Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Date for your diary: Perfume Genius in London

The wonderful Perfume Genius is coming to London town. Finally. He'll be performing tracks from his debut album 'Learning', which is out on June 21st. Seek it out.

Perfume Genius
Tuesday 13th July
Hoxton Hall
Book your tickets here

Read our interview with Perfume Genius from earlier this year.

Video: HOLLAGRAMZ - 4:44 (Space Place RFX)

Hollagramz - 4:44 Space Place Refix from Sterling Crispin on Vimeo.

HOLLAGRAMZ is from Denver. He makes my head explode. In the very best of ways. This is his new video.

Read our interview with him + download his awesome demo mix here.

Demo mix tracklisting:
1. Obergon
2. Tromperz Cycle
3. Time Prompt
5. 4:44 (Space Place RFX)
6. Romperz

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Rebolledo, Jackmaster and Capracara tonight

Not decided what you're doing tonight? This looks bloody good. Comeme man Rebolledo, Jackmaster and Capracara in the house.


Huntleys & Palmers Audio Club presents a Bumbumbox especial

REBOLLEDO (Cómeme / Kompakt)
Andrew (H&P)

Sunday May 30th

The Book Club
100 Leonard Street

9pm -late / £7

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Small Black, Tanlines & Javelin in town

On Tuesday 25th May, three very excellent bands will play together at the same gig. That's Tanlines, Small Black and Javelin. Count 'em. Pretty great, huh?

It's another ace line up from Bird On The Wire. Tickets are £7 in advance. See the full details here.


Monday, May 10, 2010

Hi, Honey presents MASKS, Foe & Is Tropical DJs in Brighton this Thursday

Hi, Honey presents.. @ Pav Tav from Hi, Honey on Vimeo.

MASKS are really very good. They're playing a couple of dates at The Great Escape this weekend in Brighton, including this one. Mikael Gregorsky who does a lot of Dummy's photography (check his website) made this rather lovely video flyer for it.

Full details here.


Friday, April 30, 2010

Set times for our first birthday party

At the Macbeth in Hoxton.

Dummy 8 - 9
dollop 9 - 10
Fnord 10 - 11
Egyptian Hip Hop 11 - 11:30
dollop 11:30 - 12
Hudson Mohawke 12 - 1
Stopmakingme 1 - 2

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Armand Van Helden @ The Coronet

This will be a good night. Armand Van Helden ruled UK nightlife in the late 90s. Course he hangs out with Dizzee and A-Trak these days, still making good music. Here's hoping he plays Flowerz for old time's sake though.

Armand Van Helden, Herve, Joe & Will Ask?
The Coronet, Elephant & Castle
Sunday 2 May

More details here

Friday, April 23, 2010

MIA – Born Free


M.I.A. - Born FreebyTheProphetBlog

Nothing on this Ghostrider-sampling track, but it's doing the rounds, she's amazing, and we thought you'd be interested.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

James Blake releases CMYK on R&S

James' early stuff on Hemlock/Hessle was fantastic, so it's with great pleasure I announce that his debut for R&S will be released on the 31st May. We can't play any tracks form it but it sees him translating his minimal dubstep into the most beautiful, future ready pop music I've heard in so, so long. Circle the date.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

LCD Soundsystem stream album

You may already know that you can hear your favourite record of the year at their website. You may not. Worth a listen.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Mount Kimbie + FaultyDL song to download, for free.

If I were the editor of the Sun (I'm not) I'd make Mount Kimbie lead story because

a) They are one of the most genuinely thrilling bands in the UK, adding post-rock, and provincial yearning and (whisper it) melodies the Housemartins would be proud of to the dubstep template.

b) It would give me a chance to use the headline "Peak Time!"


Friday, April 09, 2010

Mock N Toof video

Mock And Toof- Farewell To Wendo from Darling Department on Vimeo.

Good that.

Have a nice weekend!

Malcolm Mclaren on hip hop in 1984.

'Beat This! A Hip Hop History' tells the story of early hip hop, something that Malcolm Mclaren makes sound ineffably exciting, as he seemed to make everything – even boredom – sound. It's a greyer world without him, and our thoughts are with his family.

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Ariel Pink announce album

'Before Today' will be released by 4AD on the 8th June. It was recorded at Tito Jackson's old house, the House Of Blues, with Sunny Levine (Quincy Jones' grandson) and Rik Pekkonen (Bill Withers, Seals & Crofts, Bread). Artwork above, designed by Douglas Lee.

Preorder it immediately and buy tickets for their Cargo show. Download Round and Round here while you do that, yes?

Ariel Pink - Helen [Haunted Graffiti] from pearface on Vimeo.

Nice Monarchy video

Monarchy - Phoenix Alive from dandelion & burdock on Vimeo.

Good that.

Released via This Is London May 4th

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Bugged Out tent at Field Day line-up announcement

Playing the Bugged Out! tent at Field Day (Victoria Park, 31.07.10), of which Dummy is proud media partner, will be


Chilly Gonzales
Memory Tapes
The Golden Filter


Simian Mobile Disco
James Holden
Fake Blood
Carte Blanche – DJ Mehdi & Riton
Joker & MC Nomad
Rory Phillips


Last year was terrific. Imagine what this year will be.

Buy a ticket now

Mount Kimbie, Darkstar, A Grave With No Name + more at Fabric, 1st April

With a line-up like that, you don't need pretty pictures on your flyer. Just a big list. Yeah. Pretty frickin' good.

More details here.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

LCD Soundsystem artwork

This is what LCD Soundsystem new (last?) album will look like. The font reminds me slightly of mid-nineties Warp artwork.

