“Brilliance & beauty, abounding in equal measure” 8/10 Uncut
“A haunting melange of undulating noise. Music to be lost in” 8/10 DJ
“One of the richest and most compelling threads of the last 15 years in music” 4/5 The List
“4/5″ Mojo

Ahead of the release of their new album Instrument and London show this coming Monday July 21st, To Rococo Rot reveal a new video, full album stream and add a free show at Rough Trade East to their UK trip.

One of the more hazily ruminative moments on Instrument, single ‘Classify’ exhibits the German trio’s first venture into songs with vocals, featuring DNA frontman Arto Lindsay, and was recently described by FACT Magazine as “a charming lullaby in waltz-time”.

In the new video to accompany the track, Orson Sieverding and Pola Sieverding teamed up and, taking the song’s title as a point of departure, decided to feature various sea animals. All of them were filmed in a public aquarium where they are divided into groups by a specific system of classification.

Filmed through a photographic approach, still and observing, the video almost seems to be a moving slide show joining in Arto Lindsay’s calm and poetic lyrics and To Rococo Rot’s melodic soundscapes.

Watch the video for ‘Classify’ here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=fkHaNN__0QI

Instrument, To Rococo Rot’s eighth record, is also streaming in full now: https://soundcloud.com/cityslang/sets/to-rococo-rot-instrument/

Over the course of 18 years, Berlin-Duesseldorf trio To Rococo Rot have carved an identifiable niche for themselves, and one which has crossed a variety of styles; neither wholly in the realms of ambient or pure electronics. The late 1990s albums of Veiculo and The Amateur View brought their fundamental and innovative landscapes of sound to the fore, whilst 2001’s collaboration with I-Sound, Music is a Hungry Ghost, showed their ability to blend disparate influences into something cohesive. Remixed by Four Tet and Daniel Miller and heralded by the likes of Modeselektor, their influence extends as far as their unique approach deserves.

The music of brothers Robert and Ronald Lippok and Stefan Schneider has always existed in its own world and Instrument is a landmark record for the group. The serenely soft melodies of No Wave pioneer Arto Lindsay adorn three tracks, offering up a new perspective. Though melodies have always been a big part of their sound, the inclusion of a human voice is a distinctive modification.

It may be a To Rococo Rot record unlike any other – and one that treads unfamiliar ground – but it also represents a return to the beginning.

“I think maybe we’ve come in a way back to where we started. We’ve been through a lot of experimenting, buying new gear, trying this and that with electronic and non-electronic stuff,” says Lippok. Yet Instrument is by no means a regression; the process this time has merely been a vehicle for To Rococo Rot to reaffirm and even advance their relevance and status as one of ambient electronic music’s great innovators.

See To Rococo Rot live:

21 July London Café Oto (Tickets)
22 July London Rough Trade East @ 7pm

Following the rapturously received news of his forthcoming album Our Love (due 6 October via City Slang), Caribou has revealed an extended DJ friendly mix of ‘Can’t Do Without You’ – the song that accompanied his triumphant return to the fore last month. The extended version is available as a limited edition 12″ via Dan Snaith’s very own label JIAOLONG and from all digital services now.

Having racked up over a million plays on Soundcloud in little over a month and been played by everyone from Annie Mac to Zane Lowe on Radio 1 whilst also being A-listed on 6 Music, the original track also accompanied news that Caribou would be headlining Koko in London on 8 October – a show which has now SOLD OUT.

Listen to the extended mix here.

Listen to the original here.

Pre-order Our Love here.

Praise for ‘Can’t Do Without You’

‘Track of The Day’ Q Magazine
‘Track of the Week’ NME
‘Surely the most dizzying, life-affirming, dangerously infectious electronic dance track you’ll hear all summer’ Metro
‘The most invigorating dance track of the year’ The 405
‘F-cking incredible’ Mixmag
‘Fantastic … warped, warm, wildly idiosyncratic electronica’ The Guardian
‘A quietly confident return that recalls the halcyon days of summer before they’ve even begun’ ‘Song of the Day’ The Line of Best Fit
‘A euphoric masterpiece’ ‘Track of the Week’ London in Stereo
‘Track of the Day/ Week/ Month/ Maybe Year’ Dots and Dashes
‘Finely tuned electronica that flips from leisurely haziness to sharp-focus hedonism faster than you can say “summer anthem”’ The Times

You reach a point in life where the question of how to stay at the top of your game looms; the only real solution being, you change the game. Our Love, the new album from Caribou, is the sound of Dan Snaith doing just that.

