Just Added - June 2016
Agnes Obel - Familiar
Thursday 30 June, by Matthew Mills Team Laverne
Brand new Agnes Obel popped up online yesterday and we were so mesmerised that we gave it an immediate Just Added slot. Delicate piano and strings interplay with her soothing voice to create a beautiful and highly original return from the Danish artist.
‘Familiar’ is Obel’s first new material since her UK breakthrough album Aventine (2013), which saw the Berlin-based Dane playlisted at 6 Music and headline gigs at Somerset House, Shepherd’s Bush Empire and Barbican in 2014. Available to stream now with a physical release on 19th August, the single was recorded, produced and mixed by Obel in Berlin. Featuring violin by John Corban and cellos by Kristina Koropecki and Charlotte Danhier, Obel provides keys, rhythms and by altering the tone of her voice in the chorus, is in effect duetting with herself. She’s got November live dates in Bristol, London, Birmingham and Manchester and we’ll definitely be heading down.
Aphex Twin - 2X202-TS5
Wednesday 29 June, by Matthew Mills Team Laverne
You probably spotted a new Aphex Twin track and video that popped up last week. Well we’ve got an exclusive play of another tune from Richard D. James’ new EP, it’s another banger and it’s straight on the Just Added playlist.
It was heralded with a mysterious print flyer assuring us ‘your Cheetah EP will give you many years of enjoyment, please be sure to read the owner's manual carefully before attempting to operate the Cheetah EP.” It was followed last week by the first taste of music, ‘CIRKLON3 [ Колхозная mix ]’ and Aphex’s 1st video in 17 years, directed by 12 year old Dublin resident Ryan Wyer. Due out on the 8th July on Warp Records you can hear the whole of Cheetah EP exclusively on Now Playing this Sunday from 6pm and help to create the ultimate #Aphex6Music playlist.
Haley Bonar – Kismet Kill
Tuesday 28 June, by Frank Palmer Team Laverne
Having washed its clothes and aired out its tent, the Just Added playlist is back from a Glastonbury-related hiatus. And what do you know? Haley Bonar’s scuzzed out crooner pop is proving the perfect remedy to any lingering post-festival blues.
Taken from Haley Bonar’s forthcoming seventh record, Impossible Dream – out August 5th via Memphis Industries – ‘Kismet Kill’ finds the Minnesota singer-songwriter mining her experiences as a young mother for a sweet and poignant pop song. As Bonar explains, “Having kids at a young age can be an amazing and ridiculously difficult thing. Especially when you're the mother, and your cultural expiration date is 30”. You can catch Haley live in the UK through October.
21st Oct 2016, Brighton, Green Door Store
22nd Oct 2016, Gateshead, The Sage w/ Field Music
23rd Oct 2016, Glasgow, The Hug & Pint
24th Oct 2016, Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
27th Oct 2016, London, Moth Club
28th Oct 2016, Bristol, The Louisiana
29th Oct 2016, Manchester, The Ritz w/ Field Music
Sigur Ros - Óveður
Wednesday 22 June, by Matthew Mills Team Laverne
It was premiered at Primavera Festival last month, abstracted to soundtrack a 24 hour live stream of an Icelandic motorway yesterday, and last night officially released with accompanying bloody and slightly NSFW video. Yep, new Sigur Ros, straight on the Just Added playlist.
This is their first piece of new material since 2013’s ‘Kveikur’ and having played it live a few times, Sigur Ros unveiled it further through a 24-hour ‘Slow TV’ streaming event. From 5pm on Tuesday, in line with the summer solstice, the band ran ‘Route One’, the 1332km journey round Iceland’s coastal ring road, broadcasting the trip live in its entirety via National Television and on Youtube. The soundtrack was created by feeding elements of ‘Óveður’ through a music app to produce a constantly evolving soundtrack. As artistically adventurous and beautiful as you’d expect from the band, they continue their world tour with a steady run of festivals in Europe throughout the summer.
Metronomy – Night Owl
Tuesday 21st June, by Matthew Mills Team Laverne
It’s only a couple of weeks to go until we have a brand new Metronomy album in all its glory. In the meantime, having had a premier on our mate Marc Riley’s show last night, here’s the next single for our Just Added playlist.
