Leon of Athens – Aeroplane

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Leon Of Athens has released his new song ‘Aeroplane’, the first single proper to be taken from his forthcoming album produced by David Kosten (Bat For Lashes, Everything Everything) due out later this year.

Alongside the new single, the highly acclaimed Greek indie-pop experimentalist has announced a seven-date UK headline tour. It kicks off at The Lexington, London on March 17th and finishes on April 1st at Newcastle’s Jumpin’ Jacks, calling at major cities in-between.

‘Aeroplane’ leads with solemn guitars and a sole kick drum, unveiling images reminiscent of an indie road movie. While the verses create conflicting emotions around love in the digital age, the song breaks into an uplifting, chiming chorus, becoming a hopeful ode to modern day love and its unpredictable highs and lows.

The new single follows the recent reveal of ‘Xenos’, also taken from the new album. ‘Xenos’ is a powerful politically themed song, with dark creeping electronics and stark guitars.

Leon has been inspired by life within a country that has been facing many challenges during recent years. His music has become a huge draw in his home country where he has played to audiences of thousands, and has become highly championed overseas gaining praise from the likes of The Guardian, NME, Q, New York Times and more.

Leon Of Athens’ captivating and beautiful new music will become an even more moving force live this month. Full UK tour dates are below:

LEON OF ATHENS UK LIVE DATES
17/03 – London, The Lexington
27/03 – Brighton, Latest Bar
28/03 – Sheffield, Rocking Chair
29/03 – Bristol, Thunderbolt
30/03 – Manchester, The Castle
31/03 – Liverpool, Zanzibar
01/04 – Newcastle, Jumpin Jacks

KU – Ganja LP

Dimitris Papadatos is a multi-instrumentalist and producer who just released his sophomore album “Ganja” as KU. His songwriting practice is mainly based on improvisational techniques and oblique strategies and the lyrics are based on his – yet unpublished, poetry.

Since KU’s 2013 debut “Feathers”, many things have changed. Proxima-b was discovered, the socio-economical state in Greece started falling apart, a snowstorm brought a hurricane, the seas became tombs, watching a concert became life threatening and his other projects Jay Glass Dubs and The Hydra started taking off, gaining international acclaim. Inside this turmoil and with an aftermath of changes in his personal life taking the lead, he decided it was time for all the material laying dormant in his demos to take shape into a second album.

Spiraling from the throbbing force of “A Happening” to the shuttered melancholy of “Cypriol”, “Ganja” is an album of departures and arrivals, a faint signature of a life past and the decision for a new one. The album’s lyrics are the main objective. Holding strong position on matters such as power, love, ambition and depression, it underlines the addiction that may come to all of the above separately and simultaneously. The words are to make “Ganja” a severe read-through of the artist’s psyche transformed in its duration in front of the listener’s own ears.

Like the plant that gave the album its name, the music in “Ganja” is a beneficial parasite, a strong symbiotic and a deja-vu of emotions, smells, melodies and orchestrations, indefinable yet so specific. The instrumentation is deliberately as elemental as possible, emphasizing on the essence of sound. Space guitars, Battiato-ian moogs, persuasive percussion and hummed protoelectronics juxtaposed with acoustic fragility, choral grandiose and white reggae moods reveal a process that is never militant towards one direction.
Recorded live in its larger amount, with the talent, musicianship and knowledge of his long time collaborators Baby Guru in their Marginalia Studio and produced by the band’s Prins Obi and King Elephant as well as KU himself, in Mondays between May and June 2015, “Ganja” is a personal story sung and played between friends who fight, love, decide and forget each other but never unknow what brings them together. That sacramental moment when everything is in sync and the words and sounds float freely and fill up the room like smoke from a dried out herb.

Music and lyrics by KU. Additional music by Baby Guru. Produced by King Elephant, Prins Obi and KU.

Tracklist:
01 A Happening
02 Hyacinth
03 Turque
04 Dry Dates
05 Spring Elevator
06 Olympic Complex
07 Oolong “SoundCloud Radio edit”
08 Cypriol

David Douglas – Last Day On Earth

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“Spectators of the Universe” is the new album from Dutch producer/artist/video director David Douglas released via Atomnation Records. Following on from 2014’s “Moon Observations”, Douglas continues to perfect his interstellar sound, taking the listener on a polyrhythmic, technicolour journey through melodic, sun kissed disco and electronic music.