Our Love is formed around a mixture of digital pop production, hip hop inspired beats, muted house basslines and a love of shuffling garage that can be traced all the way back to the time of Start Breaking My Heart which are, of course, all filtered through Dan’s own unique perspective. The warm analogue sounds of classic soul should not be overlooked either, for they weave themselves most intensely into the records DNA. In fact, Our Love is probably Caribou’s most soulful record to date, chock-full of heartfelt lyrics and organic sounds which cut through the blissful euphoria of bubbling synths and the albums synthetic constructions.

Our Love is due out on 6 October via City Slang and features collaborations with Jessy Lanza and Owen Pallett. It was mixed by David Wrench and features artwork by Jason Evans/ Matthew Cooper.

The album is available for pre-order on iTunes beginning at midnight on June 3. All iTunes pre-orders come with an instant download of “Can’t Do Without You”.

Tour Dates

UK Dates:
Fri 15 Aug Greenman Festival
Sat 16 Aug Jabberwocky ATP London
Fri 5 Sept Bestival
Wed 8 Oct London KOKO* SOLD OUT
Thurs 23 Oct Liverpool Liverpool Music Week at Camp & Furnace *
Fri 24 Oct Bristol Simple Things Festival at Motion * [Tickets]

*support Jessy Lanza

Following her ‘Best Alternative Album’ Grammy nomination for the critically lauded The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You and celebrated turns at Coachella and The Governors Ball, the singularly spellbinding Neko Case returns with new single and album highlight ‘City Swans’, to be released on 18 August. She is also heading over for a clutch of European live dates – including what is sure to be a superb show at Union Chapel on 15 August (“Every note pitch-perfect, every lyric aimed straight at the heart… Case’s full-throated, effortlessly controlled vocals dominate” noted a 4/5 The Guardian live review) followed by a festival appearance at Green Man.

Listen to ‘City Swans’ here: https://soundcloud.com/antirecords/neko-case-city-swans-2

Neko Case Live Dates:
Sat 9 Aug Oslo Norway, Øya Festival SOLD OUT
Fri 15 Aug London UK, Union Chapel £19 Tickets
Sat 16 Aug Brecon Beacons Wales, Green Man Festival Tickets

Praise for The Worse Things Get…:
‘The Worse Things Get could hardly be better’ ‘Album of the Week’ The Sunday Times
‘Stand Out Album Of The Week’ 4/5 Daily Mirror
‘The compositions are acutely well-observed and raw. A balancing act between confession, wit and hard-won wisdom, Case’s music can me devastating; the work of an artist old enough to bear the scars and young enough to still care” The Guardian Guide
‘Case’s fire is still very much in evidence’ 9/10 Uncut
‘Defiantly self-determining and fearlessly honest’ 4/5 Mojo
‘Another sweepingly beautiful, emotionally bruising suite of songs… a record fashioned by a singer in a world of her own’ 4/5 Q Magazine
‘Neko Case’s sixth album is typically sumptuous and lusciously heart-rending’ 8/10 NME
‘Neko’s time is definitely now’ 4/5 The Sun
‘4/5’ The Guardian
‘With each new album, Neko Case becomes one of the most commanding singers around’ Diva
‘It’s an album 100% in control of itself, a journey of discovery that just won’t let you go’ London In Stereo
‘Case summons more than you’d ever imagine using less than you’d think possible’ 8/10 The Line Of Best Fit
‘4/5’ The Arts Desk
‘Not an easy listen, but a satisfying one’ The Independent
‘4/5’ Financial Times
‘One of the best voices in modern music’ 4/5 Daily Mail
‘Neko is back with her best album yet, a timeless collection of songs’Grazia

Neko Case returned with her first album in over four years, The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love Youlate last year via ANTI to universal acclaim. Since then, Case has earned a third Grammy nomination, scored number two in The Sunday Times’ albums of the year and played one of the shows of the year with Angel Olsen at London’s Forum in December. Case returns to the UK to wow us once more with European dates in August, including London’s Union Chapel and the Green Man festival.

Emilie Nicolas will headline The Lexington in London on 16 July.
Tickets are on sale now.

Listen to recent single ‘Grown Up’ Now.
Watch the video here.