This is the final teaser track and next single from Metronomy’s 5th album Summer 08 which comes out on 1st July via Because Music. Having recently started a family, Metronomy’s Joe Mount explained the recording process behind the album in a recent DIY interview: “when I have the opportunity to do anything that’s on my own clock - making music, meeting friends, whatever - I completely seize that ‘me time’. It’s like getting a manicure, I realise how precious it is. Every time I went in the studio, it was pure enjoyment.” We’ve been spinning the 1st single ‘Old Skool’ for a good while now and this slinky taster of the new record has got us wanting all the rest of it NOW.
Nice As F - Door
Monday 20 June, by Matthew Mills Team Laverne
It’s a Super Group Monday Just Added special this morning. The new Jenny Lewis project Nice A F shared their 1st track online over the weekend and it finds Jenny and Au Revoir’s Erika Forster’s vocals gliding beautifully over a pretty slinky bass line.
NAF (Nice As F) is made up of Jenny Lewis, Au Revoir Simone's Erika Forster, and the Like's Tennessee Thomas. They made their debut appearance back in April at a benefit for US Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, before playing a few live dates with M Ward in the Spring. ‘Door’ is the first taste of recorded material and is the first music we’ve heard from Jenny since 2014’s Voyager.
Boys Forever – Voice In My Head
Friday 17 June, by Matthew Mills Team Laverne
Our Just Added track combines the best of Glasgow, London and LA in a two minute burst of bitter-sweet pop. Patrick Doyle’s debut solo album is due out soon, and having spent a decade in a variety of bands, going it alone has left him pleasingly sparky.
Boys Forever is Patrick Doyle (late of Veronica Falls) who releases his first solo album on 5th August. The self-titled collection is due out via new label Amour Foo. Patrick grew up in the Highlands of Scotland, before moving to Glasgow as a teenager. Boys Forever is full of the melodies of his Glaswegian roots, combined with the sardonic humour he adopted having spent eight years living in England’s capital city. Add to that the LA sunshine the LP was recorded in (at Golden Beat Studios) and you’re left with a pretty sumptuous result. Head to Deptford Vinyl in London for a free gig on 29th June, or the Indietracks festival at the end of July to catch him live.
Allah-Las – Famous Phone Figure
Thursday 16 June, by Matthew Mills Team Laverne
Popping on our Just Added playlist this morning is a sun drenched Allah-Las track that oozes with California sunshine. It popped up online yesterday and sees the LA threesome honing the melodious melancholy of The Kinks, as recorded by Brian Wilson.
Los Angeles quartet Allah-Las the release ‘Famous Phone Figure’ on the 29th July ahead of their third album Calico Review, and first on Mexican Summer, on September 9th. The album was recorded in LA’s historic Valentine Recording Studio, which had lain dormant since 1979. The studio’s reopening in July 2015 allowed the band to use historic recording equipment including the same sound board on which The Beach Boys recorded Pet Sounds. Allah-Las is composed of Pedrum Siadatian (vocals/lead guitar), Miles Michaud (vocals/rhythm guitar), Matthew Correia (vocals/drum), and Spencer Dunham (vocals/bass). The band was formed in 2008 while three of the members were working at the legendary Amoeba Music record store. “We were all music fans before we were musicians,” says Correia. “We’ve spent a lot of time listening to music, and understanding what works for us and what doesn’t.”. There’s UK date at London’s Oslo on 14th July if you fancy checking them out.
Boxed In - Jist
Wednesday 15 June, by Matthew Mills Team Laverne
Onto our Just Added playlist today brand new Boxed In, which we’re delighted to have the 1st ever spin of. For fans of 80s synth-pop and 90s house there are intricate piano lines and taut rhythms aplenty, and beneath that surface, a band undoubtedly taking a mature, artistic step forward.
