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Pinch and JD Twitch Remix Mark Stewart vs. Primal Scream’s track

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 15, 2012 by dk

Mark Stewart vs. Primal Scream Announce Release Of Pinch And DJ Twitch’s “Autonomia” Remix


Mark Stewart is back again, and this time he brings even more friends.  Here we have two heavyweight champions of the underground – Pinch and JD Twitch – offering up deliciously moody interpretations of  the Mark Stewart vs Primal Scream brand new single ‘Autonomia’.  The mighty Bristol dubstep veteran Pinch loads up on dark and brooding, with a stripped and dubby Shackleton-esque interpretation. Meanwhile, JD Twitch, one half of Optimo, opts for a warped and slo-mo, acid-licked stomp – a consummate exhibition of his musical breath and knowledge.

Check out the remixes HERE

Autonomia’ will be released through Future Noise Music on February 20th, a dense agit-protest superfunk monster with sirens and Bobby Gillespie’s frenetic ‘keeping the dream alive‘ call-and-response chant with Stewart.

Stewart’s new album The Politics of Envy cages, consolidates and hotwires the rampant barrage of elements which have infused Mark Stewart’s work since his first band, The Pop Group blasted the post-punk landscape.  The Politics of Envy is due outMarch 27th through Future Noise Music, and features a stellar cast, including cult film-maker Kenneth Anger, original Clash/PiL guitarist Keith Levene, NYC punk innovator Richard HellLee ‘Scratch’ PerryGina Birch of the Raincoats, Slits bassist Tessa Pollitt, Jesus And Mary Chain bassist Douglas HartFactory FloorDaddy G of Massive Attack and all of Primal Scream. 

To pre-order the single ‘Autonomia’ and remixes visit:

Mark Stewart vs. Primal Scream “Autonomia”Video Premiere

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 26, 2012 by dk

Starting out as a teenager in the late 70s with the Pop Group and thru the 80’s with the Maffia up to his new solo record, Mark Stewart has led the attack on conformist reality. Mark is a constant inspiration and a true Thief of Fire. A poet of paranoia and a great laugh. What a guy.” – Primal Scream

 Approaching the release of his eagerly anticipated album The Politics of Envy (due out March 26th via Future Noise Music), Mark Stewart has joined forces with fellow subversive musical compatriot Bobby Gillespie and his band, Primal Screamto release the video for his first single ‘Autonomia.

Directed by Douglas Hart, founding member and bassist of The Jesus and Mary Chain, the video exhibits a raw, riotous & feverish vivacity infused with the artists’ trademark punk rock ethos to convey the song’s deep political message.

Written about Carlo Giuliani, an autonomist protestor killed in the 2001 G8 demonstrations in Genoa, ‘Autonomia’ features Bobby Gillespie‘s frenetic call-and-response chant with Stewart.  Stewart explains that when he started writing the song “it was kind of like a protest song … afterwards I started getting on with Bobby and I asked Adrian [Sherwood] about doing it.  It’s important that people hear about the story, it’s the message and the atmosphere as much as anything.”  ‘Autonomia’ the single will be released through Future Noise Music on February 20th.

Hart, who has been orchestrating music videos for over 30 years, has directed over 80 videos, including a number of videos for Primal Scream. Recently he directed a semi autobiographical short film entitled “Long Distance Information” which was screened at the 2011 London Film Festival.

Joining Bobby Gillespie and Primal Scream on the album is cult film-maker Kenneth Anger, original Clash/PiL guitarist Keith Levene, NYC punk innovator Richard HellLee ‘Scratch’ PerryGina Birch of the Raincoats, Slits bassist Tessa Pollitt, Jesus And Mary Chain bassist Douglas HartFactory Floor, and Daddy G of Massive Attack.

