DJ KOZE SHARES VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE ‘PICK UP’

NEW ALBUM KNOCK KNOCK OUT 4 MAY VIA PAMPA RECORDS

PLAYS LONDON’S PRINTWORKS 5 MAY

“[Amygdala] aged into a classic and now the German producer seems ready to replicate those kaleidoscopic wonders with a whole new crew”
FACT Magazine

“One of the most idiosyncratic and innovative techno producers in the world“
The 405

“The kind of anthem only he can make: blissful, off-kilter and packed with silly sounds”
Resident Advisor ‘February’s Best Music’

“One of dance’s true nonconformists”
Mojo

“He’s mastered the sound of ecstatic drift: music to make your heart dance”
Q

Watch the video for ‘Pick Up’ here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JE63vMzb3UE

DJ Koze is set to release new album, knock knock on 4 May via Pampa Records. So far he has shared first single ‘Seeing Aliens‘ and followed up with ‘Illumination‘ featuring the ever-unique Róisín Murphy. Today he has shared the final single to be taken from the album in the form of the rolling, infectious dancefloor filler – ‘Pick Up’. Of the albums varied and intriguing array of tracks, ‘Pick Up’ is the most immediate, a track that instantly gets under the skin and becomes more satisfyingly joyful with each passing minute.

DJ Koze also recently announced that he’ll be playing a The Hydra presents album launch party at London‘s Printworks on May 5th along with Motor City Drum EnsembleMano Le Tough and more. Tickets are available here.

Like all DJ Koze records, knock knock exists outside of trend and influence. In fact, Knock Knock is a step further beyond: absolutely every single thing here, from grooves to voices to handclaps, is otherworldly and unique. Which is not to say it is utter alien abstraction. There is still disco, there is still soul, there is still techno, there is still hip hop, there is still psychedelia – there are even wafts of easy listening and lost crackly thrift store record memories – but though it may sound familiar, it never does what your brain thinks it’s going to do.

And that’s what is crucial here. Koze is a world-maker, knock knock is far and away his greatest statement of that. You don’t get to choose how you hear his music – you enter his world or you don’t, that’s it. And that’s why individual influences as demonstrated so strikingly in his DJ-Kicks mix in 2015 right up to the disco and pop leanings of his Extended Disco Version of Låpsley’s ‘Operator’, a track that you couldn’t move for in the summer of 2016, are so pertinent. knock knock is an album that came together slowly and steadily, his working processes arcane and mysterious in their steady accumulation of sound and inspiration. It’s so complete and bursting with detail and consistency in every way that you’d swear it was meticulously planned (but there was no master plan) to create a definitive artifact: the record itself decided when it was ready. And now it is ready, the most perfectly constructed portal into that other world, you had better be ready too!

Pre-order knock knock here: www.pamparecords.com/
*Very Limited Box Edition available

knock knock tracklist:

1. Club der Ewigkeiten
2. Bonfire
3. Moving in a liquid (feat. Eddie Fummler)
4. Colors of autumn (feat. Speech of the band Arrested Development)
5. Music on my teeth (feat. José González)
6. This is my rock (feat. Sophia Kennedy)
7. Illumination (feat. Róisín Murphy)
8. Pick up
9. Planet Hase (feat. Mano le tough)
10. Scratch that (feat. Róisín Murphy)
11. Muddy Funster (feat. Kurt Wagner)
12. Baby (how much i LFO you)
13. Jesus
14. Lord knows
15. Seeing Aliens
16. Drone me up, Flashy (feat. Sophia Kennedy)

LEON VYNEHALL ANNOUNCES DEBUT ALBUM NOTHING IS STILL, OUT 15 JUNE VIA NINJA TUNE

SHARES LEAD SINGLE ‘ENVELOPES (CHAPTER VI)’

“Vynehall has developed into a master craftsman”
Pitchfork

“Leon Vynehall is an artist of distinct talent”
Mixmag

Listen to ‘Envelopes (Chapter VI)’ here:
https://open.spotify.com/track/35l3VyKSBnBd538UbkEL0C

Via Soundcloud here:
https://soundcloud.com/vynehall/envelopes-chapter-vi/

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Following his recent signing to Ninja TuneLeon Vynehall announces his debut album Nothing Is Still, released 15 June – a record that sees him digging deeper into the family history that has always inspired his most iconic tracks, whilst returning to his own musical roots. Along with the announcement he has also shared ‘Envelopes’, the album’s stunning lead single.

Nothing Is Still is, at its core, an album dedicated to Vynehall’s grandparents. Emigrating from a leafy south east U.K. to New York City in the 1960s, their seven-day journey via boat from Southampton to Brooklyn, and the stories that followed, have only truly come to light upon the passing of his grandfather four years ago.

