The Beat’s brand new single, SIDE TO SIDE, taken from ‘Bounce’ is currently A-listed on BBC Radio 6 and the band have released it as double A-side 7” vinyl with a track from label mates and life-long friends The Selecter. The two bands played live from Maida Vale on 13 December for Steve Lamacq’s Christmas Ska Party on BBC Radio 6 with other guests David Rodigan and Mungos HiFi and have announced a co-headline tour in 2017. More »

Chris Pope & The Chords UK have released a new single from their recent album ’Take On Life’. Entitled ‘Dreams Of Yesterday’, it is an edited version of the final song on the record, a Mott-esque remembrance of London and its chequered musical history from the 1970’s to the present.

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Tom Paxton returns to the UK in 2017, with very special guests Cathy & Marcy.

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Tallisker is the DIY solo project of French artist Eléonore Melisande, 28. A former cellist and guitarist with a classical and folk background, she is now a full-time DJ, producer and performer with electronic, post-folk & rave aesthetics. Winning the Inrocks Lab Award (2014), the Booster Award (2015) and performing every weekend helped her take off pretty quickly and now she’s pleased to celebrate the release of her debut EP ‘Heliotrop’. More »

The Molochs have released the video for their second single You And Me . Talking of the single, lead singer Lucas Fitzsimmons said, “You And Me” is about losing the struggle to control one’s emotions.” The sentiment is accompanied by a nice Hammond organ. You And Me is the second single from the band. It follows their first single No More Cryin’. Both tracks will be released on America’s Velvet Glory out Jan 13th via Innovative Leisure.  More »

A wistful mother in the 1950s makes some simple home recordings in her family sitting room. Little could she have known that decades later, her son would become one of the most poetic and influential songwriters ever, or that more than sixty years later, the dust would be blown off her own songs. On the surface, the 2013 release of Molly Drake’s work could easily have been perceived as just a curious footnote and jigsaw piece in explaining the enormous talent of Nick Drake. In the eyes of The Unthanks however, and increasingly amongst others, Molly’s work is extraordinary enough to rank alongside and independently of her brilliant son.

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With the release of her hotly-anticipated debut EP just around the corner, Irish artist LAOISE is pleased to share the first single from it. More »

Inspired by the sea-inspired James Joyce poem of the same name, ‘Noise Of The Waters’ is the second EP from Brighton folk duo, Hickory Signals. Made up of multi-instrumentalists Laura Ward and Adam Ronchetti, the pair combine strong vocal melodies with vibrant guitar, shruti, flute, glockenspiel and pulsing percussion; layering sounds carefully and minimally to create atmospheric folk. More »

From the somewhat sparse, yet unique catalogue of adventurous, high-quality rock music coming out of Scandinavia in the late 60’s, the sole album ‘Get Dreamy’ by The Dream has been one of the most hunted treasures.

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Finnish prog outfit Kairon; IRSE! premiere new single and Announce new album ‘Ruination’ and reissue of debut album ‘Ujubasajuba’  More »

Formed in 2006 and combining elements of classical, jazz and electronic with the urgency of math-rock, hardcore and heavy metal, Japanese instrumental trio Mouse On The Keys defy categorisation, says their recent press release. More »

Raised in the claustrophobic backwaters of Hereford, young two-piece consuumer play a raucous set. Inspired by the sheer volume of Melvins, the raw power of the Stooges and the bleak doom of Sabbath, consuumer create a brutal, nihilistic sound, steeped in a raw energy and honesty that could shake even the most apathetic listener. With a huge string of UK live dates under their belt including a Birthday’s headline show and an acclaimed first single, the band are now ready to release their debut EP ‘Shattered Fruit’. More »

The new Thom Hell video, ‘1985’.

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Carlos Santana, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Narada Michael Walden join Jennifer Saran in an Inspiring World Peace Anthem “Wake Up” with all Proceeds from Sale of New Track to Benefit the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation. 

