Now Playing @6Music tracklist July 1, 2011
It has been impossible to escape the hashtags connected to Bjork this week. On Monday it was the reaction to new track Crystalline emerging online, then her performances at the Manchester International Festival before she was announced as the third headliner of this year’s Bestival.
So we shaped the playlist around her, looking not only at her own work but also collaborations, people she has worked with and any other connections you could draw a line between.
We were also delighted to welcome our first trans-Atlantic blogger onto the show in the shape of Some Kind of Awesome, while Punktastic also chose some rather fantastic tracks for us and have written a fascinating blog post about how bands should go about their digital promotion.
Bjork – Big Time Sensuality
* Digital Music News reported how nearly $400 million has been invested in digital music start-ups this year alone, while CMU has noted how digital music album sales have reached 10 million this year, far outdoing last year which was 7.1 million at the same point.
* Roots Manuva has announced details of his new album – 4everevolution. Coming out on July 26, first taster from the 17-track LP is called Watch Me Dance and is free to download from his official site.
* The Drums have released a rather weird new video on YouTube. Titled Portamento, it is pretty grainy with footage of the band performing, cityscapes and a few random words flashing up on screen, while the music is eerie synths which wouldn’t be out of place on the X-Files – cue new material from the band.
* Wilco have made their return with new single I Might. It is the first new material from the Chicago band in two years and new album, The Whole Love will come out on their own dBpm label.
* Sheffield’s premier producer Toddla T recently locked himself in a studio for two weeks with some of Britain’s most exciting new artists. The result was a nine-track mixtape which you can stream and download from Soundcloud.
* Radio Soulwax is the latest online project from Belgium DJ duo 2ManyDJs. Available online and as a smartphone app, the virtual radio station will make a different themed audio and visual mix available to stream every week for 24 weeks.
* Brian Eno’s second album for Warp Records, Drums Between the Bells is released on Monday, but you can hear a selection of tracks from it including Bless This Space and Pour it Out on Soundcloud right now.
* Memory Tapes’ release their sophomore album Piano Player on Monday, but you can hear it streaming right now on The Quietus who also have a by-track guide from Dayve Hawk himself.
* Washed Out’s eagerly awaited full length debut Within and Without is released on July 11 but you can stream it right now on NPR.
#Blogged – Some Kind of Awesome
Arctic Monkeys – The Hellcat Spangled Shangrilalala
Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr – Almost Lost Detroit
Danger Mouse & Danieli Luppi ft. Norah Jones – Season’s Trees
Michael Franti - Sound of Sunshine
Gus Gus - Believe
Bjork ft. Kelis – Oceania
* Details of Zola Jesus’ new album has been getting a lot of traction online. Conatus will come out on September 26, and you can listen to track Vessel now on Soundcloud.
* After playing a social media mogul in The Social Network, Justin Timberlake has gone a step further by investing in MySpace. As part of Specific Media’s buyout of the News Corp company, he will take an office at their Beverley Hills HQ and have a team of staff working for him.
* The return of semi-aquatic dance duo Duck Sauce has made quite an impact this week. After being debuted on Annie Mac’s Radio 1 show last week, Big Bad Wolf has a much darker feel to their previous stuff – but still maintains an air of sillyness.
* Lee Scratch Perry has recorded verses and weaved them into Gang Gang Dance’s Mindkilla. The track is available as a free download on a number of sites such as Rock Feedback, Drowned in Sound and Radio ClubFoot.
* Spike Jonze/Arcade Fire – Scenes from the Suburbs
* M83 – Echoes
* Coldplay – Every Teardrop is a Waterfall
* Glastonbury coverage (Janelle Monae - Tightrope)
** And check out Tom's recommended viewing from Glastonbury on his BBC Introducing blog. **
#Blogged – Punktastic
Empire of the Sun - We Are the People
Bjork related playlist part 2 - collated via Spotify, our Blog, Facebook, Twitter, Text and E-Mail
Bjork - Venus as a Boy
Sneaker Pimps - Venus as a Boy
The Sugarcubes - Birthday
Nearly God - Joga
Aphex Twin - Film
Bjork - Play Dead