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In-your-face punk rock duo Slaves are offering their new aptly-titled single ‘Hey’ as a free download on their official Web site, in exchange for adding your e-mail address to their mailing list. The single has already been featured by Zane Lowe on BBC Radio 1, but if you didn’t catch it there, you can stream it below.
Who needs coffee when you’ve got the energetic, indie rock tones of Mazes to wake you up on a morning? Not me, that’s for sure. The British lo-fi trio are back with their third studio album ‘Wooden Aquarium’ in September.
One of the tracks on the album is ‘Salford’, a ’90s-indebted ode to the Greater Manchester city, near to where the band formed. As they managed with lead single ‘Astigmatism’, from the album, ‘Salford’ features quick bursts of fierce riffs with ferocious vocals to match. The male vocals of Jack Cooper and the female vocals of Heather Strange spill over each other, as they trade statements such as “I have hidden layers” and “I wear my hair long”. It may sound bizarre, but it fits into the style and feel of the track quite comfortably.
It may not be everyone’s cup of tea (or coffee), but Mazes’ ‘Salford’ is a track full of energy and interesting ideas. While it’s a little on the short side, clocking it at just over 2 minutes, it acts as a brilliant teaser for their upcoming album.
‘Salford’ is taken from Mazes’ third studio album ‘Wooden Aquarium’, which will be released on the 8th of September on Fat Cat Records.
Rap crossover artist Professor Green has announced plans for a winter tour to follow the release of his third studio album ‘Growing Up in Public’ on the 22nd of September. The first single from that album will be ‘Lullaby’, featuring vocals from American singer/songwriter Tori Kelly. The single is scheduled for release on the 15th of September, but you can preview it below the tour date listing. Tickets for the following shows are available now.
Friday 28th November 2014 – Glasgow ABC
Saturday 29th November 2014 – Newcastle Academy
Monday 1st December 2014 – Liverpool Academy
Tuesday 2nd Dec 2014 – Carlisle Sands Centre
Wednesday 3rd December 2014 – Nottingham Rock City
Friday 5th December 2014 – Manchester Academy
Saturday 6th December 2014 – Birmingham Academy
Sunday 7th December 2014 – Norwich UEA
Tuesday 9th December 2014 -Bristol Academy
Wednesday 10th December 2014 – Bournemouth Academy
Thursday 11th December 2014 – London Roundhouse
Following the success of their spring tour dates, Atlanta’s Manchester Orchestra have announced a return to the UK this autumn around the release of their new single ‘Girl Harbor’, which will drop on the 29th of September. Tickets for the following shows are available now, and a stream of ‘Girl Harbor’ is available below the tour date listing.
Friday 26th September 2014 – Portsmouth Pyramids
Saturday 27th September 2014 – Bristol Anson Rooms
Sunday 28th September 2014 – Norwich Waterfront
Monday 29th September 2014 – Nottingham Rock City
Wednesday 1st October 2014 – Manchester The Ritz
Thursday 2nd October 2014 – Glasgow ABC
Friday 3rd October 2014 – Newcastle Academy
Saturday 4th October 2014 – Leeds Metropolitan University
Monday 6th October 2014 – Cardiff University Students Union
Tuesday 7th October 2014 – London Shepherd’s Bush Empire
By Mary Chang
on Thursday, 14th August 2014 at 12:00 pm
While it may not be true in other musical genres, or even frowned upon as if it indicates lack of talent, collaboration in the genre of electronic music quite often leads to incredible results. Henry Binns and Sam Hardaker, who began their careers in music as studio engineers doing support work for the likes of Pet Shop Boys and Robert Plant in the ’90s, have been doing their own music under the name Zero 7 for over a decade and a half. While it’s been over 13 years since their critically acclaimed debut album ‘Simple Things’, the duo have returned with help from a bevy of musical colleagues, including Los Angeles singer/songwriter Tommy Leonard, to create the ‘Simple Science’ EP, released next week.
Electronic music done beautifully is perfectly demonstrated in the title track, which features the vocal talents of Danny Pratt and backing vocals from Leonard. The press sheet describes it well as having a “Frankie Knuckles-esque arpeggio synth motif”, which shimmers like a jewel in the single/EP version that nears 8 minutes in length. That’s another thing that people who don’t favour electronic music seem to have a problem with: to understand this genre, you have to come to terms with a kind of music that begs to be savoured, where every percussive element stands out like a star on its own, yet is an important player in the whole.
Numbers like ‘Simple Science’ that are drawn out to a duration far beyond radio single play are drawn out for a reason, to prolong the bliss. The refrain of “should be simple science, but / you know I love you too much / we’re splitting atoms that are meant to join” compares the emotion of love to a scientific endeavour, a chemical reaction that makes sense (or should) and is a no-brainer. Well, until you realise that the act of loving someone is “not for the faint of heart” and leads to second guessing choices (“kiss the night goodbye / I fall into you every time”).
Just missing the 7-minute mark, ‘Red Blue & Green’ is, except for a few snatches of heavenly voices, an instrumental. It’s the kind of tune that you would expect soundtracking an upbeat yet chill segment at your local planetarium, while the stars dance and play with each other above your head. “Cosmically aware” would be the hippy dippy way of describing it. ‘Take Me Away’ is ultra funky from the start with an ace bass line, but as the vocals of South East London’s Only Girl begin, the song’s tone morphs into something more ethereal. It’s actually more satisfying when the main vocal line cuts back out around the halfway point of the track, allowing the bass line to command your attention as it frolics unfettered with the synths.
The EP is rounded out with handclap punctuated ‘U Know’, explained by the duo as “we knocked up after a long hang out at Block 9 at Glastonbury last year”. No matter where they came up with it or how you slice it, the synth chords the duo lays down and beats a-thudding will keep your pulse running at a feverish pace. It’s been 5 years since Zero 7′s fourth studio album; if this EP’s radiance is indicative of their game right now, it’s high time they thought about conceiving and recording album #5.
Zero 7′s new EP ‘Simple Science’ will be available in digital download format next Monday (the 18th of August) on Make Records. Available now are 12″ vinyl singles of ‘Simple Science’ (backed by ‘Red Blue & Green’) and ‘Take Me Away’ (backed by ‘U Know’).
Anglo-Australian pop quartet Allo Darlin’ have announced the October release of their third album ‘We Come From The Same Place’, along with a list of UK tour dates for this November. You can get a sneak preview of the minor key but still upbeat track ‘Romance and Adventure’ below the tour date listing. Tickets for the following shows are available now.
Tuesday 18th November 2014 – Brighton Sticky Mike’s
Wednesday 19th November 2014 – Nottingham Maze
Thursday 20th November 2014 – Manchester Deaf Institute
Friday 21st November 2014 – Wakefield Unity Hall
Saturday 22 November 2014 – Edinburgh Henderson Halls
Sunday 23rd November 2014 – Newcastle Star and Shadow Cinema
Monday 24th November 2014 – London Scala
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