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New Album: Jordan Rakei – Wallflower (2017/09/22)

:: I’m in LOVE


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“Wallflower”: introverted, misunderstood, sensitive, strange and seemingly unknowable.

Newly signed to Ninja Tune, Jordan Rakei has battled his inner demons and written an inspirational, soul-stirring record in the process. Titled “Wallflower” which will be released on 22nd September 2017.

At only 25, the multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and producer – born in New Zealand to a Kiwi mother and father from the Cook Islands – is a rare talent whose distinct take on soul captures a sonic and emotional awareness many artists spend their entire careers chasing. He writes with a maturity and flair that belies his years and new album “Wallflower” sees Jordan edging beyond the peripheries of the genial, often sun-flecked sound his fans have come to know him for. The easy swing that has been the backbone of his sound from the outset is ever present, harking back to teenage days spent in his bedroom with his beloved MPC trying to emulate 9th Wonder and Pete Rock. On “Wallflower” the tools and the process have evolved – the focus is on live instrumentation – but the groove and the cadence are unmistakable, framing soul and jazz in a truly vibrant oeuvre that simultaneously recalls his predecessors The Roots and peers The Internet, Nick Hakim and Hiatus Kaiyote. 

Jordan’s whirlwind rise has been a predominately solo effort. His exceptional musical ability (he writes, sings and plays most of the instrumentation on his records himself) is accompanied by an unrelenting – yet agreeably humble – ambition. His aptitude and knack for songwriting caught the attention of tastemakers following the release of his 2014 EP “Groove Curse”. His self-released debut album “Cloak” (2016) lit the blue touch paper, earning him a coveted set at Pitchfork Avant-Garde Block Party that year; supports for the likes of Jamie Woon and NAO; and a call-up to play AMP. Drawing early support from the Soulection crew, he has collaborated with Taku, Tom Misch, FKJ, and lent vocals to the Disclosure track ‘Masterpiece’ (from their 2015 album “Caracal”) after the duo were tipped off by a friend who had seen Jordan play a tiny basement bar in Australia. At radio, Jordan has been championed at BBC R1/1Xtra by Annie Mac, Huw Stephens, Mistajam, Jamz Supernova, Toddla T plus Mary Anne Hobbs and Gilles Peterson at BBC Radio 6 Music. 

Jordan considers “Wallflower” his most personal work yet – it’s an emotive opus inspired by his own struggles with introversion and anxiety. Sonically lush and complex, yet lyrically relatable and unguarded, listeners are offered a glimpse into the mind and artistry of a musician who grapples with his own self- image and fears every day. On ‘Sorceress’ (recently supremely reworked by Photay) the ego is personified as a sinister and controlling spirit figure led by equal parts understated ethereal guitar and Jordan’s superb multi-layered vocals. New single ‘Nerve’, featuring Dave Okumu of The Invisible on guitar, is upbeat and incites a sense of renewal as its lyrics call out the fallacies within self-constructed paradigms. Elsewhere, the ska-tinged ‘Clues Blues’ is laced with trombone and saxophone by Ahmad Dayes and Wayne Francis II from South London pillars United Vibrations. 

“It’s about how the ego can fully control the way you act and perceive life,” he says. Jordan’s decision to leave his home in Brisbane for London in 2015 has had a life changing effect on his music, his career and his outlook. Just thinking about a 10,000 mile relocation was traumatic, and these feelings were exacerbated by his introversion and anxiety. However, he plucked up the courage to make the move and never looked back. 

“In Australia, I was stuck in a bubble”, Jordan explains. “When I moved to London I had to deal with my introversion through ‘exposure therapy’. Every day I met new people for a whole year. I met every producer, songwriter, and musician I could. You have to improve as a person to improve as an artist”. Building a new community in London, Jordan linked with Tom Misch, Loyle Carner, Richard Spaven and Alfa Mist – musical likeminds experimenting on the fringes of jazz, soul and hip-hop – and also met Bradley Zero, founder of South London record label and party Rhythm Section. Bradley encouraged him to try his hand at a collection of dancefloor-driven tunes which became the EP “Joy, Ease, Lightness”, released by the label at the end of 2016 under the alias Dan Kye. 

