Waiting For You, the debut album from King Midas Sound, came out six years ago. The trio, made up of Kevin Martin aka The Bug, singer and poet Roger Robinson, and singer Kiki Hitomi, have announced their second album, part of a series of collaborative releases. Edition 1 will be the first of four albums, each featuring a different guest artist, “to explore the deepest realms where dub, electronic music, hip/trip-hop and shoegaze meet”. Austrian guitarist and electronic musician Fennesz joined forces with King Midas Sound on the first collaboration, due out on September 18th via Ninja Tune. As the press release explains, Fennesz’s “2001 album Endless Summer was a mix of tonal guitars and emotional shifts which inspired and sparked an admiration within Kevin and Roger to bring him onboard.”.
‘Waves’ is the first track to emerge from the upcoming Edition 1 and you can listen to it below.
King Midas Sound and Fennesz have announced a number of European dates this Autumn, including a show in London at St John at Hackney on October 30th.
Photo: Joseph Yarmush
We’re only a month away from the much anticipated release of Jerusalem In My Heart‘s second album, If He Dies, If If If If If If. The Montreal based audio-visual performance collective had already enticed us with the first single ‘7ebr El 3oyoun’ (‘Ink Of The Eyes’). Now they are previewing another incredible track from the album, ‘A Granular Buzuk’, featuring guest Sharif Sehnaoui on prepared guitar. Take a listen below.
If He Dies, If If If If If If will be released on September 4th via Constellation Records.
We’re thrilled to know there is a brand new full-length album on the way from the immensely talented singer-songwriter Jono McCleery. Entitled Pagodes, it follows his majestic and widely acclaimed 2011’s There Is and it arrives on October 2nd via If Music.
His marvellous guitar playing and soulful and powerful singing shine even stronger in Pagodes. As the press release describes, “it’s an album that’s difficult to turn away from, full of beautiful melody, futuristic production flourishes and lyrics that don’t shy away from darkness, but always alight on uplifting conclusion.”.
We’re itchy with anticipation for the album to drop but we can already wrap our ears around the first single, an utterly beautiful interpretation of Robert Wyatt’s ‘Age of Self’. Here it is.
In other related news, Jono McCleery will celebrate the album release with a performance in London at Elektrowerkz on October 13th.
Photo: Hera Chan
Earlier this month, Ought dropped ‘Beautiful Blue Sky‘, the lead single off their upcoming second album Sun Coming Down. Ahead of the album’s release, the Montreal based post-punk quartet are sharing another fantastic track from the album, the opening track ‘Men For Miles’. Give it a listen now.
Sun Coming Down is out on September 18th via Constellation Records.
Meet Sharer, the new collaborative project of JD Samson (MEN / Le Tigre) and Young & Sick (Nick van Hofwegen). ‘Body Tonight’ is the first track they are letting loose, a dance floor banger you’ll want to hear over and over again. JD and Nick shared vocal duties with guests Jo Lampert (Tune-Yards, AVAN LAVA) and Xavier Smith. ‘Body Tonight’ will be released on August 21st, and it features a couple of remixes from LEFTI and Midnight Magic.
The pair offered some words on the project:
“I used to go see JD simply as a fan while living in London. Her live shows were always absolutely fantastic, leaving me a sweaty mess. When the opportunity arose for me to work with her, I jumped at it. A few months later, here is the beginning of our new friendship. I couldn’t be more excited to share it.” – Nick van Hofwegen (Young & Sick)
“Nick and I were matched up to write songs for other people, but after about two seconds of sharing, we knew what we had was something completely and utterly ours. Love and respect for your collaborators is so important, and working with Nick is such a beautiful expression of our mutual admiration. I love our process and can’t wait until the world gets to share the joy.” – JD Samson
Now listen to ‘Body Tonight’. You will dance.
Photo: Colleen Kavanaugh
There’s no stopping Yonatan Gat, and thank goodness for that. In addition to the recent release of Director, his debut album, and several live shows in Europe and North America with his trio, the inventive and prolific guitar virtuoso has a brand new release out. It includes an unreleased A-Side from Director, ‘Ascension’, and B-Side ‘Analog Gold Rush’ lifted from Gat’s upcoming Steve Albini engineered EP.
The release comes on a lathe-cut CD, a new hybrid format that can be played both on a turntable and in a CD player, one song for each format.
The record sold out in no time, but it’s also available digitally on his bandcamp. Now listen to ‘Analog Gold Rush’.