Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Squarepusher announces first album in five years, Be Up A Hello

Marking a return to the vintage analogue equipment with which the producer developed his sound in the early ’90s.

is back after a five-year hiatus with a new album on Warp.

Be Up A Hello sees producer Tom Jenkinson abandoning the software he developed over 15 years to make albums like Ufabulum and Damogen Furies, instead returning to the equipment he used to define his sound in the early ’90s, including a collection of analogue synths, vintage effects units and a Commodore Vic20.

Since his 2015 album Damogen Furies, Jenkinson has scored a one hour episode of a show on CBeebies and collaborated with James McVinnie on an album of organ music, All Night Chroma. He also formed the speed jazz band Shobaleader One to reinterpret classic Squarepusher tracks.

Be Up A Hello arrives on January 31 and is available to pre-order now. The first single, ‘Vortrack’ and a ‘Fracture Remix’ is out on December 6.

Monday, November 18, 2019

Terr returns to Phantasy Sound with Energy Sync 12″

Electro, disco and acappella.

Brazilian-born, Berlin-based DJ and producer Terr will release her sophomore 12″ for London’s Phantasy Sound later this month.

It’s her second 12″ for the label this year following her exquisitely catchy and addictive debut Tale of Devotion, which featured a remix by Prins Thomas.

No samples are yet available but the label has teased the record as a blend of “electro and disco influences with flawless songwriting”.

Pre-order it here ahead of its November 29 release and see tracklist below.


01. ‘Energy Sync (club mix)’
02. ‘Energy Sync’
03. ‘Energy Sync (acappella)’

Bill Fay returns totally awesome new song and new album "Countless Branches" on Dead Oceans

Bill Fay is one of the greatest songwriters of all time.

You know, the best things usually happen in their own time and place. For instance, fifty years after he first tiptoed a toe’s tip onto the British experimental folk scene, the ever-elliptical and enigmatic Bill Fay is returning (at his own damn pace, thank you very much) with a new album.

The legend’s latest (and third release since resurfacing back in 2012) is entitled "Countless Branches", and it’ll will be released January 17 via Dead Oceans on CD, LP and Deluxe 2xLP sets. On it, Fay “collects compositions drawn from the trove of material [he] has amassed over 40 years,” adding “newly written words and melodies” to previously unfinished songs.

Alongside the announcement, Fay has unveiled a Emily Scaife-directed video for the album’s first single “Filled With Wonder Once Again.” Commenting on the clip’s creation, Scaife explains: “I wanted to create a dreamy, warm world that melted reality into abstraction and filled the audience with wonder, while conveying themes of cycles/phases — both of the tree (inspired by Bill’s Countless Branches) as well as the planet more generally. I combined several techniques: hand-drawing shapes and parents in nature; animal skins, organic textures, and coloured gels and slides on overhead projectors to produce soft dappled washes of light.”

But whoa, whoa, whoa. Just take it easy. Sure, you can watch the clip for “Filled With Wonder” down below and pre-order "Countless Branches" here from Dead Oceans. But there’s really no need to HURRY. Relax. Take a few breaths first. Slow and steady wins the race, you know.

Countless Branches’ countable tracklist:

01. In Human Hands
02. How Long, How Long
03. Your Little Face
04. Salt Of The Earth
05. I Will Remain Here
06. Filled With Wonder Once Again
07. Time’s Going Somewhere
08. Love Will Remain
09. Countless Branches
10. One Life
11. Tiny - Bonus Track
12. Don’t Let My Marigolds Die (Live in Studio) - Bonus Track
13. The Rooster - Bonus Track
14. Your Little Face (Acoustic Version) - Bonus Track
15. Filled With Wonder Once Again (Band Version) - Bonus Track
16. How Long, How Long (Band Version) - Bonus Track
17. Love Will Remain (Band Version) - Bonus Track

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Wintersleep Deliver Animated New Video for "Free Fall"

Wintersleep shared a new video for their song 'Free Fall', which arrived on a Record Store Day 7-inch earlier this year and was recently added to streaming services.

The clip finds the Canadian band once again linking up with filmmaker Christopher Mills, who also helmed the animated video for the group's "Forest Fire."

In a statement, the director offered the following about his "Free Fall" video:

"For me, this song is the sound of the wind if you're in a forever fall through a bright and colourful sky. If you were falling into infinity, it seems likely that, at some point, the world around you would become abstract, and you might imagine people falling around you, or the shapes of their bodies absorbed into clouds that would then shift and evaporate into even more abstract shapes."

The urgency of this music, romantically embracing what could be our last epic journey of a plastic-congested spin around the earth was something I wanted to turn into a bright and flashing dance video you could put up on your video projector with your friends. The construction of this idea and world is a bit like taking an old spinning rolodex, and adding layers upon layers of clouds, atmosphere, and people. Free Fall wanted to feel like a sort of cuckoo clock like installation that could sit on your desktop, for you to get lost in. Static paintings find their movement through spinning layers, and data-moshing. The video ends with a sombre reflection of the last fall from grace into a plastic polluted, dystopian sea, no less beautiful because of its floating forms, and endless blue colours.

