Our LGBT brothers and sisters are the focus of lots of attention at the moment, between retrograde homophobic attacks and the constitutional amendment to extend rights to same-sex couples. With important steps towards progress, there are still steps backwards. Being a young person is hard enough, being one who is seen as different from the majority is even harder. Which is why places like Outhouse are really important. The Capel Street centre in Dublin city offers support to the LGBT community. Last year 25,000 people visited the centre for advice. More…→
Kicking your EP with a sample from one of the best songs ever – Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Everywhere’ is one way to get people on board. St Louis-born / New Jersey-based singer and Wu-Tang obsessive Solana Rowe aka SZA’s new EP just called S should slot in to the tastes of those of you who dig cloud rap and The Weeknd-style R&B. SZA is soulful rather than sleazy and prone to the odd eccentric line (“I apologise for waiting to tell you for so long that I am not human, I am made of bacon” – ‘Aftermath’) and employs the use of samples from Rosemary’s Baby and an Eartha Kitt documentary. Production is by Zodiac, Felix Snow, WNDRBRD and Patrick Lukens among others. The EP is a free download via Soundcloud DLs. Dig this:
After last week’s stunning collab with Young Wonder, Darragh Nolan aka Sacred Animals is back at it again, teaming up with the tropical electronic duo Darren Moloney and Brian Brian Rice of Last Days Of 1984 for ‘Aaja’, a gauzy electronic track with mangled vocal effects, 8-bit synth touches and digital percussion. The track is a free download. Last Days of 1984 play Liverpool Sound City on Saturday May 4th alongside Darkstar & Mount Kimbie.
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Highlights: Record Store Day events, Public Enemy, Boddika @ Life Festival Launch, Nightbeds, The Twilight Sad, Floating Points & I Am The Cosmos, Virgo Four, Fantastic Mr. Fox & Blackbird Blackbird, Veronica Falls, John Smith.
Ticket freebies this week:
A pair of passes to Veronica Falls (Thursday), Night Beds (Friday), The Twilight Sad, Fantastic Mr. Fox/Blackbird Blackbird (Saturday). Full details of each show and how to enter below. Full recommended gigs list →
Woah. This is something. Four Tet teeming up with Neneh Cherry already happened on a remix of a track from the singer’s The Cherry Thing and I know Four Tet likes his old-school rap so the presence of The Jungle Brothers’ Afrika Baby Bam is explainable too. ‘Nina’ has an old-school vibe too: of ’70s revolutionary black music, of political poet/musicians like Gil Scott Heron, of ’90s rap like Bahamadia. Four Tet provides the African drum engine for this warm and positive song. There are more collabs like this on the way it seems. No release info as yet.
There’s an fortunate/unfortunate similarity between Body Language’s new single ‘What’s The Point?’ and Justin Timberlake’s ‘Suit And Tie’. I’m in the former camp. Taken from the band’s upcoming Grammar album, it sounds like the band’s synth/dance-pop/indie-disco hybrid is still in fine fettle. The album (tracklisting below) is out on July 15th on Lavish Habits. More…→
Hey! So can we admit the new Foals album Holy Fire is overall a bit crap? Well it’s certainly not grabbed me yet apart from ‘My Number’ and ‘Inhaler’. However, there have been a couple of remixes from TEED and Hot Chip to help numb the disappointment. Here, Glasgow producer Koreless gives ‘Late Night’ a luscious bubbling lullaby makeunder. And look at him, isn’t he only a babby himself.
A typically warm and mercurial return for Gold Panda for the first single from the followup to Lucky Shiner, Half Of Where You Live. ‘Brazil’ features a sample of the word spoken hypnotically looping itself around frenetic beats, nostalgic string loops which rise to meet the track. It unfolds with some pleasing tones, and conjures images of train journey vistas.