DAPHNI ANNOUNCES FABRICLIVE 93 MIX COMPOSED OF ENTIRELY NEW, SELF-PRODUCED MUSIC

SHARES LEAD TRACK ‘FACE TO FACE’

FABRICLIVE 93 OUT 21 JULY 2017

Listen to ‘Face To Face’ here
https://caribouband.bandcamp.com/track/face-to-face

Pre-order FABRICLIVE 93:
https://www.fabriclondon.com/store/fabriclive-93.html

Daphni (aka Caribou, aka Dan Snaith) has announced his first full body of work under the moniker since 2012’s critically acclaimed JIAOLONG album and most recently Caribou’s seminal standout 2014 album Our Love. It comes in the form of a very special FABRICLIVE mix composed of 23 original, unreleased Daphni tracks and four new Daphni edits.

To celebrate the announcement, Daphni has shared the first track to come from the mix, ‘Face To Face’. Opening with tight, minimal percussion and a playfully funk-infused bassline, ‘Face To Face’ builds grand echoing loops into a statement of intent on the dancefloor ready nature of the mix.

Daphni was originally born out of a desire to make more immediate music, working fast and capturing the energy of those moments in smaller club spaces Dan found when touring and DJing with Caribou early on. Growing into bigger rooms and impressive line ups such as his recent night at London’s Printworks with Floating Points, Joy Orbison, Gold Panda and more; wherever he may now play, the ethos remains the same. As a result the second full body of Daphni work (containing more original material than has been released to date in total) finding it’s home inside of this mix makes perfect sense.

“I’ve been to fabric maybe ten or fifteen times over the years and the majority of those have been to see Ricardo Villalobos play”, Dan said of his decision to collaborate with the club, “I’m always drawn to the eccentrics in each field of music and I love that a club like fabric, that is such a mainstay of London’s clubbing landscape, is also the de facto London home of dance music’s foremost eccentric. I’ve got a friend who is a longtime member of fabric and whenever Villalobos plays he gets in touch to see if I want to go. We usually meet out front at about 6am (having had a full, if truncated, night’s sleep rather than having been out the night before) and then spend the next few hours inside.”

“We were there when Villalobos played his entirely ambient ECM based set in room three at one of the anniversary parties (I’ve never been in a club where the atmosphere was so charged – everyone went along with it for a while but at a certain point people started shouting out for him to play something with a beat while others shhh-ed them and shouted the dissenters down) and when he played ‘The Imperial March’ (or whatever that Darth Vader song is called) in Room 1 – two of the most memorable moments I’ve had in a club.”

When it comes to his personal relationship with fabric, Dan talks of his time DJing alongside Kieran Hebden, aka Four Tet (“hopefully we left our own oddball imprint on the miasma of musical memories that hang in the air in that room”) as well as the fact that when making Our Love he was allowed into the club during the day to listen to demos on the fabric sound system. “There have been so many (excellent) FABRICLIVE and fabric mixes at this point that I knew I should only do one if I could think of a way of doing my own take on it. As mentioned above, Villalobos is the primary artist I associate with fabric and so I immediately thought about making a mix of my own unreleased music – following on in the tradition of his, Omar-S and Shackleton’s fabric mixes”.

What started as a mix featuring bits of new music gradually evolved until it reached a place where it was essentially a studio recording and barely a DJ mix at all, yet the structure remained. “I embarked on it thinking that I could have a mix with lots of exclusive new stuff that would make it unique/justify its existence but as I worked on it I became more and more intent upon making it all my own tracks”, Dan said of his process when making the mix, “A lot of these tracks were recorded in situ in the mix itself – I’d put one track in place and instead of searching through existing music to find the track to follow it I’d just make an entirely new one. You’d expect a DJ mix where someone made each track to follow the previous one to be very homogenous. To seem like it was planned out and build in a controlled way. I think the result is almost exactly the opposite! The tracks on here pull from very diverse ends of the spectrum of music that I like/make. In the end, I just sort of charged ahead following my nose as to where the mix should head next. I hope that some of that sense of intuition translates to those listening to the finished mix”.

