Lil Silva says his first words on upcoming EP Mabel; stream the title track

Lil Silva says his first words on upcoming EP Mabel; stream the title track

For such a lil guy, Lil Silva has accomplished a lot. He’s released music through Night Slugs and Good Years, two significant UK labels, collaborated with SBTRKT staple and artist in his own right Sampha, produced for up-and-coming L.A. vocalist BANKS, established himself as an important component of UK funky, constructed a number of impressive block towers, and learned to walk. His production for BANKS, in particular, has drawn attention, and brought many to wonder where the duo will go next. Yet Lil Silva’s next release, an EP dropping on August 5 through True Panther / Good Years called Mabel, is a surprise in that neither Banks, nor Sampha are the featured vocalist. Nope, it’s Lil Silva himself, speaking out for the first time on record, with a voice far removed from naiveté.

Listen to the title track:

Mabel tracklist:

01. First Mark
02. Kimmy
03. Don’t You Love (feat. BANKS)
04. Mabel
05. Right For You (feat. BANKS)

• Lil Silva:
• True Panther:
• Good Years:

Zola Jesus confirms Taiga album details, proves TMT’s prophecy skills inferior

So maybe we were over-stretching it a bit with our earlier predictions on the new Zola Jesus album, but hey, we’re a music website that only sometimes dabbles in prophecy (not a prophecy website that dabbles in music news) and even Nostradamus didn’t have a 100% hit rate (Y2K anyone?).

Zola Jesus has dropped some more information about her now-definitely-forthcoming-on-October-7-via-Mute record called Taiga. We now also know that the album was recorded on Vashon Island, WA and mixed by Dean Hurley who frequently collaborates with another prominent conspiracy theorist, David Lynch.

The information is still pretty scant, so maybe not all of our previous predictions were off the mark. Zola Jesus herself hasn’t ruled out the possibility of the album being inspired by the Lykov family who lived as hermits in the Russian taiga, when she describes that Taiga “represents a feral,
untapped world that could happily exist without us. There are taiga forests in Northern Wisconsin where I was raised, and also in Russia where my ancestors are from, so it also feels very native.”

Could it possibly be that Zola Jesus is hinting at being a direct descendent of the Lykov family? Probably not.

You can download the thumping, epic lead track “Dangerous Days” by giving up an email address over at Zola Jesus’ website.

• Zola Jesus:
• Mute:

Lazy Magnet releases third and final box set, declares, “When I die, 1,000 songs will fly out of my mouth”

In a move that is neither lazy or magnetic (though I suppose CDs do contain alloys if you want to debate that hackneyed opening sentence with me), the diligent, oxygen- and carbon-based Jeremy Harris has totally phoenixed, dissolving his 20-year-old synth project Lazy Magnet and releasing 64 new songs on the way out.

Harris played his last shows under the Lazy Magnet name back in May and promptly sold out of the five-CD box set, which was housed in a swanky handmade book with accompanying liner notes. Now, presumably because J-Hare’s friends accused him of dipping into their beer budget, he’s releasing a cheaper, cassette version of the set, which features scrapped albums, alternate versions, and brand-new songs. Samples from each tape/disc of the box set are available for listening here. You can pick up a copy yourself via the Lazy Magnet Facebook or via Mr. Harris himself when he hits the road in support of his new project Jerome.

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Circuit des Yeux announces summer tour including West Coast dates with Xiu Xiu, shares new video

In light of Haley Fohr’s really excellent 2013 full-length Overdue as Circuit des Yeux, some might say she’s a little… overdue for a tour? Well those people are either dicks or not paying attention, because Fohr has been straight-up touring until her feet fall off this year. And! She’s about to tour some more, because her feet haven’t quite fallen off yet, and she hates her feet, so she’s trying to make that foot-less dream a reality, and this is the only way. Except for the couple of solo dates (noted below) Fohr will be joined by a band featuring John Dawson (of Thee Open Sex and Magnetic South) and Cooper Crain (of CAVE and Bitchin’ Bajas). A good chunk of the upcoming dates will also be spent supporting Xiu Xiu on a West Coast tour (who are making up for the ones they had to postpone earlier in the year).

Because Fohr read somewhere (the internet probably) that just using your feet to tour all the time won’t make them fall off, and that you have to sometimes take a break to trick them into complacency so that the next time you stand up they’ll be even more likely to fall off, Fohr also found some time recently to shoot a video for the song “Acarina” off Overdue. It’s a collaboration with the filmmaker Julia Dratel. Watch it below:


07.29.14 - Los Angeles, CA - Echo ≠
07.31.14 - Santa Cruz, CA - The Atrium at Catalyst ≠
08.01.14 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill ≠
08.02.14 - Arcata, CA - Jambalaya ≠
08.03.14 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge ≠
08.04.14 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret ≠
08.05.14 - Seattle, WA - Barboza ≠
08.06.14 - Boise, ID - The Crux ≠
08.07.14 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court ≠
08.08.14 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge ≠
08.09.14 - Albuquerque, NM - Sister ≠
08.10.14 - Phoenix, AZ - The Crescent Ballroom ≠
09.05.14 - Raleigh, NC - Hopscotch Festival

* Oneohtrix Point Never
≠ Xiu Xiu

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T-Mobile announces “Music Freedom” for customers; streaming music won’t affect data limits, especially if you’re listening to Macklemore

T-Mobile is just climbing the social ladder these days. The cellular provider has added millions of customers to its network over the past year thanks to its improved service and appealing plans, but it seems that this is only the beginning. At a press conference on Wednesday it announced a new feature for its customers called “Music Freedom,” which will allow them to use music streaming services as much as they want without it affecting their monthly data limits. The crowd went nuts. But while they were going nuts, several journalists were pretty sure they heard T-Mobile mutter something like, “But only for the cool streaming services.”

Apparently Music Freedom will only apply to services that T-Mobile has deemed most popular: Pandora, iHeartRadio, iTunes Radio, Rhapsody, Spotify, Slacker, and Milk Music. They do plan on adding more to that list, but are asking users to vote for their favorite excluded streaming service so they can see which ones are most popular, because, you know, hip kids only.

While this new innovation is a big plus for consumers, there’s a good chance it will hurt these smaller, excluded streaming services. By giving a leg up to the services that are already at the top of the industry, it may become much more difficult for the smaller ones to grow. Many are claiming that this is a violation of net neutrality, but they’re probably just a bunch of jealous lames.

Huxley announces debut LP and EP for Aus, inadvertently gets a Korean fanbase

UK house producer Huxley a.k.a. Michael Dodman has released a string of EPs and 12-inch singles since 2009, but until now we haven’t seen a full-length from the grime-influenced artist. Handling the proceedings is Will Saul’s Aus Music label, who will put out Huxley’s The Machine EP on July 14, followed by his debut LP Blurred in October. Featuring collaborations with S-Man and Jack Wilby, The Machine sees Dodman tackle big festival anthems as well as more nuanced, slow-burning cuts.

With that said, approximately six Koreans a day confuse Huxley the DJ for this Huxley — a Korean-made, massively multiplayer game developed by Webzen that was ultimately never released. Originally set to drop in late 2010, the game known as 헉슬리 was mysteriously shelved after an open beta test, never to be heard about again. Perhaps Huxley’s debut album will actually be a video game in disguise? For those pubescent Korean boys living out their days in PC rooms all across the hermit kingdom, it remains merely a dream. Make it happen, Huxley — 화이팅!!!!

The Machine tracklist:

01. Callin (feat. S-Man)
02. Machina (feat. Jack Wilby)
03. Tendered Mess
04. Oil Spill

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[Photo: Katie Palmer]