Californian-based Australian singer-songwriter and indie musician Hazel English makes hypnagogic indie pop music that comes from a place of guitar band roots. The 25 year-old has a debut EP coming on Marathon Artists/Canvasback in October and following on from the impressive title track, I’m Fine’ is a song about anxiety (“For most of my life I’ve felt a sharp uncertainty/ Now it’s just become a part of me.’) that is shimmering and summery in delivery.
See also: ‘Never Going Home’
Carriages – Moving Parts
The Irish folktronica duo create magic from found objects.
Harry Bookless and Aaron Page’s brand of field-recorded folktronica makes for a unique rhythm. ‘Moving Parts/ was made from some interesting sources: drain pipes, gravel, puddles, branches and a starter melody that features Harry’s three year-old nephew Alex singing. it’s wrapped up in a lush tune that nods to Bronksi Beat while sounding like Four Tet.
Thundercat – ‘Bus In These Streets’
A breezy 70s-style song about modern technology.
Thundercat has grown in stature recently, for his work with Kendrick Lamar and his own tunes like ‘Them Changes’.
‘Bus In These Streets’ is a song that sounds like a breezy 70s TV theme but is actually about technological dependence in the 21st century. It’s also a bit yacht-rock in tone.
The song is a once-off single out now that also features Louis Cole (keyboards, drums, programming); and Steve Ellison aka Flying Lotus (programming, editing).
Phillipi & Rodrigo – ‘Mantra’
Soulwax’s label DeeWee is essential listening these days.
As proven by this recent Beats 1 show, Soulwax are well and truly back to the top of their game. Their label DeeWee has knocked out killer tunes by Emmanuelle, Bolis Popul, Asa Moto and Phillipi and Rodrigo, a Sao Paolo duo. Their first release ‘Gueto De Gent’ featured a Twin Peaks reference and here, the pair build up a mantric percussive electronic groove.
Having just released his The Colour In Anything album, James Blake has announced headline gigs at The Olympia Theatre, Dublin on Thursday October 27th and The Limelight 1, Belfast on Friday October 28th 2016
Tickets for Dublun are €37 + fee and Belfast is £19.50 + fee.
Ticketd go on sale this Friday, June 17th from Ticketmaster.
James Blake dropped his new album The Colour In Anything last Friday, a release that was quickly shadowed by Radiohead’s release on Sunday.
That means that in the same week, we have two albums worthy of many repeat listens to delve into before any major judgement. While Blake lost out in the short-term, a new textured artful minimal video by United Visual Artists for his track ‘I Need A Forest Fire’ with vocals by Bon Iver helps readdress the balance and reminds us to give the album a deeper focus.
James Blake was the somewhat surprising winner of last night’s Mercury Prize. Somewhat surprising because the nominated list was probably the most popular list of albums drawn together for the prize for quite a while. Still, awards are made for surprises and Overgrown, Blake’s murkier singular second album won out. There was a lot of talk on the More4 broadcast about giving it to an album which needs more ears. I don’t know how many copies of the album were sold in the UK but I’d imagine there’s potential for new more mainstream-tuned ears for the album, if people are willing to give it the time it needs.
Coincidentally, this week Blake released a remix of ‘Come Thru’, a track off his emotional peer Drake’s latest album Nothing Was The Same in which he injected some Blake-esque electronic eeriness. Drake plays the O2 on March 18th btw.
This week’s instalment of new music in the last seven days is a busy one: it was a prolific week or so. There’s new Korallreven with Japanese hero Cornelius, Le Galaxie’s new single ‘Lucy Is Here’, The Cast Of Cheers meets Adebisi Shank members and make tvvins, synthtastic Sleep Thieves, discotastic Fort Romeau, reprisetastic Gold Panda, groovetastic Policy, collab-tastic James Blake with Chance The Rapper, game-tastic Flying Lotus (hear his entire GTA station here)
There’s Darkside, Letters to Fiesta, 3epkano, Samaris, Girls Names, Elephant, Blood Orange, Movement and Son Lux too. Something for all. Happy weekending.
In his short time as a prolific musician, James Blake has made music that could be called post-dubstep, experimental electronica, experimental singer-songwriter, IDM balladry, remixed classic rap and R&B tracks and collaborated with Bon Iver and Trim. On his self-titled debut, Blake’s soulful meditative voice was to the fore of his electronic gospel productions. (more…)
There’ll be 4 stages, tickets are €99 plus fees for the weekend or €54.50 plus fees for a day ticket. Early bird tickets are €79.50 and €44.50 plus fees. Tickets on sale tomorrow at 9am via Ticketmaster.
Personally, I think this is a reasonable lineup considering the now-crowded mid Irish festival market we now have. Fingers crossed there’s more interesting smaller bookings on the way, along the lines of Mykki Blanco.
In terms of medium to large multi-day festivals that’s Longitude, Forbidden Fruit, Body and Soul, Oxegen and Electric Picnic happening this year. Considering those odds, POD and Forbidden Fruit did pretty well in their booking.
Last year’s lineup was pretty stellar so I can understand the initial disappointment from some but there was no Longitude last year meaning that this time around, MCD could offer act who were potentially Forbidden Fruit-bound more moolah to play in July at Longitude rather than June. With so few big headliners at the moment, Forbidden Fruit had to resort to the tried and tested method of rock bands who have done it before: Primal Scream and Kasabian to bring in guaranteed ticket sales despite the other audience of more indie/Primavera-oriented potential festival-goers who would prefer to have the festival to themselves. It’s going to be an interesting year for all of these festivals.