Break Science Announce New EP Monolith Code On Pretty Lights Music + Free Download of Single “Victory”

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 26, 2012 by dk

The Brooklyn based electronic duo, Break Science are kicking off 2012 with the release of their second EP entitled Monolith Code (Pretty Lights Music). As seasoned producers and touring veterans, Adam Deitch and Borahm Lee have produced and performed with everyone from The FugeesWu Tang Clan, and Talib Kweli, to reggae Lee Scratch Perry and Miles Davis collaborator, John Scofield. On Monolith CodeBreak Science evoke a wide spectrum of electronic genres filtered through a musician’s lens, all while moving people, both spiritually and on the dance floor.
“Monolith Code is the innate message we have to decipher to get to the next step in our evolution” says Lee. “The monolith represents a transition into a higher level of consciousness. A spark that initiates us to consider wider possibilities and ideas. The code is the system to express this transformation. Containing information from the past, present and future, it holds the key to unlock our potential as spiritual beings.”
Adam Deitch describes the musical process behind the record. “We understand that to bring our vision to life, we have to spend just as much time on the programmed elements as we do on the live elements. Our goal is to blend these elements seamlessly, so everything comes together in an organic way. Our music is layered with different frequencies and sonic textures so it becomes something you can listen to multiple times and STILL hear new elements you might have missed the first time. We are influenced by everything from hip-hop and glitch, to jazz, soul, vinyl drum breaks and dub. We like certain elements of dubstep and drumstep (especially that BASS) and try to incorporate that sound in a fresh, new way.”
Raised in the cultural hotbed of New York City, Adam Deitch and Borahm Lee fuse the city’s rich musical legacy – jazz, funk, soul – with a deep-rooted dedication to creating their own take on modern electronic music. Armed with Deitch’s thunderous breakbeat style on the drums and Lee’s seasoned trip-hop/dub aesthtic on keyboards and laptop, their instrumental styles are perfectly interwoven within their soulful, banging, and extremely danceable tracks.
Break Science is poised to make their biggest mark yet on the burgeoning livetronica scene. Joining forces with a movement of new electronic artists on the Pretty Lights Music label, this potent duo will continue to push the boundaries of modern music. Break Science will shortly be embarking on tour, so stay tuned for the announcement of those dates.
Monolith Code Tracklist
1. Forest of Illumination
2. Light Speed Transit
3. Whole World Locked
4. Resistance March
5. Beaming Up
6. Victory

Midnight Davis ‘Aftershocks’ (Five Easy Pieces)

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 15, 2011 by dk

Midnight Davis ‘Aftershocks’ (Five Easy Pieces)
Release date: 23rd January 2012

‘Aftershocks’ is the debut EP from new London act Midnight Davis. It will be released digitally by exciting new London label Five Easy Pieces on 23rd January 2012.

The EP is a fascinating melting pot of influences old and new. It splices together production elements of London bass music with the anthemic chamber hall indie of The Horrors, the raw emotion of Joy Division and the expansive, experimental dubby soundscapes of Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry. These disparate influences are channelled into one very cohesive sound. In the artist’s own words, ‘it’s the sound of being in the middle of London, of taking all those rhythms and frequencies in’.

The EP has a very heartfelt central theme of love and loss. A sense of confusion, frustration, anger and longing seeps through every note. It is a mix of samples, synths and live instrumentation, with confessional vocals echoing over the top.

‘I was moving away from listening to electronic “scene” music and listening to truly classic albums by real pioneers – Joy Division, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, The Cure, Liquid Liquid. This is about songs, while remaining interested in the electronic production methods I have developed’.

Listen Midnight Davis – Timely

Bass music with added emotional ennui. Really good to listen to when you’re feeling let down by love” Dummy Mag

A thick mass of gloomy atmospherics, a disconsolate shadow hanging over his fatigued vocals” Abeano

Mark Stewart (The Pop Group) Announces Release Date & Album Title ‘The Politics of Envy’+ Special Guests

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 12, 2011 by dk

MARK STEWART (The Pop Group)
Announces Solo Album
‘The Politics of Envy
Out March 26, 2012 on Future Noise Music

Special Guests include:
Kenneth Anger, Richard Hell, Keith Levene (Clash/PiL),
Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Gina Birch (Raincoats),
Tessa Pollitt (
Slits)Douglas Hart (Jesus And Mary Chain),
Factory Floor, Youth, Daddy G (Massive Attack),

Bobby Gillespie
 and all of Primal Scream.


