Archive for May 3, 2012
BEAK> release 2nd album
(Geoff Barrow/Billy Fuller/Matt Williams)
Artist: BEAK >
Label: INVADA UK
Digital Release Date: June 13
Physical Release Date: July 3rd
There is an accepted music industry strategy, mainly from the mouths of experienced music managers and A&R men, that for a band to get ready to present themselves to the world they should go on tour. In most cases this advice works; the band hone their craft on the road so by the time they get on to ‘Later with Jools Holland’ they can amaze with their slick, tight rock performance. However, this doesn’t always work. BEAK> formed by Geoff Barrow – Matt Williams – Billy Fuller in 2009 recorded their self-titled debut album in Bristol, created out of 12 days of improv sessions and then edited into song form. Shorty after releasing it on INVADA records UK and Ipecac records U.S., the band went on a successful tour, playing various festival dates across Europe and the U.S. Buzzing from the tour, Beak> then returned to the studio to start work on ALBUM 2 only to find that the time on the road had taken its toll on the band’s delicately sensitive and creative nature. And, by consequence, had turned them into a truly awful-sounding pub prog-rock band. The magic had gone. It seemed that the band were thoroughly moribund. Until… One rainy afternoon in Bristol after many tortured, truly terrible recording sessions something changed. It may have been the diesel fumes from the bands tour splitter bus had worn off, others say that the band simply turned their amplifiers down. We will possibly never know the true events of that afternoon but the band began to play and, once again as before, their bleak, wobbly anti-blue note sound had returned, but this time with added synthesizers.
DEBUT COLLABORATIVE ALBUM, THE CHERRY THING, OUT 18th JUNE
ON SMALLTOWN SUPERSOUND
A few weeks ago, Neneh Cherry & The Thing shared their excellent cover of Suicide’s ‘Dream Baby Dream,’ one of many brilliant covers off the group’s collaborative album, The Cherry Thing, out 18th June on Smalltown Supersound. As the release date nears, they’re giving a further glimpse into the range of this project via the video for ‘Accordion,’ the MF Doom song and perhaps the most surprising cover on the album. The mask wearing MF Doom first uttered these words when he collaborated with producer Madlib on the critically acclaimed, Madvillainy (Stones Throw; 2004).
And a few words straight from Miss Neneh on making the video:
” . . . oh how i DO love to work at night!!! getting the blasted contact lenses in was an emotional thing. F**KING near killed me. you’d think it’d be easy but . . . i wasn’t gonna do the blair witch thing now was i so in they had to go! i was late turning up (as per) so we worked all night. Ted the director was full on enthusiastic and Barca were playing Real Madrid on the laptop… full on. Judy Blame came thru with the outfits & Ian Jeffries socked it BiGTiME on the hair & make up . . . made an old biddy look like her young self again! . . . hope Doom gets the joke with the mask…”
In addition to Suicide and MF Doom, The Cherry Thing, Neneh’s first new album in 16 years and debut release with spectacular Scandinavian jazz trio The Thing, features the music of The Stooges, MF Doom, Ornette Coleman, Don Cherry, and Martina Topley-Bird, plus original pieces by Neneh and The Thing’s Mats Gustafsson.
Director Ted Says comments, “we wanted to create an atmosphere that would sit well with the unpredictable music of The Thing and be playful yet creepy. I didn’t want to restrict Neneh too much either – she had to have a platform to do her thing undisturbed. Shooting in darkness, amongst the trees with a bunch of lasers, it was then.”
Santigold Performs *Disparate Youth* Live On Jimmy Fallon 5/2/2012
Free Download of Entire #digitalfreedom EP HERE
Back with their second EP on 12-3, the Chi-town/Stockholm connection grows stronger – House Of Royalty & Chris Mojek, yet another exquisite split EP for you to enjoy. The concept remains – two tracks each: undeniable dance music, a good dose of forward thinking and lots of playfulness: club tracks and proper dope songs, a two-in-one.
Sweet sax samples, perfect vocal cuts, a soulful mindset, some unexpected influences and a great variety of styles – These are tracks for the coming summer! Use them around euphoria o’clock, that’s when they’ll suit you the best.
2nd of May 2012