Month: October 2013

New Album: John Legend – Love in the Future [Full Album Stream]

:: Legends


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Artist: John Legend
Title of Album: Love in the Future
Release Date: August 30, 2013
Label: G.O.O.D. Music/Columbia

01. Love In The Future (Intro)
02. The Beginning…
03. Open Your Eyes
04. Made To Love
05. Who Do We Think We Are (Ft. Rick Ross)
06. All Of Me
07. Hold On Longer
08. Save The Night
09. Tomorrow
10. What If I Told You? (Interlude)
11. Dreams
12. Wanna Be Loved
13. Angel (Interlude) (Ft. Stacy Barthe)
14. You & I (Nobody In The World)
15. Asylum
16. Caught Up

Deluxe Edition Bonus Tracks:
17. So Gone
18. We Loved It (Ft. Seal)
19. Aim High
20. For The First Time

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More ‘John Legend’ on Music Pickings:
2013, Jan 27 – Who Did That To You?


New Single: Patrick James – Wait (2013/10/25)

:: Another beauty of a song by Patrick James, softening the upcoming European winter…

Wait is the beautiful new single by rising Sydney singer and songwriter Patrick James. It follows his wonderful All About To Change EP that was released last April. The track was self-released digitally on October 25, 2013, buy your copy via iTunes.

Watch below a video of a stripped back version of Wait that Patrick James and his band recorded last week with friend Ash Mason. From November 07 on, Patrick will be touring Australia with a string of eight shows in the course of the month. Check out the touring schedule below and order tickets via the Patrick James website. The Melbourne gig already is sold out and the others are selling fast too as word seems to spread on this young and talented musician in Australia’s indie music scene. Hopefully, he’ll be playing in Europe one day too.

Cover Art:
Patrick James - Wait (2013)

Upcoming Tour Dates:
Thu 07 Nov 2013 // Wollongong // Yours & Owls
Sat 09 Nov 2013 // Sydney // Oxford Art Factory
Thu 14 Nov 2013 // Perth // Ellington Jazz Club
Fri 15 Nov 2013 // Perth // The Fly Trap
Fri 22 Nov 2013 // Melbourne // Northcote Social Club
Sat 23 Nov 2013 // Mclaren Vale // Gorgeous Festival
Sun 24 Nov 2013 // Queenscliff // Queenscliff Music Festival
Wed 27 Nov 2013 // Brisbane // Black Bear Lodge

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More ‘Patrick James’ on Music Pickings:
2013, Apr 28 − New EP: All About To Change (2013/04/26) [Full Stream]
2012, Nov 09 − New Single: Brighter Lights

New EP: Will Samson – Light Shadows [Full Album Stream]

:: Please, be sure to check out Will´s wonderful music…


Since the release of ‘Balance’ in October last year, Will has travelled across the UK and Europe, touring and sharing stages with Kurt Vile, Ólafur Arnalds, Valgeir Sigurðsson, Marissa Nadler, Shearwater, Pinback & more – as well as his own headline shows.

However, it was personal experiences of a very different nature that shaped these new songs.
During the summer months between completing and releasing this most recent album, Will  unexpectedly found himself facing an extremely close & profound experience of death. 

Following the aftermath of such a loss, he briefly retreated to India, seeking some time & space to gently reflect on the recent events. Travelling alone from the Southern tip, all the way up to the giant mountains in the North, this is where the first sketches of songs slowly began to form.

Fast forward to the summer of 2013, Will travelled to Berlin to begin recording these new songs with close friend, Florian Frenzel (who also helped to produce ‘Balance’). Using a small selection of tape machines and home-made outboard gear, 
the two crafted away on the scrapbook of ideas until they emerged with a miniature collection of new music. The end result is ‘Light Shadows’. [Press release]

Cover Art:
Will Samson - Light Shadows

Artist: Will Samson
Title of EP: Light Shadows
Release Date: October 25, 2013
Label: Karaoke Kalk

Upcoming Tour Dates:
Nov 01 // Zorba // Paris (FR)
Nov 03 // Soy Festival // Nantes (FR)
Nov 17 // // Frankfurt (DE)
Nov 18 // Kafic // Leipzig (DE)
Nov 23 // Explore The North Festival // Leeuwarden (NL)
Nov 24 // Muziekodroom // Hasselt (BE)
Nov 29 // Red Shoe Session (live film soundtracking) // Nijmegen (NL)
Nov 30 // Le Guess Who // Utrecht (NL)

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Highly recommended by a good friend – thx buddy!

