The always-reliable Awesome Tapes from Africa digs up a 1995 kwaito dance gem from South Africa’s Professor Rhythm. The label has had some great stuff in 2017 including Umoja’s 707′ and Om Alec Khaoli ‘Say You Love Me’ and this is no different. Joy. Brian and his Awesome Tapes From Africa are in the Sugar Club in Dublin on November 11th with Super Silly, Farah Elle courtesy of Woweembeem.
The Go! Team are back and for their first song since 2015’s The Scene Between. The Brighton band arrive with ‘Semicircle Song’ with a marching band, The Detroit Youth Choir. The band’s mastermind Ian Parton took inspiration from Northern soul, Japanese indie-pop and old-school hip hop and went to Detroit to record with a marching band and choir.
Boy Harsher – Westerners
Massachusetts duo Boy Harsher impressed me with the dark and swirling ‘Motion’ and here’s another from their debut EP, a pulsating electro track with atmospheric care-free abandon and an old-school beat.
SONDAR – Ready
Effervescent electro pop from Cait and Katie, a duo from Nashville.
Burial – Rodent
I’d become less interested in recent Burial releases due to familiarity or apathy. That’s on me perhaps but the latest track from the enigmatic producer finds him in his most direct clubbing state in quite a while. From the the relentless bassline to the hypnotic vocal line to the snatches of sax, ‘Rodent’ is a fresh sound from a producer who already has a trailblazing tag.
Palmbomen II – Ultimate Lovestory Fantasy
The latest release, Memories of Cindy 3, from the LA producer has his trademark textured ambience in full effect: revealing itself like a soft breath in a warm fogged tunnel.
Four Tet – Lush
A mellow and melodic highlight from Kieran Hebden’s largely understated new record New Energy.
St. Vincent – Pills
Annie Clark’s Jack Antonoff-produced album Masseduction is out today. Clark has always been one to root for – as a kickass female artist in a male-dominated guitar space, she’s proved herself more talented and ambitious than anyone yet sometimes, her songs remain stubborn to letting you in beyond admiration. ‘Pills’ is maybe the most pop thing Clark has ever done but it doesn’t lose the swagger that got her to where she is in the first place. She’s in Dublin next week.
Baths – Out
Will Wiesenfeld is back as Baths with a new album Romaplasm on Anticon on November 17th and the album takes inspiration from anime and video games. ‘Out’ has that vivd bounce to it and Will says the title is “a dual meaning—either referring to someone going out for the night, or being an out gay person. It touches on the intersection of both but mostly deals with how I feel in a club environment.” Here’s first single ‘Yeoman’.
King Krule – Half Man Half Shark
Archy Marshall’s newest album as King Krule might be his most complete yet (one listen in). Marshall has a tendency to let his drawl do all the work on tracks sometimes but there’s plenty of shade and energy on the new record to warrant further investigation. It’s still got that loose jazz feel at times and ‘Half Man Half Shark’ is one such typical highlight.
St. Vincent has released a music video directed by Willo Perron for ‘Los Ageless’.
“How can anybody have you and lose you — and not lose your mind, too?”, she sings as a fuzzed and buzzed rock beat shatters around her. The video keeps up the colourful artpop style of the ‘New York’ video.
St. Vincent is on Jools next week and hits Dublin for October 20th and 21st on her tour. The album Masseduction is out on October 13th.
