Just Added - Aug 2016
Agnes Obel - Golden Green
Wednesday 31st August. Tom Whalley, Team MAH
Danish singer/songwriter Agnes Obel is preparing to reveal her latest album. Due on October 21st, Citizen Of Glass is the follow up to 2013's Aventine. The title comes from the German concept of the glaserner burger, the human or glass citizen. It's a legal term about the level of privacy the individual has in a state, but it is also used in health to describe how much we know about a person's body or biology. If they're completely made of glass then we know everything.
"There’s an increasing sense in this world that you have to make yourself a bit of glass. To be willing to open up, use yourself as material, and not just if you’re an artist or a musician.
I worked with the title from the very beginning to push myself to do new things. I wanted to push myself conceptually from the starting point, to push the glass theme throughout the songs in different ways – in the lyrics, in the instruments – to do things in a very new way. As an album, it feels bigger to me, a lot bigger.” - Agnes Obel
Soft Hair - Lying Has To Stop
Tuesday 30th August, by Tom Whalley, Team Mary Anne Hobbs.
How exciting is it when two people you love dearly, finally get together? We've got that feeling about this new musical union between two of our favourite artists.
I know what you're all asking, who are these two artists you're going on about? Well I'll tell you, it's Connan Mockasin and LA Priest. LA Priest is Sam Eastgate who you probably first encountered thanks to his previous band, Late Of The Pier. Connan and LA Priest have teamed up for an album that will be dropping in October. This is the first track that they've shared from it. We first heard rumours of a collaboration between the two, even before the LA Priest album, Inji, was released last year. We're glad that those rumours have finally proven to be true.
Bon Iver - 33 "God"
Monday 29th August, by Tom Whalley Team Mary Anne Hobbs
Their long awaited third album 22, A Million finally gets released on September 30th, but Justin Vernon and co and giving us a steady stream of material from it. This one is a first play on 6Music and it's all wobbly background vocals and strange beauty. We can't thank you enough, guys.
This is the third track from 22, A Million that has been made available, although the band have been playing the album in full at recent festival headline shows. A brave move from a band that keep re-writing the rule book on how to debut a new album. It's anyone's guess as to when the band will preview another track from the album, or keep us waiting until September 30th. Either way we're enjoying the suspense.
Hooton Tennis Club – Katy-Anne Bellis
Friday 26th August, by Matthew Mills Team Laverne
Hooton Tennis Club are back with a new record, and if last year’s Highest Point In Cliff Town was their statement of intent, the new one could well be their coming of age LP. They’ve sent us the lead single, a reassuringly excellent slice of bittersweet story-telling.
This track is an ode to band member Ryan’s ex-flatmate, Katy-Anne, as he explains: ‘She’d lived in the house for one year and three months. It’s just a mushy song about moving house and staying in touch’. It’ll appear on their second record Big Box Of Chocolates out on Heavenly Records on October 21st. They enlisted Edwyn Collins to produce the album, decamping to his Clashnarrow Studios in Helmsdale, Scotland, and recorded the lot in three weeks. Apparently everyone grew beards, drank a lot of tea, became birdwatchers, and enjoyed an occasional whiskey along the way; the perfect environment for their relaxed, laconic approach to writing. Having previously toured the UK and Europe, played countless festivals including Glastonbury and Green Man, five shows at SXSW and nine shows at CMJ New York, the band have announced an extensive U.K. and European tour at the end of the year. It’s great to have Cheshire’s finest back.
Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation – The State (I’m In)
Thursday 25th August, by Matthew Mills Team Laverne
We got seriously into Josefin Öhrn last year, their debut Horse Dance a definite contender for our album of the year. Not ones to rest on their laurels, the Swedish psyche-outfit have another album ready to go, and they’ve given us the 1st play of the lead single for our Just Added playlist.
A mere year after their 1st LP, Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation are set to release their sophomore effort Mirage on the 14th October on Rocket Records. The five-piece are playing Liverpool Psyche Fest in September, before embarking on UK tour with country and label mates Goat. Indeed, the bands share a hypnagogic approach to music making, attempting to find inspiration in ‘the state where dreams, visions and the present are entwined’. The results are avant-garde pieces of pop that sweep effortlessly from the dark to light, often without an end in sight it seems; “’Horse Dance’ was very much about conjuring the strength needed to cut ties. ‘Mirage’ may be about having left but having no clue what's next - the power in being completely lost and thriving on it”.
