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Wednesday 21 August 2013
Sunday 11 August 2013
I'm back in Britain after two- and-half-weeks on holiday in the South of France. Having just done two months of solid filming for Fool Britannia 2, it wasn't just my mind that needed a rest. It was also my poor face, that had undergone about three hours of prosthetics every morning in order to transform me into whatever weird character we were filming that day. I was sick of putting stuff on my skin, so I decided to give it a total detox and not shave or do anything for the whole holiday. And so it began, my initiation into the world of the beard.
Friday 09 August 2013
UK trio London Grammar release their debut album, If You Wait, on 9 September. Ahead of that they release the “Stronger” single EP on the first of the month. Theirs is a minimalist, downbeat electro-meets-organic instrumentation sound à la The xx with singer Hannah Reid's vocals reminiscent of Florence Welch. The B-side from the EP, “Feelings”, highlights their finely controlled abilities and is streaming at snd.sc/185vx6y. It veers dangerously close to oh-so tasteful wine-bar-based background music but it's an affecting effort nonetheless. Meanwhile, in a similar moody electro vein is the new song from LA singer Banks. “Waiting Game” produced by Sohn, finds Banks purring her vocals over heavy, bassy, dubstep-infused beats and synth waves. Hear it at snd.sc/15HJnM9.
Friday 02 August 2013
The house music DJ, producer and singer Romanthony possessed such an emotive, warm, soulful voice that it could withstand any treatment and still touch listeners and club-goers in a unique way. Most famously, his distinctive vocals survived the auto-tune processing the French electronic music duo Daft Punk put them through in order to create the euphoric “One More Time”, the worldwide smash that took their career to another level in 2000.
Tuesday 23 July 2013
There's a play by Ben Jonson called Epicoene, or The Silent Woman in which a wealthy old fool named Morose has such a fanatical hatred of noise that he's devised a room with double walls and treble ceilings to try to block out the world.
Saturday 20 July 2013
Mazzy Star release their first album in 17 years this September. Seasons of Your Day, co-written by Hope Sandoval (pictured) and David Roback, features performances by all the band's original members, including guests Colm O'Ciosoig of My Bloody Valentine and the late Bert Jansch. This week the band posted “California” on YouTube at tinyurl.com/os96qro. It's a gorgeous, affecting song, sure to please fans of their shoegaze dream-pop.
Wednesday 26 June 2013
An artist who invites us to listen as well as look
Friday 14 June 2013
I can't help feeling a little let down by this follow-up to 2009's Walking on a Dream, which seems to compress that album's imagination and stylistic variety through a small valve set midway between Daft Punk and The Scissor Sisters.
Thursday 13 June 2013
Blown away by a hip-hop superstar’s brutal beats
Wednesday 12 June 2013
Forget pyrotechnics, dancers and crazy hydaulics - Rihanna's Diamonds tour is essentially one long celebration of her lady-parts
Friday 31 May 2013
LA musician Julia Holter (pictured) returns in August with her third album in three years in the shape of Loud City Song. Last year's much praised Ekstasis was a stand-out, full of great experimental baroque pop, strange electronics, fine songwriting and Holter's lovely high-pitched vocal.
The promotional bumf cites Colette and Frank O'Hara as influences on this album themed around Holter's relationship with her hometown, all of which might make one uneasy, but in her skilled hands it should all be OK.
The first track from Loud City Song has been a released and it is an intriguing opening effort. “World” is an extremely sparse affair with those high-end, poised vocals leading the charge over spare hints of synths and strings. The song can be heard with its lo-fi, LA-shot video at youtu.be/BmT7GKPsxto.
Wednesday 22 May 2013
This weekend's Field Day festival in east London is packed with storming new acts.
Tuesday 21 May 2013
Critics find little fault in Daft Punk's first album in eight years, which has its feet planted on the dance floor despite a few musical twists and turns
Wednesday 15 May 2013
Tuesday 14 May 2013
Somehow, it’s already the middle of 2013. We’ve survived apocalypse scares, generated celebrities who are more influential than politicians, and grown into adulthood without everything we’ve forgotten about Egyptian pharaohs from primary school being a hindrance to everyday life.
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