“I knew they had lived in the U.S. and heard many anecdotes, but it was only after Pops died and my Nan presented these polaroids of their time there; of her waitressing at the New York Mayor’s Ball in ’66, or Pops with horses on a ranch in Arizona, that she delved deeper into their story, and I started to become overtly inquisitive about it” Vynehall says, following in depth conversations with his Nan to find out as much as he could about this part of his family history that was – in a way that easily resonates with us all – seemingly hidden in plain sight. “I felt the need to document this period for her, and it all just sort of snowballed from there.”

The result happened quite naturally, those early conversations going on to form an album of immense scale, physicality and wonder as well as two accompanying elements – a novella and short films which expand the scope and context of the narrative. This is extended further through the use of visual artist Pol Bury’s ‘George Washington Bridge, NYC’ from his ‘Cinétisation’ collection as the album artwork; with permission granted to Vynehall by Bury’s wife – the artwork was created in New York by Bury at the same time as the album’s story takes place.

Clearly, that aforementioned feeling of exploration resonates with Vynehall creatively too. Vynehall has released two extended EP’s so far, his 2014 breakthrough Music For The Uninvited (3024) – a record inspired by the funk, soul and hip-hop tapes his mum used to play on car journeys which finished the year on a plethora of ‘Best of the Year‘ lists including PitchforkFACTand Resident Advisor who called it “one of the most eclectic and rewarding house records you’ll hear all year” – and 2016’s Rojus EP (Running Back) which saw Vynehall building more layers and broadening the depth of his music to widespread critical acclaim including DJ Mag‘s ‘Album of the Year’ and ‘Best New Music’ from Pitchfork for fan favourite single ‘Blush’. On both, he was crafting luscious grooves that were destined to dominate dancefloors. Nothing Is Still however, is defiantly atmospheric and textural, and finds him harnessing his passion for early contemporary minimalist composers such as Gavin Bryars as well as records like Philip Glass’ Koyaanisqatsi and Terry Riley’s A Rainbow In Curved Air.

Written and predominantly performed by Vynehall with additional musicians including a ten-piece string section arranged by Amy Langley, Finn Peters (saxophone and flute), and Sam Beste (piano) whom completed the final recording sessions that took place at Konk Studio’s – Nothing Is Still was mixed by Blue May in London before making its own transatlantic flight to New York, where it was mastered at Sterling Sound by Greg Calbi.

As well as being respected for the strength of his musical output, Vynehall has a global reputation as a DJ and curator. He has hosted and curated all-night-long residencies worldwide and has become a mainstay at many festivals including Glastonbury, Field Day and Sonar. Much as Nothing Is Still explores new territory sonically, Vynehall will be performing the album with a brand new live set-up with dates TBA.

Pre-order Nothing Is Still here: www.vynehall.com
(Limited Edition Deluxe Box Set available including Nothing Is Still on black heavyweight vinyl and accompanying limited edition paperback Novella written by Max Sztyber and Leon Vynehall plus large poster housed in a hard back box.)

Tracklist:

From The Sea/It Looms (Chapters I & II)
Movements (Chapter III)
Birds On The Tarmac (Footnote III)
Julia (Footnote IV)
Drinking It In Again (Chapter IV)
Trouble – Parts I, II, & III (Chapter V)
Envelopes (Chapter VI)
English Oak (Chapter VII)
Ice Cream (Chapter VIII)
It Breaks (Chapter IX)

NATALIE PRASS SHARES NEW TRACK ‘SISTERS’

THE FUTURE AND THE PAST, OUT 1 JUNE VIA ATO RECORDS

UK TOUR DATES IN APRIL INCLUDING NOW SOLD OUT LONDON BUSH HALL SHOW

Check out ‘Sisters’ here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9T0wYQpAlzo

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Fresh from her late night US TV debut on CONAN last week, Natalie Prasshas shared the second single from her upcoming album The Future and The Past, out 1 June via ATO Records. ‘Sisters’ is out today with an eye-popping animated art track celebrating sisterhood in all its forms.

