After teasing last week and I speculated, Alt-J released their first new song from their third album Relaxer this morning. ‘3WW’ starts out as a quiet atmospheric English folk-song which builds into an orchestral ballad. It’s certainly a change for the band. Guest vocalist is Wolf Alice’s Ellie Rowsell. Visuals are from Playstation game LSD: Dream Emulator.

Relaxer is out on June 9th and this is the tracklist:

Alt J – Relaxer  Tracklist

  1. 3WW
  2. In Cold Blood
  3. House of the Rising Sun
  4. Hit Me Like That Snare
  5. Deadcrush
  6. Adeline
  7. Last Year
  8. Pleader
  9. Video

The band are playing Trinity in Dublin in July.

We’d like to thank you for your patience over the last year or so. After finishing touring ‘This Is All Yours’ in December 2015 we took a long break. Thom released a solo album; Gus opened a restaurant; Joe has been watching a lot of films. We hadn’t set a time limit on our time off but by August 2016 we were ready to get back into the studio. The result is our third album, RELAXER, and we are really excited for you to hear it.

Posted on March 6th, 2017

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Lauren Laverne just announced the shortlist for the Mercury Music Prize over the course of her show on BBC 6 Music for 2015 and the list is:

Aphex Twin – Syro
Wolf Alice – Bros
Roisin Murphy – Hairless Toys
C Duncan – Architect
ESKA – Eska
Florence & The Machine – How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
Ghostpoet – Shedding Skin
Benjamin Clementine – At Least For Now
Jamie xx – In Colour
Soak – Before We Forgot To Dream
Gaz Coombes – Matador
Slaves – Are You Satisfied?

Not a bad list, leaning a bit too heavily on established names perhaps. Would have hoped for Jonnie Common, All We Are, Lianne La Havas and Gwenno but you have to pay to enter so who knows if any of them did. 

Here’s a Spotify playlist of all of the nominees:

Posted on October 16th, 2015

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My new music show is live every Thursday from 10pm to midnight on TXFM. The show starts about six minutes into the first hour.

Part One

  1. Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment- ‘Sunday Candy’
  2. Songhoy Blues – ‘Soubour’
  3. Princess – ‘Black Window’
  4. Young Wonder – ‘Sweet Dreaming’
  5. Jamie xx – ‘Loud Places’ (featuring Romy)
  6. Hudson Mohawke – ‘Ryderz’
  7. Young Fathers – ‘Rain Or Shine’
  8. EMBRZ – ‘Silent’ feat. Amy Rose
  9. Unknown Mortal Orchestra – ‘Can’t Keep Checking My Phone’
  10. Courtney Barnett – ‘Depreston’
  11. Not Squares – ‘Oops Said Hi’
  12. Le Galaxie – ‘Tell me Twice’
  13. Girl Band – ‘Lawman’

Part Two 

  1. JUCE – ‘The Other One’
  2. Chvrches – ‘Dead Air’
  3. Wolf Alice – ‘Bros’
  4. Ham Sandwich – ‘Broken (Start Over)’
  5. Calm Candy – ‘Tunnels’
  6. Wet – ‘Deadwater’
  7. Flying Lotus – ‘Dead Man’s Tetris’ (feat. Captain Murphy & Snoop Dogg)
  8. Outkast – ‘Aquemini’
  9. Roots Manuva – ‘Like A Drum’
  10. Kelela – ‘Guns & Synths’
  11. George FitzGerald –  ‘Call It Love (If You Want To)’ [feat. Lawrence Hart]
  12. Lianne La Havas – ‘Unstoppable’
  13. Amber Run – ‘5AM’
  14. Cinema – ‘Horizon’
  15. D’Angelo – ‘Betray My Heart’
  16. Lakker – ‘Oktavist’

You can listen live on Thursdays to the show on 105.2FM, online, the iOs app, Android app or if you missed it, along with all the other shows, via the listen back section

Posted on April 24th, 2015

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New songs you should hear this week…

This week’s instalment of new music debuted/heard in the last week features Twin Shadow’s stonking new track from GTA V, NEW CHROMEO EVERYBODY, UK acts Mt. Wolf and Wolf Alice who are obviously easy to confuse, SOHN’s most James Blake-esque track yet ‘Lesson’, boom-bap rock from Sleigh Bells, smoothness from Woman’s Hour as well as Azealia Banks and Four Tet.

There’s also collaborations from Pusha T / Kendrick Lamar, Active Child / Mykki Ekko, a track from M83 member Morgan Kibby’s White Sea and a Bodhi dancefloor rework of Sampha. No Drake doe.

Posted on September 17th, 2013

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The best new music/artist picks of the last week. As published in today’s Day & Night Magazine. Follow Day & Night on Twitter and Facebook.

Lightning Dust

A side-project of Vancouver’s Black Mountain, Lightning Dust favours ’80s synth dramatics over the former’s hard rock style. The lead single from their third album Fantasy, Diamond could slot right into a playlist of songs from the Drive soundtrack.

All Day & Night picks… →

Posted on May 31st, 2013

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