Emerging from the suburbs of Oslo as an unknown music student back in 2013, 26-year-old Norwegian singer Emilie Nicolas has spent the last year rapidly establishing herself as one of the most exciting voices in pop. Dumdum Boys cover ‘Pstereo’ sparked whispers of a new mysterious talent that left people clamouring for more while latest track ‘Grown Up’ - a wonderful, vulnerable and quietly confident song written as a tribute to her father – cemented her as something exceptional.

Following a unanimously praised by:Larm Festival set and a rapturously received UK debut at Brighton’s Great Escape Festival (“The most exciting new Scandinavian export. It’s impossible to take your eyes off Emilie Nicolas” The Line of Best Fit), Emilie has announced she will be heading to The Lexington on 16 July for her first London headline show. She will also be supporting Chvrches at their sold-out Somerset House show on the 17 July.

Having amassed a small but devoted following Emilie’s name still has something of a whisper to it but it won’t remain that way forever, especially since she appeared on the cover of Gaffa Magazine (Scandinavia’s No.1 music paper) earlier this year.

Listen to ‘Pstereo’ here: https://soundcloud.com/emilienicolas/pstereo

Watch Emilie perform live for P3 Gull (the Norwegian Public Broadcaster Awards Show): http://youtu.be/1kG9D7yuXpg

It’s Emilie’s raw honesty draws you in but it’s the combination of that honesty with her knack for an addictive, defiantly euphoric pop hook which keeps you, helplessly, going back for more. With every word, Emilie’s vocals – from melancholic murmur to dizzyingly intense cry – captivate and pull you further into her world.

This is only the beginning though as Emilie is currently working on her debut album and will be playing the following shows in the UK this summer.

Live Dates:
Wed 16 July London The Lexington (Tickets)
Thurs 17 July London Somerset House supporting Chvrches (SOLD OUT)
Fri 18 July Latitude Festival

First Aid Kit have made a triumphant return with their brand new album Stay Gold entering the UK chart at #11 this weekend. Stay Gold also became the duo’s second #1 album in their native Sweden – following The Lion’s Roar in 2012 – and hit #23 in the US.

The girls marked the release of Stay Gold with an appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman, where they performed the album’s lead single, ’My Silver Lining’. Watch the exquisite and string-assisted performance here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owTmdfiTjIM

Having sold out London’s Islington Assembly Hall earlier this year, First Aid Kit will play Latitude and Green Man festivals in the UK this summer before embarking on a UK headline tour in September, culminating in a night at London’s hallowed Royal Albert Hall on 24 September. Full listings below.

With Stay Gold, First Aid Kit – sisters Klara and Johanna Soderberg – have honed their musical skills and blossomed as vivid storytellers in creating an ambitious 10-song collection. Recorded at ARC studios in Omaha and produced by Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes, Monsters of Folk), the duo enlisted local Omaha musicians to play on the record, with arrangements by Nate Walcott (Bright Eyes, Broken Bells, Rilo Kiley).

Praise for Stay Gold
“First Aid Kit’s songs are as ancient as music itself, but as new as a freshly broken heart. Extraordinary” Sunday Times
“As if Lion’s Roar had been rerecorded in widescreen format without losing any of the albums’ naive charm” 5/5 Independent On Sunday
“A towering body of stirring, beguiling original songs” 9/10 Clash
“A confident, beautifully crafted work filled with songs set to raise the roof in ever larger venues” 4.5/5 The Sun
“Anything Jack White can do, they can do too. Twice over” 4/5 Q
“The aural equivalent of lying down in a sunny meadow, located somewhere between Stockholm and Nashville” 4/5 The Telegraph
“Those harmonies still aim right for the heart” 4/5 The Independent
“Embracing experience in all its prickly incarnations might make for a tricky life but the payoff is the creation of ever more beautiful and emotionally engaging music” 8/10 Uncut
“The siblings have carefully crafted a tender batch of songs that disarm with not only their beauty but their honesty” 8/10 NME
“A resounding success” 4/5 DIY Magazine
“It sounds roughly like Neko Case fronting Fleet Foxes, but on Alice in Wonderland’s big pills” Observer
“The duo’s excellent third album has the sweetness of a babbling creek and the toughness of a sun-bleached prairie” Esquire
“The sound of a hazy summer” Shortlist
“First Aid Kit ought to be your first port of call when it comes to harmonious country folk” Evening Standard
’4/5′ The Guardian
’4/5′ The Times
‘4/5’ Mojo
‘4/5’ Metro
“Consistent and ambitious” The Quietus
“Stuffed with melodies to sing along to, beats to boogie at and choruses to go wild in” 9/10 Music OMH
“The beauty of their harmonies and the sheer perfection of the sound of their voices together elevate their songs to something beautiful” 8.5/10 The Line of Best Fit

