Debut EP: Desert Sound Colony – The Way I Began (2014/10/13) [Full EP Stream]

21 Oct

:: This has been my soundtrack for more than a week now. Totally addicted to Desert Sound Colony!


Nothing is known about Desert Sound Colony, except for the fact that the artist is creating its music in the isolation of the British countryside. The Way I Began, the debut release of the electronic project, is out now via Scissor & Thread and the label will also release Desert Sound Colony’s second EP due in January 2015.

The Way I Began was officially released worldwide on October 13, 2014 via Scissor & Thread. It’s the first time the New York based electronic label owned by Francis Harris (aka Adultnapper) is releasing an artist not hailing from The Big Apple. The EP of four tracks is available as 12″ black vinyl (incl. download) and digital download. You can buy both physically and digitally from Desert Sound Colony’s Bandcamp.

The EP is streaming in its entirety above (via Bandcamp). I strongly suggest you take a full listen, but I particularly like the ethereal title track The Way I Began, it’s a true standout track! It comes with a music video directed by Alex Hulsey. The clip sees a lone dancer expressively moving in a tidal flat during sunrise, watch it below.

Cover Art:
Desert Sound Colony - The Way I Began (2014)

01. The Way I Began
02. Fire Egg
03. Iris
03. I Get Fixed

Follow ‘Desert Sound Colony’ on:
Official Website | Bandcamp | Facebook | Twitter | Soundcloud | Youtube

New Album: Sun Ra and His Arkestra – In the Orbit of Ra

20 Oct

:: Timeless masterpiece! Marshall Allen presents: In The Orbit Of Ra


Sun Ra is one of the most respected, and perhaps most misunderstood creative minds in jazz music. To commemorate what would have been Ra’s 100th birthday, we’ve teamed up with Art Yard for a very special release. In The Orbit Of Ra is a new collection presented by the longest serving member of the Arkestra and current bandleader, Marshall Allen. Bringing together Sun Ra highights from over 25 years of music, the album is the first internationally released compilation to provide an introduction to the music of Sun Ra, all mastered from the original tapes. [Press release]

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Artist: Sun Ra and His Arkestra
Title of Album: In the Orbit of Ra
Release Date: September 22, 2014
Label: Strut Records

Disk 1
1. Somewhere In Space
2. The Lady With the Golden Stockings
3. Somebody Else’s World
4. Spontaneous Simplicity
5. Plutonian Nights
6. Angels and Demons At Play
7. Island In the Sun (Extended Version – Previously Unreleased)
8. Rocket Number Nine Take Off for Planet Venus
9. Solar Differentials

Disk 2
1. Astro Black
2. Have You Heard the Latest News from Neptune
3. Dance of the Cosmo-Aliens (Live In Milan, 1978)
4. Trying to Put the Blame On Me (Live In Rome, 1977 – Previously Unreleased)
5. Planet Earth
6. The Nile
7. Reflects Motion, Pt. 1 (Previously Unreleased)
8. Reflects Motion, Pt. 2
9. Ancient Aiethiopia
10. Interplanetary Music
11. We Travel the Spaceways



New Album: Lamb – Backspace Unwind (2014/10/13)

20 Oct

:: A record that’s got some pretty great songs on it!


Backspace Unwind was officially released on October 13, 2014 via Strata Music / Butler Music. The album is available in four different formats: Standard 10-song album CD, Limited Edition double CD containing the full LP plus 10-song live show featuring the Amsterdam Sinfonietta Orchestra. Vinyl lovers can buy Backspace Unwind as Gatefold Heavyweight 12″ featuring an extra song unavailable elsewhere (the piano version of As Satellites Go By) and including album CD. The digital download version of the LP contains two songs unavailable on standard CD. You can buy digitally from iTunes or order your physical copy of Backspace Unwind here (CD/vinyl).

