Our favourite artists are about to invade East London’s Victoria Park. Bat For Lashes, Animal Collective, Django Django, Stealing Sheep, Stubborn Heart… the list goes on.
The line-up doesn’t get much better than this, and for you Londoners out there, it’s all right there on your doorstep. And it doesn’t hurt that it falls on a bank holiday weekend.
In the style of a village fete, Field Day will be returning to E3 for its seventh year, hosted by some of our favourite promoters. Eat Your Own Ears, Bugged Out!, BleeD/Lanzarote will team up with the likes of The Quietus, The Line of Best Fit, Last FM and FACT Magazine to bring you London’s most progressive festival and line-up.
Hip hop, reggae, soul and funk – a great combination. Especially when it’s at the heart of the Dalmatian Coast of Croatia.
The fishing town of Tisno is the backdrop to Soundwave Festival Croatia, one of Europe’s finest boutique festivals, and it’s marking its fifth anniversary this year with a killer line-up.
Bonobo (live), DOOM (MF DOOM) and Musika favourites Quantic & Ondatropica are just some of the artists that have previously been announced, along with Robert Glasper Experiment. We’re also excited to hear that DJ Shadow, DJ Yoda, Lapalux and Hiatus Kaiyote have been added to line-up.
Then there’s the infamous boat parties; a three-hour journey of music, allowing you to take in the delightful Komati Islands. For 2013, Soundwave has gone all out with 16 boat parties, hosted and curated by the likes of Ninja Tune, Soundcrash and Tru Thoughts, along with sets from artists such as Bonobo, Mr Thing, Quantic, Om Unit and Kutmah. Or, there’s a boat party with a full brass band on board!
When I first heard this track by Owiny Sigoma Band on Lauren Laverne’s BBC 6 Music show, I instantly fell in love with how the traditional Luo melodies are juxtaposed with electronica, drums and bass. The nyatiti (an eight-stringed lyre) and traditional Luo percussions are combined with computerised drum loops, squeaks, blips and echoed reverb vocals, creating happy, hypnotic madness.
Praised by The Independent and The Observer, the band’s second album Power Punch is out now via Bronswood Recordings. You can download ‘Margret Aloor’ via their SoundCloud page here. Take a listen to the track below.
Fancy witnessing two groundbreaking names in live electronica take over KOKO’s stage this weekend?
‘Course you do! So we’re offering you the chance to win a pair of tickets to see Clark and Daedelus perform live.
New Mexico’s A Hawk and A Hacksaw mark the release of their new double album with the release of a video for their track ‘Nyisd Ki Rózsám’. Directed by Kaleb Wentzel-Fisher, the video documents a young man’s struggle with lost love, leading to solace in the stars.
Their new album You Have Already Gone To The Other World was inspired by Paradjanov‘s Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors and was released on April 2nd via LM Dupli-cation.
Cocovan is an artist who can do quality production, direction and songwriting entirely on her own, and she believes that any musician can. Her sound has been linked to the likes of New Order and Davie Bowie, with influences from more current, indvidual pop artists such as Robyn.
An artist with a love for synths, the 90′s and Disney movies. Cocovan has been gaining praise from the likes of Cosmopolitan, Crack in the Road and Pigeons and Planes. Take a listen to ‘Bang Bang’ below, which is due to be released on April 8th 2013. You can also download the track for free.
The Swedish five-piece Here Is Your Temple have released a video consisting of a live acoustic session for their latest single ‘So High’. The hazy, shoegaze outfit will release their debut EP on April 15th via Bolero Records.
Like their EP, ‘So High’ features heavy, dreamy alt-pop that reflects the spirit of Nico and Beach House, whilst paying homage to the likes of Fleetwood Mac and Depeche Mode. Here Is Your Temple consists of vocalist Emily McWilliam, guitarist Andreas Hourdakis, drummer Olle Nyman, bassist Ille Borg and Mikael Svensson on keys.
We’re pleased to hear that for this year’s Record Store Day celebrations, Public Service Broadcasting will play at Rough Trade East on Saturday April 20th at 2.30pm.
To tie in with Record Store Day, the band will also be releasing a limited edition orange 7” vinyl of new single ‘Signal 30′, which recently won the BBC 6 Music Rebel Playlist, a record-breaking fifth win in a row for the band.
Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, Nick Drake. These are just some of the artists who inspire Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Linda Draper. ‘Hollow’ is the first single from the singer’s upcoming album Edgewise, which is due to be released on May 21st 2013.
Draper wrote this song when she was thinking back to a conversation she overheard on a plane. “The woman was talking about her step-son not being committed to any ‘real’ career, and that all he wanted to do was write. She said that he better ‘get it out of his system.’ ” As she heard this, Draper thought about one of her inspirations, Nick Drake, and what a dull world it would have been if he had been told this and listened.
Their message? Melt Yourself Down and turn yourself up. Get out of it and get into it.
Melt Yourself Down will release their self-titled album on June 17th 2013 via The Leaf Label. Expect loudness. Horns, drums, detonated jazz and fierce funk and punk. Eight songs spanning seven continents.