Natalie Duncan Shares Gilded New Single ‘Sirens’

It's the first release on Goldie's Fallen Tree 1Hundred imprint…

UK neo-soul vocalist Natalie Duncan has shared her new single ‘Sirens’.

The song is the very first release on Fallen Tree 1Hundred, Goldie’s freshly minted imprint.

‘Siren’ is also the first blast from the songwriter’s new album, with ‘Free’ set to land later in the year.

Stripping back her sound, the material on the record was sketched out at her piano, resulting in a fresh, organic sound.

She says: “I’m a pianist first and foremost and that’s how I always write my songs: they begin life on the piano before I start mapping out arrangements for other instruments. I knew that I wanted simplicity in this album, which is why there aren’t thick sonic layers and grand orchestration.”

The hushed tones of ‘Sirens’ have another root – it was penned while Natalie Duncan was recovering from vocal surgery.

Natalie says: “I initially wrote the piano and I whistled the vocals because I wasn’t able to talk at the time. It was a very frustrating writing process, but it was so euphoric the first time I was able to sing the chorus line ‘Can you make me fly’ — it felt like my voice was finally free and flying again.”

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Dyasono Underlines Her Potential With New Single ‘Walk Away’

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Dyasono is one of the finest new songwriters to emerge in 2020. Well, we say ‘new’… her name may be less familiar to the wider world of pop, but eagle-eyed fans of electro-funk mavericks Knower will already have spotted her vocals on some of their mind-bending projects, while she’s also an associate of virtuoso bass showman Thundercat. Not too shabby.

But enough of her pals – what about Dyasono herself? Born in Indonesia, raised in Malaysia and currently based in LA, Anindya Kartika-Orr (for that is her real name) draws influence from across the spectrum of folk, rock and pop and cites the likes of Deftones, First Aid Kit and Denali as chief among her inspiration – not that you’ll spot them amidst the washes of glistening synth and layered beats.

She describes her music as ‘angsty-edgy, pop with sweet melodies and minimalistic lyrics that depict the innermost emotions felt by herself, and surely by many other people’. From the evidence of debut track ‘Walk Away’, we’d argue it’s safe to add things like ‘a neon explosion of colour and melody’ and ‘really bloody good’ to this mix, but why not check out the lyric video below and make up your own mind?

Lyrically, ‘Walk Away’ is a full-shouldered lean into the frustration of a traumatic break-up, while accepting you deserve better and learning to move on. Of the song’s unusual rhythm, Dyasono told Clash: “I just really wanted to have a song in an odd meter. So I sat there and programmed the drums meticulously, counting out the beats. Then I ended up with this really cool beat that I couldn’t recreate with my mouth or hands, and everything just kicked off from there.”

Produced by Ste Cole of Liverpool experimentalists a.P.a.t.T., the track is a transatlantic experiment brought about (in Cole’s own straightforward-yet-enigmatic words) ‘the internet’. It’s also an excellent first taster for an artist we’re no doubt going to get to know – and love – in greater depth very soon, with mutterings of a Dyasono EP already in the bag. Can’t wait to see how that plays out? Us neither.

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Words: Will Fitzpatrick

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Gucci Mane Shares Lil Baby Collaboration ‘Both Sides’

It's from his incoming mixtape…

Rap figure Gucci Mane is set to have a busy summer.

The pivotal hip-hop artist will release a new mixtape, with ‘GUCCI MANE PRESENTS: SO ICEY SUMMER’ landing on July 3rd.

New single ‘Both Sides’ is out now, with Gucci sharing the mic with much-hyped lyricist Lil Baby.

Joe Yung Spike steers the visuals, while Gucci has also detailed plans for his second album.

Out on October 13th, The Gucci Mane Guide to Greatness aims to “touch people who are going through something… It’s not going to be easy. But study these words, and put them into action. I want this book to keep you motivated.”

Check out ‘Both Sides’ below.

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MILENA Glows On Exuberant New Cut ‘Higher Hopes’

It's a slice of pop optimism…

MILENA has always been a determined force.

Brought up in Montenegro, she travelled across Europe, eventually settling in London.