Inspired by the astrological writings of his 18th Century namesake (an explorer and Naturalist) he creates waves of celestial melodies, intertwining them perfectly with crisp, driving beats, swerving through the cosmos, leaving a shower of arpeggiated synths and hypnotic vocals in his wake.

From the sun-kissed disco of album opener ‘Lucine,’ to the groove-laden beats of “Highway of Love,” the album constantly shifts forms. Playing with psychedelic and experimental elements and weaving organic textures alongside more robotic landscapes, highlights include swirling supernova “Pay No Mind” and here, the ominous yet uplifting doomsday anthem, “Last Day On Earth”

Having previously worked as a renowned video director, Douglas switched his attention to music in 2012, and has since gained a reputation as one of the most expressive and all- encompassing electronica producers around. Both his 2012 “Royal Horticultural Society” EP and his debut album “Moon Observations” were warmly received, gathering support from the likes of Pitchfork, i-D Mag, Electronic Beats, THUMP and XLR8R. 2017 sees him continuing to push the boundaries of his music, and captivate crowds around the globe with his incredible live show (including performances at PITCH Festival, Best Kept Secret and Into The Woods) in which he utilises a wealth of analogue equipment, including his prized Roland Space Echo, which played a vital part in the creation of his signature sound.

Ejeca – Dizorn EP

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Ejeca aka Garry McCartney is one of Belfast’s best musical exports in recent years from the growing scene in Northern Ireland. His down-to-earth attitude has allowed him to gain recognition from his musical peers and with constant solid releases it’s always been music first, hype later.

His ‘Dizorn’ EP marks another triumphant return to Sasha’s Last Night On Earth imprint. The thoughtful three-tracker, including a remix from Budakid, drops today, Friday 17th March on LNOE.

Live: The XX feat. Florence Welch – You’ve Got The Love

Last night The xx performed the final show of their Night & Day residency at London’s iconic Brixton Academy, and Florence Welch joined them onstage for a special performance of Jamie XX’s 2009 remix of ‘You’ve Got the Love’

You can check out some great fan footage here:

Feist – Pleasure

Feist will release a new album, entitled Pleasure, on April 28th via Interscope Records. The album is available for pre-order today from all participating digital retailers. Those who pre-order will receive an instant download of the album’s title track. Listen to “Pleasure” HERE:

Feist’s first album in six years reflects on secrets and shame, loneliness and tenderness, care and fatigue and is at its core a study on self-awareness . As the fourth full-length from the Canadian singer/songwriter born Leslie Feist, Pleasure builds off the warm naturalism of the Polaris Prize-winning Metals and emerges as her most formally defiant and expansive work so far. And while each album is a departure from the next, Pleasure finds the four-time Grammy Award nominee again showing the extraordinary depth of her artistry.

Recorded over the course of three months—in Stinson Beach, Upstate New York, and Paris — Pleasure was co-produced by Feist with longtime collaborators Renaud Letang and Mocky. In addition to reaffirming Feist as a cagily inventive guitar player, the album threads her shape-shifting and often haunting vocals into sparse and raw arrangements.

In 2004 Feist made her U.S. debut with Let It Die (featuring “Mushaboom”) which won the Juno Award for Best Alternative Rock Album, and garnered major critical acclaim. Her 2007 follow-up The Reminder debuted in the Top 20 in the U.S. and was hailed by The Village Voice as a “great batch of simple, precisely arranged love songs — expertly produced, delectably sung.” The single “1234” boosted the album’s sales to more than a million units internationally. Also including lead single “My Moon My Man,” The Reminder won Feist the 2007 Shortlist Music Prize (making her only the second woman to ever win the award).

After a several-year hiatus — during which she co-created Look At What The Light Did Now, a documentary about the making of The Reminder and her subsequent tour — Feist returned with Metals in 2011. Metals was her highest charting album, debuting at #9 on Billboard. It was named Album of the Year by the New York Times and won the Polaris Prize and four more Juno Awards. To date, Feist’s music has sold over three million units worldwide and amassed more than 500 million streams.

Tracklisting
1. Pleasure
2. I Wish I Didn’t Miss You
3. Get Not High,Get Not Low
4. Lost Dreams
5. Any Party
6. A Man Is Not His Song
7. The Wind
8. Century
9. Baby Be Simple
10. I’m Not Running Away
11. Young Up

Mura Masa – 1 Night feat. Charli XCX

HOWLING – Phases

Howling return with “Phases” (supported via RA), the first new music from their forthcoming full-length. Released digitally on 8th March 2017 on Counter Records alongside a club version of the original, the single will be followed by remixes from Alex.Do (Dystopian) and Toto Chiavetta (Innervisions) which will see a vinyl and digital release via Innervisions.