New Album: Los Campesinos! – No Blues [Full Album Stream] (2013/10/29) / New Single: Avocado, Baby

:: A record to cheer up and smile. And Avocado, Baby simply is a standout track!


It’s been nearly four years now since Cardiff-based indie-pop outfit Los Campesinos! released their strong fourth LP Hello Sadness. The non-Welsh band with Welsh origins has meanwhile grown into a six-piece, the Campesinos! currently comprise of Gareth Campesinos! [lead vocals/glockenspiel], Kim Campesinos! [keys/vocals], Neil Campesinos! [guitar], Tom Campesinos! [guitar], Rob Campesinos! [multiple instruments] and Jason Campesinos! [drums].

Yesterday saw official release of their new album, already their fifth since 2008. The LP is entitled No Blues and dropped in the UK and Europe on October 28, 2013 via Heart Swells / Turnstile Music / Wichita Recordings. US release follows today (October 30). No Blues is available as download, CD and Gatefold LP. Buy digitally via iTunes or order your physical copy of the album at Los Campesinos! Webstore.

No Blues is streaming in its entirety over at Pitchfork Advance, head on and give it a listen. The band underwent had already underwent some changes in lineup in 2009 and 2010 when founding members were replaced after the departed from the band. No Blues is now the first Los Campesinos! record without founding bassist Ellen Campesinos! who left the group in late 2012. The set of ten tracks is produced by John Goodmanson and the band’s guitarist Tom Campesinos!

Listen above to the fabulous second single Avocado, Baby that was released on October 08. A music video for the song directed by Welsh actor Craig Roberts is to follow soon. The promo single What Death Leaves Behind was the first track Los Campesinos! unveiled off No Blues by the end of August, and it’s still available for free download on the band’s Soundcloud. Los Campesinos! are playing five UK shows in December and will head on the US east coast for three shows in January. Check out the dates below.

Cover Art:
Los Campesinos - No Blues (2013)

01. For Flotsam
02. What Death Leaves Behind
03. A Portrait of the Trequartista as a Young Man
04. Cemetry Gaits
05. Glue Me
06. As Lucerne / The Low
07. Avocado, Baby
08. Let It Spill
09. The Time Before The Last Time
10. Selling Rope (Swan Dive To Estuary)


Upcoming Tour Dates:
Thu 05 Dec 2013 // Cardiff, Wales, UK // Clwb lfor Bach
Fri 06 Dec 2013 // Leeds, England, UK // The Cockpit
Sat 07 Dec 2013 // Sheffield, England, UK // Queens Social Club *
Sun 08 Dec 2013 // Manchester, England, UK // Manchester Gorilla
Mon 09 Dec 2013 // London, England, UK // Heaven *
Tue 21 Jan 2014 // Boston, MA, USA // Paradise Rock Club
* w/ Joanna Gruesome
>> The full touring schedule is available here.

Follow ‘Los Campesinos!’ on:
Official Website | Facebook | Twitter | Soundcloud | Youtube

Read more:
The Line Of Best Fit − Los Campesinos! – No Blues


More ‘Los Campesinos!’ on Music Pickings:
2011, Nov 14 − New Album Out Now: Los Campesinos! – Hello Sadness (2011/11/14)

New EP: Mount Kimbie – CSFLY Remixes (2013/10/28) / Track ‘Made To Stray’ (DJ Koze Remix)

:: Tuuuuuuuuuune!


The DJ Koze remix of Mount Kimbie’s ‘Made to Stray’ appears on the ‘CSFLY Remixes’ EP, released October 28 (29 in North America) on Warp Records.

Made to Stray‘ originally appears on the album ‘Cold Spring Fault Less Youth‘ released in May 2013.

