Archive for Mercury Music Prize

alt-J (∆) – Fitzpleasure (Official Music Video)

Posted in News with tags , on November 12, 2012 by E.N.

Mercury Music Prize Nominees 2012

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on September 13, 2012 by E.N.

The shortlist of nominees for the The 2012 Barclaycard Mercury Prize Albums of the Year has been announced.

And the nominees are:
Alt-J ‘An Awesome Wave’
Ben Howard ‘Every Kingdom’
Django Django ‘Django Django’
Field Music ‘Plumb’
Jessie Ware ‘Devotion’
Lianne La Havas ‘Is Your Love Big Enough?’
Michael Kiwanuka ‘Home Again’
The Maccabees ‘Given to the Wild’
Plan B ‘Ill Manors’
Richard Hawley ‘Standing at the Sky’s Edge’
Roller Trio ‘Roller Trio’
Sam Lee ‘Ground of its Own’

The Invisible new album ‘Rispah'(Stream)

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 11, 2012 by E.N.

‘Rispah’ is out now in Europe (6/12 in North America) on CD and download (LP released 9 July)

 

‘Rispah’, the sophomore album by The Invisible and their first for Ninja Tune, is out now.

Buy at Ninjashop: http://bit.ly/M7MTDh
Buy at Amazon: http://glnk.it/1a9
Download on iTunes: http://glnk.it/1av

More info HERE

Download:The Invisible – ‘Protection’ (Radio Edit) new album on Ninja Tune

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 21, 2012 by E.N.

Ninja Tune is pleased to announce the signing of Mercury-nominated band The Invisible.

The band’s upcoming sophomore album ‘Rispah’ will be released 11 June 2012.

Dave Okumu, Tom Herbert (bass & synthesizer) and Leo Taylor (drums) have been working together as The Invisible for the last six years, though their musical collaborations stretch back much further. After a year out on the road playing in Matthew Herbert’s band, Herbert said he wanted to produce and release Dave’s solo record via his label, Accidental. But Dave instead decided to recruit his longtime friends for a genuine collaboration, The Invisible’s name arriving after the three began writing.

The result was their eponymous debut, which was nominated for the 2009 Mercury Music Prize, as well as critics’ choice as iTunes album of the year. Unafraid to challenge themselves compositionally, The Invisible’s boundless approach to arrangement flows effortlessly between the texturally rich and the rhythm heavy, the ethereal and the visceral, taking in unique and subtle electronic dancefloor rhythms as well as deviations into experimental rock. It’s a mixture that’s won peer level praise from the likes of Radiohead’s Ed O’Brien, Foals, Hot Chip, Wild Beasts, Anna Calvi and Everything Everything.

Download:The Invisible – ‘Protection’ (Radio Edit)

Speech Debelle —Freedom Of Speech

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , on November 16, 2011 by E.N.

Speech Debelle —Freedom Of Speech
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Released 06/02/2012

Two years since winning the 2009 Mercury Music Prize for her debut album, “Speech Therapy,” and having ridden a rollercoaster through life since then, Speech Debelle is ready to drop her second collection of music.

Entitled “Freedom of Speech,” the album sees Speech turning from introspection to stand up, face and engage with the world around her, spitting confident themes of revolution and love. Still brutally honest, yet a more mature and exciting record with lyrics to match, the new sound was shaped in collaboration with Kwes, a young South London producer who already boasts production for DELS, a record contract with Warp and a recent trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo as part of Damon Albarn’s DRC project for Oxfam.

A first taste of the album came in the aftermath of this summer’s riots, when Speech reacted immediately, leaking the track “Blaze Up A Fire,” (also featuring Roots Manuva and Realism), a track about political revolution written months before. Going on record about the causes of the riots in a statement and on twitter gave rise to heated debate, yet as the dust settled, there remained respect for her speaking out with insight, while others chose to stay silent.

So now the build-up begins to the release of “Freedom of Speech” in early February 2012 with the free download of the track “Studio Backpack Rap.” From political to musical revolution, Speech describes the track as being “all about virtual instrumentation and an ode to Kwes the producer. For the writing stage of the album he would take out his laptop and midi-USB keyboard and that would be it. We’d start working and I couldn’t believe what we could do with so little equipment.”