First Aid Kit live dates summer 2014
19 July Latitude Festival
17 August Green Man Festival
16 Sept Old Fruitmarket Glasgow
17 Sept Empire Music Hall Belfast
20 Sept Albert Hall Manchester
21 Sept Colston Hall Bristol
24 Sept Royal Albert Hall London

Helsinki disco disciple Jaakko Eino Kalevi returns with new street-smart funk EP Yin Yang Theatre, due out via Beats in Space Records on 8 July. Set to build on the success of his Weird World Records/Domino released debut Dreamzone EP and the devoted following amassed following critically acclaimed performances at both The Great Escape and Field Day, Yin Yang Theatre will be released on 8 July.

You can listen to lead cut ‘Speak Out’ here, as aired on Tim Sweeney’s Beats In Space Radio show.

Jaakko has also announced he will be playing Visions Festival in London on 2 August. Tickets here.

Artist: Jaakko Eino Kalevi
Title: ‘Yin Yang Theatre’ EP
Label: Beats In Space Records
Release Date: 8 July 2014
Formats: Limited edition 12” / Digital
Linkshttp://www.beatsinspace.net/

The title of Yin Yang Theatre came to Kalevi as an epiphany while dining in Washington Heights on a stateside holiday. “I was feeling bad about something and I thought that speaking out would be the solution. Almost immediately, I realised that confrontation is not the solution for every situation. The right balance is a combination of both: confrontation and patience. Yin Yang Theatre is a metaphor of life.”

Following the metaphor manifestation of ‘Speak Out’, Yin Yang Theatre’s second act is “Pass the Cat”, a step-by-step instruction manual for a midnight hour game made up on a late night during another one of Kalevi’s many NYC visits (think Hot Potato gone feline). Before intermission, ‘Sensaatio’, a love song sung in Jaakko’s native tongue, invokes the heel tripping effect of love at first sight.

The undulating analogue ode to Greece of ‘Tecno Souvlaki’ and ‘Let the Energy Be Your Teacher (Part 1)’ explore even softer rocking inflections of Jaakko’s work at the top of side B before ‘XO-Tic Grlz’, a percussive deconstruction of ‘Pass the Cat’, quickens the EP from an introspective to extroverted finale.

Each 12” on Beats in Space Records features original artwork in considerate and serial form. Hiroaki Koshiba, a frequent collaborator who paints during Jaakko’s live performances, composed Yin Yang Theatre’s artwork in similar practice. The 12” packaging constructed by Will Work For Good features a removable vinyl BIS logo cling.

Jaakko Eino Kalevi’s Yin Yang Theatre will be released on 8 July 2014.

Jaakko will release his debut album via Weird World/Domino later this year.

Tracklist

Speak Out
Pass The Cat
Sensaatio
Tecno Souvlaki
Let The Energy Be Your Teacher (Part 1)
XO-tic Grlz

Live Dates

Mon 30 June Denmark Roskilde
Thurs 10 July Norway Traena Festival
Sat 2 Aug London Visions Festival [Tickets]
Sun 10 Aug Finland Flow Festival
Wed 17 – Sat 20 Sept Germany Reeperbahn Festival
Wed 5 – Sun 9 Sept Iceland Iceland Airwaves

Praise for Jaakko Eino Kalevi

Top 10 Acts at The Great Escape NME
‘One of the very finest shows of the entire [Great Escape] festival’ The Line of Best Fit
‘It’s done the way Jaakko does things: strange and beautiful with a side order of deep-fried question mark’ Vice
‘Hypnotic heartbreak psychedelia bursting at the seams with all it feels’Dazed
‘This fantastical EP makes brains bubble and hips writhe’ 4.5/5 The Fly
‘Beguiled by his debut EP Dreamzone’ CRACK
‘No End (is) a hazily beautiful duet’ ‘Virtually Famous’ Evening Standard
‘An engagingly florid collection of day-glo pop’ Grazia
‘A hyper-vivid voyage into a fantasy land’ Noisey
‘Avant-garde experiments and juicy pop slivers’ The 405
‘Spellbinding, disco-tinged, seductive dream pop’ Time Out

To Rococo Rot today present the second cut from their new albumInstrument, set for release on 21 July via City Slang.

