Just Added - Feb 2017
Sylvan Esso – Die Young
Tuesday 28th February, by Juliette Ivie Team Laverne
This track drops today courtesy of North Carolina duo Sylvan Esso, along with the announcement of their hotly anticipated second LP What Now.
‘Die Young’ follows ‘Radio’ and ‘Kick Jump Twist’, championed across the network and featured on the 6 Music playlist. Both are taken from the band’s follow up to their eponymous 2014 self-titled debut, due out on 28th April via Loma Vista Recordings. Amelia Meath & Nick Sanborn say their record reflects the recent “chaos” in the United States and is “both political and personal…describing the inevitable low that comes after every high”. Filmed in the California desert, the video for this new track is a high-octane adventure of theft, thrill and release. Leading into the album release, the band will make an appearance at this year’s SXSW in Austin, and in May, they’ll kick off of a headlining tour with dates in Europe. But you’ll have to move quickly – tickets for the duo’s upcoming date at London's Village Underground went in a matter of hours and every show they’ve played since forming in 2013 has sold out.
Girl Ray – Stupid Things
Monday 27th February, by Team Lauren Laverne
This North London three piece have been very busy, not only have they just completed their A-Levels but they’ve also put the finishing touches to their debut album, more details are being announced soon but for now we have this very awesome 70s-inspired minimal groover.
Poppy from the band says “It’s about crushing really hard on someone, and finding myself doing ridiculous things to feel like we've got some kind of connection. Watching films that they mentioned fleetingly or ordering their favourite drink at a bar. Very stupid but happens every single time, ha ha.”
The trio are currently on tour and winning over crowds around the UK with their Moshi Moshi labelmates Teleman and next month they will grace Glasgow for the BBC 6 Music Festival.
Flamingods – ‘Kewali’
Friday 24th February, by Matthew Mills Team Laverne
We had loads of fun with Flamingods when they were in session with us back in September. Newly signed to Moshi Moshi Records, the London via Bahrain psychonauts are back with a new EP and a track about “love and the spaces between us, both physically and emotionally”.
Following the breakout success of their album Majesty last year, Flamingods enjoyed a storming set of festival appearances, and have kicked off 2017 by signing to Moshi Moshi (home of Teleman, Alexis Taylor, Slow Club and Anna Meredith amongst many others). They’ve already got a good sweep of Spring/ Summer dates nailed on, and with the Kewali EP arriving on the 26th May, they’re in satisfyingly productive, euphoric form.
At The Drive In – Incurably Innocent
Thursday 23rd February, by Matthew Mills Team Laverne
Here’s the second single from At The Drive In’s upcoming album, following on from ‘Governed By Contagions’ which the band released at the end of last year. Spacey guitars? Tick. Thrashy riffing? Tick. Bixler wail? Tick. All present and correct then.
Along with this single comes news of At The Drive In’s new album. in • ter a • li • a (Latin for “among other things”) will be released on May 5th on Rise Records and is their first LP in 17 years. Produced by Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and Rich Costey at Hollywood’s Sound Factory, the 11-song in • ter a • li • a picks up where 2000’s Relationship of Command left off and includes such tantalising track titles as ‘Holtzclaw’, ‘Hostage Stamps’ and ‘Pendulum In A Peasant Dress’. Following a host of US dates the band are visiting the UK in August to play Reading and Leeds Festivals. If you didn’t see them first time around, or missed out on interim Mars Volta live shows, then go. If you did, then you’ll be going already.
Ride – Charm Assault
Tuesday 22nd February, by Matthew Mills Team Laverne
It’s an absolute no brainer for Just Added today. Ride released their first new material in twenty years and it’s a reassuringly driving, urgent return.
Yesterday Ride released ‘Charm Assault’ ahead of a new album due later this year on Wichita Recordings. Produced by the Erol Alkan. 'Nowhere' and 'Going Blank Again' were big records for me and my friends when we were growing up.” Erol explains, “Andy's very well versed in electronic music, so we had a common bond in that as well as alternative music. The new music contains all the great elements you want from Ride - Great songs, loud guitars, beautiful harmonies, powerful rhythms.” Andy Bell, Mark Gardener, Laurence Colbert, and Steve Queralt reformed and returned to the live scene in 2014, selling out headline tours around the world. “When we started writing together again we tried to imagine we'd kept on making music all this time, and this was just the latest one.” Andy explained. They’ve got a few dates over the summer, including opening night of the 6 Music Festival in Glasgow on 24th March.
