Having just released their new album ‘The Violent Language of Portraits‘ , award winning experimental orchestra Tonic Fold put on an spectacular show at St Paul’s Church in Covent Garden last week.
With their multi-vocalist line-up including West End stars Andrew Derbyshire, Tom Parsons and Verity Quade, the 20 piece orchestra gave a truly dramatic performance, indulged by the imposing backdrop of St Paul’s Church.
The Kokoro surfaced with this mysterious intro video said to be a taste of what’s to come. We’ve been waiting to hear more from the mysterious duo and they finally announced the launch of their new video “Broken“. We’ll be featuring that vid real soon as well because it deserves to be seen
A friend recently turned me on to Canadian singer/songwriter Kiesza. Her one take video shot in NYC for the single “Hideaway” is a joy to watch . I’ve had it on loop trying to pick up on everything that is going on behind her.
The early 90′s tinged electro-pop acts as the perfect platform for her vocals to soar. Looking forward to more from this talent!
“Hideaway” drops in March via Lokal Legend.
And…. We’re back. After a small hiatus due in part to “real” jobs catching up with us and also that bastard Top Albums of 2013.
Here’s a new remix from Carl Craig for Australian minimal kings Audiofly‘s “Excuse My Wildness“. Don’t be fooled by the title, this is a lesson in control and dynamics that we can’t get enough of.
Disclosure were making the right moves on the British scene releasing an EP on hip label Greco-Roman and being championed by DJ Annie Mac along the way but even they couldn’t have been prepared for the massive success enjoyed by ‘Settle‘. Ultimately irrespective of genres brothers Guy and Howard released one of the albums of the year.
“This album captures the essence of where house, indie, and hip-hop are converging these days. A stellar debut that is clearly more than just a “dance” album, but actually provides surprises in it depth, as well as some killer features. Like ‘Channel Orange‘ last year, the variety of different songs that have been listed by publications and listeners as their favorites of the year shows how the density of this LP’s impact” – Daniel Benny
“Not quite sure if living in London influenced me on this one, but I felt like Disclosure deserved a well earned spot in my top ten this year for the simple reason that their debut album was the perfect soundtrack to this summer. For ‘Settle‘, the Lawrence brothers collaborated with some of the hottest names in the British music scene right now including ‘AlunaGeorge‘, ‘Jessie Ware‘, ‘London Grammar‘ and this results in what I think to be best dance record of the year” - Olivia
“I can’t believe these brothers are only twenty or so years old. ‘Settle‘ draws on so many influences and genres, some far older than they are: 90s R&B, old school and acid house, garage, dubstep, 80s synth pop, soul music, etc… The result is an instant classic dance record that is as forward thinking as it is an homage to the past. Their DJ sets are ace, they put on a killer live show, and they even rock In-N-Out Burger t-shirts when they tour through Los Angeles. They can do no wrong!“ - Roger Jao
“Disclosure’s ‘Settle‘ arrives on the scene as one of the best dance albums of the year. Leave it to two British 20-year-olds to make a deep house album poppy and effortlessly spoon feed it to mainstream America. With guest spots up the wazoo, the vocals alone help make this album the pop sensation it is – most notably, the seductive tenor Sam Smith on “Latch.” Their exceptional electronica beats, on tracks such as “Stimulation” are what keep their sound fresher than anything you’ll find right now” – Jabes
“Jamz for party time, jamz for sexy time, jamz for home time. straight jamz” – Ledewitt ”
“By far one of the biggest debut’s of the year, this pair of brothers brought house music to the masses with their breakout single, “Latch” featuring silky, smooth vocalist Sam Smith. A bonafide hit brigade, nearly every track could be a single. High-profile collaborations with fellow of-the-moment artists (Jessie Ware, Alunageorge, Flume) catapulted this record to the forefront of electronica and into American audiences“. – Nicole
“Music is about music. Not about life and love.”
If there’s one thing that Berlin based composer Nils Frahm knows, it’s music. Innovative, complex and quite brilliant, it seems with every new composition, he explores a new uncharted role of musical and emotional depth. The musician has explored many diverse territories, but his latest and tenth album, Spaces, is about exploring just that.
Unlike many of his previous outings that were made with home listening in mind, Frahm’s tenth album, ‘Spaces‘, was recorded live, over a series of 30 concerts. Often improvised, he wanted the audience to feel the energy of the that snapshot in time- That acoustic space.
Frahm‘s is a fearless artist, pouring soundscapes from his soul, mixing the classical with the electro, and everything about his execution seems effortless and primal. A huge palette of analogue and electronic instruments such as the Juno synthesiser, Fender Rhodes electric piano, tape delay and grand piano at his disposal, Frahm’s creative pursuit and indeniable talent is clear.
The pre-release from ‘Spaces‘, ‘Says‘ brings to mind the raw depth and minimalism of Arvo‘s ‘Spiegal Im Spiegal‘ or Einaudi‘s ‘Walk‘ mixed with the intricacies of the masters of early electro Kraftwerk and Moroder. I’m sure he had none of these artists or pre-concieved ideas in mind when writing and performing these otherworldly sympthanies, and I’d put money that there was nothing on his mind but the music.
The result is incredibly focused and at times extremely breathtaking.
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The epic combination of El-P and Killer Mike dropped what was undoubtedly one of the hip-hop releases of the year with their eponymous ‘Run The Jewels‘ album.
The duo drop some fearsome lines on what is already a tense beat in the new video for “A Christmas Fucking Miracle” released just in time for the holidays and complete with seasonal sweatshirts, Scrooge references and a slightly creepy Killer Mike as Santa Claus.
Wishing you all happy (fucking) holidays whatever you celebrate.
‘Run The Jewels‘ is available now for free via Fools Gold.
Hot on the heels of FILTER Culture Collide and the cusp of CMJ, Bombay Show Pig sat down with us to discuss festival life, their debut album, ‘Vulture/Provider‘, and what the remainder of 2013 has in store.
We caught up with the indie rock duo from Amsterdam following their final show in LA at Harvard and Stone. Between hashing out the the differences of touring France and the US (less hamburgers), and impersonating industry-types’s smart phone dependency, we learned that although they perform live as a duo, on the record you’ll hear Linda (drums/vocals) and Mathias (guitar/vocals), playing everything from melodic percussion, to strings, and horns.
In fact, LA audiences were treated to a fuller sound thanks to guest appearances from bassist Adrian Rodriguez, who’s been touring with a personal, local favorite: Hanni El Khatib. They met in appropriate fashion at after-hours hot spot, The Overpass, after a gig earlier this year.
Watch the interview to get the full scoop on what happens when Usher swings by your SXSW showcase (sadly no Bieber in tow), and be sure to give their low-fi, garage rock gems a listen.
‘Vulture/Provider‘ is now available worldwide on Spotify.
Post by by Nicole/ Twitter: @nikki_redhead