Using the city as her base, her pop ideology is rippled in light, one that is infused with exuberance.

New EP ‘Higher Hopes’ is out now, and the title track distills her songwriting effervescence down to a fine art.

A video shoot was arranged, but then lockdown intervened forcing a last minute change in plans.

She comments: “The original idea to make the music video ‘Higher Hopes’ was a beautiful setting in the English countryside and old fashioned cottage, riding the bike amongst the golden fields…”

“I was just about to shoot the video, then the lockdown happened. I couldn’t let that delay me, so with my trusted iPhone X, I shot this video by myself in my North London flat and local park. The message had to be the same: being alone is being strong, with the help of a Creator, with hope, every day is a new opportunity too, just like the time we are all living in currently.”

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Miller Blue – Sunflower

A dreamy fusion of jazz-leaning R&B and neo-soul…

Miller Blue is back with his latest project titled ‘Sunflower’. Running at 17 minutes over six tracks, the EP takes us through the rollercoaster of a relationship, which he mentions are “essentially a series of diary entries”. Throughout, Miller effortlessly experiments with a mix of styles from neo-soul, jazz and R&B.

The opener ‘Streets Of Amsterdam’ sets the tone for the project. It also gives an indication to the inspiration for the album cover, which is reminiscent of a Van Gogh painting. The snippets are taken from a conversation Miller and a friend have during a trip to Amsterdam.  Jokingly, they make reference to the book Of Mice And Men whilst an accordion plays in the background. 

Following this, the downbeat and dreamy ‘Sunflower’. Miller reflects on the beginning of a breakup. He looks back with no hard feelings “I hope you’re feeling, just a little better now it’s through”. On ‘New Love’ accompanied by a smooth saxophone-led instrumental, Miller battles with the rollercoaster of emotions after a breakup “Running through the past, memories I cannot let go”.

In the latter end of the EP, Miller Blue wears his heart on his sleeve on ‘Talk It Out’. The singer tried to avoid conversations with anyone, including himself. The pain in his voice can be heard as he battles with his demons and thoughts that can linger after a breakup. The mood switches up on the last track ‘Us’. As Miller Blue begins to date a new person, all the feelings of anxiety and excitement creep up. Accompanied by Lo-Fi production, Miller brings a smooth ending to the EP. 

Miller Blue manages to bring a sense of calmness to his music, it makes the EP float through so quickly before you realise it’s finished. Miller creates a dreamy world with his music – the perfect escape.

7/10

Words: Joe Hale

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The Flaming Lips Share New Song ‘Flowers Of Neptune 6’

It's shows off their more spacious, pastoral side…

The Flaming Lips have shared their new song ‘Flowers Of Neptune 6’.

The band are in a productive phase right now, following last year’s return-to-form album ‘King’s Mouth Music And Songs’.

‘Flowers Of Neptune 6’ is their first new recording of 2020, and it’s out now on Bella Union.

Produced by Dave Fridmann and The Flaming Lips, it’s a bountifully beauteous track, one that fixates on aural space while focussing on their rather more pastoral side.

Gliding into view with a new video – shot in Oklahoma City – the song began as a patchwork of melodies, before being brought into focus.

Wayne Coyne says of the track:

“‘Flowers Of Neptune 6’ track started off as a very evocative series of melodies that Steven [Drozd] had woven together. The first time he played it for me I was stunned by its emotional flow. The three sections (well they seem like sections to me) seemed to hint at an older, mature mind reflecting back into a journey from younger innocence then starting to learn and understand and keeps going into the panic of becoming one with the world.”

“The opening lyric ‘Yellow sun is going down so slow…Doing acid and watching the light-bugs glow like tiny spaceships in a row…’ is the coolest thing I’ll ever know…and is a combination of blissful, innocent, psychedelic experiences that Steven and Kacey Musgraves (she sings harmony with me on the track) and myself all discussed.”

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Listen To Limmy’s Genius Techno Version Of ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’

It's the sound of the summer…

Scottish comedian Limmy has shared a techno version of ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’.

The song celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, and will be re-issued as part of a Joy Division vinyl series.

