Stream The xx New Album Today

The xx have released highly anticipated new album Co-exist today and yes it is sublime. I’m pottering around the kitchen cooking a roast in a trance listening to the album all day. Album was produced by the bands ceaselessly talented Jamie Smith and recorded between November 2011 and May 2012.

Click below and stream the album here in full

http://coexist.thexx.info/

 

– Grace, Melbourne

Bloc Party – Glasgow Comeback Gig Showcase

Lead singer Kele posted recently on his blog announcing the band are back together and about to release their fourth album,

“We have just finished mixing our new record. I am very proud of it. It is the best thing that we have ever done and finishing this record has taken us on quite a journey,” he wrote. “There have been babies, breakdowns, tantrums and hospitalisations but it’s finally here. We started making this record in NY in the winter of 2011. We didn’t want to let the world know so we told a lie that got out of hand but it made us laugh in the process, which brought us closer together.”

Kele speaks of the bands time apart and silence as deliberate despite rumours being rife of a contentious split. He lists the reasons for the break is in the personal shaping of band members individual lives,

“We could have come clean from the get go but to be honest we had no idea if anything was going to come out of these sessions. There was a big question mark over whether bloc party were ever going to make another record again. We were exhausted and bored and distant from one another. So in 2010 we all did our own thing, Gordon had a baby, Russell joined Ash, Matt built a studio in his basement with his bare hands and I moved to New York to finish a book that I had been writing for the last three years.”

Kele has every faith in the upcoming album which hopefully won’t leave us fans disappointed,

“In the past there has been so much written about what our records have meant, so much context and back story but I am adamant that this time these songs will stand on their own. This record is the sound of four people in a room, loving what they do and doing it to the best of their ability. It is the sound that only the four of us could make and I am prouder of it than any record we have ever made.”

On June 19th in Glasgow, Bloc Party played an electric comeback show featuring seven new songs including ‘3×3’ and ‘So he begins to lie’. Check out ‘3×3’ below, witness the band back on form, dispelling any long-standing rumours of friction. Look below again and discover the trailer for the forthcoming album, Four.

– Grace, Melbourne.

Grizzly Bear – New album set for release

Grizzly Bear’s new song, ‘Sleeping Ute’ was posted on the bands website in early June as a sneak preview to their highly anticipated fourth album set to be released in September. The band are basking in phenomenal success having toured with iconic British rock band, Radiohead, played major festivals including Lollapalooza and even becoming bum chums with music legend, Paul Simon accompanying him onstage for five performances. Grizzly Bear count notorious rapper Jay Z as a firm follower amongst their far-reaching fanbase, he hopes bands like Grizzly Bear, “will push Hip-Hop to go further”. The Brooklyn based indie rock band are classed as experimental, psychedelic indie rock and ‘Sleeping Ute’ is a brilliant reminder of their permeating, awe-inspiring lyric and sound.

Grizzly Bear are confirmed to play Australia for the first time ever this year on Novemeber 11th at the two day Harvest festival in Melbourne.

– Grace, Melbourne.

The Power Of The xx Live

The xx are trying out and slowly unveiling snippets from eagerly awaited new album Coexist. For the moment no definite titles have been placed on the bands new songs. The songs will be randomly showcased at differing venues over the coming months, including a sold out gig in renowned venue The Forum in Melbourne on July 18th, for one night only.

As worded by the band themselves, “After a long time on the road, we took a break, created our own studio and wrote these new songs that we’re so looking forward to playing to you.” The minimal and relaxed pace of ‘As I Am’ video recorded at London’s Battersea Arts Centre below stays true to The xx’s usual form and focus.

The album Coexist is set to release in the U.S on September 11th and everywhere else September 10th.

Have a sneak listen below. Footage is a bit blurry, creeping and dark which isn’t swaying too far from The xx’s purported style. Enjoy and be mesmerised !

– Grace, Melbourne.

Simian Mobile Disco – New Album – Unpatterns

Simian Mobile Disco’s third production ‘Unpatterns’ does just that and doesn’t follow the pattern of previous productions. Unpatterns is solely a classic minimal techno album. SMD’s preceding two albums featured vocals from big names in the music business. The electronic duo, James ford and Jas Shaw formed back in 2005 in London. The twosome are also famous for remixes with Muse, Klaxsons and The Go! Team. On a lesser known level, Ford produces on the side for indie artists such as Arctic Monkeys and Florence and the Machine. SMD have charted immeasurable success with Justice indie/dance remix, ‘We are your friends’. The duo are often criticised by the hardcore house/techno scene for relying too much on famous names in the mainstream. ‘Unpatterns’ has redeemed SMD with said critics and placed them back as serious players in the electronic field. Despite criticism, I have always been a fan of SMD and loved their underground hit ‘Hustler’ from their first album. Seeing SMD live at 2011’s Parklife in Melbourne was a dream come true – Honreaaaal. New Album, ‘Unpatterns’ won’t be for everyone with it’s move away from previous electro-pop form to a more minimal techno sound but it is a magnetic and polished audio production worthy of hearing. Check it out on Soundcloud!

On release since May 4th !

– Grace, Melbourne.