Speech Debelle - Strange Ways
Monday 20th February, by team Lauren Laverne
The Mercury Prize-winning South London lyricist is back with an enchanting new track called ‘Strange Ways’.
Speech Debelle shot to fame in 2009 when her debut album Speech Therapy won the Mercury Prize, beating Laura Marling, Bat For Lashes and The Horrors.
She released her beautiful Kwes-produced second album ‘Freedom of Speech’ back in 2012 and after some time away this new track appeared online on Friday. It's taken from the rapper’s forthcoming third album Tantil Before I Breathe, which she is independently releasing on 17th March.
Outside of music, she is an outspoken activist, she has curated an exhibition of artwork by prisoners for the Southbank Centre and she made the semi-finals of Celebrity Masterchef in 2013.
Animal Collective – Kinda Bonkers
Friday 17th February, by Matthew Mills Team Laverne
It’s almost a year to the day since Animal Collective released their 10th album Painting With and they’re celebrating by gifting us The Painters EP which opens with a track that does exactly what it says on the tin.
The Painters EP contains three new tracks recorded during the Painting With sessions, and also includes a studio recording of ‘Jimmy Mack’ (made famous by Martha & The Vandellas), a cover they’ve previously performed on their recent tours. Animal Collective are on the road in the states in May, and we’re crossing our fingers that they’ll spend a bit of time over here this summer. For now you can stream the new EP in its entirety and host a trippy Animal Collective karaoke party with this 'Kinda Bonkers' lyric video.
Thundercat – ‘Friend Zone’
Thursday 16th February, by Matthew Mills Team Laverne
Stephen Bruner AKA Thundercat returned to our ears in glorious fashion with the slinky ‘Show You The Way’ a couple of weeks ago. Well here’s another from his upcoming album, which is equally slick.
‘Friend Zone’ is the latest track from Thundercat’s third full-length studio album Drunk, due out 24th February on Brainfeeder. Released a couple of days ago on Valentine’s Day, the track laments the dreaded friend zone and was produced by Mono/Poly. Thundercat says of the new album “The way I make music is by observing, reporting how I feel, and mixing an element of therapy. A lot of times, what I say on songs is pretty literal. I don’t dance around it by reading Greek mythology.” It’s for that directness and in-your-face funk that we turn to Thundercat, and have yet to be disappointed.
Little Dragon – ‘High’
Wednesday 15th February, by Matthew Mills Team Laverne
Yesterday saw the return of Little Dragon after far too long away (nearly three years). The Gothenburg collective served up this slinky number yesterday and it sliding straight on to the Just Added playlist.
‘High’ is the first new music since Little Dragon’s highly acclaimed 4th album Nabuma Rubberband which came out in 2014 and earned the Swedish four piece a Grammy nomination. It’d been a steady rise to prominence up to that point, with tracks from Ritual Union, Machine Dreams and their self-titled debut gaining heavy rotation here at 6 Music and establishing the band as regulars on festival stages and film soundtracks. There’s no word of more material to come, but good news for all our US friends as they have announced a stateside tour from April through to July with Glass Animals and Goldlink in support. We’ll keep you posted on all UK news.
Yorkston/Thorne/Khan – ‘False True Piya’
Tuesday 14th February, by Juliette Ivie Team Laverne
Today’s Just Added track is courtesy of James Yorkston, Jon Thorne (of Lamb fame) and Suhail Yusuf Khan. Their collaboration brings together a melting pot of influences from across Britain and India ahead of their second album in just two years of working together.
The Yorkston/Thorne/Khan trio have so far only shared this track from their forthcoming full-length Neuk Wight Delhi All-Stars due for release on 7th April via Domino. It’s hot off the back of their critically acclaimed debut Everything Sacred released just last year. ‘False True Piya’ fuses Yorkston’s Scottish folk sound with Thorne’s jazz-tinged bass and Khan’s north Indian sarangi playing, alongside kosmische and dub reggae influences. That breadth, says Thorne, is critical: “It’s a fine example of how music operates without boundaries as a common international language and a source of cross-cultural unity. It’s an important message in the times that we live in”. Khan explains how “piya” means “beloved” in the Hindi language: “this song talks about a lover who is longing.... the lover starts hallucinating that the beloved has arrived and there is a strange feeling of dark happiness”. Yorkston/Thorne/Khan are touring their new album throughout March and April.
The Jesus And Mary Chain – ‘Always Sad’
Monday 13th February, by Matthew Mills Team Laverne
The Jesus and Mary Chain continue to march towards the release of their first album in 18 years with this bittersweet duet featuring the vocals of Jim Reid and guest singer Bernadette Denning.
