Caught in the Net: Swede dreams are made of this
Friday 01 February 2013
In recent months The Knife (pictured) have been teasing the world with occasional details of their forthcoming album Shaking the Habitual, their first since 2006, when the acclaimed Silent Shout created tremors in electronic music and beyond.
This week the Swedish sister-and-brother duo offered the first song from the new record which is released in April. The track, “Full of Fire”, which can be downloaded now on iTunes and at rabidrecordsstore.com, is a full on nine-minute electro assault. While maintaining much of their trademark style – unsettling vocals, haunted dance music – it also amps things up in a compelling manner. There's also video made by Swedish born, Berlin-based film-maker/artist Marit Ostberg, which can be found at theknife.net.
Remix takes Cat back to Manhattan
“Manhattan” was the stand-out track on Cat Power's underrated album Sun, released last year. While its melancholy combination of sparse piano bursts, drum-machine rhythms and Power's distinctive vocals don't seem to immediately lend themselves to remixing, Canadian producer Ryan Hemsworth has done just that. His superb take on the song strips away the piano and the beat, leaving just the gorgeous, resigned vocals now dressed with electronic sounds and textures – he also adds a verse about New York from rapper Angel Haze. Hemsworth's reworking manages to maintain the spirit of the song but push it into interesting new places. It's streaming at youtu.be/VXqo5M7LIHM.
Emily finds life after oblivion
The young film-maker Emily Kai Bock (below) is best known for her music video for Grimes's “Oblivion” (see it at emilykaibock.com). Based in Montreal, Bock has now turned her attention on New York with Spit Gold Under an Empire, a beautifully shot short documentary. It looks at city's underground hip-hop scene, centred largely in Brooklyn, and features the likes of Angel Haze, Myyki Blanco and CJ Fly. The film is part of the New American Noise series of shorts screened recently at the Sundance festival, about various music subcultures in six US cities. The films are available online at newamericanoise.com.
Robin Thicke admits he didn't write 'Blurred Lines'music
Review: Cilla, ITV TV
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Scottish independence results live - The reunited kingdom: Scotland gives a clear 'No' in historic referendum
- 2 iOS 8 is full of shiny new features - but it's terrible news for app developers
- 3 Iranian blogger found guilty of insulting Prophet Mohammad on Facebook sentenced to death
- 4 A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
- 5 Hitler’s former food taster reveals the horrors of the Wolf’s Lair
Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams cast in new Channel 4 drama about cyber bullying
Downton Abbey: Liam Neeson wants to be a stableman in period drama
Best movies on Netflix UK and US: 32 films that will end your endless scrolling
Star Wars 7 leaked set photo of Adam Driver changes everything
The Walking Dead season 5 synopsis: Spoilers and existential questions abound
Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
Scottish independence referendum: A nation divided against itself
Scottish independence: David Cameron is becoming the 'George Bush of Britain'
Russia freezes Ukraine into submission: Kiev admits country doesn't have enough fuel for winter
Scottish independence: The Queen breaks silence on referendum debate – as think tank warns of £14bn black hole if Scotland votes Yes
Portuguese academic says British are 'filthy, violent and drunk'