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Video of the Moment #2901: Loyle Carner feat. Jordan Rakei

 
By on Thursday, 18th October 2018 at 6:00 pm
 

Header photo by Charlie Cummings

South London hip-hop artist Loyle Carner has returned after an 18-month hiatus with an intriguing new single titled ‘Ottolenghi’. Those of you who consider yourself foodies might recognise the title as the surname of famed Israeli-British chef Yotam Ottolenghi, who is, in a roundabout sort of way, the impetus for the song. The press release for ‘Ottolenghi’, out now on AMF Records, relates that Carner’s moment of inspiration came “when Loyle was quizzed by a family on a commuter train about the ‘Bible’ he was reading, which was in fact the aforementioned chef’s cookbook ‘Jerusalem’.”

The reference to Ottolenghi sits among a handful of other personally relevant references in Carner’s lyrics, including an expression from his grandfather and an allusion to Roots Manuva‘s ‘Dreamy Days’. Carner’s lyrical delivery feels more like spoken word poetry than what we typically think of as rap, and his reflective words are set over a cool, contemplative keyboard and bass groove. The song’s chorus is tinged with a smooth jazz vibe, courtesy of vocalist/producer Jordan Rakei.

Directed by Oscar Hudson of Pulse Films, the video for ‘Ottolenghi’ is decidedly low-tech, but its optical illusions are remarkably clever, creating a subtle kaleidoscopic effect throughout. Viewers with sharp eyes might catch sight of Yotam Ottolenghi himself in a brief cameo appearance. Watch the promo for ‘Ottolenghi’ below and see for yourself.

Along with the new promo video, Carner has announced a run of live dates in the UK and Ireland for next spring, including a double show at Manchester’s Band on the Wall on the first of May. Tickets for the following dates will be available for general sale on Friday, the 19th of October. In the meantime, you can find TGTF’s previous coverage of Loyle Carner right back here.

Saturday 27th April 2019 – Dublin Grand Social
Sunday 28th April 2019 – Edinburgh Caves
Tuesday 30th April 2019 – Leeds Brudenell Social Club
Wednesday 1st May 2019 – Manchester Band on the Wall (early and late shows)
Friday 3rd May 2019 – Brighton Concorde 2
Saturday 4th May 2019 – Bristol Trinity
Tuesday 7th May 2019 – London Roundhouse

 

Video of the Moment #2896: Miles Kane

 
By on Tuesday, 9th October 2018 at 6:00 pm
 

Singer/songwriter Miles Kane, whose stint with The Last Shadow Puppets by now feels like ancient history, has put out new promo video for the latest track from his recent solo album ‘Coup de Grace’. The LP was released back in August on Virgin EMI, following its early teaser single ‘Cry On My Guitar’. Kane’s new track, titled ‘Killing the Joke’, is mildly psychedelic in its sound and perhaps a more than a bit ironic in its lyrics.

The video treatment for ‘Killing the Joke’ was created by Daniele Cavalli and Manfredi Lucibello and set against the scenic backdrop of Florence. Its action sequences feature Kane alternately driving a sports car, wandering through empty yet architecturally striking corridors and drinking scotch in a deserted bar decorated with an assortment of crystal decanters. The black and white videography emphasises the kaleidoscopic reflection of light from the various gleaming surfaces and the sharp relief provided by the interplay of the resulting shadows.

You can watch the promo for ‘Killing the Joke’ just below, and if you’re a Miles Kane fan, check out his November and December UK tour dates, listed at the bottom of the page. A full listing of Kane’s upcoming live dates can be found on his official Facebook. TGTF’s previous coverage of Miles Kane is back through here.