Over the course of 18 years, Berlin-Dusseldorf trio To Rococo Rot have carved an identifiable niche for themselves, and one which has crossed a variety of styles; neither wholly in the realms of ambient or pure electronics. The early albums of VeiculoThe Amateur View and their collaboration with I-Sound, Music is a Hungry Ghost brought their fundamental and innovative landscapes of sound to the fore. Remixed by Four Tet and Daniel Millerand heralded by the likes of Modeselektor (“To Rococo Rot are long-time kindred spirits… Sharing more similarities than a cursory listen might suggest, To Rococo Rot remain one of Berlin’s most constant and consistant band projects”), their influence extends as far as their unique approach deserves.

The music of brothers Robert and Ronald Lippok and Stefan Schneider has always existed in its own world and Instrument is a landmark record for the group. The serenely soft melodies of No Wave pioneer Arto Lindsay adorn three tracks, offering up a new perspective. Though melodies have always been a big part of their sound, the inclusion of a human voice is a distinctive modification.

Last month they revealed the record’s first single ‘Many Descriptions’, and today they follow it with woozy new track ‘Classify’ in which Lindsay appears once more.

Here he offers up soothing and rhythmic proclamations in the verse and an effortlessly-sung chorus, all among Schneider’s crawling bass chords and Ronald Lippok’s mellow drumming; itself a hugely prominent aspect of the record.

Listen to ‘Classify’ here: https://soundcloud.com/cityslang/to-rococo-rot-classify-featuring-arto-lindsay/s-bN3fa

Instrument may be a To Rococo Rot record unlike any other – and one that treads unfamiliar ground – but it also represents a return to the beginning.

“I think maybe we’ve come in a way back to where we started. We’ve been through a lot of experimenting, buying new gear, trying this and that with electronic and non-electronic stuff,” says Lippok.

Yet Instrument is by no means a regression; the process this time has merely been a vehicle for To Rococo Rot to reaffirm and even advance their relevance and status as one of ambient electronic music’s great innovators.

Instrument tracklist:
1. Many descriptions (featuring Arto Lindsay)
2. Besides
3. Down in the traffic
4. Classify (featuring Arto Lindsay)
5. Baritone
6. Spreading the strings out
7. Pro Model
8. Sunrise
9. Gitter
10. Longest escalator in the world (featuring Arto Lindsay)

To Rococo Rot play London’s Café Oto on 21 July (tickets)

Gearing up for the release of his second album Wysing Forest, due on 23 June via Border Community, Luke Abbott has revealed new track ‘Free Migration’. The follow up to the immersive first album cut ‘Amphis’, ‘Free Migration’ forms the subtle peak that marks the mid-point of new record – it’s bubbling synths and quickening pace make for a quietly exhilarating trip.

Stream ‘Free Migration’ here: https://soundcloud.com/border-community/free-migration

‘Free Migration’ accompanies the news that, having sold out his headline St. Pancras show for 26 June, Luke has two very special new London dates set for 11 and 12 November at Cafe Oto and the Vortex Jazz Clubrespectively, with a wide array of supporting artists.

The first Luke Abbott curated show will take place at Cafe Oto on 11 November with support from Ann Arbor, Michigan electronic artist Karen Gwyer, who has been amassing a huge amount of attention and acclaim following her releases on the No Pain In Pop label. Opening the show is Norfolk performer and composer Laura Cannell, a self-taught fiddle and recorder player who performs a range of improvised, ancient and experimental music.

Appearing at the Vortex Jazz Club on 12 November will be saxophonist Jack Wylie of Portico Quartet. As well as his work with the Mercury Prize-nominated group, Jack has been working on a series of additional projects, including a forthcoming EP on Lex Records, plus a collaboration with Luke Abbott this summer. Another guest will be announced for the Vortex show soon.

Luke Abbott Tour Dates
Sat 21 June Totnes South Devon Arts Centre (Tickets)
Mon 23 June Glasgow Mono (Tickets)
Wed 25 June Manchester Kraak Gallery (Tickets)
Thurs 26 June London St. Pancras Church SOLD OUT
Tues 11 Nov London Cafe Oto w/ Karen Gwyer + Laura Cannell (On SaleThursday 12 June)
Wed 12 Nov London Vortex w/ Jack Wylie + guests (On Sale Thursday 12 June)

Stream ‘Amphis’ here.
Listen to Luke’s mix for Clash here.

