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Truck Festival 2011 announces first acts

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22nd- 24thJULY 2011


Gruff Rhys and Bellowhead to headline plus Saint Etienne, Johnny Flynn, John Grant, The Duke & The King, Cherry Ghost, Fixers, Trophy Wife, Jonquil, Chad Valley, Caitlin Rose,Marques Toliver, Treefight For Sunlight, Marcus Foster, Jonny, Richmond Fontaine (acoustic duo) and Dreaming Spires

Truck Festival returns for its 14th outing this summer. Having turned teenage in 2010, Truck continues to grow up, this year becoming a full three day festival for the first time, introducing brand new stages and a completely redesigned site. The independent jewel in the UK festival-season crown is a family-run affair, lead by brothers Robin and Joe Bennett. The Flying’ Bennett Brothers (as we’ve decided to call them for the rest of the year…) are chuffed to bits to unveil the following treats for 2011:

Having, remarkably, never graced the green green grass of Steventon before with any of his various phenomenal sonic projects, the hugely talented Gruff Rhys will close the Truck Stage on the Saturday with his only UK festival main stage headline slot. The Super Furry Animals frontman will be performing tracks from his warmly received recent solo offering, ‘Hotel Shampoo’.

Truck’s very first ever Friday Truck Stageheadliner will be Bellowhead. Winner of Best Group and Best Live Act at the BBC Folk Awards last month, they performed an amazing set at Truck 2010 and walked off with the hearts of the audience, many of whom cried “get Bellowhead to headline” when asked what they’d like to see next year. Not one to let down their Truckers, Robin and Joe are thrilled to grant this wish. Preceding them on Friday, Simone Felice and Robert “chicken” Burke will bring their acclaimed soul-country ensemble The Duke & The King all the way from Woodstock, New York.

Gracing the new second stage will beSaint Etienne, who will seamlessly merge the guitar strums of the daytime line-up with the after-dark dance party plans, and folk-rock troubadour Johnny Flynn, delivering his wry lyrical perspective on the world. MOJO Album of the Year 2010 winner, and former front-man of The Czars, John Grant,makes his Truck debut and critically acclaimed Cherry Ghost joins them with a slot on the new stage.

Graduating to the Main Stage from playing in a barn and current darlings of those that hotly tip the best in new music, Fixers will play with a hometown advantage at Truck. Previously home to Fixers and buddies of Truck, the Blessing Force collective score a trio of appearances with Trophy Wife, Jonquil and Chad Valley all joining the bill. A Loretta Lynn for this generation, Caitlin Rosewill fit in perfectly with the often country-infused atmosphere of Truck, while classical violinist and Brooklyn busker turned great hope of soul music Marques Toliver will bring something quite unique to Hill Farm.

Indie super group Jonny bring previous Truck headliner Norman Blake of Teenage Fanclub back to Steventon with his partner in crime, Euros Childs of Gorky’s, supporting their eponymous debut LP. The beguiling Treefight For Sunlight play swooning, roller-coasting, deliriously jubilant sunshine pop that harks back to more innocent times, while singer-songwriter and sculptor Marcus Foster,signed to Communion Records, may have only just released his debut EP but already the buzz around this young talent is deafening.

Acclaimed Richmond Fontaine singer-songwriter Willy Vlautin leads his alt-country acoustic duo to Truck, and finally, Robin and Joe will take a break from running the festival for an hour or so to treat the audience to a set by their band Dreaming Spires, celebrating the July release of their debut single “Everything all the time”.

Even with the increase in size and length of the festival, weekend tickets for Truck are still less than £100 taking the prize for the best value mini-holiday music lovers could wish for in 2011. Building on the well-earned reputation of one of the best independent festival offerings out there, also new for 2011 are camping areas including quiet and family spots, a camp-fire primed for sing-alongs (no doubt led by some whiskey-stoked Dreaming Spires…) and the new Family Field, which will include many of the features that have made Truck’s award-winning, fully-sustainable, little sister event Wood such a delight – a wide selection of workshops and activities for children, luxury camping options to rent, delicious local organic food and a stage hosted by the Oxford Folk Festival who Truck are happy to give a home to after their event was sadly forced to cancel in 2011.

Keep on Trucking! – more acts and news to be announced for Truck Festival 2011 shortly.