‘Sisters’ is a powerful call for solidarity and strength in femininity, during uncertain times. The funky, gospel-infused track features an all-female choir chanting the refrain “Keep your sisters close/You gotta keep your sisters close to ya”. Natalie had this to say about the track:

“This song was written right after 45 was elected. I was raised in an environment where “women can’t do this or that”. It was around me in my personal life, but was also deeply built in the culture around me. It resulted in me thinking (sadly up until recently) to be a girl meant to be weak. I was rebellious and confused on what being a woman meant for me in life. A lot of women can’t relate to my situation, and I commend you, but I know a lot of women and girls out there can relate to my story. I now know more than ever that women are a force to be reckoned with, and we can change this world for the better. I desperately needed an anthem after Nov. 6. 2016. All of my past ghosts that I thought I had overcome came back to haunt me and I was paralyzed for months. This song was my warrior cry when I was losing hope. We demand equality for all marginalized groups, we demand safety in our neighborhoods, we demand safe health care and proper family leave, we demand better public schools for all classes, we demand equal pay & safety in our place of work. There are solutions to these issues and we need to stick together to solve them. When one ship rises, we all rise. Keep your sisters close. WE ARE WORLD WIDE WORLD CLASS.”

The Future and The Past is a stunning snapshot of a musician in a state of personal rediscovery. The celebratory and defiant album also signals a significant artistic leap for Prass on the heels of her 2015 breakthrough self-titled debut album. It finds Prass tapping into deep, rhythmic grooves, nestled alongside quivering, lushly orchestrated ballads.

Natalie just completed a run of shows in the US with Fleet Foxes and several performances at SXSW where Rolling Stone deemed her one of the best acts of the weeks and said her show was “the sound of a musician hitting her stride”. She will be heading to the UK in April for her first shows since 2015 including a stop at London‘s Bush Hall which is now sold out.

Watch the video for the previously shared for ‘Short Court Style’ here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0pv7rN-_IWU

Pre-order The Future and The Past here.

Tour dates:

23 Apr – London @ Bush Hall SOLD OUT
26 Apr – Brighton @ Bau Wow
27 Apr – Manchester @ Band on the Wall
28 Apr – Birmingham @ Hare & Hounds
29 Apr – Glasgow @ Mono

Tickets are available here: https://site.natalieprass.com/#tour-section

Praise for Short Court Style:

“Exquisite disco-pop”
The Guardian

“Magnificent”
The Line of Best Fit

“A moment of dazzling inspiration in a world that so easily quashes such a thing”
GoldFlakePaint

“Light as a feather but also packs a serious pop punch”
DIY

“Impossible to tune out”
Pitchfork

AMEN DUNES SHARES NEW SINGLE ‘BELIEVE’

NEW ALBUM FREEDOM OUT 30 MARCH VIA SACRED BONES

“’Blue Rose’ is imbued with the hunger of an artist with everything to prove.”
Pitchfork (Best New Track)

“This is set to be the fullest sounding Amen Dunes record yet”
‘Track of the Day’, The 405

“Damon McMahon’s fifth album as Amen Dunes promises to be one of 2018’s best indie records”
Music Week

“McMahon can push anything through his creative filter […] and it will still sound like Amen Dunes. That’s only a good thing – sometimes a great one”
4/5 Q

Listen to ‘Believe’ here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0xxKdcwqi0

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Amen Dunes (aka the project of New York-based Damon McMahon) will release his fifth album, Freedom, on 30 March via Sacred Bones. On the surface, Freedom is a reflection on growing up, childhood friends who ended up in prison or worse, male identity, McMahon’s father, and his mother, who was diagnosed with terminal cancer at the beginning of recording. The characters that populate the musical world of the album are a colourful mix of reality and fantasy. Each character portrait is a representation of McMahon, of masculinity, and of his past. Yet, ultimately, these eleven songs are a relinquishing of all of them through exposition.

After sharing singles ‘Miki Dora‘ and ‘Blue Rose,’ Amen Dunes now presents the album’s final pre-release song, ‘Believe’ – a track with an irresistibly comfortable tempo that gradually opens itself out into one of the albums most powerful and satisfyingly visceral moments. If one song could sum up all the reflection and questioning of Freedom, it would be ‘Believe’. With McMahon’s mother’s illness and mortality functioning as a spiritual pivot point, ‘Believe’ is a song of forgiveness and of reckoning. Where McMahon once judged his mother’s disregard for life, he has come to admire it as she approaches death. She serves as guru in ‘Believe’, a spectre over the song:

“Well, seems to me baby, you don’t want to stay
That’s O.K. if that’s true
Life goes on, and this is just a song
But still I do it for you

I can feel it in the air tonight
Summer’s almost done
They said you lived out on the wrong side
You said that’s half the fun”

And where much of the album has struggled with the concept of self, ‘Believe’ is an almost joyful acceptance of its passing, shaped in the wake of his mother’s illness.

