New Single: The Charlatans – Talking In Tones (2014/10/20) [Official Video]

23 Oct

:: This is a great one!

The Charlatans have been inherent to British rock music scene for more than two decades now, and still Martin Blunt [bass], Tim Burgess [lead vocals], Mark Collins [guitar] and Tony Rogers [keys] are not getting tired. The band rooted in England’s Midlands and Northwest have their new single Talking In Tones out. It’s the first track taken from their freshly announced forthcoming 12th studio album Modern Nature.

Talking In Tones was released as limited edition 7″ single on September 29, 2014 via The Quietus Phonographic Corporation. You can order your copy of Talking In Tones from Resident Music.

The official video for Talking in Tones is directed by Nik Colk Void and was shot with actor Nico Mirallegro, watch it above. On Monday, The Charlatans announced a string of UK tour dates next March – check out the schedule below.

Modern Nature is due for release on January 26, 2015 as CD, 12″ LP, Deluxe Double CD and Double Coloured LP as well as digital doenloaf. Oh So, the first official single from Modern Nature will arrive on December 01. You can pre-order both single and album now from The Charlatans’ Store.

Cover Art:
The Charlatans - Talking In Tones (2014)

01. Talking In Tones
02. Talking In Tones (Grumbling Fur Tonal Nagual Version)

Upcoming Tour Dates:
Tue 03 Mar 2015 // Bristol, UK // Bristol Academy
Thu 05 Mar 2015 // Manchester, UK // Albert Hall
Sat 07 Mar 2015 // Leeds, UK // Leeds Academy
Mon 09 Mar 2015 // Hull, UK // University
Tue 10 Mar 2015 // Glasgow, UK // Barrowlands
Fri 13 Mar 2015 // Wolverhampton, UK // Civic Hall
Sat 14 Mar 2015 // Leicester, UK // Leicester Academy
Mon 16 Mar 2015 // London, UK // Roundhouse

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Debut EP: Tei Shi – Saudade (2014/11/12) [Full Album Stream]

22 Oct

:: Looking forward to hear more fromValerie.


Cover Art:
Tei Shi

Artist: Tei Shi
Title of Debut EP: Saudade
Release Date: November 12, 2014
Label: Double Denim

1 M&Ms
2 Nevermind the End
3 Adder(F)All
4 Explicit Sickasfuck
5 Nature vs Nurture
6 Heart-Shaped Birthmark

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New EP: Rhodes – Home (2014/10/19) / New Music Video for ‘Breathe’

22 Oct

:: Fragile and beautiful!

Hitchin-based (Hertfordshire, UK) synth-pop artist David Rhodes has released his new EP Home. It’s his third EP in not even a year which Rhodes also spent busy touring the UK and Europe in support of artists such as Sam Smith, London Grammar and Nick Mulvey – just to name a few. He also played major UK festivals Glastonbury, Wilderness and Latitude. Only thing still missing is the debut album…

Home was officially released worldwide on October 19, 2014 via Rhodes own imprint Rhodes Music (distributed by Ministry of Sound). It’s a digital-only release, you can buy the EP of four tracks from iTunes.

Breathe is the previously shared first single from Home. The wonderful track now also comes with a visual companion which premiered two weeks ago. The clip is directed by Arnaud Uyttenhove of Caviar Productions and was shot in Brussels, watch it above. The EP track What If Love (Live Demo) is streaming below where you can also check out Rhodes upcoming UK live dates.

Cover Art:
Rhodes - Breathe EP (2014)

01. Breathe
02. Home
03. What If Love (Live Demo)
04. Crash


Upcoming Tour Dates:
Mon 27 Oct 2014 // Manchester, UK // Deaf Institute
Tue 28 Oct 2014 // Nottingham, UK // Bodega Social
Thu 30 Oct 2014 // Birmingham, UK // Hare and Hounds
Fri 31 Oct 2014 // Glasgow, UK // King Tuts
Sat 01 Nov 2014 // Leeds, UK // Brudenell Games Room
Sun 02 Nov 2014 // Brighton, UK // Sticky Mikes
Wed 05 Nov 2014 // Bristol, UK // The Lantern
Fri 07 Nov 2014 // London, UK // London Oslo

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More ‘Rhodes’ on Music Pickings:
2014, Aug 23 − New Track: Breathe (2014/08/14)
2014, May 11 − New EP: Morning (2014/05/11) / New Video for ‘Your Soul’
2014, Mar 17 − Debut EP: Raise Your Love (2013/10/28)

New Album: Mary J. Blige – The London Sessions – / New Track ‘Right Now feat. Disclosure’

21 Oct

:: First single from her new album The London Sessions. Check it out below!


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Artist: Mary J. Blige
Title of Album: The London Sessions
Release Date: November 24, 2014
Label: Capitol

1 Therapy
2 Doubt
3 Not Loving You
4 When You’re Gone
5 Right Now
6 My Loving
7 Long Hard Look
8 Whole Damn Year
9 Nobody But You
10 Pick Me Up
11 Follow
12 Worth My Time

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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

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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.

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