Tracks:  1. Vanity Kills  2. Autonomia  3. Gang War  4. Codex  5. Want  6.Gustav Says  7.Baby Bourgeois  8.Method to the Madness  9. Apocalypse Hotel  10. Letter to Hermione  11. Stereotype
“The reality-subverting punk-and-beyond maverick returns with heavy friends.”
– Ian Harrison, Mojo

“Mark Stewart changed everything”
– Nick Cave

“Mark is my hero”
– Daddy G, Massive Attack

“I didn’t want that song to end ever! It’s crazy to get to play with one of my heroes, I kind of can’t believe it.”
– St. Vincent

“Mark Stewart has led the attack on conformist reality. Mark is a constant inspiration and a true Thief of Fire.”
– Primal Scream

Never has there been a better time for the return of Mark Stewart.
At the end of 2011, a year of riots, revolutions, occupations and increasing collapse of the global financial system Mark Stewart returns with the limited 7” of Children of the Revolution, perfectly capturing the restless mood on today’s streets worldwide to create the apocalyptic dancehall mutation of T. Rex’s glam classic.

His new album The Politics of Envy is due out 26th March, 2012 through Future Noise Music, and features a stellar cast, including cult film-maker Kenneth Anger, original Clash/PiL guitarist Keith Levene, NYC punk innovator Richard HellLee ‘Scratch’ Perry,Gina Birch of the Raincoats, Slits bassist Tessa Pollitt, Jesus And Mary Chain bassistDouglas HartFactory FloorDaddy G of Massive Attack and all of Primal Scream.

All roads have been leading to this. The Politics of Envy cages, consolidates and hotwires the rampant barrage of elements which have infused Mark Stewart’s work since his first band, The Pop Group blasted the post-punk landscape.

“The whole thing grew out of some art thing I was trying to do with Kenneth Anger, some kind of avatar…it’s passing it on but also paying homage. Anger’s spirit kind of hangs over the whole thing,” explains Mark.

Vanity Kills kicks off the resulting LP with Kenneth Anger on Theremin, plus Richard Hell and Bristol new blood Kahn. Followed by Autonomia, featuring Bobby Gillespie’s frenetic call-and-response chant with Stewart, who wrote the song about Carlo Giuliani, killed at the 2001 G8 demonstrations in Genoa. Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry guests on Gang War, spitting diamonds, with Tessa Pollitt blanketing the dense, heavyweight urban dubscape, before Stewart takes us into the slo-mo coldwave ofCodex. Joined by Factory Floor and Youth for Want, Stewart then hits us with the album’s fine example of 21st-century schizoid wall of sound Gustav Says.

Railing against “corporate cocksuckers” and declaring “sanity sucks” on the cool disco electro Baby Bourgeois, we’re then taken into the huge, seething synth-crawl of Method to the Madness, providing one of the album’s atmospheric highlights, gouging beyond industrial or dubstep to create a frightening new take on modern mood music. Daddy G’s unmistakable deep-throat intonations make the perfect garnish for the bleak, heaving whale of a tune, that is Apocalypse Hotel. Being mutual fans of their work, Stewart gives us his version of David Bowie’s Letter to Hermione, now a spookily-orchestrated, beat-less lament. Stewart turns on the light and lets Keith Levene unleash some of his inimitable metal guitar jangle on Stereotype. They are joined by Factory Floor and Gina Birch on this slice of gorgeously-melancholic brilliance, an effortless modern pop classic, which provides the perfect end to this intoxicatingly provocative set of songs.

Continuing an unmatchable track record of anarchic pioneering and seismic influence, Mark Stewart is back with his eighth album and what must be his most high profile project to date, reasserting him as one of the great volcanic creative minds.

Check out the video for “Nothing is Sacred”

Lee Scratch Perry, Bill Laswell and All-star performers team up on “Rise Again”out May 10

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 1, 2011 by dk

Lee Scratch Perry, Bill Laswell and
All-star performers team up on RISE AGAIN

Eleven all-new songs, mixed in the dub style by Bill Laswell
and featuring:

Tunde Adebimpe (TV on the Radio)
Ejigayehu “Gigi” Shibabaw (Ethiopian superstar)
Hawkman (Methods Of Defiance, Tricky)
Jahdan Blakkamoore
Bernie Worrell (P-Funk legend)
Josh Werner (Matisyahu, Wu-Tang)
Sly Dunbar (Sly and Robbie)
Hamid Drake (master drummer/percussionist)
Aiyb Dieng (Senegalese percussionist)
Dominick James (Angelique Kidjo, Shakira)
+ More

Lee Scratch Perry
“Rise Again”
May 10, 2011
MOD Technologies
File under: crucial dub reggae

