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ALELA DIANE

August, 2017.

My first memories are of falling asleep to the sound of my father’s guitar in the kitchen.  I taught myself to play the instrument through song writing when I was 19, and still come back to those familiar finger picked styles when I write. I come from a little pine-tree filled gold mining town called Nevada City, California, but Portland, Oregon has been home for twelve years. Early recordings were made in 2003, while going to college in San Francisco, and I have been releasing albums every few years since.   I’ve toured all over the UK and Europe, and have driven circles around the vast United States enough times to know better.  I write about life,  about love, about loss, I've dreamt songs, and I've been painfully nostalgic in verse.  I’ve tried many sounds: stripped down acoustic to full band and back to basics again. I’ve learned a lot about my voice over the years, and it's grown and changed with me, for which, I am grateful.

My fifth solo record, Cusp, was recorded while pregnant with my second daughter, and will be released in early 2018, when I can manage to tour again.

I look forward to sharing it with you.

xo

AD

Alela Diane

31 Jan 2018

+ special guests

St Pancras Old Church

Pancras Rd, Camden Town
London
Nw1 1UL

7.30pm

£15

COURTNEY MARIE ANDREWS

At just 16 years old, Courtney Marie Andrews left home in Arizona for her first tour. She traveled up and down the West Coast, busking and playing any bars or cafés that would have her. Soon after, she took a Greyhound bus four nights straight from Phoenix to New York to do the same on the East Coast. For a decade or so since, Courtney’s been a session and backup singer and guitarist for nearly 40 artists, from Jimmy Eat World to Damien Jurado. She never stopped writing her own material, though. Picking up admirers like Jurado and Ryan Adams along the way, she has quietly earned a reputation as a songwriter’s songwriter.

With plans to settle down for a bit and focus on her own songs, Courtney moved to the Northwest in 2011 to record her last full-length record On My Page. However, the record had hardly been released before she was on the road again performing other artists’ songs, eventually leading her overseas to play guitar and sing with Belgian star Milow. At the tour’s end, though, the other session players joined her to record her 2014 EP Leuven Letters in one take.

It was during this time that Courtney also wrote many of the songs on Honest Life. She found herself realising the impact of growing up on the road and this constant reconciling between her and other’s art and identity. Courtney will take it from there:

While in Belgium for four months, I was going through a major heartbreak. I started growing homesick for America and the comfort of family and friends, and life in the states.That’s where I wrote the first songs for Honest Life. It was a giant hurdle in my life. My first true growing pains as a woman. That’s why in a sense, I feel this record is a coming of age album. A common thread that runs through the songs, is a great desire to fit somewhere, when nowhere fits. And wanting to get back home to the people I know and love. Once I got back to the states, I started to bartend at a small town tavern. I was home for awhile, and needed to post up while rehearsing with the band for the record. At the tavern, I felt I could truly empathise with the stories and lives of the people there. I wrote the other half of the songs about coming home and feeling a sense of belonging again. A lot of the stories at that tavern definitely ran parallel with my own, even though our lives were so different. I was the “musician girl.”  They were farmers, construction workers, plumbers, waitresses, and cashiers. But, no matter how different, I felt we were all trying to live our most honest life.

Tickets on sale Friday at 9am

Courtney Marie Andrews

24 Apr 2018

+ special guests

Islington Assembly Hall

Upper St
London
N1 2UD

7.00pm

£15

WILLY VLAUTIN

To celebrate publication of his first novel in four years, Don't Skip Out on Me, Faber Social and Shortlist present the much-loved Willy Vlautin, of the bands Richmond Fontaine and The Delines, playing live and in conversation as part of Shortlist's Book & Beer Club. All ticket holders will receive a free copy of Don't Skip Out on Me and a beer.

'Don't Skip Out on Me is magnificent. Willy Vlautin is now one of America’s great writers.’ Roddy Doyle
‘I love Willy Vlautin’s books.’ Donna Tartt

​​The new novel follows ​ Horace Hopper, a half-white and half-Paiute Indian farm hand in Nevada, who dreams of bigger things. Leaving behind the farm and its fragile stability, he heads South to re-invent himself as the Mexican boxer Hector Hidalgo… but at what cost, and what of those he’s left behind? 

Exploring the fringes of contemporary America, Don't Skip Out on Me is an extraordinary work of compassion - a novel about the need for human connection and understanding - and essential reading, now more than ever.

'Luminously shot and acted' Financial Times
'A rivetingly beautiful film set in the world of horse racing' Daily Telegraph

Willy Vlautin is the prize-winning author of four acclaimed novels, The Motel Life, Northline, Lean on Pete, which was shortlisted for the IMPAC Prize, and The Free. He is also the frontman of the band Richmond Fontaine, whose many albums include 'Post to Wire', and more recently founded The Delines. Originally from Reno, he now lives in Portland, Oregon.

Faber Social and Shortlist present Willy Vlautin at Cecil Sharp House
2 Regent's Park Rd, London NW1 7AY
Thursday 1st February, 7pm doors
£14 ticket includes a copy of Don't Skip Out on Me and a beer

Willy Vlautin

01 Feb 2018

Cecil Sharp House

2 Regent's Park Rd
London
NW1 7AY

7.00pm

£14

DREAM WIFE

“Dream Wife is a perfect example of what makes SXSW special, the discovery and excitement of seeing something real that has feeling and meat to it, and makes you grateful you were there  to witness it.” - NPR Music

“Punk rock trio Dream Wife make music that flips a middle finger to convention.” -  T he FADER “Dream Wife‘s most recent singles are two of the most urgent, empowering, and subversive rock jams of
2017” - Gorilla vs. Bear

"a well-oiled machine worthy of the Strokes but performed with the righteous indignation of Bikini Kill...snappy, punk-informed rock 'n' roll." -  Stereogum

"why they rule: Astounding musical precision, addictive melodies, and plenty of heart." - Entertainment Weekly

“Dream Wife offer a soundtrack ripe for a punk Sofia Coppola movie soundtrack” -  NYLON

Tickets go on sale on Friday at 9am. 

Dream Wife

21 Mar 2018

+ special guests

Heaven

17 Villiers St
London
WC2N 6NG

7.30pm

£10

THE SOFT MOON

'Criminal’ is a confessional work. Through the stark lens of shame and guilt that has followed Luis Vasquez since a violent childhood growing up within the humming ambient sprawl of 80s Mojave Desert, here he documents the gut-wrenching sound of going to war with himself. Battling with his own sanity, self-hatred, insecurity, self-entitlement and grappling with the risk of these things transforming him into a person he despises, Vasquez has laid his feelings bare with this: his confession and most self-reflective work to date. “Guilt is my biggest demon and has been following me since childhood. Everything I do strengthens the narrative that I am guilty” Vasquez reflects. “The concept of ‘Criminal’ is a desperate attempt to find relief by both confessing to my wrongdoings and by blaming others for their wrongdoings that have affected me.”

The Soft Moon perform at the Dome, 16 February.

Tickets on sale now

The Soft Moon

16 Feb 2018

+ special guests

The Dome

2A Dartmouth Park Hill
London
NW5 1HL

7.30pm

£15

HYPNOTIC KINGDOM

Hypnotic Kingdom is the new project from Nathan Hewitt, founding member of Cheatahs. He began writing and recording at home in 2016, after deciding to take a break from the music industry, when relentless touring finally took its toll.

In an attempt at a rediscovery of sound and self, "Would You Be There For Me?" is a 9 song album, which aims to reaffirm the therapeutic and restorative power that creating music can bring.

The album was mixed by Dean Reid in Los Angeles and the drums were played and recorded by Marc Raue in London, both former Cheatahs members. Everything else was recorded by Hewitt in London.

For the live show Nathan is joined by Marc Raue on drums and has recruited John Webb (Male Bonding) and Conan Roberts (Mazes) on guitar and bass.

"Would You Be There For Me?" is self released January 12th, 2018.

Tickets to the show are £6. Tickets are also available which include a download of the album on release.

Hypnotic Kingdom

23 Jan 2018

+ special guests

The Lexington

96-98 Pentonville Rd
London
N1 9JB

7.30pm

£6 / £7 (including an album download)

POLIÇA & S T A R G A Z E

Having been first introduced via the Liquid Music project run by the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra in Minnesota, with the hope of a cross-genre collaboration, POLIÇA and s t a r g a z e first met in person in February 2016 in the Berlin living room of the conductor and ‘leader’ of musical collective s t a r g a z e, André de Ridder.

Joined by POLIÇA, the Minneapolis-based electronic five-piece, led by vocalist Channy Leaneagh and producer Ryan Olson, the two bands talked and the s t a r g a z e musicians began to improvise — strings, brass, woodwind played over a handful of song sketches brought by Olson. “They were not even song structures, just electronic textures,” de Ridder says. “And we started playing over them. But it was so important that the starting point was in the same room,” de Ridder adds. “Because we could see how their faces lit up when we played. I guess that's where our minds met.”

Olson recorded the Berlin improvisations and incorporated them into several tracks he sent to the s t a r g a z e collective a few weeks later. “And I guess that was where the ping pong started,” says de Ridder. What followed over the next 18 months was a long-distance musical romance of sorts, sustained by emails, mp3 files, video conferencing, as well as occasional meet-ups in Berlin, Minneapolis, and Eau Claire. Both bands were adamant that whatever they created — be it a single piece of music or a whole collection of songs — “not just be POLIÇA songs with s t a r g a z e pasted on top,” as Leaneagh puts it. “We really wanted to maintain this conversation back and forth, and be a new version of both POLIÇA and s t a r g a z e.”

Coming together again in October 2016 to prepare for a week-long residency culminating in a festival at the Funkhaus in Berlin — the former headquarters of the GDR state radio - the players wrote, rehearsed, and developed the ideas they had been pinging back and forth via the internet in the venue’s Studio 2, an exquisite, wood-panelled room with remarkable acoustics. “What that room created is pretty indescribable,” recalls Leaneagh. “It was a little cocoon.”

When Stargaze arrived to premiere the project in Minneapolis however it was the day after Trump’s election, and they found their new bandmates reeling. It was in the wake of this news — and just a day before the premiere, that Leaneagh wrote one of the album’s most sublime pieces, How Is This Happening. “The famous question is always ‘which came first the music or the words?’” says de Ridder. “And I honestly think in this project the music came first and then Channy found the words that were going to capture the atmosphere of the music. Or transcend them. Or contrast them. So it was interesting with How Is This Happening, at the last minute to turn the process on its head. She just made up her lyrics and her vocal line, and she sang it to us, and we started playing to it, and arranging it as we were playing, everyone being aware of what was happening in America at that time.”

The resultant album feels more than a simple collaboration, something more than a sum of its parts, a record with its own unique life force and distinctive voice. For de Ridder, the album’s title, Music For The Long Emergency, reflects the confusion of the times. “It had a meaning of music being a haven, giving you a ray of hope,” says de Ridder. “An alternative reality. And that became a theme of the music too. Quite a lot of the music is a little dark, and it does reflect what has been going on, but also incredible beauty at the same time which we hung onto because we needed to.”

Finally, having performed together at this year’s Eaux Claires Festival, POLIÇA + s t a r g a z e have announced some shows in the new-year around release. Tickets for the London show go on sale on Friday 10 November at 10am

Poliça + s t a r g a z e

27 Feb 2018

+ special guests

Oval Space

29-32 The Oval
London
E2 9DT

7.30pm

£22.50

2017 was a busy year for Fil Bo Riva. After the release of the debut EP „If You’re Right, It’s Alright“ in late 2016, the first two tours in Germany, Austria and Switzerland went sold out. According to this unexpected success, the solo project on stage developed to a duo with Felix A. Remm and later from a three piece to a four piece. The rest of the summer was spent through Europe playing several festivals and other gigs. All this while constantly going back into the studio with producer Robert Stephenson to work on the debut album. It has been a year full of contrasts and different priorities: On the one hand, enjoying the fast-paced life on the road, visiting new places and meeting new faces. Signing autographs on scraps of papers for the first time and realizing people actually singing along at festival gigs. On the other hand, fully disconnecting with the world and being alone in the studio to focus on the album recording. Diving in deeply, forgetting everything else and solely being with the music. Nothing else matters. Metaphorically speaking: 'If the EP was a photograph of an idea, what we are trying to create with the album is an actual movie. I’m not trying to sound romantic but it’s like accumulating different pictures and feelings… and we all worship the album format, that’s why we want to take the time to shape it properly.“

Tickets are on sale now

Fil Bo Riva

17 Apr 2018

+ special guests

Sebright Arms

31-35 Coate St,
London
E2 9AG

7.30pm

£7

SUNFLOWER BEAN

Sunflower Bean are set to return to the UK in 2018 following their dates supporting Wolf Alice around the country this month.

