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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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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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.

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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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Grace Inspace Explores Shifts In Her Life With ‘Off The Grid’

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Grace Inspace has come a long way, both emotionally and physically.

Raised on a rural outpost somewhere in California, she’s drifted across the States, travelling the Atlantic, before winding up in London.

She’s still processing those changes, and last year’s introductory EP ‘Lazy Grace’s Apocalyptic Kitchen, pt. 1’ was fuelled by this process.

A follow up is incoming, with Grace Inspace ready to share her glorious new song ‘Off The Grid’.

A song that connects both sides of the Atlantic, it was kicked off in LA before being nailed down in London.

She comments: “This song is born of two worlds and a pick up truck. It was recorded in a home studio in Los Angeles with one of my drumming heroes Stephan Perkins sitting in before all this started melting down. Now is the time for this song, these worlds are colliding; there is a great learning going on.”

“I live somewhere between central London and an extremely rural outpost in California, where the pot plants grow high and the second amendment posters sit amicably alongside rainbow flags. Peace and tolerance!”

We’re able to share the video, an imaginative, narrative-driven tale. Grace continues:

“This is a fever dream, a premonitory vision; a nurse leaving the city to try to heal the earth with her underfunded supplies, wrapping dead trees with duct tape and pressing band-aids into the soil, It’s the tale of urbanites craving wide open spaces, plots of land and free-flowing rivers, of shamans who are out of answers, of living home-free, of smashing up the grid and starting fresh.”

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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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Rival Consoles Returns With New Album ‘Articulation’

It's out on July 31st…

Rival Consoles will release new album ‘Articulation’ on July 31st.

The new album follows on from 2018’s ‘Persona’, and the title references a piece by avant-garde composer Györgi Ligeti.

Curiously, though, the inspiration isn’t in the music itself – rather, Rival Consoles was drawn to the non-traditional graphic score Ligeti used.

‘Articulation’ is said to recall his own 2016 album ‘Night Melody’ in tone, while searching for unknown ideas.

He comments: “I find electronic music is often battling to say something with integrity because technology and production can easily get in the way.”

“I think the goal of a lot of electronic composers is to find a balance between the vision of the idea and the power of possibilities on the computer. With a pen and paper sketch you can compose and rethink ideas without technology getting in the way, so for me it acts as a very helpful tool to refresh the process.”

The title track is online now, and it’s also the centrepiece of the new album – a complex piece driven by motorik rhythms, the endless undulations have a playfully tactile nature.

He says: “The title track is about articulation and playfulness with shape and time. Its structure is very machine-like, but I was really interested in how melody and sense of story could develop out of this, and it became an exploration of mathematical structures – patterns and shapes having a conversation.”

“I love that something on paper can appear rigid and calculated, but then take on new meaning based on the context that surrounds it, or how it changes over time.”

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‘Articulation’ will be released on July 31st – LINK.

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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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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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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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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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Monsta X Return With ‘Fantasia’

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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…”

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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.

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

Photo Credit: Elliot Lee Hazel

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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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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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Track Of The Day 25/5 – Wande Coal

'Again'

Nigerian star Wande Coal is going to make 2020 his own.

Already one of the biggest stars across Africa, his international assent is inevitable and welcome.

An artist with talent to burn, each new single feels wholly addictive, with Wande’s ability to re-frame the afro-pop template resulting in some startling releases.

His new ‘Realms’ EP arrives in August, and it’s led by glorious new single ‘Again’.

A romantic, love-struck burner, it’s caused a sensation in his homeland, showing another side to this iconic figure.

Nigerian director Adasa Cookey takes charge of the video, shot mere days before Lagos was locked down due to COVID-19.

With Wande Coal at the centre of it all, it’s another reminder that Nigeria’s prince is ready to claim his throne.

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Marble Empire’s ‘Hold Me Up’ Is A Glorious Burst Of Electronic Pop

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Marble Empire takes care of every aspect of his music.

A multi-instrumentalist, this electronic pop polymath is a producer, arranger, songwriter, and vocalist.

New single ‘Hold Me Up’ wraps each of these strands into one potent whole, a digi-pop missile with a personal feeling.

Real name Matt Berry, the multi-instrumentalist delves into matters of the heart, discussing his ex, lingering passions, and their inevitable re-union.

A song about desire and resolution, ‘Hold Me Up’ digs into the feelings that push him forwards.

Marble Empire comments…

“When I broke up with my ex, I couldn’t help myself going back to her for about a year after. I’m not sure what drove it, perhaps longing for familiarity or some kind of broken nostalgia.”

