While Mumford & Sons wouldn’t be my favourite band by ANY stretch of the imagination, they have been using their status wisely with Ben Lovett having recently opened the Omeara venue in London, their involvement in Communion Music label and collaborations with artists like Baaba Maal.
That status advantage is going one further now with Mumford & Sons announced that not will they play Longitude and Latitude Festival this summer but they are curating a stage which will feature Baaba Maal, Jack Garratt, Glass Animals, Lucy Rose and more.
It may also feature Maggie Rogers, Sohn, Lemon Twigs and Declan McKenna as this video suggests but we’ll know very soon, as more Longitude news expected later today, as Latitude was announced in full with The 1975, Fleet Foxes, Goldfrapp, Placebo and more.
I’ve made an Electric Picnic DJ Mix every year since 2008. It’s always been a blast to make and a highlight of the site for me personally. 2016’s mix features 22 artists on the Electric Picnic lineup over 20 songs in just under 55 minutes.
It’s for bumping for your festival prep for the next week or in the car on the way down to Stradbally. Last year’s mix.
If ‘Life Itself’, Glass Animals’ first album single since 2014’s Zaba was any indication, the band were moving from atmospheric indie R&B into a sound that incorporated it but was more dynamic and bombastic.
New song ‘Youth’ confirms that path, it’s practically a weird hip-hop beat with the band’s whispered pop layers on top. The accompanying video by Neil Krug follows on from the ‘Life Itself’ one.
How To Be A Human Being is released via Caroline International / Wolf Tone on 26th August.
Glass Animals and Joey Bada$$ have collaborated on a track called ‘Lose Control’. The track is released today as part of Glass Animals’ Fresh Fruit series and was made on day off in a studion in Brooklyn, New York over the course of 12 hours in August after the two acts heard they had mutual respect for each other.
Argentinian-born NYC-based singer Valerie Teicher’s last track as Tei Shi was one of my favourites of last month. ‘Bassically’ is a dark pulsing noir-pop song of the highest order.
By contrast, ‘See Me’ takes it slow, luxuriating in a creaking groove with Teicher’s vocal pushing a gentler disposition. The track, fittingly as it sounds like it, was produced as a trio with Dave Bayley of Glass Animals, Gianluca Buccellati and Tei Shi.
For anyone in the NY/Montreal/Toronto, these are Teicher’s upcoming dates:
11/13 – U Street Music Hall – Washington DC w/ GEMs
11/15 – Babys All Right – Brooklyn NY w/ Yumi Zouma
11/17 – The Drake Hotel – Toronto ON w/ Seoul
11/19 – M For Montreal
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.
After last year’s GIF marathon, we returned to Stradbally this year with the intention of more GIF action. As captured by Killian Broderick and turned into GIFs by me, this is a selection of what went down at Electric Picnic in moving form featuring St. Vincent, Tune-Yards, Outkast, Beck, Sleep Thieves, Portishead, Glass Animals, Girl Band, Clu, Neneh Cherry, Le Galaxie and a lot of festival randomness.
One of my favourite new bands of the year. I first encountered the Oxford band at SXSW and they were an impressive live act. Since then, their ZABA album has established them as purveyors of quality ambient indie R&B.
Hypnotic and hyper-visual electronic R&B music made by Londoner Tahliah Barnett, a dancer and young ambitious artist. Her debut album LP1 is an intimate, lustful and personal portrait and live, she picks up a microphone like few others.
One of the most prolific and promising electronic producers around, his remixes for AlunaGeorge, Disclosure and Janet Jackson are certified funky floorfillers and his original material shows off a finger-snapping, head-nodding R&B and hip-hop influence. He’s recently signed to XL too.
Body & Soul have announced their lineup for the imminent Electric Picnic festival at the end of August and it’s another doozy lineup of acts across three stages. Only €229.50 weekend tickets are left but there is a serious lineup including the full list below.
Playlist of additions:
Body & Soul man stage
Francois and The Atlas Mountains
Florian Blancke & Brendan O Regan
Join me in the Pines
I Have A Tribe
Ronan O Snodaigh & The Occasionals
Sounds of a System Breakdown
Grounds For Invasion
Susan O Neill & The Low Standards
UPSTAGE Line Up
LAKE PEOPLE [live]
Sol & Louche
Mikey Joyride Soro
EarthShip Line Up
Maud In Cahoots
Ruff Chuff Live Crew
Come On Live Long
Leo Moran & Anto Thistletwaite
The Tav Jam Band
Joe Fury & The Hayride
Punch Face Champions
Willow Sea & Guests
Aindrais De Staic & The Latchikos
Stevie G & the Deep South Soul Soundsystem
Noelie McDonnell & Band
i am niamh
The Amazing Few
The Ground Will Shake
Mikey and The Scallywags
The Cold Draw
Shay Cotter and the New Blues
In The Willows
Totally missed this while I was away last week. Makers of the excellent debut albumZABA, Glass Animals are coming back to play a gig of their own in Whelan’s in Dublin on Saturday October 18th. It’ll be the last stop on an extensive tour. Tickets are €16.50 ex fee on sale now.
Since Glass Animals appeared on my radar last year, what has most impressed me about them, was their ability to create vaporous textures for their songs to live in. On the surface, they are an indie band but as their collaborations with Chicago’s Jean Deaux and their single ‘Gooey’ shows, they’ve more in common with the rise of electronic R&B than any Oxford rock luminaries – Radiohead or Foals, for example.
ZABA, the band’s debut album pushes their atmospheric agenda into a cohesive release. Their M.O. is slinky minimal pop, not a million miles from Alt-J, but more exotic and worldly than their counterparts. But they do share a common parlance in how they translate their traditional band setup into an otherworldly place.
‘Black Mambo’ uses guitar scrapes and unfurling bass and keys against simple drum hits for ambience, ‘Pools’ has a tropical R&B feel and ‘Hazey’ has a percussive soulful R&B lean. Rhythmically, the album stays minimal, with Dave Bayley’s hushed R&B vocals a constant and the production qualities of Timbaland are favoured over anything that specifically places the band alongside their aforementioned peers. ZABA is more exotic than that.
It’s hard to know specifically what Bayley’s singing about so cryptically – but he says the lyrics “tackle the humanisation of nature and human interference with nature”.
Tropical rainforest vibes are also alluded to in the title, taken from singer Bayley’s favorite childhood story, William Steig’s The Zabajaba Jungle.
Executive production by Paul Epworth with Bayley producing ensures that level of aural consistency, meaning ZABA which is likened to “a backdrop of man-made wilderness,” according to the band directly, is awash with ambient and alluring songcraft.
The debut album, ZABA, from Oxford band Glass Animals is only a few weeks away now. They are one of my favourite new discoveries of the last six months easily. ‘Pools’ is a song from the album that has a beguiling tropical percussive R&B stomp so it’s a good fit for a animated stop motion plasticine (mala/marla to you and me) video directed by Rafael Bonilla.
Blondie, Sinead O’Connor, Mogwai, James Murphy, Kelis, Neneh Cherry, The Horrors, Duke Dumont, Twin Shadow, Ham Sandwich, Clean Bandit, Drenge, The Orwells, Glass Animals, Wolf Alice, The Districts, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Vancouver Sleep Clinic, Vaults, Benjamin Booker, Moko.