Blog Archives

Video: Bicep – Rain

Bicep’s Rain EP is out now on Ninja Tune.

LEON VYNEHALL – Envelopes (Chapter VI)

Taken from the debut album ‘Nothing Is Still’ released 15th June 2018 via Ninja Tune.
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Bicep – Opal (Four Tet Remix)

Four Tet has remixed Bicep’s ‘Opal’, taken from the Belfast duo’s 2017 debut album, a crowning work (so far) from a decade-long career, distilling the influence of halcyon days club culture into their own unique sound. Likewise, Four Tet (aka Kieran Hebden) brings a distinctive track record to remixing. His rework of ‘Opal’ sees subtle rhythmic tweaks and additions: overlays of texture and hinted melodies, giving the track a more tender, contemplative feel. He also extends its running time, drawing out each of its component parts, and giving them space to breathe. Out today on all digital stores, the remix will also receive a vinyl release with a B side track from Bicep out 27th April.

Bicep’s brand new single ‘Opal (Four Tet Remix)’ is out now. Pre – order the 12” ‘Opal (Four Tet Remix)’ today.

Video: Forest Swords – Congregate

Forest Swords, aka Merseyside producer Matthew Barnes, returns with a two track single in aid of hurricane and earthquake relief work in Puerto Rico and Mexico.

‘Congregate’ b/w ‘Free’, comes four months after the release of his critically acclaimed album “Compassion”. The beatless tracks, recorded during the “Compassion” album sessions in early 2017, take the sonic palette of the full-length and strip it back to a more meditative, textural place.

Main track ‘Congregate’ is based around brooding, mutated choral chants while ‘Free’, originally a “Compassion” Japanese bonus track, takes distorted saxophone and weaving melodies into unsettling dreamlike territories. A self-directed visual for ‘Congregate’ featuring the work of origami artist Fynn Jackson is available to view on YouTube.

The tracks are available to stream and download now, with proceeds going towards ongoing and future aid work following the devastating hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and this month’s earthquake in Mexico.

Forest Swords is currently on a headline tour across Europe, the UK and North America through September to December, including a date at London’s Village Underground on 18th Oct.

Video: Bicep – Aura

Bicep – the Belfast-born, London-based duo of Matt McBriar and Andy Ferguson – today release their first ever official music video for recent single ‘Aura’. Directed by Matilda Finn, who is just off the back of directing ‘Lost’ by Danny Brown. The video, which was inspired by the definition of Aura – the distinctive atmosphere or quality that seems to surround and be generated by a person, thing, or place – is a journey into a dream sequence where the viewer follows an elusive figure and those that are drawn to him on a journey to the edges of humanity.

Since its release, ‘Aura’ has collected hundreds of thousands of streams and surged to the top 5 on Spotify’s Viral Chart, until then simply having been tagged as ‘Unreleased Bicep’ on countless bootleg recordings from recent gigs, uploaded by fans trying desperately to ID and get their hands on the track.

The duo recently announced their biggest headline live show yet at London’s Roundhouse on 28 April 2018. The show announcement comes after selling out their Electric Brixton live date in 24 hours and sharing news of their self-titled debut album, to be released on 1st September 2017 via Ninja Tune.

O’Flynn – Pluto’s Beating Heart / Eleven

O’Flynn returns with “Pluto’s Beating Heart / Eleven”, two tracks that build on his previous percussion driven releases, while marking another clear progression in style for the London based producer. “With every release I push myself to move things forward and do something a bit different” he explains “but always with the aim to create moments on a dance floor that people will remember.”

Hailed by Boiler Room as “one of dance music’s most prosperous newcomers”, O’Flynn marked his debut in 2015 with a standout release on Blip Discs: ‘Tyrion’ quickly became a tool that Four Tet rarely left out of his sets, while the anthemic ‘Desmond’s Empire’ won support from Gilles Peterson and was used to soundtrack festivals throughout the summer. His follow up “Oberyn / Spyglass” featured more clattering percussion and upfront energy and garnered Radio 1 and Rinse airtime from James Blake and Hessle Audio respectively. Whilst his most recent release “Glow Worm / Aloha Ice Jam” was championed by the likes of Bonobo and named by Phonica as one of their ‘Best Singles of 2016’.

