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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

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:

Joakim – Samurai (Red Axes Remix)

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Following last week’s premiere of ‘Samurai’ via Stereogum, the prolific production duo Red Axes share an intoxicating 7 minute 30 seconds epic remix of the forthcoming album’s title track. A laid-back hum of brass over a gentle percussion; the instrumental is sprinkled with twinkling sound effects, cosmic synths and chopped segments of the original vocal. This is 100% what a remix should be.

A very personal and conceptual body of work, Joakim’s 6th album Samurai is about the artist’s journey between NY, Tokyo and Paris. In writing, Joakim was inspired by a range of influences from the literary (Mishima’s ‘Hagakure: Samurai Ethics & Modern Japan’), to the sonic (home-made electronic and “new age”’ style music) and the circumstantial (Japan and New York).

Catch Joakim at The Nest on 18th March, 2017.

Samurai is out via Tigersushi / Because on 17th March, 2017.

JOAKIM MARCH TOUR DATES:
Fri. March 17 – Milano, IT @ Rollover
Sat. March 18 – London, UK @ The Nest (DJ Set)
Sat. March 25 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
Thu. March 30 – Paris, FR @ Salo
Fri. March 31 – Paris, FR @ Salo
Sat. April 1 – Paris, FR @ Salo
Fri. May 5 – Amsterdam, NL @ Thuishaven
Fri. June 16 – Kiev, UA @ Closer

Σtella – Works For You LP

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Just when you got used to new albums arriving on a Friday, Greek indie pop singer, songwriter Σtella has bucked the trend, gone rogue and decided to release her stunning 2nd album ‘Works For You’ today (Monday). Which is great because it’s an amazing record and the sooner people can listen to it the sooner they can get some temporary relief from this crazy world.

Written and arranged by Σtella (with the exception of two tracks -“Nest” and “Walk Like I Taught You” – co-written with Velissarios Prassas), the album was recorded in Athens in 2016 and produced by artist and producer Nteibint and Σtella.

“Works For You” tells stories – its eleven pop songs talk about love and friendship, and celebrate introspection. With this album, Σtella has taken her music two steps forward, further refining her sound and continuing with her ambitious blends of pop and singer-songwriter influences to create her tightest and most mature work yet.

To mark release day Σtella has also uploaded a live video of her performing ‘I’ll Never Be’ live at Sonic Playground in Athens. You can also now stream the album in full on Spotify and Bandcamp (where you can also pick up the coloured vinyl) and purchase from iTunes and the like.

Order now: http://smarturl.it/83n8q3

Autograf – Nobody Knows feat. WYNNE

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AUTOGRAF KICK OFF NEW SERIES OF ORIGINAL SONGS WITH ‘NOBODY KNOWS’ (FEAT. WYNNE)

Taking a bit of a departure from past releases and beginning a new chapter for their body of work, ‘Nobody Knows’ demonstrates a more serious and mysterious side to the group’s aesthetic. The Chicago band linked up with WYNNE, who has worked with a spectrum of other talented musicians from Thom Yorke to The Wanted to create a piece of work that stands out for its beautiful melancholy.

Well-known for tapping into emotional symphonies on previous hits like ‘Dream’, this meeting of minds has resulted in something very special on ‘Nobody Knows’. The band are set to debut the new single at their debut performance at this year’s Coachella.

As both their rendition of global smash hit ‘Rockabye’ by Clean Bandit and official remixes for a host of other headline acts are slated to drop over the coming weeks, Autograf have been personally invited by W Hotels to design an art installation for the hotel’s main window at the W Manhattan in New York City. This side to the project will come as no surprise to fans of the band, who designed and built their own lighting rig for their last US tour. The guys just revealed their own streetwear line as well. A By Autograf combines their passion for a perfect intersection between art, fashion and music.

2017 is shaping up to be a big year for Autograf.

Upcoming tour dates:
February 11th, 2017 – Hornblower Boat Party, San Francisco, US
February 24th, 2017 – Envision Festival, Uvita, CR
March 17th, 2017 – MO Bar, Hongkong, HK
March 18th, 2017 – Garden Beats, Singapore, SG
March 19th, 2017 – Kolour In The Park, Bangkok, TH
April 8th, 2017 – Music Motion, São Paulo, BR
April 15th, 2017 – Coachella, Indio, US
April 19th, 2017 – SLO Brew, San Luis Obispo, CA
April 22nd, 2017 – Coachella, Indio, CA
April 29th, 2017 – Ministry Of Sound, London, UK
May 6th, 2017 – Razzmatazz, Barcelona, Spain

Tim Engelhardt – Moments Of Truth LP

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Poker Flat proudly presents Tim Engelhardt’s debut album.