Tracklist:

1. Daphni – Face to Face
2. Daphni – Xing Tian
3. Daphni – Carry On
4. Jamire Williams – FUTURISM (Daphni Edit)
5. Daphni – Poly
6. Daphni – Ten Thousand
7. Daphni – Medellin
8. Daphni – Hey Drum
9. Luther Davis Group – You Can Be A Star (Daphni Edit)
10. Daphni – Try
11. Daphni – Vikram
12. Pheeroan Ak Laff – 3 In 1 (Daphni Edit)
13. Daphni – Listen Up
14. Daphni – Tin
15. Daphni – Moshi
16. Daphni – Strange Bird
17. Container – Dissolve (Daphni Edit)
18. Daphni – Joli Mai
19. Daphni – Nocturne
20. Daphni – So It Seems
21. Daphni – Screaming Man Baby
22. Daphni – vs
23. Daphni – The Truth
24. Daphni – 406.42 ppm
25. Daphni – Always There
26. Daphni – Fly Away
27. Daphni – Life’s What You Make It

Praise for JIAOLONG:

“Snaith’s upward trajectory shows little evidence of slowing”
4/5 ‘Electronica Album of the Month’ Mojo

JIAOLONG is one of the year’s most consistently compelling LPs”
4/5 Resident Advisor

JIAOLONG’ is an outstanding venture with quirks and a musicality of its own”
9/10 DJ

“Collection of tracks that just won’t quit, those dark corners just got very interesting indeed”
9/10 Loud & Quiet

JIAOLONG is the sound of a producer having the time of his life”
8/10 NME

“He’s built something very new and very wonderful”
8/10 Mixmag

JIAOLONG’s gorgeous collection is the work of a producer at the top of his game”
Crack

“A fantastic listen, all purposeful experimentation and body-smashing 4/4 rhythms”
Clash

“Some of the most acclaimed underground dance tracks of recent times”
The Guardian

“An excellent new album”
Time Out

“A sublime album of transcendent dance music and analogue techno”
The Times

“Albums of the Month”
Dazed

“’Yes, I Know’ is one of the year’s finest tracks”
GQ

“Year highlight record, totally”
Dummy

“It’s a shaken-up spray-can of a record that refuses to sit still for a second”
Drowned in Sound

ANGELO DE AUGUSTINE ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM SWIM INSIDE THE MOON

SHARES NEW TRACK ‘CRAZY, STONED, & GONE’ ALONG WITH VIDEO – DRAWN BY ANGELO & ANIMATED BY SUFJAN STEVENS

SWIM INSIDE THE MOON OUT 18 AUGUST 2017 VIA ASTHMATIC KITTY

“An assured stride into what’s sure to be a gleaming future”
The Line of Best Fit ‘Song of the Day’

“The sublime sound of a musician who’s spent ten years perfecting his craft”
DIY

“De Augustine’s whispering voice and distinctive falsetto constantly feels on the verge to break, but its emotional charge stays full and strong”
GoldFlakePaint

Watch the video for ‘Crazy, Stoned, & Gone’ here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IB1b2jvMkdA

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24-year-old Californian Angelo De Augustine, having recently signed to Sufjan Steven’s Asthmatic Kitty label, has today announced his second album and Asthmatic Kitty debut Swim Inside The Moon, which will be released on 18 August (US – 25 August). To celebrate the announcement he has also shared a new track, ‘Crazy, Stoned, & Gone’ alongside a video of his own drawings, animated by Sufjan himself.

The video follows on from the previously shared A and B-sides ‘Truly Gone’ and ‘Magical’ (ltd edition 7” available here).

Angelo has been playing music and honing his own, very specific sound for a decade but music has been a part of his life since day one. His main influence comes from his mother, a singer, and very little else. “Because my mom’s career was singing, she would never listen to music when she wasn’t working,” Angelo explains. “I did not grow up hearing albums because she didn’t want to hear anything else that day. The music that I did hear the most were her songs that she wrote at home.”

