After some teasing of her first new music in 9 years earlier this week, Karin Dreijer formerly of The Knife has returned to her solo Fever Ray project.
Far from the somewhat disturbing visual we saw yesterday teasing the song, ‘To The Moon And Back’ is the closest thing we’ve had to The Knife since they split in 2014. The song has the familiar electro mechanised beat and Knife-esque synth. It also has the line ‘I want to run my fingers up your p**y’ which on Spotify is given an Air Horn mix. The video for the song keeps things weird as the visuals proceeding it with a cryogenically frozen Karin reanimated.
Everything Is Recorded feat. Syd & Sampha – Show Love
Two of the best contemporary voices in R&B, The Internet’s Syd and Sampha get together with XL boss Richard Russell for yet another memorable track.
Smerz – No Harm
The Norwegian duo on XL Recordings made one of my favourite songs of 2016 and here they keep things odd and inviting.
It’s hard to pick a highlight from The Ooz, Archy Marshall’s new album as King Krule. My current favourite is the album opener which has a beat that sounds like it’s falling down the stairs on repeat as the lyrics slip deeper still – “He left the crime scene without the Motorola / still had dreams of being young Franco Zola.” A fine descent into one of the album’s of the month and possibly year.
From San Fran producer’s new album Too Real, his collaboration with Michelle Zauner aka Japanese Breakfast is an immediate warm cup of sonics, like a gentle EDM track that works. The album dropped today on Ninja Tune’s sublabel Counter Records.
DJ Seinfeld – Time Spent Away From You
Previews of Mr lo-fi house himself’s forthcoming album on November 3rd have raised expectations for an already buzzed about artist. Tracks like this proves their is substance beyond the style and movement tag applied to the Swedish producer.
Badbadnotgood – I Don’t Know (feat. Sam T. Herring)
A bonus collaboration between the nu-jazz Canadians and Future Islands singer after their fruitful get-together on the IV album last year on ‘Time Moves Slow’. Future Islands may as well be Future Irelands as they arrive to play Donnybrook next year. This track has a beautiful 70s soul quality to it.
Floating Points – Ratio
Anything Sam Shepherd does is worthy of a listen and as it’s Friday, why not indulge in the 18 minute version of this live favourite as opposed to the 3 minute one.
The Invisible’s latest album Patience is the band’s best work yet, an avant synth-pop collection of songs with appearances from Jessie Ware, Anna Calvi, Rosie Lowe and Connan Mockasin.
A followup 12″ release featuring a Floating Points remix is coming out on September 2nd on Ninja Tune but is available digitally now. Sam Shepard’s remix has added some wistful string magic to the song’s bow and elongates it into a near 10-minute track. B-side ‘First Time’ was also written with Floating Points by the band.
‘Life’s Dancers’ 12″
A. Life’s Dancers (Floating Points Remix) B1. Life’s Dancers B2. First Time
A great mix of old and new, indie, electronic and alternative, as well as some new interesting bookings not of the norm.
Body&Soul operates a 5 Tier Ticket system for Weekend Camping Tickets. Tiers 1, 2 and 3 have now sold out. A limited number of Tier 4 tickets are still available – once sold out, Tier 5 tickets will go on sale. Tickets can be paid for in instalments – 50% payable on booking, 50% taken on April 1st.
General and *Family Weekend Tickets: Tier 4 €149.50 incl booking fee Tier 5 €169.50 incl booking fee
Combined Weekend & Bus (return from Dublin) Tickets: Tier 4 €178.50 incl booking fee Tier 5 €198.50 incl booking fee
General Campervan and Family Campervan Tickets are available at €60.
*A Body&Soul Family Weekend Ticket permits entry to 1 adult and 2 children aged 12 or under.
Only Body&Soul Family Weekend Ticket holders are permitted access to the dedicated family campsite.
A limited number of Body&Soul Sunday Tickets, priced at €65 will go on sale in June.
Bloc returns from 11 to 13 March 2016 in Butlins Resort Minehead near Bristol with an impressive lineup including:
Thom Yorke – Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes / Four Tet / Jeff Mills / Floating Points / Carl Craig – Modular Pursuits / Ben Klock / Nina Kraviz / Omar-S / Evian Christ / Holly Herndon / Motor City Drum Ensemble / Rødhåd / Trade ft. Surgeon & Blawan / Steve Davis ( the snooker player is a keen selector) / Tama Sumo b2b Lakuti / Andrew Weatherall b2b Optimo / Steffi / Ben UFO / Magic Mountain High ft. Move D, Juju & Jordash / Bicep / Daniel Avery / Helena Hauff / Ugandan Methods ft. Regis & Ancient Methods / Midland / Jimmy Edgar / Fast Eddie / Lone / Objekt / Daniel Miller / Demdike Stare / Powell / ItaloJohnson / James Ruskin / Laurel Halo / Lakker / Dasha Rush / Fatima Yamaha / Rrose / Dom & Roland / Sandrien / Kahn / d:Bridge / Shanti Celeste / Ø [Phase] / Aurora Halal / Jane Fitz / DJ Skirt / JoeFarr / Steevio & Suzybee
Early bird tickets are sold out but chalets are available from £179 + fees. More info.
