NEWS: JUNIP – NEW ‘WALKING LIGHTLY’ EP & TOUR

After a busy summer playing an array of European festivals Junip are pleased to share their beautifully hazy new single, ‘Walking Lightly’, which will be released on September 16th via City Slang. ‘Walking Lightly’ sees the recognisable vocals of lead-singer José González guide you through a venture of dream-like vocals, mellow drum beats and tingling percussion, serving as a good example to experience what Junip do best. The new single... Read More

NEWS: BIG DEAL – WATCH THE NEW ‘DREAM MACHINES’ VIDEO

Big Deal have already made a big splash this summer with their gorgeous second album June Gloom, released on Mute, and the rest of the year looks set to see the band steadily building on that wave of critical acclaim with some must-see live dates as well. This is the brand new video for Dream Machines, directed by Errol Rainey. This month will see them playing alongside the likes of Django Django, Ghostpoet, Savages, Julia Holter and many more at... Read More

NEWS: BIG DEAL – WIN TICKETS FOR SOUP KITCHEN SHOW + HEAR ‘DREAM MACHINES’

Big Deal release a new single, ‘Dream Machines’, on 22 July and hit the road in support of their new album, ‘June Gloom’, which is out now. Two new tracks, ‘Teradactol’ and ‘In Your Car’ have already given listeners a glimpse of the Alice Costelloe and Kacey Underwood’s newly revved up and deliciously amplified sound ahead of the release of ‘June Gloom’ on Mute. The band will be playing their very own headline dates... Read More

NEWS: LIARS – WATCH THE VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE ‘BRATS’ + TOUR DATES

Liars – Angus Andrew, Aaron Hemphill and Julian Gross – have announced details of their brand new single, ‘Brats’ which is set for release on 12″ and download on 15th October, via Mute. One of the stand-out tracks from recent live shows, ‘Brats’ is the latest track to be taken from Liars’ current album ‘WIXIW’ which is out now. The video was directed by the artist Ian Cheng, who explains:... Read More

NEWS: LIARS – HEAR THE VINCE CLARKE AND MATMOS REMIXES

Liars – Angus Andrew, Aaron Hemphill and Julian Gross – release their eagerly awaited new album ‘WIXIW’ (pronounced “wish you”) on 4 June 2012, via Mute. ‘WIXIW’ is the band’s sixth studio album and the follow up to 2010’s critically lauded ‘Sisterworld’. ‘No. 1 Against The Rush’ is the first single to be taken from this new album and alongside the 2 remixes, the single release also includes... Read More

NEWS: LIARS – ALBUM DETAILS & LIVE DATES

Liars have announced the first details of a new album, out on Mute on 4 June 2012, this is their sixth studio album and the follow up to 2010’s critically lauded ‘Sisterworld’. Liars (Angus Andrew, Aaron Hemphill and Julian Gross) will return to Europe this summer for live dates including Field Day on 2nd June, and a series of intimate shows, including London’s XOYO on 12th June and Manchester’s Ruby Lounge on 15th June... Read More

VIDEO: GRINDERMAN & U.N.K.L.E – ‘HYPER WORM TAMER’

Grinderman are set to release ‘Grinderman 2 RMX’ on March 26th through Mute Records. One of the tracks featured on this remix album is a collaboration between Grinderman and U.N.K.L.E. who have teamed up to create ‘Hyper Worm Tamer’ and the video to accompany this track is now available on YouTube. The video follows the same theme as the video for the Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeahs) remix of ‘Bellringer Blues’... Read More

NEWS: BETH JEANS HOUGHTON & THE HOOVES OF DESTINY – NEW SINGLE ‘ATLAS’ + VIDEO

Beth Jeans Houghton & The Hooves of Destiny have announced details of their new single ‘Atlas’. Set for release on Mute on 23 April 2012, the single will also have a special Record Store Day release on 21 April. The brilliant, black-and-white video was directed and produced by Beth’s friend Juan Iglesias in Los Angeles, where Beth has spent much of the year. It stars actress Brenda King (and a rabbit) in a clip that’s part... Read More

