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Johnny Jewel – The Hacker [Music Inspired By Ghost In The Shell]

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The world of Ghost In The Shell naturally echoes with a synthesis of automated sounds, industrialized textures and cyberpunk artistry. Johnny Jewel’s composition “The Hacker” begins with portentous ticking punctuated by electronic swells as it rises towards a cinematic break that’s as stunning as it is scintillating. The track which appears on Music Inspired By The Motion Picture Ghost In The Shell [Paramount Pictures via Kobalt Music Recordings]–due out on March 31–is now available with the album’s pre-order at:

Listen to Johnny Jewel’s “The Hacker” now here:

From the pages of the original 1989 Japanese manga by iconic Masamune Shirow to the 2017 Paramount Pictures, DreamWorks Pictures and Reliance Entertainment’s big screen adaptation of Ghost in the Shell starring Scarlett Johansson as its heroine, this immortal tale seamlessly lends itself to the ebb and flow of electronic music. The complete track listing for Music Inspired By The Motion Picture Ghost In The Shell is:

01) Kenji Kawai- “Utai IV Reawakening” (Steve Aoki remix)
02) Johnny Jewel – “The Hacker”
03) Boys Noize – “Cathryn’s Peak”
04) DJ Shadow ft. Nils Frahm – “Scars”
05) Above & Beyond – “Surge”
06) IO Echo – “Aokigahara Forest” (Album Only)
07) Tricky – “Escape”
08) Ki: Theory – “Enjoy The Silence” (Album Only)
09) Johnny Jewel – “Free Fall”
10) Gary Numan – “Bed Of Thorns”
11) Johnny Jewel – “The Key”
12) Kenji Kawai- “Utai IV Reawakening”

Llorca – The Garden LP


Llorca nnounces new album ‘The Garden’ out on April 7.

The ‘French Touch’ excited listeners in the late Nineties and early Noughties. Combining influences from Soul, Jazz, Latin and African music with chic electronics, artists such as St. Germain, Laurent Garnier, Daft Punk and Llorca delivered deep sounding delights to discerning audiences in clubs and at parties all over the world.

Llorca (christened Lludovic Llorca and also known as Art of Tones) is now stepping back into the scene with a new album entitled ‘The Garden’ and a decidedly different sound. Excellent songwriting and production is underpinned with gritty grooves displaying mature Funk overtones, topped off with guest appearances from a host of superb singers. Some are well known, including Georg Levin of Berlin based Sonar Kollektiv, Parisian Soul queen Laetitia Dana, plus the New York pairing of Drum’n’Bass/House vocalist Frank H. Carter III and R&B/Soul artist Halley Hiatt, while a host of newcomers include Mawogani Wood, Stefan Frank, Sapele and Michael Barthelemy. Each help to seed ‘The Garden’ and make it a melodic treasure trove that grows with each listen, blooming from great songs into future classics – this is surely Llorca’s best music to date.

Having made his home in the deep south of France, close to the Spanish border and far away from the hustle and bustle of Paris, Llorca has directed his artistic career according to the paths he has taken in his personal life. The internationally renowned DJ, producer and songwriter built a studio in Perpignan that has become his sacred place to make music the way he always wanted to – a soundscape incorporating his many musical passions from Soul to Funk to Electronica to Deep House. Following the success of ‘Newcomer’ in 2001 (released on the legendary F Communications label (Mr.Oizo, Laurent Garnier, Saint-Germain, etc), he embarked on four years of touring with his band, which included playing some of the biggest music festivals in the world.

Taking a step back from the limelight and into the clubs with his Electro alter-ego Art of Tones, this self-taught lover of Disco and Soul music of the 70’s who at 14 was making his first foray into music on a Commodore 64, dedicated an incredible fifteen years to making this second album. A record to simultaneously move the feet and engage the mind, the ten songs that made it onto ‘The Garden’ certainly show off the artistic maturity and relevance of the musical mastermind behind them.

Leaving the world of lounge Jazz and sensory House music of his first album behind, ‘The Garden’ dazzles the listener with the purity of its songwriting, the deep thought behind its lyrics, the elegance of its string arrangements and the Funk mastery of its basslines. The album also charms via the ease with which each guest singer becomes one with the music, becoming increasingly addictive with each listen and revealing a wide range of emotions – from the joyful ‘You’ and ‘All We Ever Have’ to the sensuous ‘Addiction Days’, ‘Wonder Why’, ‘All Right’ and beyond. The whole is most certainly larger than the sum of its parts, intertwining and combining into one mindblowing, breathtaking suite. Welcome to Chapter 2 of Llorca’s musical story….welcome to ‘The Garden’.