Cover Art:
Bildschirmfoto 2013-10-28 um 17.15.26

Artist: Mount Kimbie
Title of EP: CSFLY Remixes
Release Date: October 28, 2013
Label: Warp Records

1 You Took Your Time (Kyle Hall Remix)
2 Made To Stray (DJ Koze Remix)
3 You Took Your Time (Lee Gamble Remix)
4 You Took Your Time (feat. Jeremiah Jae) [Oneman Remix] Mount Kimbie

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More ‘Mount Kimbie’ on Music Pickings:
2013, July 28 – Made To Stray [Free Download]
2013, April 28 – New Single: Blood and Form / New Album ‘Cold Spring Fault Less Youth’ (2013/05/27)
2013, Mar 27 – New Album: Cold Spring Fault Less Youth (2013/05/27) / Track ‘Made To Stray’
2011, Sep 14 – Carbonated [Official Video]

New Album: Midlake – Antiphon (2013/11/04) [Full Album Stream] / New Music Video for ‘Antiphon’

:: It’s a joy to listen to this record from first moment to the very last. Again and again and again…. 

Just a couple of days left to bear till the new Midlake album finally hits the shelves: Antiphon is released in the UK and Europe on November 04, 2013 via Bella Union. North American release follows on November 05 via ATO Records. The band wrote, recorded and produced the record in just about six months time after former frontman Tim Smith had left the band in November 2012. Midlake scrapped all material written with Smith before and started fresh, a brave and wise decision. The only song based on an older demo is Vale which had been demoed in a band session without Smith before he departed.

Midlake’s members had to step into new roles and collaborate in ways they had not before when the band was led by Smith, guitarist took over as frontman and with Jesse Chandler and Joey McClellan, two new members joined in.  With Antiphon, Midlake put forward their first record as a new and reinvented band, although it is already their fourth LP in whole. The nine new cuts ( and Vale) take a shift away from the folky dimension of rock that had shaped the predecessor, 2010’s The Courage Of Others. Antiphon opens up towards psychedelia inspired by the 60’s and 70’s, is a more of a rock album but still Midlake-y in sound. Surely the changes of this past year haven’t been the easiest transition for any of the band. But still, Pulido thinks Antiphon to have become “the most honest representation of the band as a whole, as opposed to one person’s vision that we were trying to facilitate.” [press release]

Antiphon is now streaming in its entirety at Head over and give it a listen, it’s absolutely great! The album is released as digital download (mp3 + flac), CD and LP. In North America, you can order your copy in all versions via ATO’s Webstore. In Europe, you can buy physically via Bella Union’s Webstore and digitally via ATO or iTunes.

A week ago, the band released a music video for the album’s lead single and title track Antiphon. Watch the Georgia Hudson directed clip above and listen to the fantastic second single Provider below. Midlake are currently on the road in Europe with three more shows to follow in Berlin, Brussels and Reykjavík before they head on to North America for a string of 24 shows in November and December. Spring will bring them back to Europe for another 19 concerts, check out the entire touring schedule below.c

Cover Art:
Midlake - Antiphon (2013)

01. Antiphon
02. Provider
03. The Old and the Young
04. It’s Going Down
05. Vale
06. Aurora Gone
07. Ages
08. This Weight
09. Corruption
10. Provider Reprise


Upcoming Tour Dates:
Wed 30 Oct 2013 // Berlin, Germany // Lido
Thu 31 Oct 2013 // Brussels, Belgium // Botanique – Rotonde
Sat 02 Nov 2013 //  Reykjavík, Iceland // Airwaves
Tue 05 Nov 2013 // Allston, MA, USA // Brighton Music Hall
Wed 06 Nov 2013 // New York, NY, USA // Mercury Lounge
Sat 09 Nov 2013 // Washington, DC, USA // Rock And Roll Hotel
>> The full touring schedule is available here.

Follow ‘Midlake’ on:
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Read more:
The 405 − Review: Midlake – Antiphon


More ‘Midlake’ on Music Pickings:
2013, Sep 27 − New Single: Provider
2013, Aug 12 − New Song: Antiphon [Free Download] / Upcoming Tour Dates
2011, Dec 31 − Acts of Man
2011, Sep 14 − Roscoe

Daithi – Chameleon Life (SertOne Remix) [Free Download]

:: Great tune.


Cover Art:
Daithi – Chameleon Life

Artist: Daithi
Title of Single: Chameleon Life (SertOne Remix)
Release Date: June 14, 2013
Label: Sony Music Ireland

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