Tour 2015 Premieres ‘Gosh’ Video
In anticipation of the release of his highly anticipated debut album In Colour (released 1st June UK / 2nd June NA on Young Turks), Jamie xx today announces details of the In Colour Tour. The extensive set of global headline dates features Jamie’s biggest solo shows yet, taking in the likes of London’s O2 Brixton Academy and New York’s Terminal 5.
Pre-sale tickets are available from 10am on Wednesday 29th April. To be eligible for pre-sale tickets, fans can sign up at http://www.jamiexx.com/#follow before 6pm BST on Tuesday 8th April. Tickets then go on general sale on Friday 1st May.
In addition, Jamie will be performing at festivals around the world over the coming month, including the likes of Sonar (Spain), Hard Summer (Los Angeles), Melt (Berlin), Pitchfork (Chicago), Rock En Seine (Paris), Parklife, Wildlife, Bestival, Greenman and Reading & Leeds (all UK). For the full set of shows, head to http://www.jamiexx.com/#shows
Jamie xx also today reveals the video to In Colour album opener ‘Gosh’. Directed by Erik Wernquist. ‘Gosh’ is already a firm favourite among fellow DJs and fans alike, having first been premiered alongside lead single Loud Places
The release of In Colour comes on the back of an incredible six year creative period for Jamie xx, which has seen him alternate effortlessly between his role as founding member and producer of The xx, and creator of more electronic and club oriented music as Jamie xx.
A string of acclaimed productions in recent years including debut solo single ‘Far Nearer’, remixes for the likes of Adele, Radiohead and Florence & The Machine, production work for Drake and Alicia Keys plus We’re New Here – Jamie’s seminal reworking of Gil Scott-Heron’s final studio album – hinted at what was to come.
With In Colour – a bold, celebratory, emotional record that features collaborations with The xx band mates Romy Madley Croft (‘Seesaw’ and ‘Loud Places’) and Oliver Sim (‘Stranger In A Room’), Young Thug and Popcaan (‘Good Times’) and Four Tet (‘Seesaw’) – Jamie delivers his definitive artistic statement.
PALMA VIOLETS POST OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR “ENGLISH TONGUE”
Today the band have shared the official video for their current single “English Tongue” from the new album. The video was directed by British DJ, musician and filmmaker Don Letts, stars Game of Thrones and Dennis Pennis actor Paul Kaye as a preacher and was mainly shot on Portobello Road and in St John’s church in west London.
Speaking about the meaning of the song, Sam Fryer of the band explains: “‘English Tongue’” is the last song we wrote for the album. We thought it sounded like an American country folk song with English lyrics and emotion. Then the name and character of Hugh Diver appeared, a man tied down by the pressures of fame and religion.“
The South London foursome have just wound up a US tour, which included dates at SXSW, where they not only impressed droves of music fans (and the likes of Tom Petty who came to see them), they even found themselves physically carried off the stage by security at The Parish for playing past curfew. Now, having headlined sizeable venues including London’s Forum at the NME tour earlier this year, Palma Violets are in the middle of a full UK tour of intimate venues, after which they will return to North America to perform in Washington DC, Philadelphia, New York Toronto, Montrél and more. The band will then join The Vaccines on a full UK tour in November.