NEWS: GRINDERMAN – GRINDERMAN 2 REMIX ALBUM + HEAR NICK ZINNER’S ‘BELLRINGER BLUES’ REMIX

Grinderman are pleased to announce the release of ‘Grinderman 2 RMX’ – a collection of remixes, reinterpretations & collaborations based on the songs contained in the band’s 2010 critically celebrated album ‘Grinderman 2′.   Out on Mute on 12th March, ‘Grinderman 2 RMX’ marks the first time all these tracks have been collected together. The album will be available in a deluxe double vinyl edition with... Read More

Album Review: Yann Tiersen – Skyline

Skyline is Yann Tiersen’s seventh album, so perhaps it’s uncharitable to kick off by saying he is still best remembered – especially on this side of La Manche – for his score of the movie Amelie. But Christ on a bike, what a soundtrack that was – one of the few soundtracks I have actually purchased on CD. Tiersen’s gorgeous music undeniably added to the overall beauty of the film, and no doubt is part of the reason I fell in... Read More

ALBUM: DEPECHE MODE – REMIXES 2 81-11

It’s quite a hard task, even for some of the experienced synthesiser generals present here, to remix well-known, established songs. Sometimes the concept evokes square-pegs-in-round-holes, as the remixer attempts to force the song in a direction it was never intended to go in – sometimes this is a good thing, often it is not. Sometimes there’s a ‘will-this-do’ gesture, as the remixer simply lifts the lead vocal, adds a pedestrian... Read More

SINGLE: Goldfrapp – Believer

London duo Goldfrapp’s latest single ‘Believer’ is an honest effort as far as bright and buzzy electropop goes. But new album ‘Head First’ was clearly produced with ‘sales first’ in mind. No one would argue that it’s a problem unique to the decade. Yet established artists face a challenge in the current climate to retain creative autonomy and at the same time ensure the men in suits are still smiling come the end of the financial... Read More

ALBUM: Liars – Proud Evolution

If Liars are, “…interested in the alternate spaces people create in order to maintain identity in a city like L.A. Environments where outcasts and loners celebrate a skewered relationship to society,” then Proud Evolution marks the point where a dysfunctional relationship with society becomes pathological. Amidst the extended (and demented) periods of ambient wastelands, inhabited with single repetitive notes, mumbled vocals and discordant... Read More

SINGLE: Grinderman – Heathen Child

For a few years in the mid 60s Bob Dylan attained a level of genius very few musicians have reached before or since. With humour, bile and impossible eloquence he spat out incisive songs that to this day seem to glimpse at some higher truth. Nick Cave has reached a similar plateau. The paranoid, often highly sexual and violent subject matter of his songs fascinates for obvious reasons. But less obviously there is the sense that Cave will not let anything... Read More

ALBUM: Goldfrapp – Head First

Where Goldfrapp’s fourth album, “Seventh Tree”, marked a refreshing departure into ambient, acoustic territory, their fifth, Head First, finds the band travelling back in time to the 1980’s. This is no better exemplified than by “I Wanna Life”, forgettable synth pop cheese whose influences one could attribute to any of a number of low-rent 80s synth-pop bandwagon-jumpers. Forthcoming second single, “Alive”, meanwhile, is camp super-soft... Read More

ALBUM: Liars – Sisterworld

I’m going to stick my neck out here and say that opening track ‘Scissor’ from Liars latest release ‘Sisterworld’ is nothing short of genius. In fact I could probably write a review of this track alone but I’ll try to keep it as brief as possible, this is an album review after all. The track opens with eerie barbershop quartet backing vocals whilst lead singer Angus Andrew leads us through a dark murder ballad narrative. It’s the kind... Read More

SINGLE: Goldfrapp – Rocket

After being widely maligned since its beheading, the 80s is now back. 2008 saw Neon Neon release their blinding album Stainless Style. It allowed us to revel in 80s power pop once again, with the added incentive that you could like it without shame because of its semi-ironic nature. If challenged you could shrug it off as a bit of a joke. Now Goldfrapp demands that we take it a little more seriously. The front sleeve, where Allison is pictured firing... Read More