Lamb recorded most of the album at Barlow’s studio The Lookout in England’s South Downs. The also did a writing trip to Goa, India, and spent some at Distillery Studios near Bath. On their website, Lou Rhodes says of working on Backspace Unwind:

Making this album has been a journey of discovery in so many ways. After making music together over a period of almost 20 years (with a 5-year hiatus to take a breath) it’s reassuring that new routes and approaches seem to abound. Over those years I think we’ve learnt that this journey needs no map; in fact tearing that map up, at every twist and turn, has become our regular gleeful practice.

Title track Backspace Unwind was one of the first songs written for the album and listening now the words seem to describe the beginning of that process. In reality I don’t really know where they came from. I guess it was all about the feeling of starting a whole new venture; taking what had gone before and making something new. Our Fear of Fours-selves would’ve been terrified by the unashamedly dance-floor high-hat but these days it’s all about breaking even our own preconceptions.

We Fall In Love is the fabulous first single taken from the LP, listen above. Lamb are extensively touring Europe from next week (until mid December) and they’ll be playing a string of six shows in Australia and New Zealand in February 2015. You can check out the upcoming dates below and listen to my album favourite Nobody Else and a live piano demo version of As Satellites Go By.

Cover Art:
Lamb - Backspace Unwind (2014)

01. In Binary
02. We Fall In Love
03. As Satellites Go By
04. Backspace Unwind
05. Shines Like This
06. What Makes Us Human
07. Nobody Else
08. Seven Sails
09. Doves & Ravens
10. Only Our Skin
11. SH09 Is Back [digital only]
12. The Caged Bird Sings [digital only]


Upcoming Tour Dates:
Tue 28 Oct 2014 // Bristol, UK // O2 Academy Bristol
Wed 29 Oct 2014 // Brighton, UK // Brighton Dome – Corn Exchange
Thu 30 Oct 2014 // Digbeth, UK // The Institute
Sat 01 Nov 2014 // Manchester, UK // Albert Hall
Sun 02 Nov 2014 // London, UK // Roundhouse
Mon 10 Nov 2014 // Brussels, Belgium // Ancienne Belgique
>> The full touring schedule is available here.

Follow ‘Lamb’ on:
Official Website | Facebook | Twitter | Soundcloud | Youtube

New Song: James Blake – Building It Still

19 Oct

:: Listen to James Blake´s new song ‘Building It Still’


James Blake:
James Blake

Artist: James Blake
Title of Track: Building It Still
Release Date: unknown
Label: unknown

Follow ‘James Blake’ on:
Official WebsiteFacebook | Twitter


More ‘James Blake’ on Music Pickings:
2014, Aug 28 – New Track: 200 Press
2013, Apr 08 – New Songs: Feat. RZA – Take a Fall For Me (feat. RZA) / – Every Day I Ran
2013, Feb 09 – New Album: Overgrown (2013/04/08) / First Single ‘Retrograde’
2012, Feb 15 – New Album: Live Album [Free Download]
2011, Dec 29 − At Birth / “Love What Happened Here” EP
2011, Dec 21 − A Case of You [Official Video]
2011, Nov 03 − Measurements
2011, Aug 25 − James Blake & Bon Iver – Fall Creek Boys Choir


Debut Album: Roo Panes – Little Giant (2014/10/06) / New Song ‘Deeper Than Shallow’

19 Oct

:: Amazing album!

Following three EP’s released in 2012 and 2013, London-based troubadour, model and singer/songwriter Roo Panes has finally released his debut album Little Giant and it’s as wonderful as all his previous releases.

Little Giant dropped officially in the UK/Europe on October 06, 2014 via CRC Music Group (Germany October 03). The album is available as CD from Roo Panes’ Store or as digital download from iTunes.

The album is streaming in its entirety over at Spotify – I strongly suggest you take a full listen since it’s a stunning beauty. Little Giant was recorded by Roo Panes at his Wimborne (Dorset) home together with producer Rupert Coulson (Portishead, Oasis).