“I believe, can’t deny it
Seen heaven, don’t get down
When I was a kid I was afraid to die
But I growed up now

If I’m caught in the hour of dark
Won’t laugh, won’t make a sound
I won’t scream, and I won’t get excited
I know God’s underground”

As the song fades, it concludes with a dance groove and a simple mantra:

“When things go black, I got you”

Watch the previously shared video for Miki Dora here
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RONXqXaF8oI

Pre-order Freedom here: https://www.sacredbonesrecords.com/products/sbr195-amen-dunes-freedom

Image credit – Michael Schmelling

Tour Dates:

30 Apr – Brighton @ Prince Albert
1 May – Leeds @ Headroom House
2 May – London @ Omeara

7 – 9 Jun – Porto, PT @ NOS Primavera Sound
30 Aug – 2 Sep – Dorset, UK @ End of the Road Festival
6 – 9 Sep – Portmeirion, UK @ Festival No. 6

23 Apr – Berlin, DE @ Privatclub
24 Apr – Hamburg, DE @ Goldener Salon
25 Apr – Copenhagen, DK @ Hotel Cecil
27 Apr – Brussels, BE @ Grand Salon Boutique
28 Apr – Paris, FR @ Badaboum

Praise for Amen Dunes:

“’Blue Rose’ is imbued with the hunger of an artist with everything to prove.”
Pitchfork (Best New Track)

“This is set to be the fullest sounding Amen Dunes record yet”
‘Track of the Day’, The 405

“Damon McMahon’s fifth album as Amen Dunes promises to be one of 2018’s best indie records”
Music Week

“An expertly pieced together return”
Clash

“[Amen Dunes] has a striking gift for articulation”
GoldFlakePaint

“Freedom takes McMahon’s ever-evolving Amen Dunes project into exciting territory”
8/10 Future Music

‘8/10’ Uncut

“McMahon can push anything through his creative filter […] and it will still sound like Amen Dunes. That’s only a good thing – sometimes a great one”
4/5 Q

NEKO CASE ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM HELL-ON, OUT 1 JUNE VIA ANTI-

SHARES TITLE TRACK

Listen to ‘Hell-On’ here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ESUXxAbZVZ4

Watch a teaser video here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gSOsNMq_po

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Neko Case has announced that on 1 June she will release her new album Hell-On via Anti-. Her first album in five years; it’s an indelible collection of colourful, enigmatic storytelling that features some of her most daring arrangements to date. Along with the announcement she has also shared title track ‘Hell-On’.

Produced by Neko Case, Hell-On is simultaneously her most accessible and most challenging album, in a rich and varied career that’s offered plenty of both. Hell-On is rife with withering self-critique, muted reflection, anthemic affirmation and Neko’s unique poetic sensibility. Neko enlisted Bjorn Yttling of Peter Bjorn & John to co-produce six tracks with her in Stockholm, Sweden where she mixed the twelve track album with Lasse Martin.

Hell-On features performances by Beth DittoMark Lanegan, k.d. LangAC NewmanEric BachmannKelly HoganDoug GillardLaura VeirsJoey Burns and many more. Neko Case has this to say about the record:

My name is Neko Case. I am a music producer, songwriter, and musician. I just finished a record called Hell-On with a cast of talented musicians, techs, label folks and friends.

What I want you to know about me isn’t too much, nor do I want to over talk it. What you take away on your own, as a listener is most important. I worked really hard and I was present for every second of this project. Producing a record is a huge task and there were times I was deep in the weeds, but that is normal for a record that takes a year plus. The weeds aren’t so bad. There were a lot of break-through moments, belly-laughs, sleepless nights and grubby, shiny jeans. In the end it was all worth it and I am so proud of how it turned out, and I am so grateful to have worked with such dedicated, giving artists to make it happen.

There were a few challenges during the making of this record from small (scheduling difficulties, and occasional miscommunication) to large (my house burning down while I was overseas.) But none of them are the story of this recording, the songs are the story. They are my best self. They are everything I’ve worked for since I was a kid, whether I knew it or not.

I write songs from a feeling of solidarity with folks who feel alone or isolated, I think I’m trying to comfort people in this way. It’s not a forceful way rather “No commitment necessary;” take it if you want it, take it as you can.

My style is odd, I don’t know what genre this is. I don’t have a pretty voice or a trained voice, and I am constantly disappointed that I don’t have a “tough” voice, no matter how hard I practice, but it’s mine, and for all its loud, heavy-handed, nasal, vibrato-less qualities I accept it. The closest sound I have found to compare it to is Bulgarian Folk singing. My Eastern ancestors could have been proud of me a century ago? I could have been a droning “caller of wasps” perhaps? I just invented that job, I like the sound of it.

The songs are who I believe myself to be and that will change, but for now that’s how it is and I’m very satisfied with that.

Neko Case is the consummate career artist–fearless and versatile, with a fierce work ethic and a constant drive to search deeper within herself for creative growth. Uncut calls her “one of the great voices of the modern era,” while Pitchfork deemed her last release, 2013’s The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You, “the most potent album of her career.” 2015’s Truckdriver, Gladiator, Mule box set looked back on her groundbreaking twenty years in music, packaging together eight classic albums that track her unique journey from punk/country torchbearer to an avant pop icon.

Pre-order Hell-On at nekocase.com

Hell-On tracklist:

1. Hell-On
2. Last Lion Of Albion
3. Halls of Sarah
4. Bad Luck
5. Curse of the I-5 Corridor
6. Gumball Blue
7. Dirty Diamond
8. Oracle Of The Maritime
9. Winnie
10. Sleep All Summer
11. My Uncle’s Navy
12. Pitch Or Honey

DJ KOZE SHARES NEW SINGLE ‘ILLUMINATION’ FEAT. RÓISÍN MURPHY

NEW ALBUM KNOCK KNOCK OUT 4 MAY VIA PAMPA RECORDS

“[Amygdala] aged into a classic and now the German producer seems ready to replicate those kaleidoscopic wonders with a whole new crew”
FACT Magazine

“One of the most idiosyncratic and innovative techno producers in the world“
The 405

“The kind of anthem only he can make: blissful, off-kilter and packed with silly sounds”
Resident Advisor ‘February’s Best Music’

Listen to ‘Illumination’ here:
https://soundcloud.com/pamparecords/dj-koze-illumination/s-SD9YJ

DJ Koze recently announced the release of his new album, knock knock, out 4 May via Pampa Records. Along with the announcement he shared first single ‘Seeing Aliens‘. Today he has followed up with new track ‘Illumination’, the first from the album to feature vocals, on which the ever-unique Róisín Murphybecomes a cyborg funk diva. “Working on a song together with Roísín is even better than not working at all,” says Koze.

Like all DJ Koze records, knock knock exists outside of trend and influence. In fact, Knock Knock is a step further beyond: absolutely every single thing here, from grooves to voices to handclaps, is otherworldly and unique. Which is not to say it is utter alien abstraction. There is still disco, there is still soul, there is still techno, there is still hip hop, there is still psychedelia – there are even wafts of easy listening and lost crackly thrift store record memories – but though it may sound familiar, it never does what your brain thinks it’s going to do.

And that’s what is crucial here. Koze is a world-maker, knock knock is far and away his greatest statement of that. You don’t get to choose how you hear his music – you enter his world or you don’t, that’s it. And that’s why individual influences as demonstrated so strikingly in his DJ-Kicks mix in 2015 right up to the disco and pop leanings of his Extended Disco Version of Låpsley’s ‘Operator’, a track that you couldn’t move for in the summer of 2016, are so pertinent. knock knock is an album that came together slowly and steadily, his working processes arcane and mysterious in their steady accumulation of sound and inspiration. It’s so complete and bursting with detail and consistency in every way that you’d swear it was meticulously planned (but there was no master plan) to create a definitive artifact: the record itself decided when it was ready. And now it is ready, the most perfectly constructed portal into that other world, you had better be ready too!

Pre-order knock knock here: www.pamparecords.com/
*Very Limited Box Edition available

knock knock tracklist:

1. Club der Ewigkeiten
2. Bonfire
3. Moving in a liquid (feat. Eddie Fummler)
4. Colors of autumn (feat. Speech of the band Arrested Development)
5. Music on my teeth (feat. José González)
6. This is my rock (feat. Sophia Kennedy)
7. Illumination (feat. Róisín Murphy)
8. Pick up
9. Planet Hase (feat. Mano le tough)
10. Scratch that (feat. Róisín Murphy)
11. Muddy Funster (feat. Kurt Wagner)
12. Baby (how much i LFO you)
13. Jesus
14. Lord knows
15. Seeing Aliens
16. Drone me up, Flashy (feat. Sophia Kennedy)

NATALIE PRASS ANNOUNCES ‘THE FUTURE AND THE PAST’, OUT 1 JUNE VIA ATO RECORDS

SHARES NEW TRACK ‘SHORT COURT STYLE’

ANNOUNCES UK TOUR DATES IN APRIL INCLUDING LONDON’S BUSH HALL AS WELL AS SXSW & US TOUR WITH FLEET FOXES

Watch the video for ‘Short Court Style’ (Directed by Natalie Prass & Erica Prince) here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0pv7rN-_IWU

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Natalie Prass has announced her new album The Future and The Past which will be released on 1 June via ATO Records. Along with the announcement she has shared the video for new track ‘Short Court Style’. The video was directed and produced by Natalie herself and Erica Prince with Jethro Watersas Director of Photography (Angel Olsen’s ‘Shut Up and Kiss Me video) . She has also announced a string of live dates including London‘s Bush Hall in April.