This limited scope meant that Angelo was free to discover music almost entirely independently of any outside influence, a task that’s taken a long time and had no shortage of speed-bumps. After the 2015 release his debut, Spirals of Silence, Angelo toured extensively but caught whooping cough on the last show of the tour. The illness debilitated Angelo for months. He feared he might permanently lose his voice, or if it came back, it wouldn’t sound the same. Unable to sing or sometimes even speak, Angelo instead focused on songwriting and capturing the texture and sound he had original sought, never really thinking about making a record but rather about his craft as a whole.

During this time Angelo realised that the studio environment would never capture the ambience he wanted for his music. When his voice eventually did recover, and recover it did, he set-up his equipment by himself, in his home. In his bathtub.

Angelo’s setup was simple: a Shure SM57 microphone next to the wall of the shower and a cable back to an analogue reel-to-reel in his nearby bedroom. He’d hit record, then run quickly to the bathroom with his guitar and sit on the edge of the tub and play and sing. For some songs, he played his mother’s 100-year-old piano in the living room, and on others he added synth and electric guitar. He kept it simple.

Angelo’s time spent honing his craft also afforded him a newfound patience when it eventually came to recording the nine songs on Swim Inside the Moon and the process took several months. Because he was using an analogue reel-to-reel machine with very little overdubbing, he was always recording live. If something didn’t go as planned, he’d start from scratch each time. Some of the songs took only a few takes. But others took weeks; if a song wasn’t working on a particular day, Angelo would return to it the next day. Sometimes there were other interruptions: “Occasionally my dogs would bark on a really good take,” says Angelo. Other times he kept recording anyway. “You might be able to hear them in the background,” he says.

The reverb, analogue as it is, gives Angelo’s music a strong sense of place: this music existed as a soundwave that bounced off walls in Angelo’s bathroom, and then travelled over wires to the listener. The reverb amplifies Angelo’s songwriting, echoing a sense of heartache, loss, but also of joy and hope, and the comfort of home. He had found what he was looking for, “A sound behind the voice,”. He says, “I noticed that when you sing off a reflective surface you hear two voices. One is the representation of yourself and the other is similar to a shadow that follows the sound. I was compelled to isolate that voice and bring it more to the front of the songs because in many ways I feel more connected to and comforted by that voice following me.”

Swim Inside the Moon is an assured and magical collection of songs that will reach far beyond their humble origins. It contains much the same unexpected warmth and simplicity as Joanna Newsom’s The Milk Eyed Mender and Jose GonzalezVeneer. A sound that took almost half his life to discover, found on his own terms; be it hitting the road to play shows, to the point of losing his voice, or the countless times he’d hit play on a recovered reel-to-reel tape machine only to have to restart the next day.

The meaning behind Angelo’s songs comes from a similarly dreamy, magical place, “I get into this place, and then I wake up with a song instead of a dream,” says Angelo, “Maybe I’ll know what it’s about later. Or maybe I knew, and I’ve forgotten.”

Pre-order Swim Inside The Moon here.

Tracklist

1. Truly Gone
2. Haze
3. More Than You Thought To Use
4. Crazy, Stoned, and Gone
5. Fade
6. On My Way Home
7. I’ll Wait For The Others
8. Dreaming of The Moon
9. I Hope That All Of Your Dreams Come True

HUNDRED WATERS RELEASE SURPRISE CURRENCY EP, NEW ALBUM COMING AUTUMN 2017

FIVE SONG EP FOLLOWS THE RELEASE OF NEW SINGLE ‘PARTICLE’

PLAY LONDON’S BUSH HALL 19 JUNE

“Extraordinary experimentation that burns bright against the stark vocals of frontwoman [Nicole] Miglis”
Best Fit

“Undulating, ever-evolving pop”
Clash

Listen to the Currency EP here: https://soundcloud.com/hundredwaters/sets/currency-ep-1

Read an interview with the band at NPR Music: http://www.npr.org/sections/therecord/2017/05/12/528055014/hundred-waters-takes-a-village-to-raise-a-festival