In a label press release, Panes explained that he and his band captured the 12-string guitar sounds, percussions and strings of Little Giant in “the music room, down at our house – just a small, wooden-floored room. I thought, why not keep the recording close to where I write the songs? [...] I’m a really big fan of the idea that you don’t need all the stuff you find in a big studio – it’s about how you use the things you do have. Rupert had a lot of imagination, and got a good grasp of the room and harnessed it. I love working in places that have an atmosphere, and I think it’s good to have that extra, background noise on a record. I’m sure there’s an ambulance on the album, actually.

Listen above to the breathtakingly beautiful new single Deeper Than Shallow. Roo Panes has two shows coming up, you can check out the dates below and listen to previous single Tiger-Striped Sky.

Cover Art:
Roo Panes - Little Giant (2014)

01. Know Me Well
02. Indigo Home
03. Little Giant
04. Deeper Than Shallow
05. Once
06. Tiger Striped Sky
07. Home from Home
08. Different Child
09. Sing for the Wind
10. Hands
11. How Long
12. Ran Before the Storm

Upcoming Tour Dates:
Mon 27 Oct 2014 // Wimborne, Dorset // Square Records
Fri 07 Nov 2014 // Weissenhäuser Strand, Germany // Rolling Stone Weekender

Follow ‘Roo Panes’ on:
Official Website | Bandcamp | Facebook | Twitter | Soundcloud | Youtube


More ‘Roo Panes’ on Music Pickings:
2014, Jun 22 − New Single: Tiger Striped Sky [Official Video] (2014/06/23)
2013, Nov 30 − New EP: Land of the Living (2013/12/02)
2013, Apr 27 − Know Me Well / ‘Weight of Your World’ EP (2012/12/17)

New Album: Dorian Concept – Joined Ends (2014/10/20) [Full Album Stream]

18 Oct

:: Lovin’ it.


Full stream of ‘Joined Ends’ over on thump.

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Artist: Dorian Concept
Title of Album: Joined Ends
Release Date: Oktober 20, 2014
Label: Ninja Tune

1. The Sky Opposite
2. Ann River, Mn
3. Mint
4. Clap Track
5. Draft Culture
6. Schadentrauer
7. Nest Nest
8. The Few
9. Trophies
10. Do, Undo, Redo
11. 11.04.2012
12. Tried (Now Tired)


Follow ‘Dorian Concept’ on:
Facebook | Twitter | Soundcloud


Debut Album: Linus Young – Category 5 (2014/10/07) [Full Album Stream]

18 Oct

:: Superb debut!


California twosome Joseph Walker and Iris Belson have released their full-length debut Category 5.The LP follows two fabulous single and you can listen to it in full here. As a recording duo, they go by the name Linus Young which Walker recently explained in a feature for Pop Matters:

Linus Young was a family friend who lived in New Orleans. He was an older gentleman, but decided to stay during Hurricane Katrina. His house ended up flooding and he drowned, and so we picked up that name to keep his legacy alive. He was a very sweet soul. It felt like the right fit.

Category 5 was officially released in North America on October 07, 2014 via The Island Def Jam Music Group. The UK and Europe saw release on October 06, Germany already on October 03. The album is available as digital download only, you can buy your copy from iTunes.

The album is streaming in its entirety above (via Linus Young’s Soundcloud). Take a listen, you won’t regret! The visuals for previous single Fun In The Sun are directed by Dannie Fite and Joe Dietsch – watch the clip below.

Cover Art:
Linus Young - Category 5 (2014)

01. Home
02. Crystal Ball
03. Valentine
04. City of Sin
05. Cool Trip
06. Miracle
07. Falling Apart
08. Giving Away
09. Sister
10. Where O Where
11. Feet Don’t Fly
12. Leaving On A Train
13. Fun In The Sun

Upcoming Tour Dates:
Mon 20 Oct 2014 // Los Angeles, CA, USA // Troubadour

Follow ‘Linus Young’ on:
Official Website | Facebook | Twitter | Soundcloud | Youtube | Instagram


More ‘Linus Young’ on Music Pickings:
2014, Aug 09 − New Single: Fun In The Sun (2014/07/28)


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