On top of unveiling the brand new single ‘Jist’, Boxed In also announce details of their second album. Following barely a year after the highly acclaimed self-titled debut, sophomore effort Melt is out on Nettwerk Records on September 23rd. Oli Bayston, the singer, songwriter, producer and front-man of Boxed In recruited Dan Carey to co-produce this single, with Oli cutting the new record alongside his in-demand producing skills (he’s currently recording the debut album from Nimmo, and working with Zola Blood among numerous other endeavours). “I’m fortunate to be in a position where I can be producer and singer. The two inform each other - I get to see from both sides of the lens.” Oli’s got a Glastonbury appearance to showcase his talents, with plenty more live plans in the pipeline.
Lou Rhodes – All I Need
Tuesday 14 June, by Matthew Mills Team Laverne
We’ve loved hearing Lou Rhodes guesting on 6 Music over the last few weeks when she’s been sitting in for Guy Garvey of a Sunday. She dropped us off her new single as she left 6 Music Towers and we’re putting it straight in our Just Added playlist for you to enjoy too.
This will be the lead single from Lou’s new album theyesandeye. Having released six records as one half of electronic genre-benders Lamb, this is her 4th solo LP, due for release on Nude Records on 22nd July. Lou says 'I had a gut feeling I wanted to experiment with a slightly psychedelic feel and, by chance, met up with Simon Byrt (the album’s co-producer) in a friend’s studio. It turned out that he has a strange passion for vintage spring and tape echoes and, before long, we’d decided to make a record together.” It’s a beguiling sound and Lou’s debuting the songs live at St Pancras Old Church in London on 28th July, but will be in session with us in the 6 Music Live Room on 15th July.
Boston Bun x Jodie Abacus - Banana
Monday 13 June, by Matthew Mills Team Laverne
Our Just Added playlist is taking on another world exclusive this Monday morning, with one of our favourite new artist collaborating with one of our favourite labels. Jodie Abacus has come together with Boston Bun of Ed Bangers having pulled a track together following an afternoon jam in a Paris studio. In not very surprising news, they’re an excellent fit.
We’ve been keeping a close ear on Jodie since spinning his single ‘Hot Kitchen’ a fair few times earlier this year, and he was even kind enough to visit us during our Record Store Day Show from Brighton in April. All in all, we’re always delighted to hear new material from the Lewisham born artist. He’s teamed up with Boston Bun of excellent French label Ed Bangers (of Cassius, Justice and Riton fame) for this next single 'Banana', which should keep us satiated waiting for his debut album. Said record is in the offing, with Julio Bashmore, Tobias Jesso Jnr & Thundercat named amongst its collaborators. Meanwhile keep your eyes peeled for a handful of UK festival appearances at Somerset House, Truck Fest and Secret Garden Party to name three, and a UK tour in September.
NZCA Lines - Oh...(Call Me Back)
Friday 10 June, by Cheeka Eyers Team Laverne
Our Just Added track today is an homage to the Southbank and was commissioned especially for our Guy Garvey Meltdown Festival special. NZCA Lines' Michael Lovett sampled everyday sounds from the Royal Festival Hall, before creating a lyrical tale from the perspective of a guy who’s been stood up by his date but whiles away time on the Southbank instead.
Following in the footsteps of Matthew Herbert, who created an amazing piece of music sampling the doors of the Royal Festival Hall last year, Michael Lovett took up our challenge and built a modern tale of love and loss on the the banks of the Thames. NZCA Lines play Guy Garvey's Meltdown on the 15th June, before kicking off a summer of festival appearances with Glastonbury on 24th June. Their 2nd album Infinite Summer came out earlier this year on Memphis Industries, after which they joined us for an excellent session in the Live Room.
Tim Burgess - Around
Thursday 09 June, by Matthew Mills Team Laverne
Just Added World Exclusive time, as we’ve got new material from Tim Burgess for you. It's been a busy few years for Tim; singer, writer, coffee importer, record label boss, father, and amongst all that he’s managed to record a new record, and write his 2nd book (10 out of ten for the title Tim Book Two). Straight on our playlist is the glorious ‘Around’.