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Following on from the release of ‘Particle’ this week, Hundred Waters have shared a surprise new five song EP entitled Currency. The EP was written and self-recorded/produced over the last three years at the band members’ shared house in Beachwood Canyon, Los Angeles. It’s a deeply personal EP that reflects a period of profound change within the band wherein they shed a member and the relationships of the others have shifted into unfamiliar territory. Songwriter and vocalist Nicole Miglis states:

“these songs revolve around the balance between self and another, of the fine line between giving too much and not enough. how the lowest emotions are the ones that bring us closest when we open ourselves to others. how sadness and vulnerability can bring the most power and the most destruction. how truly giving yourself to someone else in any relationship can lead to a loss of identity. and how to reclaim ourselves when those lines have been erased? where do we find worth within ourselves and what do we value. which parts do we give of ourselves, what do we keep, and what we ask for in return?”

The EP was generated during the same fertile recording sessions as the band’s forthcoming third album, which is nearing completion and due for release this Autumn on !K7. The new album will be the trio’s first full length since 2014’s critically lauded The Moon Rang Like a Bell (Best New Music – Pitchfork), whose glowing response led to worldwide tours with such diverse acts as The xx, Alt-J, and Interpol, multiple late night TV appearances (including a collaborative performance with Skrillex and Chance The Rapper on Late Night with Stephen Colbert).

This Sunday, (14 May) the band will perform a special set (including debut performances of new material) at the fourth annual FORM Arcosanti, the music & arts festival they founded and curate in Arizona. The festival’s 2017 headliners include Solange, Father John Misty, James Blake and Future Islands.

Hundred Waters play their first UK show since 2014 at London’s Bush Hall on 19 June. Tickets are available here: http://rockfeedback.seetickets.com/event/hundred-waters/bush-hall/1100769

NADINE SHAH SHARES VIDEO FOR ‘OUT THE WAY’

NEW ALBUM HOLIDAY DESTINATION RELEASED AUGUST 25 VIA 1965 RECORDS

JUST ANNOUNCED FOR GLASTONBURY AND PLAYS UK TOUR IN OCTOBER

Watch to ‘Out The Way’ here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKGEGkC7s8o

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Nadine Shah recently announced Holiday Destination – her brilliant and compelling third album out on 1965 Records – an album which sees her stepping out of the shadow of the complicated relationships she examined on her second album Fast Food and taking account of the world at large. Today she has shared the blistering video for ‘Out The Way’, edited, directed & produced by handheldcineclub.

On ‘Out the Way’ – a terrific first single that is as biting and scathing in equal measure as any of her output and has already spent multiple weeks on the 6 Music A-List – Shah grapples with the fact that as a second-generation immigrant, her identity is constantly brought into question, the song appropriately ricocheting with burning intensity, bubbling over the bed of Pete Wareham‘s taut, jagged saxophone as she contemplates the rise of global nationalism. The video uses Salem witch trials to illustrate this narrative in a way that’s striking, pertinent and completely without restraint.

Nadine said of the video: “The video is a response to this current global rise in nationalism, this awful rhetoric of “us and them”. I wanted the image to shock the viewer to highlight the brutality we are seeing happen. This is why we use the Salem witch trials as a reference in the video, to me that’s how it feels but with certain pockets of faiths being targeted.”

Pre-order ‘Holiday Destination’ here: http://nadineshah.co.uk/

Tour dates:

23 Jun – Pilton @ Glastonbury Festival (Left Field Stage)
16 Jul – London @ Citadel
01-03 Sep – Salisbury @ End of the Road
17 Sep – Birmingham @ Beyond The Tracks
10 Oct – Gateshead @ Sage Gateshead
11 Oct – Glasgow @ Oran Mor
13 Oct – Leeds @ Brudendell Social Club
14 Oct – Sheffield @ The Leadmill
15 Oct – Cardiff @ The Globe
16 Oct – Manchester @ Band On The Wall
19 Oct – London @ O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
22 Oct – Brighton @ Concorde 2

Praise for Fast Food:

