It’s been over a year since SOPHIE released the one-two punch of “Lemonade” and “Hard.” While we’ve been tiding ourselves over with SOPHIE’s production work for other artists, grainy YouTube vids of new tracks, and remixes here and there, anticipation for new material by the already-influential London producer/materialist/sound fetishist has reached a fever pitch.
Well, the wait is finally over. While there are more exciting announcements to be revealed soon, the cat has been let outta the bag (or was it already outta the bag?) by iTunes, which has revealed a new product by SOPHIE ostensibly called… Product, out November 27 on Numbers. The release compiles two 12-inches that SOPHIE has already dropped on Numbers (“Bipp”/”Elle” and “Lemonade”/”Hard”), as well as four new tracks, “MSMSMSM,” “Vyzee,” “L.O.V.E.,” and “Just Like We Never Said Goodbye.”
08. Just Like We Never Said Goodbye
Art’s pretty cool, right? Now just think: what if, instead of just viewing it, you could also LISTEN to it in the comfort of your own home? A revolutionary concept, no doubt. And now you can. With the latest release from Editions Mego, you can listen to the lovely aural compositions of Robin Fox for dance choreographer Stephanie Lake’s A Small Prometheus, which debuted at Melbourne Festival in 2013, within your very own living room/car/cool office with a record player.
Out October 30, this will be Fox’s first Editions Mego release since 2010’s A Handful of Automation. If you’ve ever dreamed of exploring “the themes of combustion and heat dissipating in various physical systems,” well, here’s your chance. Available as a limited-edition vinyl release with six tracks, and as a digital download with two additional works.
01. 3 Phase
02. A Pound of Flesh
03. A Small Prometheus
04. Dark Rain
06. Through Sky
07. Counter Strike (Bonus)
08. Four Lines (Bonus)
• Editions Mego: http://editionsmego.com
Steve Gunn, everyone’s favorite guitarist with the surname Gunn, has had a pretty hectic year since announcing his signing with Matador and embarking on a world tour. While most regular folk would reward themselves for a job well done by going into hibernation and watching tons of YouTube clips until Kwanzaa, Gunn is no ordinary person.
Instead, he’s decided to put on a solo tour through October and November with his likeminded buddies James Elkington and Nathan Salsburg. Then, maybe, it’s couch and YouTube time, though it’s hard to imagine Gunn actually having a fixed abode with said couch on which to crash right now.
The extra-exciting news is that Gunn will be trying out some new tunes from his forthcoming record, though no date or details are set, which is why you ought to get along and hear these tunes for yourself.
10.18.15 - Jersey City, NJ, Monty Hall *
10.22.15 - Philadelphia, PA, First Unitarian Church - Side Chapel #
10.23.15 - Brooklyn, NY, Union Pool #
10.24.15 - Brooklyn, NY, Union Pool #
10.25.15 - Northampton, MA, Iron Horse #
10.26.15 - Burlington, VT, Signal Kitchen #
10.27.15 - Montreal, QC, La Plante #
10.29.15 - Toronto, ON, The Great Hall #
10.30.15 - Detroit, MI, Marble Bar #
10.31.15 - Chicago, IL, Constellation Room #
11.07.15 – Dallas, TX, Untapped Festival
11.08.15 – Austin, TX, Fun Fun Fun Fest
11.19.15 – Woodstock, NY, Bearsville Festival @
* Michael Chapman and Bridget St. John
# James Elkington & Nathan Salsburg
[Photo: Constance Mensh]
• Steve Gunn: http://www.steve-gunn.com
Europe is great! It’s got all the hits: Germany, France, Iceland, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, Austria, and the rest. Known space-rock duo White Hills just got back from Europe, and boy are their entire bodies tired. Touring makes you tired, especially when you’re playing ATP Iceland and Copenhagen, the rawest festivals of the land.