The band will release their hotly anticipated second album next year and you can hear the first track from the record now.

"New York is still home to bands as varied as Sunflower Bean, whose music suggests what might have happened if psychedelia had emerged after punk and the Police rather than before" - Jon Pareles of The New York Times

Tickets go on sale on Friday 10 November at 10am.

Sunflower Bean

06 Apr 2018

+ special guests

KOKO

1A Camden High St, Kings Cross
London
W1 7JE

6pm

£12.50

We're so excited to team up with Ja Ja Ja for November's edition of their long running event. They consistently bring some of the most exciting new music to London so it has been a pleasure to work with them to select three fantastic new artists. 

NELSON CAN

Nelson Can started out as a lie - there was no band - it was just a dream. ‘We just really wanted to tell people that we had a band, and so we did. Now we actually have a band and it is just as amazing as we had imagined it would be.’

Nelson Can operate with several dogmas and a very noticeable one is that the band use no guitars. Their sound is original and "to-the-bone" simple, inspired by acts like The White Stripes, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Siouxsie and the Banshees. The set-up with only drums and bass creates the perfect framework for the simple, yet very powerful melodic dogma rock sound.

ALBERT AF EKENSTAM

Like, say, Elliot Smith and Damien Jurado, Albert is a very brave and straightforward singer- songwriter. His melodies and lyrics are like uncensored and infinitely beautiful letters – without euphemisms and false chords they let you know what’s on his mind. At the same time they’re universal – if you’ve loved and lost you can relate to them.

They also start your internal movie projector. With “Ashes” on the stereo and with eyes closed memory fragments, glowing emotions and pure dreams fly through your soul. That Filip’s production (which you’ve heard on Anna von Hausswolff’s two latest albums) is both intimate and grand at the same time makes this personal cinematic experience even more sensational.

Great art. What more can you ask for? Albert af Ekenstam is here to stay.

HAJK

Hajk’s first song, 'Common Sense', was listed by Norwegian radio stations almost before the band got of our their rehearsal space, and the album Magazin», which was released in early autumn 2017, got a great reception by international media. In the US, Noisey picked up the single straight away, and this blazed the trail for the band over there. In England, Indie Shuffle was quick off the mark. Sweden also liked Hajk’s consistent pop music, and Svenska Dagbladet called Magazine one of the best, new songs that autumn. The bands debut album has gotten great reviews in Scandinavia, Germany, UK, US and beyond.

The band are influenced by artists like Dirty Projectors, Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Amason, but still they stand firmly on their own feet, with an original sound that also challenges the genre they belong to. 

Tickets are on sale now.

Ja Ja Ja x Rockfeedback

30 Nov 2017

Nelson Can / Albert Af Ekenstam / Hajk

The Lexington

96-98 Pentonville Rd
London
N1 9JB

7.30pm

£5 / £7

 

OSCAR JEROME

Oscar Jerome has been honing his craft as a musician and writer since a young age. He has worked as vocalist, guitarist and composer with countless acts and grown through the thriving South London music scene.

In his solo project Jerome brings all of his influences together, citing artists such as Gil Scott-Heron, George Benson, John Martyn, The Clash, Ali Farka Toure and Jay Dilla. Oscar’s song writing is motivated by politics, spirituality within music and life experiences. His creative vision is to always make music with sincerity and pay homage to his countless inspirations.

Oscar’s music has received radio attention from Gilles Peterson, Huw Stephens (BBC radio 1) and Jamz Supernova (1Xtra). He has appeared in a Boiler Room session along with Nick Hakim, recorded his own Mahogany session and earlier in 2017 played a BBC 6Music live session on Gilles Peterson’s show. His  acclaimed live show has seen him perform at Glastonbury, Jazz Cafe, Worldwide Awards Afterparty and Union Chapel supporting Macy Gray to name a few.

Oscar Jerome

31 Jan 2018

+ special guests

Montague Arms

289 Queen's Rd
London
SE15 2PA

7.30pm

£7

TRUDY AND THE ROMANCE

“Impossible to pin down, they deliver a drunken, stumbling, shambolic rock ’n roll that somehow keeps its shit together when the going gets tough. Truly, Trudy are something very special indeed” – DIY
“If anyone’s gonna do anything from Liverpool in the next 12 months, it’ll be this lot”– NME
"..all lovesick sea shanties and Orange Juice inflected rabble rousers" - I-D Magazine

Somewhere among the daydreamers and heartbreakers, beauty queens and jock teens, Trudy and the Romance are looking to lure you into their suitably skewed, cinematic world. On new single ‘Is There A Place I Can Go’, the trio’s dubbed ‘Mutant 50s Pop’ takes a more contemplative turn. The single is part of their Junkyard Jazz EP, which will be released through B3SCI on November the 17th.

From character creation to alter-ego exploration, Trudy’s overtly-romanticised, technicolour realm runs deep. Like David Lynch dicing and splicing Walt Disney film reels, Junkyard Jazz EP is a larger-than-life introduction to their saccharine sound, right through to the Grease-style illustrations by LA-based artist Hello Thunderpuss.

Trudy and the Romance

26 Jan 2018

+ special guests

The Lexington

96-98 Pentonville Rd
London
N1 9JB

7.30pm

£7

MEAT WAVE

In late 2014, Meat Wave’s 24-year-old frontman Chris Sutter found himself facing the end of the relationship he had been in since he was 12 years old. “When you’re in something like that for so long, it doesn’t shield you from the world, but it softens your reality,” he explains. “A long relationship like that gives you confidence.” He likens the experience of being single for the first time in his adult life to being an Amish kid on Rumspringa. “I was just going nuts, making all the mistakes that you could make. It made for a really whack, fucked up time—very confused, always unsure—and that led to a bunch of shit,” Sutter laughs grimly.

The Chicago punks had already made their second album Delusion Moon, a hardcore blast that castigated the weak excuses we ply for poor behaviour. That would come out in 2015. In the interim, Sutter started keeping a notebook to try and document the profound mood swings and torrents of anxiety that he was experiencing in the wake of the split, writing stream-of-consciousness poems about his feelings from day to day, city to city. One term kept coming out: the incessant.

Meat Wave

09 Feb 2018

+ special guests

The Lexington

96-98 Pentonville Rd
London
N1 9JB

7.30pm

£9

SONS OF RAPHAEL

Sons of Raphael are brothers Loral and Ronnel Raphael from London.
Their throats are opened graves, they use their tongues to deceive.

WHENYOUNG

Do you remember when you were young? Do you remember that very distinctive mixed and contradictory feeling of fearlessness and doubt, of possibility and uncertainty, of freedom and pressure, of determination and flippancy? Do you remember?

Well, these feelings are still fresh for whenyoung. All those contradictions reveal themselves in their songs, where the music fizzes with youthful abandon and urgency while the lyrics tell quite a different story.

MEGGIE BROWN

"Terrifying Hi-Fi pop songs"

+ RFB DJs

Tickets on sale now.
8pm - 1am

Popular Culture: Sons of Raphael / WhenYoung / Meggie Brown

24 Nov 2017

+ special guests

The Finsbury

336 Green Lanes, Harringay
London
N4 1BY

8pm

£5

PEGGY SUE

Peggy Sue will debut some more new music and play some classics at this intimate show after selling out their last show in a matter of hours.

GRIP TIGHT

This is the electronic project of English producer Benjamin Gregory. Subtly inspired by Italo-Disco and Chicago House, GRIP TIGHT brings hints of Kraftwerk, Joy Division and Arthur Russell to create darkly atmospheric and captivating pop songs.

Tickets on sale now.

Peggy Sue / Grip Tight

02 Dec 2017

The Shacklewell Arms

71 Shacklewell Ln
London
E8 2EB

7.30pm

£10

OUMOU SANGARE

Widely regarded as one of the greatest living voices in African music, here Malian singer and songwriter Oumou Sangaré performs music from her new album Mogoya in an intimate seated show, part of our In the Round series.

Often referred to as the ‘The Songbird of Wassoulou’ (a southern wooded region of Mali which she considers her spiritual home), Sangaré is stylish, elegant, fiery and charismatic with a soulful, soaring voice – qualities that have seen her fast become an emblem for African womanhood and a striking role model. A tireless campaigner for women’s rights, Sangaré’s music is as fearless and powerful as her message – combining traditional instruments with western influences and sounds, drawing on a rich musical heritage while looking to the future.

Oumou Sangare

31 Jan 2018

+ special guests

Roundhouse - In The Round

Chalk Farm Road
London
NW1 8EH

7.30pm

£15 - £25

THE RURAL ALBERTA ADVANTAGE

Change is constant. Certainly that’s always been the case with the Rural Alberta Advantage. Through three albums, Juno and Polaris nominations, the steady hum of critical praise and the relentless miles of constant touring, the trio of Nils Edenloff, Paul Banwatt and recent addition Robin Hatch have not just been confronted with change, they have been wailing, pounding and sighing their way through it. Change hung over them in the melancholy nostalgia of Hometowns, shook them during the finding-your-feet urgency of Departing and found its way through their cracks in the turmoil of Mended with Gold.

Though it’s always left a mark on the band, as they journey into The Wild, their fourth album, this perpetual change seemed to be casting a darker shadow. Maybe it’s the fact that singer and songwriter Edenloff almost watched his childhood home of Fort McMurray burn to the ground. Maybe it’s just, as Edenloff notes ruefully, that everyone in the band is getting older. Maybe it’s just that we’ve all had a rough year. But never before has the band felt quite so surrounded by the heaviness of being — nor quite so determined to pull through.

The Rural Alberta Advantage

13 Mar 2018

+ special guests

Scala

275 Pentonville Rd, Kings Cross
London
N1 9NL

7.30pm

£13.50

BABA ALI

Baba Ali was part of electronic duo ​Voices of Black from 2009-2015 and signed to underground dance label Wolf + Lamb records in 2009. The DJs/producers subsequently toured Europe, Latin America and the US.

Baba is now pursuing a solo career as a recording and visual artist/performer with the debut solo ‘NOMAD’ EP out now.

PAVAN

Growing up in a time when communication and gratification were slower and more real than in our current connected world, Pavan exists to encourage people to look up for a moment, to take in the planet and the people around them. To stick around for the whole song, through detailed production and to return to it, through melody.

The London-based duo is made up of Joe Robbins and Will Lowes. Both work part-time jobs in botany, where they get insight into the natural world that seeps into the music. They hope that people will visualise this as they listen.

Their songs are set against a machine-generated backdrop, aiming for beauty in contrast: quivering, eccentric vocals backed by lab-coat soundscape funk.

Live, Pavan plays electronic music without laptops, believing more in the limitations of a sampler. Also, you can’t check your email on an MPC.

Following up from their first single It’s A Secret Life, their debut EP will be released in early 2018.

LNLY

LNLY are a South London dance collective from Peckham in South London. Influenced as much by classic Detroit House as they are by late 90s UK Garage, their debut single "Feed Your Soul" was a slice of positive pop-house that garnered attention from Line Of Best Fit, Juicebox.fm, Soho Radio, The Sun (?) and Reprezent FM - where it was single of the week. Their second single "Coming Up For Air' due in early November nods it's head more to classic british boy/girl duos like Moloko or Aluna George and marks LNLY out as ones to watch for 2018

Tickets on sale now

Baba Ali / Pavan / LNLY

28 Nov 2017

Montague Arms

289 Queen's Rd
London
SE15 2PA

7.30pm

£6

CLOUD NOTHINGS

Cloud Nothings was founded in a Cleveland basement, the one-man recording project of Dylan Baldi, an unassuming, then 18-year-old student of song with a remarkable ear for melody. Prolific from the start, Baldi’s early work was rough but immediate: crudely recorded, spring-loaded spasms of Buzzcocks-informed pop that quickly found an online following among the lo-fi-inclined. When an opportunity presented itself to open a small show in Brooklyn, Baldi abandoned a still-in-progress final project to be there. The gamble paid off.