A true classic, it’s been covered by everyone from The Cure to Jose Gonzalez, and most recently popped up in the lauded adaptation of Sally Rooney’s Normal People.

Limmy is a bedroom producer par excellence, and decided to try his hand at crafting a techno version of the song.

Absent of the over-riding sincerity that accompanies most versions of the Joy Division song, it’s actually a thumpingly original take on a post-punk torch song.

Even utilising the cowbell, Limmy throws everything at it, underlining both the space within Joy Division’s songwriting and his often under-rated production chops.

Watch a video of the mix coming into focus below.

Love Will Tear Us Apart TECHNO COVER

(Livestreamed today at https://t.co/NUvqXy1F0E) pic.twitter.com/GKyDbXEpv8

— Limmy (@DaftLimmy) May 27, 2020

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Why Are UK Rappers Shooting Videos During Lockdown?

Sneakbo has been forced to apologise…

Sneakbo has been forced to apologise after organising a video shoot during lockdown.

The rapper gave fans a shout out on social media, urging them to get to Aylesbury to shoot his new video.

Saying he wanted “to see everyone on the block”, Sneakbo got his wish with more than 200 people attending.

Police and residents were shocked, with the rapper later forced to give an official apology.

Writing on Instagram, he said: “Last Friday I shot a video in Aylesbury. I thought I would be able to control the situation and keep everyone safe…”

Sneakbo continued: “I now realise how irresponsible and thoughtless that was and want to apologise for this totally regrettable decision.”

But he’s not the only one. Fredo has also received criticism for his new video, which contains a number of signs that it was shot after lockdown began and doesn’t use social distancing guidelines.

How we turning up after lockdown
 @fredo #crepplug pic.twitter.com/EYU7BQQO1g

— Crep Plug (@CrepPlug) May 19, 2020

So, why do it? Today – May 28th – the UK was reported to have had 60,000 excess deaths since the pandemic began.

It’s not worth it, guys…

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PJ Harvey Launches Career-Spanning Vinyl Re-Issue Series

Beginning with 'DRY'…

PJ Harvey is set to bring her entire catalogue back to vinyl.

In a new project the songwriter’s work will be re-issued, with some releases hitting vinyl for the very first time.

The series kicks off with ‘DRY’ on July 24th, and moves throughout her entire back catalogue, including her two albums with John Parish.

‘DRY’ will be accompanied by a separate release for ‘DRY Demos’, the initial home recordings of the material on her lauded debut.

To open the project, PJ Harvey has shared the extraordinary, wonderfully raw take on ‘Sheela-Na-Gig’.

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Photo Credit: Maria Mochnacz

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Desire Shares Crystalline New Release ‘Cold As Ice’

Her new album 'Escape' is incoming…

Italians Do It Better lynchpin Desire has shared new song ‘Cold As Ice’.

The track features on her new album ‘Escape’, which will land this summer, ending a decade-long wait for a Desire full length.

New track ‘Cold As Ice’ has a crystalline edge, it’s dark wave digitalism matched to an awareness of club tropes.

Highly atmospheric, the exact melodic touch has an edge to it that is sharp to the touch.

Johnny Jewel collaborated on the full video, which you can check out below.

Desire’s new album ‘Escape’ is incoming on Italians Do It Better.

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The Lemon Twigs Channel Playful Heartland Vibes On ‘Moon’

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The Lemon Twigs have shared the full video for their new song ‘Moon’.

The brotherly band’s new album ‘Songs For The General Public’ is out on August 21st, constructed entirely on tape at studios in Long Island, Los Angeles, and New York.

New single ‘Moon’ is a surging piece of power pop with a heartland appeal, its blue collar drive fuelled by a thirst for Springsteen or even Billy Joel.

The sax-driven thriller is tailor-made for the D’Addario brothers’ scissor-kickin’ live show, and the visuals are pretty damn special, too.

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The Lemon Twigs new album ‘Songs For The General Public’ will be released on August 21st.

Photo Credit: Michael Hili

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Track Of The Day 27/5 – feeo

'Yeti'

feeo contains multitudes.

