IBEYI ANNOUNCE BRAND NEW SONG ‘EXHIBIT DIAZ’ EXTEND WORLDWIDE TOUR
Since releasing their debut album in February of this year, it has been well documented that the Ibeyi twin-sisters Naomi and Lisa-Kainde Diaz are dedicated fans of hip-hop. Today they release their unique interpretation of the cult Jay Electronica track ‘Better In Tune With The Infinite (Bibo No Aozora)’ which they have named ‘Exhibit Diaz’.
Since hearing the original version of Jay Electronica’s never released track (that draws upon a haunting piano sample by composer Ryuichi Sakamoto) the sisters immediately went away and learnt every lyric, turned Jay’s rapping into a sung vocal line and worked it into their very next live show – where it has remained ever since and subsequently became a fan favourite.
Exhibit Diaz was produced by Richard Russell at his Residence La Revolution studio, London, in July 2015.
Meanwhile, Ibeyi continue to take their critically acclaimed live shows to every corner of the globe, from The Park Stage at Glastonbury to the Summerstage in Central Park New York and everywhere in between. Today they announce an extension to the world tour which includes a return visit to Montreal on Sunday, October 4th
Naomi and Lisa-Kainde Diaz are daughters of the late Cuban percussion Anga Diaz. Naomi plays percussive instruments, the Cajon and the Batas, while Lisa plays piano. Together the twins have learned the songs of their father’s culture, Yoruba.
Yoruba travelled from West Africa to Cuba with slavery in the 1700s. The Yoruba people have the highest twinning rate in the World, and twins occupy an important position within Yoruba culture. Ibeyi is pronounced “ee-bey-ee” and translates as “Twins” in Yoruba.
Koreless Announces double A-side 12”
The single follows the now critically acclaimed Yūgen EP and sees something of a shift away from a more stark and cinematic sound, with more of a club focus this time.
TT/LOVE comes as the result of experimentations over the last two years, during which time he has embarked on both heavyweight artistic commissions (see ‘Hello Terry Riley’ at The Barbican) as well as credible club shows and a Caribou support tour cementing him as a highly respected contemporary artist with an ambitiously unique voice.
One recently completed commission is ‘The Well’ which originally debuted in Manchester for Future Everything and the British Council, before being extended to Moscow and finally Sonar festival. It saw Koreless collaborate with visual artist Emmanuel Biard and comprised of a giant laser mirror being manipulated in time to the music. Though hard to comprehend on paper, the results were utterly stunning, so much so that the website Nowness commissioned a short film about the project. Watch it here.
In addition to this, Koreless will perform his captivating and visually thrilling live show at a selection of European festival and in Manchester’s Warehouse Project.
Micachu & The Shapes Share New Single “Sad”
Following the recent announcement that Micachu & The Shapes will release their third studio album Good Sad Happy Bad on September 11th (Rough Trade), and the accompanying post of lead track Oh Baby, today the trio have shared the album’s opening song and new single, “Sad”.
Three years after the release of their last record, Micachu & The Shapes return is almost an accident: the trio of friends decided to rehearse in an East London studio and found themselves immersed into an hours-long jam. Drummer Marc Pell had an Edirol field recorder in hand, and unbeknownst to his bandmates, recorded the whole session; Bell, Mica Levi, and Raisa Khan were so enamoured of those off-the-cuff audio experiments that they became the underpinnings of a new record.
“For me it’s the most free we have been,” Levi explains. Rather than showing up to the studio with songs written out, the trio started with a collaborative improvisation, from which Levi chose sections to develop into songs, writing lyrics to the entire record “non-stop, in one avalanche.”
With one listen, it’s easy to hear why they loved the tracks. Good Sad Happy Bad maintains the experimental-pop sensibility the band has brought to previous efforts, combining the lightness and bounce of their best singles with the sonic textures of field recordings, industrial effects alongside straightforward instrumentation. Levi’s affected vocals eschew easily readable emotional tone, instead relying on quixotic lyricism, repetition, and immersion into the song’s landscape, to evoke warmly – rather than show – the sentiments underpinning the songs.
Conversely, because the band worked out the final mixes together over a number of months – rather than in a traditional, multi-track studio over a shorter period – Pell found a new degree of creativity. “I think the best drum part I have ever written is the stick-clicking at the beginning of ‘Peach’ – a moment, he explains, that he wouldn’t have been able to notice without the luxury of seeing the recorded tracks as more than simply songs, but as collections of sonic ideas.
In the years since the band’s last work together, Levi’s star in the world of modern composition has risen, due in large part to her work on Jonathan Glazer’s standout 2014 film, Under the Skin, whose eerie depth is due in large part to Levi’s precise, otherworldly score, for which she won a European Film Award and was nominated for a BAFTA.