In 2010, Carpark unveiled Turning On, a retrospective introduction that combined early 7″ singles and the full-length debut (a limited release on cassette and vinyl) from which it took its name. The following year, Cloud Nothings made its proper Carpark debut with a thrilling self-titled LP that found Baldi in a studio for the first time, shedding the many layers of hiss and distortion that had once obscured (or enhanced) his every hook. What followed was an unexpected breakthrough, 2012’s Attack on Memory, an album that very loudly (with the help of producer Steve Albini) announced the arrival of Cloud Nothings as the sound of more than just Baldi: Caustic and cathartic, it marked the first time Baldi wrote with and for his longtime touring band, drummer Jayson Gerycz, bassist TJ Duke and since departed guitarist Joe Boyer. While its rightly acclaimed and hastily recorded follow-up, 2014’s Here and Nowhere Else refined and expanded upon the volcanic interplay that galvanized its predecessor, it also found Baldi realizing his potential as a singer and the leader of an undeniably great rock band.

Smart, nuanced, and immensely listenable, this is guitar-driven pop as it should be—conceived by a songwriter who continues to sound like one of the finest of his generation.

THE HOTELIER

It is not enough to say that The Hotelier have grown older, or wiser, or more of anything. We can trace a progression, if we like, from the explosive empowerment of It Never Goes Out to the ashen disillusionment of Home, Like Noplace Is There. We can follow an awakening of youth in suburbia attempting to learn what is right, and what is ours, and what is possible and impossible, and maybe we can't save each other like we thought we once could. We're awake and we're tired and we want love in our lives again. And so we find ourselves now in Goodness, in the woods outside of the suburbs, trying to re-learn that love.

But we seek a space outside time. Once in a while we can feel it, like a clearing. Where our histories and our rhetorics blend into languages spoken and unspoken. Where the greatest awe comes upon us for the overlooked, the simple, the incomperhensible. Where things glitch as they solidify, repeat as they evolve, scream as they whisper. Where always and forever above us, in all of its natural, unnatural, supernatural love, shines the moon. Goodness is not this place -- goodness is nowhere -- but we are following it to where we have to be.

After all we've gone through, how young are we? What is age softening in us, what is it hardening in us? Are we getting better? Worse? How could we ever know, when capital forces us onward away from ourselves? Will the woods consume the suburbs; will the suburbs consume the woods? In the gaps between these monumental questions, in the tiniest details, in the infinitude of cycles outside of time, there is Goodness. We begin there.

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Cloud Nothings & The Hotelier

12 Dec 2017

The Dome

2A Dartmouth Park Hill
London
NW5 1HL

7.30pm

£17.50

HATER

It’s been a quick rise for Swedish indie pop quartet Hater. Formed last year by friends in Malmö, the band released an EP in July with PNKSLM Recordings, earning them comparisons ranging from The Pretenders to Alvvays. They then released their full length debut ‘You Tried’, proclaimed by Gorilla Vs. Bear to be their favourite album of 2017 so far, citing frontwoman Caroline Landahl’s “gorgeous, achingly bittersweet vocals, perpetually swaying between comforting and devastating.” An assured and consistent record, ‘You Tried’ blends jangle with grit.

Taking their musical cues from the likes of Alvvays, The Pretenders, Neil Young and The Radio Dept, all led by Landahl’s gorgeous vocals, Hater soon drew a lot of attention, including praise from international music publications such as The FADER, The Line of Best Fit and Stereogum.

Among those to declare themselves fans were the band’s heroes in The Radio Dept. who asked them to open for them on their first Scandinavian tour in five years. The band made their debut UK show in London earlier in 2017, and have since played at Roskilde Festival, with an extensive UK/EU tour on the horizon for 2018. With ‘You Tried’ Hater easily established themselves as Sweden’s most exciting new indie act, offering up a sound that’s both instantly accessible and grows with every listen.

Now, the band sign with Fire Records, joining Jane Weaver, Death And Vanilla, Rats on Rafts Virginia Wing, Noveller and Modern Studies at the forefront of the label’s new roster. The band are due to release a new EP this December.

PLASTIC PINKS

Plastic Pinks formed in Jan of 2013 and have kept the integrity of their energetic sound throughout the years, even after going through some line up changes. Known for their charismatic performances, energetic music and their commitment to their craft, they have toured over the years and don’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. They once shared the road with AJ Davila (Terror Amor / Davila 666) which helped pave the way for future tours where they promoted their various releases. Among those releases they had many breakthrough moments, like having their 7”inch record released by the Atlanta label, Die Slaughterhaus Records, in which the songs “Fui” and “Kelly” gained them momentum and inspired a craving to push harder than before. Later on, they released their digital / cassette EP, “Livin’ On the coast”, via Wiener Records. This particular EP propelled the band further which helped as a stepping stone towards to their later released album “Sunnyside Rabbits” (recorded/produced by AJ Davila) with Burger Records. During the Sunnyside Rabbits three month tour the band was featured on Daytrotter, as wells as a KEXP live session, which added more wind to their sails.

Hater / Plastic Pinks

01 Dec 2017

Shacklewell Arms

71 Shacklewell Ln
London
E8 2EB

7.30pm

FREE

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OSCAR JEROME

Oscar Jerome has been honing his craft as a musician and writer since a young age. He has worked as vocalist, guitarist and composer with countless acts and grown through the thriving South London music scene.

In his solo project Jerome brings all of his influences together, citing artists such as Gil Scott-Heron, George Benson, John Martyn, The Clash, Ali Farka Toure and Jay Dilla. Oscar’s song writing is motivated by politics, spirituality within music and life experiences. His creative vision is to always make music with sincerity and pay homage to his countless inspirations.

Oscar’s music has received radio attention from Gilles Peterson, Huw Stephens (BBC radio 1) and Jamz Supernova (1Xtra). He has appeared in a Boiler Room session along with Nick Hakim, recorded his own Mahogany session and earlier in 2017 played a BBC 6Music live session on Gilles Peterson’s show. His  acclaimed live show has seen him perform at Glastonbury, Jazz Cafe, Worldwide Awards Afterparty and Union Chapel supporting Macy Gray to name a few.

THEIA THE PLANET

THEIA THE PLANET - the hypothesised collider with the early earth - brings an aural landscape filled with ethereal vocals and alt-electronic rhythms. Transporting the listener to a place of renewal THEIA THE PLANET works intricate lyrics into primal simplicity.

Oscar Jerome / Theia The Planet

15 Nov 2017

Servant Jazz Quarters

10A Bradbury Street, Dalston
London
N16 8JN

7.30pm

£8

 

ELDER ISLAND

Bristol based trio Elder Island offer a rich and unique sound. Katy’s sweet and soulful tones flow over multi-layered synths, beats and melodic broodings to stir up any crowd to get up and dance. Sonically placed somewhere between the likes of The xx, Sylvan Esso, Mount Kimbie & Maribou State, there is no denying Elder Island are carving out a home for themselves in our musical landscape.

Directly after supporting Glass Animals on their European tour this Spring they jumped into The Great Escape Festival before descending on Boomtown Fair, Love Saves the Day (Main Stage), Lovebox, Lost Village, Farm Fest, Ventnor Fringe Festival and more. Each performance saw not only the return of their dedicated fanbase but hoards of buzzing new fans. They quickly became the band not to be missed of the 2017 festival season, with national and online press singing their praises after electric live sets.

The band have garnered huge support from BBC Introducing and were hand-picked to perform at their Maida Vale sessions as well as that of BBC6 Music on their debut self-titled EP. Elder Island continue to be championed by the likes of Huw Stephens, who featured single ‘Bamboo’ and Phil Taggart who premiered 2017 single ‘Welcome State’ on their respective BBC Radio 1 shows. With Gilles Peterson, BBC6 Music’s Tom Robinson and Beats 1’s Zane Lowe also showing appreciation, they are turning heads every where they go.

Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon’s Music Unlimited have also been showing their support for the band via various adds to their playlists. After signing their acclaimed 2016 ‘Seeds in Sand’ EP single ‘Welcome State’ to Metropolis Recordings, they have now taken the bold step to self-release their latest track ‘Bonfires’. From a sold-out October 2017 mini-tour to a full UK headline tour in January 2018, Elder Island are fast becoming the act to watch out for in the coming months.

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Elder Island

24 Jan 2018

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Jazz Cafe

5 Parkway, Camden Town
London
NW1 7PG

7.30pm

£8.50

DUTCH UNCLES

Six years into Dutch Uncles’ flourishing career, the idiosyncratic art-popologists return with new album Big Balloon which sees them further distilling and refining their signature sound, marrying rock bombast with classical arrangements, acoustic instrumentation with smart synthetic pop.

Big Balloon is Dutch Uncles’ most direct record to date, the sound of a wildly witty band well and truly finding their stride, whilst lyrically tackling the growing pains of being twentysomething in a generic Northern suburbia.

With Big Balloon, Dutch Uncles continue their fascinating, wonky ascent which has seen them play enormodomes with emo punk rock behemoths and self-confessed Dutch Uncles acolytes Paramore, supporting and being supported by likeminded left-field pop adventurers Wild Beasts, Outfit, Field Music, and Everything Everything, have a burger named after them by one of Manchester’s premiere eateries and prefigure Future Islands’ dance moves meme in their video for 2013 single Flexxin.

Big Balloon was recorded with long term collaborator Brendan Williams at Manchester’s old Granada studios; infamous for being the place that Sex Pistols and Joy Division made their TV debuts.  The band were meticulous in tweaking their synth sounds so they’d fit seamlessly with the harp, xylophone, marimba, string and woodwind sounds that populate the record.  Sources of inspiration for the record included The Blue Nile, Kate Bush’s third album, Never For Ever, Igor Stravinsky, Japan and lyrically John Cooper Clarke, Sparks, Ian Dury and Prefab Sprouts’ album From Langley Park to Memphis.

WARM DIGITS

The krautophonic blizzard-wave duo of Andrew Hodson & Steve Jefferis from Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

For their new recording, the band have sharpened up the elements of their sound for a set of crisp, propulsive and melodically rich songs, and for the first time on selected songs have collaborated with some of their favourite vocalists: Peter Brewis of Field Music, Sarah Cracknell of Saint Etienne, Devon Sproule, and Mia la Metta of Beards.

MALIHINI

Giampaolo Speziale and Federica Caiozzo met in early 2016 and, in what Federica describes as a "moment of surrender," decided to start making music together on a road trip through Austria, Germany and Poland. The duo gathered thirty improvised musical ideas and spent eight days recording with their friend and drummer Alberto Paone in a Roman studio.

Last year, they decided to break from their previous musical incarnations and moved from Rome to London, taking with them a hard drive of songs, a battered suitcase and vinyl copies of Nick Drake's Five Leaves Left and Stevie Wonder's Hotter Than July.

ANDY BACKHOUSE DJ

If it’s eclecticism you crave, then Andy Backhouse is your man. He has made it his mission to uncover the weird and the wonderful produced across the world, from French-language New Wave to Norwegian Technicolor pop and back again. From winning the ‘SRA Selector’ and presenting shows on Mexico City’s Ibero 90.9 FM, to his ‘Backhouse to the Future’ showcases at The Social, we can’t wait to see what the young DJ has up his sleeve for ‘Lost Christmas’.

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Lost Christmas: Dutch Uncles / Warm Digits / Malihini

16 Dec 2017

Moth Club

Old Trades Hall, Valette St,
London
E9 6NU

7.30pm

£13

MYSTERY LIGHTS

Even though they may sound more like some lost outfit from the depths of mid-sixties Texas than a bunch of scruffy kids from the streets of 21st Century Brooklyn, The Mystery Lights combine relentless enthusiasm, and a knack for a hook into an all-action rock n roll combo for the here and now. Their first single pairs a ridiculously catchy neo-teenbeat number "Too Many Girls" (our protagonist surrounded by a feminine throng he can't control) with the snaking psych-blues of "Too Tough To Bear", featuring the band dragging their squalling guitars deep into swampland. Though it was recorded to 8-track tape at Daptone's legendary House of Soul by Daptone studio superstar Wayne Gordon and mixed by Bosco Mann, it was the cutting engineer JJ Golden who called it "the hottest record I ever cut."