James Holden delivers new DJ Kicks

James Holden, Border Community main guy and excellent Techno producer, has mixed the latest DJ Kicks. The Juan Maclean's one will be out on the 26th April, Holden's is out on the 24th May. Tracklisting below.

1) Piano Magic - Wintersport / Cross-Country
2) Grackle - Disco (Musiccargo Remix)
3) Mordant Music - Olde Wobbly
4) Maserati - No More Sages
5) Caribou - Lemon Yoghourt
6) Luke Abbott - Soft Attacks
7) Mogwai - The Sun Smells Too Loud (Holden Remix)
8) Kieran Hebden / Steve Reid - Departure
9) Ursula Bogner - Punkte
10) Eric Copeland - Auto Dimmer
11) Mit - Rauch (Luke Abbott Remix)
12) ARP - Potentialities
13) Lucky Dragons - Open Melody
14) Holden - Triangle Folds (DJ-KiCKS)
15) James Ruskin - Definition Of
16) Legowelt - Flight of the Jupiter
17) Walls - Gaberdine
18) Lukas Nystrand - Never Fail (Vocal)
19) Didier Paquette - Arwen, Namarie
20) SS Pyramid Snake - Catacomb City

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Holy Fuck tour dates announced

Holy Fuck, smashing Canadian electro-acoustic improv troupe, are to tour the UK in May. They shall call at:

18 May Deaf Institute, Manchester
19 May King Tut's, Glasgow
20 May Sound City Festival, Static Gallery, Liverpool
21 May Digital, Brighton
22 May O2 Academy 2, Oxford
23 May The Cooler, Bristol
24 May Heaven, London

Their next album 'Latin' will be released on the 10 of May on Young Turks.


Optimo make 52nd Fabric mix

Heroes Optimo (JD Twitch and Jonnie Wilkes) have put together Fabric 52 CD; it's out the 10th May. It looks amazing, of course – every time they put together a CD it makes it into the list of best mixes of all time, ever – get hold of 'Sleepwalk', 'In Order To Edit' and 'Walkabout' for proof. JD and Jonnie have been running the inspirational Sunday night Optimo (Espacio) at the Sub Club in Glasgow, a residency that comes to an end on the 25th April. Expect more coverage and misty eyed reminisces in coming weeks, but for now gaze at the tracklisting below:

01 Fad Gadget - Lady Shave - Mute
02 Discodromo - Cosmorama (Prins Thomas Discomiks) - Internasjonal
03 Basic Channel - Q1.1 - Basic Channel
04 Spencer Parker - YOGOTO - Rekids
05 Locussolus - Gunship - International Feel
06 Rebolledo - Amigos Cómeme - Cómeme
07 The Minister - Jack Your Bodey House Your Mind - Crème Organization
08 Altz - Get It Down! - Altzmusica
09 Thomas Brinkmann - Walk With Me - Curle
10 Rheingold - Dreiklangsdimensionen - Welt Rekord
11 Capablanca & T Keeler - La Konk Fiesta - Gomma
12 Roska - Feeline - Roska Kicks & Snares
13 Cumbia Moderna De Soledad - Shacalao - Sunflower
14 The Tyrell Corporation - Together Alone - Clone
15 Roni Griffith - Spys - Vanguard
16 Levon Vincent - Love Technique - Ovum
17 Oni Ayhun - OAR003-B - Oni Ayhun
18 Desire - Don't Call - Italians Do It Better
19 Crazy Cousinz - Inflation - Defenders Ent Ltd
20 Matias Aguayo - Walter Neff - Kompakt
21 Nakion - Heartbit - Tigersushi
22 Xex - Heartbeat - What's That Music

Very exciting.


Charlotte Gainsbourg announces first UK shows

Superlative French singer Charlotte Gainsbourg is playing in the UK on the 22 June, at London's Shepherd's Bush Empire. A 12" is out the month before featuring remixes, interestingly, from XXXchange and Matthew Dear.

12″ tracklisting:
01 Time Of The Assassins [Matthew Dear remix]
02 Time Of The Assassins [XXXChange remix]
03 Time Of The Assassins [Outlines remix]
04 Time Of The Assassins [GD's remix]

[via Wears the Trousers]

Off Modern Journal launch tonight

Off Modern, excellent South London promoters, curators and writers are launching a journal tonight at the ICA, alongside the ICA's luanch of their quarterly journal, Institute. There are 40 free ones for the first through the door, and DJs Ronojoy Dam, Nasty McQuaid and more. It's a beautiful thing.

Free from 7pm, ICA, the Mall, London.


Monday, March 22, 2010

Eglo releases vinyl copies of Fatima's 'Mindtravelin' EP

Eglo, the London-based label set up by Alex Nuts (Rinse RM) and Sam Shepherd (Floating Points), brings us Fatima's new EP 'Mindtravelin' on vinyl.

The EP's four tracks, featuring production from Funkineven, Dam Funk and Veebeeo, have already received plaudits from the likes of Kode 9, Sinden, D Bridge and Gilles Peterson.

Watch the video for her first ever release Soul Glo here - Directed by The Boy King.

Eglo took over Plastic People last year (read the review here)
We also interviewed Floating Points (Read that too)

Thursday, March 18, 2010

MP3: Egyptian Hip Hop X Radiant Dragon

Egyptian Hip Hop and Radiant Dragon are doing a remix swap. Here's Radiant Dragon's reworking of EHH's 'Wild Human Child' (DOWNLOAD IT HERE). It's lovely.

Listen out for Egyptian Hip Hop's remix of Radiant Dragon 'Ghosts' soon-ish.