An artist who allows her complex, multi-faceted personality to come to the fore, her dexterous future-soul template isn’t easily understood.

That being said, however, it’s certainly easy to fall for the ineffable beauty of her soul-baring songwriting, with the slow-burning musicality finding fresh forms to grasp hold of.

New single ‘Yeti’ explores the relationship between the ‘self’ and the ‘other’, playing with “myth and reality” to examine “a projection of our deeper human selves”.

We’re able to share the video, subtle but striking in its execution. Directed by Kathryn Attrill, it’s a dynamic evolution from feeo’s core songwriting.

feeo comments…

“Kathryn was really into the idea of using salt to represent the tangible and the physical and then contrasting that with digital 3D animations to represent the intangible and metaphysical. This contrast was also thought about with the colour scheme- pairing an organic earthy orange with an artificial purple.”

“The shot where I’m regurgitating the fabric was an idea taken from these photos of fake exorcisms by Mediums in the Victorian times. I really liked the idea of repurposing something that was once used to trick people into believing myth – as it plays with the idea of the Yeti being a mythical creature that we continue to pursue despite lack of proof. I find it fascinating that humans have so long sought after projections of ourselves in the unknown.”

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Photo Credit: Dani Germade

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Jayda G Shares Fan Favourite ‘Both Of Us’

It's part of her new EP…

Jayda G has shared new track ‘Both Of Us’.

Last year’s full length ‘Significant Changes’ was a real breakthrough, establishing as a key figure in international club culture.

Playing with nostalgic elements while wrestling with fissures of The New, her stance seemed to balance what we know, with what we want to know.

A new EP is incoming, with Jayda G splitting ‘Both Of Us’ against ‘Are U Down’.

Fan favourite ‘Both Of Us’ is a vital element of her current set, with snippets of the track already making their way online.

Now the full track is online now, a sweaty club juggernaut that makes up long to be around other people.

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NAYANA IZ Shares Explosive New Single ‘TNT’

Her debut EP lands next month…

NAYANA IZ has shared her new single ‘TNT’.

Part of the vital NiNE8 Collective in London, NAYANA IZ could be the boldest voice yet from this loose-knit grouping.

An artist who reflects her deep Indian heritage, NAYANA IZ blends underground electronic sounds with something different.

New EP ‘Smoke & Fly’ lands on June 26th, and her explosive (literally) new single ‘TNT’ is online now.

A kind of mini-manifesto, it’s a startlingly succinct demonstration of just why she’s become so feverishly hyped.

A track that stands on its own, the single is about “those people in disguise, undercover friends and acquaintances,” she says.

NAYANA continues: “‘TNT’ is my message that I see through it all – like an x-ray. It’s named ‘TNT’ because I’m about to go off and confront it all; I’m done playing games and hiding. I live by straight honesty and loyalty now it’s time to surround myself with people alike.”

“The cover is a photo of my grandmother singing and thang-ta dancing when she was my age. At this time in her own life she had a lot of dark things happening in her life which she had just escaped. She still held her soul and this photo is the epitome of pureness to me – a place where I hope to be one day.”

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Zara McFarlane’s ‘Black Treasure’ Unpicks Post-Colonial Viewpoints

Electronic soul with clear jazz roots…

Zara McFarlane has shared her new single ‘Black Treasure’.

The vocalist is steeped in gospel, soul, reggae, and jazz, with her absorbing, emotional songwriting earning widespread acclaim.

‘Black Treasure’ is a turn towards the electronic, with Zara trying something genuinely different.

South London producers Kwake Bass and Wu-Lu unite, supplying a dexterous digital framework for her gorgeous vocal.

Beneath this beauty, though, lies a challenging lyric, unpicking the often hidden post-colonial narratives that run through British life.

Potent and timely, it’s a bold return. Zara comments…

“Black Treasure’ explores how the echoes of colonialism still resonate in society today but it is also a declaration, proclamation and celebration of black British womanhood acknowledging what historically has been taken and what remains innate within.”