Praise for Wysing Forest:

“Extant and elemental” 9/10 DJ
“Great albums don’t need first impressions, just lasting ones” 8/10 Loud & Quiet
“Wysing Forest is a cohesive, multi-layered collection” 4/5 Mojo
“Impossible to define, yet all the more enthralling for it” London in Stereo
“Electronic sound paintings in the spirit of classic ambient experiments by Aphex Twin, Four Tet or Boards of Canada” Uncut

Praise for Luke Abbott:

“It’s always more fulfilling when something enters your radar through word of mouth. DIY by nature, Abbott is a wizard with noise.”
Hayden Thorpe of Wild Beasts (talking to The Guardian)
“Electronic music that is at turns subtle and soothing, intense and challenging. You can trace its lineage back through Boards Of Canada to Aphex Twin and beyond to Eno. A richly rewarding experience” Mojo ‘Electronic Album of the Month’
“If Border Community were taking over the world very slowly, Luke Abbott would be their newest lieutenant.” Pitchfork
“Modern Driveway then, sees Abbott join an elite club of producers who are equally as rewarding in quiet bedroom contemplation as they are on a starry-eyed night out” NME
“Warm, intimate arpeggio-driven techno from this excellent producer”Time Out
“Holkham Drones should stand side-by-side with the masterpieces that Kieran Hebden and Dan Snaith have put out this year.” 9/10 Drowned in Sound
“The future is pulsing, with likes of Luke Abbott, releasing graceful, submerged, ambientish dance albums that are inspiring shifts on a tectonic level” Sunday Times
“By learning from the masters, Abbott informs his own work, then twists it with stunning results” Mixmag
“Luke Abbott has that rare gift of being able to produce something that sounds incredibly comforting with only the most cold and mechanical of tools” 8/10 The Line of Best Fit

Caribou Set To Release New Album ‘Our Love’ via City Slang on Oct 6, 2014.

Listen To “Can’t Do Without You” Now: https://soundcloud.com/caribouband/cant-do-without-you

Pre-order the album at iTunes from midnight tonight.

Caribou will play Koko in London on 8 October. Tickets will be on sale here tomorrow.

Artist: Caribou
Title: Our Love
Release Date: 6 October 2014
Label: City Slang
Formats: Vinyl/CD/Digital
Cat Number: Slang50070
Web: www.caribou.fm | twitter.com/caribouband | facebook.com/caribouband

You reach a point in life where the question of how to stay at the top of your game looms; the only real solution being, you change the game. Our Love, the new album from Caribou, is the sound of Dan Snaith doing just that.

Our Love is due out on 6 October via City Slang and features collaborations with Jessy Lanza and Owen Pallett. It was mixed by David Wrench and features artwork by Jason Evans/ Matthew Cooper.

Our Love is formed around a mixture of digital pop production, hip hop inspired beats, muted house basslines and a love of shuffling garage that can be traced all the way back to the time of Start Breaking My Heart which are, of course, all filtered through Dan’s own unique perspective. The warm analogue sounds of classic soul should not be overlooked either, for they weave themselves most intensely into the records DNA. In fact, Our Love is probably Caribou’s most soulful record to date, chock-full of heartfelt lyrics and organic sounds which cut through the blissful euphoria of bubbling synths and the albums synthetic constructions.

Everything on Our Love is perfectly placed. It’s uncluttered but not sterile; minimal but not distant, straightforward but still incredibly sophisticated. The gleaming, addictive cycles and manifest mantra of lead single ‘Can’t Do Without You’ exemplify these elements perfectly: its singular looped lyrical hook twisting with limited melodic sequences to become this breathing, growing, meaningful, complex track.

Having followed up his Polaris Prize winning record Andorra with the universally adored Swim in 2010 (selling nearly 175, 000 copies worldwide and being named ‘Album of the Year by Rough Trade, Mixmag and Resident Advisor whilst also hitting The Guardian, Pitchfork, Spin and Mojo‘s Top 20), Dan has spent the intervening four years not only touring the world, bringing not only the sounds of Caribou to the stage but proving his immeasurable worth as a DJ with epic 7.5 hour long sets. In 2012 Caribou were personally invited to join Radiohead on the road whilst Dan released his first album under the guise of his dance floor loving pseudonym, Daphni, to widespread critical acclaim. Following the shape shifting sounds of JIAOLONG and the brightly textured, fluid constructions of Swim – both inward looking records in their own way – Dan withdrew to the basement once more to work on Caribou’s next opus. Only he didn’t: Our Love isn’t the sound of isolated creation but the sound of Dan at his most connected – with love for his listeners, his collaborators and those closest to him.