"Combine the aesthetic of [New York]'s downtown dwellers (like The Velvet Underground) with a present-day urgency." - NPR's World Cafe
"There's a stoned, analog atmosphere hanging over everything, but there's a fire and toughness, too. [Mike] Brandon, like Charles Bradley and Sharon Jones before him, performs with a power and vigor that keeps him undeniable." - Pitchfork
"Captivating, (...) firmly rooted in the tradition of Sixties garage and gritty NYC punk." - Rolling Stone

SLEAZE

3 PIECE CREEPY PUNK WITH HARD BEATS AND KEYBOARD WOBBLE

The Mystery Lights / SLEAZE

05 Dec 2017

Moth Club

Old Trades Hall, Valette St
London
E9 6NU

7.30pm

£10

BEN FROST

Born in 1980 in Melbourne, Australia, Ben Frost relocated to Reykjavík Iceland in 2005. Working closely with friends Valgeir Sigurðsson and Nico Muhly, he formed the Bedroom Community record label/collective. His albums, including Steel Wound (2003), Theory of Machines (2007) and BY THE THROAT (2009), A U R O R A (2014), V A R I A N T (2014) fuse intensely structured sound art with militant post-classical electronic music, shape-shifting physical power with immersive melody, concentrated minimalism with fierce, rupturing metal. This sees a special audio-visual show in collaboration with esteemed artist Marcel Webber (MFO), which features a highly creative production that makes for a stunning live show, following the release of Ben's new album "The Centre Cannot Hold" An RFB presentation as part of Convergence 2018.

In 2010, he was chosen by Brian Eno as part of the Rolex Mentor and Protegé program for a year of collaboration. Frost has worked as a producer on a number of studio albums, including Tim Hecker’s Ravedeath1972 and Virgins, SWANS’ The Seer, Colin Stetson’s New History Warfare, and on various Bedroom Community releases.

On the stage, Frost has produced scores for Choreographers including Wayne McGregor/Random Dance, Akram Khan, and german Director Falk Richter. In film, he composed the score for the Palme d ́Or nominated Sleeping Beauty by Julia Leigh, and Djúpið by Icelandic Director Baltasar Kormákur (with Daníel Bjarnason, for which the pair won the Icelandic film award for best score in 2013). 2013 also marked the premier of Frost’s first opera, based on Iain Bank´s infamous 1984 novel The Wasp Factory.

Frost brings his live show to Heaven, 16 March.

VISIONIST

One of modern music’s most elusive experimentalists, Visionist has been colouring the monochrome landscape of electronic production since his breakthrough EP I’m Fine in 2013, dissolving all manner of genres down in order to create work to which these terms no longer apply. His artistic signature is to manipulate vocal content into dense, highly fabricated melodies, human sound reconfigured into a stark and beguilingly alien sublime.
Picking up where I’m Fine left off, in 2015 he released his debut album Safe via PAN records – described as “a personal portrait of anxiety” it dealt head on with issues of mental health – at a time when the music industry was only just beginning to open up to the discussion – and was described by Pitchfork as “a statement that feels not just a flexing of experimental techniques, but something rich and human, too”. Further critical praise for Visionist has come from the likes of Resident Advisor, Crack, SPIN, The Guardian, and Rolling Stone, who cited him as an ‘artist to watch’ in 2016.

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Ben Frost / Visionist

16 Mar 2018

+ special guests

Heaven

17 Villiers St,
London
WC2N 6NG

7.30pm

£15

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BEN FROST

Born in 1980 in Melbourne, Australia, Ben Frost relocated to Reykjavík Iceland in 2005. Working closely with friends Valgeir Sigurðsson and Nico Muhly, he formed the Bedroom Community record label/collective. His albums, including Steel Wound (2003), Theory of Machines (2007) and BY THE THROAT (2009), A U R O R A (2014), V A R I A N T (2014) fuse intensely structured sound art with militant post-classical electronic music, shape-shifting physical power with immersive melody, concentrated minimalism with fierce, rupturing metal.

In 2010, he was chosen by Brian Eno as part of the Rolex Mentor and Protegé program for a year of collaboration. Frost has worked as a producer on a number of studio albums, including Tim Hecker’s Ravedeath1972 and Virgins, SWANS’ The Seer, Colin Stetson’s New History Warfare, and on various Bedroom Community releases.

On the stage, Frost has produced scores for Choreographers including Wayne McGregor/Random Dance, Akram Khan, and german Director Falk Richter. In film, he composed the score for the Palme d ́Or nominated Sleeping Beauty by Julia Leigh, and Djúpið by Icelandic Director Baltasar Kormákur (with Daníel Bjarnason, for which the pair won the Icelandic film award for best score in 2013). 2013 also marked the premier of Frost’s first opera, based on Iain Bank´s infamous 1984 novel The Wasp Factory.

This is a special 'The Centre Cannot Hold' album launch event.

Frost brings his wall of sound to ICA, 11 October.

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Ben Frost - ICA

11 Oct 2017

+ special guests

Institute of Contemporary Arts

The Mall, St. James's
London
SW1Y 5AH

7.30pm

£17.50

COSMO SHELDRAKE

Cosmo Sheldrake is a 26 year-old multi-instrumentalist musician, composer and producer.

He regularly performs on banjo, loop station, keyboards, double bass, drums, penny whistle, sousaphone, accordion and many more. He is an inspirational singer and improviser, and much of his work is concerned with play, nonsense and the sonorous environment.

Cosmo composes music for film and theatre and tours internationally, performing solo and with several bands including Johnny Flynn and the Sussex Wit and the Gentle Mystics. He ran a community choir until 2013, teaches in schools and privately and has facilitated music workshops and youth empowerment and nature awareness camps across Europe and North America.

JENNY MOORE'S MYSTIC BUSINESS

Anarchic beats choir with punk ethos led by artist, composer, and drummer Jenny Moore - bent on inciting progressive politics with spontaneous joy. Jenny Moore (Bas Jan, Charismatic Megafauna) brings the statement, the groove and directed mayhem. Rapture and rage are distilled out of thin air by this 10-piece orchestra of chaos, using drums, tuned percussion and voices.

PLUS GENTLE MYSTICS SOUND SYSTEM

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Cosmo Sheldrake & Friends

17 Nov 2017

Jenny Moore’s Mystic Business / Gentle Mystics Sound System

Mick's Garage

8, Queen's Yard
London
E9 5EN

8pm

£12.50

DRAHLA

Drahla are a Leeds-based trio comprised of Luciel Brown, Robb Riggs and Mike Ainsley. Formed in 2016, they already have two impeccable singles under their belt – Fictional Decision (released on A Turntable Friend) and Faux Text (Too Pure Singles Club) – which have earned them support from BBC 6 Music, Radio X, Loud & Quiet and DIY. They have also been building a reputation for their electrifying live show and have recently shared a bill with the likes of The Cribs, Amber Arcades, Dream Wife and Bad Breeding.

MUSH

"Mush’s new track is a 10-minute garage-rock tune about that whole ‘Alternative Facts’ bullshit. At least we've now got one thing to thank Kellyanne Conway for" Loud & Quiet

TREEBOY & ARC

Post-punk four-piece from Leeds. The band formed at college in Leeds through boredom and the lack of anything else to do. Initially playing covers at house parties they eventually started writing their own material. Treeboy & Arc have since been taking their frantic, high-energy performances to various venues, opening for the likes of The Wytches, Parquet Courts and Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever and more.

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Drahla / Mush / Treeboy & Arc

09 Nov 2017

Shacklewell Arms

71 Shacklewell Ln
London
E8 2EB

7.30pm

£6

ALVVAYS

Alvvays have recently released their second full-length, Antisocialites.  The album is the much-anticipated follow-up to their critically acclaimed debut record which received accolades from Pitchfork, NPR, Rolling Stone and more. Across its 10 tracks and 33 minutes the Toronto-based group dive back into the deep-end of reckless romance and altered dates. Ice cream truck jangle collides with prismatic noise pop while Molly Rankin's wit is refracted through crystalline surf counterpoint. Through thoughtful consideration in basement and abroad, Alvvays has renewed its Scot-pop vows with a powerful new collection of manic emotional collage. Antisocialites is out now on Transgressive Records.

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Alvvays

23 Feb 2018

+ special guests

Roundhouse

Chalk Farm Rd
London
NW1 8EH

7.00pm

£18

LIDO PIMIENTA

Lido Pimienta is a Toronto-based, Colombian-born interdisciplinary musician and artist-curator. She has performed, exhibited, and curated around the world since 2002, exploring the politics of gender, race, motherhood, identity and the construct of the Canadian landscape in the Latin American diaspora and vernacular.

Her most recent album La Papessa was self-released in October 2016, building momentum on a busy year that has included collaborating and performing with A Tribe Called Red, touring with Austra, publishing a graphic novel, creating visual artworks and contributing to art talks and exhibitions. The summer ahead includes festival appearances at Luminato, Pride Toronto, Sappyfest, Up Here, and Venus Festival; in November, she heads to Iceland Airwaves in Reykjavik.

MAYA YIANNI

Maya Yianni's sound is unapologetic and frank, drawing inspiration from the menial and meaningful moments of life. In her early years she was surrounded by her father's vast and eclectic record collection, including musical gems from many genres - jazz, punk, soul - all of which have had fragmental influences on Maya's work and sound. Maya adopts a DIY approach to her work, citing digital as distraction and her analogue attitude is engrained in almost everything she does - from her self-made artwork, to her methods of songwriting. Maya is based in SE London.

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Lido Pimienta / Maya Yianni

01 Nov 2017

Sebright Arms

31-35 Coate St
London
E2 9AG

7.30pm

£6

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BING & RUTH

In 2006, David Moore started Bing & Ruth as a way to bring his compositions to an audience beyond academia. A pianist from Kansas, studying at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York's Greenwich Village, Moore was writing the sort of music he wanted to hear: minimalist ensemble music with a certain filmic sensitivity, one that prioritized grace and texture over the style's once-radical subtraction. Following the seasoned history of minimalist heroes at the New School like John Cage and Steve Reich—both of whom taught at the institution throughout the 1950s and '60s—Moore's compositions looked past the studied repetition of the style's most prominent forerunners towards a form built on feeling, a mobilization of time-honoured shapes, now angled outward towards a greater totalizing sublime. The piece's mark the culmination of Moore's piano studies, pairing tender lines that emphasize the instrument's more percussive qualities with running woodwinds, warbling tape delays, and splattered upright bass lines that stare out with a wide-eyed transcendence.

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Bing & Ruth (Solo piano show) / Angèle David-Guillou

16 Nov 2017

St Pancras Old Church

Pancras Rd
London
NW1 1UL

7.30pm

£15

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STARCRAWLER

Starcrawler are a Los Angeles rock & roll band formed one year ago when Arrow de Wilde first met Henri Cash on the high school yard in Echo Park. The rhythm section of Austin Smith and Tim Franco, found on the streets of Hollywood, soon followed. They play rock & roll music heavy and loud, and their incendiary performances resemble the the children of the Cramps, the Yeah Yeahs Yeahs, and Alice Cooper.

In the spring, their single Ants will be released on Rough Trade Records worldwide alongside the B-Side Used to Know. The song, written days after they first played together and recorded with producer Steven McDonald (Red Kross), was quickly discovered by London DJ Matt Wilkinson and debuted on Apple Beats One radio just as the band was playing their first few shows. The DJ loved it so much, he played it twice in a row. Soon after, it found it’s way to Sir Elton John who spun it on his “Rocket Hour” radio program, as well as to Zane Lowe who played it to further accolades. The song, documenting the unhinged beginnings of the group taking their first steps into the public eye, has already found its way into a UniQlo commercial and it's forthcoming release on Rough Trade will bring the band overseas to the UK for the first time. Concurrently, Starcrawler has spent the last few months with famed producer Ryan Adams at his Hollywood studio Pax Am completing their first full length LP due out later this year. The record hits hard like the classic debuts of so many of the greatest bands; 10 songs in under 30 minutes. Building on the groundswell of attention and hype already surrounding them, 2017 promises to be a very big year for Starcrawler. The band consists of Arrow de Wilde on lead vocals, Henri Cash on guitar, Austin Smith on drums, and Tim Franco on bass. 