This is the first taster of Tim’s new album Same Language, Different Worlds which is due out on O Genesis on 2nd September. After the 2012 release of Oh No I Love You, the publishing of his autobiography Tellin' Stories, and the release of the acclaimed Modern Nature with The Charlatans, he didn't want to rest on his laurels, "I like the idea of doing something difficult outside of what I usually do" he says. In hooking up with acclaimed composer and experimental musician Peter Gordon for this record (famed for his work with Arthur Russell) Tim’s certainly fulfilling that aim. Conceived between Gordon's home in New York and Burgess' in Norfolk, the music shines brightly with Tim's continued artistic explorations and endeavour.
Jamie Isaac – Find The Words
Wednesday 08 June, by Matthew Mills Team Laverne
Jamie Isaac shared another single from his upcoming album last night and it’s so smooth it slipped straight onto our Just Added playlist. The Croydon born producer has been making ripples for a few years now, and this track is the final taster before we can all get our ears round his debut LP.
We loved Jamie’s previous single ‘Last Drip’ and span it many times accordingly. ‘Find The Words’ is the 2nd track to appear from his much anticipated debut album Couch Baby which is coming out on Marathon Artists on 8th July. Couch Baby follows his recent Loose Grip mixtape, which comprised remixes of his debut LP from all his SE LDN collective; King Krule, Rejjie Snow, Jesse James Solomon, amongst others. His biggest headline show to date has just been announced at London’s Corsica Studios on the 10th October, with Field Day in June and an album launch party on July to deal with before then. Exciting times in SE LDN.
Jenny Hval – Female Vampire
Monday 06 June, by Matthew Mills Team Laverne
On our Just Added playlist this morning is a hunting song; a song that imagines a vampire stalking for fresh blood on the dancefloor. In the idiosyncratic hands of Jenny Hval, the result is brooding, contemporary and a tantalising taste of her latest material.
Jenny Hval is an experimental artist whose last two excellent records Apocalypse Girl (2015) and Innocence Is Kinky (2013) dealt unflinchingly with gender, religion and sexuality. Expect similar gravity on her next album Blood Bitch, which is due on 30th September via Sacred Bones Records, with ‘Female Vampire’ the leading single from it. The album is an exploration of blood in many forms, creating a “poetic diary of modern transience and transcendence”. Jenny plays End of the Road Festival in September, and also headlines Glasgow, Manchester and London in October.
Beck - Wow
Friday 03 June by Helen Team Charles
What a week for new music....Avalanches, De La Soul and now, WOW, brand new Beck. He released this track at 5pm last night so naturally we had to whip it straight on the Just Added Playlist.
Wow is apparently (according to online teasers) a taster of a new album, which is due out in the autumn. Given 'Wow' is the sort of track that has everything, groove, synth, bass and the sort of laid back vibe we love, we can't wait to hear more.
Avalanches - Frankie Sinatra
Thursday 02 Jun, Helen Team Charles
After a sixteen year wait, the Avalanches finally return with this scorching new track 'Frankie Sinatra'. As a record it's kind of hard to pin down, but you could say it sounds like a folk band got drunk and ran riot through a carnival, with Danny Brown and MF Doom in tow. In other words, it's brilliant.
Finally the follow up to Avalanches acclaimed debut 'Since I Left You' is on the way. New record 'Wildflower' will be released on July the 8th, with members Robbie Chater and Tony Di Blasi describing it as "The Beach Boys 'Smile', reimagined in the daisy age". Well if 'Frankie Sinatra' is anything to go by, we can't wait to hear more.
De La Soul - Pain
Wednesday 01 Jun, Helen Team Charles
The legendary De La Soul released a brand new track today and we had no choice, it has to go on the Just Added playlist because, well it's De La Soul. The track is called 'Pain' and it's taken from their forthcoming album 'and the Anonymous Nobody'
After over 25 years together, De La Soul wanted to make another sample based album in the vein of their 1989 debut '3 Feet High and Rising', this new record 'and the Anonymous Nobody' is the result. In the seven years it took to make, the band recorded over 300 hours of live music, even creating their own sample library. They also collaborated with David Byrne, Damon Albarn and Snoop Dogg, whose laid back rhymes can be heard on 'Pain'. Seven years might be a long wait but it was definitely worth it.