Clinicare set to release their seventh album,Free Reign, on November 13 in North America/November 12 in the rest of the world. Produced by the band themselves in their hometown of Liverpool and mixed with the assistance of Daniel Lopatin (Oneohtrix Point Never), Free Reign is an extremely apt title for a particularly bold and assured new transmission from planetClinic.
In the fifteen years since the release of the irrepressible band’s debut EP, Ade Blackburn and co. have essentially delivered an exquisite masterclass in fearless singularity. The junkshop-trawling analogue fetishism of the warm, smoky instrumentation that gives their songs such a vividly placeable sense of mood and atmosphere; the surrealist bent of Blackburn’s lyrics – so steeped in their own personal mythology – and the band’s over-riding commitment to never straying into the realm of the obvious or complacent are all long-standing elements of Clinic‘s work that are furthered, perfected even, on Free Reign.
Free Reign neither turns its back on the direction of its predecessor, Bubblegum, nor seeks to revisit it verbatim, instead incorporating the simple, childlike melodies and spacious nature of the former whilst being at the same time as powerful, visceral and rhythmically charged as anything the band have ever recorded.
The tracklisting for Free Reign :
Seamless Boogie Woogie BBC2 10pm (rpt)
For the Season
Sun and the Moon
Free Reign will not only be available on the usual formats – CD, LP and digital download – but also on limited edition UFO format, in the form of an exclusive, glow-in-the-dark, cosmic flying disc which comes with the album download code (ie, a pretty nifty Frisbee). To pre-order the album click HERE.
London-based electronic duo Stuart Francis and Howard Whatley, aka Plant Plants, will be releasing their eagerly awaited follow up to their debut EP through This Is Music on 18th June. The label is home to the likes of Charli XCX, Mujava, Helium Robots and Theophilus London.
Described by The Fader as “life affirming”, Plant Plants EP, entitled ‘EP2’, once again boasts the production credentials of Simian Mobile Disco’s Jas Shaw, and will be available on 12” vinyl and digital download.
Through the use of hands-on hardware samplers, with guitar effects and parallel vocals, you will not see a laptop in sight; all samples and effects are played live as instruments in both their recorded music and live show, making them a cut above the rest.
Track listing as follows:
1. Embrace The Real
2. One To Adore
4. Stupid Boy
Plant Plants play The Queen of Hoxton (EP launch) on 14th June, and The Nest in Stoke Newington on 15th June alongside The Juan Maclean, Shit Robot, Factory Floor and Rory Phillips.
Mancini & The Creepers, a Bristol and London based trio, continues to blur the lines between Hip Hop, Soul, Indie, Electronica and Jazz, fusing sounds and styles with an impeccably British twist. Vocalist Mancini combines rolling raps and melodies in a uniquely soulful style, breezing through stories of life in modern day Britain. Production is handled by Tommy Tempa and Frank Laws, who together hold down The Creepers organic sound.
Their previous releases have been played by Gilles Peterson among others and received raving feedback from DJs such as DJ Vadim and Laurant Garnier.
Self-assured, ambitious, and often ingenious, the Monkey Kids’ debut EP ‘Wild Attraction!’ on the eclectic Umalu Recordings is a densely layered, proudly psychedelic delight. All four tracks are loaded with alluring hooks and lyrical snippets to grab your attention, making them strong enough to stand up to the bold (mostly synthesized) aural choices made by producers Ariel Lanfrit and Luciano Siclari, of Ciudad Feliz fame.
The EP is packed with ’80s-style dance electronics sounds, showcasing the Monkey Kids’ skillful touch, spot-on sequencing and their own distinctive sparkle. Their colorful debut is a dazzling trip through 40 years of psychedelic-pop – with a deadpan delivery that can only be described as 21st century. One for the fans of Cut Copy, MGMT, Metronomy, Alex Metric.
1: Feel Fine Feel Good
2: Feel Right Now
3: Free Up The People
4: Take Me As I Am
As members of the South American based Ciudad Feliz, Ariel Lanfrit and Luciano Siclar have been DJ’d and musicians since 1998 before really being discovered during the 2000 Winter Music Conference in Miami. The pair have released tracks on labels such as 3am Recordings, Silver Network, Soundplant and more.
Umalu Recordings previous releases have included tracks from the likes of Jazzy Eyewear, Autodeep, Les Loups, Toomy Disoc, South West Seven and more.