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Chicano Batman’s ‘Color My Life’ Gets To The Heart Of The Band

It's about the search for meaning…

LA crew Chicano Batman have always sought to make music in the most organic way possible.

Lucid soul music with sprinkles of psychedelia, their superbly-laid back music has a tropical touch to sun.

Music that seems to radiate with life and light, the band’s new album ‘Invisible People’ is out now.

Album highlight ‘Color My Life’ is a kind of mission statement, with Chicano Batman settling on that infectious groove and letting the song evolve naturally.

The band’s guitarist Carlos Arevalo explains:

“‘Color My Life’ is a song that playfully ponders a return to nature in the absence of the city. The song ruminates on what’s expendable and what’s essential in providing you true happiness without the conveniences that a concrete jungle can provide. The idea was certainly hypothetical during the song’s creation but today takes on new meaning given humanity’s new reality.”

With touring currently out of the picture, Chicano Batman have shared a brand new live session with Clash.

Storming through ‘Color My Life’, it’s a frisky workout, one that illuminates the chemistry inherent to the band’s success.

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Photo Credit: George Mays

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Gorillaz Confirm New Book Length Almanac

It's a one of a kind, 120 page release…

Gorillaz has laid out plans for a new book-length almanac.

The tome will run to more than 120 pages, and builds on the British festive tradition of the comic annual.

Constructed with Z2 Comics, the new almanac will feature new artwork, lengthy comic book strips, puzzles, games, and a slew of guest appearances.

“Every fan of comics and animation has dreamed of seeing the Gorillaz make their comic book debut, with the Z2 team chief among them”, says Z2 publisher Josh Frankel.

“The artwork, the music and the mythos all add up to what is destined to be one of our most buzzed about releases in history, and when fans see just what we have planned, I know everyone will agree it was well worth the wait.”

It caps something of a creative purple patch from Gorillaz, who are releasing a slew of material under their Song Machine endeavour.

Out in October, you can order the Gorillaz Almanac HERE.

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Omar-S Has A New Release Called ‘F*ck Resident Advisor’

Yes, really…

Detroit producer Omar-S has shared plans for a new release titled ‘Fuck Resident Advisor’.

The release was confirmed on social media by the club figure, and seemingly that title really is genuine.

Available to pre-order on Bleep, it’s a six tracker, spread across 2 x 12 inch vinyl.

John F.M., Rick Wilhite, Norm Talley and O B Ignitt feature on the project, and a t-shirt range with the slogan is coming soon.

It’s, erm… certainly direct.

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Tim Burgess – I Love The New Sky

A low-key marvel…

Tim Burgess is one of the hardest working men around. Not content with spearheading The Charlatans, writing three books, and becoming a haphazard coffee impresario, his O Genesis label is a fine portal into underground sounds.

Of late, though, the singer’s solo work has taken on a collaborative bent. No more, it seems, with his fine new album ‘I Love The New Sky’ turning inwards, a 12 strong collection of chamber pop that offers subtle reflection and moments of beaming joy.

Written at his home in Norfolk, the pieces were then arranged by Daniel O’Sullivan from Grumbling Fur, who adorned them in sounds both beautiful and unexpected. It’s a curious combination: imagine some coy, naive indie pop wrapped in almost Baroque levels of aural intricacy, akin to an early Pastels record swathed in John Cale arrangements.

Witty opening gambit ‘Empathy For The Devil’ segues into the wonderful ‘Sweetheart Mercury’, a deeply English take on chamber pop that recalls the poignancy of The Left Banke left to take root in the Broads.

A record built around succinct precision, each song rattles past without overstaying its welcome – ‘Sweet Old Sorry Me’ is child-like in its innocence, for example, while ‘Undertow’ puts you in mind of solitary figures engaging in sombre Autumnal walks through countryside shade.

‘Warhol Me’ – perhaps the most direct John Cale cypher on the record – is flamboyant, a kind of home-spun decadence prowling in its Velvets stomp. ‘I Got This’ supplies an unexpectedly timely manifesto, with Tim Burgess left to croon that wonderful line “the future is friendly…” 

Perhaps his strongest solo collection in some time, ‘I Love The New Sky’ holds true to an innate but rarely explicit sense of optimism. Softly uplifting in a very English way, it feels like a slow exhalation, a record that gently tugs at your sleeve. A low-key marvel.