Adult weekend ticket £99 plus booking fee
Young person’s (13-17) weekend ticket* £79 plus booking fee
*Please note under-12’s go free and under-18’s must be accompanied by an adult

Seetickets (nationwide) – 0844 209 7363
Truck Store, 101 Cowley Road, Oxford – 01865 793 866
And local outlets


Download:Kingdom XLR8R podcast 188

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Even in the increasingly crowded world of bass music, Kingdom is an artist without many real peers. Sure, he’s one of the leading members of the London-based Night Slugs cadre, but this American DJ and producer—who has also released music on the Fool’s Gold imprint—sports a diverse sound arsenal that relies heavily on three things: unusual bass permutations, inventive drum patterns, and, perhaps most importantly, an unabashed love of hip-hop and R&B. All of those elements play major roles in this exclusive mix for the XLR8R podcast series, a DJ session that happens to include a whole lot of unreleased Kingdom material. It all comes as the one-time Brooklyn artist—who now splits time between New York and Los Angeles—prepares to head out on a sizable North American tour, a trek that includes multiple gigs at SXSW, stops on both coasts, and some Canadian dates with Night Slugs bretheren Bok Bok and Girl Unit. If his DJ sets on the road resemble this podcast in the least, Kingdom is going to leave a lot of happy dancefloor revelers in his wake.

Download:Kingdom XLR8R podcast 188

01 Jacques Greene “Tell Me (Kingdom Edit)” (LuckyMe)
02 Kingdom “SFX”
03 Kingdom “Los Poderes (Edit ft. Floetry)” (Dutty Artz)
04 Kingdom “Stalker Ha” (Night Slugs)
05 Kingdom “Uptown Buck” (Scion/Trouble&Bass)
06 Jam City “Aqua Box” (Night Slugs)
07 Katy B “Lights On (Girl Unit Remix)” (Rinse)
08 Kingdom “Okay To Dance” (Fool’s Gold)
09 MikeQ & Angel X “Let It All Out 2011” (Qween Beat)
10 Nguzunguzu “Timesup” (Fade to Mind)
11 Kingdom “Stadium Pass” (Enchufada)
12 Bok Bok “Silo Pass” (Night Slugs)
13 DJ Cabos x Kingdom “Snapduro + Appetite Edit”
14 Kid Ink “Keep It Rollin”
15 Kingdom “If You Buck”
16 Win Win “Interleave (Kingdom Remix)” (Vice)
17 Total Freedom “YB Voice Song”
18 DJ Exota Vs. DJ Vali “Pu**yf**ker (Kingdom Edit)” (Unreleased)
19 Jim Jones / Automatik “Go Cinderella (Kingdom Edit)” (Diplomats)
20 Ciara x Girl Unit “Ride + Every Time (Kingdom Blend)” (Night Slugs)

North American Tour Dates
3.10 Beauty Bar (Chicago, IL)
3.11 Wrongbar w/ Bok Bok + Girl Unit (Toronto, Canada)
3.12 Club Infinity @ Drom (New York, NY)
3.13 Fortune Sound Club w/ Bok Bok + Girl Unit (Vancouver, Canada)
3.16 SXSW @ Icee Hot vs. TURRBOTAX® @ Frank w/ Rem Koolhaus, Egyptrixx, Brenmar, Ghosts on Tape, Redinho, Deadboy, Jackmaster (Austin, TX)
3.17 SXSW @ Big Freedia Party @ Loft 718 w/ Dream Boat Crusaderz, Disco Tits, Traffique, Mos Jeff, ELVIS, Stanley Roy (Fantasy), No Mas Bodas, Lady Business, Zuzuka, Shyvonne, Fndonmntl, Hunx and His Punx + DJ Dirty Fingers (Austin, TX)
3.18 SXSW @ Fader Fort w/ Brenmar (Austin, TX)
3.18 SXSW @ Fool’s Gold Party @ Beauty Bar w/ Donnis, Party Supplies, A-Trak, Suzan, Telephoned, Nick Catchdubs + Cubic Zirconia (Austin, TX)
3.19 The Public Works w/ Falty DL (San Francisco, CA)
3.26 Ultra Music Festival @ Fool’s Gold Party @ Grand Central (Miami, FL)

Black Diamond Bay : Come The Desert (album sampler preview+free download+remix comp.)

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“Poised and delicate” TRAFFIC MAGAZINE “Amazing” WHO’S JACK “Beautiful” JOHN KENNEDY XFM “Epic” MTV “Amazing” NO TITLE “Spine tingling” METRO

Take two excellent vocalists, add an Iranian electric guitarist with a penchant for effects pedals, add one drummer with an electronic kit and a mac, throw in a seasoned bass player, a laptop wizard and the occasional violin, mix in some beautifully written songs with catchy choruses and you have music that’s pretty hard to describe but brilliant to listen to.

Black Diamond Bay are a Leeds based 6 piece who, as the line up suggests, bring together a wide array of influences. Is it folkie ? indie ?? electro??? indie folkatronica???? Who knows and does the label really matter? Like all good music this is unclassifiable What counts is the power of the music and Black Diamond Bay stand out as a band with the live intensity and magnetism to endure for more than the regulatory ‘15 seconds of fame’.