In many ways “Wallflower” is a direct emotional response to his new surroundings and is undoubtedly testament to Jordan’s personal strength, drive and overriding passion for his art as well as a reflection of his openness and eagerness to reach out and explore London’s fertile music underground. It cements not only his importance as a contemporary, and truly exhilarating, soul voice on the international stage, but his stature as a producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist in total command of his sonic vision. [Press Release via Bandcamp]

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Artist: Jordan Rakei
Title of Album: Wallflower
Release Date: September 22, 2017
Label: Ninja Tune

Tracklist:
1. Eye To Eye
2. May
3. Sorceress
4. Nerve
5. Goodbyes
6. Clues Blues
7. Chemical Coincidence
8. Carnation
9. Lucid
10. Hiding Place
11. Wallflower (feat. Kaya Thomas-Dyke)

Upcoming Tour Dates:
Sep 17 // Mercury Lounge // New York, NY
Sep 19 // Constellation Room at the Observatory // Santa Ana, CA
Sep 20 // Troubadour West Hollywood, CA Sep 22 Popscene @ Rickshaw Stop // San Francisco, CA
Sep 22 // Popscene @ Rickshaw Stop // San Francisco, CA
Oct 11 // O2 Institute3 // Birmingham, UK
Oct 12 // Thekla // Bristol, UK
Oct 13 // The Haunt // Brighton, UK
Oct 16 // Manchester Gorilla // Manchester, UK
>> The full touring schedule is available here

Follow ‘Jordan Rakei’ on:
Official Website | Facebook | Twitter | SoundCloud |  Bandcamp

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Debut Album: Moses Sumney – Aromanticism (2017/09/22) / Track ‘Doomed’

:: Incredible album!

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Since emerging onto the scene in 2014, Moses Sumney has ridden a wave of word-of-mouth praise, hushed recordings, and dynamic live performances. It’s an organic, patient ascent all too rare in today’s musical climate. In a voice both mellifluous and haunting, Sumney makes future music that transmogrifies classic tropes, like moon-colony choir reinterpretations of old jazz gems. His vocals narrate a personal journey through universal loneliness atop otherworldly compositional backdrops.

Following the self-release of his debut cassette EP, Mid-City Island, and 2015’s 7″, Seeds/Pleas, Sumney has performed around the world alongside forebears like David Byrne, Karen O, Sufjan Stevens, Solange, James Blake and more. With his 2016 Lamentations EP, The California and Ghana-raised troubadour widened the spectrum of his heretofore “bedroom” music, incorporating songs that feature more elaborate production and evocative songwriting. Now his inspired ascent continues.

His proper debut album, Aromanticism is a concept album about lovelessness as a sonic dreamscape. It seeks to interrogate the social constructions around romance. The debut will include the devastating, billowing synths of “Doomed,” which in a way serves as the album’s thesis statement, as well as new versions of standouts “Lonely World” and “Plastic.” It’s a deliberate, jaw-dropping statement that can leave you both enlightened and empty. [Press release by Bandcamp]

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Artist: Moses Sumney
Title of Debut Album: Aromanticism
Release Date: September 22, 2017
Label: Jagjaguwar

Tracklist:
1. Man on the Moon (Reprise)
2. Don’t Bother Calling
3. Plastic
4. Quarrel
5. Stoicism
6. Lonely World
7. Make Out in My Car
8. The Cocoon-Eyed Baby
9. Doomed
10. Indulge Me
11. Self-Help Tape


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Upcoming Tour Dates:
Sep 22 // Irenic // San Diego, CA
Sep 24 // Hollywood Bowl // Los Angeles, CA
Sep 26 // Great American Music Hall // San Francisco, CA
Sep 28 // The Crocodile // Seattle, WA
Sep 29 // Doug Fir Lounge // Portland, OR
Sep 30 St. James Hall // Vancouver, BC
Oct 03 // Icehouse // Minneapolis, MN
Oct 04 // Old Town School of Folk Music // Chicago, IL
Oct 05 // Mod Club Theatre // Toronto, ON
Oct 09 // The Sinclair // Cambridge, MA
Oct 11 // Music Hall of Williamsburg // Brooklyn, NY
>> The full touring schedule is available here

Follow ‘Moses Sumney’ on:
Official Website | Facebook | Twitter | SoundCloud | Bandcamp

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More ‘Moses Sumney’ on Music Pickings:
2015, Nov 03 – Listen: Seeds

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New Album: London Grammar – Truth Is A Beautiful Thing

:: Can’t wait to see you live in Hamburg in November.

