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Romare – Come Close To Me (Live Session 1)

Just in time for Summer’s warm up arrives Romare’s ‘Come Close To Me (Live Session 1)’ a hazy, pulled-apart live edit of the single taken from his 2016 LP Love Songs: Part Two. Along with the track, which rides out like a slow-burning exercise in self-sampling, is a witty, 80’s inspired music video drenched in analog VHS sheen and complete with a blurry Mazda speeding off into a fading dusk. “From our first phone call discussing the concept for ‘Come Closer’ [Come Close To Me’ – Ed]”, says director Greg Barnes “Archie (Romare) and I were on the same page. We both wanted to push the limits of what a performance-based, session style video could be, and it was clear that meant smoke, lasers, and his Mazda.”

The single and video are released today (premiered via Crack) on Ninja Tune, just as Romare prepares for his forthcoming headline show at KOKO on 11th November – his biggest and dare we say most impressive performance to date– which will see him showcase his disco-heavy cuts with a live band in addition to DJ sets by Romare himself and a string of other companions late into the night.

Video: Arcade Fire – Everything Now

Having performed the song live for the first time at a surprise show in Barcelona on 1st June, Arcade Fire has now released ‘Everything Now’, the title track from the band’s fifth album due out on 28th July.

The new album is Arcade Fire’s first release under its new partnership with the global media and e-commerce platform Everything Now in synergy with the Sony corporation. Everything Now was produced by Arcade Fire, Thomas Bangalter and Steve Mackey, with co-production by Markus Dravs. The album was recorded at Boombox Studios in New Orleans, Sonovox Studios in Montreal, and Gang Recording Studio in Paris.

‘Everything Now’ is available with pre-orders of the album and is now live on streaming platforms.

Physical configurations of Everything Now will include CD, cassette, and heavyweight black vinyl LP—which will feature 20 different artwork variants, each bearing the album title in one of 20 different languages. There will also be a limited exclusive ‘Night’ packaging of both CD and coloured vinyl LP formats.

Arcade Fire’s surprise secret show in Barcelona on 1st June comes ahead of their headline slot at Primavera Sound this Saturday, part of an extensive tour taking in headline shows and festivals across North America and Europe this summer. The band’s UK live dates are:

7th June SCUNTHORPE, Baths Hall
8th June EDINBURGH, Corn Exchange
10th June ISLE OF WIGHT FESTIVAL
4th July LONDON, York Hall
5th July LONDON, York Hall
6th July MANCHESTER, Castlefield Bowl

Nicolas Jaar – TRANSITION

Boiler Room presents ‘TRANSITION’ – a singular visual experience by the visionary Chilean-American artist and the world’s leading underground music channel.

Shot in Brooklyn at the now-defunct DIY venue Aviv in September 2016, the film takes a cue from Jaar’s semi fictitious network of interlocking radio stations as well as his latest studio album ‘Sirens’.

From its very first enigmatic scene to the unmissable ending, ‘TRANSITION’ is an unscripted POV journey into one night in NY at a transitional time in America.

‘TRANSITION’

Tracklist:
Rainbow Power (T.Thomas)
I Know What U Did (Nymphs V)
American Dream Radio (Network #156)
A Coin In Nine Hands (Nymphs VI)
We Can Rise Above ()
Allegrate Con La Bulla (Cumbia 4 Trump)
Everybody ¡¡¡Slit-Thru-Lose-Control  (Arca x Missy)
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Free rotation 003 (Duckett – Naaice track!)
Elegua (Nico + Obbatuke Prod @ Manana fest 2016)
Swinging Stars Orchestra
Djal Bai Si Camin (A Dos Santos woowooo)
RIP Aviv
Make Your Transition (UR)
Who 2 Govern (Sirens)

RAC – This Song feat. Rostam (Lindstrøm & Prins Thomas Remix)

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Listen to Lindstrom & Prins Thomas’ remix of This Song by RAC ft. Rostam

Acclaimed artist RAC (pronounced Ar-Ay-Cee) – known as Andre Allen Anjos – has released a new remix of his current single “This Song” from space disco titans Lindstrom & Prins Thomas. “This Song” is from RAC’s highly anticipated new album out this summer via Counter Records. The original track features vocals from songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist ROSTAM, formerly of Vampire Weekend, who has collaborated with Solange, Frank Ocean, Hamilton Leithauser, RA RA Riot and more.

Taking RAC’s electronic-pop format into the clubs, the Lindstrom & Prins Thomas’ interpretation of ‘This Song’ is an eight and a half minute epic that takes the listener on a journey – expanding on the track’s arrangement with polyrhythmic percussion, immersive pads and a euphoric sound that’s tailor-made for terrace parties all summer long.

Of the remix, Anjos says: “I’ve been a huge fan of Lindstrom and Prins Thomas for many years now and it’s so cool to be on the other end of this. I really love what they did with this song and it gives it another dimension.”

RAC has also confirmed select DJ sets at Brooklyn’s Rough Trade and Ibiza’s Ushuaia. See below for complete tour details.

Most recently, Anjos won a Grammy Award for Best Remixed Recording of Bob Moses’ “Tearing Me Up”, making him the first Portuguese artist to win a Grammy.

Tour dates:
July 12—Los Angeles, CA—The Echo
July 14—Brooklyn, NY—Rough Trade
July 23—Ibiza, Spain—Ushuaia
Aug 11-13—San Francisco, CA—Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival
Sep 22-24—Las Vegas, NV—Life is Beautiful Festival

Carl Craig – Versus LP

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CARL CRAIG presents… VERSUS. FEATURING FRANCESCO TRISTANO LES SIECLES ORCHESTRA CONDUCTED BY FRANÇOIS-XAVIER ROTH

Stream Carl Craig “Versus” on NPR and read the story of the record.

Versus is a work in progress, a perfect encapsulation of InFiné’s philosophy, which serves a double duty as a platform to foster hybridization between genres, and also as the label’s ten-year anniversary gift to itself. From an initial recording in 2010, the project evolved into a full studio album containing two original compositions by Francesco Tristano and symphonic versions of Craig classics, reworked in the studio by the man himself. The much awaited new album from the Detroit techno producer will finally be available worldwide on May 5th.

Carl Craig presents …Versus Synthesizer Live

29/05/2017 – Movement festival – Detroit – USA
17/06/2017 – Sonar Festival – Bcn – Spain
07/07/2017 – Peacock Festival – Parc Floral – Paris – France
16/07/2017 – Dour Festival – Belgium
28/07/2017 – Audio River – Poland
19/08/2017 – Lowland Festival – Biddinghuizen – Netherland
27/08/2017 – SW4 Festival – UK

Carl Craig – Versus . new album on InFiné / Planet E

Video: Mount Kimbie – We Go Home Together feat. James Blake

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‘We Go Home Together (feat. James Blake)’ is out now via Warp Records – http://smarturl.it/wght

Video directed by Frank Lebon.

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