“We began this track with a few synths and some obscure vinyl samples when we had some time together in California in an old wood and stone house looking down over the sea… everything was recorded there with all the beautiful scratch and hiss of a lounge room with windows open to the world… we shaped it further playing it live, learnt how it needed to flow and gently coerced it when we could in Berlin and Ibiza and anywhere we found ourselves in between… it found its way to its many forms and carries all those places and moments with it now..”

Consisting of Frank Wiedemann of  Âme and singer RY X of The Acid, Howling released their debut album “Sacred Ground” in 2014 to widespread acclaim. Described as “Flawlessly stunning production… A tranquil masterclass in downtempo electronics” by Mixmag, the record solidified their previous breakout success with the viral track ‘Howling’, and was complimented with a set of stunning remixes from the likes of Midland,Rødhåd and Radioslave.

Frank and RY X also took their collaboration out on the road, translating the album into a mesmerising live show and playing a string of sold out shows and festivals in the UK and across the world. They return to play live at Village Underground in London on the 15th April. 

Tour Dates:
15/04: Village Underground, London, UK (tickets)
16/04: DGTL, Amsterdam, Netherlands (tickets)

TENDER – Erode

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After last week’s sold out headline show at London’s Oslo, TENDER today share brand new song ‘Erode’ following the release of three mesmeric EPs, which clocked up plays in the tens of millions. Born from exhaustion, the track is a meditation on the healing and work that goes into rebuilding one’s self, scoring the introspection with a delicate croon atop swelling synths and minimalist guitar work. In mirroring TENDER’s contemplative state, ‘Erode’, across its four minutes envelops with intimacy before bursting around one of the band’s most alluring choruses yet.

‘Erode’ is the first track to emerge from TENDER’s upcoming debut album which is due for release this summer through Partisan Records.

Parra for Cuva – Mood in C EP

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“Mood in C” is the new EP by Parra for Cuva out now via Project Mooncircle. German-born Nicolas Demuth aka Parra For Cuva has already racked up over 35 million plays on YouTube and 20 million plays on Soundcloud with a string of albums, EPs, singles and remixes. His remix of Chris Isaak’s ‘Wicked Games (feat singer Anna Naklab)’ was released by Spinnin’ Deep and reached #1 in the UK Dance and #6 in the UK Singles charts, and has received over 25 million plays on YouTube. Parra For Cuva has received press support from BBC Radio 6’s Lauren Laverne, Thump, XLR8R, The Line of Best Fit, The Skinny, Magnetic Mag and Wonderland amongst others.

Hailing from Cologne, Parra For Cuva took an early interest in the piano styles first of Debussy, and later of jazz. Nicolas moved to Berlin to study Audio Design and since May 2013’s release of debut EP ‘Fading Nights’ has risen to prominence with a catalogue of slow, well-crafted and melody-laden electronica. Childhood friend Anna Naklab features as guest singer on many of his tracks, including the wildly successful cover of Chris Isaak’s ‘Wicked Games’. In 2014 he released his debut album Majouré, featuring guests artists Nieve, Casey K and Moonsiren. In 2016, following a road trip through Spain, he collaborated with long-time musical companion Senoy to release his highly acclaimed second album, Darwîs, in 2016 via Project Mooncircle.

Following “Darwīš”, this release is a collection of songs that have been created in and around the last year. The title song “Mood in C” was composed after the Ethiopian pentatonic scale that is deeply intertwined with both the spirituality of the people but also the war-torn and deeply trenched history of the country. Furthermore it combines guitar effects with synths and all sounds were recorded analog with the help of effects units. The song “Unfinished Colours” together with “Others” is the first collaboration of a future joint project of the two friends. All percussion was either recorded on journeys and travels or at home with everyday objects to give the EP a unique sound.

Drawing influences from organic electronic outfits such as Bonobo, Tycho and Four Tet, Parra For Cuva’s approach towards composition draws heavily on the use of live (often exotic) instrumentation, thick layering of effects and the use of often quirky motifs. A broad range of both production influences is apparent, seemingly all encapsulated in a mellow, percussively textured wash, at once unobtrusive and cultured.