1 Higher Level
2 Scratch Message
3 Orthodox
4 Wake the Dead
5 Rise Again
6 African Revolution
7 Dancehall Kung Fu
8 E.T.
9 House of God
10 Butterfly
11 Inakaya (Japanese Food)

Featured musicians
Bernie Worrell (organ, clavinet, synths)
Peter Apfelbaum (tenor sax, flute)
Steven Bernstein (trumpet)
Josh Werner (bass)
Hamid Drake (drums)


I rise again
I rise again to victory
with history, mystery and prophecy…
Lee “Scratch” Perry

As one of the most prolific, influential and irretrievably eccentric record producers ever, Lee “Scratch” Perry continues to reshape and refine an adventurous style all his own with his latest studio outing, Rise Again. A long-awaited collaboration with New York-based producer Bill Laswell (and a team of talented musicians), the album marks a milestone in the careers of both artists, arriving as it does on the heels of Perry’s 75th birthday, and as a flagship release on Laswell’s own M.O.D. Technologies imprint.

To mark the occasion, Laswell has recruited an A-list of talented musicians who each adds their own unique flavor to the project. This diverse line-up includes vocalists Tunde Adebimpe (frontman for Brooklyn art punks TV On The Radio), Gigi Shibabaw (whose Mesgana Ethiopia was released last year) and Hawkman (co-lead throat for the Laswell-founded group Method Of Defiance); P-Funk legend Bernie Worrell (keyboards); Peter Apfelbaum (tenor sax & flute); Steven Bernstein (trumpet); Josh Werner (bass); and Hamid Drake (drums). It’s a killer studio ensemble that could give Perry’s original Upsetters band (with the Wailers’ Family Man and Carly Barrett) a serious battle for the backbeat.

“I really should have connected with Scratch a long time ago,” Laswell told Bass Player magazine last December. “A lot of it is just about a contact. [Matisyahu bassist] Josh Werner was playing in Scratch’s band, and I had worked with Josh. He suggested trying to create something with Scratch, and I was certain no record company in their right mind would touch it, which is why we’re doing it ourselves. It’s a real production, and really conscious of bringing out Lee Perry. It’s his presence that keeps this thing moving. Is the whole idea crazy? That’s part of what makes it worth doing.”

On Rise Again, Perry still sounds strangely at home on a microphone—a move he first made on the 1978 classic Roast Fish, Collie Weed & Corn Bread, even though he’d produced countless classic records in Jamaica for more than ten years before that. But Scratch is a natural storyteller, a soothsayer, a space-time traveler and a truth revealer—all aspects of a complex persona he has cultivated over the years, shrouded in Rasta mysticism and church catechism, but completely original and unbeholden to any rules or customs. Scratch does his own thing, on his own time, and if songs like “Scratch Message” and “Wake the Dead” and the title track “Rise Again” are any indication, the quickest way to the center of Scratch’s ethos is to give up trying to understand him and just let his lyrics wash over you.

Meanwhile, Laswell’s tripped-out soundscapes recall the vintage dub sound Perry himself perfected in the ’70s, but with the stereo thickness, clarity and warmth of a true state-of-the-art recording. It’s still amazing to consider that some of Perry’s best dub mixes, like the indispensable Heart Of The Congos album from 1977, were created using a 4-track tape machine, and yet there’s a distinctly analog flavor to much of Rise Again, evident in Bernie Worrell’s organ lines on “Japanese Food,” in the echo-kissed horns and Minimoog belches on “Dancehall Kung Fu,” or in the chimes, flute and found sounds that weave their way through the opening track “Higher Level.”

In the 1990s, Perry became a mentor figure for the Beastie Boys and enjoyed a renaissance with American fans. Since then, he has toured the globe relentlessly as a solo performer, selling out shows from San Francisco to Sydney, New York to Nice. In 2003, he won the Grammy Award® for Best Reggae Album, an honor he was nominated for again in 2008. No doubt he’ll be so recognized this year for Rise Again.

Lee Perry’s documentary portrait The Upsetter, narrated by Benicio Del Toro, will be released in theaters and on DVD in 2011. David Katz’s definitive biography People Funny Boy is currently available worldwide.

“Scientist Launches Dubstep Into Outer Space” OUT NOW – free MP3, radio and video interviews(spin tv,bbc radio 1)

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 9, 2010 by dk


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