Archive for February, 2014

Damon Albarn – Lonely Press Play(Video)

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Everyday Robots: First solo album from Damon Albarn out 28th April.

Lykke Li – I Never Learn(Video )

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Lykke Li I Never Learn
05.05.14: Worldwide

Flux Pavilion & Dillon Francis – I’m The One

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Mr. Scruff – ‘Render Me’ Feat. Denis Jones(Stream)

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Taken from Mr. Scruff’s new album, Friendly Bacteria, released on 19 May 2014 on Ninja Tune.


Machinedrum – Back Seat Ho (Rustie Remix)

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From Fenris District EP

Monkeytown Records pres. Alex Banks debut EP ‘All You Could Do’ (Stream Now)+Debut album “Illuminate” out June 2nd

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alex banks extramusicnewSigned to the illustrious Berlin label Monkeytown, Brighton based producer Alex Banks will release his All You Could Do EP on May 2nd.
Streaming online now is single b-side, Alex’s own All You Could Do (Alternate Version) featuring vocals from Elizabeth Bernholz of Gazelle Twin.

The new ‘All You Could Do’ EP from Alex Banks sees him exploring similar territory to his eclectic Monkeytown label bosses Modeselektor, fusing techno crunch with the electro-indie songwriting suss of groups such as Animal Collective. His debut long player will follow on June 2nd, having been enthusiastically snapped up by the label….

When Alex Banks sent us his demo we were stoked!
We were so enthusiastic that we did not hesitate to meet and sign him on Monkeytown for the next three albums.It’s really rare to find an artist who has never released something before and who comes up with such a great album!We wish the world big fun with it!!
” (Gernot Bronsert / Monkeytown Records / Modeselektor)
All You Could Do EP available on 12″ Vinyl and Digital Download from May 2nd:

A1 – All You Could Do feat. Elizabeth Bernholz
A2 – Phosphorus
B1 – All You Could Do feat. Elizabeth Bernholz (Phon.o Remix)
B2 – All You Could Do (Alternate Version)

Picked acoustic guitar comes together with pulsating machine rhythms, all made emotive and human by the melancholic vocals of Alex’s Brighton associate Elizabeth Bernholz of Gazelle Twin.

As well as the original ‘All You Could Do’, in all its moody fierceness, there’s a beautifully stark pulsating remix by German DJ-producer Phon.o, a haunting slow techno ‘Alternate’ take, and a brand new tune called ‘Phosphorus’ that comes on like the mighty Crystal Castles raving it up at a Polish warehouse party.

All in all, it’s a package that presents Alex Banks as a name to watch and makes his new album, ‘Illuminate’, all the more eagerly anticipated, with its release on June 2nd.


Album tracklisting:

01 – Silent Embrace feat. Elisabeth Bernholz
02 – Solar
03 – All You Coul Do feat. Elisabeth Bernholz
04 – Initiate
05 – Lights
06 – Phosphorus
07 – A Matter of Time feat. Elisabeth Bernholz
08 – Sheya
09 – Hush
10 – Unknown
Debut album Illuminate out June 2nd on Monkeytown Records.

Bipolar Sunshine x Kirk Spencer – Where Did the Love Go – Remix

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Bipolar Sunshine x Kirk Spencer - Where Did the Love Go - RemixMancunian BIPOLAR SUNSHINE has teamed up with Nottingham producer and Strangerzoo label/collective founder KIRK SPENCER for this dark take on an exceptionally happy track. ‘Where Did The Love Go’ has been turned into something you’d almost expect to here on the soundtrack to a dark urban thriller, all down-tuned vocals and creepin’ synths. Hearing Kirk have his way with the track is quite something though and it really shows off the elasticity and layers present in the original.

Catch Bipolar Sunshine live at SXSW and on his UK tour starting in March:

March/April 2014 Headline Tour:

Thurs 27th Southampton Joiners

Fri 28th Sheffield Leadmill

Sat 29th Oxford Art Bar

Sun 30th Birmingham Institute

Tues 1st London XOYO

Thurs 3rd Newcastle Think Tanks

Fri 4th Glasgow King Tuts

Sat 5th Manchester Academy 2

James new album ‘La Petite Mort’ +”Frozen Britain”(Video)

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on February 27, 2014 by J.D.

James new album  ‘La Petite Mort’JAMES return with first new album in 6 years
out June 2nd

Manchester’s finest make a welcome return with ‘La Petite Mort’, the first new full length James album in six years. Produced by Max Dingel (Killers, Muse, White Lies) and written as ever, by the band, with Tim Booth lyrics, this new disc ranks among their finest in a 30 year career.

Highlights include the mighty first single ‘Moving On’, the anthemic ‘Curse Curse’ and ‘Frozen Britain’, which will be previewed from today online and on air.