MASSEDUCTION’ TRACK LIST:
1. Hang On Me 2. Pills 3. Masseduction 4. Sugarboy 5. Los Ageless 6. Happy Birthday, Johnny 7. Savior 8. New York 9. Fear The Future 10. Young Lover 11. Dancing with a Ghost 12. Slow Disco 13. Smoking Section
FEAR THE FUTURE TOUR” DATES:
7th October – Los Angeles, Paramount Pictures Studios (Red Bull Academy Music Festival) 17th October – London, O2 Academy Brixton 18th October – Manchester, O2 Apollo Manchester 20th October – Dublin, Olympia Theatre 21th October – Dublin, Olympia Theatre 23rd October – Brussels, Ancienne Belgique 24th October – Paris, Le Trianon 26th October – Berlin, Huxleys 27th October – Utrecht, Tivoli Vrendenburg (Ronda) 14th November – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore 15th November – Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Room 17th November – Milwaukee, WI – Riverside Theater 18th November – St. Paul, MN – Palace Theater 19th November – Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theater 20th November – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant 21st November – Louisville, KY – The Kentucky Center 22nd November – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium 24th November – Knoxville, TN – Tennessee Theatre 25th November – Durham, NC – Durham Performing Arts Center 27th November – Washington, DC – The Anthem 28th November – Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory 39th November – Boston, MA – House of Blues 1st December – Portland, ME – State Theatre 2nd December – Brooklyn, NY – Kings Theatre 3rd December – Brooklyn, NY – Kings Theatre 16/17th December – Houston, TX – Day For Night Festival
8/19 – Tokyo, Japan – Summer Sonic 10/17 – London, UK – O2 Academy Brixton 10/18 – Manchester, UK – O2 Apollo Manchester 10/20 – Dublin, Ireland – Olympia Theatre 10/21 – Dublin, Ireland – Olympia Theatre 10/23 – Brussels, Belgium – AB Club 10/24 – Paris, France – Le Trianon 10/26 – Berlin, Germany – Huxleys 10/27 – Utrecht, Netherlands – TivoliVrendenburg 11/14 – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore 11/15 – Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Room 11/17 – Milwaukee, WI – Riverside Theater 11/18 – St. Paul, MN – Palace Theater 11/19 – Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theater 11/20 – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant 11/21 – Louisville, KY – Whitney Hall 11/22 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium 11/24 – Knoxville, TN – Tennessee Theatre 11/25 – Durham, NC – Durham Performing Arts Center 11/27 – Washington, DC – The Anthem 11/28 – Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory 11/30 – Boston, MA – House of Blues 12/1 – Portland, ME – State Theatre 12/2 – Brooklyn, NY – Kings Theatre
St. Vincent has announced the Fear the Future Tour which kicks off on October 17 in London and runs until December 2 at Brooklyn’s Kings Theatre and takes in Dublin, Manchester, London, Brussels, Paris and Berlin.
Watch the announcement video:
USA pre-sale registration begins today at 10AM ET. Global fan pre-sale begins June 27. General on-sale for the entire tour begins Friday June 30. To pre-register and for more information, go to http://ilovestvincent.com/#tour. Fans will be able to choose from standalone show tickets as well as the Fear The Future Enhanced Experience – including tickets plus signed poster, photo with St. Vincent’s guitar, film screening and more.
Dublin’s Olympia Theatre date is October 20th and price is €28.50 + fees go on sale at 10am on Friday June 30th via www.ticketmaster.ie
St. Vincent Tour dates
8/19 – Tokyo, Japan – Summer Sonic 10/17 – London, UK – O2 Academy Brixton 10/18 – Manchester, UK – O2 Apollo Manchester 10/20 – Dublin, Ireland – Olympia Theatre 10/23 – Brussels, Belgium – AB Club 10/24 – Paris, France – Le Trianon 10/26 – Berlin, Germany – Huxleys 10/27 – Utrecht, Netherlands – TivoliVrendenburg 11/14 – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore 11/15 – Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Room 11/17 – Milwaukee, WI – Riverside Theater 11/18 – St. Paul, MN – Palace Theater 11/19 – Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theater 11/20 – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant 11/21 – Louisville, KY – Whitney Hall 11/22 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium 11/24 – Knoxville, TN – Tennessee Theatre 11/25 – Durham, NC – Durham Performing Arts Center 11/27 – Washington, DC – The Anthem 11/28 – Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory 11/30 – Boston, MA – House of Blues 12/1 – Portland, ME – State Theatre 12/2 – Brooklyn, NY – Kings Theatre
There are plenty of albums to look forward to in 2017 and here are just a few of them which don’t have release dates yet. I’ve also included a few which we likely won’t see this year – just so you’re prepared. See also – My top New Artists of 2017.
It’s been three years since the Leeds band released their second album This Is All Yours, so time is ripe for another in 2017. Last August, drummer Thom Sonny Green told NME, the band had loads of ideas, which wasn’t exactly – “songs are written, we’re recording them and they’re sounding awesome,” but after a period where Green released a solo record, bassist Gus Unger-Hamilton opened a café in east London and singer Joe Newman featured on a Clams Casino track with Lil B, there are rumblings.