You can watch the animated clip for yourself down below.

Wintersleep's most recent album remains this year's "In the Land Of". The band have a series of tour dates coming up, both here in Canada and overseas.

Friday, November 15, 2019

Boli Group release new chamber piece ‘reprise / BPA free / river Baguette’

Posh Isolation affiliates Boli Group have released a new composition ‘reprise / BPA free / river Baguette’ via Denmark’s Anyines.

It follows their Posh Isolation debut N​.​P​.​D​.​S. released back in 2018 and continues along that album’s same starkly minimalist classical path.

Boli Group is a chamber ensemble spearheaded by Copenhagen based-composer and producer Asger Hartvig. As MC Boli, Hartvig recently contributed to Posh Isolation 10-year anniversary Summer Storms compilation.

‘reprise / BPA free / river Baguette’ is out now.

A Brilliant Future for Joe Coss & Liquid Phase with Remastered “Bright Colors” Single Release

From 2005 to 2013, Joe Coss - singer/songwriter/guitarist for the Long Island based band Liquid Phase spent his days traveling from Long Island to downtown New York City to work as the Lead Mechanical Engineer on the new World Trade Center. His journey is chronicled in the band’s song “Bright Colors”, now available as a remastered single on Spotify and all the major services.

“Bright Colors” is an infectiously upbeat song which brings to light Coss’s love for both the city whose most triumphant landmark he’s had the privilege of erecting to the oceanside oasis that is Montauk, NY. This comes to light in the songs lyrics “See a row of purple roses live on the oceanfront. And the cliffs of Earth eroding slower than we have fun. When I climbed up the iron ladder the sky was the bluest one. Looking out as our friends were leaving just as the keg was done” and coming full-circle with “Look West as the sun sets, castle stands in our way. Out East there's an orange moonrise, radar's aimed our way”.

The song - coupled with Coss’s diverse background (from his days as a Berklee College of Music student to his work in theoretical physics) and his relationship with legendary Singer/Songwriter Paul Simon and wife Edie Brickell - have made for an incredibly unique blend of infectious rock and pop. The band was invited by Brickell to rehearse in Simon’s home studio in Montauk while Joe also worked on Guitar Lead's and Charts with Edie before receiving a prized gift - Edie's custom Orange Electric Tom Anderson Guitar. Joe will be playing Acoustic Guitar this Fall 2019 mainly in Rockville Centre, Malverne, Lynbrook and Port Jefferson at Chadwick’s, Connolly’s, and Pearsall’s.

Liquid Phase, the NYC Rock Band from Montauk, is a five piece rock outfit featuring Coss on Vocals and Guitar, Jamie Grubb on Keyboards, Dan Zellan on Guitar and Vocals, Johnny Molinari on Bass, and Steve Collins on Drums. The band brought its diverse blend of colorful laid-back surf and skate beach music as well as its hard hitting electric rock and alternative sound to stages across the U.S., opening for guitar legend Slash of Guns n’ Roses and famed Southern Rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Now, as Joe and the band continues to write and perform throughout the NY area and all over Long Island - they’ll bring their unique sound to fans new and old!

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Anna Calvi debuts storming single ‘You’re Not God’, taken from ‘Peaky Blinders’ soundtrack

Anna Calvi scored the soundtrack for the latest series of the hit show earlier this year. Calvi has shared the original song that she wrote for the Peaky Blinders soundtrack.

‘You’re Not God’ is taken from the release of the first official ‘Peaky Blinders Soundtrack’, which also features Calvi’s cover of FKA Twigs’ ‘Papi Pacify.’

“It wasn’t difficult, it was just a lot of fun. It was incredible for it not to be about me and to really try and get into another character. When I was doing it, I really felt like I was him. I really got into the mindset of Tommy Shelby.”

Calvi also revealed that she’s started work on her next album and that it has a Peaky Blinders-feel to it. It follows the release of her third, critically acclaimed album from 2018, ‘Hunter’.“A lot of the work I did for Peaky was me just playing around with the guitar to get some interesting soundscapes,” Calvi said. “That’s whet my appetite to do more of that.”

The Peaky Blinders soundtrack will be released on November 15 and features artists including Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, PJ Harvey, Radiohead, Arctic Monkeys, The White Stripes, Royal Blood, The Last Shadow Puppets, Queens of the Stone Age, Black Sabbath, David Bowie, Laura Marling, and Foals.

The release comes with Jehnny Beth’s ‘I’m The Man’, Calvi’s series five score and Richard Hawley’s Bob Dylan cover ‘Ballad of A Thin Man.’