8/10

Words: Robin Murray

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Sophie Kilburn’s ‘Call Home’ Finds Expression In Melody

It's about moving to the big city…

Sophie Kilburn knew she was leaving a lot behind – she just didn’t realise how much.

The songwriter moved from her home in a countryside valley last year, relocating to London in pursuit of her dreams.

It’s taken her a step close in some regards, but it’s also been a challenging process, removing her from the familiar and plunging into the strange.

New song ‘Call Home’ is about this process, looking at how the strain placed on her may have been worth it after all.

“‘Call Home’ is about the inner turmoil of wanting to achieve your aspirations but your emotions and mind not letting you,” she says. “Like so many I moved to a big city (London) from a small town in a countryside valley to pursue my dreams.”

“It is so true that crowded places can be the loneliest. Like so many I have had problems with my mental health and I felt almost ashamed of feeling down. Now more than ever there is so much uncertainty and anxiety I just wanted to encourage people to call home and not suffer in silence.”

Expressed in a beautifully melodic way, ‘Call Home’ marks this alt-pop songwriter out as something special, someone working with confidence and assurance.

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Photo Credit: Joe Lindsay

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Doja Cat Apologises On IG Live For Racist Behaviour

She wants to "debunk everything…"

Doja Cat took part in a lengthy Instagram Live session last night (May 25th) to apologise for past behaviour.

The star was at the centre of controversy after past social media interactions were uncovered, alongside renewed focus on her 2015 single ‘Dindu Nuffin’.

Doja Cat was accused of taking part in racist conversations, while ‘Dindu Nuffin’ seems to mock black victims of white violence.

Speaking to fans, Doja said that she wanted to “debunk everything…”

Citing the screenshots of racist conversations, she said: “I’ve used public chat rooms to socialise since I was a child. I shouldn’t have been on some of those chat room sites, but I personally have never been involved in any racist conversations. I’m sorry to everyone I offended.”

Continuing, Doja Cat called ‘Dindu Nuffin’ “maybe the worst song in the entire world”, before saying it was “lyrically lost”.

Check out some snippets from the IG Live session below.

 

 

 

 

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#PressPlay: #DojaCat got on live to apologize and explain some of the controversies surrounding her, thoughts Roomies? #Swipe via @akademiks @dripsaucemedia

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#PressPlay : More clips from #DojaCat ‘s live where she discusses her dating preferences and saying the “N” word. #Swipe via @akademiks @khleothomas

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Monsta X Return With ‘Fantasia’

Check it out now…

Monsta X have shared their new project ‘Fantasia’.

The seven track project represents a forward step from the K-Pop icons, who have been largely silent of late.

Returning to the action, the succinct new project underlines their precocious creativity, and their breadth.

Say the group…

“Every day, we repeatedly experience trial and error. Nonetheless, we take on tomorrow without taking any break. We put forth a hundred efforts just to get one thing, but it’s so easy for that tiny bit to disappear. Just as the fierce process and intense competition make us stronger, we are heading off in search of a place that won’t shake in the face of the heavy storm, jealousy, expectations, and disappointment towards me.”

The title track has received a colossal new video, amplifying its impact.I.M and Joohoney steered the track, with Showmu explaining:

“I know people all around the world are having a hard time right now. I’m hoping we can give a little bit of fun to everyone through the release of our new album…”

Tune in now.

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Track Of The Day 26/5 – Howling

‘Healing / Need You Now’

Howling is the product of two minds, two artists from entirely different spheres.

Australian songwriter RY X is known for his tender, acoustic-driven solo work, while Frank Wiedemann is one half of experimental techno duo Âme.

Howling, however, exists on its own terms, with debut album ‘Sacred Ground’ representing a beautiful fusion of disciplines.

New album ‘Colure’ takes the pair to the next level, with lead single ‘Bind’ arriving just a few weeks ago.

Fresh document ‘Healing / Need You Now’ is an entrancing, hypnotic selection, an expressive return, one that moves gently past creative boundaries.