The band have posted pics from the studio including ones at Abbey Road where they were recording strings only last week.The band have announced festival dates this summer so a good guess would be around the time of June, when they start.
Caribou / Daphni
Possible Date: Late 2017 but more than likely 2018
Three years on from a career apex record Our Love and a song which dominated the summer and the rest of the year. Dan Snaith is DJing as Daphni a lot this year including Coachella so a new album from Caribou doesn’t feel likely at this moment (maybe a Daphni 12″ / single release though?)
Possible Date: Autumn 2017
After last year’s DJ Kicks, 2017 looks to be the year that Daniel Avery follows up his superb 2013 album Drone Logic, according to this tweet.
Three months in London. The studio door is locked from the outside
Loreley Rodriguez’ debut Empress Of album Of Me was followed up with a killer once-off single and one of the best songs of 2016 collaboration with Blood Orange – ‘Best Of You’, as well as one with Pional, so I really want a followup in 2017. This is more hopeful than concrete, though signs are good.
I swear making another album is an emotional roller coaster:not so much making the music but playing it for other people
A new album was promised in 2016 from the Brainfeeder boss but Stephen Ellison was working on his feature-length film debut Kuso (starring Hannibal Buress and Tim Heidecker), which will premiere at Sundance this year. He also scored a short too. It looks like we’re getting V, a Captain Murphy record some time this year, as ‘Crowned’ featured in the recent Adult Swim Singles club. As for Fly Lo, a Kuso some songs on the soundtrack may be all we get.
Possible Date: Summer / Autumn 2017
Three years on from their breakthrough album Singles, things are heating up with some dates at festivals like Bonaroo, Panorama and Coachella. Last year, Sam T. Herring collaborated with Badbadnotgood. Their last music was single ‘The Chase’ in 2015. An album is definitely on the way very very soon.
Possible Date: Summer / Autumn 2017
Grimes’ followup to Art Angels was halfway there last April ( “more chill vibes, downtempos, synth-y shit. That makes it sound boring. It’s not boring.”) and in a November interview, she said it would be “slow and reflective”.
“I’m really vibing on making something really slow and gorgeous that just breathes, and has room to breathe,” she explained. “I feel like my work has always been fast paced, kinetic, and almost just manic and I feel like for me the hardest thing I can do is make something that’s slow and heavy.”
Possible Date: Spring 2017
Come on already. The Grizzlies’ last album was 2012’s Shields and a few years before, Jay Z and Beyoncé were showing up to their shows and a lot has changed in music since American indie folk was the dominant genre of choice, However in October, a tweet saying “Album 90 percent done. Last update until you hear it,” was posted. Any day now?
DFA Records’ disco dons Holy Ghost! will surely followup last year’s Crime Cutz EP with a third album, a followup to Dynamics. Alex Frankel released a solo EP last year too. I’ve a soft spot for these two.
The followup to 2013’s Immunity is due this year according to Jon’s reply to a fan on Twitter. Yes. In the meantime, Hopkins plays piano on a track on the new Bonobo record.
Possible Date: Spring 2017
A followup to 2013’s Cut For Me mixtape after 2015’s Hallucination EP is on the cards (check out this Song Exploder about ‘Rewind’). In an interview with Dazed, Arca, Jam City, and Bok Bok are to be reprising their role as co-producers and Kelsey Lu, one of my picks for new artists of 2017 guests.
Possible Date: Summer or Autumn 2017
After last year’s triumphant live return, that promised LCD Soundsystem album is indeed on the way as James Murphy told someone on Facebook this weekin response – “Sure. still working on it, but it’ll be done soon. winter tends to mess with my voice, so finishing the thing drags out.”
Possible Date: Autumn 2017
The Dublin electro band’s third album is done and it likely to get a worldwide releasearound September time. Former Fight Like Apes’ singer MAy Kay is set to feature on six tracks too.
Possible Date: Summer / Autumn 2017
The followup to Nabuma Rubberband from 2014 looks to be coming this year from the Swedish band. They are playing Coachella so that’s a good sign.
Possible Date: Spring / Summer 2017
Mount Kimbie played some new songs at Metropolis Festival in November so it’s a safe bet a new one is coming to followup the brilliant 2013 album Cold Spring Fault Less Youth.