Joe Bonamassa can’t believe he’s been playing the blues for 30 years

When I caught up with Joe Bonamassa, it seemed as though we were already speaking on borrowed time. The dazzling and influential blues guitarist and songwriter had a few minutes to speak ahead of his soundcheck at Detroit’s Fox Theatre this past Friday on a date that holds huge power and significance for the artist. It was the 30th anniversary of the first time he had ever stepped onstage for a gig. Since starting all the way back on Nov. 8, 1989, Bonamassa has had a hugely successful yet improbable career for an artist with 37 full-length albums, 21 of which have reached the #1 spot on the Billboard Blues charts. With no big hits or real presence in the pop culture landscape, he is arguably one of the most successful and important artists within the genre. Bonamassa is, by all accounts, an anomaly of this current moment and his success is a true testament to his talent as a performer. Bonamassa and his band will be playing three nights at The Beacon Theatre starting this Thursday.

On the day I’m speaking with you, it’s the 30th anniversary of your very first show. How does it feel reaching such a milestone in your career?

Joe Bonamassa: I’ve been thinking about this for two years and it kind of crept up on me. It’s an emotional day, I went through a bunch of old photographs. To be honest with you, it’s a pretty heavy day. I shouldn’t be here. I have no radio hits. I’ve made 37 albums. I got here on sheer hard work and determination and never imagined I’d be here 28 years. I shouldn’t be here and there is a law of averages says this shouldn’t be happening. It’s a sentimental day and an emotional day. It’s pretty cool.

Your career has definitely moved against the grain and convention. Your longevity is a real testament to your singular voice as an artist.

Joe Bonamassa: I don’t know why what I do resonates to a broader audience. I never really ask that question because you can’t overthink it. Because if you overthink it, then you overdo it, then you over everything. I’m just thankful for today. It’s a day to take stock. I was telling a friend of mine, the whole thing feels like the whole thing has gone by in a blink of an eye yet the whole thing feels like a lifetime.

I’m not a lifer, in this. I may have 10 years before I hang it up or bow out gracefully. Or maybe 20, I’m not sure. No more than 20. I may go for 50 years and be 52 years old and have a second act. Or I may say “F--k it” and do it for 40 years. There has to be a round number in it. I know 10 years is going to go by in a blink of an eye. It’s been 10 years since we did the Royal Albert Hall in ‘09. In the next 10 years, in 2029 I’ll be 52 years old and will have to do something special in time for ‘49. There’s a point when it’s like, “Okay, we get your point.” Then you bow out gracefully.

You are such a versatile player who has found new ways to add different elements into the blues. Does finding a new heartbeat in such a “purist” genre excite you?

Joe Bonamassa: The purists say this about me all of the time. “He’s not really blues.” I agree. I’m not really blues, I’m not really anything. I’m a genre within a genre. I toe the line between rock, blues, and singer-songwriter and that resonates to a larger audience. If I played Chicago blues all night or if I played straight-up rock it wouldn’t be what it is. The variety makes ... I think helps it become more marketable. Then there’s the other guy! The other guy is a character within my personality. There’s the all-day guy, and then there’s the other guy who dresses up in a suit and gets up there to try to entertain people. Me personally, I’m just a pretty shy, basic person who just likes to play guitar. There are two different sides to my personality. It’s really something that quite frankly, has worked. I can’t think about it too much because they like the guy in the suit. It is what it is.

Have you always been attracted to veering away from people’s expectations?

Joe Bonamassa: I didn’t gig to be famous. There are other people in the genre that embrace the fame and the cool hip factor. That’s okay. Because that’s the way that they got to where they needed to go. I’m not a tastemaker. I’m not a fashionista. I’m not any of that. I’ve never been invited to a Hollywood party, nor do I expect to be. I’m not the guy who needs the scene. I’m the guy who works his ass off and the people who miss the scene tend to wonder how I sell 5,000 tickets to Detroit. I’d rather be that guy than the people who say, “I can’t believe we didn’t sell all of our tickets but got invited to all of the cool parties”. It’s not a diss against anybody, all of the genres are like that. Household names don’t have the outreach that I do. I’m perpetually underground, but if you ask 30 people at a bar what a “Joe Bonamassa” is, they’ll say “I don’t know.”

You’ll be playing three shows at Beacon Theatre starting this Thursday. Does this run have any significance for you around your 30th anniversary of playing music?

Joe Bonamassa: We’ve been playing the Beacon Theatre for 10 years. It’s home. We did Radio City. We did Carnegie. I like the Beacon. A 2,500 seat theater is something I’m set up for. I like the sound. I like being able to look people in the eye and it not being a black hole. It just works.

Make sure to grab tickets to see Joe Bonamassa at the Beacon Theatre this week.
Watch Joe Bonamassa perform 'This Train" below...