‘Always Sad’ follows the release of ‘Amputation’ at the end of last year, with set to appear on their highly anticipated LP Damage And Joy due for release on 24th March via ADA and Warner Music. Lead singer Jim Reid explained the origins of the new record, “we started to – can you believe? – listen to each other a bit more. In the last couple of years, we’ve buried the hatchet to some degree, and thankfully not into each other,” which is music to the ears of anyone who’s followed the East Kilbride five-piece over the course of the last thirty odd years. Given their tumultuous history, Jim is clearly appreciative of the dividends this harmony has born, “to make a good record is an achievement if you're twenty-two, but to do it in your fifties, the way we are, I think is a minor miracle." They’re backing up the album release with an extensive tour of the UK if you want to check out their legendary live show.
Hercules & Love Affair – Controller (feat Faris Badwan)
Friday 10th February, by Matthew Mills Team Laverne
Hercules & Love Affair are back and fully embracing the disco-house heritage they’ve become synonymous with. This time there’s a Horror in tow to keep things stark and experimental and it’s fittingly pulsating end to another top-draw Just Added week.
It’s been two years since Andy Butler released the last Hercules & Love Affiar LP The Feast Of The Broken Heart, busying himself with remixes for the likes of Roisin Murphy and Sylvan Esso since then. This track is the first cut from his as-yet-untitled fourth album which is due out soon on an as-yet-unconfirmed date. “The new album is a lot about spirituality," Andy Butler explains "Faris was happy to engage with that, it unfolded out of an unconscious process.” And as for Faris? He’s been in the studio too “We’re recording our new record at the moment. It’s a traditionally long process with The Horrors. It’s going well now.” Plenty to look forward to in one Just Added post we reckon.
The Black Angels - Currency
Thursday 9th February, by Matthew Mills Team Laverne
We’re dipping into the sludgy-Texan-psyche scene for today’s Just Added track. It’s been a good while since we’ve heard from The Black Angels, but they’re back, meditating on the monetary system, and as heavy as they’ve ever been.
The Black Angels have just announced details of their upcoming album Death Song, due out April 21st. It’s the Austin based five-piece’s first full-length release in four years, and their debut for Partisan Records. Recorded between Seattle and Austin, Death Song features production from Phil Ek (Father John Misty, Fleet Foxes, The Shins) and is a reflection of protest and emotional catharsis say the band, “in a climate of division, anxiety and unease’. Since forming in 2004, The Black Angels have been the standard bearers for US psyche, and have toured with QOTSA, The Black Keys and Brian Jonestown Massacre. They’re about to hit the road in America, but as yet there isn’t any word of a UK tour.
Marika Hackman - Boyfriend
Wednesday 8th February, by Matthew Mills Team Laverne
Christmas EP’s aside, it’s been two years since Marika Hackman’s last new material. Well she’s rejuvenated and back with a brand new single, a ramped up sound and we couldn’t be more chuffed to put it on the Just Added playlist.
Marika Hackman - Boyfriend
‘Boyfriend’ will be available to stream tomorrow, and given a physical release on 31st March via the burgeoning label AMF Records (who’ve released Loyle Carner amongst others). The single has been produced by Charlie Andrew (Alt-J) and to channel some serious energy, Marika has recruited her best mates, London female quartet The Big Moon, to play as the backing band. "Boyfriend is payback for all those times I’ve been interrupted mid-snog by some seedy idiot asking to join in," says Marika of the song. We’ll be first to tell you any news we get regarding albums and live dates.
The Moonlandingz – The Strangle Of Anna (feat. Rebecca Taylor)
Tuesday 7th February, by Matthew Mills Team Laverne
The Moonlandingz are back with a warm and tender pop duet featuring everyone's hero of the hour 'Johnny Rocket' (AKA Fat White Family's Lias Saoudi) and the UK's finest female song siren, Rebecca Taylor of Slow Club. It’s a woozy ballad that’s heading straight for the Just Added playlist.