“Her seductive second album could soon make Nadine Shah a household name”
Time Out

Fast Food is streamlined, swaggering and quivering with silent rage”
8.5/10 ‘Album of the Week’ The Line of Best Fit

“This terrific second album carries with it a clear air of assurance”
8/10 Uncut

“If Love Your Dum and Mad floated the idea that Nadine Shah was capable of greatness, then Fast Food confirms this as fact”
8/10 Drowned in Sound

Fast Food is a full realisation of Shah’s noirish visions”
4/5 Q

“Place your bets now: the odds on Shah troubling the mainstream are shortening all the time”
4/5 The Skinny

‘4/5’ DIY

“A stunning, bewitching record”
Monocle

“A perfect example of an ever-improving, ever-growing writer”
London in Stereo

Fast Food is a well-defined and powerful musical statement”
musicOMH

JOAN SHELLEY DELIVERS STUNNING DEBUT PERFORMANCE ON LATER… WITH JOOLS HOLLAND

JEFF TWEEDY PRODUCED JOAN SHELLEY OUT NOW VIA NO QUARTER

ANNOUNCES UK TOUR INCLUDING DATE AT LONDON’S BUSH HALL IN SEPTEMBER

“This, her fourth album, is simply magical”
5/5 The Independent

“One of the finest, most concise and eloquent displays of songwriting you’ll hear all year”
9/10 ‘Album of the Week’ Loud & Quiet

Over And Even was next-level extraordinary; her self-titled follow up, produced by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, is even better”
Mojo ‘Rising’

“A wonderfully warm record that’s more like an understanding companion than a collection of songs”
4/5 The Times

Watch Joan on Later… With Jools Holland below, she’ll be performing again on Friday at 11:05pm (12 May) with an additional track:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zz9tZIV6ckY

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Following the release of her critically acclaimed fourth, self-titled album, Joan Shelley appeared last night for a classy, understated and beautiful performance on Later… With Jools Holland and has today announced a UK tour including a date at London’s Bush Hall

The album was recorded at The Loft in Chicago in collaboration with Jeff Tweedy. Along with longtime guitarist Nathan Salsburg, this time Jeff Tweedy, Spencer Tweedy and James Elkington accompany Shelley on eleven new songs.

Tour Dates:

12 Sep – London @ Bush Hall
14 Sep – Guildford @ St. Mary’s Church
15 Sep – Flintshire @ The Good Life Experience
16 Sep – Penrith @ C-Art Festival
17 Sep – Hebden Bridge @ The Trade Club

Praise for Joan Shelley:

“This, her fourth album, is simply magical”
5/5 The Independent

“One of the finest, most concise and eloquent displays of songwriting you’ll hear all year”
9/10 ‘Album of the Week’ Loud & Quiet

“A wonderfully warm record that’s more like an understanding companion than a collection of songs”
4/5 The Times

“Simply put, a revelation”
4/5 Q

‘8/10’ Uncut

Over And Even was next-level extraordinary; her self-titled follow up, produced by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, is even better”
Mojo ‘Rising’

“If the singer hasn’t already won herself a committed following, she should have by the time the needle lifts on her fourth long player”
The 405

“The songs here are consistently gorgeous”
NPR

“‘Where I’ll Find You’ bares a haiku’s graceful economy of language and meaning—sounding both old and new, spare yet lush.”
Pitchfork

BEDOUINE SHARES VIDEO FOR NEW TRACK ‘SOLITARY DAUGHTER’

SELF-TITLED DEBUT ALBUM, OUT 23 JUNE VIA SPACEBOMB RECORDS

“gorgeously understated”
Evening Standard

“gorgeous”
The Line of Best Fit

“literate and entrancing”
Clash Magazine

“an artist to find solace in”
DIY

“cloudy, slow and sweet”
Music Week

“gorgeous, drifting folk music filled with sun.”
FADER

Watch ‘Solitary Daughter’ here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8P5A3RZd86c

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Bedouine is set to release her self-titled debut album on 23 June via Spacebomb Records. Following on from lead single, ‘Dusty Eyes‘ she’s now shared the video for album highlight and new track, ‘Solitary Daughter’.

Speaking to NPR, Bedouine said of the track: “The song is kind of a reaction to traditional gender roles. It was sort of a rejection of conventional romance; it’s not something that I needed. Sure, it might be something I would like, but I don’t need to be whisked away on someone else’s terms.”

Read her full interview here: http://www.npr.org/2017/05/09/527072907/songs-we-love-bedouine-solitary-daughter

Bedouine has a story to match the name. Azniv Korkejian, born in Aleppo, Syria to Armenian parents, spent her childhood in Saudi Arabia, moving to America when her family won a Green Card lottery. Living at various times in Boston, Houston, Lexington, Austin, and Savannah, she eventually found a community of musicians in Los Angeles that feels like home. One day she walked into the studio of bass player / producer Gus Seyffert (Beck, Norah Jones, The Black Keys) to inquire about portable reel-to-reel tape machines and ended up cutting ‘Solitary Daughter’ in a first take.

Listen to previous track ‘Dusty Eyes’ here: https://soundcloud.com/spacebomb/bedouine-dusty-eyes/s-bTBde

HUNDRED WATERS SHARE NEW TRACK ‘PARTICLE’

ANNOUNCE FIRST UK DATE SINCE 2014 AT LONDON’S BUSH HALL ON 19 JUNE

Listen to ‘Particle’ here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PEkng2Un5n8

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Hundred Waters have shared ‘Particle’, an early taste of their forthcoming third album, which they have been writing and self-recording/producing over the past three years. Along with the track they’ve announced their first UK show since 2014 at London’s Bush Hall on 19 June. Tickets are available here: http://rockfeedback.seetickets.com/event/hundred-waters/bush-hall/1100769

‘Particle’ is a deeply personal song that reflects a period of profound change within the band wherein the relationships of the members have shifted into unfamiliar territory, reflected in the song’s rapidly morphing textures.

Hundred Waters are currently finishing their next LP, due in late 2017 via !K7 Records. This Sunday (14 May), they’ll perform at the fourth annual FORM Arcosanti (the festival they founded and curate in Arizona); a special set that will include first-ever performances of some of their new material. The festival’s 2017 headliners include Solange, Father John Misty, James Blake, Future Islands, and Skrillex.

‘Particle’ is being offered as free download-for-follow (Spotify, Facebook, Twitter, Email) via the band’s website hundred-waters.com.

ANGELO DE AUGUSTINE SIGNS TO ASTHMATIC KITTY

SHARES NEW TRACK ‘TRULY GONE’ AVAILABLE ON LIMITED EDITION 7-INCH AND DIGITAL SINGLE AVAILABLE NOW

Listen to ‘Truly Gone’ here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJha_J7FihM

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Angelo De Augustine has signed to Asthmatic Kitty and has released his new single, ‘Truly Gone’. The hushed, lilting track is streaming now. ‘Truly Gone’ is now available as a limited edition 7-inch record – De Augustine’s first vinyl release – via the Asthmatic Kitty webstore. ‘Truly Gone’ will also be featured on De Augustine’s forthcoming new full-length album that will be released later this summer. More news on the album will be announced soon.

Only 24 years old, De Augustine has been writing and recording music since he was 14. The Thousand Oaks, CA-born and based songwriter has self-released one album, 2014’s Spirals Of Silence, and one three-song EP, 2015’s How Past Begins, that have earned praise from outlets including The FADER, Stereogum (“…crystalline and otherworldly…matching warm guitar figures with chilling whispers”) and Vogue (“The sonic equivalent of a cracked porcelain plate—broken, but beautiful in its ruin.”).