1. The Garden
2. You
3. Waiting
4. Make Your Own Choice
5. All Rght
6. Rather Be Lonely
7. Wonder Why
8. All We Ever Have Is Now
9. Addiction Days

Gorillaz – Humanz


Gorillaz will release their highly-anticipated new album, ‘Humanz’, on April 28 via Parlophone. A six-minute Jamie Hewlett-directed animated film, featuring four Humanz tracks – ‘Saturnz Barz’ (in full), and part of ‘Ascension’, ‘Andromeda’ and ‘We Got The Power’ – is now available to watch below:

Video: Mørk – See You Dance

New track featuring myself on vocals.
Hope you like it. Even comes with a video with me in front of 64 par 64’s.

Video: Tareq – Icarus Maybe

Taken from Tareq‘s Indigo EP. Get it here. Directed by: Constantin Pilavios.

Video: James Blake – My Willing Heart


James Blake has released a stunning video for ‘My Willing Heart’, a highlight from 2016’s acclaimed third album The Colour In Anything. He has also confirmed a run of live dates across the summer, including those in support of Radiohead.

Starring a heavily-pregnant Natalie Portman, ‘My Willing Heart’ was directed by Anna Rose Holmer and filmed in Los Angeles. Centring around Portman in and out of water, the visuals shift the emphasis of the track’s lyrics from lovelorn romanticism to maternal anticipation with subtle monochrome images, blended together with soft-focus textures.

Released with little to no prior warning, The Colour In Anything featured diverse contributions from Bon Iver, Frank Ocean, Rick Rubin and Quentin Blake (whose illustrations formed the album’s instantly-iconic artwork). In support of the record, James headlined London’s Field Day, Green Man Festival, Glastonbury’s West Holts stage and played a succession of instantly sold-out shows on both sides of the Atlantic (including London’s Village Underground, Brixton Academy and Hammersmith Apollo). His vocal and production presence is unmistakable across 2016’s other seminal records, from Beyonce’s Grammy-winning Lemonade to Frank Ocean’s Endless and Blond LPs.

The Colour In Anything continues the remarkable rise of James Blake: a Mercury-Award-winning, Brit Award and Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter and producer, whose touch can be felt throughout the modern musical landscape. He is currently working on new material.

Video: Joe Goddard – Home

Joe Goddard’s ‘Home’ Video from ‘Electric Lines’, the debut solo album out April 21, 2017. Directed and animated by Pete Fowler.


Photography by Tom D Morgan -

There are people who thought Actress, otherwise known as Darren Cunningham, to friends as DAZ, had retired. They were a bit premature. He’s ready instead to return with a new album, now on Ninja Tune and a new music system called “AZD” (pronounced “Azid”), a chrome reflected journey into a parallel world. And to prepare you for what lies ahead here’s the album’s lead track, ‘X22RME’ (pronounced “Extreme”) which elegantly plays between the lines of Oriental classic rave and Balinese warehouse Techno machined in a Rotherhithe lock up welding the grooves into a seamless cracked joint. Read an interview via Dazed now

“I did fifty versions of the tune” Cunningham recalls. “Different parts were on tape, CD, different old computers and USB sticks, so it was quite intimidating to revisit and complete. The track was in the end built out of 3 hours of different passages”. The finished work is harsh and beautiful all at once, its incredible complexity never overwhelming its drive.

An artist who has always preferred to make music than to talk about it, in “AZD” he has achieved another remarkable landmark, one which is as resistant to interpretation as it is demanding of it. ‘X22RME’ is a key note example of the influence the Black artists James Hampton and Rammellzee had on the creation of the album – men who created art through “Sourcing castaway materials from their environment and reinterpreting them into absolute majesty given from the fourth dimension”.

As if the record itself isn’t enough, Cunningham is preparing a new show, to be debuted at Convergence, Village Underground on March 24th. Presented as AZD, Cunningham says it “will be a test frame for linking circuits using various forms of language — Midi globalised language, Lyrical language, Tikal Graffiti code and various other Synthesiser language — to create one intelligent musical instrument called AZD, if successful it will produce the first translucent, non-soluble communication sound pill synergised through impressionistic interpretations of technological equipment. This is the music vitamin of the Metropolis”.

The simplest you could say about “AZD” is that it’s art – the unique creation of a unique mind. There will be few more distinctive, brilliant or visionary suites of music released in 2017. Call him what you will, this is the year that Darren ‘Daz’ Cunningham – aka Actress, aka AZD – asserts more clearly than ever before his complete independence.

Watch the Dan Emmerson directed video now. “This quote from Darren was an inspiration, it’s also about the language of communication and interpretation: ‘translucent ambience coming from an incognito slightly on the edge but eternally fixed paradigm’.

5. CYN
6. X22RME
12. VISA

Video: Arca – Reverie

Taken from the new album Arca, out April 7 on XL Recordings.
Conceived by Jesse Kanda and Alejandro Ghersi

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: