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Soulwax – ‘Transient Program for Drums and Machines’

2016 was somewhat of a renaissance for the Dewaele brothers with a new label, radio shows, 2ManyDJs gigs and edits among them.

So why not complete the circle? The brothers’ original band Soulwax is back with new music in the form of 8-minute song ‘Transient Program For Drums & Machinery’, which heralds Soulwax European dates. It’s their first Soulwax song in 11 years.

The live gigs to come sound like fun with a specially designed stage set and seven touring members, including original band member Stefaan Van Leuven on bass guitar & synth, three drummers – Victoria Smith (Jamie T), Iggor Cavalera (Sepultura, MIXHELL), Blake Davies (Turbowolf), and Laima Leyton (MIXHELL) on synth and backing vocals, it’ll be a studio on stage. Dublin date to come no doubt. They play Dublin as 2manjDJs on December 17th.

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Pavel Dovgal – ‘VHS’

As premiered today in album form, the Russian producer’s new album The Aura is a fine collection of textured electronic beats informed by R&B, trip-hop, jazz and rap. Featuring guest turns from L.A. rapper BLU, Azari & III”s Starving Yet Full and Pavel’s friends Mujuice and Graciela Maria, The Aura is recommended for fans of the beat-driven electronic music of Brainfeeder, Bonobo, Gold Panda, live instrument samples, glitchy beats, and headnodding rhythms.

‘VHS’ reminds me of the kind of beat-heavy electronica that Nosaj Thing has excelled at.


Roosevelt – ‘Belong’

A reminder of a recent album of the week, ‘Belong’ is indicative of Marius Lauber’s M.O. – disco spun synth pop music. He’s playing London, Glasgow, Leeds and Manchester this week.

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Theophilus London feat. Ariel Pink – ‘Revenge’

It’s not surprising that a collaboration between Theophilus London and Ariel Pink would sound a bit eighties. ‘Revenge’ was released via Fool’s Gold and promises more music from Theo in 2017.

Free download for an email address.


Buddy – ‘Shine’

Pharrell’s Compton protegé Buddy dropped this smooth R&B jam produced Mike & Keys and DJ Khalil this month. One to watch.


Horse Lords – ‘Towards The Omega Point’

Horse Lords are a Baltimore band that fuse post-punk, jazz, Afrobeat and Krautrock to make it sound weird. ‘Towards The Omega Point’ is a nine-minute sonic excursion of warped guitar lines, cowbells and shuffling rhythm that I’m happy to play over and over. Drone rock.


Sinkane – ‘U’huh’

Some sunshine on a wet Dublin day.

Ahmed Gallab’s Sinkane project has a new album Life & Livin’ It out in February 10th on City Slang. Lead single ‘U’Huh’ is a positive slice of William Onyeabor-esque African-leaning pop music with the lyrics “We’re all gonna be alright / Kulu shi tamaam,” central to the song’s message. “Kulu shi tamaam” is Arabic for “Everything is great”.

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Posted on November 23rd, 2016

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In the game of writing about new music, artist come and go. In the near-eight years I’ve been doing this though, there’s been a few artists who never quite broke out but remained. One of which is Theophilus London, who I first wrote about back in 2009.

Somewhat surprisingly, Theophilus is pitching at a bigger reach with his new album Vibes!, which is executive-produced by none other than Kanye West which probably just means he heard the songs walking past in the hallway and proclaimed them dope. Actually, “Kanye West decided he wanted to help the culture through my voice and music,” said Theophilus while presumably trying to keep a straight face. “He agreed to be Executive Producer after hearing ‘Neu Law’ in his car system while driving through Paris,” he expanded. Kanye features on a track too in fairness. Other contributions come from soul producer Leon Ware (Marvin Gaye, Teena Marie, Michael Jackson, Loose Ends, Bobby Womack), Soko and Dev Hynes.

Theophilus has been hustling as three of the album’s tracks feature in the new Apple ads for the iPhone 6. Anyway, the track I’m interested in today is ‘Tribes’ featuring Jesse Boykins III, an upbeat pulsing electro beat track which has always been the kind of thing Theophilus has done best. Production by Brodinski and Club Cheval.

The album Vibes! is out on October 27th.

Posted on September 10th, 2014

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Every Friday, I pick out four new music picks from the best of the music blogosphere as part of my Day & Night digital section. Follow Day & Night on Twitter or Facebook. It’s out today in print with every copy of the Irish Independent.


Cymbals ply their trade in catchy future indie-pop with a dose of the sonic jitters. ‘No Bad Decisions’ is the Oxford band’s excellent new single.