A piece of music sketched out without inhibitions, ‘Healing / Need You Now’ is marked by a passion for the unknown.

Tune in now.

‘Colure’ will be released on July 24th – order LINK.

Photo Credit: Elliot Lee Hazel

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Kamaal Williams Announces New Album ‘Wu Hen’

It's out on July 24th…

Kamaal Williams will release new album ‘Wu Hen’ on July 24th.

The virtuoso keys player, composer, and club figure returns, detailing the sequel to his acclaimed solo debut.

The band leader pushes the ensemble to fresh heights on ‘Wu Hen’, named after a childhood nickname given to him by his Tiawanese grandfather.

Out on July 24th via Kamaal’s own Black Focus imprint, the record features string arrangements from Miguel-Atwood Ferguson and saxophone from Quinn Mason.

Discussing the album, Kamaal says:

“This is a revolution of the mind. A spiritual rebellion. To reach new heights requires separating ourselves from the material world and finding power in what’s intangible. That’s what music and art is for – whether it’s a primitive emotion or something deep, you feel it.”

“And there’s a subliminal element that resonates throughout my work. If you’re painting, it’s what you’re feeling as you’re painting. And the person looking at that artwork or listening to that music, they can feel it too, because it’s sincere.”

New track ‘One More Time’ launches the project – check it out below.

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Pa Salieu Shares ‘Betty’ And ‘Bang Out’

Check out his double drop…

Coventry rapper Pa Salieu has shared double single ‘Betty’ and ‘Bang Out’.

The rap riser broke out in 2019, with his single ‘Frontline’ becoming an addictive phenomenon.

Working with a plethora of new musicians, the Coventry artist has taken time to work out his next step.

In the end, he’s decided to take two brand new steps instead, releasing a powerful double single.

‘Betty’ and ‘Bang Out’ utilise David Sylvian samples, and show a coy, romantic side to his fusion of grime, road rap, and afrobeats.

Online now, it looks like a double smash from Pa Salieu.

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Let’s Get Super Furry Animals’ ‘The Man Don’t Give A F*ck’ Into The Charts

It seems only appropriate…

A new campaign has been launched to get ‘The Man Don’t Give A F*ck’ by Super Furry Animals into the charts.

The super-sweary ultra-catchy track is something of a fan favourite, and has become oddly appropriate in these strange times.

With government advisor Dominic Cummings alleged to have repeatedly broken COVID-19 lockdown rules, calls have come for the figure to resign or be sacked.

Somehow clinging on in the face of huge public rage, some music fans online have hit upon a neat method of protest.

‘The Man Don’t Give A F*ck’ is being pushed back up the charts, with a number of figures showing support:

Excellent idea: let’s get Super Furry Animals @SuperFurry “The Man Don’t Give A F***” to No.1.

iTunes: https://t.co/NXZbKZDkLT

Google Play: https://t.co/eVVHQUYnIw

Amazon: https://t.co/4Su1A9whK9

Spotify: https://t.co/cDCrLoYyd6#SFAOK #CumGate https://t.co/tu3Z7iyLcz pic.twitter.com/eQjrkVThrn

— Simon Price (@simon_price01) May 25, 2020

The Welsh group have made their feelings known…

You know they don’t give a fuck about anybody else. https://t.co/W4HYeqaLqm pic.twitter.com/MKZ4CrSD02

— super furry animals (@superfurry) May 24, 2020

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Doja Cat Says She Is Not A Racist

Following a social media storm…

Doja Cat has denied that she is racist following a social media storm.

#DojaCatIsOverParty was trending globally over the weekend, with old social media comments made by the star re-surfacing online.

Alleged to have taken part in controversial video chats, she reportedly made racist comments which have spilled out on to social media.

Alongside this, Doja Cat’s 2015 song ‘Dindu Nuffin’ came under renewed scrutiny, as it uses a racist slur to mock victims of police brutality.

“I want to address what’s been happening on Twitter,” she wrote on Instagram. “I’ve used public chat rooms to socialise since I was a child. I shouldn’t have been on some of those chat room sites, but I personally have never been involved in any racist conversations. I’m sorry to everyone I offended.”

