After news that the Paul Brothers had acquired an actual building to house their Paul Institute, which released AK Paul’s 2016 single ‘Landcruisin’ leaked via Property Week of all sources. The building is set to house a “growing collective of musicians, artists, and technologists.”
Then last night, the Institute’s website debuted new music from two new artists produced by
Those two new releases are: Fabiana Palladino (who has worked with Jessie Ware, Sampha and SBTRKT) with ‘Mystery’, a track written with Jai Paul and produced by Jai Paul, and Ruthven (a firefighter from Lewisham) with ‘Evil’, a track written with A. K. Paul. Both songs are typical of the Paul brothers’ style – synthesized electronic pop of the off-kilter kind with ‘Evil’ being the closest to the pair’s established style.
Both songs are available for listening and purchasing digitally only until 6pm today, with vinyl coming too via enrolment at the funky website paul.institute/
When I got a text from a friend early on Sunday morning alerting me to the sudden existence of a Jai Paul album, I was on the way out of the house for the morning and afternoon. I was surprised. At first, I thought it was a publicity stunt marketed by XL Recordings. Then, I saw it was on Bandcamp and the lack of any label fanfare or XL mentions indicated it was something else. Was it an artist who had a disagreement with his label and decided to go it alone? Did he post his album as a fuck you to the label? Did XL refuse to release it cos they thought it was pants? Was it even the album? Was it a pre-album mixtape? Listening to the actual thing later that day I was none the wiser. (more…)
As growers go, Jai Paul’s ‘Jasmine’ was up there with the best of them in 2012. Cloud Castle Lake’s own version is a murkier take on the digi-funk of the original. It appears on the final release from Quarter Inch Collective – Quompliation #3 which features 14 Irsh bands covering their favourite songs of 2012. The compilation is out on February 1st on download and cassette and will feature covers from Girl Band, No Monster Club, Spilly Walker, Lemonada, Davy Kehoe, Flok, Ginola, G Kathi Burke,, Orquesta, Rhino Magic, Simon Bird, Turning Down Sex & The Wit Criteria.
A launch gig takes place on the first in The Workman’s Club, Dublin on February 1st. €10 with a cassette. You can pre-order the release here.
Hey it’s miserable outside (what’s new?) so you need some extra motivation for your weekend plans right? Well, here’s a 20 track Spotify playlist of mostly upbeat electronic-leaning tunes from the likes of Holy Ghost!, Gramme, Rustie, Floating Points, Jai Paul, John Talabot, Debruit, Tropics, ASAP Rocky and more to get you through. And if that’s not enough for you, try out the new Nialler9 Deezer Radio station too.
In which Aoife and I play a plethora of amazing tunes from the last few months, remind ourselves why Purity Ring is a weird band name, why bands need to stop releasing demos as finished tracks, take a brief exploration into ’80s fanzine-assisted electronica, and inadvertently insult loads of people throughout the podcast. Oops. Enjoy.
You may have noticed how Irish film-makers have produced brilliant video work of late. The likes of Myles O’Reilly, Stephen Mogerley, Fergal Brennan, Tiny Ark, Greg Corcoran and more have all been featured here recently and I wrote a piece about them for Day And Night.
Jai Paul is probably the most intriguing member of the BBC Sound of 2011 poll, by virtue that no-one really knew anything about the 21 year old North Londoner and he only had one song. But what a song ‘BTSTU’ is. Originally released onto blogs last May, the squelching electro-pop song has been remastered for Jai Paul’s upcoming album for XL Recordings and is currently on sale on iTunes.
Jai Paul – ‘BTSU’ A tip from Richie Egan when he appeared on Donal Dineen’s show, Jai Paul is a producer from London who is just starting out. So far, he’s been making electronic R&B with dub frequencies. It still sounds like pop music – just really weird pop music that plays in your brain forever and ever.
Perfume Genius – ‘Learning’ Beguiling dark ballads from a Seattle Mike Hadreas, It’s pretty desolate stuff but makes for fascinating listening. Learning is out now on Matador. Stream it whole.