Posted on April 20th, 2012

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Having already released the Lover’s Holiday EP this year which featured Glasser, Dave Sitek, Solange and Sara Quin from Tegan and Sara, Theo L has announced his full-length proper Timez Are Weird These Days will come out on July 19th in the U.S.

‘Last Name London’ is being offered up as a free download for the price of a tweet and it’s got that trademark Theophilus mix of rap, electro touches and pop. The song was produced by Santigold producer John Hill while the rest of the album will feature production from Ariel Rechtshaid (producer of Glasser’s Ring), The Teddybears’ Jokke, and Dave Sitek.

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Posted on May 13th, 2011


Theophilus London releases a new album Lover’s Holiday on the 8th of February in the U.S. through Warner Bros. ‘Why Even Try’ features Tegan and Sara’s Sara Quin on vocals. Grab the track here for the price of a tweet.

It’s the latest in a string of great tunes from Theo.

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Posted on January 26th, 2011



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The new slow night-time jam from Theophilus London with vocal assistance from Solange Knowles and Dev Hynes of Lightspeed Champion. It’s released as a free download from Green Label Sound (Mountain Dew’s record label – who knew? Everyone at this stage). The label previously released his brilliant single ‘Humdrum Town’.

“This song is about a kid from Brooklyn having dreams of jetting off to an exotic land with a loved one. I want to inspire kids to travel. Traveling inspires my music the most. It has inspired the entire album I just finished writing.”

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Also make sure you listen to his recent tune ‘Fatal Attraction’:
Theophilus London – Fatal Attraction

Posted on November 10th, 2010


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Dave Sitek of TV on the Radio’s new project Maximum Balloon will have appearances from Little Dragon, Theophilus London, David Byrne, Tunde Adebimpe, Kyp Malone, Karen O, Holly Miranda and Ambrosia Parsley (Kill Bill’s Shivaree – ‘Goodnight Moon’). The single ‘Tiger’ featuring Aku Orracu-Tetteh which is the soundtrack to this naughty NSFW Daisy Lowe video, which sort of makes it sound strip club friendly, gets a video next week. A track-by-track guide is here.

‘If You Return’ is the best track I’ve heard thus far and it features Little Dragon. This stream has annoying radio presenter ident tags on it by the way, so you’re not crazy if you hear some babbling.

With thanks to Some Kind of Awesome for uploading.

Posted on July 8th, 2010


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This weekly chart consists of ten of favourite tunes right now including a killer Ellie Goulding remix from Penguin Prison, a Stones Throw gem from Madlib and Strong Arm Steady, a web-only Erykah Badu track, a Delphic remix and a cut each from new releases from These New Puritans’, Four Tet, Yeasayer, Joanna Newsom, Hot Chip and Joy Orbison.

  1. Hot ChipOne Life StandOne Life Stand
  2. Strong Arm Steady – Best of Times (featuring Phonte) – In Search of Stoney Jackson
  3. Ellie Goulding – Starry Eyed (Penguin Prison Mix ft. Theophilus London)
  4. These New PuritansAttack MusicHidden
  5. PhoenixFences (Delphic remix) Delphic
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Posted on February 1st, 2010


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Yes, it’s still list season. As State kicks off its Top 50 of the year, here are my own top 30 albums of the year in four-page epic form.

30. Channel OneSound to Light
29. ClarkTotem’s Flare
28. The Phantom Band Checkmate Savage
27. MicachuJewellery
26. DM StithHeavy Ghosts
25. The Holy Roman ArmyHow the Light Gets In
24. Florence and the MachineLungs
23. Dirty ProjectorsBitte Orca
22. Dan DeaconBromst
21. The HorrorsPrimary Colours

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Posted on December 21st, 2009


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theo_L Theophilus London reworks his This Charming Mixtape favourite for Green Label Sound, the free download singles label. Theophilus really impressed (again) at the Green Label Sound Party in the Brooklyn Bowl last month during CMJ, rapping, singing and throwing out cool moves. The track’s got lyrical depth too:

“I visited a town once with someone, and it was great and amazing–kids and dogs outside in the sun. ‘Humdrum Town’ is about coming back to the town without that person and having the opposite experience. It’s gloomy, it’s dark in a humdrum kind of way.”

MP3: Theophilus London – Humdrum Town

Download ‘Humdrum Town’ direct from the site as well as other tunes from Chromeo (check the Siriusmo remix of ‘Night by Night’), Solid Gold, Flosstradamus, Cool Kids , Holy Ghost and Matt and Kim.

Posted on November 18th, 2009