Natalie Prass had her new album written, her band ready, the recording studio booked. Then the 2016 election happened, and out of her despair and disappointment in those results came an impulse she could not ignore: she rewrote the album to reflect these swirling emotions. The result is The Future and The Past, a stunning snapshot of a musician in a state of personal rediscovery. The celebratory and defiant The Future and The Past also signals a significant artistic leap for Prass on the heels of her 2015 breakthrough self-titled debut album. It finds Prass tapping into deep, rhythmic grooves, nestled alongside quivering, lushly orchestrated ballads.

“I was devastated” explains Prass, speaking of the election result and her decision to scrap her album, “it made me question what it means to be a woman in America, whether any of the things I thought were getting better were actually improving, who I am and what I believe in. I knew I would be so upset with myself if I didn’t take the opportunity to say some of the things that meant so much to me, so I decided to rewrite the record. I needed to make an album that was going to get me out of my funk, one that would hopefully lift other people out of theirs, too, because that’s what music is all about.”

Like her debut album, Prass made The Future and The Past in Richmond, VA with long-time friend and collaborator Matthew E. White at his Spacebomb Studios. She added some new collaborations to the mix as well: Blue(Solange’s ‘A Seat At The Table,’ Blood Orange, Carly Rae Jepsen) and Michael Brauer (Beth Ditto). The Future and The Past is ripe with string orchestrations and piano flourishes, snaking synth lines and fuzzed out guitars.

The Future And The Past is bursting with a myriad of grooves and Natalie’s vocals float on top, light as a feather yet tough as nails. ‘Short Court Style’ is lush and buoyant, punctuated by handclaps, samples and a whistling synth line while lyrically she wields a sharp knife. Elsewhere, the love torn ‘Lost’ begins with: “Turn up the fader, its like a lightning bolt / we can’t be saved, so now I’m listening on my own / Once there was a time when you had me hypnotised / you realised that your finger prints were on my bones.” Empowering anthem ‘Sisters’ is a rallying cry: “I want to say it loud / for all the ones held down / we gotta change the plan.”

Natalie’s 2015 self-titled debut earned top 10 ‘Album of the Year’ mentions from Evening StandardSunday Times and Uncut. She played festivals such as End of The Road and Green Man and critically lauded headline shows including London‘s Islington Assembly Hall as well as an appearance on Later… with Jools Holland.

She will be touring through 2018 including her first UK headline shows since 2015 in April including a stop at London‘s Bush Hall.

Pre-oder The Future and The Past here.

Tour dates:

23 Apr – London @ Bush Hall
26 Apr – Brighton @ Bau Wow
27 Apr – Manchester @ Band on the Wall
28 Apr – Birmingham @ Hare & Hounds
29 Apr – Glasgow @ Mono

14-16 Mar – Austin, TX @ SXSW

Tickets are available here: www.natalieprass.com/live

Tracklist:

1. Oh My
2. Short Court Style
3. Interlude: Your Fire
4. The Fire
5. Hot For The Mountain
6. Lost
7. Sisters
8. Never Too Late
9. Ship Go Down
10. Nothing To Say
11. Far From You
12. Ain’t Nobody

Praise for Natalie Prass:

“The Nashville singer’s debut is a sumptuous country-soul classic”
‘Album of the Month’ 8/10 Uncut

“Her gorgeous debut is already a contender for album of the year”
Evening Standard

“[Natalie Prass] is a record that never feels retro, just timeless”
5/5 The Guardian

“A modern classic of an album”
‘Album of the Week’ 9/10 The Line of Best Fit

“A heartbreak album that reminds you why such albums are so wonderful and necessary in the first place”
‘Album of the Week’ 4/5 The Observer

4/5 ‘Album of the Week’ The Independent

“Assured, moving and soaked in a lush classicism”
4/5 Q

AMEN DUNES SHARES VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE ‘BLUE ROSE’

ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL UK TOUR DATES IN BRIGHTON AND LEEDS FOLLOWING A US TOUR WITH FLEET FOXES

NEW ALBUM FREEDOM OUT 30 MARCH VIA SACRED BONES

“His voice rings with gorgeous desperation, but the music never loses its cool”
Pitchfork

“Damon McMahon’s fifth album as Amen Dunes promises to be one of 2018’s best indie records”
Music Week

“This is set to be the fullest sounding Amen Dunes record yet”
‘Track of the Day’, The 405

“[Amen Dunes] has a striking gift for articulation”
GoldFlakePaint

Watch the video for ‘Blue Rose’ here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A64wcAgpbrM

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Amen Dunes (aka the project of New York-based Damon McMahon) will release his fifth album, Freedom, on 30 March via Sacred Bones. Throughout his career, Amen Dunes has transformed continuously, and Freedom, the follow-up to 2014’s Love, “an intimate work of mystery” (Pitchfork) is the project’s boldest leap yet. In conjunction with the album announcement, Amen Dunes shared lead single ‘Miki Dora’, today he follows up with the video for second single ‘Blue Rose’. He has also announced that in addition to his live show at London‘s Omeara in May he’ll be playing shows in Leeds and Brighton as well as appearing at NOS Primavera Sound in June and End of the Road in August.