“I’m a black woman. Half of my family is black from South Africa and I’m very proud of where I come from.”

Find the full statement HERE.

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Rock And Rules: Graham Coxon

The guide to surviving a life in music, by those who know best…

Blur guitarist, solo songwriter, and soundtrack composer Graham Coxon

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MAKE THE MOST OF WHAT YOU’VE GOT

You don’t need a lot to make a great sound. I’ve released stuff that has been out there, played on the radio, been reviewed by Steve Lamacq, and it was just something I recorded very, very quickly one afternoon without really thinking about it.

DON’T GET LOST IN TECHNOLOGY

One thing I’ve learned now rather regrettably later on in life is that you don’t need an awful lot of stuff. Technology has gone beserk in the last 10 years or so, with the equipment you can get becoming getting smaller and cheaper and just better… I don’t think you need to use huge studios. Although I do love those huge studios, and all that beautiful gear and everything, you don’t really need that to create.

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STAY RELAXED

I think when you’re recording you have to be relaxed. I think if you’re uptight and stressed out then it shows. I can listen to some Blur stuff and I think sometimes there’s too many ideas in a song. We were very juicy – creatively – and we were not short of ideas ever, really, in songs, but sometimes I think the songs had too many. It was almost like you couldn’t move for hooks and ideas! It sounds to me a little bit stressful and un-relaxed, so I think you should try to be relaxed at all times, and give yourself space and time so you really know that it’s right.

USE YOUR LIMITATIONS

There’s a lot of excitement in cheap sounding stuff. Sometimes there’s just magic in something that has been recorded fast, where people say: let’s just do it! I’m not a great vocalist, I’m not a great anything, but I like an un-perfect perfection. There is a scruffiness to what I do, but it has to be a good balance of that with professionalism as well.

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ACCEPT TENSION AS PART OF CREATION

I think people do have egos – however big or small they are, we do have them – and I think creative people want what they’re doing to be heard and appreciated. So everyone within a group is quietly jostling to be heard. It happened with Blur a lot. There was a lot of contrariness – playing-wise – between Alex and I, where we would stop up against each other, and that’s what would create the tension in a song. I think it’s always there.

BE PRODUCTIVE

I can’t help but compare myself to Damon, y’know, who never stops working! And I’ve said to him: jeez, are you going to take a break at some point? But he can’t! It’s like breathing to him. He writes, he creates… he’s been doing that 9 to 5 thing for years.

EMBRACE ALL GENRES

I’ve always loved music, my head is filled with it. It’s not just one type of music that I love, it’s not like it’s just one type of music that I’ve listened to since I was four years old. There’s so many different types.

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It’s The End Of The F*cking World soundtrack is out now.

Related: Life’s A Blur – Graham Coxon On Soundtracks, Los Angeles, And More

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DarkStarGraver Hits Hard On ‘Seeing The Signs’

"I want to be real with my thoughts and experiences…"

DarkStarGraver uses music as a tool.

It’s his interface with the wider world, a means to prompt true communication – in short, he cuts a little deeper than most.

The south coast rap talent interpolates Stateside styles while adding some UK grit, the darkness in his sound coming from personal issues.

Introductory singles ‘CodeRED’ and ‘Snakes & Ladders’ caused a ruckus, with a full EP incoming.

The material is prompted by “the mental and spiritual changes I went through,” he says, “my personal chrysalis from light to dark…”

It’s a process that comes through clearest of all on new single ‘Seeing The Signs’ – road rap with some trap leanings, the bruising production underpins a stellar performance on the mic.

He says: “I’m not afraid of showing my deepest vulnerabilities or being open with my emotions, I feel it’s important to share my personal truths, and while this can be intense, I want to be real with my thoughts and experiences.”

“Making this EP was a moment of self-discovery for me, as I had to let go of the people and things that were no longer doing any good for me, in order to serve my highest purpose. I had to burn a couple bridges along the way to find peace within myself, this feels like a real journey start to finish.”

Tune in now.

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