Kate Tempest – Don’t Fall In
Wednesday 24th August, by Matthew Mills Team Laverne
We’ve been following recording artist, poet, playwright and novelist Kate Tempest for years now, most recently catching up with her in April to talk about her debut novel. Up next is album number two, there was a teaser trailer & track ‘Picture A Vacuum’ released last week, and we’ve got the world exclusive first play of lead single Don’t Fall In.
Following on from her Mercury nominated debut album Everybody Down (2014) Kate will release Let Them Eat Chaos on 7th October via Fiction Records. She’s brought in previous collaborator Dan Carey to look after production duties, a producer who perfectly augments Kate’s rich tapestry of story, verse and manifesto. Hailing from South East London, her influences range from Wu-Tang Clan to UK Hip Hop collective Task Force, a heritage that feeds into her spoken word as much as her music. Kate’s works include Everything Speaks in its Own Way, her first collection of poems, and the critically acclaimed plays Wasted, Glasshouse and Hopelessly Devoted. Brand New Ancients, her self-performed poem to a live score, won the Ted Hughes Prize 2013 and her second collection of poetry, Hold Your Own was published in 2014 on the back of being selected as a Next Generation Poet by the Poetry Society. And we’ve barely mentioned her debut novel, The Bricks That Built The Houses, a companion to Everybody Down, published earlier this year. She’s touring the UK in December, and if her live show at the 6 Music Festival on Tyneside was anything to go by, they’ll be pretty special shows.
Deap Vally - Gonnawanna
Tuesday 23rd August, by Matthew Mills Team Laverne
Lindsey Troy and Julie Edwards met at a crochet class in 2011 and decided they wanted to blow minds and melt faces across the world. They’ve done just that, supported QOTSA and Marilyn Manson along the way and are back with a 2nd album. We’re popping the latest single on our Just Added playlist.
‘Gonnawanna’ is the 2nd single from Deap Vally’s much anticipated new album Femejism due for release on Cooking Vinyl on 16th September. Recorded at studios in Downtown Los Angeles and The San Fernando Valley, Femejism was produced by the band themselves along with Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Nick Zinner. The record is a follow-up to their debut Sistrionix which landed to righteous acclaim in 2013. Following US tours with Peaches and Wolfmother, Deap Vally were in the UK in the summer for a clutch of early album preview shows. If you missed them they’re back for a full European headline tour in September – dates here, not to be missed.
Pink + White
Monday 22nd August, by Matthew Mills Team Laverne
It’s been a busy weekend for Frank Ocean fans. Following a year of waiting, there came Thursday’s visual album Endless, Saturday’s announcement of pop-up shops in four cities — LA, NY, Chicago and London — that were handing out free copies of Boys Don’t Cry, an art magazine created by Mr. Ocean, and then finally…Blond. ‘Pink + White’ going straight on the Just Added playlist.
So it’s here. Frank Ocean’s long-awaited 2nd album Blond (or Blonde depending on whether you’re looking at the album art or the digital album) came out at the weekend and the 17-track LP features an impressive list of contributors including Beyoncé, Kanye West, Pharrell, Andre 3000, Tyler The Creator, James Blake, Jamie xx, and Rick Rubin: it comes in at just over an hour long. It follows 2012’s Grammy winning debut Channel Orange and on first listen finds Frank in stellar form. It’s available exclusively on Apple music for a couple of weeks, before hopefully being distributed more widely. Here’s Frank for the final word: “I had the time of my life making all of this. Thank you all. Especially those of you who never let me forget I had to finish. Which is basically every one of ya’ll. Haha. Love you.”
Loyle Carner - NO CD ft Rebel Kleff
Friday 19th August, by Helen Hobday Team Laverne
‘NO CD ft Rebel Cleff’ is pure unadulterated hip-hop from one of the UK’s brightest talents, 21 year old South Londoner Loyle Carner. This versatile and intellectual track features Carner’s longtime collaborator, Rebel Cleff who throws his incredible skills as an MC into the mix. We heard it, we loved it and we popped it straight on the Just Added playlist
Since releasing his debut EP ‘A Little Late’ in 2014, Carner has held our attention for all the right reasons. His music draws its influence from the boom bap of East Coast hip-hop and fuses this with jazz, creating poetic portraits of South London life. The track is available for download now via AMF Records and this October sees Carner embark on a full UK Tour, but not before he fulfils a lifelong ambition and opens for Nas in Bristol at the end of this month.