“Either way despite disliking her so much I just couldn’t stop myself from going back and meeting up with her. I think a lot of people can relate to that. You get so caught up in the good memories that you have of each other you forget about the bad and question your decision. That’s what ‘Hold Me Up’ is about.”

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Marble Empire · Hold Me Up – Original Version

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G-Eazy Confirms New Album ‘Everything’s Strange Here’

It's out on June 5th…

G-Eazy will release new album ‘Everything’s Strange Here’ on June 5th.

The rapper is continually creative, with his previous LP ‘The Beautiful & Damned’ spawning the singles ‘No Limit’ and ‘Sober’.

Recently hosting some Instagram sessions, he threw fans a curveball by interpolating songs by The xx and Bob Dylan.

Will this inform his new work? Time will tell, with new album ‘Everything’s Strange Here’ set to land on June 5th.

Here’s the announce.

Everything’s Strange Here. June 5th. pic.twitter.com/Ha3UlbI9hd

— G-Eazy (@G_Eazy) May 24, 2020

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The Clockworks Share ‘The Future Is Not What It Was’ Video

Enticing art-rock from Ireland…

It’s not secret that Irish music has led the game over the past 18 months, producing a slew of phenomenal new groups.

With a pair of seismic singles to their credit, The Clockworks are joining the pack, with their precocious art-rock gaining a rabid cult following.

Annie Mac is a high profile supporter, and you’ll be won over too by their swooning, direct, and anthemic songwriting, one that dives into the anxieties of 2k20 life without being consumed by them.

‘The Future Is Not What It Was’ is their third single for Alan McGee’s Creation23 label, the tastemaker imprint that specialises in unearthing new voices.

It’s a bold return, one driven by a ferocious sense of purpose, with the careering post-punk guitar lines pushing frontman James McGregor’s voice to astounding new levels.

As he puts it… “This song is about trying to bring together two main ideas: The feeling that everywhere you look things are going wrong, to the point of cynicism, and the way that the idea of the future is better that its reality.”

“Art and articles in the past would talk about 2020 and expect us to be driving flying cars in houses that clean themselves where nobody has to work. In reality we’re driving third hand Fiat Punto’s to 9-5’s that barely pay the rent. I guess the point is that the lifestyle may change but a lot of the problems are the same.”

A bold return, ‘The Future Is Not What It Was’ is accompanied by this addictive new video – tune in now.

Photo Credit: Oscar J Ryan

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Watch Sleaford Mods Perform In Their Toilet

As part of the #ClashCares x WaterAid Bathroom sessions…

Sleaford Mods singer Jason Williamson took part in the #ClashCares x WaterAid bathroom sessions over the weekend.

The group recently released the compilation ‘All That Glue’ on Rough Trade, collecting some rarities and hard-to-get recordings.

A neat history lesson, the band were forced to pause their touring ambitions due to COVID-19.

Jason Williamson has kept busy with his Instagram baking activities, and the frontman took part in our bathroom sessions series.

The #ClashCares x WaterAid project invites artists to record a live session in their bathroom – so this is Sleaford Mods performing in an actual toilet.

A short but intense set from Jason Williamson, you can re-visit it below.

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Teyana Taylor Joins The Class Of 2020 For ‘Made It’

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Teyana Taylor has shared the graduation themed video for ‘Made It’.

The R&B songwriter’s new album – titled, appropriately enough, ‘THE ALBUM’ – is slated to arrive this year, and it promises to be a key moment for Teyana.

With her outrageous single ‘Bare Wit Me’ becoming a viral success, she’s ready to showcase another side to her personality.

A song about self-worth and striving for success, ‘Made It’ is a superbly uplifting piece of R&B delivered with a touch of class.

The graduation themed video feels a little poignant, too, given how many students around the world are missing out on such ceremonies.

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Mulatto’s ‘He Say She Say’ Is A Sign Of Intent

It's a triumph from the Atlanta riser…

Outspoken rap force Mulatto has shared new single ‘He Say She Say’.

Still only 21 years old, the Atlanta riser is rapidly putting her name in lights, with her viral freestyle ‘No Hook’ causing a ruckus.

With Saweetie and Trina starring on her ‘Bitch From Da Souf’ (Remix), it seems that 2020 could be shaped by this fierce talent.

New single ‘He Say She Say’ finds Mulatto at the centre of this hype, de-cyphering the headlines while emphasising her self worth.

With a new project currently in the works, there’s a lot more to some from this Southern star.

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