Related reading on Dummy:

Radiant Dragon's gig diary
Egyptian Hip Hop interview
Dummy 1st birthday party with Hudson Mohawke, Egyptian Hip Hop & Stopmakingme

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Video: Hudson Mohawke 'Joy Fantastic'

This video is what I imagine lifting the lid on HudMo's brain is like: a magical fantasy island adventure. Directed, produced and animated by Konx-Om-Pax, it stars Olivier Daysoul who'll be accompanying Hudson on his live tour this April. Including the only London date: our Dummy birthday party on Friday April 30th.

Needless to say we are very excited.

More details on our party with Hudson Mowhawke, Egyptian Hip Hop and Stopmakingme here.

Hudson Mohawke ‘Pegasus Rising’ tour April live dates:

Thursday, 22 April / Inertia / World Headquarters / Newcastle-Upon-Tyne / Tickets
Friday, 23 April / Dollop & No Bones/ A Nation of Shopkeepers/ Leeds / Tickets
Tuesday, 27 April / FAC251 / The Factory/ Manchester / Tickets
Thursday, 29 April / Monkey Knife/ The Thekla / Bristol / Tickets
Friday, 30 April / Dummy 1st Birthday party/ The Macbeth/ London / Tickets
Saturday 1 May / The Plug/ Sheffield / Tickets
Sunday, 2 May / Detonate indoor festival/ Nottingham / Tickets

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

First stream of Flying Lotus new album track

Flying Lotus' third album 'Cosmogramma' is out 3 May. The first track to be streamed off it - Computer Face//Pure Being - can be heard over at

It's incredibly melodic but at the same time slightly disorientating. You'll love it.

Listen here

Thursday, March 04, 2010

LCD Soundsystem album details announced

The as yet untitled album will be out May 17.


Dance Yrself Clean
Drunk Girls *
One Touch
All I Want
Change *
Hit *
Pow Pow
Somebody’s Calling Me *
What You Need

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Real Gold open bar

Real Gold, utopian London collective, have opened a hangout in Dalston.

It's called the Alibi, it's at 91 Kingsland Road. It serves till the wee small ones and is really nice inside. Line-up details to follow.

Their website.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Hudson Mohawke, Egyptian Hip Hop, Stopmakingme play our party

As announced on yesterday's mailout, Hudson Mohawke, superlative hip hop producer, has put together a live band, and we're having him play our first birthday party, along with excellent rock band Egyptian Hip Hop and smashing DJ Stopmakingme.

We're predictably massive fans of Hudson, whose elasticated, Technicolor productions upended both conventional hip hop and monochrome electronica, so we jumped at the chance to present his first London headline date as a live artist. We fell in love with Egyptian Hip Hop's melodic jams last Summer, so when we heard them say they were massive Hudson fans, we asked them to play, and they said yes. Dan Avery / Stopmakingme made our very first mix back in March '09 and has since taken on writing duties, on top of promoting Kill 'Em All and a steady stream of excellent remixes. We're really chuffed that he's coming down and playing his ever-excellent set of forward-thing but fun-time club music.

We're having it at the Macbeth on the 30th April, tickets are only £7. Don't want to sound cocky, but it's probably worth booking ahead for this one. Gigantic link is here






Hot Chip, Zomby, Joy Orbison etc join Sonar line-up

Sonar have announced more people.

Joining headliners Air, LCD Soundsystem and the Chemical Brothers will be Dummy favourites Hot Chip, Joy Orbison, Aeroplane, BFletcha, Flying Lotus, Fuck Buttons, Hudson Mohawke, John Talabot and Zomby.

This is the full list so far –

• Aeroplane (Eskimo,BE)
• Air (Virgin,FR)
• American Men (LuckyMe,UK)
• BCN 216 + Tristan Perich (ES-US)
• BCN216 + Cristian Vogel (ES-UK)
• Bflecha (Arkestra,ES)
• Bomba Estéreo (Nacional Records,CO)
• Booka Shade (Get Physical,DE)
• Bradien (spa.RK,ES)
• Broadcast (Warp,UK)
• bRUNA (spa.RK,ES)
• Carte Blanche (DJ Mehdi & Riton) (Ed Banger,FR-UK)
• Cluster (Klangbad,AT-DE)
• Cora Novoa (Natura Sonoris,ES)
• David M (BreakThatBeat,ES)
• Delorean (Fool House,ES)
• Dizzee Rascal (Dirtee Stank,UK)
• dp-S (BigBeak,AT)
• Eclair Fifi & John Computer (LuckyMe,UK)
• Elektro Guzzi (Macro,AT)
• Emilio José (Foehn,ES)
• Flying Lotus (Warp,US)
• Fuck Buttons (ATP Recordings,UK)
• Goldielocks (Puregroove,UK)
• Hot Chip (Parlophone,UK)
• Hudson Mohawke (Warp-LuckyMe,UK)
• Jimi Tenor & Kabu Kabu (Strut,FI)
• John Talabot (Permanent Vacation,ES)
• Jónsi (XL,IS)
• Joy Orbison (Doldrums,UK)
• King Midas Sound (Hyperdub,UK)
• Larytta (Creaked Records,CH)
• LCD Soundsystem (DFA Records,US)
• Lesley Flanigan (US)
• Machinedrum (LuckyMe,US)
• Mary Anne Hobbs (UK)
• Matthew Herbert’s One Club (Accidental,UK)
• Mike Slott (LuckyMe,UK)
• Necro Deathmort (Distraction,UK)
• Noaipre (ES)
• Nosaj Thing Visual Show (Alpha Pup,US)
• Pete Tong (BBC Radio1,UK)
• Phill Niblock + Carlos Casas (US-ES)
• Plastikman live (Minus,CA)
• Pursuit Grooves (What Rules Records,US)
• Robot Koch (Robots Don’t Sleep,DE)
• Roska (Roska Kicks & Snares,UK)
• Round Table Knights (Deadfish-Made To Play,CH)
• Sandwell District (Sandwell District,UK)
• Speech Debelle (Big Dada,UK)
• The Blessings (LuckyMe,UK)
• The Chemical Brothers (Virgin,UK)
• The Pinker Tones (Pinkerland,ES)
• The Slew featuring Kid Koala (Puget Sound Recordings,US)
• The Sugarhill Gang (Sugar Hill,US)
• Tim and Puma Mimi (Stattmusik,CH-JP)
• Tristan Perich’s Loud Objects (US)
• Zigmat (Ultra Records-Actua Musica,US)
• Zomby (Zomby Productions,UK)

[via FACT]

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Liars – Scissor video

Early contender for video of the year.

Liars "Scissor" from A Bruntel on Vimeo.

Keep your eyes open for more Liars gushing as time goes by.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Warpaint announce UK dates

Warpaint, superbly named ex-Manimal LA intricate world-dance weirdos, have signed with Rough Trade and are coming over to the UK in May. Their dates are as follows.

May 12th – London, Luminaire
May 13th – Tunbridge Wells, Forum
May 14th – Brighton, Levi’s One To Watch @ Audio


Saturday, February 20, 2010

Video: Hounds Of Hate 'I Like Triangles'

We're big fans of Hounds Of Hate at Dummy. This video for their new single by the utterly brilliant Jayne Helliwell is really hitting the spot today. I just keep pressing 'Replay'. I Like Triangles comes out on Back Yard soon.


Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Silver Columns first official single

Silver Columns, anonymous synth pop duo, are going to release their first official single (Browbeaten and Yes, And Dance were whites) on Moshi Moshi on April 19th, The album will be called 'Yes, And Dance', more details soon.


Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Gold Panda announces next single, headline tour, tentative album details

Gold Panda, excellent electronic pop artist, is releasing his next 7", 'You', on his own label, Notown, and will be touring in the UK April, both as the headline act (supported by Dam Mantle) and in support of Caribou. Despite his claims on Twitter, he is terrific live, and an album is slated for the summer. Dates below Quitter's Raga, yeah?

5th JP Osaka - Onzieme with Simian Mobile Disco
6th JP Tokyo - Warehouse 702 with Simian Mobile Disco
12nd JP Tokyo - Liquid/Loft for Club Snoozer
13th JP Naeba - Heal Niigata Festival
20th JP Osaka - Club Karma
21th JP Tokyo - Womb

13 UK Sheffield Bungalows & Bears
14 UK Glasgow Stereo GIG
16 UK Nottingham Spanky Van Dykes
17 UK Bristol Start The Bus
19 UK Manchester - Deaf Institute
20 UK London - Corsica Studios
21 NL Amsterdam - Paradiso w/ Caribou
22 BE Brussels - Botanique @ Rotonde w/ Caribou
23 FR Paris - Point Ephemere w/ Caribou
24 CH Lausanne - Le Romandie w/ Caribou
25 CH St Gallen - Palace
26 IT Milan - Magnolia w/ Caribou
27 DE Munich - Feierwerk w/ Caribou
28 DE Berlin - Berghain w/ Caribou
29 DE Hamburg - Prinzenbar w/ Caribou

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Friendly Fires/Holy Ghost update

Back in December Friendly Fires told us they'd hooked up with Holy Ghost to do a cover swap. (Read the interview.) And now they have. Hurrah! You can listen to the discolicious results on Pinglewood's ever-excellent site. Apparently the 12"s will be available soon.

Video: Syntaks 'Blue Sunshine'

This new video from Denmark's Syntaks stars Jakob Skott's partner and collaborator Anna Cecilia. Kinda 60s psychedelic in feel (not sound), it's sighingly lovely. A song for lovers.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Every Plan B Magazine, ever

Plan B, the sorely-missed best paper magazine of the decade, have made every page printed available for download. Get the torrent from the Plan B website.

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Phoenix, Joker, Caribour and Pantha Du Prince part of first Field Day line-up

Field Day, superlative Victoria Park Festival, have let their first artists' names out to the public. Playing on the Saturday 31st July in Victoria Park will be

Beth Jeans Houghton
Chilly Gonzales
Corsano and Flowers
Hypnotic Brass Ensemble
James Holden
Joker and MC Nomad
Max Tundra
Memory Tapes
Mouse On Mars
Pantha Du Prince
Silver Apples

Buy tickets through their website.

Monday, February 08, 2010

Chemical Brothers announce Sonar slot and Roundhouse dates

The Chemical Brothers, dance music heroes, will be joining Air and LCD Soundsystem as Sonar headliners, as we reported here. They're one of our favourite dance acts (I believe Johnno and Paul have backed them since the Jockey Slut days), and though they seem to have dropped slightly of the radar in the last few years, the Sonar Saturday show should be seen as a coronation. They also put on a smashing live show.

20th Roundhouse, London
21st Roundhouse, London

19th Sonar Festival, Barcelona

Friday, February 05, 2010

James Murphy DJ gig announced

You know that James Murphy?

He's playing East Village in a few weeks.

Probably worth booking tickets.

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Flying Lotus album details posted

Just pulled this off the wire – psychedelic instrumental-hip hop star Flying Lotus' new album, 'Cosmogramma', is out on the 3 May and features Thom Yorke from Radiohead on vocals on a track called "...And the World Laughs With You". Tracklisting under the terrific artwork.