NADINE SHAH ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM HOLIDAY DESTINATION RELEASED AUGUST 25 VIA 1965 RECORDS

SHARES FIRST TRACK ‘OUT THE WAY’

ANNOUNCES UK TOUR INCLUDING LONDON’S SHEPHERD’S BUSH EMPIRE IN OCTOBER

Listen to ‘Out The Way’ here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=foz1y69Qnbc

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For most of us, 2016 was a tumultuous and ugly year – one steeped in political chaos and an air of uncertainty. For Nadine Shah, these headlines had been a big part of her life for years, and Holiday Destination – her brilliant and compelling third album out on 1965 Records – sees her stepping out of the shadow of the complicated relationships she examined on her second album Fast Food and taking account of the world at large.

On ‘Out the Way’ – a terrific first single that is as biting and scathing in equal measure as any of her output – Shah grapples with the fact that as a second-generation immigrant, her identity is constantly brought into question, the song appropriately ricocheting with burning intensity, bubbling over the bed of Pete Wareham‘s taut, jagged saxophone as she contemplates the rise of global nationalism.

“So on this one trip to the States,” Shah recalls, “I’m taken to the other side of the airport in this room where everyone in the room has brown skin – and they’re all looking at me like ‘what the fuck are you doing here?!’ I just made this joke, I just said – ‘oh, I’m Pakistani.’ And then everyone started to laugh. But it’s just like – that’s totally about a rise in nationalism that I’m seeing. It’s completely terrifying. Even on Twitter I’ve had people telling me ‘oh, go back to where you’ve come from’ – and I’m like what? South Shields? It’s a proper identity crisis for me. I’m a second-generation immigrant – I was born in England, I’m very English – proper fucking English, mate!” she jokes, before adding “but I’m also culturally Muslim.”

Elsewhere Shah pulls no punches, exploring equally pertinent, difficult topics with similar intelligence and personality; from global issues such as the Calais refugee crisis and the Syrian civil war, to the more personal problems of inner turmoil surrounding the pressure of social conforming, the state of our mental health and simply encouraging others to have empathy. However, despite its themes, Holiday Destination is anything but a difficult listen. From the off it immediately becomes apparent that Shah and collaborator, co-writer and producer Ben Hillier’s knack for sharp hooks and rhythms have only progressed further.

For Shah, the first ideas for Holiday Destination came back in 2014, “I saw this really shocking news piece. It was about migrants and refugees turning up on the shores of Kos in Greece by the thousands. There were some holidaymakers being interviewed and they were talking about how ‘they’re really ruining our holiday’. The fact that they had no shame in saying that whilst being interviewed, on national television… it really shocked me. This is what I am seeing across the globe: people unashamedly saying these awful things. It’s like, wow – people really don’t care and they’ll happily talk about how they don’t care. That’s why it’s called Holiday Destination.”

Whereas some artists may stumble in putting their agenda across, Nadine Shah does not falter – whether it’s the confidence exuded in the one-two punch of ‘2016’ and ‘Out the Way’, or the emotional and heartfelt vocal turns on ‘Mother Fighter’ and ‘Jolly Sailor’, this is Nadine using her exceptional voice to put her inner workings in perspective and the world’s problems on trial in one of 2017’s most crucial albums.

Pre-order ‘Holiday Destination’ here: https://www.musicglue.com/nadine-shah-store/pre-order-new-album

Tracklisting:

1. Place Like This
2. Holiday Destination
3. 2016
4. Out The Way
5. Yes Men
6. Evil
7. Ordinary
8. Relief
9. Mother Fighter
10. Jolly Sailor

Tour dates:

20 May – Norwich @ Norfolk & Norwich Festival
16 Jul – London @ Citadel
01-03 Sep – Salisbury @ End of the Road
17 Sep – Birmingham @ Beyond The Tracks
10 Oct – Gateshead @ Sage Gateshead
11 Oct – Glasgow @ Oran Mor
13 Oct – Leeds @ Brudendell Social Club
14 Oct – Sheffield @ The Leadmill
15 Oct – Cardiff @ The Globe
16 Oct – Manchester @ Band On The Wall
19 Oct – London @ O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
22 Oct – Brighton @ Concorde 2

FLOATING POINTS SHARES ‘SILURIAN BLUE’ VIDEO FROM FORTHCOMING REFLECTIONS – MOJAVE DESERT PROJECT

RELEASED JUNE 30 VIA PLUTO AND LUAKA BOP (US)

FLOATING POINTS TO PLAY EUROPEAN FESTIVAL DATES

Watch ‘Silurian Blue’ here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_vtGMUzPnM

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Floating Points’ forthcoming short film and soundtrack – Reflections – Mojave Desert – finds Sam Shepherd and his band in a thrilling sonic exploration of environment under an endless desert sky. Today Sam has unveiled the first full track from the project, the seven-minute-long ‘Silurian Blue’.