One of Cologne’s youngest and brightest electronic music stars on the rise, Tim Engelhardt didn’t gatecrash the scene out of leftfield, but started his path to connoisseurship fairly early. Part of a diverse new breed of young producers that get their cues from all sorts of genres and listening situations, Tim still stands apart, having released his very first record when he was just 14 years old. However he has taken last year like a storm, you nearly can’t believe all the EPs and remixes he did drop! Here is just a small amount of labels he released on: Suara, Green, Upon.You, Einmusika, Syncopat, 3000 Grad and Ritter Butzke. Whilst working together with Artists like: Robert Babicz, Miguel Bastida, Joris Voorn and David Hasert, just to name a few.

For this year he is finally back on Poker Flat Recordings, with his remarkable debut album „Moments Of Truth“.

Upcoming Gigs:
10.02.17 Docks, Hamburg, Germany
26.02.17 Thuishaven, Amsterdam, Netherlands
12.03.17 Kater Blau, Berlin, Germany
17.03.17 B018, Beirut, Lebanon
18.03.17 Bunker, Aachen, Germany
05.05.17 Volt Club, Milan, Italy
27.08.17 Plötzlich Am Meer Festival, Plötzlich Am Meer, Poland

Quivver – Mumbo Jumbo / This Was

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John Digweed’s Bedrock label is focused on releasing exceptional, forward-thinking electronic music, constantly working with some of the world’s finest artists, whose musical palettes are intensely inspired and musically diverse. Quivver (aka John Graham) is one such true musical innovator, a legend in electronic music circles and renowned as being one of the scene’s most essential creators since the early 1990’s.

The chilled ‘Reprise’ versions of (the excellently titled) ‘Mumbo Jumbo’ and ‘This Was’ were critically acclaimed highlights on the recent ‘Bedrock 18’ album, and now, to kick-off 2017 in style, the original club versions are set for their own single release.

As you would expect from one of the world’s finest electronic producers, innovative experimentation flows freely through Quivver productions, with ‘Mumbo Jumbo’ leading the way…

“The title ‘Mumbo Jumbo’ came about as I was trying to come up with vocal ideas for the track and did what I usually do – sing nonsense lyrics and try to find a good melody, at which point I usually go back and write proper lyrics, but since I liked the sound of the vocal I left the random nonsense as it was – then fed some of it through Alchemy to make it sound even weirder.” – Quivver

This element of open-minded electronic research has created an exceptionally original element for what is a gloriously groovy, hip-swinging, melodic gem that constantly mutates and develops from start to finish. This spirit of experimentation is continued with the deeply delicious vibes of ‘This Was’, and yet another perfect late-night Quivver delight is the end result.

On the live front, John has been keeping busy playing Quivver shows in South America, Amsterdam, Budapest, Ukraine, and Liverpool recently, and is currently readying himself to tour Japan in late January 2017. Never one to shy away from a creative curve-ball, he has also had a lot of fun playing a couple of live shows recently under his old drum & bass moniker – Skanna – a project he intends to revive with some new releases in the coming months.

Quivver’s Frisky Radio show ‘Controlled Substance’ also continues to go from strength to strength – on the 3rd Monday of every month – the 21st instalment will be broadcast on 16th January at 9pm UK time (1pm USA West Coast) and is well worth checking: https://www.friskyradio.com/show/controlled_substance/

And finally… If you’re in London, John will be performing the track ‘Rooms’, that he wrote with Sasha, as part of his two live shows at the Barbican Theatre in May. More info here: http://www.barbican.org.uk/cache/sasha.html

GULP – Search For Your Love (Django Django’s Nautical Twilight Edit)

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Cardiff-based band Gulp, made up of Guto Pryce (Super Furry Animals) & Lindsey Leven are sharing a new Django Django remix of their recent single ‘Search For Your Love’, which is out now via Tim Burgess’ label O Genesis. The band have also announced a London show on Feb 14th at The Social.

