Tuesday, 22 November 2016

ALBUM OF THE WEEK: TANYA TAGAQ - RETRIBUTION

ARTIST: TANYA TAGAQ
ALBUM: RETRIBUTION
https://open.spotify.com/album/1DjnaTWrUENp7OUhCvaeOd

'Retribution' is the latest album from Tanya Tagaq, a 41 year old Canadian Inuit throat singer and songwriter. The new record is available through Six Shooter Records and was produced by Jesse Zubot, who also contributes violin. It contains 10 tracks which offer much in terms of dynamics and variation, with a host of guests appearing on the album from Radik Tyülyüs, Ruben Komangapik, rapper Shad, and Taqag's own daughter Inuuja.

There's a multitude of vocal aspects, from whispers, to shrieks, whilst the music itself is bold, ranging from electronica and folk. Retribution is challenging, thought provoking and compelling, difficult at times to listen to but ultimately rewarding for artist and listener.

Catch Tanya on her European tour in January 2017.

Thursday, 17 November 2016

ALBUM OF THE WEEK: JUNK SON - BEGINNING, ENDING, PRETENDING

ARTIST: JUNK SON
ALBUM: BEGINNING, ENDING, PRETENDING
LABEL: 37 ADVENTURES
https://open.spotify.com/album/35e4nCrLX8aXxw1AVNGbex
We tipped London's Junk Son at the start of the year in our Future Sounds Of 2016, and at the end of the year he's delivered his debut album 'Beginning, Ending, Pretending'.

The 11-track record is available through 37 Adventures and was recorded at Junk Son's own studios in South London. It is a sprawling journey through electronica, dropping into trip-hop, darkwave, and dream pop along the way. There's a multitude of beats, synths, and bleeps, held together by the distant and softly delivered vocals from Amy Spencer. Beginning, Ending, Pretending is a strong debut record, deftly produced and delivered to the highest standard.

Friday, 28 October 2016

EVENT/NEWS: LUCY ROSE DECEMBER 2016 TOUR + LIVE ALBUM


We're happy to help announce that Lucy Rose will be releasing her latest album 'Live At Urchin Studios' on 9th December through Rose Records via Red Essential.

We first discovered Miss Rose back in 2011 and have been following her ever since, and so we were really quite proud when her second album 'Work It Out' made the top 10 last year. In support of the new album Lucy will be doing a short acoustic tour of libraries across the UK during December.

Fri Dec 9 - Idea Store Whitechapel Library, London
Sat Dec 10 - Bristol Central Library, Bristol
Sun Dec 11 - Liverpool Central Library, Liverpool
Mon Dec 12 - Lancaster Library, Lancaster
Tue Dec 13 - Barrow Library, Barrow

Pre-order Live At Urchin Studios and purchase tickets for the December tour now via Dice.

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

ALBUM OF THE WEEK: DANGERS - THE BEND IN THE BREAK

ARTIST: DANGERS
ALBUM: THE BEND IN THE BREAK
https://open.spotify.com/album/0V1sPBa3x3AyVMBeYDiwca

'The Bend In The Break' is the third album to come from Los Angeles hardcore punk band Dangers. The four members (Alfred Brown, Justin Smith, Anthony Rivera, Chris Conde) have been together since 2005 and having self released two albums and two EP's through their own Vitriol Records, the new record is their first through Topshelf Records.

The 13 track album was recorded straight to tape at the Atomic Garden recording studio in San Francisco, with the band turning to friend Jack Shirley for producer duties. It is an engaging and dangerous listen, with the band combing loud, aggressive music with lyrics detailing their thoughts on what they see as cultural degradation. Available on CD and Vinyl, which has packaging with a spot varnish and a die cut on the LP jacket. It also comes with a 12 page 11x11 inch booklet/insert.  

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

ALBUM OF THE WEEK: DOUGLAS DARE - AFORGER

ARTIST: DOUGLAS DARE
ALBUM: AFORGER
LABEL: ERASED TAPES
https://open.spotify.com/album/6I6Lw6w9089xmp4FlOgoOA

Aforger is the new album from Douglas Dare, a 25 year old singer songwriter from Bridport in Dorset. The new record follows on from his 2014 debut 'Whelm', with the 10 track album once again being released through Erased Tapes. He's currently on tour supporting Wild Beasts and will be headlining London's Electrowerkz on November 8th.