01 Clock Catcher
02 Pickled!
03 Nose Art
04 Intro//A Cosmic Drama
05 Zodiac Shit
06 Computer Face//Pure Being
07 ...And the World Laughs With You [ft. Thom Yorke]
08 Arkestry
09 Mmmhmm [ft.Thundercat]
10 Do the Astral Plane
11 Satelllliiiiiteee
12 German Haircut
13 Recoiled
14 Dance Of the Pseudo Nymph
15 Drips//Auntie's Harp
16 Table Tennis [ft. Laura Darlington]
17 Galaxy in Janaki

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Autoitalia screen Rock My Religion

Autoitalia, super-interesting South London art collective, are screening Dan Graham's 1983 film Rock My Religion at their premises. It's about Rock n Roll and sex and 19th century millenarist sects, and features interviews with Glenn Branca and Thurston Moore, I'm buying popcorn already. 4.30 at their premises on Sunday. So go go to their link.

Excerpt from the PR:

In Rock My Religion, Graham traces the history of popular music in America back to the 1950s, linking it with a 19th century Puritan sect, The Shakers. The bodies of the Puritan Shakers, reaching ecstasy in order to ‘overcome’ sexuality and to be closer to God, are juxtaposed with the shaking bodies of America’s pubescent teenagers, escaping their suburban prisons by immersing themselves in the sexually charged adoration of their pop idols – from Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis to Jimmy Hendrix and Jim Morrison.

Monday, February 01, 2010

Smashing Kingdom mix

Follow this link to Fools Gold / Acephale Diva House DJ Kingdom's soundcloud, as it's rather smashing. He's playing the once more on-point Fabric on Friday. Expect more on him on the site soon.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Southbank's festival looks like a blinder

Dingy clubs will always have a place in my heart but there's something very special about gigs in grand halls. The sense of space, the architecture, the ceremony, the acoustics!

So it's very exciting to see the line-up that the Southbank Centre have put together for this year's Ether festival. Check it out below and find out more on the Southbank's website.

ETHER 2010
FRIDAY 16 – SUNDAY 25 April 2010

· VARÈSE 360° (16-18 April)

Southbank Centre Ticket Office: 0871 663 2500

Monday, January 25, 2010

James Murphy "vlogs" on vimeo

James Murphy, inventor of the last decade, has made a video of the recording of the third, possibly final LCD Soundsystem record, out in March. "I like to be out of control and free ...I like to work out parameters and do whatever the fuck I want."

clip 1 from lcd soundsystem on Vimeo.

[via Stereogum]

New band of the whenever – Spirit Spine

Spirit Spine is a 19-year-old American that makes expansive music on Garage Band. The single Crashers (Highs And Lows) is released 15th Feb 2010 on MAKE MINE, worth tracking down and keeping an eye on.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Ikonika album announced

Just picked this up from Kode9's twitter – HDBCD004 IKONIKA - CONTACT, LOVE, WANT, HAVE - Release date - April 6th 2010, which we're taking to mean that Ikonika, heartstoppingly good dubstep producer, has an album called 'Contact, Love, Want, Have', and it will be on Hyperdub and relesed on the 6th of April 2010. Please above, more news and gushing when we get it.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

These New Puritans on tour with the xx

These New Puritans, amusingly austere (and throughly excellent) dubstep band, have been announced as the support for the xx, sexy and sad UK garage band, on their UK tour. Below are the dates, above the battle begins.

These New Puritans were interviewed HERE; the xx HERE

Tue 23 Feb - ITALY/ROME
Wed 24 Feb - ITALY/MILAN

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Video: Gil Scott Heron – Me And The Devil

In which skaters wear face paint and drunks shadow box and the King returns.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Autechre announce new album

Heroically stern electronica duo Autechre are releasing their new album, Oversteps, on Warp on the 22nd March. Paul Morley wrote a heroically pained "blog" about them, pasted below their forthcoming live dates.

Mar.11 Manchester @ Pure - /
Mar.12 Birmingham @ The Rainbow -
Mar.13 Minehead @ Bloc Weekender -
Mar.15 Nottingham @ Stealth -
Mar.16 Glasgow @ Sub Club -
Mar.17 Leeds @ The Wardrobe –
Mar.18 Brighton @ Pavillion Theatre -
Mar.19 Lille @ Tri Postal
Mar.20 Paris @ Locomotive
Mar.21 Nantes @ Olympic -
Mar.28 Ljibulana @ Kino Siska -
Mar.29 Budapest @ A38 -
Mar.30 Vienna @ Flex -
Mar.31 Brno @ Fleda -
Apr.02 Copenhagen @ Concerthall -
Apr.03 Oslo @ Park Teatre -
Apr.04 Gothberg @ Nefertiti -
Apr.05 Aarhus @ Voxhall -
Apr.06 Hamburg @ Uebel & Gefährlich -
Apr.07 Amsterdam @ Melkweg -
Apr.09 Brussels @ AB (Domino Fest) -
Apr.10 London - venue & tickets announced Feb 1st -

What do Autechre mean ? What are they ? There are many questions to ask about the group . . . who they are, where they come from, how they (re)produce/manipulate/exhibit their sliced split folded selected fused mingled occult wordless music, what they are looking for when it comes to imagining and hearing/hallucinating/capturing sound, are they intent on replacing space with rhythm or rhythm with space or is rhythm and space all the same to them, how many pieces of music they have created, do all their musical pieces connect to each other, or should they be kept apart. What is the sense of it all?