Method Of Defiance returns with
“Dub Arcanium Arcandrum”
Remix and dub style versions of tracks culled from the Method Of Defiance albums “Jahbulon” & “Incunabula” featuring remixes from Scientist, Prefuse 73, Mad Professor, SubCode, Dr. Israel, MRC Riddims (the production/DJ team of Oktopus (dalek) & MRC (from Ifwhen & All Natural Lemon & Lime Flavors), Perdurabo 6 and Bill Laswell
Method Of Defiance
“Dub Arcanium Arcandrum”
October 11, 2011
File under: Rock, Dub, Roots, Reggae,
Dancehall, Drum and Bass, Electronica
On October 11, Bill Laswell’s MOD Technologies presents the brand new Method Of Defiance release, “Dub Arcanium Arcandrum.” This new album offers remix and dub style versions of tracks that originally appeared on the 2010 Method Of Defiance albums “Jahbulon” & “Incunabula” and features remixes from Scientist, Prefuse 73, Mad Professor, SubCode, Dr. Israel, MRC Riddims (the production/DJ team of Oktopus (dalek) & MRC (from Ifwhen & All Natural Lemon & Lime Flavors), Perdurabo 6 and Bill Laswell.
In October 2010, Bill Laswell launched his brand new M.O.D. Technologies label with “Jahbulon” the first in a series of three releases from the group Methods Of Defiance – the collaborative project featuring vocalists Dr. Israel and Hawkman, legendary bassist/producer, Bill Laswell, keyboardist / Funkadelic – icon, Bernie Worrell, post-modern / futurist drummer Guy Licata, Toshinori Kondo and DJ Krush. The music is a blend of Rock, Dub, Roots, Reggae, Dancehall, Drum and Bass, Electronica and reflects the eclectic words from which each Methods Of Defiance artist floats in.
The second of three releases came in the way of “Incunabula” (instrumental versions of “Jahbulon”) while the series closes out with radical new interpretations of the tracks on “Dub Arcanium Arcandrum.” Scientist starts it off with a retouching of the single “One World” and later reenters with a ganja smoked up “Herb is Burnin”(dub style, of course), & he tosses a disordered ordered mix at the end to make it all fair. Prefuse 73 pushes his space-age hip hop way in, via the future, with his take on a piece from “Incunabula” (and you thought the original was out). Mad professor stumbles in dubbin’ his ass off. SubCode, a Moroccan remixer we have been chasing for a while, remixes as if his life depended on it, the Hawk track “Do or Die”.
Dr Israel remixes two tracks, one of his and one of Hawk’s and this is something we wish he would do more of, the man can remix, damn it. MRC Riddims, the production/DJ team of Oktopus (dalek) & MRC (from Ifwhen & All Natural Lemon & Lime Flavors) join in with a reshaping of “Elijah’s Lament” done all Krooklyn style. Bill Laswell not to be upstaged, contributes two mixes from Incunabula, a dub out and an ambient version of “Quantum Echo”. Perdurabo 6, via the Basque speaking part of Spain, gives his almost 6 minute take on “One World” quite pleasant, really.
01 One World Dub – Scientist
02 Encode Armour Feed Version 1 – Prefuse 73
03 Elijah’s Lament Mad Professor Mix – Mad Professor
04 Do or Die Remix – SubCode
05 Elijah’s Lament Remix – MRC Riddims
06 Taykeovah Version – Dr Israel
07 Herb 4 – Scientist
08 Quantum Echo Apparition – Bill Laswell
09 No Salvation Version – Dr Israel
10 Quantum Echo Entombment Dub – Bill Laswell
11 One World First Claim Version – Perdurabo 6
12 One World Disorder Dub – Scientist
Jellyfish Brigade debut album, Gills And A Helmet OUT NOW
Jellyfish Brigade’s debut EP Gills And A Helmet is available at www.jellyfishbrigade.com as a “name your price” download. The album is poised to give listeners a taste of the duo’s inventive, heart-felt love songs that blur the lines between hip-hop, folk, electronica, and R&B.
This six-track EP is the result of a collaboration that started in the fall of 2009, unknown to ½ of the duo. As a recent transplant to Portland, OR, Jeffrey Acciaioli found a place to lay his head in the home of a talented MC, Lucas Dix. While Jeffrey spent his days at work, Lucas found unfinished instrumental compositions on Jeffrey’s computer and began to reinvent them by adding his lyrical finesse. Jeffrey’s music inspired Lucas to stray from preconceived styles of hip-hop and instead focus on expanding his vocal abilities and songwriting styles. Jeffrey eventually realized that Lucas was breathing new life into compositions that had long been ignored, and thus, Jellyfish Brigade was born.
