Things are looking up for fans of Goldfrapp, who’ve been waiting patiently for a new LP since the twosome released 2013’s Tales of Us. The duo comprised of Allison Goldfrapp and Will Gregory will release their seventh album, Silver Eye (Mute), on March 31. What’s notable about the full-length is that they retained the services of a few collaborators including electronic composer Bobby Krlic (a.k.a. The Haxan Cloak) and Brian Eno collaborator Leo Abrahams adding abstract guitar textures, with David Wrench (The xx, fka Twigs, Caribou) mixing the album recorded in London. To show that they really mean business, Goldfrapp dropped a dark new track called “Anymore” and an accompanying video (watch below).
Obligatory press release gush from Alison Goldfrapp: “We’ve never liked repeating ourselves. Often we react to things we’ve just done. We like the spontaneity of not knowing. It’s only through the process that we start to figure out what it is. The fans who have stuck with us are the ones who embrace that idea and are excited by the thought that they don’t know quite what to expect next.”
Obligatory press release gush from Will Gregory: “I think writing an album is like being lost in a wood. You’re trying to figure out an interesting path. You don’t know whether it’s going to be a dead end or somewhere interesting and you never know when to stop because around the corner some beautiful vista might open up.”
- Duckett – My Other Life on Earth Begins This Morning (Galdoors)
- Don’t DJ – Pornoire (Berceuse Heroique)
- Cabasa – Cave (Boom Ting)
- Yotam Avni – Even (Stroboscopic Artefacts)
- Tanner Ross – Dready Dead (unreleased)
- Kamikaze Space Programme – Duga 3 (Neighbourhood)
- Yaleesa Hall X Malin – Second Lucas (Mosca’s Pure Joy Version) (Will & Ink)
- Truncate – Hardware Jam (truncate)
- Aybee – Build Them (Deepblak)
- Facta – Sweet Sixteen (Ancient Monarchy)
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Polish DJ/producer duo Karol XVII & MB Valence (read their thoughts on 2016 in our annual Rewind feature) have been fine-tuning their deep-house sound for a decade. During this time they’ve recorded for labels including I Records and Neurotraxx while slowly building up their own label, Loco Records. On February 3 the duo will unveil the Session 1 EP, a career defining release that demonstrates their ascension to the next rung of the global house music ladder. We’re pleased to world premiere their brilliant four-track effort brandishing all sorts of deep vibes and textures. Hit the play button below on the first edition of the Sessions series and discover the breadth of their moody, atmospheric sound.
In 2013, not long after Big Shot interviewed downtempo bon vivant Simon “Bonobo” Green on the rooftop of a building in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (watch the video interview here), he released his acclaimed fifth album, The North Borders and embarked on a nonstop tour around the world. Festivals. Club gigs. DJ sets. Name the city and Green and his band probably performed there — twice. An important musical statement in the arc of his career, Black Sands (watch Green explain how the album came together here) is where Green veered his sound in a darker, glitchier direction after arriving at a musical fork in the road. Having no doubt become a platinum member of his preferred airline, it’s no surprise that his sixth album, Migration (Ninja Tune), is a byproduct of his many travels and experiences. It’s also informed by his feelings about living as a Brit in New York outside of his native UK.
Migration is ambitious but not nearly as transformative as its predecessor. It didn’t need to be. The album finds him elevating his sound to a new plateau, one where he displays his seasoned mastery of conjuring thoughtful, compelling songs with sublime melodies and luscious instrumentation.
Green’s “No Reason”collaboration with Nick Murphy (f.k.a. Chet Faker) is pleasing, but he’s at his most brilliant when he’s heads down and cooking for the ‘heads. “Second Sun” is an emotive instrumental overflowing with cinematic strings and heartfelt guitar; the woozy “Grains” featuring snippets of folk music icon Pete Seeger is a case study in how to conjure understated euphoria; and “Kerala” is a quixotic, jittery sample track that skips along with perfectly placed samples from R&B songstress Brandy.
What’s next for Green is already known — he’s heading back on the road. Again. What’s certain is that whatever he sees and feels will manifest itself into the next chapter of his musical life. Safe travels, Simon.
According to reports on social media, legendary Philadelphia DJ Reenie Kane has died. Kane, a mainstay in the scene’s gay and nightlife communities and a Billboard Dance Music Reporter, suffered a major heart attack following her DJ set at Philly’s Annual Indigo Ball Fundraiser on October 9. Subsequent tests by doctors at Methodist Hospital revealed she was suffering from pneumonia. Her condition was complicated by an ongoing diabetes condition she had been battling the past few years. Kane, who began her DJ career in 1974 and played everything from disco to house, was transferred to Jefferson Hospital ICU and underwent a series of operations. On November 16 a benefit for Kane was held at Voyeur nightclub to help her cover medical expenses which her insurance wouldn’t pay for.
“I like to spin anything that moves my body and touches my soul. I like a challenge when it comes to mixing,” Kane said in a 2009 interview. “The classics are always a treat for me. I call it the ‘live musician effect.’ The human touch is so stimulating to me. The beat of the music fluctuates, making it interesting. Now, with all of the technology involved, there is no fluctuation. The beat never goes off BPMs. I’ll take the human over machine any day.”
More as this story develops.
After recently announcing a series of European festival dates, Radiohead has confirmed an 11-date run of gigs in nine U.S. cities, including a headlining set at Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival. Tickets for the newly announced dates go on sale beginning January 20. Tickets for all shows will be limited to four per order. Restrictions may vary from venue to venue. The tour comes in support of their Grammy-nominated album, A Moon Shaped Pool, which was released last summer.
Radiohead U.S. Tour Dates
March 30 – American Airlines Arena – Miami, FL
April 1 – Philips Arena – Atlanta, GA
April 3 – Smoothie King Center – New Orleans, LA
April 5 – Sprint Center – Kansas City, MO
April 8 – Key Arena – Seattle, WA
April 9 – Moda Center – Portland, OR
April 11 – Santa Barbara Bowl – Santa Barbara, CA* Tickets limited to 2 per order
April 14 – Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival – Indio, CA
April 17 – Greek Theatre – Berkeley, CA
April 18 – Greek Theatre – Berkeley, CA
April 21 – Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival – Indio, CA