Black Diamond Bay already have a colourful history that includes a childhood Eurovision experience, broadcast script writing, being the number one act on a popular Lithuanian website for 2009 and playing the main stage to great acclaim at Kendal Calling, with support coming from BBC Radio Leeds, Kiss, 6 Music and XFM even before they actually released a record

The first single ‘Worship The Sun’ was picked up by Mixmag featuring in their March podcast it also got 8/10 in iDJ Magazine where the reviewer struggled manfully to explain why the band sounded so good but could only conclude that they just did. More play and support came from BBC 6 Music, BBC Radio 1 , Tom Robinson and Eddy Temple Morris.

And there’s more, these guys are not just studio boffins Black Diamond Bay play a storming live show . A string of festival appearances including Deer Shed, Kendal Calling, Bingley Live, Moor Music Festival The Big Chill and the Vampires Ball at Bram Stokers International Film Festival have, without exception, left the audience wanting more.

Listen+Free Download of previous single ‘Philharmonic Bubbles’

There’s a cool remix competition in progress at the moment which closes on 21st March. The winning mix will be considered for release through Exceptional Records , as well as receiving a £50 voucher from to grab themselves some cool sample CDs or software, plus, of course, our never-ending respect and adulation.


The first album from Black Diamond Bay – Come the Desert – contains 11 elegantly crafted songs Here’s what Jesse BDB front man and songwriter in chief has to say about them

Hearts – We were listening to Kraftwerk at the time and as if by magic, our beloved Virus synthesizer started making the sort of noises they might have been proud of. The beat came naturally enough following the rhythms of the synth and as for the vocal, well, I had a post card sent to me from New York with the line ‘We know in our heart that you lied.’ Tony Blair was on the television a lot back then. The words just flowed from that.

The Levels – We spent so much time with them we began to feel a level of attachment to the machines that made our music. One day we clean forgot they weren’t real and wrote a love song from them to us. We were bored of loving something that had no conceptual awareness of the world around it so we gave it life. And feelings. And we directed those feelings at ourselves, because we’re egotists.

Philharmonic Bubbles – When I was sixteen I was in love with a girl who had golden hair and bright blue eyes and the sort of smile that makes men lay down their weapons and write poetry. She saved me once from drowning. I jumped clean off a cliff face into the cool, blue waters off the coast of some sun kissed isle and lost consciousness. It was her arms that pulled me out. Her breath that filled my lungs. Her eyes I saw when mine opened. And years later, it was her who broke my heart and left me for another. Why save someone just so you can kill them a few years down the line?

Bank Robbers – I had a dream that I was a bank robber dying in a hail of bullets with my partner by my side. It was a beautiful, filmic dream so we made a song about it. We were experimenting at the time with using the voice as an instrument, cutting up various sounds we made and using them as we might use a guitar or piano. That gave us the hook that starts the song. Tom wrote the piano in his head and programmed it into the computer. He’s always doing that. The coalition of the stuttering vocal hook and the sweeping violins and pianos effects a kind of nervous beauty, we like to think.

Worship The Sun – It’s about a lonely priest questioning everything he’s every believed and letting his mind wonder out over the possibilities of one day having a family and leaving his former life behind. The sun gives life. His heart is turned by that fact. Musically we wanted to experiment with a bluegrass beat played by an electro kit. We liked the way the vocal pops along the top of it.

Speak Slow – The vocal was written to another tune played at a house party. I sang / shouted it into my phone. We took that to a rehearsal for the band to set it to music. It was one of our most collaborative pieces and was done and dusted in a couple of hours. It’s quite aggressive, musically, which is what happens when you write a tune after being stuck in a room together for five hours. The lyrics concern the drunken ramblings of a man at a party who was convinced he knew the secrets to life and was willing to bestow them upon us but he was so high he couldn’t really get past the promise.

Tides – Built around a descending piano coda and washed through with backwards vocals this is a song about the primacy of music over all else. I’ve forgotten a lot of my life. I used to get all chewed up with worry about the stuff I’d forgotten. Whether it be my childhood or my house keys. But when you hear music you stop thinking about all the bad stuff and just go with it. Well that’s what this song is about and hopefully by the time the violin starts playing that beautiful, stumbling, torn up melody you’ve forgotten what you were worrying about too

Babydoll Loose – This track was recorded via the internet. It was a song Jesse had written about a girl he once knew who was more interested in the money he would make than the soul in his body. He wondered how he could fall for someone like that. It troubled him. We emailed the track to a Norwegian girl by the name of Tuva Sofia Andersen who lives in Oslo. Tom used to teach her back in the day. She had a voice you couldn’t get out of your head. She recorded it in her bedroom, adding her own harmonies and sent it back. Tom added the violin parts and Ben Ziapour fleshed out the guitar and there you have it, Babydoll Loose

