Mixtape #72

With a new month comes a new guest mixtape, this time from Brighton's quintet Calico. The band, a set of incredible musicians complementing each other perfectly, bring together an extensive range of musical genres to create a unique and exhilarating sound. Their intricate compositions incorporate elements of jazz, electronica, folk, math-rock and classical to name a few. And reflecting this healthy eclecticness, the mix they've compiled for us is a gift that keeps on giving, filled to the brim with incredible picks.


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Members of Mogwai, Slowdive and Editors form Minor Victories, announce debut album

Minor Victories - A Hundred RopesThere’s a new supergroup on the block comprising Mogwai’s Stuart Braithwaite, Slowdive’s Rachel Goswell, Editors’ Justin Lockey and his brother James. Under the name Minor Victories, the four-piece will be releasing their eponymous debut album on June 3rd via Fat Possum Records. Initially formed as the solo project of Justin “to create an extreme noise EP topped off by a delicate female vocals”, Minor Victories turned into a collaboration with the four members creating and sharing ideas and music back and forth from different places. “The freedom and immediacy in this exchanging of ideas – plus the fact that all four members have barely spent any time together recording or writing – only adds to the heart of the project”, explains the press release. “This unusual process, combined with the members’ wide spectrum of musical tastes converging, ultimately led to something beyond the original vision of any of the contributors that pushes new boundaries and new sounds into uncharted waters”.
Ahead of the album’s release, Minor Victories have shared the first single ‘A Hundred Ropes’. The track comes with a video filmed by the Lockey brothers’ Hand Held Cine Club. Here it is.

Mogwai remix Yann Tiersen’s first single ‘A Midsummer Evening’

Photo: Katherine Rose

Photo: Katherine Rose

We’re getting excitingly close to the release of Yann Tiersen‘s new album ∞ (Infinity). The effort will see the light of day on May 19th in the UK/Europe and May 20th in North America via Mute.
Ahead of its release, Tiersen has unveiled a remix of ‘A Midsummer Evening’ by Mogwai. The original track, released previously, is taken from the forthcoming album.

In other related news, the French composer is live streaming a show from a secret location on May 5th at 7pm BST. Just head over to his website on the day to watch it.
Now listen to Mogwai’s remix of ‘A Midsummer Evening’.


Mogwai unveil video for new single from upcoming album Rave Tapes

Mogwai - The Lord is Out of Control

Scottish post rock quintet Mogwai are set to release their eight studio album in January. Entitled Rave Tapes, the effort was created this past summer in Mogwai’s Castle Of Doom studio in Glasgow. The album arrives on January 20th in the Europe via the band’s own Rock Action and the following day in North America via Sub Pop.

The issued press release describes Rave Tapes as “a lustrous collection mined from the same quarry as its predecessors, wreathed in painterly textures underpinned by increasingly electronic beats”.

Ahead of the release, Mogwai have just shared a new track from the album, ‘The Lord is Out of Control’. It comes with an accompanying video directed by Antony Crook and shot on location in Hawaii. Here it is.