More than a year and multiple delays after its originally planned release date, the fans were beginning to think that the long awaited solo album by Outkast’s Big Boi would never happen. But maybe thanks to the recent success of ‘Shutterbugg’, one of his latest singles, ‘Sir Luscious Lef Foot: Son Of Chico Dusty’ is finally seeing the light of day.
Although a big part of the album’s content has been released over the last 12 months, with acclaimed tracks such as ‘Fo Yo Sorrows’ in collaboration with George Clinton and ‘Street Blockas’ featuring heavily in many best of 2009; the final tracklist is still being the subject of much speculation with rumours of the record company refusing to include the track ‘Looking 4 You’ recorded with the other half of Outkast , Andre 3000.
The album, though, is no ways short of stellar collaborations with some the most popular artists within the new crop of hip-hop crop including T.I., Gucci Mane, B.o.B and Yelawolf. It also counts with the talents of recent R&B stars such as Jamie Foxx or Janelle Monáe.
‘Sir Luscious…’ is available for streaming at Big Boi’s MySpace until it hits the shops on July 6th.
Primary 1 has been on our radar ever since his debut single ‘Hold Me Down’ – released on Erol Alkan’s ‘Phantasy Sound label’ ingrained itself in our ears back in 2008. Since then the British producer, aka Joe Flory has kept our attention with a clutch of singles and remixes. After his recent collaborations with fellow producer Riton, Primary 1 returns with his latest single ‘Princess’ on 5th July, the first release from his recent deal with Atlantic. It’s an addictive slice of perky electro pop that is sure to soundtrack its fair share of hazy summer evenings this year. It’s also backed by a fantastic video, which brings to life the surrealist art of Rene Magritte.
We caught up with Primary 1 – fresh from his first appearance at Glastonbury – to discuss the single, future collaboration plans and if England’s disappointing exit from the World Cup soured the mood at Glastonbury.
After a sold out show last year, revered DJ Tiësto returns to London’s Victoria Park this summer. Last year’s event attracted more than 25,000 clubbers and this summer’s event is likely to follow suit. While the Dutch DJ would probably be enough of a draw himself, the lineup is bolstered by a special appearance from Australian stadium dance behemoths Pendulum.
However, the line up doesn’t stop there; Tiësto has also pulled in some of the world’s finest DJ talent, spread across three other arenas. The Mixmag and Don’t Stay, House Rules and Future Disco all curate an arena, with a jaw dropping display of DJ’s including Eddie Halliwell, South Central, Gareth Wyn and Greg Wilson to name a few.
Luckily – for one competition winner and a friend – we have a pair of tickets to giveaway for the event on 30th July 2010. For the chance to win this prize, send your answer to the below question to email@example.com.
The concept of the Supergroup, in which members of different bands get together for a (usually) one-off side project, was extremely popular during the 70s but over following decades it faded away, considered an uncool thing from the past. However, judging by the amount of recent new examples, it seems that it’s back in trend.
To those names who quickly come to mind: The New Pornographers; Them Crooked Vultures or Monsters Of Folk, we can add a brand new one: Tired Pony.
Tired Pony was formed by Snow Patrol’s singer Gary Lightbody, next to R.E.M.’S Peter Buck and Belle & Sebastian’s Richard Colburn. Their first album ‘The Place We Ran From’ will be released in the UK on July 12th via Fiction Records and also features collaborations with M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel. The track recorded with Deschanel, ‘Point Me At Lost Islands’, has been chosen as the first taster and the rest of the songs can currently be previewed at the band’s YouTube page.
Cementing his reputation as one of the busiest men in music, Mark Ronson returns with his forthcoming single ‘Bang Bang Bang’. Featuring the talents of legendary rapper (and fan of Shazam) Q-Tip and Californian Electro Pop starlet MNDR, the track embraces a distinctly more electronic sound than his previous – and sometime much maligned – horn heavy retro pop sound. Taken from his forthcoming new album ‘Record Collection’, the album is the first release under Ronson’s new moniker Mark Ronson And The Business. Predictably the album features a plethora of collaborations including The Drums Jonathan Pierce, Miike Snow and Boy George.
‘Bang Bang Bang’ is accompanied by a particularly bombastic video that takes its pointers from the 80’s movie Tron. Ronson controls a plethora of synthesizers while Q-Tip and MNDR trade vocals. The clip is directed by Warren Fu who also directed this brilliant video for Julian Casablancas’ ‘11th Dimension’.
One common problem that affects all festival goers is keeping in touch with their friends. One obvious solution is to take your mobile along with you, however with many festivals lasting over three days lack of battery life is a common problem for many. While charging points can be located at most festivals, no-one wants to be stuck in a queue while you could be watching bands. Thankfully Orange have come up with a solution;
Wellies have always been an essential item at festivals and Orange, in collaboration with renewable energy experts GotWind, have created a unique power generated sole that converts heat from your feet into an electrical current. So after a full day of walking and throwing shapes in the dance tent, you’ll have built up enough energy to stay in touch with your mates; or give people stuck in work smug phone calls! Just simply plug your phone into your wellies at the end of the day and you’ll be ready for the next day
While the wellies aren’t onsale just yet, we’ve already put in our orders in preparation, for more info head here.
After much documented delays and rejected drafts, Klaxons have finally confirmed details of their second album. ‘Surfing The Void’ will be released through Polydor on August 23rd preceded by lead single ‘Echoes’ on August 16th. Fans of the band have already been given a preview with album track ‘Flashover’ currently streaming from the bands website.
Produced by Ross Robinson, the album is sure to be a more frantic affair than their Mercury Prize winning debut. While we’re yet to hear the album in full, the artwork is already a contender for one of the best we’ve seen this year. The tracklisting is as follows:
- The Same Space
- Surfing The Void
- Valley of The Calm Trees
- Extra Astronomical
- Twin Flames
- Future Memories