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Today, Edinburgh pop-punk four piece Woes have dropped their passionate and powerful new single ‘Winter Sun’ with the German station, Radio Fritz. More »

The long and winding countryside of Norway in the late sixties was hardly the ideal time or place to be playing psychedelic folk music. But the teenage duo of Nina Johansen and Rune Walle, aided by their friend Satnam Singh, triumphed over high odds to make one of the most spellbinding albums in the genre made in any country. More »

New single, out now, by Austrian psych/prog trio taken from the album ‘No Rhyme No Reason’ released 27.01.17 More »

Modern music visionary Vangelis has announced the release on 3rdFebruary of a new 13-disc box set entitled “Delectus,” featuring a chosen selection of his early discographic work.  The mammoth collection will include all of his albums on Vertigo and Polydor, recently signed by Universal and remastered for the first time ever under the legendary composer’s own supervision.  More »

Cherry Red Records have announced the release of the new album by the legendary Hawkwind, “The Machine Stops”, will be the the 15th April 2016. A concept studio album and a live stage show, The Machine Stops is based on E.M. Forster’s Sci-fi classic. His dystopian vision of the future is brought to life with characteristic Hawkwind style.TheMACHINESTOPS

An atmospheric, musical interpretation beginning in tunnels deep beneath the earth, where every need is controlled and catered for by the machine. The struggle to escape and find a way to reach the outer surface is a utopian dream, which could prove to be the most deadly dream of all.

Forster’s visionary masterpiece provides a chilling warning of the dangers of isolation, reliance on computer technology and the effects upon society.

  1. All Hail the Machine
  2. The Machine
  3. Katie
  4. King of the World
  5. In My Room
  6. Thursday
  7. Synchronised Blue
  8. Hexagone
  9. Living on Earth
  10. The Harmonic Hall
  11. Yum Yum
  12. A Solitary Man
  13. Tube
  14. Lost in Science

The Machine Stops tour:

Friday 1st April Eastbourne Winter Garden

Thursday 14th April Cardiff Tramshed

Friday 15th April Glasgow O2 ABC, Main Room

Saturday 16th April Holmfirth Picturedrome

Sunday 17th April Wrexham William Aston Hall

Monday 18th April Gateshead The Sage

Tuesday 19th April Nottingham Rock City

Wednesday 20th April Leamington Spa The Assembly

Friday 22nd April London Islington Assembly Hall

Saturday 23rd April Norwich UEA

Sunday 24th April Stamford Corn Exchange

Monday 25th April Preston Guildhall

 

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Bassist and singer Esperanza Spalding, who rose to international prominence in 2011 when she won the Grammy Award for Best New Artist, is set to bring her incredible band to London on November 2nd for a hugely anticipated show at Shepherd’s Bush in West London.

Spalding will showcase music from her forthcoming album Emily’s D+Evolution, due for release on Universal/Concord in March. The album is one of Spalding’s most diverse and ambitious projects to date and this exclusive UK appearance represents an unmissable opportunity to catch an incredible artist whose star continues to rise.

 

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Dave Sturt (Bass player with Gong, Bill Nelson, Jade Warrior and Cipher) has a new album out at the end of October titled ‘Dreams and Absurdities’ on Esoteric Antenna. DAVE-STURT-dreams-and-absurdities-news
There are guest appearances by Steve Hillage, Bill Nelson, Daevid Allen, Jon Field, Kavus Torabi, Theo Travis and Fabio Golfetti.

The press release says that “Dreams and Absurdities is an instrumental delight – ambient, eclectic, emotional and psychedelic…so I’m sure it will be right up my street.

Expect a review on Hifi Pig shortly.

 

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Yes vocalist John Anderson and renowned jazz fusion violinist Jean Luc Ponty first talked about recording together over 30 years ago. Now those discussions have become reality on the duo’s new CD Better Late Than Never.
Accompanied by a band of superb musicians whose credits include work with Ponty, Stanley Clarke, Chick Corea, George Duke, Pink and Michael Jackson, Anderson and Ponty revisit some of their own classics as well as delivering new material.tour-banner-apb-bltn
“A breakthrough feeling came as I sang with Jean Luc’s music” says Anderson. “To be in a band again is very exciting on many levels, we will play and sing our way around the world and have fun, for music is pleasure, music is all that is.”
Better Late than Never features Yes classics like Owner Of A Lonely Heart, Roundabout and Wondrous Stories.  In addition, Anderson brings lyrics and vocals to some of Ponty’s best-loved compositions.
“Collaborating with Jon who is such a creative singer/songwriter is unlike any project I have done before.” Ponty explains. “I knew that we had plenty of musical affinities to make it work, but the result is way beyond my expectations. It is also a lot of fun to reunite with these excellent musicians who played with me in the past, they really put their heart in this project and with Jon’s creative input we are not just rehashing the past but giving a new life to the music we started developing decades ago.”
Better Late Than Never will be released as a CD/DVD Deluxe Edition and a standalone CD version on25th September and will be accompanied by a world tour.
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The guys at Native DSD have just got in touch to tell us about their new compilation album called 8 Ensembles in 1 Bit(2015). It has tunes by Breno Virícimo Group, Thomas & Eva, The Pipays, Kobra Ensemble, Merel Vercammen & Ketevan Roinishvili, De Gebroeders Harteveld & Fretz, New Amsterdam Voices and Odd Pearls and is currently the best selling album on Native DSD.
Producer/Engineers Jared Sacks and Daan van Aalst have pooled their expertise in music production and recording in very high resolution audio. Their goal is to put together the best system for recording and reproducing music at the highest quality with recordings in the new DSD 256fs (quad rate DSD) format, although 8 Ensembles is available in DSD 256, 128 and 64.
The music on 8 Ensembles in 1 Bit is provided in both stereo and multichannel sound formats in the recorded resolution DSD 256fs (quad rate DSD.JL002