Wh? aRe th(e)ir ti.tles s o crypt-ic andOR incomplete oRand a little tonginchikk-the driest sense of humour o/r a private game celebrating the necessarily vague and open-ended/a hygienic emptying of connections/typographical errirs3/spell check resisisting. Or the often unprecedented combinations of vowels and consonants, and punctuation marks, gaps and numbers, which can seem like anagrams, or jokey, convenient, short cut abbreviations, or a taunting secret code, or splinters of unknown sentences, reflect the volatile, enigmatic weight, the unknown sources, the perforated otherness of their music.

I like that what Autechre mean, to themselves or to their listeners, is not an easy thing to find out, and that even though there are plain answers to some of the questions about the group . . .

1.Sean Booth (audio engineering and electronics school) and Rob Brown (art school/architecture) ; then again, their could be many, invisible and scattered, and part of the fascination of listening to Autechre, of savouring their enlightened ways with beat and pressure, force and precision, breath and void, solid and liquid, mass and light, is working out the relationship between the two, and then between the two individually and collectively and the group they belong to, the group (with a mind of its own ) they have invented using brain, persistence and machine. Autechre is the changing, challenging result of the “brutally co-operative” relationship between Booth and Brown and their own views of what being Autechre enables them to do as they continue to extend the idea of what Autechre actually is, as a spiralling combination of the two of them and the group itself. This means there are, in a way, three individuals, or units, Booth, Brown, Autechre, and from there, once the technology, the machines, the data, their shared history, the common conditions, the drive, the complicated associations have been factored in, the three become one thing, a single mindbody operating through particular actions, a solemn unyielding mechanical assembly device fully under conscious control.

2. Mental dance: if it is music to dance to, and there has always been shattered, shifting, ruptured hints of a supple, repetitive, compulsive instrumental music explicitly made for clubs and dancing, a toiling, receding ghostly-melancholy electro/thread, then ultimately it is danced to inside your head, where there is potentially something the size of the universe, and no limit to the movement, and motion, and dark agile stillness.

3. A great name, pronounced however you want to pronounce it, within reason, and made up, possibly, of automatic, technical, replicated, or audio technology research, or author technique resonant, or a random of bashing of letters whilst working using an Atari on a track featuring a defined “au” sound.

4. a. The sublime embodiment of rigorous organisation. b. An independent means of exploring reality. c. Suddenly as from nowhere some vital detail hitherto ignored will come into view. d. Conscious and unconscious mental functionings are harmoniously integrated in a singular way. e. cubist dub degenerate psycho-spatial drug cult funk. f. these organic distortions of rhythm cannot be taught, nor achieved by conscious control. g. each stage of composition imposes upon the group new choices and decisions that they could not have foreseen at an early stage. h. imagining brightly a common goal in the world and in the quietness within each human being. i. To feel the submerged depth coherence we must, almost with an effort, abandon the conscious need for logic, order and sequence. Then the superficial fragmentation will not be felt and will be replaced by a feeling of inner necessity far more potent than the needs of conscious reason and logic. j. Throughout history important new music has been blamed for its lack of melody. k. We may feel trapped and lost in the infinite at the same time. l. different ways of organising the shape and motion of a piece of music, of rotating, reframing, replacing the usual order of events, of delaying, or accelerating, or cancelling out, the arrival, or promise, or consolation of a beat, of radically reconsidering what a chorus, or a verse, or a coda, or the beginning, middle and end of a piece of music actually is. But never losing acoustic sight of the practical nature of how certain techniques and traditions must be maintained in order for the piece of music to still be contained inside some sort of skin, or pinned around a kind of spine, so that it doesn’t just bobble off into farcical incoherence. m. in isolation.

5. The extraordinary revolution of their music evolves from album to album. There are changes and no changes as one named and numbered collection becomes another, and eventually, once Autechre are done, no more, over and out, it will not necessarily be obvious in which order their music was produced and released, even considering the moves across and inside rhythm, texture and s( )pace they've made as they withdrew further and further from any kind of obedient dance stream, getting, so to speak, stranger and stranger, and yet more and more themselves. The pure depths and serial surfaces played, placed and projected during their truly astonishing new collection Oversteps (WarpCD210) certainly reminds me of their earlier music, repeats/reforms some ideas, echoes specific loops, absences and grains, reprises calculations, develops various moods, connects similar stresses and symptoms, perfects certain systems, but at the same time bravely invents new possibilities, resist bad habits, penetrates new uncontaminated areas, and demonstrates that . . .

6. It remains the music of tomorrow/still new places to go/still music that hasn’t been heard/silence, and the reality that fills it, has changed at the end of a piece of Autechre music/you are not where/what/who you were.

. . . these answers - though to a point comforting, and suggestive that there is indeed a recognised avant-pop ensemble called Autechre, late 80s teenage fans of breakdancing, tagging and hip hop, northern disc jockeys plunging into weird wired post-house dance, signed to the visionary Warp label since 1992, temporarily part of some kind of cerebral post-acid movement, legendary sonic step-relations of Aphex Twin, Oval, LaBradford and Squarepusher, virtually inventing experimental IDM, the Led Zeppelin of electronica, unGodparents of Radiohead, remixers of Neu! Tortoise and Skinny Puppy, up to some sort of austere, astounding good, part of a trail, an order, that bites, calculates and throbs, mixing mathematics and the mystical, from, say, Johann Bach, Anton Webern, Pauline Oliveros, Jimmy Giuffre, Steve Reich, Alvin Lucier, Captain Beefheart, Spontaneous Music Ensemble, Tangerine Dream, King Crimson, Throbbing Gristle, This Heat, Art of Noise and Mantronix - don’t help much in understanding their music, and the ways that this music is concerned with various mysteries – about space, time, substance, sound, motion, thought, harmony, scale, truth, reality, memory.