KURT VILE DEBUTS “PRETTY PIMPIN” — FIRST TRACK/VIDEO FROM b’lieve i’m goin down... TO BE RELEASED SEPTEMBER 25 ON MATADOR RECORDS
Today Kurt Vile (real name) released details of his upcoming album, and its first single, “Pretty Pimpin.”
b’lieve i’m goin down… will be released worldwide September 25 on Matador Records.
b’lieve i’m goin down… is Vile’s 6th album, and shows Kurt both deeply introspective and briskly self-assured. As longtime fan Kim Gordon wrote about the album: “Kurt does his own myth-making; a boy/man with an old soul voice in the age of digital everything becoming something else, which is why this focused, brilliantly clear and seemingly candid record is a breath of fresh air. Recorded and mixed in a number of locations, including Los Angeles and Joshua Tree, b’lieve i’m goin down… is a handshake across the country, east to west coast, thru the dustbowl history (“valley of ashes”) of woody honest strait forward talk guthrie, and a cali canyon dead still nite floating in a nearly waterless landscape. The record is all air, weightless, bodyless, but grounded in convincing authenticity, in the best version of singer songwriter upcycling.”
b’lieve i’m goin down… is available on standard CD and double LP. A limited-edition triple LP expanded version, b’lieve i’m goin (deep) down…, features 6 bonus tracks.
iTunes and Amazon MP3 pre-orders both have an instant grat download of “Pretty Pimpin,” as well as two pre-order-only bonus tracks that disappear on release: “b’lieve i’m goin down” and “bad omens (no faders)”
Visit Kurt’s store for additional pre-order treats.
b’lieve i’m goin down… TRACK LISTING:
2.I’m an Outlaw
4.That’s Life, tho (almost hate to say)
6.Life Like This
7.All In a Daze Work
8.Lost my Head there
02 – BOSTON, MA – The Paradise * #
03 – AUSTIN, TX – Austin City Limits
04 – AUSTIN, TX – Austin City Limits
07 – NEW YORK, NY – Webster Hall * #
08 – WASHINGTON, DC – 9:30 Club * #
09 – PHILADELPHIA, PA – Union Transfer * #
10 – AUSTIN, TX – Austin City Limits
11 – AUSTIN, TX – Austin City Limits
14 – LOS ANGELES, CA – Fonda Theater
16 – SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Fillmore
17 – PORTLAND, OR – Crystal Ballroom
18 – SEATTLE, WA – The Showbox
21 – MINNEAPOLIS, MN – Mill City Nights * #
23 – CHICAGO, IL – Thalia Hall * #
24 – DETROIT, MI – St. Andrew’s Hall * #
25 – TORONTO, ONT – Phoenix Theatre * #
30 – PARIS, FR – Pitchfork Festival
31 – AMSTERDAM, NL – Paradiso *
01 – BRUSSELS, BE – Autumn Falls @ ABbBox *
03 – HAMBURG, DE – Uebel & Gefahrlich *
04 – AARHUS, DK – Voxhall
05 – OSLO, NO – Rockefeller
06 – STOCKHOLM, SE – Munchenbryggeriet *
07 – COPENHAGEN, DK – Amerbio *
09 – BERLIN, DE – Postbahnhof *
10 – KOLN, DE – Gebaeude 9 *
11 – BRIGHTON, UK – Concorde 2 *
12 – LONDON, UK – Electric Ballroom
13 – BRISTOL, UK – Motion *
15 – DUBLIN, IE – Vicar Street *
16 – GLASGOW, UK – ABC1 *
17 – LEEDS, UK – Leeds University Stylus *
18 – MANCHESTER, UK – The Ritz *
20 – LUCERNE, CH – Sudpol *
21 – LYON, FR – Epicerie Moderne *
22 – BARCELONA, ES – Apolo *
23 – MADRID, ES – Penelope *
24 – LISBON, PT – Armazem F *
- with Waxahatchee
- with Luke Roberts
& with Cass McCombs and Heron Oblivion
Empress Of DEBUT ALBUM ‘ME’ OUT 11th SEPTEMBER ON TERRIBLE RECORDS
Produced, recorded and engineered entirely by Lorely over the course of 2014, the ten-track album plays out like diary entries; musing on the personal, the political, and everything that falls in-between.
Also today a new track titled “Kitty Kat” is available to stream. The song was inspired by her experiences of being cat called around Valle de Bravo, Mexico City, while on a solo 5-week writing retreat, and the emotions evoked by the act.
The roots of Me start in an empty practice space in Brooklyn, where Lorely spent many nights dancing alone next to a little spinning silver disco ball. “After touring the EP, I realized I wanted to make music that was fun to perform live,” she says. But ultimately the city put her in a less-than-inspired headspace. Her intuitive search for a more introspective and isolated writing experience led her to unexpectedly life-changing and mind-bending solo trip to Valle de Bravo, Mexico. The isolation sent her deep inside her head, to pull out everything she wanted to pour into Me. “Every lyric on the record, I could tell you exactly what I was doing when I wrote it,” Lorely explains, “I wanted to write songs that gave me this feeling of reliving moments in my life.”
On tracks, which you can preview now, “Kitty Kat” and Water Water, Lorely sings candidly on street harassment and water scarcity, but mostly Lorely’s lyrics are more introspective; songs of broken relationships, new ones starting, and ultimately, self-reliance. “I just need myself, need myself, to love myself, to love myself,” which she sings on another album track “Need Myself”. If clarity is what she seeks, Lorely has found it in Me her voice upfront, every word audible and strong. Her singular voice is the centerpiece of Me, her first full-formed vision of an album, following her previously shorter and more abstract releases as Empress Of (2012’s Colorminutes, 2013’s Systems EP).
Empress Of Me tracklist:
Everything Is You
How Do You Do It
To Get By