Max Dingel is the latest in a long line of first class producers the band have worked with including Brian Eno, Gil Norton and Youth.

From first signing with the infamous Factory Records, to an illustrious career of albums released through Rough Trade, Sire Records and Mercury, James have now agreed an exciting new joint venture label partnership with BMG Chrysalis and Cooking Vinyl.

The band have been announced as headliners for ‘Summer in the City’, Castlefield Bowl, Manchester July 11th (which sold out on Friday in under an hour) and Camp Bestival, Dorset August 1st with more major festivals and a UK Arena tour to be announced shortly.

‘La Petite Mort’ was recorded in the wake of Tim Booth losing his mother and best friend in quick succession and understandably many of the songs deal with mortality, hence the album title. However, ‘La Petite Mort’, is an incredibly uplifting record.

Since forming in 1982, James are, without doubt, one of Britain’s most influential indie bands, enjoying a prestigious career that spans over 30 years. Their classic hits include ‘Sit Down’, ‘She’s A Star’, ‘Laid’ and ‘Getting Away With It (All Messed Up)’ amongst their 20 top 40 UK singles. They have released 12 studio albums and have sold over 12 million albums worldwide.

James are: Tim Booth (vocals), Jim Glennie (bass), Larry Gott (guitars), Saul Davies (guitar, violin), Mark Hunter (keyboards), David Baynton-Power (drums) and Andy Diagram (trumpet).

Brian Eno Announces New Album With Karl Hyde ‘Someday World’

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Brian Eno Announces New Album With Karl Hyde 'Someday World'ENO • HYDE

Brian Eno and Karl Hyde come together with a new album to be released this May on Warp Records.  Someday World comprises nine songs, composed and sung by Eno & Hyde together with a highly distinguished cast of supporting musicians, including Tessa Angus, Nell Catchpole, Marianna Champion, Will Champion, Kasia Daszykowska, Don E., Darla Eno, Georgia Gibson, Andy Mackay, John Reynolds and Chris Vatalaro.

The release was produced by Brian Eno with 22 year old Fred Gibson, continuing an ongoing collaboration between Karl and Brian which sees the two together on a complete album for the first time.

“A lot of the nicer cities I know are cities built on hills, and the cities are beautiful because the buildings have a challenge to adapt to. They have to mould themselves around the geology that they’ve formed upon. And that always makes for very interesting buildings, because they can’t just be blocks, they have to somehow morph around the environment. A lot of the constructions on the album were deliberately irregular and awkward. 

I had a big collection of ‘beginnings’ sitting around waiting for something to galvanise them into life, to make them more than just ‘experiments’. That something turned out to be Karl Hyde.” 
– Brian Eno

“It’s a bit like being nine years old again.  You have no idea what you’ve just been given, the record button has been pressed and you’re on. And then these unlikely patterns start to happen. The biggest surprise was discovering we both had a love of Afrobeat, Cyclical music based in live playing. When Brian played me these early tracks it was, ‘Oh my god, this is home! Can I borrow a guitar?”
– Karl Hyde
eno hyde someday world

01. The Satellites
02. Daddy’s Car
03. A Man Wakes Up
04. Witness
05. Strip It Down
06. Mother Of A Dog
07. Who Rings The Bell
08. When I Built This World
09. To Us All

Artwork: Brian Eno · Cover photo: Karl Hyde
Design: Nick Robertson

Someday World is released on Special Edition 2CD (with four bonus songs), CD, Double Gatefold LP and Digital formats. Subscribe at for more information and for first news of new music.

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Introducing:Cousin Marnie And her new track ‘Cain’

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Cousin MarnieReleased: April, 2014

21 year old Cousin Marnie grew up in Hackney in an Irish Catholic family. Doused in country music from infancy and while attending a convent school run by nuns, Cousin Marnie began writing songs, assuming the pose of her country heroines, Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette, while articulating the sensibilities of the hip hop music she later found as a teenager.

Family holidays for Cousin Marnie revolved around visiting Alfred Hitchcock film locations. The towels in her home were stamped with the ‘Bates Motel’ logo. It is no wonder that she decided to christen herself after one of Hitchcock’s leading ladies, Marnie, as played by Tippi Hedren.

Cousin Marnie’s debut EP ‘Is Sleeping’, re-imagined four Carter Family tracks from the 1930s. Marrying her two musical lineages the EP is a ticking collection of throbbing beats, synth drones and wistful country sentiment.

Cousin Marnie swears allegiance to Loretta Lynn and Kanye West from her bedroom at the top of her mother’s house on an estate in Hackney, while at her live show you’ll see her stomping around her own woodland of neon white rabbits. 

Cousin Marnie will be headlining The Sebright Arms on 10th March, before heading to Austin, Texas to play her debut show at SxSW.