Tricky unveils new project Skilled Mechanics, announces debut album

Skilled Mechanics: DJ Milo, Tricky & Luke HarrisSince relocating to Berlin earlier this year, trip-hop pioneer Tricky has been busy with a new project called Skilled Mechanics. It sees him working with a different cast of contributors from project to project, and on the first one, Tricky joined forces with longtime friend and collaborator DJ Milo and his tour drummer Luke Harris. The fruit of this collaboration arrives early next year in the form of a self-titled full-length album.
The album also features guest contributions from Chinese rapper Ivy 艾菲, London based singer Renata Platon, Danish singer songwriter Oh Land, and his current vocalist Francesca Belmonte.

‘Diving Away’, a cover  of ‘Porpoise Head’ by Porno For Pyros, is the first single taken from the album. Here’s what Tricky said about it:

“I toured with them in Australia in 1996. My daughter Mazy, who was about four years of age, was with us and she had frontman Perry Farrell wrapped round her little finger. He took all of us to Sealand in Australia. So there was me and Porno For Pyros all trying to get her pram onto the Australian metro. But how many big artists would do something beautiful like that? I think it speaks volumes about him. So I’ve got a lot of love for Perry Farrell and I’ve always wanted to cover one of his songs.”

Now listen to ‘Diving Away’.

Skilled Mechanics is out on January 22nd via Tricky’s own label False Idols.

Ulver tease upcoming album ATGCLVLSSCAP with excerpt from two new tracks

Ulver - ATGCLVLSSCAPNorway’s Ulver have a new album on the way called ATGCLVLSSCAP, partly live and mostly improvisational and due on January 22nd via their own newly-formed House of Mythology. With the number twelve as the kernel of the album, ATGCLVLSSCAP comprises recordings made at twelve different live shows performed in February 2014 and it also takes its name from the initials of the twelve zodiac signs, starting with Aries. “The tour was to be an experiment, kind of loose and scary for a band as ‘set in their ways’ as us”, said Ulver’s mastermind Kristoffer Rygg.

To get us enticed ahead of its release, Ulver have shared a couple of excerpts from new tracks ‘Cromagnosis’ and ‘Moody Stix’. Listen to both below.

Tim Gane’s new trio Cavern Of Anti-Matter set to release debut album in February

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Tim Gane, known as the co-founder of revered band Stereolab, has embarked on a new project called Cavern Of Anti-Matter and we’re thrilled about it. To bring the project to life, Gane teamed up with former Stereolab drummer Joe Dillworth and synth master Holger Zapf.  With a few limited edition vinyl releases under their belt, their proper full-length debut album, void beats / invocation trex, has just been announced. It arrives on February 19th via Duophonic and it also features guest contributions from Mouse On Mars’ Jan St. Werner, Deerhunter’s Bradford Cox and Spaceman 3’s Sonic Boom.

Here’s what Gane said of the project:

“Cavern Of Anti-Matter are spectrum addicts, setting up tiny rhythmic cells and expanding on them in certain ways, splitting the melody and stretching out. The melodic movement is much slower due to the lack of words. At the moment, the Cavern sound is more what I want to do.”

The stunning single ‘Melody In High Feedback Tones’ serves as the first taster of what’s coming and we can’t wait to hear more.

Bianca Casady & The C.i.A premiere video for single ‘Poor Deal’

Bianca Casady & The C.i.A - Poor DealLast month Bianca Casady announced the release of Oscar Hocks, the upcoming debut album with her new project Bianca Casady & The C.i.A.. Darker and more enigmatic than CocoRosie, the project came to life with the addition of dancer Bino Sauitzvy, musicians Michal Skoda, Takuya Nakamura, Doug Wieselman, and visual artist/pianist J.M.Ruellan to the project.

Currently amidst a 22-date European tour, Bianca Casady & The C.i.A. are presenting their new musical-performance project Porno Thietor to audiences in intimate venues and stages. London marks the tour’s last date, with a show at the ATP Pop-Up Venue on December 3rd. Bianca has created a small book of poems, photographs and fragments also called Porno Thietor, which will be available on tour. A limited edition is also available online.

We had already heard and loved the album’s lead track, ‘Poor Deal’, and the band’s own J.M. Muellan has directed a video for it. Watch it now and watch out for the release of Oscar Hocks when it drops on January 22nd via FANTASYmusic in Europe and Atlas Chair in America.

Naytronix unveils video and Money Mark remix for ‘Back In Time’

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A month in from the release of Mister Divine, Naytronix has just hit European shores for a string of live dates in support of his sublime album. After shows in Germany and Holland, Nate Brenner and his trio will head to the UK next week for a handful of shows, including a date in London at The Shacklewell Arms on November 28th.

With the album out and the tour ongoing, there’s good reason to celebrate and Naytronix is offering a double treat. He has unveiled a fitting video for the wonderful and nostalgic track ‘Back In Time’, as well as a remix from Money Mark of Beastie Boys fame. Watch the Jeffrey A Tang-directed video below, and straight after listen to the remix of ‘Back In Time’.

Mister Divine is out now via City Slang.

Sarah Neufeld announces new album and unveils first track ‘The Ridge’

Sarah Neufeld - The Ridge

We’re a little bit more than excited to hear about the upcoming new album from Montréal based extraordinary composer and violinist Sarah Neufeld. Her outstanding debut album, Hero Brother, came out in 2013, and she followed it earlier this year with a staggering collaborative album with sax wizard Colin Stetson. Comes February 26th, Neufeld will unveil her new album The Ridge via Paper Bag Records.

The Ridge “is a body of work that sees Neufeld moving away from Hero Brother’s classical minimalism and sepulchral ambience, and into the world of rhythmic pop minimalism”, says the press release. “The new album employs more emphasis on vocalizations than Neufeld’s previous works; the interplay between Neufeld’s voice and violin has become strongly integrated and narrative.”

We’re not sure Neufeld will be employing her incredible foot-stomping technique in any of the album tracks. Percussion is in good good hands though, with Neufeld bringing in Jeremy Gara, her bandmate in Arcade Fire, to guest on drums.

The magnificent title track, ‘The Ridge’, opens the album and is now being offered as the first taster of what’s to come – it’s intense and fragile, haunting and calming, poignant and beautiful – a grand opus of a song. Here it is.