D.D Dumbo - Walrus
Thursday 18th August, by Matthew Mills Team Laverne
The utterly unique, inventive and funky ‘Satan’ by D.D Dumbo has been one of our tracks of the year so far. Since its release we’ve been excited and apprehensive in equal measure about the quality of its successor. Good news; it’s here, beautifully textured, replete with mercurial vocals and heading straight for our Just Added playlist.
D.D Dumbo is Castlemaine multi-instrumentalist Oliver Hugh Perry. He first appeared back in 2013 with his self-recorded EP Tropical Oceans and was quickly snapped up by 4AD. Since then he’s been honing his sound and crafting his debut album, which he’s just revealed will be called Utopia Defeated and released on 7th October. It was created at the London Studios of 4AD, and recorded, produced, and mixed entirely by Oliver, with some help from engineer Fabian Prynn. Excited doesn’t cover it.
Jamie Lidell – Walk Right Back
Wednesday 17th August, by Matthew Mills Team Laverne
Jamie Lidell has always been happy to hop across genres over the course of his 15 year career. His next album is coming in the autumn, and the first track from it finds him in an earthy, soulful mood. With hints of Stevie and Marvin, the track was written for his first child: ‘something to express the energy and joy that’s now in our life’. Job done. Just Added.
‘Walk Right Back’ is the first single to be shared from the new project on Lidell's new label home and own imprint, Jajulin Records. It’ll appear on his forthcoming album Building A Beginning which is set for release on 14th October. The record is his 6th studio album, the follow up to his self-titled release in 2013. Pulling in some of the best musicians in the game (D’Angelo’s bass player, Jack White’s Drummer, Chaka Kahn’s backing singers) and enlisting Justin Stanley on production duties (previous credits include Beck, Prince, Leonard Cohen and Paul McCartney) Jamie’s wife Lindsey Rome was also deeply involved in song-writing duties; a collaboration that has resulted in his most personal work to date. He’s playing with his band The Royal Pharaohs in Brighton, London and Manchester at the end of October, and we’d urge you to get yourself down there.
Bon Iver - 22 (OVER S∞∞N)
Tuesday 16th August, by Matthew Mills Team Laverne
It’s been five years since Justin Vernon’s last release as Bon Iver. With so many side projects and collaborations it doesn’t feel like he’s been away, but over the weekend he performed a new record in full at his Eaux Claires Music Festival in Wisconsin, and released two tracks from it.
Due out on 30th September on Jagjaguwar, 22, A Million is Bon Iver’s third album, described by the band as “part love letter; part final resting place of two decades of searching for self-understanding like a religion - and the inner-resolution of maybe never finding that understanding”. The bulk of the album was recorded and produced at April Base Studios in Fall Creek, Wisconsin with pieces also recorded in London, and just outside Lisbon, by Vernon and a pack of trusted friends and collaborators both new and old. Currently there are only tour plans for the US and Berlin, but we keep our fingers crossed for more announcements. And yes, you may have spotted the internet going on about the Apex Twin-esque tracklisting: we’re none the wiser but can’t wait to hear the whole cryptic lot.
22, A Million - Tracklist
22 (OVER S∞∞N)
10 d E A T h b R E a s T ⚄ ⚄
715 - CR∑∑KS
29 #Strafford APTS
21 M◊◊N WATER
Boxed In - Forget
Monday 15th August, by Matthew Mills Team Laverne
We Just Added Boxed In’s last single in June because it was a big return, and a massive tune. We’re Just Adding their next because it’s equally excellent. It takes darker turns then the first, managing to be both simple and richly detailed at once. A band in absolute creative control.
Having premiered their previous single ‘Jist’, we’re delighted to feature the next track from Boxed In’s forthcoming album. Their second LP Melt comes out on 23rd September on Nettwerk Records, with co-production duties taken up by super-producer Dan Carey. ‘Forget’ finds singer and songwriter Oli Bayston delving beneath the pristine, electronic surfaces detailing what he describes as a “conversation with my inner psyche. It’s my conscience allowing me to forget a period in my life I’d rather leave behind”. The band celebrate the release of Melt on 29th September at London’s Kamio, a date well worth a place in your diary.