Speaking about the remix, Dave Maclean of Django Django said:

“When I first heard this track, it cast my mind back to Radio 4 program I’d been listening to. Someone had uttered the phrase ‘Nautical Twilight’ and it had immediately pricked my ears up. Images of moonlight glistening on calm seas and the sound of gentle waves lapping against the wooden hull of an old boat filled my mind. This track somehow fit that mood perfectly and I felt that rather that change that vibe by re-imagining the song, I’d make quite a simple edit to compliment the marvellous A side.”

Listen to ‘Search For Your Love (Django Django remix)’ here:

Originally from Scotland, vocalist Lindsey moved to Cardiff to where she met Guto Pryce at a Christmas psych party– a joining of kindred spirits in a city with an ever-evolving arts scene. It was there that the foundations of Gulp came to be as the two joined forces to create this musical venture; the band name coming from a play on words of combining both of their initials.

Gulp make warm, fuzzy, luscious pop by combining ethereal sounds of both acoustic and electric drums and synths. Their music is like a road trip; the landscape and events along the way, filmic scenes and melodies – from the sun-squinting, flickering saturation and lens flare of the Californian desert, to the gloamin of rural Scottish and Welsh homescapes. The pair are joined by permanent member Gid Goundrey on guitar and various friends on drums including Stuart Kidd (Euros Child/Norman Blake), Kliph Scurlock (Flaming Lips/ Gruff Rhys), Gwion Lleweyln (Meilyr Jones) & others.

Recorded in the summer of 2016 on a farm in mid Wales, ‘Search For Your Love’ follows on from the band’s last album release ‘Season Sun’ in 2014, which received praise from The Guardian, The Quietus, NME & a variety of other publications. The band brought the recordings home to construct before finishing with Luke Abbott in Norwich in October 2016. It’s a process that involves chipping and carving away until they feel the song works.

Having previously toured with Django Django and playing festival shows at the likes of Glastonbury, Green Man, The Great Escape & End of the Road (to name a few), Gulp are set to announce some more UK dates soon.

‘Search For Your Love’ is available now via via Tim Burgess’ independent label O Genesis and Gulp are currently working with Luke Abbott on their second album, which is set to be released in 2017.

See Gulp live:
Feb 14th – The Social, LONDON
May 12th – Focus Wales 2017, WREXHAM
Aug 24th – Sea Change Festival, DEVON

PHANTOGRAM 2017 TOUR DATES

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Following the success of their recently released third studio LP, Three (out now on Republic) and sold-out live dates across North America, Europe and Austraia, Phantogram are excited to announce a new leg of North American and European tour dates for Spring 2017. The tour kicks off in Honolulu on February 25th and includes stops at some of the year’s biggest music festivals, including Coachella, Sasquatch!, Middlelands and Governors Ball, while winding across select cities in Europe through June 4th (full tour dates below).  More dates to be announced soon!

The news comes just after the band kicked off 2017 with a fresh A-Trak remix of their hit song “You Don’t Get Me High Anymore” featuring Joey Purp, a cover of Radiohead’s “Weird Fishes / Arpeggi” for Triple J radio in Australia and a live-streamed Billboard  performance.

PHANTOGRAM 2017 TOUR DATES
02/25 Honolulu, HI – The Republik
03/01 Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom [SOLD OUT]
03/11 Chicago, IL – Riviera Theatre
03/12 St Paul, MN – Palace Theatre
03/13 Madison, WI – Orpheum Madison
03/14 Urbana, IL – The Canopy Club
03/16 Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s
03/17 Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle Atlanta
03/30 Bucharest, Romania – Quantic
04/01 Athens, Greece – Fuzz Live Music Club
04/03 Amsterdam, Netherlands – Melkweg
04/04 London, UK – O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
04/06 Riga, Latvia – Palladium Riga
04/07 Moscow, Russia – Izvestiya Hall
04/08 St. Petersburg, Russia – Zal Ozhidaniya
04/14 Indio, CA – Coachella
04/21 Indio, CA – Coachella
04/22 Mesa, AZ – Mesa Amphitheatre
05/05 – 05/07 Todd Mission, TX – Middlelands Festival
05/26 – 05/28 Quincy, WA – Sasquatch! Music Festival
06/2 – 06/04 New York, NY – Governor’s Ball

Daft Punk at the Grammys

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Daft Punk will perform at The Grammys on February 12th, alongside The Weeknd. It will be Daft Punk’s first performance since their last appearance at the Grammys in 2014.