Archive for Mercury Music Prize
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’
‘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.
More info HERE
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.
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.
01. Studio Backpack Rap Download HERE
02. Live for the Message
03. Blaze up a Fire feat. Roots Manuva and Realism
05. X Marks the Spot
06. Angel Wings
08. I’m With It
09. The Problem
11. Eagle Eye
12. Sun Dog
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 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
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