The song is a teenage clarion call born from McMahon’s growing up with an unpredictable father, his fighting back with music, drugs and fantasy, and his eventual escape from it all via one of the many identities, that of a musician, that Freedom ultimately works to unravel. The video, shot in Queens, NY and directed by Alex Goldberg, moves from McMahon’s narration to a depiction of his younger self propelled by smoke and fantasy into a dream world of friends and escapism.

In creating Freedom, McMahon brought in a powerful set of collaborators and old friends. Along with core band members, including Parker Kindred (Antony & The JohnsonsJeff Buckley) on drums, came Chris Coady (Beach House) as producer, and Delicate Steve on guitars. This is the first Amen Dunes record that looks back to the electronic influences of McMahon’s youth with the aid of revered underground musician Panoram from Rome, who finds his place as a significant, if subtle, contributor to the record. The bulk of the songs were recorded at Electric Lady in New York, and finished at Sunset Sound in Los Angeles, where McMahon, Nick Zinner, and session bass player Gus Seyffert (BeckBedouine) fleshed out the recordings.

Watch the previously shared video for Miki Dora here
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RONXqXaF8oI

Pre-order Freedom here: https://www.sacredbonesrecords.com/products/sbr195-amen-dunes-freedom

Image credit – Michael Schmelling

Tour Dates:

30 Apr – Brighton @ Prince Albert
1 May – Leeds @ Headroom House
2 May – London @ Omeara

7 – 9 Jun – Porto, PT @ NOS Primavera Sound
14 – 17 Jun – Dover, DE @ Firefly Festival
30 Aug – 2 Sep – Dorset, UK @ End of the Road Festival
6 – 9 Sep – Portmeirion, UK @ Festival No. 6

23 Apr – Berlin, DE @ Privatclub
24 Apr – Hamburg, DE @ Goldener Salon
25 Apr – Copenhagen, DK @ Hotel Cecil
27 Apr – Brussels, BE @ Grand Salon Boutique
28 Apr – Paris, FR @ Badaboum

DJ KOZE ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM KNOCK KNOCK, OUT 4 MAY VIA PAMPA RECORDS

SHARES FIRST SINGLE ‘SEEING ALIENS’ (EXTENDED BREAKTHROUGH LISTEN) PLUS B-SIDE ‘NEIN KÖNIG NEIN’

Listen to the new tracks here:
https://soundcloud.com/pamparecords/sets/pampa030-dj-koze-seeing-aliens/s-sDkbS

DJ Koze has announced the release of his new album, Knock Knock, out 4 May via Pampa Records. Along with the announcement comes first single ‘Seeing Aliens’ and its B-side and non-album track ‘Nein König Nein’ both of which are available to stream now.

Like all DJ Koze records, Knock Knock exists outside of trend and influence. In fact, Knock Knock is a step further beyond: absolutely every single thing here, from grooves to voices to handclaps, is otherworldly and unique. Which is not to say it is utter alien abstraction. There is still disco, there is still soul, there is still techno, there is still hip hop, there is still psychedelia – there are even wafts of easy listening and lost crackly thrift store record memories – but though it may sound familiar, it never does what your brain thinks it’s going to do.

More than ever before on Koze’s records, there are fascinating, individualist and well-known voices throughout Knock Knock. Each of them is rendered strange, drawn into a different reality. Bon Iver‘s ghostly hymnals on ‘Bonfire’ are very recognisably his own, but the way they twist and merge with synthetic sounds until choir and computer are writhing around one another in bliss are something else. The ever-unique Róisín Murphy, on two stunning tracks, becomes a cyborg funk diva. Speech from Arrested Development delivers luscious and lazy R&B-funk on ‘Colors of Autumn’, but Koze’s warping bass, dubwise echo and alien nature sounds take it to an alternate-dimension tropical landscape. Kurt Wagner of Lambchop is a vocoder bohemian, Sophia Kennedy is a sci-fi Weimar cabaret star and José González is a holographic projection from an old film of the South Sea Islands. On it goes, nothing is real, everyone is an inhabitant of Koze-world.