Tom Caulfield, the Mastering Engineer at Native DSD used specially developed software from Jussi Laako (the maker of the Signalyst HQ Player software player) for the conversion from DSD 256fs to DSD 128fs and DSD 64fs.

Once the three sets of Stereo and Multichannel DSD files were completed, the tracks were then converted from the DFF to the DSF file format. This enables Native DSD to add metadata to the recorded tracks. Finally the DSF tracks, cover art and album booklet in Acrobat PDF format are uploaded to Native DSD ‘s server where they can be purchased and downloaded.

Expect a review in the next few weeks.

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It’s been a highly productive past 18 months or so for influential musical icons The Zombies. Led by founder members Rod Argent and Colin Blunstone, The Zombies have completed a raft of shows across the US, made their second celebrated appearance at SXSW festival, seen their enduring classic Time of The Season’ sampled by Eminem (‘Rhyme Or Reason’), received a nomination for the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame and completed a brand new studio album, produced by Chris Potter (The Verve, Urban Hymns), which follows their last album release, 2011’s ‘Breathe Out, Breathe In’. Not only that but the band rocked new music showcase The Great Escape in Brighton this year and created something really special with their live performance at this year’s Glastonbury.

Despite originally disbanding in 1967 (the band officially reformed in 2004), The Zombies have always found their music in demand from subsequent generations and now release “Still Got That Hunger” on 9th October.

The artwork for the new album has been created by Terry Quirk, the original artist of their iconic album‘Odessey and Oracle’, hailed by Rolling Stone Magazine and NME earlier this year as one of the greatest albums of all time.

The Zombies will shortly begin a month-long US tour incorporating their live debut of ‘Still Got That Hunger’, and will be returning to the UK (supported by Josh Flowers & The Wild) for further dates later this year.

UK TOUR DATES

November 10th 2015 London The Forum

December 1st 2015 Brighton Concorde 2

December 2nd 2015 Cardiff The Globe

December 3rd 2015 Bristol The Fleece

December 4th 2015 Birmingham Library, The Institute

December 5th 2015 Norwich Norwich Open

December 7th 2015 Leeds Brudenell Social Club

December 8th 2015 Glasgow Oran Mor

December 9th 2015 Manchester Manchester Club Academy

December 10th 2015 Liverpool Arts Club

December 12th 2015 Newcastle Upon Tyne Riverside

 

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Blond:ish (DJ’s Anstascia and Vivie-Ann ) were conceived as an entity in Cherry Nightclub in Montreal way back in 2008, but now live in London, where they don’t really fit the stereotypical image of DJ/group.

The duo have announced the release of their first full-length album for later this year, which will be called “Welcome To The Present” and released on the excellent Kompakt label on October 23rd. Blond:ish have also announced further dates including Oasis Festival and Burning Man.Blondish

 

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Cherry Red have announced the official release of what has been described as “the lost 2 Tone album”.Rhoda-Dakar-Sleeve-400x400

Rhoda Dakar joined The Bodysnatchers in 1979 after Shane McGowan introduced her to bassist Nicky Summers. After only their second gig the band signed to legendary UK record label 2 Tone. Nationwide gigs alongside Madness, The Selecter, The Specials,The Go-Gos and Toots & The Maytals followed, as did two UK chart hits; Let’s Do Rocksteady b/w Ruder Than You in March 1980 and Easy Life b/w Too Experienced (produced by label boss/The Specials founder Jerry Dammers) in July of the same year. These now much sought-after singles and their appearance on 2 Tone’s Dance Craze movie were to be The Bodysnatchers only commercial releases.