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Starcrawler

02 Nov 2017

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Sebright Arms

31-35 Coate St
London
E2 9AG

7.30pm

£8

ANNA OF THE NORTH

“Anna of the North brings out Scandi-pop’s sensitive side” - The FADER
“expansive, gorgeously crafted pop music” - Pigeons and Planes
“twisting and warping the dreamlike blueprint of her forebears to gorgeous effect” - NME
“dark, chamber-pop music that carries us away into our deepest of feelings” - Nylon

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Anna of the North

15 Feb 2018

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XOYO

Cowper St
London
EC2A 4AP

8pm

£12

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ALICE PHOEBE LOU

Alice Phoebe Lou is a a street artist based in Berlin. Alice grew up on a mountainside near Cape Town in South Africa. She has been busking in the streets and anywhere else she goes on tour since moving to Europe in 2010. First as a fire dancer, later as a musician. Funded by her own performances on the streets of Berlin she has self-released 1 EP, 1 live album and her debut LP "Orbit" last year which saw her nominated for best female artist at the German critics choice awards.

Last year Alice toured with Sixto Rodriguez, Boy & Bear, Allen Stone and Crystal Fighters. These were only some of the 84 shows she played in 2016, including 3 sold out nights at the Berlin Planetarium (biggest in Europe) this past December. She started 2017 with a European and South African Tour with 12 of those 13 shows being sold out.

LAURA MISCH

Saxophonist, producer and singer-songwriter Laura Misch debuted her solo set in Autumn 2016 at the Camden Assembly alongside jazz & soul luminaries Soweto Kinch, Andrew Ashong & Binker & Moses. Laura then went on to sell out her debut headline show, which combined her exploratory electronics with some of south London’s finest musicians. In the fall of 2016, she followed these performing at more sold out shows, supporting rising stateside lyricist Noname and the ever-energetic jazz great, Roy Ayers.

Laura released her first self produced LP Playground, in May from which the support it gained, saw her appear live on BBC 6 with Gilles Peterson.

Laura continues to mould her sax rich productions and one-woman live set up, experimenting new sonics with electronic manipulation. Expect more searching ephemeral soundscapes later this year.

“Another new generation jazz influenced artist…she not only plays saxophone and sings but she arranges and plays keyboard and does the whole thing. She’s an amazing talent.” - Gilles Peterson

Alice Phoebe Lou / Laura Misch

23 Nov 2017

Oslo

1A Amhurst Rd
London
E8 1LL

7.30pm

£12

BRIANA MARELA

There is something enduring about great love songs, and Briana Marela's Call It Love wraps its wide arms around the subject, invoking all its complexity. From the getgo, Call it Love opens with a reflection on a new love. An unfurling, ambient hum builds slowly, articulating that unmistakable head-in-the-clouds feeling that accompanies early love, before giving way to an uptempo melody and a clattering, joyful chorus. Layers and textures evoke its subtler feelings, while the lyrics speak frankly, holding nothing back. Deepening her songwriting and expanding her palette, Briana Marela has made her proverbial giant leap, to explore the sounds of love in beautiful, striking new ways.

Before writing the songs that would become Call It Love, Briana Marela was typically guided first and foremost by her instincts as a producer and engineer. Marela studied audio production in Olympia at The Evergreen State College, and her previous albums, Speak From Your Heart and All Around Us, capture that early spirit of exploration. Marela's original vision for this album was to dig into the two poles of her songwriting styles: her ambient, ethereal side and her brighter, beat-driven pop leanings. She enlisted the production help of Juan Pieczanski and Ryan Heyner of the band Small Black. Instead of recording everything from scratch in the studio, Marela brought recorded stems for every song that then evolved and developed further in the studio.

Briana Marela

07 Dec 2017

+ special guests

Paper Dress Vintage

352a Mare St
London
E8 1HR

7.30pm

£8

CROOKED COLOURS

Crooked Colours are a live electronic trio, creating music that has one foot in the indie world and one foot in a darker electronic realm. Comprising of Phil Slabber, Leon Debaughn and Liam Merrett-Park, their sound has often been compared to a combination of English indie-rock foursome Alt-J and US electronic duo Crystal Castles.

To date the band has played at St Jerome’s Laneway, Groovin The Moo, Parklife, Wonderland & Southbound Festivals as well as supporting bands RÜFÜS and San Sisco on their national album tours. The band was also invited to showcase at CMJ Music Marathon in New York and Culture Collide Festival in Los Angeles in 2015.

After break out hit singles ‘Come Down’, ‘Capricious’ & ‘Another Way’ all of which reached number one on hype machine as well as rotation on triple j locally, the band decided to take a step back to focus on writing their debut album. Now after 18 months in the making, Crooked Colours are proud to announce the completion of this record with the first taste ‘Flow’.

AZUSENA

"Azusena is a someone new, someone fresh. A 23 year old talent based in London, she admits that visual arts fire her imagination as much as music does. New cut 'Crosby' seems to underline this, with its composition - subtly moving through shades, different styles and hues - aligning itself with painting or photography." CLASH

Azusena will join Crooked Colours on the 19 October.

GLOWS

"Music for nice rainy days"

Tickets available here

Crooked Colours / Azusena / GLOWS

19 Oct 2017

The Pickle Factory

13-14 The Oval
London
E2 9DU

7.30pm

£7.50

WHITE KITE

London-based alternative trio White Kite have just unveiled their second single 'Past Life’, released via Kobalt Music.

Combining elements of psych-rock with soulful vocals and a four-on-the-floor groove, the track harks back to 70s disco numbers, with contemporary twists present in its wash of synthesizers and electronic textures. The song’s infectious, looping chorus melody is the heartbeat of the track, providing stark contrast to the blues-tinged, guitar-led verses.

The track was written and produced by frontman Louis Shadwick, who explains how the song explores his coming to terms with his sexuality:

“Past Life is about my experience of growing up having to hide what I was, and how that makes you feel like you have to lead a double life,” he says. “You constantly have to reconcile a sense of shame and abnormality with the excitement and liberation of finding places and people with who you can express yourself and not be judged”.

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White Kite / THØSS / Viølets

25 Oct 2017

+ special guests

Miranda at Ace Hotel

100 Shoreditch High St
London
E1 6JQ

7.30pm

£6.50

SONGHOY BLUES

Mali's Songhoy Blues bring their desert rock to O2 Forum Kentish Town for what is sure to be a incredible night of music.

Their new album is a bold, inspiring, outward-looking record that perfectly reflects the position the band have found themselves in following the massive success of their breakthrough debut, Music In Exile, released in 2015.

The album was recorded in the autumn of 2016 at The Pool studio in London with producer Neil Comber (MIA, Django Django, Crystal Fighters, Declan McKenna) and in keeping with their spirit of collaboration which saw them previously work with Nick Zinner, Julian Casablancas and Damon Albarn, Resistance features additional synths by Lxury and vocal contributions from the likes of Iggy Pop, Elf Kid and Stealing Sheep. Beyond this, the album features beautiful string parts (Hometown) and in one particularly surprising, moving instance (One Colour), a children’s choir.

Lyrically and sonically, Résistance is a huge leap forward for Songhoy Blues, a musical snapshot of a band at the top of their game. Richer, more eclectic and musically adventurous, it captures a band who, for the last three years, have toured the world and soaked up music far beyond the borders of their native Mali.

With more time and a wider armoury of equipment at their disposal, the album is the sound of Songhoy Blues stretching themselves, with hints of R&B, soul and hip-hop all fusing seamlessly with the band’s trademark exuberant sound, with themes for our time.

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Songhoy Blues

25 Jan 2018

+ special guests

O2 Forum Kentish Town

9-17 Highgate Rd, Kentish Town
London
NW5 1JY

7.00pm

£20

HUNDRED WATERS

Hundred Waters’ formed the group in 2012 when they became housemates in Gainseville, FL. The group found themselves inclined to collaboration while living under one roof, sharing a communal mentality that yielded a beautiful blend of musical contradictions: mournful yet colorful, introverted yet aware. Their self-titled debut soon attracted the most unlikely of allies, Skrillex, who signed the band to his OWSLA label that same year and gave the album a full-scale release, leading to worldwide touring with such diverse acts as The xx, Alt-J, Grimes, & Julia Holter.

JFDR

JFDR, the latest project from Iceland's Jófríður Ákadóttir (Samaris, Pascal Pinon, Gangly), is a blend of cyclical guitar parts, soft minimal soundscapes, and poetic wonderings of a journey that ends where it began. Drawing from classical, folk, and electronic backgrounds, JFDR amalgamates the sounds of changing seasons, her voice a current that moves through rough seas to smooth waters. But perhaps JFDR shines the most in her capacity as a wordsmith, employing rich imagery to evoke the subtle emotions embedded in each song. Her first full length album, co-produced by legendary multi-instrumentalist Shahzad Ismaily, is set for release next year.

SUNKEN

South-East London siblings throw down laid back rhythms and swooning guitars.

"An act with unbridled ambition."

"Utterly unique"

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Hundred Waters / JFDR / Sunken

24 Oct 2017

Village Underground

54 Holywell Lane
London
EC2A 3PQ

7.30pm

£12.50

SOLD OUT

PEGGY SUE

Peggy Sue will debut new music and play some classics at this intimate show. 

Tickets for the show are on sale now. 

Peggy Sue

09 Sep 2017

+ special guests

Sebright Arms

31-35 Coate St
London
E2 9AG

7.30pm

£8

ALASKALASKA

ALASKALASKA are an art-pop 6-piece from London. They make beautiful, groove-laden music that seamlessly blends jazz, disco, funk and R&B into a bold and playful sound uniquely their own; synthetic beats play alongside live drums, delayed guitars and shimmering saxophones to create something musically rich and delightfully intricate.

Band leader and principle vocalist Lucinda twists brooding and introspective lyrics - akin to the words of Arthur Russell - into infectious melodies reminiscent of Warpaint, Dirty Projectors or Talk Talk, which demand repeat listens and could as easily soundtrack a wistful evening alone as they could a party. They've built a cult following and reputation as extraordinary performers through a handful of low-key London shows.

'Bitter Winter' / 'Familiar Ways' is released via House Anxiety / Marathon Artists on Monday 22nd May - full EP coming summer 2017.

SORRY

"a band that have grafted their way to the forefront of London’s music scene with incessant gigging and impassioned live shows. A mixture of venomous and calculated, hypnagogic and filthy, it’s hard to think of the last time a band sounded this fully formed on their first release." So Young Magazine

BONIFACE

Alaskalaska / Sorry / Boniface

28 Sep 2017

Bethnal Green Working Mens Club

6NB, Pollard Row
London
E2

7.30pm

£6

LIARS

“When I first started working on this record, I was trying to explore the idea of being isolated,” says Angus Andrew, before falling silent for a few seconds. “Sorry,” he begins again, “I lost my train of thought there. I was looking at a kangaroo through the window.”

Angus is calling from a remote spot near Sydney, Australia – “In the super-bush, offshore,” he says. “I live in a National Park. There are no cars, it’s all rainwater and septic tanks.” Compared to the locations where previous Liars albums have been recorded – Brooklyn, Los Angeles, Berlin, bustling metropolises all – Angus’ current base of operations marks something of a left-turn. But, then, so does TFCF, (which stands for Theme From Crying Fountain), Liars’ eighth and latest full-length.

Liars have, as a matter of course, sounded radically different with each album, pursuing new concepts and occupying diverse mindsets, from the pell-mell post-punk of their 2001 debut, They Threw Us All In A Trench And Stuck A Monument On Top, through the No Wave Hallowe’en stories of They Were Wrong, So We Drowned, to the haunted electronica of Mess. But there’s no defining style to TFCF, no overriding concept, as it shifts between sampled elements, brash processed sounds and “real” instrumentation, passages of pointed abstraction and passages of wilful songcraft, avant gestures and genuine pop moments. There’s no mask being hid behind, and the album is their most honest and autobiographical yet – possibly because Liars is no longer a “they”, but a “he”.

HAPPY MEALS

“A Glasgow-based duo in thrall to minimalist Euro disco, who sing in French and are huge in the Russian underground scene, sounds like some sort of hideous hipster fantasy. But Happy Meals are very much real, and very good. Having met at high school, it was eight years before Suzanne Rodden and Lewis Cook started formulating ideas that would become Happy Meals—ice cold synths and smooth grooves, all built around abstract ideas rather than pre-determined structures. Since then, acclaim has come quickly—they’ve not only found themselves playing to delighted Moscow clubbers, but debut mini-album Apéro was nominated for Scottish Album of the Year. Their sultry synthpop and cosmic take on Italo is sure to bring them wider recognition in 2017 though, so watch out for one of electronic music’s best-kept secrets tearing up a dance floor or a party near you soon.” – Drowned In Sound 2017

& THE QUIETUS DJs

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Liars / Happy Meals / The Quietus DJs

27 Oct 2017

Heaven

11, The Arches, Villiers St
London
WC2N 6NG

7.00pm

£16

NOGA EREZ

Every so often an artist emerges who completely changes the game. Meet renegade experimentalist Noga Erez. Born and living just outside Tel Aviv, Erez's freewheeling songs are energised by the politics that surround her, but are also anchored in a desire to make as many people as possible feel.