As the project continues to unfold, Jellyfish Brigade expose a mythology of love, adventure, creation, sorrow and triumph. They reveal an honest reflection of the perfections and struggles encountered daily. Jeffrey Acciaioli’s emotive instrumentals swirl around Lucas Dix’s lyrical delivery, weaving their narratives into a soundtrack for self-discovery and preserving the time-honored art of storytelling.
This is a tale of lost and found and lost and so on. This is a legend about creation, friendships and letting go… Discovering the delicate beauty in everyday mistakes, escaping the drive of guilt, and rattling your weaknesses by fulfilling your passions. This is an album that touches the souls of the baton twirlers, the adventurers, the teachers, the students, the conjurers of brilliance, the blissfully clueless, the romantics, the silent listeners, the revolutionaries, and the shine chasers.
The Band’s New Album Goes Full Charge Into An Energetic Mash-Up Of Bhangra, Celtic, Dub Reggae And Electronic Beats
Hour Magazine wrote that “Delhi 2 Dublin is the United Nations of rock ‘n’ roll”. They are a Vancouver, Canada based band that plays an energetic mash-up of Bhangra, Celtic, Dub Reggae and Electronica with global rhythms and club beats. Tarun Nayar, Sanjay Seran, Andrew Kim and Ravi Binning along with new members Jaron Freeman-Fox and Sara Fitzpatrick are diverse in both their backgrounds and musical influences. The band has been together over four years and has released three albums including its latest, Planet Electric. The album title is apt because the six musicians feel that they plug directly into the world’s music and energy. The icing on the cake was mixing the album with noted UK producer Diamond “DJ Swami” Duggal (Apache Indian/Maxi Priest/Nusrat Fateh Ali).
A live collaboration put together in 2006 as a one-off performance piece for a club night in Vancouver called Delhi to Dublin was so well-received that requests for additional performances led to the official formation of Delhi 2 Dublin. “Not being able to fit into any specific genre allows the band to create whatever we like and not be judged for it. Our audience expects nothing less.” The band finds this advantageous for their live show as it enables them to create a flow to their sets much like a DJ would for the dance floor. “Audiences love to see a band transcending stereotypes and letting the music speak for itself”.
The Delhi 2 Dublin crew is constantly touring. The strong word-of-mouth on their live performances has enabled them to build a loyal and continent wide fan base. The band has played several of the top festivals in Canada and the U.S. and, in 2011, is expanding its horizons to include performances in the Pacific Rim and Europe. In addition, on March 1st, they will be releasing Planet Electric in the U.S. A new line-up, a new album and new international touring opportunities all signal that originality and evolution are all part of the Delhi 2 Dublin experience. They have become one of Canada’s most buzzed-about bands and 2011will only see them enhancing that reputation.
2008 – Delhi 2 Dublin
2009 – Remixed
2011 – Planet Electric
# of Members: 6
Founded: March 2006
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Electro, Acoustic, Celtic, Punjabi fusion with a touch of Reggae, Breakbeat, Drum n’ Bass and Hip Hop
Buraka Som Sistema, U2, Asian Dub Foundation, Manu Chao, Coldplay, Cheb i Sabbah, Dhamaal Soundsystem, Jazzy B
FACT mix 181 is a journey into austere electronic minimalism, steered by Pixel.
Pixel – real name Jon Egeskov – is a member of the esteemed Raster-Noton family, having released three albums on the label to date. He debuted in 2003 with The Display, following it with a collection of live studio recordings entitled Set Your Center Between Your Parts In Order To (2006). Pixel’s most recent offering is 2009′s The Drive, wherein he sets out to evoke an imaginary journey by car across the USA, via limber digital rhythm, the deep hiss and hum of guitar amplifiers, the churn and chatter of seemingly sentient micro-processors.
His mix for FACT includes four original Pixel tracks, with the rest of the tracklist made up largely of contributions from other Raster-Noton artists - Alva Noto (Carsten Nicolai), Ryuichi Sakamoto, Cyclo (Nicolai & Ryoji Ikeda) and Frank Bretschneider, the latter with no less than six untitled pieces. There’s also room for ‘Twenty’ by Labradford, whose psychogeographic post-rock and ambient meanderings in the 1990s no doubt acted as a formative influence on the young Egeskov.
Pixel will be performing live at the Alpha-ville festival in London on September 17-18. He joins an international line-up of audio-visual innovators and up-and-coming talent, including Actress, Subeena, Bola, Scanner and The Boats. Find out more here.