This single is taken from the band’s forthcoming debut album Interplanetary Class Classics due out on March 24th on Transgressive records. Written and recorded by the band’s Dean Honer, Adrian Flanagan and Lias Saoudi at studios in Sheffield & New York, the song also features Mr Sean Lennon on drums & bass. He also co-produced the record with the Eccentronic Research Council. Adrian explained the genesis of the track “We wrote the song from the viewpoint of the girlfriend of some clichéd, self-absorbed, pound-shop indie Lou Reed wannabe, who plays in some Velvets / Mary chain-esque shoddy local band. You know the type, sociopathic skinny boys in leather jackets and winkle pickers.” The Moonlandingz will be playing an eleven date headline UK Tour, before heading into Europe & the US, starting in Newcastle on March 22nd and ending with their biggest headline show to date at Village Underground in London on April 4th.
Amber Arcades – It Changes
Monday 6th February, by Matthew Mills Team Laverne
Amber Arcades’ debut album was one of our favourites of last year; a pulsing, hypnotic journey through a half-dreaming state. Well we’re delighted that they’re awake nice and early in 2017 and we’ve got the exclusive first play of new material.
A live favourite since it premiered it at their recent UK shows ‘It Changes’ follows Amber Arcades debut album Fading Lines released on Heavenly in March last year. Annelotte De Graaf, the creative force behind the band, says of the track “Everything changes, all the time. You think that when starting something new you can kinda tell which way it will go, but you never do. I always try to aim for constancy and stability but things always get messier than I foresaw. And hey maybe that's actually what makes it worthwhile.” Amber Arcades will return to the UK as a special guest of Grandaddy this March and April, as well as appearances at FestEVOL in Liverpool and Sounds From The Other City in Manchester this April. Check their website for all the dates – they should be swinging pretty close to you wherever you are.
Depeche Mode – Where’s The Revolution
Friday 3rd February, by Matthew Mills Team Laverne
It was twenty years ago today,
Depeche Mode brought out ‘Barrel of a Gun’.
It doesn’t work quite as well as the Beatles couplet, but it is true, and to mark the anniversary they confirmed details of their next record, and released this call-to-arms track too.
This song is the first glimpse of Depeche Mode’s 14th album Spirit which is due for release on March 17th via Columbia. The track is the first new material since 2013’s Delta Machine and finds songwriter Martin Gore tackling weighty topics, as singer Dave Gahan explained to Rolling Stone “I wouldn't call this a political album, because I don't listen to music in a political way. But it's definitely about humanity, and our place in that. If we want things to change, a revolution, we need to talk about it and about caring about what goes on in the world.” James Ford of Simian Mobile Disco worked with the band on production duties on the album, as he revealed when they were in session with us last week. The band are heading out on a global Spirit tour that kicks off in Stockholm on 5th May – calling in to the UK for one date in London on 3rd June.
Orbital - Kinetic
Thursday 2nd February, by Matthew Mills Team Laverne
Just Added sees the return of the visionary Hartnoll brothers after a five year hiatus. Orbital kick off a new era in their acclaimed 25 year career with three outdoor spectaculars confirmed so far for summer 2017, and this re-working of a classic Golden Girls track.
Orbital’s 2017 reunion means more than the reforming of a musical partnership. It’s the end of a little-known, unhappy stand-off between two brothers, if not exactly the Liam and Noel of rave, Paul and Phil found themselves in an age-old quandary: can’t work together, can’t stand working apart. “I didn’t speak to Phil for five years after we split in 2012,” Paul explains, who’s spent the interim working with Vince Clarke, and contributing to soundtracks including American Ultra and Peaky Blinders. Older brother Phil adds “for me it was always never say never again. But sometimes you need that break, so we left each other alone for a couple of years. And now it's all come round again.” Good news all round, and they’ve already confirmed headline sets at Dublin’s Forbidden Fruit, Standon Calling and a suitably cosmic date at the Blue Dot Festival at Jodrell Bank radio telescope. There’s also the promise of new releases later in the year, which we’ll bring you as soon as they fall into our waiting arms. Here’s to reconciliation.
Father John Misty – Ballad of the Dying Man
Wednesday 1st February, by Matthew Mills Team Laverne
Having announced his new album Pure Comedy via the album’s title track last week (we Just Added it naturally) Father John Misty now unveils the LP’s first single proper, ‘Ballad of the Dying Man’.
Pure Comedy will be released on Bella Union on 7th April, put it in the diary. There’s plenty of album info in the blog post from last week (click the January link and a take a short scroll down past Missy, Bill and Thundercat…). The album features string, horn and choral arrangements from classical iconoclast Gavin Bryars (Jesus Blood Never Failed Me Yet, Sinking Of The Titanic), with additional contributions from Nico Muhly and Thomas Bartlett. We can’t wait to get stuck into the whole thing. Make sure you’re locked into us on Friday for a live session and interview.