The album is available for pre-order on iTunes beginning at midnight on June 3. All iTunes pre-orders come with an instant download of “Can’t Do Without You”.

Tracklist
Can’t Do Without You
Silver
All I Ever Need
Our Love
Dive
Second Chance
Julia Brightly
Mars
Back Home
Your Love Will Set You Free

Tour Dates (On sale Wed June 4)

UK Dates:
Fri 15 Aug Greenman Festival
Sat 16 Aug Jabberwocky
Fri 5 Sept Bestival
Wed 8 Oct London KOKO* [Tickets]
Thurs 23 Oct Liverpool Liverpool Music Week at Camp & Furnace *
Fri 24 Oct Bristol Simple Things Festival at Motion * [Tickets]

*support Jessy Lanza

EU Dates:
Thurs 12 June Lucern, CH B-Sides Festival
Fri 13 June Barcelona, ES Sonar
Fri 20 June Hilvarenbeek, NL Best Kept Secret Festival
Sat 21 June Berlin, DE RBMA at Mauerpark
Sun 22 June Westmeath County, IRL Body & Soul Festival
Thurs 26 June Foligno, IT Dancity Festival
Fri 4 July Turku, FL Ruisrock
Sat 5 July Amsterdam, NL Pitch!
Tues 8 July Corsica, FR Calvi on the Rocks
Fri 11 July Lisbon, PT Optimus Alive
Sat 12 July Liege, FR Les Ardentes Festival
Sun 13 July Brugge, BE Cactus Festival
Thurs 14 Aug St. Malo, FR La Route Du Rock
Wed 27 Aug Pula, HR Dimensions Festival
Sat 6 Sept Bologna, IT LINK Club
Fri 10 Oct Cologne, DE E-Werk*
Sat 11 Oct Hamburg, DE – Grosse Freiheit *
Wed 15 Oct Leipzig, DE Conne Island *
Thurs 16 Oct Prague, CZ Meet Factory *
Fri 17 Oct Budapest, HU A38 *
Sat 18 Oct Vienna, AT Electronic Beats at TMuseumsquartier *
Sun 19 Oct Munich, DE – Muffathalle *
Mon 20 Oct Zurich, CH Komplex 457 *
Tues 21 Oct Lyon, FR Transbordeur *
Wed 22 Oct Lille, FR Aeronef *
Fri 31 Oct -Sat 1 Nov Paris, FR Pitchfork Festival
Fri 7 Nov Turin, IT MiTo Club to Club
Sat 8 Nov Reykjavik, IS Iceland Airwaves

*support Jessy Lanza

You can also pre-order here, now!

Praise for Swim:
‘Album of The Year, 2010′ Rough Trade
‘Album of the Year, 2010′ Resident Advisor
‘Swim is as close to electronic perfection as you can get. So get it. Right now.’ Dazed & Confused
‘As mesmerizing as it is innovative, Swim is a record you want to dive into.’ 4/5 Q
‘A triumph’
4/5 Mojo
‘His most beguiling release yet’ 4/5 Uncut
‘Astounding’ 10/10 Loud & Quiet
‘All encompassing, sophisticated dance-pop’ ‘Album of the Month’
4/5 The Skinny
‘8/10’ NME
‘Caribou is one of few artists to genuinely move on with every release and Swim is no exception’ Music Week
‘While Swim is certainly clever, its real triumph is its warmth and energy’ 4/5 Mixmag – ‘Album of the Year’ 2010
‘4/5’ The Guardian
‘4/5’ The Sun
‘4/5’ Evening Standard
‘4/5’ The Times
‘8/10’ Clash
’9/10′ Drowned in Sound
’9/10′ The Line of Best Fit
‘Caribou has reached a stage of blissed-out fruition… a pulsatingly tender dance floor journey’ 4/5 Daily Telegraph
‘One of the most exciting live acts in the UK’ Sunday Times
‘Blissed-out electronica that puts human warmth on a par with electronic experimentalism’
Independent on Sunday
‘Swim is a small marvel’ The Observer
‘An early contender for your soundtrack to the summer’ Shortlist

The Knife Announce Shaken-Up Versions Mini Album due 16 June

‘Without You My Life Would Be Boring’ Digital EP OUT TODAY 20 May.