This is politically charged pop exploded out onto a universal stage. Inspired by strong artistic figures such as Björk and MIA, as well as everyone from Frank Ocean to Radiohead to Kendrick Lamar to FKA Twigs, Erez is the definitive sound of the world we live in today. For Erez, music is at its best when it allows for both presence and absence. "I have this idea of giving people moments of thought and inspiration, and at the same time giving moments of escapism and fun."That is, after all, what all music should do, and what Noga Erez is here to fearlessly master.

MORGAN HISLOP

Described as “half darkly-cosmic and half retro-minded”, London-based multimedia artist Morgan Hislop scrapes together a heady mix of candy-coated percussion, quirky vocal cuts and lashings of rich synth textures. The electronic styling of his musical direction is both immediately playful, refreshingly off-kilter and soaked in a layer of club-ready dynamism.

His debut single ‘Bright As the Moon, But Darkened By The Drama’ was released at the tail end of 2014 on Slugabed’s Activia Benz imprint. Featuring close affiliate and muse Hairy Hands (Tape Club Records) on vocal duties, the track garnered a huge response, described as “a tropical mist of chill that is as much leftfield experimentalism as it is ear-friendly pop” by Dummy Mag and notching up 65,000 plays in just a month.

Morgan Hislop’s live show is a unique experience with a host of unheard material, reworked tracks, guest vocalists and kitsch visuals.

Noga Erez / Morgan Hislop

26 Oct 2017

Corsica Studios

4/5 Elephant Rd
London
SE17 1LB

7.30pm

£9

YUMI ZOUMA

Yumi Zouma are Christie Simpson, Sam Perry, Charlie Ryder, and Joshua Burgess. Since the release of their debut ​EP in 2014, Yumi Zouma’s evolution has been brisk and organic  having grown up together in Christchurch, New Zealand, the band scattered after school, moving to Auckland, Paris and New York, collaborating over email to create Yumi Zouma’s initial material. However, the intense reception to these early tracks resulted in the group’s first practices taking place on arena stages, as they were asked on tour by Lorde. During a threeweek break in Paris, they set to work on their debut album. Where the previous EPs were created in isolation, capturing the nuances of each member’s life half a world away, the new material was given a singular voice. After a week of mixing in Philippe Zdar's Motorbass studio, the selfrecordedandproduced ​Yoncalla ​was born. “Yumi Zouma has always been an exercise in refining ideas and collaborating,” reflects guitarist Charlie Ryder, “but this was the first time we weren’t limited or protected by distance. With ​Yoncalla, the process was different, and it can be scary to present raw ideas to your friends  but it’s also great to see songs evolve through the sparks of inspiration that bounce between people in the same room.” Yumi Zouma’s debut album Yoncalla was released May 27th on NY label Cascine.

SURATI

With her first show at Jack LA's infamous afterparty (NXC MANSION), London-based SURATI has since been a key component of the Nightcore scene, with mixes on datafruits.fm, Reprezent, and Radar Radio.

SURATI seamlessly crosses genres and moods with her unique blend of Norclub, PC Music, and high-pitched pop, and has graced the stage with Big Dope P, Hi Tom, Spinee, and GFOTY.

Tickets are on sale now.

 

Yumi Zouma / Surati

06 Oct 2017

+ special guests

Omeara

6 O'Meara St
London
SE1 1TE

7.30pm

£10

VISIBLE CLOAKS

Reassamblage finds Doran and Carlile incorporating an international array of virtual instruments to advance the idea of pan-globalism through digital simulation, with tones and colours cohering into a living, breathing pool of sensorial experience. With the “Fourth World” leanings of 80s Japanese ambient and pop (as explored by Spencer on his radiant 'Fairlights, Mallets, and Bamboo' mixes) a crucial touchstone amidst a breadth of worldly musical influences, Visible Cloaks filter and form source material to become young again. Often the duo strip tonal elements of their specificity or randomize melodies so they become stirring and lucid. Essential patterns emerge, conscious experience heightens. In these moments, the musical language of Reassemblage finds unlimited resonance and presents a path to uninhabited realities.

Live, this becomes an inviting and immersive multi-sensual feast, with the pitch-perfect visual aesthetic of digital and installation artist Brenna Murphy (also responsible for the  Reassamblage artwork and accompanying videos) extending the album’s exploration of global headspace into a visual, visceral reality.

LAKE TURNER

Lake Turner is an electronic musician based in London. 

Last year's release on Kompakt was described as a misty-eyed, melancholic piece focussing on exquisite electronic textures and sweeping melodies.

BEN VINCE

Ben Vince makes music purely with the saxophone, creating a collage of melodies, textures and rhythms, twisted and pitched, expanding the sound palette whilst stretching the formula with improvised live sets.

Since surfacing with his debut album in April this year on Blank Editions (responsible for recent output of Thurston Moore, Tomaga & Housewives), Vince continues with occasional radio shows on Radar Radio and NTS as well as gigs with Charles Hayward and upcoming artists in London's experimental music network.

RFB RECOMMENDS

Visible Cloaks this year released Reassemblage, a record we can't see being dis-lodged from our annual top ten by the time 2017 is out. They make hard to define - or classify - ambient electronica. We love how they manage to hit the sweet spot of being wonderfully futuristic and progressive, yet maintain a beating heart of warmth that begs to be listened to again and again. Live, this will be an incredible A/V show from the duo, and we're sure one of this year's highlights.

Visible Cloaks / Lake Turner / Ben Vince

08 Nov 2017

+ special guests

The Pickle Factory

13-14 The Oval
London
E2 9DU

7.30pm

£12

LOST HORIZONS

Currently celebrating 20 years piloting the revered record label Bella Union, Simon Raymonde has scaled another personal peak, a new collaboration with drummer Richie Thomas. They’re called Lost Horizons, and though neither of them have strictly beenlost,their stunning debut album, Ojalá, is a rare sighting of two gifted musicians who, for different reasons, have been largely absent from music-making for the last 20 years. Yet the record is proof of a telepathic relationship through music, established when the pair first became collaborators and friends in the eighties.

“It must feel like fun, never a chore, and it had to be improvised,” Raymonde explains of the album. "If it never became a record, it didn’t matter. It was all about recapturing that
feeling when you’re 15, making music with friends."

Lost Horizons are set to play the iconic 100 Club, 19 November.

DOG IN THE SNOW

Dog In The Snow is the moniker of Brighton-based Helen Ganya Brown who experiments with existential-driven lyrics and layers of off-kilter sounds to create a peripatetic musical landscape.
Dog In The Snow finds it inspiration in the juxtapositions: the warm project title goes hand- in-hand with the grim Kafka ending of ’The Trial'. Inspired by the dark underbelly of Scott Walker, the mortal anxieties of Sufjan Stevens, the glistening soundscapes of Susumu Yokota, Helen also finds influence from her own personal anxieties of being mixed race and a foreigner to her homelands, whilst exploring self-identity in its culture and ideas.

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Lost Horizons / Dog in the Snow

19 Nov 2017

The 100 Club

100 Oxford St, Fitzrovia
London
W1D 1LL

7.30pm

£12.00

SOLD OUT

ELDER ISLAND

Bristol based artistic trio Katy Sargent, David Havard and Luke Thornton form the undeniably groovy band, Elder Island. Following the success of their 2016 Seeds in Sand EP release, they will be bringing their unique performance to The Lexington!

As Bristols’ acclaimed homegrown talent, they deliver organic, mellow, dance-pop. Katy’s ethereal voice and cello playing over Luke and David’s melodic brooding will move your soul while their live looping, mixing and funk-infused synths will bring the sunshine even if the British whether does not.

Elder Island play The Lexington, 19 October.

Tickets on sale Tuesday, 10am!

Elder Island

19 Oct 2017

+ special guests

The Lexington

96-98 Pentonville Rd
London
N1 9JB

7.30pm

£7.00

FOXYGEN

Foxygen and Star Power is the Los Angeles songwriting duo of 24-year-olds Sam France and Jonathan Rado. In May 2011, France and Rado nervously handed off a CD-R of this homemade mini-opus Take the Kids Off Broadway (Jagjaguwar, 2012) to producer and visionary Richard Swift after his performance in a Lower East Side club. The duo, who had just mixed and burned the disc that very night, had been devotees of Swift's outsider-pop oeuvre since high school, when they first began recording their own pubescent forays into oddball rock n' roll (At least a dozen records were finished before they graduated high school).

Foxygen left the venue that night unsure whether Swift would truly listen or sling the disc into a dumpster on his way out. You're reading this right now because Swift did listen. In fact, he fucking flipped for Foxygen's bugged out, esoteric majesty and called upon them immediately to say as much.
Eight months later, Foxygen was holed up for a week-long recording session at Swift's neo-legendary National Freedom studio, creating what  became their breakthrough, We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic (Jagjaguwar, 2013), a precocious and cocksure joyride across California psychedelia.

2013 saw the mercurial success of 21st Century, and with it, heightened demands for tour planning, added press days, demands on resources, the sacrifice of personal relationships, and the indefinite delay ...  of recording plans. The quick-fire success made for an altogether turbulent 2013 for the band. Foxygen's always captivating live performances shifted from eruptive to sometimes frightening -- and then, just put on ice altogether. But at the close of 2013, France and Rado found secret sanctuary in their new studio, Dream Star, and holing up in some of LA's most famous hotels for more recording. Writing music together is what their friendship has always thrived upon. At Dream Star in the northernmost passage of LA's valley, they reformed as a punk band called Star Power. And the result, the svelte, 82-minute ...And Star Power, is a morphing, splice-and-paste journey through soft rock indulgences, psych-ward folk, cartoon fantasia, D&D doomrock, and paranoid bathroom rompers. Foxygen, now expanded into a 9-piece touring machine as Star Power, calls the album "a cinematic, auditory adventure for the speedy freaks, skull krunchers, abductees, and misfits...the radio station you can only hear if you believe."]

MATT MALTESE

""As The World Caves In" taps into the sense of despair felt by many following the outcome of the U.S. election and Britain's E.U. referendum in 2016 and adds a sense of melodrama and beauty." The FADER

"Missing Leonard Cohen already? The good news is that he appears to have been reincarnated as a scrawny south London crooner called Matt Maltese" The Guardian

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Foxygen / Matt Maltese

07 Oct 2017

St John at Hackney

Lower Clapton Rd
London
E5 0PD

7pm

£17.50

MAUNO

If boredom really does breed creativity, then Nova Scotia weirdo pop-rock sophisticates mauno must be four intensely bored individuals. “Halifax is a weird little town,” says frontman Nick Everett of the Canadian peninsula they call home, where life unfolds in a slow-drift of tiny moments never more than a stone’s throw from the sea. “At times, it’s really boring, which I find useful for writing songs—not being distracted. I arrived here on a failed hitch-hiking trip and just keep getting drawn back.” rough master, the group’s smart, intricate new album, has at least this in common with the city where it was forged. Full of familiar and charming shimmery guitar—and less-familiar, somewhat absurd stories written over rueful meals in empty apartments—rough master is a record you too will just keep getting drawn back into.

FACTORY SECONDS

Factory Seconds is a band from London generating '80s inspired melancholic indie pop from a unit in an old factory.

"Drawing a line from dream-pop, through to indie-pop and shoegaze 'Caught in the Layers' drills down to the essential core of each of these genres to deliver a palatable modern take on sounds from this classic period as a forlorn and introspective examination of mental health." - The National Student

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Mauno / Factory Seconds

04 Oct 2017

+ special guests

The Islington

1 Tolpuddle St
London
N1 0XT

7.30pm

£6

SOLD OUT

SUSANNE SUNDFOR

Susanne Sundfor plays an intimate show to celebrate Bella Union's 20th anniversary and welcoming her to the label.

Support comes from Deep Throat Choir. 

Tickets for this event are now Sold Out.

Susanne Sundfor / Deep Throat Choir

22 Aug 2017

The Courtyard Theatre

40 Pitfield St
London
N1 6EU

7.30pm

£12

AQUASERGE

Experimental pop band show music features codes messages, automatic writing, danceable grooves peppered with rhythmical and metrical twists and shades of Italian and French film music.