Thursday 22nd November 2018 – Glasgow Barrowland
Friday 23rd November 2018 – Manchester Academy 1
Saturday 24th November 2018 – Manchester Academy 1
Monday 26th November 2018 – Norwich UEA
Tuesday 27th November 2018 – Birmingham Institute
Thursday 29th November 2018 – Leeds Academy
Friday 30th November 2018 – Hull University
Saturday 1st December 2018 – Newcastle Academy
Monday 3rd December 2018 – Bristol Academy
Tuesday 4th December 2018 – Leicester Academy
Thursday 6th December 2018 – London Brixton Academy
Friday 7th December 2018 – Nottingham Rock City
Saturday 8th December 2018 – Liverpool University

 

Sam Gellaitry / November 2018 UK Tour

 
By on Thursday, 13th September 2018 at 9:00 am
 

To follow a few dates on the continent, Scottish electronic producer Sam Gellaitry has announced a handful of shows in the UK. Tickets to the shows listed below are all on sale now. Below the tour date listing, you can listen to a new track from Gellaitry, ‘long distance VIP’, in the embedded Soundcloud widget. Our past coverage on the artist from Sterling can be found through this link.

Friday 2nd November 2018 – Edinburgh Sneaky Pete’s
Saturday 3rd November 2018 – Leeds Headrow House
Sunday 4th November 2018 – Manchester Soup Kitchen
Tuesday 6th November 2018 – Brighton Green Door Store
Thursday 8th November 2018 – London Corsica Studios

 

John Grant / October and November 2018 and January and February 2019 UK Tour

 
By on Wednesday, 5th September 2018 at 9:00 am
 

John Grant will be releasing a new album next month, so naturally, he’s got plenty of live appearances lined up in the coming months. So far, a date in November at Manchester Albert Hall has already sold out, so if you’re wanting to see him, best to book the appropriate live date for you as listed below, and as soon as possible. To meet the demand in Manchester, another date there has been added for the 10th of February 2019.

Tickets to the 2018 UK tour dates are on sale now; the 2019 dates go on sale this Friday, the 7th of September. Grant’s new album ‘Love is Magic’ will be released on the 12th of October on Bella Union. Below the tour date listing, enjoy two preview tracks from the LP, ‘He’s Got His Mother’s Hips’ and ‘Touch & Go’. Catch up on our past coverage on John Grant through this link.

Monday 29th October 2018 – Brighton Dome
Tuesday 30th October 2018 – London Brixton Academy
Wednesday 31st October 2018 – Bath Forum
Friday 2nd November 2018 – Sheffield Octagon Centre
Saturday 3rd November 2018 – Manchester Albert Hall (sold out)
Wednesday 30th January 2019 – Leeds Academy
Thursday 31st January 2019 – Gateshead Sage
Friday 1st February 2019 – Glasgow Kings Theatre (Celtic Connections)
Sunday 3rd February 2019 – Hull Bonus Area
Monday 4th February 2019 – Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
Tuesday 5th February 2019 – Nottingham Rock City
Thursday 7th February 2019 – Cambridge Corn Exchange
Friday 8th February 2019 – Southampton Guildhall
Sunday 10th February 2019 – Manchester Albert Hall
Monday 11th February 2019 – Cardiff St. David’s Hall

 

SXSW 2018 Interview: Buck Meek

 
By on Tuesday, 3rd July 2018 at 11:00 am
 

Header photo: Buck Meek, far right, with his band at Luck Reunion during SXSW 2018

If you’re a regular TGTF reader, you might already be familiar with the name of singer/songwriter Buck Meek. We’ve covered Meek before in his role as part of alt-rock band Big Thief, both in live review and previous SXSW coverage. Back in March, during SXSW 2018, Meek came to Austin as a solo artist, to preview his now-released debut LP, which is simply titled ‘Buck Meek.’ I caught a very quick moment with Meek after his set at Willie Nelson’s Luck Reunion to ask him about the new album.

‘Buck Meek’ technically isn’t Meek’s solo debut, following on his previous EP release ‘Heart Was Beat’ from back in 2015. That EP includes the memorable track ‘Sam Bridges’, which he played in a slightly different form in the Revival Tent at Luck than what I remembered from a live performance in Phoenix with Big Thief several years ago. Discussing his set on the day, Meek agreed. “That [song] had a more country feel. I mean, we’re playing it with a slide guitar player today, who kind of mimics the [pedal] steel, and with a country drum beat and everything.”