These answers might explain how many records etc they have released, and in what order, during what period of time, connected or disconnected to whatever sequence of pop-culture fads and fashions happened to be passing by. There is a sense of location, of local colour – from Lancashire, to Yorkshire, from the cold, unclubby outside of Madchester to the electronic heart of Sheffield, then to other places, inside and out, and beyond. There is a suggestion of personality, of something surprisingly down to earth, of the everyday, of the moderately helpful, of even the instructional, especially when it comes to equipment used, programmes favoured, machines accumulated, studios built, but also of perversion, of avoidance, of reluctance, of reclusive even superstitious separation from the music, where any explanations ultimately lie, as though it is nothing to do with them, or too much to do with them, and requires a certain protective emotional distance. They might occasionally appear to engage in some form of conventional self-promotion, but before you know it, they’ve slipped through a trap door, dropped out of sight, turned out the lights, moved elsewhere, returned to base, to a black box or two, unknown, but, relatively speaking, known.

There is, indeed, mounds of biographical material and discographical details readily available, these days just the other side of a quick search, that can help safely fix Autechre into the final decade of the 20th century and the first decade of the 21st century, where, to some extent, given their interests, age and technological obsessions, they belong. This search will reveal various ingenious/frustrated/enthusiastic approaches to writing about, describing, understanding and analysing the puzzle, geometry and processes of Autechre, and various arguments, debates, squabbles, speculations, annoyances about how their music has progressed, or not, and how ecstatically alert it is, how mindblowing, or frustratingly opaque, or stubbornly difficult, or totally pointless, or casually random, or not what it was, too dry, too wet, more accessible, less accessible, too this, too that, too sterile, too what. In a way, the shame is that standard definitions, limited terms and conventional expectations culled from reviewing constant humdrum rock releases are applied to what are a fluctuating sequence of meticulously conceived, beautifully engineered works of art that piece by piece relay highly charged, uniquely personal ideas about creativity, thinking, sound, environment, planning, transmission and (self) image and the incredible ways technology can summon up and represent even entirely be the purest, strongest of emotions.

As far as my personal version of Autechre goes, this – now, then, next - is exactly where they belong, at this end of various stories that exist because of a number of cultural, technological, political, ideological, social and musical changes that took place during the 20th century, some of them heating up as the 20th took a turn for the 21st century, some of them slowing down and thwarted, some of them spiralling out of control, some just moving forward following their own glorious, imperturbable momentum. Autechre take their rightful advanced place in various histories of music that have formed in my mind, following, part of, involved with, on one hand something that was known as serialism, which fell through radio, tape and edits into musique concrete, which resulted in the relief of what was known as minimalism, which puts them on the quiet, eternal shores of Morton Feldman, Arvo Part and LaMonte Young, and then they draw from the immense results achieved by Can, Kraftwerk and Eno in using exploratory electronic means to sensitively generate sadness, sensation and sensuality, and a whole host of abstract surprise, and they filter earvisions of Xenakis, Stockhausen and Varese through a privately cultivated handmade machine-smart post-hip hop sensibility. They make the music that has responded the most accurately and inquisitively to the uncompromising strangeness and unsettling changes of the times.

What do Autechre mean ? What are they ? All of the above – it could be. Something else? Undeniably. There is, fantastically, no end to wondering.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Vampire Weekend play ice rink

Vampire Weekend, whose 'Contra' may be very well be XL's tenth number one this Sunday, are playing a free gig at Somerset House at 5.30pm on Thursday. There are no tickets, just turn up. The first 50 fans to arrive will be given the chance to ice skate for free.

M.A.N.D.Y. vs Booka Shade

Have a listen to the new song from M.A.N.D.Y vs Booka Shade, Donut. It's pretty nice, and out on new label Living The Dream.

Othello Woolf free gig for single launch

We like Othello Woolf. You might have noticed. He makes good music. And he was nice enough to ask us to come and play records at his launch party. We get excited about things like that.

Othello Woolf 'Stand' launch party

Othello Woolf - live

+ DJs
Mystery Jets
Golden Silvers
DUMMY Magazine
A Love Supreme
Ronojoy Dam (Real Gold)
Lambrini Girls
Young & Lost Club

Thursday 21st January
The Legion, Old Street, London
From 8pm

Beach House play Heaven on 1st June

As the Bush Hall date sold out a while ago, but Beach House (who we like) have announced another date, at Heaven, on the 1st June.

You really should buy tickets for this. “Teen Dream” is released 25th January on Bella Union records, it's a really smashing record, and you should buy it and love it, and call anyone who mentions Fleet Foxes with reference to them a lying toerag.

Wednesday 10 February – GLASGOW – King Tuts (£9)

Thursday 11 February – MANCHESTER – Islington Mill (£9)

Friday 12 February – LEEDS – Brudenell Social Club (£9)

Saturday 13 February – DUBLIN – Whelans (18 euro)

Sunday 14 February – BELFAST – Speakeasy (£9)

Tuesday 16 February – CARDIFF – Arts Centre (£5)

Wednesday 17 February – LONDON – Bush Hall **(SOLD-OUT!)**

Monday 8 March – NEWCASTLE – The Sage (with Grizzly Bear)

Tuesday 9 March – EDINBURGH – Queen's Hall (with Grizzly Bear)

Thursday 11 March – BRIGHTON – The Corn Exchange (with Grizzly Bear)

Friday 12 March – COVENTRY – Warwick Arts Centre (with Grizzly Bear)

Saturday 13 March – LONDON – The Roundhouse (with Grizzly Bear)

Sunday 14 March – LONDON – The Roundhouse (with Grizzly Bear)

Blood Red Shoes return

Blood Red Shoes, bare boned Brighton band are back. We've had a soft spot for them since we were in three dimensions and they announced details of their new album and single earlier today. Listen to lead single 'Light It Up' at their myspace and think about either buying their album, Fire It Up, out March 1st, or seeing them live at the below dates, underneath this other track on the album.