Over a catchy, bumping, jostling piece of music which pays tribute to the essence of hip hop without feeling the need to sound too much like it, Speech lays out clever, witty lyrics about the high-tech, low-gloss DIY attitude which has relevance far beyond just creating music. Optimistic, sly, funny and an undeniable head-nodder, it’s a long way from “Speech Therapy,” while showcasing just one aspect of her remarkable new album.

Tracklisting :
01. Studio Backpack Rap Download HERE
02. Live for the Message
03. Blaze up a Fire feat. Roots Manuva and Realism
04. Elephant
05. X Marks the Spot
06. Angel Wings
07. Shawshank
08. I’m With It
09. The Problem
10. Collapse
11. Eagle Eye
12. Sun Dog

Speech Debelle returns with new album & free download single

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , on November 11, 2011 by E.N.

Two years since winning the 2009 Mercury Music Prize for her debut album, ‘Speech Therapy’, and having ridden a rollercoaster through life since then, Speech Debelle is ready to drop her second collection of music. Entitled ‘Freedom of Speech’, the album is released February 2012 on Big Dada Recordings.

The first single and a free download is ‘Studio Backpack Rap’. From political to musical revolution, Speech describes the track as being “all about virtual instrumentation and an ode to Kwes the producer.” Over a catchy, bumping, jostling piece of music, Speech lays out clever, witty lyrics about the high-tech, low-gloss DIY attitude which has relevance far beyond just creating music. Optimistic, sly, funny and an undeniable head-nodder, it’s a long way from ‘Speech Therapy’, while showcasing just one aspect of her remarkable new album.

Speech Debelle ‘Studio Backpack Rap’ (Official Video)

Pre-order ‘Freedom of Speech’ from the Ninjashop now.

 

Antony and The Johnsons – Thank You For Your Love (Official Video)

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 20, 2010 by E.N.

Antony and the Johnsons are releasing the video for “Thank You For Your Love” today. The video is comprised of Super 8 footage that Antony shot when he first arrived to New York City as a teenager in the early 1990’s. The video premiered today.

The song is the title-track of Antony’s forthcoming EP that is being released in the UK and Europe by Rough Trade on August 23rd and on August 24th in North America by Secretly Canadian. It is also the lead single from Antony’s next album “Swanlights” due out October 11 in the UK and Europe and October 12 in North America. The album is now available for pre-order including bundles consisting of the full length CD and EP, vinyl LP and EP, and book with CD and EP. Those who purchase the bundles will instantly receive an advance download of the EP. The pre-order is up at http://www.swanlights.com.

On October 12, Abrams Image will simultaneously release a special edition of “Swanlights” which will include the CD inside a 144-page hard cover book containing Antony’s paintings, collages, photography and writing. The album only version of “Swanlights” will also include the song “Flétta”, a duet with Björk. The album and book are a continuation of Antony’s work exploring his connection to the natural world.

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Antony and the Johnsons “Thank You For Your Love” EP+free mp3

Antony and the Johnsons -Swanlights(incl. Björk)October 12, 2010

Antony and The Johnsons Announce New Album “Swanlights” October 4th & Book
www.swanlights.com
www.antonyandthejohnsons.com

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Antony and the Johnsons “Thank You For Your Love” EP+free mp3

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 6, 2010 by E.N.

Antony and the Johnsons to Release

Thank You For Your Love EP on August 24

Download the title-track here for the price of an email!

Antony and the Johnsons will release their five track EP “Thank You For Your Love” on August 24th via Secretly Canadian.  The title-track is the lead single from the forthcoming album “Swanlights” also being released by Secretly Canadian on October 12. The album is now available for pre-order including bundles consisting of the full length CD and EP, vinyl LP and EP, and book with CD and EP will be available for sale on August 5th. Those who purchase the bundles will instantly receive an advance download of the EP. The pre-order is up here
 
On “Thank You For Your Love”, Antony expresses a soul-infused cry of gratitude, but the song progresses into urgency, leaving behind the 4/4 rhythms and breaking into an emotional gallop that reveals an underlying pathos.  “You Are The Treasure” is the calm after the storm, “My Lord My Love” closes the A side as a song for a lost childhood.  The B side features two unusual covers accompanied by Kevin Barker on Acoustic Guitar, the first is Bob Dylan’s “Pressing On”, Antony’s take is sweet, upbeat and beautiful.  “Imagine” collaboration with avant-garde ambient composer William Basinski is a foreboding take on John Lennon’s hallowed song.

