Caught in the net: Horrors' new tune is simple-minded
Friday 27 May 2011
On 11 July they will return with their third album, the 10-track Skying, released on XL Records.
This week they premiered the first song from it on Zane Lowe's Radio 1 show, and they are also streaming it on their website, thehorrors.co.uk. Called "Still Life", the song sees the band continue their procession through the years with a stately track that recalls the big 80s sound of The Psychedelic Furs and, whisper it, Simple Minds... while managing to sound fresh. It's really rather good.
Drake swears by his new sample
With a level of understatement you don't tend to associate with your average big-time rapper, Drake recently dropped a download of a new song on his blog with the words: "A song that I felt the need to share. Not my single. Just a piece of my story. Hear me out though..." Find "Dream Money Can Buy" at ind.pn/lY8QxY. The track uses a sampled loop from the gorgeous opening falsetto of "BTSTU" by the rising London singer-songwriter Jai Paul – the bit where he angelically croons, "don't fuck with me, don't fuck with me". Drake marries the loop with a languid beat and a rhyme that is suitably bolshy.
Domino rallies on the radio
For reasons that, while not entirely clear, are wholly admirable, the indie label Domino Records will soon set up a radio station, Domino Radio. For one week only, broadcasting at 87.7fm and online at http://dominorad.io, the station will transmit 24 hours a day, drawing on the label's roster of artists. There will be commissioned shows from the likes of Wild Beasts, Four Tet, Anna Calvi and Alexis Taylor of Hot Chip. The label has also lined up contributions from people beyond the Domino family, including Bobby Gillespie, Honest Jon's records and Faris Badwan. Perhaps it will give 6 Music a brief run for its money.
Moon shots beam into your home
Everyone's favourite indie videographer, Vincent Moon – he of La Blogothèque's Take-Away shows, ind.pn/kJkcsB – recently made a film called An Island with the Danish band Efterklang. It was premiered in January and given 1,200 unconventional public-private screenings – people were invited to screen the film in their homes, as long as they allowed others to pop in. Now the film gets an official release as a DVD and digitial download – Moon is offering the now time-honoured "pay what you like" approach to the download at anisland.cc/home.
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