MARCH 2010

02 - Birmingham, 02 Academy 3
03 - Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
04 - Bristol, Thekla
05 - Brighton, Komedia
06 - Leeds, Cockpit
08 - Edinburgh, Electric Circus
09 - Dundee, Doghouse
10 - Glasgow, King Tuts
11 - Newcastle, 02 Academy 2
12 - Manchester, Academy 3
13 - London, Garage

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Good Shoes Stags Heads

Excellent rock band are hosting a mini-festival at the Stags Head to launch their album, 'No Hope No Future.' Over four days, 20th-23rd, Good Shoes will be playing the Dalston venue with very many of our heroes, including Othello Woolf, Fiction, Is Tropical and Hatcham Social. This is a very good idea for an album launch. Head over to their website (or double click the image above) to find dates, times, book tickets and so on and so forth.

The Knife announce Darwin opera CD release

Breaking news – the Knife (superb Swedish terror-trance musicians) are releasing the music from their opera, 'Tomorrow In A Day' as an album on Brille Records, in collaboration with Mt Sims and equally excellent musician planningtorock. The opera was commissioned by a Danish performance group, and deals with Darwin thematically. As we share an office with Brille, we've had the honour of hearing it. First reactions? It's fantastic. It's out on the 1st March.

If you sign up at their website,, then you get a free song called The Colouring of Pigeons.

Here's the full, actually very interesting, text from the release –

Commissioned by Danish performance group Hotel Pro Forma to write the music for their opera based on Charles Darwin and his book ‘On the Origin of the Species’, The Knife decided to make this a collaborative process, working with artists Mt. Sims and Planningtorock for the first time, to capture the huge width of the Darwin and evolution theme. They extensively researched Darwin related literature and articles, with Olof attending a field recording workshop in the Amazon to find inspiration and to record sounds.

‘Tomorrow, In A Year’ is a unique musical project. Richard Dawkins’s gene trees have formed the basis of some of the musical composition, artificial sounds have been mixed with field recordings, with the music inspired by everything from the different stages of a bird learning its melody, to a song based on Darwin’s loving letters about his daughter Anne. These are compositions that challenge the conventional conception of opera music.

Pushing the experimental process further still, composer, choreographer, costume designer and set designer worked separately, only coming together 3 and a half months before the first performance of ‘Tomorrow, In A Year’ in Copenhagen on the 2nd September 2009. Described as “shifting the position of operartic art in a single leap”, further performances of ‘Tomorrow, In A Year’ are confirmed to take place in Athens (8-9 Jan), Stockholm (29 Jan-1 Feb), and Munster (5 June), with further dates to be announced.

Olof Dreijer says: “At first it was very difficult as we really didn’t know anything about opera. We’d never been to one. I didn’t even know what the word libretto meant. But after some studying, and just getting used to opera’s essence of pretentious and dramatic gestures, I found that there is a lot to learn and play with. In fact, our ignorance gave us a positive respectless approach to making opera. It took me about a year to become emotionally moved by an opera singer and now I really do. I really like the basic theatrical values of opera and the easy way it brings forward a narrative. We’ve approached this before in The Knife but never in such a clear way.”

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Night Slugs starts label, first release = Mosca

Night Slugs has been running incredibly bass-garage-whatever nights since 2006, and a pretty good blog, they've waited this long to start bringing out 12"s.

First up is Mosca's Square One EP, with the dark, housey title track backed by the 8 minute epic _Nike_ and a few remixes. It's out on the 25th.

Head here to download the Geena mix.

Swanton Bombs album & tour

I saw Swanton Bombs support Girls at The Lexington last year. (LAST YEAR. That's the first time I've written that this year. It feels weird.) They were tight, ferocious and very loud. Largely due to drummer Brendan Heaney's relentless energy, as displayed in the neighbour-riling video above.

Anyway, they're ace and their album Mumbo Jumbo and Murder is out on February 15th on vinyl and digital download.

I thoroughly recommend checking them out live too. Invigorating to say the least. Here's where you can catch them:

Happy Huw Year 2010 tour (Swanton Bombs, Frankie and the Heartstrings & Islet)

Jan 22 – 60 Million Postcards, Bournemouth
Jan 23 – Start the Bus, Bristol
Jan 24 – Lock Tavern, London

Los Campesinos! & Swanton Bombs:

11 – Central Station, Wrexham
12 – Evol, Liverpool
13 – Fibbers, York
15 – Tunnels, Aberdeen
16 – Dog House, Dundee
17 – Bongo, Edinburgh
18 – The Venue, Derby
19 – The Musician, Leicester
21 – The Junction, Cambridge
22 – Arts Centre, Norwich
23 – Audio, Brighton
24 – Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth
25 – Koko, London
26 – Princess Pavillion, Falmouth
27 – Thekla, Bristol


1 – The Rainbow, Birmingham
2 – Roadmender, Northampton
3 – Plug and Play, Reading
4 – Banquet New Slang, Kingston

Saturday, January 02, 2010

Oh hello

Happy 2010!

On with the job. Yeasayer's Ambling Alp video. Ft. Don Quixote, El Topo + the fierce urgency of NOW.

Yeasayer - Ambling Alp from Spy Films on Vimeo.