The White Stripes - City Lights
Friday 12th August, by Matthew Mills Team Laverne
Jack White is set to release an acoustic collection next month, and we’re putting the first single from it on our Just Added playlist. Why? Because it’s Jack White, it’s the first new White Stripes release in eight years and it’s a beautiful piece of music.
Jack White Acoustic Recordings 1998-2016 brings together 26 acoustic songs from throughout White’s wide-ranging musical career, spanning album tracks, B-sides, remixes, alternate versions, and previously unreleased tracks. It’ll be released on Third Man / XL Recordings on 9th September. 'City Lights' was written for The White Stripes’ Get Behind Me Satan but then forgotten until White revisited the 2005 album for Third Man’s Record Store Day 2015 vinyl reissue and finished the recording in 2016. The rest of the record moves chronologically through The White Stripes back catalogue, picking up tracks written for The Raconteurs, his solo projects and other odds and ends.
The Wytches – C-Side
Thursday 11th August, by Matthew Mills Team Laverne
The Wytches are back and as blistering as ever. The Brighton based trio are going, in their own words, all out Baroque’n’Roll. Sold. Straight on the Just Added playlist.
‘C-Side’ is the first single from The Wytches second album All Your Happy Life which is due for release on Heavenly on 30th September. Having traversed the planet following their 2014 debut Annabel Dream Reader, Kristian Bell, Daniel Rumsey and Gianni Honey have drawn inspiration from unexpected places for the new record. Reading Tolstoy’s on the tour bus, listening to Elliot Smith, plus loads of underground metal band – but mainly observing small town English life with new eyes. ‘C-Side’ was recorded by Jim Sclavunos (Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds / Grinderman) in Chapel Studios in Lincolnshire and is released on the same day as the album. They’ll be building up to it with a few festival dates, and following with a pretty extensive UK tour, no doubt plucking out more inspiration on the way. Keep up with it all on their swanky, hi-res website.
Lambchop – The Hustle
Wednesday 10th August, by Matthew Mills Team Laverne
Lambchop are back for our midweek Just Added, and band leader Kurt Wagner announced he’s paying homage to Kendrick, Kanye and Frank on his new record. Expect both the unexpected, and that distinctive sound that could be no other.
Kurt Wagner and his Nashville collective are back with new material, their first since 2012’s Mr M. We’re showcasing an excerpt from ‘The Hustle’ on our Just Added playlist, as the complete piece clocks in at over 18 beautiful, seamlessly-shifting minutes. The single closes Lambchop’s new record, For Love Often Turns Us Still (officially titled FLOTUS) which will come out on 4th November via City Slang – with ‘The Hustle’ given a physical release on 16th September. Kurt was inspired by, but not tethered to, modern R&B and Hip Hop when writing he says, “technology bending to the will of the creator became playful, complex, and exciting to hear on repeat with a structure still open to interpretation”. He’s over in London at Rough Trade East for an in-store performance and Q&A on 8th November, with further tour dates coming soon.
UNKLE - Cowboys Or Indians
Tuesday 9th August, by Matthew Mills Team Laverne
It’s off-kilter hip-hop and sinister synths for Tuesday’s Just Added with the extremely welcome return of UNKLE. James Lavelle has taken time out from curating Stanley Kubrick exhibitions to release this single, and the best news? There’s a whole album to come.
UNKLE are returning with a new LP, their first since 2010’s Where Did The Night Fall, with ‘Cowboys Or Indians’ the first cut from it. Recorded in Berlin, Somerset and London, James Lavelle has brought in a host of collaborators for UNKLE’s return; Elliott Power and Mïnk are part of the new wave of talent released through his Mo'wax label, whilst he worked with YSÉE in 2015 on the soundtrack to a fashion show. James explains the genesis: “Right back since the beginning I’ve always wanted to make a record that comes from a soul background. For some reason it never happened, so I’ve gone right back to the beginning, like Massive Attack’s ‘Blue Lines’ or Smith & Mighty, I wanted to give sound system records a modern twist. It’s a nod to my childhood.” Other album details are TBC, but this track will do just fine for now.
Las Kellies – I Don’t Care
Monday 8th August, by Matthew Mills Team Laverne
We can’t get enough of Las Kellies new stuff. We Just Added their return single last month, and we doing the same with their second. As raucous and fuzzed-up as the last 'I Don't Care' is a further statement of intent from the Argentinian trio.