Artwork for the EP features photographs Antony took when he first arrived in NYC as a teenager in the early 90’s. 

Antony and the Johnsons will also release their new album, “Swanlights”, on October 12th in the US via Secretly Canadian.  Abrams Image will simultaneously release a special edition of “Swanlights” which will include the CD inside a 144-page hard cover book containing Antony’s paintings, collages, photography and writing. The album only version of “Swanlights” on Secretly Canadian will also include the song “Flétta”, a duet with Björk. The album and book are a continuation of Antony’s work exploring his connection to the natural world.

“Thank You For Your Love” Track List
 
1.   Thank You For Your Love
2.   You Are The Treasure
3.   My Lord My Love
4.   Pressing On
5.   Imagine

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Antony and the Johnsons -Swanlights(incl. Björk)October 12, 2010

www.swanlights.com
www.antonyandthejohnsons.com
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Antony and the Johnsons -Swanlights(incl. Björk)October 12, 2010

Posted in News, Promotions with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 30, 2010 by E.N.

Antony and the Johnsons

 
Swanlights
(Due October 12, 2010)

 


Album to be Released Secretly Canadian;

 

 

 

 

 

 
 Antony and the Johnsons will release their new album, “Swanlights”, on October 12th in the US via Secretly Canadian.  Abrams Image will simultaneously release a special edition of “Swanlights” which will include the CD inside a 144-page hard cover book containing Antony’s paintings, collages, photography and writing. The album only version of “Swanlights” on Secretly Canadian will also include the song “Flétta”, a duet with Björk. The album and book are a continuation of Antony’s work exploring his connection to the natural world.

Book to be released by Abrams Image

While I Am a Bird Now is compelling in its vulnerability, and The Crying Light is a masterpiece of austerity, Swanlights may be Antony’s most wide-rangingly emotional work to date. It is a record that is at moments heartbreakingly  tender, and at other times has a joyful gleam to its teeth. Unlike previous work, which was often quite sparsely voiced, on Swanlights the vines in the garden are overgrown and the sound palette has become more exotic; strange percussive elements, John Cale-esque string drones, heavily distorted guitars and symphonic winds and strings thread the song cycle together.

“Everything is New” opens the album with a newborn piano melody that quickly gathers in momentum and excitement. Strings and bursts of percussion carry the song forward in a feral cacophony of sound. Later on the album, the title track  “Swanlights” finds us navigating a primordial and hallucinatory world of hazy guitar tones. The enigmatic layered melody of “Swanlights” emerges from a glistening soundscape. A central image on the album, Antony explains what he means by the word “Swanlights”:  ”It’s the reflection of light on the surface of the water at night. It’s the moment when a spirit jumps out of a body and turns into a violet ghost.”  On “Thank You For Your Love”, Antony expresses a soul-infused sentiment of gratitude, but the song progresses into urgency, leaving behind the 4/4 rhythmic structure and breaking into an emotional gallop that reveals an underlying pathos.

The Swanlights book is a collection of thought-provoking paintings, drawings, collages, photography, and writings. Dreamlike and often bleakly environmental, Antony depicts a natural and spiritual world under siege. Much of the work aches with a forlorn romanticism. In some pieces, the artist draws together fragments of the past, the present and the future to create a ghostly sense of omniscience. One image features a portrait of the artist with his great grandmother’s face projected upon his own, creating a ricochet through time and genealogy.  Found images of natural landscapes are stained with scrawls of ink, indicating invisible presence and movement. Some pieces are more conceptual; in “Cut Away The Bad”, the artist removes corrupted elements in an attempt to restore balance.  In pieces like “I Want To Help” Antony sews a torn landscape back together with a magical intent.

Music and visual art intersect in these two presentations of Swanlights to create an arresting vision of the world through the artist’s eyes.

Swanlights is the fourth Antony and the Johnsons album and the follow up to the critically acclaimed “The Crying Light” which entered the European Chart at #1 was included in year-end best of lists across the globe in 2009. Antony burst into the international spotlight with his second album, “I am a Bird Now”, which won the UK’s prestigious Mercury Music Prize.

Swanlights Track-List

1. Everything is New
2. The Great White Ocean
3. Ghost
4. I’m In Love
5. Violetta
6. Swanlights
7. The Spirit Was Gone
8. Thank You For Your Love
9. Flétta (with Björk)
10. Salt Silver Oxygen
11. Christina’s Farm
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