Possible Date: Summer / Autumn 2017
Annie Clark promises “the deepest, boldest work I’ve ever done” on her new record which is inspired by the topsy-turvy world events of the last year. “I feel the playing field is really open for creative people to do whatever you want, and that risk will be rewarded – especially now that we have such high stakes from a political and geopolitical standpoint,” he told Guitar World (while managing to get a dig in on the cover). The last St. Vincent album came out in 2014.
Ceol Ar An Imeall will be back on TV screens from Thursday April 7th for its seventh season on TG4.
The Irish-language-based music television show is one of the few remaining shows aimed at a youth audience interested in new and alternative music.
This season new presenters Cian Ó Ciobhain and Eithne Shortall have taken over from Una Mullally. Cian is a respected DJ and broadcaster of An Taobh Tuathail on RnG and Eithne is an arts journalist with the Sunday Times and an experienced TV contributor.
On the show this season will be feature performances from 23 Irish bands including Bitch Falcon, Ham Sandwich, Wyvern Lingo, Oh Boland, Sam Amidon, The Academic, Buffalo Woman, Fierce Mild, The Staves and Ryley Walker.
Interviewees include Mark Ronson, St. Vincent, Everything, Everything; Hot Chip Chvrches and Jose Gonzalez.
The series kicks off this Thursday April 7 on TG4 with performances from Ham Sandwich and Wyvern Lingo.
Bígí linn Déardaoin agus sraith úr nua "Ceol ar an Imeall" ag tosnú. Beidh ceol againn ó Ham Sandwich agus Wyvern Lingo…
How to enter ticket comps – Email [email protected] with the gig above in the Subject line you’re entering for along with your full name and phone number (for late contact) 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.
Tuesday July 7
Cannibal Ox @ Button Factory (€20) [Rap] Gritty New York rap duo and creators of rap classic The Cold Vein.
Ruby Sessions @ Doyle’s (9pm, €6) [Acoustic club] Bad Sea / Bryan Rice Dalton Music and more
Bridie Monds-Watson was asked by Rookie Magazine to cover St. Vincent which she did in her own inimitable way and they interviewed her about it and her music as part of it:
So much of that song, and what Annie Clark has said about it, is about her disdain for internet culture and people broadcasting their lives. What’s your relationship to the internet like as someone who’s never known a world without it?
I’m definitely the first generation that’s grown up with the internet in school, from like, primary, year one. I had a Facebook account when I was, like, 13. I wasn’t that interested until I was, like, 15. Now I use it tons—I kind of have to, because it’s an incredible form of promotion. But I think it’s fun, as well. I’m lucky because I’m with an independent label, so I’m in charge of my social media. If my label people post on it, it’s with my approval. I decide how much of myself I want to give away, and what I want to say as well.
The Derry musician’s debut Before We Forgot How to Dream comes out on Rough Trade next month.
The Chemical Brothers have news of their first album in five years out on July 17th (they play Longitude two days later). Their eighth album in total, Born In The Echoes features 11 tracks of “lean, propulsive machine driven music,” taking in “juddering robotic funk” to “unhinged futurist Freakbeat”, “icy spectral psych” and “rhapsodic analog synthetics.”
Sounds a lot like a classic Chems album. Guests include Q-Tip, Beck, Cate Le Bon, Ali Love and St. Vincent.
‘Sometimes I Feel So Deserted’ kicks off the whole thing and harks back to Exit Planet Dust-era electronic synth style.
St. Vincent released a bunch of nice extra tracks on the deluxe version of her recent album including ‘Bad Believer’ and ‘Pieta’. Another new track, ‘Teenage Talk’ featured on the credits of a recent episode of Girls but it’s now been given a full stream on Spotify and for purchase on iTunes.
“We laughed so hard / threw up in your mother’s azaleas,” Clark sings on a track reminiscing about being a teenager on new song about being a teen in Texas.
Sweet. Annie Clark aka St. Vincent will be back in Ireland this summer for three shows now: an outdoor show in Iveagh Gardens, Dublin on Friday July 10th, Cork Opera House on Monday July 13th and Festival Big Top, Galway on Tuesday 14th July.