And that’s what is crucial here. Koze is a world-maker, Knock Knock is far and away his greatest statement of that. You don’t get to choose how you hear his music – you enter his world or you don’t, that’s it. And that’s why individual influences as demonstrated so strikingly in his DJ-Kicks mix in 2015 right up to the disco and pop leanings of his Extended Disco Version of Låpsley’s ‘Operator’, a track that you couldn’t move for in the summer of 2016, are so pertinent. Knock Knock is an album that came together slowly and steadily, his working processes arcane and mysterious in their steady accumulation of sound and inspiration. It’s so complete and bursting with detail and consistency in every way that you’d swear it was meticulously planned (but there was no master plan) to create a definitive artifact: the record itself decided when it was ready. And now it is ready, the most perfectly constructed portal into that other world, you had better be ready too!

Pre-order Knock Knock here: www.pamparecords.com/
*Very Limited Box Edition available

Knock Knock tracklist:

1. Club der Ewigkeiten
2. Bonfire
3. Moving in a liquid (feat. Eddie Fummler)
4. Colors of autumn (feat. Speech of the band Arrested Development)
5. Music on my teeth (feat. José González)
6. This is my rock (feat. Sophia Kennedy)
7. Illumination (feat. Róisín Murphy)
8. Pick up
9. Planet Hase (feat. Mano le tough)
10. Scratch that (feat. Róisín Murphy)
11. Muddy Funster (feat. Kurt Wagner)
12. Baby (how much i LFO you)
13. Jesus
14. Lord knows
15. Seeing Aliens
16. Drone me up, Flashy (feat. Sophia Kennedy)

LOMA, NEW PROJECT BY CROSS RECORD AND SHEARWATER’S JONATHAN MEIBURG, SHARE NEW SINGLE ‘JOY’

ANNOUNCE UK TOUR DATES INCLUDING SHOW AT LONDON’S THE LEXINGTON

LOMA OUT 16 FEBRUARY VIA SUB POP

“A manifestation of brilliant musical minds in organic workspaces”
The Line of Best Fit, ‘Song of the Day’

“Beautiful”
4/5 Q Magazine

“[‘Black Willow’] is a hugely promising marker for what’s to come”
The 405

“Immediately engrossing”
GoldFlakePaint

“The group graces us with some beautifully mystical vibes in the form of the devastating, ASMR-inducing first single”
Gorilla vs. Bear

Listen to ‘Joy here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IMUApFRVfRw&

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Loma, the new project comprised of Jonathan Meiburg, best known as the singer of Shearwater, and Emily Cross and Dan Duszynski of Cross Record, will release their self-titled debut album on February 16th via Sub Pop.

After presenting singles ‘Black Willow‘ and ‘Relay Runner‘, Loma share the first song the trio wrote and recorded together, ‘Joy’. Of that initial session, Meiburg noted “There was something special about the combination of the three of us, and very different from either of our bands. But I think we were afraid to say so out loud, for fear of jinxing it. I remember the hairs on the back of my neck standing up when Emily hit that high, screaming note on the clarinet on ‘Joy’; it sounded like a human voice.” That sense of discovery, stoked by the album’s urgent and searching lyrical themes, is felt throughout the entirety of Loma and extends to the listener.

Watch:
‘Black Willow’: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u4yA8zM0ifY
‘Relay Runner’: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GAIeORh7TLs

Loma is now available for preorder from Sub Pop here

Tour dates:

30 May – Brighton @ The Hope
31 May – London @ The Lexington
1 Jun – Bristol @ Rough Trade
3 Jun – Manchester @ Gullivers
4 Jun – Leeds @ Headrow House
5 Jun – Glasgow @ Hug and Pint
7 Jun – Dublin @ Whelan’s (upstairs)
8 Jun – Liverpool @ Buyers Club

25 May – Kortnijk, BE @ De Kreun
26 May – Amsterdam, NL @ London Calling Festival, Paradiso
27 May – Brussels, BE @ Botanique

Tickets are available here: http://www.toutpartout.be/Artists/LOMA

Praise for Loma:

“A manifestation of brilliant musical minds in organic workspaces.”
The Line of Best Fit, ‘Song of the Day’

“Beautiful”
4/5 Q Magazine

“Compelling”
Uncut

“[Black Willow] is a hugely promising marker for what’s to come”
The 405

“Immediately engrossing”
GoldFlakePaint

“Hypnotic”
DIY

“Somnambulist pop that arrives with a still, midnight air”
Clash

“[Loma] promises to be one of the most fascinating and exciting musical moments of 2018”
For The Rabbits