‘Silurian Blue’ finds Sam and his band performing an expansive piece of music that captures the sonic landscape around them. “There’s such an interesting sonic environment,” Sam told NPR, speaking of how on a rehearsal trip to the Mojave he noticed it had the qualities to “turn this into something where we start exploring the space, sonically and visually”.

The first in a planned series of environmental recordings by Floating Points to be filmed and recorded at different locations around the world; the recording was made last year, as Floating Points travelled to the Mojave to rehearse in between US touring. Immediately struck by the distinct sonic tapestry created by the rock formations and valleys, Sam and the band set up a recording operation and filmed this new work at the base of the natural sculptures they encountered. The music of Reflections – Mojave Desert mirrors the landscape: soaring and vast, dynamic and intimate, centred around two longer works and shorter pieces that create a singular and seamless 27-minute experience.

One of London’s most sought-after DJs, producers and live entities, Floating Points has toured with The xx – supporting their record breaking string of dates at Brixton Academy, collaborated with Caribou, Four Tet, and has performed across the globe including festivals like Glastonbury, Primavera, and Pitchfork Festival Europe. Floating Points’ debut LP Elaenia was deemed Resident Advisor’s ‘Album of the Year’ in 2015. This was followed by the Kuiper EP in 2016. Sam also hosts the internationally renowned You’re A Melody DJ parties and co-runs the Melodies International reissues label.

Pre-order the album on vinyl and DVD here or digitally here.

Track list:

1. Mojave Desert
2. Silurian Blue
3. Kites
4. Kelso Dunes
5. Lucerne Valley

Tour dates:

22 April – Coachella, USA (Live & DJ)
26 May – Nuits Sonores, France (Solo live)
28 May – World Island, Leeds (Solo live)
10 June – Parklife, Manchester (Solo live)
17 June – Best Kept Secret, Netherlands (Solo live)
7 July – NOS Alive, Portugal (Solo live)
15 July – Farr Festival, Hertfordshire (DJ)
3 Aug – Dekmantel – Netherlands (Solo live)
5 Aug – Dekmantel, Netherlands (DJ)
12 Aug – Sunfall, London (Solo live)
13 Aug – Houghton Festival, Norfolk (DJ)

Praise for Floating Points:

“Wall-to-wall gorgeousness”
RA ‘Album of the Year’

“An extraordinarily beautiful debut”
4/5 MOJO ‘Electronic Album of the Year’

“Elaenia flits, swoops and soars beautifully”
5/5 The Guardian

“Pay attention to [Elaenia] and you’ll be rewarded”
8/10 ‘Album of the Month’ Mixmag

“The perfect meld of Shepherd’s machine trickery and musical background”
Red Bull

“Floating Points is free from the pretension of the crate-digger cliché”
CRACK

“[Floating Points] is just one of those people who always plunges in at the deep end”
FACT

“Exquisite”
8.5/10 DJ

“A visible and disciplined seven-track movement made for deep mental involvement”
Dummy

“A dizzying, virtuoso and bold act”
9/10 Loud & Quiet

“A soaring debut”
8/10 The Observer

“An astonishingly cohesive record”
4/5 Q

“Mesmerising”
4/5 DIY

“A sweeping, majestic debut that pleases hearts and minds alike”
8/10 Clash

8/10 Uncut

8/10 FT

8/10 The Line of Best Fit

“A brilliant encapsulation of a huge talent”
4/5 musicOMH

“A sublime introduction”
8/10 The Skinny