Alongside The Bodysnatchers Rhoda guested with The Specials on their More Specials album, joining them on tour around Europe and the US (including their final show in Boston). Following The Bodysnatchers breakup she joined Special AKA as lead singer. She co-wrote their politically essential single Nelson Mandela as well as The Boiler, a harrowing tale of rape, which although banned still managed to attain UK chart placement. In more recent times Rhoda has guested with Madness on their Liberty of Norton Folgate album, Apollo440, Dr Robert of The Blow Monkeys, recorded successful solo albums and become a much in demand DJ.

After years of being asked to do so, and to celebrate The Bodysnatchers 35th Anniversary, Rhoda assembled an all-star cast to in effect record The Bodysnatchers debut album. 2 Tone label mates Lynval Golding and Sir Horace Gentleman of The Specials star alongside members of Pama International, The Sidewalk Doctors and Intensified, who admirably capture the spirit of the times.
The majority of The Bodysnatchers songs had only ever been heard live, on ultra rare bootleg live cassettes or on their two John Peel sessions. Scratch the surface of the resulting upbeat album and you’ll hear Rhoda’s, the bands and 2 Tone’s defiant stance on social, political and economic injustice is as relevant today as it was three decades ago. This truly is a must hear record for fans of the band, label and genre alike.

Rhoda Dakar sings The Bodysnatchers is released on 6th November on Phoenix City.

 

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Prog rock pioneer Steve Hackett has announced the release ‘Premonitions – The Charisma Recordings 1975-1983’, a comprehensive reissue project that includes his first 6 albums on the Charisma label, together with a wealth of previously unavailable recordings as well as remixes by Steven Wilson. ‘Premonitions’ is released on 16th October by Universal Music Catalogue/Virgin.Steve Hackett & Nad Sylvan 9_20 please credit Gene Steinman lo res

‘Premonitions’ comes in a Super Deluxe box set featuring a total of 135 songs on 10 CDs and 4 DVDs (5.1 mixes), plus an extensive booklet; included in this version are 67 previously unreleased recordings between old and new tracks, live and remixes.

“I’m pleased that Steven Wilson has done several new mixes in both surround and stereo” – Hackett has declared – “The box set will also contain a number of live shows from the era. I’ve enjoyed being involved with this comprehensive trip down memory lane. There’s also a substantial booklet containing a lot of background info along with many wonderful Armando Gallo shots, and Roger Dean has painted a beautiful picture for the cover. For me it’s a proud souvenir that highlights those years. I’ll play plenty of this early work at shows in the autumn which will include some numbers not played live for many moons, like ‘Icarus Ascending’ and ‘Star of Sirius’ plus all time faves such as ‘Every Day’ and ‘Spectral Mornings’.”

Hackett’s two most successful albums from the Charisma era, Please Don’t Touch and Spectral Mornings, will also be re-released separately in a deluxe expanded version with 5.1 mixes by Steven Wilson in 2016. Both records were previously reissued in 2005 as expanded single disc sets.96D17388-ECC9-4281-B7C0-8B92A93B7DFF

2015 marks 40 years from the release of Steve Hackett’s first solo record Voyage of the Acolyte; He was the first member of Genesis to release a solo album, before leaving the band in 1977. Hackett’s musical career has been blooming over the past four decades, establishing him as a loved icon and pioneer of the genre. His current studio album Wolflight was released in March to critical acclaim, charting at 31; it’s the first studio album of new material since Beyond the Shrouded Horizon in 2011 and explores past and contemporary cultures in a revolutionary journey.

The 40th anniversary celebrations continue with 19 UK shows on the ‘Acolyte to Wolflight with Genesis Revisited Tour’, where fans will have the opportunity to relive the Charisma years while discovering the guitarist’s more recent work, together with a selection of Genesis tracks previously unheard live.

Steve Hackett made his mark on prog rock in the Seventies with his astounding, innovative work as Genesis’ lead guitarist, before leaving in 1977 to pursue a solo career. Since the release of ‘Voyage of the Acolyte’ in 1975, he has continued his journey of discovery and he’s considered today one of the most influential pioneers of the genre.

 

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