Archive for November 16, 2011

Speech Debelle —Freedom Of Speech

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Speech Debelle —Freedom Of Speech
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


Wiley – ‘Evolve Or Be Extinct’ Out Jan 2012

Posted in News with tags , , , , on November 16, 2011 by dk

What is the true mark of the wayward genius of Wiley? Is it that, less than six months after the release of his last full album, 100% Publishing, he has another record all set for release? Is it that he has insisted that it is released on his birthday, Thursday January 19th 2012? Or that he initially refused to release a single from it? That he has made so much music that his fans will receive two CDs, the second with at least eight further tracks on it? Or even that one track on the album has no music (“Customs”)? No, it’s not any of these. It’s that we can say, without fear of contradiction (or without much fear), that Evolve Or Be Extinct is the best album (so far!) of this unique artist’s career. Dark, funny, wild and exhilarating, this is a record which shows just what Wiley is capable of when he forgets the minutiae of recording contracts and concentrates on the many weird and wonderful facets of his life…

So here is an album which covers topics from ordering a taxi, being stopped by immigration, to dancing on your own in your bedroom. It also delves into the psyche of Richard Cowie on tracks ranging from “Weirdo” (“I’m a weirdo but I’m not a bi-polar”) to “Miss You” and “Scar” (in reference to the cut on his face). While most of the music again comes from Wiley the latter track, along with “Money Man”, is produced by Mark Pritchard. Wiley himself turns in exemplary music throughout, from the hyped punk-grime of the title track, through the soca-swing of “Miss You” to the sparse drip-crunk of “This Is Just An Album”. And all that’s before you get to the bounce of singles “Link Up” and “Boom Blast”.

Wiley has never made a record which reveals so much of his character, his contradictions and inner workings, his humour as well as his anger. A short, sharp, brilliant album, it shows Wiley as more than Godfather to a scene and penner of occasional hits, but as an artist who continues to develop, refine and improve his vision even after ten turbulent years in the game. The evolution continues…

Eskmo – ‘Color Dropping'(Video)

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Video for Eskmo’s ‘Color Dropping’, taken from the album ‘Eskmo’, out now on Ninja Tune. Directed by Travis Yohnke and Seton Kim.

‘Eskmo’ is out now on 2LP, CD and download:

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FaltyDL Mix for The Stool Pigeon

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FaltyDL has put together a mix of new and unreleased material for The Stool Pigeon – head here to have a listen and check the tracklisting. Included in the mix are “Atlantis” and “My Light My Love”, both taken from Atlantis, his debut EP for Ninja Tune, out this week on 12″ vinyl and download at the Ninjashop.

The Rapture Announce “Sail Away” Single, Release New Video + Remix Contest Details

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Sail Away Remix EP Due Out In
December via DFA Records

The Rapture released their critically-acclaimed album In The Grace Of Your Love in September via DFA Records, and now the band has announced that “Sail Away” will be the second single from the record. The Sail Away Remix EP is due out in December, and features remixes from Cut Copy, Aeroplane and Cosmic Kids.

The band is also sharing the video for “Sail Away,” directed by Kris Moyes, which is their first official music video in five years. The video follows the band on a fantasy-ride through the streets of Brooklyn, with Luke Jenner sailing the streets on a silver mylar pillow! And that’s not all- did we mention the magical conch shell and ram’s horn?!

The Rapture is also hosting a remix contest for “How Deep Is Your Love?” via Soundcloud. The contest will run until the beginning of December, when The Rapture and DFA Records will choose the winner. Head over to the DFA Records official site for complete details on the contest and to download the stems for the track.


Upcoming Tour Dates

02.27.2012 • Osaka, Japan • Akaso
02.28.2012 • Tokyo, Japan • Liquid Room
02.29.2012 • Tokyo, Japan • Duo Music Exchange
03.03.2012 • Brisbane, Australia • Future Music Festival
03.04.2012 • Perth, Australia • Future Music Festival
03.10.2012 • Sydney, Australia • Future Music Festival
03.11.2012 • Melbourne, Australia • Future Music Festival
03.12.2012 • Adelaide, Australia • Future Music Festival

Zinc – ‘Unlike Me’ (preview)

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A little snippet of ‘Unlike Me’ taken from Zinc’s ‘Sprung EP’ – forthcoming on Rinse 19 December

Wretch 32 ft Etta Bond – Forgiveness (Official Video)

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Forgiveness is the Wretch 32 latest single taken from his album ‘Black And White’. Produced by Labrinth, Forgiveness features Etta Bond and is released on the 11th of December 2011.

Pre-order Wretch’s new single ‘Forgiveness’ (out 11.12.11):