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A tower of sonic heaviness.

It’s hard to muster anything more than a ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ for Disclosure’s new album Caracal. Like, it’s grand, unimaginative and lacking in dynamics, a bit too polished to love, the songs never quite jumping out quite as much as their thrilling debut.

The Lawrences have been having better luck on the remix front, via Gus Pirelli, Julio Bashmore, themselves, A-Trak and now Jon Hopkins who has turned their Lorde collaboration into an unrelated tower of sonic magnitude. This could be one of those “I had an existing track, I stuck a sample in” to justify the remix fee but it’s still a lot better than 90% of Caracal.

Posted on November 24th, 2015

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The best tracks of the month in a list and with Spotify and Soundcloud playlists.

My favourite songs of the past month. Get the majority of them as a continuous playlists below on Spotify and Soundcloud.

The songs

  1. Tame Impala – Let It Happen’ (Soulwax remix)
  2. Empress Of – How Do You Do It? – pictured
  3. Pleasure Beach – ‘Go’
  4. Soft Lit – I Can’t Help It
  5. Kodiak Blue – ‘Zapusk’
  6. Girl Band – ‘Pears For Lunch’
  7. Chvrches – ‘Clearest Blue’
  8. Kelela – ‘Rewind’
  9. Talos – ‘In Time’
  10. Maud In Cahoots – ‘Cure For The Crazy’
  11. Martyn – Falling For You
  12. Saint Sister – ‘Madrid’
  13. Pure Bathing Culture – ‘Palest Pearl’
  14. Anderson – ‘Things We Have In Common’
  15. Owiny Sigoma Band – ‘I Made You /You Made Me’
  16. Wounded Healer – ‘Panic About Love’
  17. Floating Points – ‘Silhouettes (I,II & III)
  18. Julia Holter – Sea Calls Me Home
  19. New Portals – ‘Groove Boy’
  20. Wet – ‘Weak’
  21. Disclosure feat. The Weeknd – ‘Nocturnal’
  22. Darkstar – ‘Stoke The Fire’
  23. Wyvern Lingo – ‘Subside’
  24. Rejjie Snow – Blkkst Skin feat. Rae Morris (Prod. Kaytranada)
  25. Med, Blu & Madlib feat. MF Doom – ‘Knock Knock’
  26. Roots Manuva – ‘Don’t Breathe Out’
  27. The Academic – ‘Northern Boy’
  28. Neon Indian – ‘Slumlord’
  29. EMBRZ – ‘Lights’ ft. pennybirdrabbit
  30. ZHU & AlunaGeorge –  ‘Automatic’

Listen on Spotify

Posted on October 1st, 2015

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Gus Pirelli you beaut.

The new Disclosure tune ‘Holding On’ is grand in the way that it’s nothing new or exciting but does the job.

Now, here’s something exciting though.

A disco remix by Gus Pirelli that’s going to get a 7″ vinyl release (come to me) too.

https://soundcloud.com/gus-pirelli/disclosure-holding-on-ft-gregory-porter-gus-pirelli-vip-7-disco-mix

Posted on June 5th, 2015

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'Holding On' is the Disclosure you know.

Ignore what you thought was going on when you heard ‘Bang That’, that recent Disclosure song that was more a throwaway track / DJ tool than anything else.

‘Holding On’ is their new single proper from their forthcoming second album and sounds like the Disclosure MK I you know well.

The song is on iTunes shortly and Spotify.

Posted on May 26th, 2015

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Another UK/US collab.

Following their redux version of ‘F For You’ from Disclosure’s debut album Settle, the Lawrence brothers teamed up once again on some tracks on her upcoming The London Sessions release, which will also feature Sam Smith, Naughty Boy and Emili snoorefest Sandé.

You have have already heard ‘Right Now’, their first collab for the album. ‘Follow’ is part two, a song that’s very much in the vein of ‘Grab You’ from Settle, except with added million selling soul diva.

Posted on November 20th, 2014

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Guinness Amplify is a new initiative which aims to support new and upcoming Irish bands and acts through a programme of pub gigs (with some large well-known artists), industry workshops, studio time and media coverage. Full details of all of it are here including the judges (they include me).

Today, Guinness added Bastille, Disclosure and Jess Glynne to the lineup of established bands who will join Kodaline, Ellie Goulding, Walking On Cars and Daithi on the 500 pub gigs taking place throughout September and October. The application for bands to get involved closes tomorrow at midnight (July 31st), so you can log on at http://www.guinnessamplify.com.

Guinness Amplify Live scheduleDate
Leinster11th September to 14th September, 2014
Ulster18th September to 21st September, 2014
Connacht25th September to 28th September, 2014
Munster2nd October to 5th October, 2014
Dublin9th October to 12th October, 2014

 

Bands for the gigs are chosen by the publican and must agree a fee for playing with the publican directly.

Posted on July 30th, 2014

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23 tracks from 25 of the artists playing Longitude this weekend.

The Nialler9 TXFM show airs every Thursday night at 10pm for two hours. You can listen on 105.2FM, online, the TXFM app or if you missed it, on the listen back function on the site. Here’s last night’s show, which was all Longitude artists.

See also: Longitude Spotify playlist & 15 bands to see | Stage times.

Listen: Hour One

Listen: Hour Two

Hour One

  1. Disclosure  – ‘Latch feat Sam Smith’
  2. NONONO –  ‘Like the Wind’
  3. Broods – ‘Bridges’
  4. Tvvins –  ‘Two Worlds’
  5. San Fermin –  ‘Sonsick’
  6. Parquet Courts  – ‘Bodies Made Of’
  7. Eagulls – ‘Possessed’
  8. James Vincent McMorrow – ‘Post Tropical’
  9. First Aid Kit  – ‘My Silver Lining’
  10. Say Lou Lou  – ‘Everything We Touch’ (Yannis Remix)
  11. Bombay Bicycle Club – ‘Luna’
  12. #throwbackthursday: Massive Attack –  ‘Five Man Army’

 

Hour Two

  1. Chvrches – ‘The Mother We Share’ (Miaoux Miaoux remix)
  2. Banks  – ‘Drowning’
  3. Le Galaxie – ‘Humanise’
  4. Haim – ‘Don’t Save Me’ (Cyril Hahn Remix)
  5. John Talabot –  ‘Destiny’ feat. Pional
  6. Roosevelt – ‘Elliot’
  7. I Am The Cosmos –  ‘Monochrome’
  8. Krystal Klear  – ‘Squad’
  9. Bonobo – ‘Duals’
  10. Joey Bada$$  – ‘Hilary $Wank’
  11. The xx – ‘Night Time’ (Greg Wilson remix)

Posted on July 18th, 2014

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The Lawrence brothers are now officially co-opted into the American mainstream.

It’s plain to see that Disclosure have really hit the bigtime when the likes of Mary J. Blige are jumping on a track and sucking up some of your coolness. ‘F For You’ is one of my favourite tracks from Settle but it was totally ripe for a big euphoric vocal and there’s nowt much better than Mary “EMPRESS OF SOUL” Blige for that.

Posted on January 23rd, 2014

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An evaporated reverbed edit of Disclosure's poppiest track.

Belfast producer Unknown teamed up with singer Gemma Dunleavy officially a few months back as UNKNWN for live performances but this edit is from the production wing of the duo.

You all know the original, a track which was revealed to be the track which connected most to audiences in a live setting. Here, UNKNWN kidnap Sam Smith with chloroform and make him sing in a reverbed hazy bunker, creating something evaporated in the process. Free download.

Posted on January 14th, 2014

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