Prince has always been a political artist, but most often he’s expressed his politics through songs about sex. His new single, “Fixurlifeup,” on the other hand, takes a different tack. The video, which flashes the lyrics in front of images of the band and protesters and the American flag, puts politics out front. [Source]
A 3 minute preview of the song ‘I Appear Missing’ off their upcoming sixth studio album, ‘…Like Clockwork,’ out June 4th, 2013.
Thomas Mullarney and Jacob Gossett, aka Brooklyn duo Beacon, introduced themselves to the world with the No Body and For Now EPs, both released last year on Ghostly International. The EPs were united by minimalist, R&B-influenced instrumentation, and also by a lyrical theme, with both serving as meditations on the darkness that underpins the most intense of human emotions: love.
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Main Artist – Alice In Chains
Producer – Alice In Chains
Producer – Nick Raskulinecz
Recording Engineer – Paul “Fig” Figueora
Mix Engineer – Randy Staub
Mastering Engineer – Ted Jensen
The original version of ‘Heartbreaker is lifted from Alice Russell’s new album ‘To Dust’ out 30th April in the USA and out now in the rest of the world.
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‘To Dust’ is the first solo album from Alice Russell since 2008’s acclaimed ‘Pot Of Gold’, marking the next step forward in a remarkable career which has seen this down-to-earth, diminutive Brit universally acknowledged as one of the best soul voices of our time. Whether on a huge stage with a 16 piece band, charming a 4000 revellers into staying out dancing in the rain (as at Montreal Jazz Festival) or rocking an intimate club, Alice’s raw talent and charisma command attention and affection. Unfazed by taking the spotlight, singing with The Roots in Philly, or joining Roy Ayers for ‘Everybody Loves The Sunshine’, it is no wonder she has attracted worldwide media support, and fans as diverse as Gilles Peterson, Jamie Cullum, Dennis Coffey, Massive Attack’s Daddy G and Groove Armada.
Highly in demand as a vocalist, Alice has recently guested on Talking Heads leader David Byrne’s solo LP, to add to collaborations with Mr Scruff, Quantic, DJ Yoda and Nostalgia 77. But it’s her solo records with longtime musical partner TM Juke that she is best known for, and they have borne some of the most arresting blues soul since the glory days of Aretha. “We’ve both got a very open approach to writing songs,” Alice explains of the prolific relationship, “Our influences run from Sarah Vaughan to Bach, Kate Bush to Arvo Part, and J Dilla to Alice Coltrane. We love everything from dirty, squelchy dubstep to old school soul. We nudge each other in the right directions.”
‘To Dust’ sees Alice exploring every letter of the soul lexicon and beyond to create her own dynamic sound; from the punchy, Prince-esque strut of “Hard And Strong” to the epic intensity of the title track, which could easily be the next Bond theme. Through the heartstring tugging “I Loved You”; the sonically smooth yet emotionally raw “Twin Peaks”; to the pulse-quickening build of “Let Go (Breakdown)” and psychedelic social consciousness of “Citizens”, Alice Russell is never less than scintillating as she displays emotions so real you feel you could reach out and touch them, and a voice of unparalleled versatility. The idiosyncratic structure of the record, peppered with interludes and reprises, makes for a unique listen and a satisfyingly whole ‘album’ experience.
Prince remakes his Purple Rain-era classic into a slow-grinding, guitar -drenched stomp of a jam session with some help from his new all-girl army of kung fu killers (trans. his new band) 3rd Eye Girl. Imagine the original, replace the purpler rain with purple sprite to screw the tempo and add a double helping of purple haze-era fuzz pedal guitar-god business and you got the basic idea. [Source]
This almost feels like a part two to ‘Broken’ with the cheering gambit “there is darkness and death in your eyes / what have you got buried inside / the shallow grave in your soul”… and gets bleaker “you really should have dug a little deeper there / body parts are starting to appear and scare / the child inside away”. It’s another very simple track, booming bass, what might be wind in treetops, strings, vocals that almost feel a little hymnal in inspiration, a scythe of sci fi now and then, and a spooky forest at the end as the lyrics get even bleaker: “you knew you should have taken all your dolls to bed / but you were made to play games with your soul instead / the child inside has died.” It’s the quietest track on the album, and perhaps the most cleverly constructed. [Source]
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A few moments ago, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds posted new track ‘Jubilee Street’. Taken from the upcoming LP, the song is a vivid, deliciously raw piece of songwriting fuelled – as ever – by Nick Cave’s blood thirsty croon. [Source]