On 16 June, Rabid/Brille are digitally releasing Shaken-Up Versions, a mini album of classic Knife tracks reworked especially for the band’s recent North American leg of their Shaking The Habitual Tour. Vinyl and CD versions of the mini album will follow later this summer.  The Shaking The Habitual show was a rejuvenating experience for the mind and soul, inspiring TIME Magazine to demand it as “mandatory viewing for music fans.”  Reverb Magazine proclaimed, “A performance of this scale is rare. And, it wakes us to the fact that not only is art far from irrelevant, but in the form of The Knife, we can be reminded again of its force.”  See below for a complete tracklisting.

To preview the new versions, the ‘Shaken-Up’ version of ‘Without You My Life Would Be Boring’ is being released today, accompanied by a video and three remixes (from Rroxymore, J. Phlip and Kat Knix). Watch the video directed by Bitte Andersson here: http://bit.ly/1ginpYB

Pre-order Shaken-Up Versions here: http://www.rabidrecordsstore.com/Store/DII-2415-1-the+knife++shakenup+versions+mp3+preorder.html

Shaken-Up Versions Tracklisting:
1.  We Share Our Mother’s Health (Shaken-Up Version)
2. Got 2 Let U (Shaken-Up Version)
3. Bird (Shaken-Up Version)
4. Without You My Life Would Be Boring (Shaken-Up Version)
5. Pass This On (Shaken-Up Version)
6.  Ready To Lose (Shaken-Up Version)
7. Stay Out Here (Shaken-Up Version)
8. Silent Shout (Shaken-Up Version)

Praise for Shaking The Habitual live dates:
’5/5’ The Guardian
‘A sensational evening’ Financial Times
‘Tonight wraps The Knife’s wit and terror in the panache of a big pop show to euphoric effect’ 5/5 The Independent
‘Phenomenal … The Knife believe in the radical possibilities of pleasure’ Mojo
‘An absurdist sci-fi rave, complete with retro futurist instruments, strobe lights and glow-sticks … It feels as if the Knife have pulled off something of a coup’ Observer

 

Praise for Shaking The Habitual album:
‘Startling, periodically brilliant work… Shaking The Habitual is racked with lust, anger and urgent, quaking rhythms’
‘Album Of The Week’ The Observer
‘Thrilling, West African endebted rhythms, distorted vocals and ear-tilting soundscapes… Instinctive, physical. detached and intellectual’
‘Album Of The Week’ 4/5 Daily Telegraph
’The things that matter in life you have to work for. Put in the effort, and The Knife will reward you with a whole new paradigm
Album of the Week’ 4/5 Time Out
‘Truly dazzling’ 5/5 The List
‘Both challenging and beautiful… their darkest masterpiece’
9/10 ‘Album of the Month’ Loud & Quiet
‘An intense, hypnotic affair’ ‘Album of the Month’ Diva
‘This is an ambitiously deranged wasteland of pagan-industrial electro experiments… It’s inscrutable and inspired, and this time mystique has got nothing to do with it’ Wire
‘The Knife’s startling new album Shaking The Habitual puts plenty of water between them and the pretenders to their throne. It proves they can still write bizarre, inventive, oddly moving songs… electro-pop, only in its most primitive, punkish sense’ The Guardian Guide
Shaking The Habitual will challenge you more firmly and cut you more deeply than anything else you’ll hear this year’ 9/10 Vice
‘A barrage of grotesque gamelan, ultra-violent electro and industrial-strength synths doused in acid colours… This duo’s songs are genetic pop mutations, scampering out of control’ 9/10 Uncut
‘Brave, immersive and high-risk music’ 4/5 Mojo
‘The Knife still create a world like no one else’s’ 4/5 Q
‘Brutal but quite often brilliant’ 4/5 The Times
‘Strange, disturbing, uncomfortable, challenging. But it never fails to fascinate’
4/5 Independent on Sunday
‘Impractical but fabulous… forboding, apocalyptic and strangely exhilirating’
4/5 Financial Times
‘The duo’s unique mythology hasn’t faded… it’s a confounding, irresistible concoction’ 4/5 Metro
‘A fearless piece of work with its own logic, one that shears away all safety nets. Invention, stark and undiluted’ NME
‘You’ll find yourself enveloped by its bold experimentation and the way they execute it. Karen Dreijer Andersson and Olof Dreijer still sound like no one else around’ 8/10 DIY
‘4/5’ The Skinny

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