Interpol have released a free download of a new track, the first new material since 2007’s ‘Our Love To Admire’. ‘Light’s’ has all the trademark sounds of a classic Interpol track; moody basslines and reverberating guitars are fronted by lead singer Paul Banks distinctive vocal delivery.
While last year Interpol fans had Banks’ solo record ‘Julian Plenti Is… Skyscraper’ to tide them over, news of a fourth album on the way will undoubtedly be welcome news. While no details have been released concerning the album, ‘Light’s’ hints that the band have continued to expand on their sound. Speaking to the NME lead singer Paul Banks stated that the band had been experimenting with “orchestral” sounds.
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Since they delivered their first home demos, Sleigh Bells haven’t stopped generating a growing buzz. The Brooklyn-based duo, formed by Derek Miller –who used to be a member of hardcore band Poison The Well – on guitars and production duties and Alexis Krauss on vocals caught our attention last year with the storming ‘Crown Of The Ground’, showcasing a rare, fuzzed-up melting pot of musical genres.
A few weeks ago we learnt that M.I.A. had signed the duo to her own record label and now the first fruits from their forthcoming debut ‘Treats’ are surfacing online. The couple are offering a free download of the first taster, ‘Tell ‘Em’; which if nothing else proves they haven’t lost any of the raw energy that impressed tastemakers around the globe.
After decamping to Mexico to record new tracks, following 2009’s ‘Tentacles’, Long Beach’s Crystal Antlers made a welcome return to the live circuit. New tracks ‘Little Sister’ and ‘Dead Horses’ sat perfectly between older tracks from their back catalogue, with lead singer Johnny Bell’s inimitable screams fronting the fuzzed out melodies. Unassuming as ever, Crystal Antlers took to the dimly lit stage for a set that descended into eager fans making requests from the crowd. While Bell dryly quipped “looks like we’re doing requests now”, the band was clearly happy to oblige.
As usual Upset The Rhythm ensured it wasn’t just about the headliners. Despite being a member short, London electro pop purveyors Teeth still pulled off a joyous set of twisted pop. Next up Talk Normal delivered a brash set of Sonic Youth inspired rock. The female duo traded vocals over droning guitars and drums in a short, intriguing set.
While between the bands the crowd worryingly seemed to thin, Crystal Antlers were greeted by healthy audience. The band are currently continuing their tour across the UK before undoubtedly appearing at several festivals this summer. To download the aforementioned new tracks simply head to their website and sign up to their mailing list.
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This weekend London promoters Bugged Out! will join forces with Tiga’s Turbo label for the London leg of the Planet Turbo World Tour. Headlining the event will be Tiga himself, who is sure to debut a number of forthcoming Turbo singles while dropping several classics from the past few years. Joining him on this jaw dropping bill will be Erol Alkan, Boys Noize and Thomas Von Party. The event also promises to deliver a spectacular stage design as Tiga has been working closely with Swedish Director Andreas Nilsson – the man behind the unique visual displays used by The Knife and Fever Ray.
The night takes place in one of London’s finest venues, The Coronet, and promises to be one of the must see nights over the bank holiday weekend. Luckily, here at Shazam we have two pairs of tickets to give away. To enter email email@example.com with your answer to the following question:
Californian break master Steven Ellison –better known as Flying Lotus- has got his third full-length ready. The grand-son of Alice Coltrane, Flying Lotus earned unanimous acclaim with his former album ‘Los Angeles’; work which granted him comparisons with the likes of DJ Shadow and other true originals.
In ‘Cosmogramma’ Flying Lotus carries on his experiments with electronica. Breaking the boundaries between avant jazz, drum and bass, hip-hop, shoegaze and any other genre that crosses his mind; Flying Lotus shapes an ambitious cosmic opera that may help redefine the urban sounds of the XXI century. Its many highlights include a collaboration with Thom Yorke on the track ‘And The World Laughs With You’.
‘Cosmogramma’ will be released by Warp on May 3rd. Until then, it can be streamed in full at the artist’s MySpace page.
Highlights included blinding sets from Agnostic Front, Face To Face, H2O and Lit. This was one of Lit’s first shows since the passing of drummer Allen Shellenberger in 2009. Despite the tragic events have promised to come back stronger and better this year with a new management team and a new album in the pipeline.
With beer tokens at two Euros a pop and a rather fancy ‘Cava Stall’ it seems the Belgian’s really do know how to rock out in style.
The Time And Space Machine is the latest guise of electronic producer Richard Norris. Norris may not be a household name, but he’s had a twenty year career working under monikers such as Jack The Tab, Beyond The Wizard’s Sleeve and The Grid – best know for their 1995 monster hit ‘Swamp Thing’. ‘Set Phazer To Stun’ is the producer’s first output as a solo artist and an exciting foray into the world of psych. Album opener, ‘Time And Space’, sets the tone perfectly as trippy vocals meld with echoing guitar riffs. A distinct Krautrock influence also sheens over some of the tracks; the title track in particular recalls the bass driven rock of Can. For a sneaky listen and to hear The Time And Space Machine remix of Doves ‘Jetstream’, head to Richard Norris’ MySpace. ‘Set Phazer To Stun’ is now available on iTunes.
New York synth pop duo The Golden Filter have made their stunning debut ‘Voluspa’ available to stream on the Shazam Blog. Released today through Brille Records – also home to The Knife, Good Shoes and Operator Please – the album is a wonderful collection of ethereal disco and electro tinged tracks. Recalling Goldfrapp’s twisted pop, ‘Voluspa’ is sure to resonate well with fans of the ever burgeoning world of synth-pop.
Taking its name from a Nordic poem that tells of the creation and end of the world, it’s an assured debut that will no doubt cement their reputation. Pitchfork, Dazed & NME have also all heaped praise upon the album.
The band will embark on a tour in July that will see them travel across the US & Europe, including an appearance at London’s Field Day Festival. For more info head to their MySpace.
Erykha Badu’s ‘New Amerykha Part Two’ looks to be one of the early contenders for R&B album of the year. The album’s mix of live instrumentation, sampling and Erykha’s unmistakable voice has seen plaudits for the singer come in from all corners.
The second single to be taken from the album is ‘Can’t Turn Me Away (Get Munny)’, one of the album’s definite standout moments. Using Sylvia Striplin’s 70’s jazz funk record of the same name as a basis, Erykha works her magic by mixing in elements of Notorious B.I.G.’s ‘Get Money’ with her own original vocals. It’s almost certainly one of the singer’s most commercially appealing singles since she first appeared on the scene in the mid ‘90’s.
In other Erykha news, the Texan singer will be embarking on an expansive tour of the USA. Support has already been confirmed as Bilal, N.E.R.D. and ?uestlove form the always on point hip hop pioneers, The Roots.