MARIETTA

Signed to Born Bad records (La Femme, Cheveu), Marietta is preparing to release a 2nd album of warped, woozy pop which according to The Line of Best Fit brings to mind "Kurt Vile, Mac Demarco, and Kevin Morby at his poppiest."

DEAD SEA

Bright young post-shoegazers who have already supported Slowdive and made their mark with two blissful singles ‘Lotion’ and ‘8.50’.

The third edition of Oui Love will take place at Birthdays, Dalston on the 21 September.

Tickets available here

Oui Love: Aquaserge / Marietta / Dead Sea

21 Sep 2017

Birthdays

33-35 Stoke Newington Rd, Stoke Newington
London
N16 8BJ

7.30pm

£6.00

POPULAR CULTURE

KING NUN

'wild and abrasive and totally addictive.' The Line of Best Fit

'It’s dirty, noisey, juvenile, gobby and grimy – but importantly it’s also ear-shatteringly exciting.' - NME

'Four 18 year olds from London, the band are blessed the sort of energy that only really seems to exist in adolescence.' - Clash

Recently signed to Dirty Hit (Wolf Alice, The 1975), chaotic London quartet King Nun will play a warm up show ahead of their Reading Festival performance.

VENUTRE LOWS

"There’s nothing ordinary about Venture Lows, right down to the fact 2/3rds of the group are bassists. The East London outfit have been a long time in the making. Back in 2015, they released debut track ‘Summer/RIP’, a Tom Vek-nodding pop blitz that waved farewell to the passing season and, appropriately, arrived before the world went to bits in 2016. The group stayed completely silent in that time, but they’re taking a second step with the hyperactive, intelligent ‘Brenda’." NME on Venture Lows

£5 advance

Doors 8pm

DJ's 'til late.

Popular Culture: King Nun / Venture Lows

24 Aug 2017

+ special guests

The Finsbury

336 Green Lanes
London
N4 1BY

8pm

£5

 

Returning to conquer after-hours on the Alternative Stage at Reading and Leeds for its eleventh consecutive year, heavyweight independent heroes Transgressive Records and yours truly will be bringing our most exciting line-up yet to ensure the party continues long after the headliners have finished.

Hijacking Reading on Friday, and Leeds on Saturday/Sunday night, the stage runs from 9.30pm until late, bringing a wealth of boundary-pushing, brilliant acts to put the cap what's already been announced, in a series of unmissable exclusive appearances. 

The 2017 line-up features: 

SECTION BOYZ live
NEW GEN & FRIENDS
FOALS DJs 
HMLTD live
BENNY MAILS live
+ Special Guest DJ sets from CIRCA WAVES, MARIKA HACKMAN, THE BIG MOON, JEN LONG & BBC Radio 1's HUW STEPHENS

Day and weekend tickets for both Reading & Leeds are flying out. Get yours here. 

RFB & Transgressive Reading and Leeds Takeover

24 Aug 2017

feat. Section Boyz, HMLTD, Benny Mails, Foals (DJ) and many more

Bramham Park

Bramham Park Wetherby
Leeds
LS23 6ND

12:00

Various

SHABAZZ PALACES

…THE FOLLOWING IS A TRANSMISSION FROM THE UNITED STATES OF AMURDERCA ALREADY IN PROGRESS…

…POST LANGUAGE. WE TALK WITH GUNS. GUNS KEEP US SAFE.
WE DONT IMAGINE PAST THE IMAGE. PLEASE. YOU KNOW US.
WE KILLED LOVE WE KILLED MONEY WE KILLED PRINCE WE KILLED SHAME
WE KILLED HOPE WE KILLED SEX WE KILLED PRIDE WE KILLED STYLE
WE KILLED IMAGINATION WE KILLED FRESH WE KILLED THE GAME
WE KILLED AIR WE KILLED DOPE WE KILLED DEATH


————————————TRANSMISSION INTERRUPTED————————————

Quazarz came to the Earth from somewhere else, a musical ambassador from his place to ours. Somehow, through fire or through fury, the Palaceer of Shabazz Palaces caught wind of the tale, and it is through his prism that we hear the story.

The beach was there, and Atlaantiis, and chemical alterations and cell memories and Andre Norton, Richard K. Morgan, and always Octavia Butler. There were killings and there were votes, and brutality in both. There was sound and there were other worlds, and there was a vastness so participation sometimes came only at the edges. And the Palaceer coasted down with the alien notion, like Quazarz, and so became.

On Quazarz when they look at this place here they see the inhabitants, the humans, but they don’t assess as we do. And so when Quazarz was sent he was sent to meet a cat with vibration, a creative and courageous, caring, compassionate dude that stood out. The dude was a drug dealer, but that was neither here nor there, until his dealings squashed the rendezvous, leaving our alien alone to figure out what this place is really all about.

Coming from, as we all used to, a simpler less complicated more essential innocent place, the hero could not make heads nor tails of most advancements. From an aerial view, he saw that a good percentage of earthly vibrations were on very small squares and it became his belief that this world was very disposable and the spans short. His opinion was not of anything good nor bad but simply the truth.

The machines—he noted—though at the behest of their master’s voice, are scorned, and jealous as all hell.

And so the tale is told while surfing on the board of Shabazz Palaces, with its sturdy sort of base angled for takeoff on a new trajectory. There is new blood and space and room to be different and have different assets and different art and different ways to talk and also open up some space inside to do something new. There are pages and there are drawings, and color and faces and inked dialogues written in ancient futuristic hieroglyph. There are scales and there is melody and there are Sunny days and there is Darkness, but that—it should be noted—to the Palaceer is not a lack of illumination or brightness. Maybe it is dark, but in it is always optimism and joy, a bright darkness and a full, hopeful one as well.

It comes in gold, and it comes for the night. And so Quazarz sang the Jealous Machines. And so too did the Jealous Machines sing the Gangster Star.

AWATE

Awate is a rapper and producer from Maiden Lane Estate in Camden. Having started out at the age of 12, from the same school as Ms. Dynamite, Akala and Faith SFX, he started collaborating and performing, tearing down legendary hip-hop spot, Deal Real at the age of 15. A refugee, Awate's music touches on subjects like identity, history, racism and pride.

First featured on DJ Semtex's BBC 1Xtra show, Awate toured worldwide with emcee, Lowkey for four years and has supported the likes of Jay Electronica and Smif n Wessun, whilst performing regularly at The Roundhouse as part of his Residency at the iconic venue.

Using the dusty, psychedelic funk and soul samples provided by Dcypha label head, Turkish, Awate’s first release, long awaited by fans such as Idris Elba and Yasiin Bey, is the debut EP, Shine Ancient, out now.

+ ROUGH TRADE SHOPS DJs

Shabazz Palaces / AWATE / Rough Trade DJs

06 Nov 2017

Oval Space

29-32 The Oval
London
E2 9DT

7.00pm

£14

KLLO

Kllo – an electronic pop collaboration between Melbourne cousins Chloe Kaul and Simon Lam – waded in figurative backwater for much of 2016 amid an extensive world tour. These were exciting times; the duo’s Well Worn EP furthered the promise of 2014 EP Cusp, receiving millions of streams and landing Kllo on festival stages as well as Artists-to-Watch lists. Nonetheless, the stretch kept them far from home, isolated and vulnerable, treading through perpetual uncharted territory while yearning for the comforts of the familiar.

RACHEL FOXX

Expressing soul in it’s purest form, Rachel Foxx is a 23 year old singer and songwriter from Hackney, East London, UK. Showcased in the most minimalist style, Rachel gained her original following by using Soundcloud as her main platform uploading short, catchy somber releases. Racking up over a million plays in total she has received great support from Spotify and Apple Music.

Drawing inspiration from music legends such as Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Jon B, Donnell Jones, Floetry and Toni Braxton – the 23 year old prides herself on her old- school mixed with new approach.

Rachel released her first EP in 2015, entitled ‘Rachel Foxx the EP’ and ever since, has received great coverage from various magazines and blogs such as Complex, The Fader, Nylon and many more- taking the internet by storm.

Tickets available here.

KLLO / Rachel Foxx

23 Nov 2017

+ special guests

XOYO

32-37 Cowper St
London
EC2A 4AP

8pm

£10

SOLD OUT

THE DREAM SYNDICATE

We are thrilled to present a second intimate show from The Dream Syndicate after the first date sold out. Speaking about their new album, Steve Wynn said:

It feels like the perfect mix of everything we loved and everything that followed in the wake of what we did and what we loved. It sounds like everything that I loved about the Dream Syndicate and yet sounds unlike any other record we made. It's what we did but it's also what we do. Dennis, Mark, Jason, Chris and I set the bar high. It's the way it had to be. And you know what? We cleared that bar with room to spare. And that's why it's a finished record and will be available to listen by more people than just ourselves. We couldn't be happier.

Tickets for the show are sold out! Following tonight's show, Steve Wynn from the band will be DJ'ing downstairs at The Lexington.

The Dream Syndicate

31 Oct 2017

+ RFB DJs

The Lexington

96-98 Pentonville Rd
London
N1 9JB

7.30pm

£17.50

SOLD OUT

THE ORIELLES

Halifax’s fast rising The Orielles have announced details of a run of headline shows in November of this year. The band also have a hectic summer planned with a number of festival slots including appearances at Green Man, Sea Change, Port Eliot and Truck.

The band, made up of sisters Sidonie B and Esmé Dee Hand Halford and their best friend Henry Carlyle Wade, still aged only 21, 18 & 17 respectively, released their debut single Sugar Tastes Like Salt earlier this year on Heavenly Recordings to much acclaim. The eight-minute plus burst of spatial-funk that in part recalled both ESG and fellow north-west pioneers A Certain Ratio, was produced by Marta Salogni, one of the most exciting young producers in the UK right now.

BOY AZOOGA

Boy Azooga is the project of Cardiff Born Davey Newington, whilst playing drums in Charlotte Church’ Pop Dungeon under the pseudonym “Bongo Fury” and other Cardiff bands such as Keys and Monico Blonde, Davey began writing his own music and recording it round his mate Dr Ed Boogie’s house.

Recording and layering everything himself, he decided on the live front he needed a band. He recruited friends Daf, Dylan and Sam to form the four headed instrument swapping psychedlic dance rock outfit known as Boy Azooga.

Their songs are packed with a love of all kinds of music from The Beach Boys, Sly and The Family Stone, Caribou, Black Sabbath, William Onyeabor, King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard, Beastie Boys, Can, Outkast, Van McCoy, Ty Segal and so much much more. They hope to see you at a gig soon and will have a maraca for you to shake.

DAN STOCK

Having established himself as a solo artist across the last twelve months, Milton Keynes based Dan Stock’s first release, ‘Bright Ideas’, debuted on Huw Stephens’ Radio One show to an abundance of recognition and praise for his unforgettable and candid quality of Songwriting.

“Awash with attitude and importance, tightly rolled up in anthemic brilliance”

Recent recording sessions at Egypt Lane Studios (Buckinghamshire) with Jack Gooderham, drummer/percussionist of London based band Wyldest, yielded a collection of killer songs, instantly fitting of the soundtrack of our lives.

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The Orielles / Boy Azooga / Dan Stock

01 Nov 2017

The Lexington

96-98 Pentonville Rd
London
N1 9JB

7.30pm

£7

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YASSASSIN

After marking their territory last summer with ‘Social Politics’ and sealing those foundations shortly after with ‘Pretty Face’, Vitamin Y might just be that extra compound you’ve been needing to block out the bullshit of 2017. A band that annihilates and re-works controlled chaos, nostalgic new-wave attitudes and genre fusing music, Yassassin are ready for a revolution.

GIRLS IN SYNTHESIS

An obtuse punk trio based in London, formed to aurally represent the noise and violence of the modern world. Debut single 'The Mound'/'Disappear' garnered praise from the likes of Clash and Gigwise, whilst the band have quickly become know as one of the most exciting live groups in London since forming in October 2016.