Having only seen Meek before in the context of Big Thief’s edgy folk rock, I was curious about the more obvious country influence I heard on display in his solo work. “I think there’s influence there”, Meek says. “I grew up in Wimberly, Texas, south of Austin. I grew up listening to, surrounded by country music. So it’s always been, I think, an influence. And to be honest, this set, I catered more towards that feel.”

But many of the songs on ‘Buck Meek’, the album, defy easy classification as straighforward country songs. Musically, the record’s foundational country tone is obfuscated by elements of what Meek describes as “grunge, and punk rock, and more esoteric stuff.” Early single ‘Cannonball!’ has a distinct twang to it, most prominently in Meek’s vocal lines, but its laid-back rhythm section is unmistakabely jazz-tinged, and its electric guitar riff is pure blues rock. ‘Ruby’ is a charmingly elusive, rhythmically complex track which Meek explained to Uproxx as “the suspension in love, when time folds in on itself, when the first instant of meeting cycles through the idiosyncratic friction and ancient affection of years together, which again cycles into infancy and eager fascination — all contained within a sideways glance.”

Thematically, ‘Buck Meek’ touches on a wide array of subject matter, from platonic male friendship (‘Joe By the Book’) to a plane crash in the French Alps (‘Flight 9525’), and an intriguing cast of characters, including a widow named ‘Sue’ and a devoted canine ‘Best Friend.’ In the end, the heart of the album is revealed in final track ‘Fool Me’, a late night country bar classic, with a plaintive piano melody and Meek’s self-deprecating vocal evoking the mild yet persistent yearning of one last slow dance on an otherwise deserted dance floor.

‘Buck Meek’ was released on the 18th of May on Austin record label Keeled Scales. Buck Meek will spend the remainder of the summer on tour supporting the release of the album, including the following run of dates in the UK in August. In addition to the shows listed below, Meek will support fellow country artist Courtney Marie Andrews at the Norwich Arts Centre on the 21st of August and at Southampton’s Talking Heads on the 22nd of August. You can find a full listing of Meek’s upcoming live dates on his official Facebook. TGTF’s previous coverage of Buck Meek is collected through here.

Monday 20th August 2018 – Brighton Komedia
Thursday 23rd August 2018 – London Islington
Friday 24th August 2018 – Manchester Gullivers
Sunday 26th August 2018 – Dublin Grand Social
Monday 27th August 2018 – Leeds Brudenell Social Club
Tuesday 28th August 2018 – Glasgow Hug and Pint

 

Villagers / October 2018 UK Tour

 
By on Tuesday, 19th June 2018 at 9:00 am
 

Irishman Conor J. O’Brien, better known under his recording name Villagers, will be going on tour in the UK in the autumn. In the midst of the UK dates, he will also perform at Dublin’s Metropolis Festival on the 27th of October. A massive tour filling up most of his November will follow it. The UK tour will commence just a few weeks after the release of his fourth studio album ‘The Art of Pretending to Swim’, which is scheduled for release on the 21st of September on Domino Records. Enjoy album track ‘A Trick of the Light’ in its promo video form at the end of this post.

Presale tickets and album go on sale tomorrow, Wednesday, the 20th of June, at 9 AM. The general sale begins on Friday, the 22nd, at 9 AM. Given the immense destruction from the fire that took place at the Glasgow School of Art last Friday, it’s unlikely the originally scheduled gig on the 18th of October will take place there. Stay tuned to Villagers’ official channels for more information.

Wednesday 17th October 2018 – Nottingham Rescue Rooms
Thursday 18th October – Glasgow Art School
Friday 19th October – Manchester Gorilla
Sunday 21st October – Leeds Wardrobe
Monday 22nd October – Oxford Academy 2
Tuesday 23rd October – London Hackney Arts Centre
Thursday 25th October – Liverpool Arts Club
Saturday 27th October – Dublin Metropolis Festival
Tuesday 30th October – Bristol Trinity
Wednesday 31st October 2018 – Brighton Old Market

 
 
 

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