This is the second taste of Las Kellies next album Friends & Lovers due for release on 14th October on Fire Records. ‘Summer Breeze’ was the first thing we heard from the record, and marked out a less dub-infused direction for the Buenos Aires outfit. Produced by oft-collaborator Diaz Mathé (Lee “Scratch” Perry & Mad Professor) the band effortlessly channel garage and psyche influences with an infectious post-punk twist. Original members Silvina Kelly and Cecilia Kelly are joined by bassist Manuela Ducatenzeiler for the latest LP, and also for their European tour, which sees them play a handful of UK dates in November.
Goat – Try My Robe
Friday 5th August, by Matthew Mills Team Laverne
For our final Just Added track this week, we turn to Swedish psyche-rockers Goat, whose upcoming LP they say will ‘focus on their subdued bucolic ritualism’. Grab your Nordic mask, and let’s get down.
We got our first whiff of Goat’s new album with single ‘I Sing In Silence’ earlier this year, and here’s the second, intoxicating track from the next record. Requiem, their third LP will come out on 7th October on Rocket Recordings, and they’ll follow it with a five date tour of the UK. If you haven’t seen them live, then you have to. That’s an order. You’re not likely to have a more uplifting, shamanic and wonderfully weird boogie all year.
C Duncan – Wanted To Want It To
Wednesday 3rd August, by Matthew Mills Team Laverne
In the week of the Mercury Prize nominations (join us on Thursday from 10am…) it’s fitting that one of last year’s nominees is back with new material. C Duncan has turned to 60s Sci-Fi for inspiration for his follow up to Architect and we’ve got exclusive 1st play of his new single.
2015 was a pretty successful year for Glasgow’s prodigious C Duncan. His debut album Architect came out in July and was nominated for the Mercury Prize, followed by a headline tour and a stunning sell-out performance at London’s Union Chapel. Since then he’s returned to his bedroom studio to hone a new record inspired by US sci-fi thriller The Twilight Zone, “I have always had a bit of an obsession with the strange stories, the often brooding atmosphere, and the stylised aesthetic.” He explains. The resultant LP will be called The Midnight Sun and released via FatCat Records on 7th October. The inspiration has led to a more experimental, expansive sound which is an excellent fit for his layered vocals. He’s on the road from now through to October, and beyond, we’ll be jumping on board, you should too.
Warpaint – New Song
Tuesday 2nd August, by Matthew Mills Team Laverne
It’s been two whole years since Warpaint’s last record, and despite solo projects aplenty, we’ve been itching for new material. It arrived online last night, it’s pretty bouncy and it’s straight on the Just Added playlist.
‘New Song’ will appear on Warpaint’s third album Heads Up due out on Rough Trade on 23rd September. During 2015 the band spent time apart working on their own projects (jennylee on her album solo album, Stella Mozgawa with Kurt Vile & Jagwar Ma, Emily Kokal with Saul Williams) but came back together in January this year to begin recording. They split sessions between House on The Hill studio in LA, their home studios and Papap’s Palace – recording in pairs and alone for the first time, as well as as a full band. Drummer Stella explains "The doors were a little more open in terms of what was accepted and what wasn't, because we were sharing ideas so rapidly between us. The roles that each of us individually had-or had established-were a little more malleable." They’ve got Green Man Festival in a couple of weeks, then are back for a headline UK tour in October. We can’t wait to dive into the whole album, a record the they are evidently proud of. Jenny Lee: “it's an evolution of our band. It sounds like a mature version of Warpaint".
Maximum Balloon - High
Monday 1st August, by Matthew Mills Team Laverne
We’re kicking off this week’s Just Added odyssey with new music from TV on the Radio’s Dave Sitek. He teased some Maximum Balloon material on Twitter on Friday, then sent us the single direct, which was nice.
You know it’s a good start to the week when an email pings into our inbox, its subject is ‘sending you new Maximum Balloon track’ and the sender is Dave Sitek. ‘High’ features LA vocalist Kittie Harloe and Swedish born-LA based singer-songwriter Ledinsky and is the first bit of new music from Dave’s solo project since last years ‘Let It Grow (feat. Karen O & Tunde Adebimpe no less). That single came with the promise of a new album, a much anticipated follow up to his eponymous Maximum Balloon debut in 2010, so hopefully this signals its arrival. No news as yet, but we await with baited breath.