"Feral No Wave antics sluiced through a penchant for live suicide recordings" - Clash
"A great, violent sounding single... putting dB level metres in the red with their blisteringly loud energetic shows" - Gigwise
“A scuzzy, messed-up, lo-fi, post-punk, no-wave racket” - Aural Aggravation

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Yassassin / Girls in Synthesis / Flamingods DJ

12 Oct 2017

The Waiting Room

175 Stoke Newington High St
London
N16 0LH

7.30pm

£6

STARCRAWLER

Starcrawler are a Los Angeles rock & roll band formed one year ago when Arrow de Wilde first met Henri Cash on the high school yard in Echo Park. The rhythm section of Austin Smith and Tim Franco, found on the streets of Hollywood, soon followed. They play rock & roll music heavy and loud, and their incendiary performances resemble the the children of the Cramps, the Yeah Yeahs Yeahs, and Alice Cooper.

In the spring, their single Ants will be released on Rough Trade Records worldwide alongside the B-Side Used to Know. The song, written days after they first played together and recorded with producer Steven McDonald (Red Kross), was quickly discovered by London DJ Matt Wilkinson and debuted on Apple Beats One radio just as the band was playing their first few shows. The DJ loved it so much, he played it twice in a row. Soon after, it found it’s way to Sir Elton John who spun it on his “Rocket Hour” radio program, as well as to Zane Lowe who played it to further accolades. The song, documenting the unhinged beginnings of the group taking their first steps into the public eye, has already found its way into a UniQlo commercial and it's forthcoming release on Rough Trade will bring the band overseas to the UK for the first time. Concurrently, Starcrawler has spent the last few months with famed producer Ryan Adams at his Hollywood studio Pax Am completing their first full length LP due out later this year. The record hits hard like the classic debuts of so many of the greatest bands; 10 songs in under 30 minutes. Building on the groundswell of attention and hype already surrounding them, 2017 promises to be a very big year for Starcrawler. The band consists of Arrow de Wilde on lead vocals, Henri Cash on guitar, Austin Smith on drums, and Tim Franco on bass. 


STARSHA LEE

Starsha Lee is a high pitch vocal register with the plausible intention of been the iconoclast of every portrait of mankind. A post-Duchamp inconvenient sound for inconvenient people.

HAZE

Haze are an alternative-garage four-piece from Oxford. Releasing their debut EP ‘Digital Fulfilment' in 2016.

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Starcrawler / Starsha Lee / Haze

05 Sep 2017

Boston Music Room

178 Junction Rd
London
N19 5QQ

7.30pm

£7

CYMBALS

“These ideas, of a world in decay, a world subject to constant change, and of the shortness of human life, made many things bearable” – VS Naipaul

Light in Your Mind is the first new material from CYMBALS in two years, and their first album since January 2014. If the wait seems long for the listener, for those involved in its creation the time in between pulls in a lifetime of unexpected experiences. That Light In Your Mind even exists is a testament to not giving in. That it sounds the way it does is both remarkable and, somehow, inevitable.

Since their inception, CYMBALS line up has been subject to a great deal of change. Amidst that change there has always existed the songwriting duo of Jack Cleverly and Dan Simons, who formed the band in 2011 with the sole intention of “having fun”. A noble aspiration, but one that became increasingly hard to realize when the realities of a 9-5 existence started to corrosively rub against the expectations of being in a band that wanted to tour the world.    

“We kind of stopped everything in its tracks around two years ago,” says Jack. “2014 was a really intense year. One-by-one the other guys in the band couldn’t face it anymore, so we widened the family, met new people and worked with them, until they had to move on and then we worked with others. It was hard on a personal level, but as a band, it also felt like a kind of chrysalis.”

At various points over the last six years and across three albums, an EP and single, a rotating cast of at least ten other people have formed some version of CYMBALS. More still have contributed to Light In Your Mind - Justin Goings and Josh Hefferman both provide drums, while Alabaster DePlume plays saxophone on ‘Fully Automated Luxury’. Producer Kristian Robinson (Capitol K) is a major presence across the album and played a key role in guiding the transition from the band’s sound on their previous record to this one (indeed, this was the first time the band spent any significant time in a studio). Jorge Elbrecht, whose work with Ariel Pink and Tamaryn had inspired the band, mixed the record in Miami, adding those elusive final touches that make a good sounding record great. Consequently, the music itself possesses a sedimentary quality, a residue of each contributing member compressed into what it is that band have become. Consistent throughout has been the relationship between Cleverly and Simons. In fact, so consistent is this relationship that despite the involvement of others it wasn’t until everything else was stripped away that the two finally began to be what they first tried to be.

“When the band cut down to just me and Dan, and we stopped trying to find more people, I remember that it was scary at the time, and we didn’t know if we would keep going. We agreed to a few rehearsals together and see where it went. We had a great surprise: it felt great, the writing was easy. It was if together we gave up trying to be anything other than what we are. We cut any bullshit between the two of us and talked honestly about the last few years. We found that when we started writing together, we were going faster towards the feeling that had given rise to CYMBALS in the first place.“

 

JASON NOLAN


 

Cymbals / Jason Nolan

31 Aug 2017

Thousand Island

20-22 Highbury Corner, Highbury East
London
N5 1RA

7.30pm

£8

COSMO SHELDRAKE

Cosmo Sheldrake is a 26 year-old multi-instrumentalist musician, composer and producer.

He regularly performs on banjo, loop station, keyboards, double bass, drums, penny whistle, sousaphone, accordion and many more. He is an inspirational singer and improviser, and much of his work is concerned with play, nonsense and the sonorous environment.

Cosmo composes music for film and theatre and tours internationally, performing solo and with several bands including Johnny Flynn and the Sussex Wit and the Gentle Mystics. He ran a community choir until 2013, teaches in schools and privately and has facilitated music workshops and youth empowerment and nature awareness camps across Europe and North America.

MARY EPWORTH

Mary Epworth’s debut album, Dream Life, saw much praise from press and radio, and lead to four singles playlisted at BBC 6 Music, ‘Black Doe’ picked as BBC Radio 1’s Hottest Record In The World, and Mary and her band performing sold-out headline shows and playing many festivals. Mary’s career has also taken an unexpected detour with the hit US podcast Welcome to Night Vale and its spin-off Within the Wires, composing the score for the latter and joining the Night Vale team on their hugely successful sold-out tours across the US and Europe.

Mary has announced her second album set for release in September. Produced by Thom Monahan and recorded at his Golden Void studio in LA, 'Elytral' sees Mary arriving with greater ferocity and a letting loose of her darker instincts through grinding, splintered soundscapes, electronic experimentalism, prog, psychedelia, free- jazz and more

LAUCAN

When Lewes-raised newcomer Laucan began singing in falsetto after the break-up of an old band, he had his reasons. “I didn’t want anyone hearing my songs through the door of my room,” recalls Laurence Galpin, the 27-year-old behind the Laucan (pronunciation: Lor-can) moniker. Thankfully, his newfound readiness to be heard doesn’t come at any cost to his distinct voice on his debut EP, Up Tomorrow, released March 6th on Sunday Best. Between its impressionist lyrical images, spectral folk beauty and enveloping soundscapes, Up Tomorrow is a gorgeous, glowing introduction to a singer who found something special in his attic-based isolation.

PIAS Nites returns 18 July.

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PIAS Nites: Cosmo Sheldrake / Mary Epworth / Laucan

18 Jul 2017

The Lexington

96-98 Pentonville Rd
London
N1 9JB

7.00pm

£12

HAPPYNESS

When Happyness first burst into the public conscience with 2013’s debut single It’s On You, their spirited take on US college rock was as big a surprise as it was an instant hit. The resulting full length, Weird Little Birthday, went on to feature in many of 2014’s End of Year album lists. Worldwide tours, an NME Award, a re-issue on the much-loved labels Moshi Moshi Recordings (Bar/None in US), and millions of Spotify plays later, it is with some anticipation that news of album number two begins to surface. Currently only two things remain certain: Spring 2017 will see the release of Weird Little Birthday’s successor, and today they share the first taste of what the album will sound like in the form of new single Falling Down.

TRUDY AND THE ROMANCE

There’s a storm brewing over this year and in its eye is where you’ll find Trudy and the Romance, concocting a veritable witch’s brew of lovelorn sea shanties and mutant rockabilly pop for all the doo-wop digging rockers who thought these isles would never be hip and happening again.

“If anyone’s gonna do anything from Liverpool in the next 12 months, it’ll be this lot” - NME
"the most urgent they’ve sounded on record, and undoubtedly them at their most enthralling. Clearly not bereft of vigour nor ideas, you can only wonder with what they’ll come up with next” - The Line of Best Fit ​
"Sounding like a cross between Nick Cave and The Strokes... this track is an extraordinarily, upbeat” - The Independent

OUR GIRL

Brighton trio, Our Girl jump into 2017 with a string of highly praised releases under their belt, including last year’s debut EP ‘Normally’ released via Cannibal Hymns (Dream Wife, Abattoir Blues).

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Happyness / Trudy and the Romance / Our Girl

27 Oct 2017

The Garage

20-22 Highbury Cres, Highbury East
London
N5 1RD

7.00pm

£10

 

SOCCER MOMMY

“Passed you on a side street/Brushed across your wrist like a razorblade.” Those are the first lines from ‘Try,’ the second track off Soccer Mommy’s Fat Possum debut, Collection. It’s also a perfect encapsulation of the band itself: quietly catchy, surprisingly confrontational, the kind of music that sneaks up on you and makes a permanent first impression. Soccer Mommy is the project of Sophie Allison, a nineteen-year-old Nashville native and musical wunderkind. Sophie built her reputation as a DIY artist, recording her own songs and releasing them for free on Bandcamp over the last few years. Collection compiles the best of Sophie’s Bandcamp work as well as a few new songs, written, mixed and produced herself.

The songs portray an artist fully-formed, mature far beyond her age. Sophie sings of toxic relationships, infatuations, and all the experiences of being a teenage girl. Or, as Sophie describes her subject matter, “crush stuff with a hint of bad to it.” There’s a playfulness to the music that belies the sophisticated nature of the songcraft. The songs can be sweet, they can be happily melancholic or melancholically happy, but they always cut deep. They belong on playlists and mixes, to be shared among friends and belted out during road trips. Collection is destined to be a favorite record. These perfect pop gems have power.

MAT RIVIERE

Since 2009 Mat Riviere has released 2 albums and 1 EP of pop music and played a bunch of shows. A new album called ‘Accident Book’ will come out in 2017 probably, it is about being terrified.

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Soccer Mommy / Mat Riviere

03 Aug 2017

The Islington

1 Tolpuddle St
London
N1 0XT

7.30pm

£6

SHIGETO

Since the release of his debut album back in 2010, Detroit born Zach Saginaw has spent the subsequent years displaying a dizzying array of music styles and interests, as well as continuing his mission to imprint his own world of music, art and social development on his surrounds. A musician who works across electronica, house, hip hop, jazz and funk – all musical forms rooted in his home city – he has spent the last few years distilling these sounds into a new series of recordings.

Last seen musically in 2015 with the release of the ‘Intermission’ EP, which he described as a collection of songs that "point to the past, present, and future", Shigeto has since then been working on a multitude of projects that include working on a new live ensemble arrangement, playing electronics in a jazz quartet, recording with Detroit rappers, and building a new studio – all things that are set to see the light of day in 2017. Two years prior to the ‘Intermission’ EP, Shigeto released his second full-length, ‘No Better Time Than Now’ in 2013, which was also his second album on the Ann Arbor based Ghostly International record label.

The music of Shigeto, has always been deeply rooted in his personal history. His debut EPs ‘Semi-Circle’ and ‘What We Held Onto’ explored his grandmother’s experience from a US internment camp through ambient, beat driven tracks, nostalgic melodies and spliced vocal samples, including his grandmother’s vocals.

His debut album ‘Full Circle’ became a culmination of these EPs and further refinement of obsessive field recording and meticulous percussion, creating lush, sumptuous instrumental hip-hop. 2012’s sophomore album ‘Lineage’ was a musical journey through his heritage combined with the sounds of jazz, hip-hop, funk and folk. The cover of his great grandfather's house in Hiroshima even adorned the Lineage artwork.

BABA ALI

Baba Ali was part of electronic duo ​Voices of Black from 2009-2015 and signed to underground dance label Wolf + Lamb records in 2009. The DJs/producers subsequently toured Europe, Latin America and the US.

Baba is now pursuing a solo career as a recording and visual artist/performer with the debut solo ‘NOMAD’ EP out now.

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Shigeto / Baba Ali

09 Oct 2017

+ special guests

Omeara

6 O'Meara Street
London
SE1 1TE

7.30pm

£15