Aforger is an introspective affair, with Dare recounting his relationships and sexual orientation, over a backdrop of dark electronic beats amongst piano, synths, and harmonica. It's bleak sounding but there's plenty of melodies and soaring climatic moments to restore the balance.

There's comparison to be drawn with the likes of James Blake, Ghost Culture, Antony Hegarty, Keaton Henson, and his aforementioned tour pals Wild Beasts. The album was mixed at Abbey Road Studios, and produced by Dare's long time collaborator Fabian Prynn. It is available on MP3, CD, and vinyl, with a limited edition clear 12" the pick of the bunch.

Monday, 17 October 2016

EVENT: BAND OF SKULLS UK TOUR OCTOBER 2016


We're happy to help announce that Band Of Skulls are about to head out on a UK tour. We first caught the Southampton 3-piece when they headlined our favourite independent festival, 2000trees, back in 2014. This run of shows is likely to see the band playing a majority of material from their new album 'By Default', with the tour culminating at London's Roundhouse.

Here's the full dates (With support from Bones):-

Oct 20 Leeds Stylus
Oct 21 Manchester Albert Hall
Oct 22 Newcastle Northumbria Uni
Oct 24 Bristol SWX
Oct 25 Nottingham Rock City
Oct 26 London Roundhouse

Nov 17 Southampton Engine Rooms

You can purchase tickets for the tour here - https://bos.lnk.to/BoSTickets or check out the album - http://bos.Ink.to/ByDefault  // Band Of Skulls
 

Monday, 10 October 2016

ALBUM OF THE WEEK: JENNY HVAL - BLOOD BITCH

ARTIST: JENNY HVAL
ALBUM: BLOOD BITCH
https://open.spotify.com/album/18XEoSRglCwQLGClea3686

Blood Bitch is the third album to come from Norwegian singer songwriter Jenny Hval (plus the two she did under the alias Rockettothesky). The record has been released through Scared Bones Records and sees Hval work once again with Lasse Marhaug on co production duties.

The lyrical content and themes of Blood Bitch revolve around three areas; the continual relationship of pop and art, vampire films, and an examination of menstrual blood artwork. For those familiar with Hval's work this avant garde take on culture is common ground, but for those of us uninitiated it can take you a little out of kilter at first but upon reflection it does provide the album with real depth.

The sound is also varied, very much in line with the content. There's 10 tracks and a length of around 36 minutes, moving from the electronic sounds of  'Female Vampire', 'Conceptual Romance', and 'The Great Undressing', to the softer/haunting 'In The Red' and 'Lorna'. Hval's voice also moves around, at times whispering, at times spoken, but all of the time considered and on point.

Blood Bitch is a challenging album, sonically and lyrically, but it's important such albums are made and such artistic integrity from Jenny Hval is supported, nurtured, and allowed to flourish.

Monday, 3 October 2016

ALBUM OF THE WEEK: THE SLOW SHOW - DREAM DARLING

 ARTIST: THE SLOW SHOW
ALBUM: DREAM DARLING

Dream Darling is the new album from The Slow Show, a 5-piece from Manchester that are signed to the German label Haldern Pop Recordings. Their self produced latest record follows up their 2015 debut 'White Water' with the band making music since 2011. Dream Darling features 10 tracks which are mainly piano based, with a sprinkling of guitars, plenty of soaring moments, and all held together and driven by the vocals of frontman Rob Goodwin.

There's a clear comparison with his style and that of Matt Berninger from The National, but the important difference for me being the lyrical content of Dream Darling which is much more relatable to those of us from British shores, as well as those of us slightly weary thirty somethings.

Goodwin has explained how the album was made by a band who have 'gone through the typical life-changing experiences that men in their late thirties and forties experience', although that being said the music itself sounds so beautiful that it's certainly not the be all and end all if the words don't reach out to you! Dream Darling is a carefully thought out album which sounds equally sparse and all encompassing, cleverly allowing the band to tell their stories not only through the vocals but the music itself too, and for me it's going to be getting regular spins this forthcoming Autumn.