Cold – A track that evolved over time. Tom recorded Rob McVey of Longview playing his Spanish guitar and built a track around it called Spanish Sadness complete with the piano and violins you hear today. When Jesse heard it he thought of death and wrote a vocal part imagining two lovers dying side by side in a car crash. It was a fairly on the nose metaphor for where he was at the time, romantically. The vocal was sung by Emma Sargison and added to the track. The Spanish guitar says far more than the words ever will though.

I Won’t Forget You – This is a song in which we wanted to crash styles together. We found the drum fill by listening to samples that would in no way work with the music we make. We then created this totemic, Phil Collins style fill to drop us into the beat. It shouldn’t work but it does. The music is used to mirror the words all the way through. There are small details that you’ll hear if you listen closely, of the way the music interacts with the words around it. We’re not giving them away here though. Lyrically it’s about the difficulty of breathing life into yourself after several failures of the heart. About how you kind of get to needing the pain.

Peace – Because sometimes you have to get angry about something

Martin Dawson – Sunday Smoking

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Moodmusic are proud to present the debut LP from Martin Dawson ‘Sunday Smoking’. Having just started releasing under his own name in 2010, ‘Sunday Smoking’ is the release that develops the growing relationship between Martin and Sasse’s Moodmusic label and it takes you through slow melancholic moments to deep, warm sounds with a house and techno mentality.
Martin released his first album ‘Chapters’ as King Roc in 2009 with critical acclaim and the success of this was highlighted with the nomination for best producer in DJ mag. Also known as one half of Two Armadillos, you can hear the influence working with Giles has had on Martin’s studio work and by the time this LP drops it will have seen a 12 month period with Martin releasing with some the most respected underground labels such as Cocoon, Get Physical, Crosstown Rebels, 2020vision, Kling Klong, Off and of course Moodmusic.

EMN:Another 1 Deep Melodic Chapter ‘Sunday Smoking’ from Martin Dawson
Sunday Smoking, title track,Club Hit!

Bullion – You Drive Me To Plastic (Stream)

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artist: Bullion
title: You Drive Me To Plastic
label: Young Turks
date: 25 April 2011
check for more HERE

SBTRKT -Living Like I Do(preview)

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released on 11th April 2011 on Young Turks

Clock Opera Announces Single Belongings(stream) via Moshi Moshi, Heads to SXSW!

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Clock Opera Head to Austin
And Announce Moshi Moshi Single

Wonderfully orchestrated aural soundscapes” -Dazed & Confused

Clock Opera denotes their genre as “Melodramatic Popular Song,” a category bands usually choose when they’re being cheeky, but in this case could not be more accurate.” -The Fader

We think we are in love” – NME

“Belongings” Out May 9th (Moshi Moshi)

Belongings (teaser)

SXSW Schedule
3/16 [DAY] – The Glitoris vs Big Stereo, Barbarella, 611 Red River (12:30pm)
3/16 [EVE] – The Bat Bar, 218 East 6th St (11pm) [OFFICIAL]
3/18 Fri [DAY] – British Music Embassy
3/18 [DAY] – British Music Embassy Brunch, 512 San Jacinto BLVD (12pm)
3/18 [DAY] – Wichita + Moshi Moshi, Valhalla, 710 Red River (4:30pm)
3/18 [EVE] – Hype Machine party, Pure Volume House, 504 Trinity St (12am)

British band on the rise, Clock Opera will release their new single “Belongings” on May 9th via UK tastemaker label Moshi Moshi (known for the early championship of acts like Florence and the Machine), as well as making their way across the pond to Austin to showcase their dynamic live show which is garnering them praise and fans in leaps and bounds.

Produced by front man Guy Connelly, “Belongings” is already a highlight of their live set; an incredibly beautiful and emotive song, while the b-side is the understated brooding and delicate “Let Go The Lifeboats.”

Clock Opera has been steadily building a reputation as purveyors of cerebral, original and utterly captivating music over the last year. Their first limited edition single “White Noise” is now a rarity and both “A Piece of String” and “Once and For All” released in 2010 have cemented the band’s prolific future among their constant growing league of followers.

They have supported the likes of Yeasayer and Au Revoir Simone on their UK tours and have also delivered inspired remixes for the aforementioned artists as well as reinterpretations of The Drums and The Golden Filter.

Clock Opera will be performing at this year’s SXSW festival for the first time, and wrapping up recording their debut album slated to see release later this year.