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Thirty years ago today Kate Bush released her fifth and much celebrated album, Hounds of Love. A commercial opposite to its predecessor, The Dreaming (an amazingly deranged and artistically expansive set), which was largely ignored by record-shoppers, Hounds of Love topped the UK Albums Chart and sired 'Running Up That Hill', her highest charting single in the UK after 'Wuthering Heights'. [read more]
November will be magic again, especially if you’re heading to Le Guess Who? Festival in Utrecht. [read more]
To tie in with our Neon Gold Fourcast, where we speak to the label's founders and over-enthuse about its various releases, we've thrown together a playlist of some of the songs that have come out on Neon Gold as well as cuts by acts who may not have signed with the label but were, nevertheless, championed by its blog pretty much before anyone else knew anything about them. [read more]
New York boutique label, Neon Gold Records, has been feeding pop fans invaluable musical sustenance since 2008 and, through its accompanying blog, it has also given (and continues to give) platform to other artists alongside its own signees, frequently premiering exciting debuts from new acts who, invariably, end up becoming big stars. [read more]
Tickets for Le Guess Who? are available from today with early bird 4-Day festival passes going for €90 until the end of June. [read more]
Despite, or - come to think of it - perhaps thanks to the fact that Swedes, in general, don't do much record shopping (it's all about streaming over there), when The 405 takes Robyn-protégé and new favourite popstrel, Zhala, to Sister Ray in Soho for an afternoon of buying physical audibles, she has a constant look of a child in a toy store. [read more]
One of the prime Icelandic exports of the past couple of years, Vök, initially came into existence by way of a happy accident, when vocalist Margrét Rán Magnúsdóttir and saxopho-synth man, Andri Enoksson, decided to enter into a talent competition after messing around with some musical bleeps and bloops on the computer. [read more]
Around the halfway point, at 03:34, 'Romanek' leaves its reserve and good manners behind and flares up into a bit of a sweeping stomper. [read more]
It is McGarvey's inimitable voice combined with a lyrical honesty and broody, accessible sonic oddballness, which set him apart from the obvious compare-to 'leading males' he's been measured against in the past. [read more]
It’s difficult to suggest the best entry point into the Newsom back-catalogue for a novice. Her first album, The Milk-Eyed Mender, is perhaps a touch more accessible than its siblings, partly thanks to the fact that the majority of its tracks are of normal length. Nevertheless, to our ears, Newsom’s debut – when compared to Ys and Have One On Me – is but a hint of her talent, both in terms of the lyrical content and musical virtuosity. [read more]
We braved a relentlessly rainy London afternoon in February to meet up with Miranda and Elektra Kilbey, who talked to us animatedly about Lucid Dreaming and also posed for some snaps, presented here for your browsing pleasure. [read more]
Pulse Films director Giorgio Testi's new project is the first concert ever to be filmed on in 8K.
The single taken from her upcoming debut album was produced by Machinedrum.
Watch until the end - there's a previously unheard spoken-word passage from Savage himself.
It's absolutely ridiculous in all the best ways.
In other news, Geoff Barrow and his other band, Beak>, have created the soundtrack for upcoming film, Couple In A Hole.
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