So, kick back, White Hills. Have a marg, a foot rub, and put on some Cocteau Twins. Or, heck, listen to your recent album Walks For Motorists. Then, to ease back into the swing of things, play four US dates in November. Here’s to you, White Hills. And here’s those dates. Wink.
White Hills dates:
11.04.15 - Kansas City, MO - Riot Room
11.05.15 - Chicago, IL - Red Line Tap Room
11.06.15 - Cleveland, OH - The Happy Dog
11.07.15 - Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie
• White Hills: http://whitehillsmusic.tumblr.com
It’s Friday. Feels like a “cat rap” night to me.
Meow the Jewels tracklist:
01. Meowpurrdy feat. Lil Bub, Maceo, Delonte, Snoop Dogg (Remixed by EL-P)
02. Oh My Darling Don’t Meow (Remixed by Just Blaze)
03. Pawfluffer Night (Remixed by Zola Jesus)
04. Close Your Eyes And Meow To Fluff (Remixed by Geoff Barrow)
05. All Meow Life (Remixed by Nick Hook)
06. Lie, Cheat, Meow (Remixed by Prince Paul)
07. Meowrly (Remixed by BOOTS)
08. Paw Due Respect (Remixed by Blood Diamonds)
09. Snug Again (Remixed by Little Shalimar)
10. Creown (Remixed by The Alchemist)
11. Angelsnuggler (Remixed by Dan The Automator)
12. Creown (BONUS) (Remixed by 3D of Massive Attack)
• Run the Jewels: http://www.runthejewels.net
Príncipe Discos has, quite simply, laid waste to the rest of the dance music scene this year (as reductive as that sounds, it’s kinda true). Nidia Minaj, DJ Nigga Fox, CDM, Niagara: the Lisbon label has been hemorrhaging non-stop hot shit, and now you can add DJ Firmeza to that veritable stack.
Alma Do Meu Pai isn’t just the usual kinetic deliverance you’d expect of a Príncipe record — it’s also a spiritual one, what with Firmeza dedicating the release to the “Soul Of My Father.” Basically, there’s a lot of personal waging at play here, and it makes for some truly captivating music. The title track, streaming below, is a downright hypnotic riddim, which is some feat given its extended runtime. Promising to set itself apart from “notions of kuduro or afrohouse,” Alma Do Meu Pai may well cap off Príncipe’s 2015 in fine style. Unless, of course, they manage to sneak out more fire before the year is up. Don’t bet against it.
Alma Do Meu Pai drops October 16.
Alma Do Meu Pai tracklisting:
01. Alma Do Meu Pai
02. Somos Melão Doce
03. Os PDDG
04. Start Go
05. Coelho 2025
Nobody talks up Zomby quite like Zomby. He’s been teasing it for a while, but today the official confirmation came via tweet: Zomby’s got two new records out on October 9 for XL, titled Let’s Jam 1 & 2.
Yo Im very excited to announce my debut records for XL Recordings "Let’s Jam 1 & 2" are released on the 9th October pic.twitter.com/K2WBfThqh8
— ZOMBY ® (@ZombyMusic) September 25, 2015
The Let’s Jam releases follow hot on the heels of “Step 2001,” a Zomby-fied take on some classic Wiley bars, as well as 2013’s With Love. There’s a preview up on YouTube, streaming right below this text, so what are you waiting for? Hit that shit up! It does raise the question, though; will we ever see that disintegratory record for 4AD?
Mark McGuire has announced his second full-length on Dead Oceans, titled Beyond Belief. It’s due November 13, and he’s packing pre-orders of the new album with a “Chopped &Chief’d” cassette, which includes chopped and screwed versions of tracks from the album.
McGuire has shared the track “Earth: 2015,” which is a cluttered yet oddly comforting sonic equivalent of the futuristic now with a dark, 80s-inspired mood. There are also recordings of bear farts on this album. And to keep things deep and interesting, McGuire includes liner notes that accompany each song with fantastical stories.
Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction:
- Mark McGuire has new album: FACT
- Pre-orders include chopped and screwed cassette: FACT
- Bear farts: FICTION
- Cool liner notes: FACT
Beyond Belief tracklisting
01. The Naacals
02. The Past Presents The Future
03. Sons Of The Serpent
04. Earth: 2015
05. The Undying Stars
06. Lock In Our Sky Language (For Cyan)
08. True Love (Song For Rachel)
• Dead Oceans: http://www.deadoceans.com
Take a look at your life. Is it missing something? Could that something be experimental Japanese rock? It probably could be, right? Well never fear, good people of L.A., San Francisco, and Minneapolis: your life is about to get a whole lot better, because the legendary OOIOO are coming to America to play a few select shows. (The rest of y’all… I don’t know, find a therapy animal or something to hug, I guess.)
Fronted by Yoshimi from Boredoms, OOIOO kicks off their mini US jaunt with an appearance at The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, before heading to Los Angeles for a performance at the Getty Museum in conjunction with the museum’s exhibition The Younger Generation: Contemporary Japanese Photography. Then it’s off to San Francisco for one night only.
The band’s most recent release is 2013’s incredible Gamel.
12.03.15 - Minneapolis, MN - Walker Art Center
12.05.15 - Los Angeles, CA - The Getty Museum
12.06.15 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
• OOIOO: http://ooioo.jp
Before Drake and Future blew up the internet over the weekend, it was already reeking of gasoline, courtesy of James Ferraro, whose forthcoming new album Skid Row was momentarily leaked via stream late last month. The stream didn’t last long, but those of us who were privy to its grit were in heaven. Or maybe it was Hell. In any case, Ferraro has finally made a proper announcement today. The new studio album, which comes on the heels of his recently-released WAR EP, is out November 13 on Break World Records.
Check out the title track, via Thump:
Like with WAR, Ferraro has prepared a statement about Skid Row, which you can read here:
Million dollar smiles, lattes & police brutality.
Excess and fiscal ambiguity.
Media violence & Lamborghini dreams, all under one surveillance video texture.
The desert landscape, like tupperware housing digital smog.
K9’s and glistening acid rain,
wash away the sentient blood that stains the palm tree city.
An Escalade® burns on the freeway.
The drone of helicopters hum above head, in a desert backdrop commuters in traffic requite a speed of 20 mph pass the gleaming semiotic debris.
the sushi elite & the poor all anonymous in an unforgiving freeway fatality,
an undiscerning system.
Man on the highway, through a walkie talkie speaker, barefoot on the slick asphalt.
As the sunsets, the sky burns a fusion of metal and silhouetted palms.
and a hyper real civilization is rendered by it’s idealism, at war with the gravity of reality..
Rendered by it’s traffic culture, it’s culture of police brutality and gang violence, media saturation and racism, it’s glamorization and solipsism, rendered by the tabloid of it self.
” Skid Row started as a collection of poems, it came first as words, then grew into becoming the lyrics of Skid Row.. I was writing about the state of the world around me, living on what feels like the brink of societal collapse while also seeing high excess everywhere.. all the sounds of the streets crept in, the blood and tears on the street, the echoing sirens in the early morning fog, soaked into the poetry and it became evident that LA is a hyper America. a place where violence (media and real life), excess and poverty, police exceptionalism & brutality, racism interact daily.. racism is a war on reason, so in my state of animosity I wrote Skid Row, I’m a disciple of the streets my spoken word and music on Skid Row mirror these conflicts that spill out over the western landscape like a painting of America frozen in a state of hyper real war “
Skid Row tracklist:
01. Burning Prius (For The World)
02. White Bronco
04. Street Freak
05. Million Dollar Man
06. Thrash & Escalate
07. Skid Row
08. To Live And Die In L.A.
10. Doctor Hollywood
12. Sentinel Beast
13. At The Beach
• James Ferraro: https://soundcloud.com/b-e-b-e-t-u-n-e