As part of Darkside, the young Chilean American experimental musician Nico Jar ramped up the spectacle but kept the music on the experimental side. His solo works shares that project’s ambient electronic style and Jaar gives the sense he’s always searching for more in himself. His latest release is Nymphs II, which shows where he’s at now – it’s heady experimental electronic compositions for feet and heads.
2. Tei Shi
Somewhere Else Stage: 8pm – 8:45pm
Probably the one true American buzz band of the festival, Tei Shi is the name chosen by Argentinian-born NYC-based Glass Animals collaborator Valerie Teicher whose music moves between siren synth pop and gentle harmonic pop.
I listen in to Beats In Space, Tim Sweeney’s influential NYC radio show regularly enough but managed to miss this gem until I discovered it via a Dummy article by the man himself looking over his last 15 years at the helm of the show. This was his 2014 highlight and you can hear why: classic disco sounds with modern nu-disco twisted, a bacchanalian celebration of what disco facilitates best: dancing, a cleanse and uplifting grooves. It is out on the Beats In Space label.
How to enter ticket comp – Email [email protected] with the gig above in the Subject line you’re entering for along with your full name and phone number in the body of the message. Full info on each show below. Draw closes at 6pm the day before the gig or Friday 1pm latest for weekend gigs.
Little Dragon, Nao @ Vicar Street (€22.50) [Electro pop] Swedish band’s latest album Nabuma Rubberband is great.
Bryter Layter & Other Nick Drake Classics @ The Grand Social (€7/€10) [Tribute] Dave Mc Guinness and friends + Special Guests perform Bryter Layter & other Nick Drake classics on the 40th Anniversary of his death.
The Ruby Sessions @ Doyle’s (9pm, €6) [Acoustic club] Roisin O, dRea, Grey Goose, Miriam Donoghue
The Nialler9 TXFM show` airs every Thursday night at 10pm for two hours. You can listen on FM, online, the TXFM app or if you missed it, on the listen back function on the site. Last night’s show featuring 22 brand new tracks in indie, electronic, rap, R&B and dance.
As the de facto singer on Alexander Nut’s Eglo Records label, Fatima has become the soulful voice of a lot of the label’s output whether it’s on a collab with Funkineven as ‘Phoneline’ or along with producer Floating Points and his ensemble.
The Swedish/London-based singer, whose singing credentials are well established by now, has worked with Dam Funk and Onra and Dorian Concept too so expecting a new-electronic soul record for her long playing debut wouldn’t be unrealistic.
Yellow Memories isn’t exactly that. It leans closer to a beautiful modern soul record than an electronic-lead release but there enough of those kinds of collaborators that give it some of that flavour.
Floating Points provides five of the album’s main productions and rather than offer wholesale beats or off-cuts, the tracks are custom-fitting live rich new-soul arrangements. Opener ‘Do Better’ reveals itself with a gorgeous ’70s NY horn and flute flourish; classic blue-eyed soul orchestration, courtesy of Floating Points ensemble and is a suitable fit for Fatima’s Jill Scott-esque lilt.
Later, ‘Biggest Joke Of All’ has a classic jazz/soul signature sound while things get more late-night for album closer cuts ‘Talk’ and ‘Gave Me My Name’ – a song about Fatima’s estranged father.
The album is a mix of that old-school style and nods to modern U.S. hip-hop Dilla beats as heard on the Oh No produced ‘Technology’ (Oh No is Madlib’s brother), the squelch-funk of ‘Circle’ authored by Computer Jay/Shafiq Husayn and the Kendrick Lamar collaborator Scoop DeVille-assisted ‘Ridin Round (Sky High)’.
Those songs serve the long-player well by offering other angles but it’s perhaps London-based Flako who gets closest to a perfect synergy to Fatima’s honeyed voice (with the exception of the ’70s rolling opener ‘Do Better’). The one two of ‘Family’ and ‘La Neta’ at the centre of the record manages to sound both classic and modern: thanks to some innovative rhythmic touches – ‘Family’ goes into double time handclap sections that lift both the singer and the song; ‘La Neta’ has some synth-soul R&B to its composition driven by a simple bassline that sets off a nice instrumental run.
It’s Fatima Bramme Sey that is topline star of the show though. Her debut album was overdue but the result is one of the best soul records of the year from a singer with range, emotion and access to some of electronic and hip-hop’s best producers.
Sam Sheperd aka Floating Points returns with a new 12″ soon and from it, ‘King Bromeliad’ features the shuffling boogie beat that he’s become known for. The near nine-minute tune is underpinned by a jazzy bass shuffle which unfolds with synth runs, chimes and flanger effects that recall the moments caught between the funk and jazz licks on original records.