Maintaining the pace into 2017 with forthcoming remixes for FaltyDL and Addison Groove, and his first release for Ninja Tune, O’Flynn continues to develop as an exciting new name in the electronic dance music scene.

“Pluto’s Beating Heart / Eleven” is released on 12” and digitally on 29th September 2017 via Ninja Tune.

Tracklist:
1. Pluto’s Beating Heart
2. Eleven

BICEP – Vale

Earlier this summer, Bicep – the Belfast-born, London-based duo of Matt McBriar and Andy Ferguson – announced their eponymous debut album would be released September 1st via Ninja Tune. Since announce, the prolific duo have shared ‘Aura’, a propulsive club track and ‘Glue’, which reached #1 in Spotify’s UK Viral charts, a cut which embodies the raw energy of UK rave culture and could have emerged from the studio of Orbital or The Future Sound Of London at their trailblazing best. Today (premiered by The Fader), they share the album’s third and final single, ‘Vale’, a sprawling and atmospheric house cut, beautifully illustrating the album’s sentimentality.

The duo also look forward to playing taking their epic live show to New York & Los Angeles this October, as well as a string of European tour dates, including curating a Feel My Bicep line up at The Warehouse Project in Manchester and Pitchfork’s Paris festival this autumn.

The album “Bicep” is the perfect summation of the duo’s career to date – it’s a sonic tour of their history touching the cornerstones of underground club culture. Matt and Andy have pulled off the rarest of feats, to make a singularly unique electronic record founded on the blueprint of classic house, techno, electro and Italo disco, but flipped and morphed into a fresh design bearing the unique Bicep sonic signature. It’s a perfectly succinct album: loose, raw and energetic enough for the dancefloor, yet refined, artfully composed and contemplative enough for home listening. It is undoubtably one of THE dance albums of the year.

The Invisible – Love Me Again feat. Anna Calvi (Chaos In The CBD Remix)

On the 11th August The Invisible will release a special remix EP featuring reworked tracks from their critically acclaimed album “Patience”. Released via Ninja Tune, “Patience” saw the Mercury Prize nominees demonstrate their more uplifting side, giving the listener a sense of the band’s “joy and gratitude” for being alive, with features from Anna Calvi, Sam Shepherd (Floating Points), Connan Mockasin and Rosie Lowe.

This new EP shows 4 tracks from the LP in a different light. ‘Love Me Again’ featuring Anna Calvi is remixed twice, first by London based, Rhythm Section member, Chaos in the CBD and second by fellow Rhythm Section associate, FYI Chris. Warp records duo Darkstar provide a hypnotic remix of ‘So Well’ and finally Milionhands Music label boss, Tee Mango steps up for his “Summer Daze Revision” of ‘K ‘Town Sunset’ featuring Connan Mockasin.

The Invisible – “Patience Remixes” EP is out 11st August 2017 via Ninja Tune.

Nathan Fake – Bosky

Earlier this year Nathan Fake released his keenly anticipated fourth album “Providence” to rapturous acclaim. FACT hailed it as “career defining… one of the best electronic albums you’ll hear in 2017” and DJ Mag made it their “Album Of The Month”. On this follow-up “Providence Reworks: Part I” EP, Fake delivers a brand new track ‘Bosky’: “a spiky, but warm and pretty raw Roland/Boss Analord-inspired studio jam with synth autoharp improvisation”; calls on Tessela and Truss (XL, R&S, Perc Trax, Poly Kicks) aka Overmono and Huerco S. (Proibito, Software) to rework album highlight ‘DEGREELESSNESS’ (feat. Prurient) and additionally showcases the talents of Polish composer and multi-instrumentalist Olga Wojciechowska who submits a stunning modern classical interpretation of ‘HoursDaysMonthsSeasons’.

12”/Digital released via Ninja Tune on 11th August on solid white 12” vinyl with beautiful artwork by Matt Bateman (Flat-e).

“Providence Reworks: Part I” Tracklist:
1. DEGREELESSNESS (feat. Prurient) (Overmono Remix)
2. Bosky
3. DEGREELESSNESS (feat. Prurient) (Huerco S. Backyard Interpretation)
4. HoursDaysMonthsSeasons (Olga Wojciechowska Rework) [Vinyl Only]

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.