Have Foals found God? The new press photo circulating for the Oxford five-piece includes a sixth person; a woman holding an apple. Also in shot, are some pomegranates, a fake serpent and a tree (the picture is indoors). The imagery seems to reference Adam and Eve, but I'm not sure what the point of it all is. More questions follow: is the woman now performing with the band? Have Foals met their Nico? Nothing is clear... Less mysterious is the news that the band will release the follow-up to their excellent debut LP 'Antidotes' on 10 May. It's called 'Total Life Forever'. Perhaps the picture hints at a new found Genesis influence. This week, they put up a video for a new song "Spanish Sahara" on their revamped website, foals.co.uk. It's a sumptuously shot clip that shares details with the aforementioned photo. Odd symbolism aside the band display a quieter dimension, starting with some guitar chimes that recall Mogwai before going into more familiar territory. It's a fine effort. Also on the site is a nice free download of a remix of the song by Mount Kimbie.
It fits Dilla to a T
The influential, left-field hip-hop producer J Dilla, died suddenly in February 2006, aged 32. Since his death, the cult of Dilla has expanded, with numerous producers (such as Flying Lotus and Nosaj Thing) taking up his legacy of languid, spacey hip-hop fusing clipped beats, old soul samples and far-out noises. Two weeks ago to mark the fourth anniversary of his death, Stussy teamed up with his label, Stones Throw, to create a limited-edition T-shirt featuring an image of Dilla. Continuing their homage, Stussy posted a 30-minute documentary about Dilla, featuring contributions from many of his collaborators, friends and acolytes. Watch it at vimeo.com/user3257108.
Freaked out by Estelle
The new single by Estelle, "Freak", is a bit of a curio. Produced by the French house DJ David Guetta, it's fairly scattershot: running throughout is a pulsing club tune, reminiscent of Diplo's work with MIA, except with more laid-back vocals. In between, there is some aggressive rapping by Kardinal Offishall and various samples turn up, including a snippet from Soul II Soul. I'm inclined to think it's horrible, but perhaps I need to listen to it more. Decide for yourself at bit.ly/bsC79k.
Bikini Kill want your riotous tales
Bikini Kill were one of the key US bands of the brief 1990s "riot grrrl" movement. The group quietly disbanded in 1998. Now, however, they are showing signs of a return, albeit, perhaps only a nostalgic one. On the blog bikinikillarchive.wordpress.com, the band are compiling a Bikini Kill chronicle and are seeking the help of fans – send memories or anecdotes about the band as well as press clippings or videos of their gigs to bkillarchive@ gmail.com.
The ever-dependable blog Gorilla vs Bear (bit.ly/AP0tE) has been influential in pushing interest in the recent wave of hazy, lo-fi US bands. The latest such act to receive their attention is Cults. Thus far, Cults remain mysterious with scant detail about who is behind the moniker – though no doubt, he/she/ they will be unmasked and pulled into the music merry-go-round shortly. At cults.bandcamp.com, you can download Cults' three songs, which are all quite lovely – the standout is "Go Outside". The production sounds clearer than many of their lo-fi forebears, but the combination of female-led group vocals, tight guitar riff, twinkling xylophone, 1960s pop nostalgia and a hint of soul is a pretty winning one.