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Artist: London Grammar
Title of Album: Truth Is A Beautiful Thing
Release Date: Juni 09, 2017
Label: Island

Tracklist:
1 Rooting For You
2 Big Picture
3 Wild Eyed
4 Oh Woman Oh Man 
5 Hell To The Liars
6 Everyone Else
7 Non Believer 
8 Bones Of Ribbon
9 Who Am I
10 Leave The War With Me
11 Truth Is A Beautiful Thing

Upcoming Tour Dates:
Sep 16 // Fremantle Arts Centre // Fremantle, WA, Australia
Sep 17 // Fremantle Arts Centre // Fremantle, WA, Australia
Sep 19 // Margaret Court Arena // Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Sep 21 // Hordern Pavilion // Sydney, NSW, Australia
Sep 23 // Riverstage // Brisbane, QLD, Australia
Sep 25 // Sydney Opera House // Sydney, NSW, Australia
Sep 26 // Sydney Opera House // Sydney, NSW, Australia
Sep 30 // Spark Arena // Auckland, New Zealand
Oct 17 // O2 Apollo Manchester // Manchester, UK
Oct 18 // O2 Academy Leeds // Leeds, UK
>> The full touring schedule is available here

Follow ‘London Grammar’ on:
Official Website | Facebook | Twitter |Soundcloud

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More ‘London Grammar’ on Music Pickings:
2017, Jan 04 – New Single: Rooting For You (2017/01/01)
2013, Sep 11 – If You Wait [Full Album Stream]
2013, 22 Aug − Debut Album: If You Wait (2013/09/09) / New Single ‘Interlude’
2013, Apr 24 − New Single: Wasting My Young Years (2013/06/16)
2013, Feb 16 − New Single: Metal & Dust (2013/02/25)
2012, Dec 20 − Debut Single: Hey Now

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New Album: Grizzly Bear – Painted Ruins (2017/08/18)

:: I could listen to it all the time.

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Artist: Grizzly Bear
Title of Album: Painted Ruins
Release Date: August 18, 2017
Label: RCA

Tracklist:
1. Wasted Acres
2. Mourning Sound
3. Four Cypresses
4. Three Rings
5. Losing All Sense
6. Aquarian
7. Cut-Out
8. Glass Hillside
9. Neighbors
10. Systole
11. Sky Took Hold

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Upcoming Tour Dates:
Oct 01 // Kingston College // Kingston Upon Thames, UK
Oct 04 // Vicar Street // Dublin, Ireland
05 // Vicar Street // Dublin, Ireland
Oct 06 // Albert Hall // Manchester, UK
Oct 08 // O2 ABC Glasgow // Glasgow, UK
Oct 09 // O2 Academy Brixton // London, UK
Oct 10 // De La Warr Pavilion // Bexhill-On-Sea, UK
Oct 12 // Columbiahalle // Berlin, Germany
>> The full touring schedule is available here

Follow ‘Grizzly Bear’ on:
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More ‘Grizzly Bear‘ on Music Pickings:
2017, Jan 05 – Listen: Sleeping Ute (Nicolas Jaar Remix)
2012, September 28 – Yet Again [Official Video]
2012, August 06 – New Single: Yet Again / New Album ‘Shields’ (2012/09/17)
2012, Jun 07 – New Song: Sleeping Ute [Worldwide Tour 2012]

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New Album: Nick Mulvey – Woke Up Now (2017/09/08)

:: It´s a winner.

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Artist: Nick Mulvey
Title of Album: Woke Up Now
Release Date: September 8, 2017
Label: Caroline (Universal Music)

Tracklist:
1 unconditional
2 transform your game (we remain)
3 imogen
4 myela
5 we are never apart
6 remembering
7 mountain to move
8 when the body is gone
9 lullaby
10 in your hands
11 infinite trees

Upcoming Tour Dates:
Sep 07 – 10 // Bestival 2017 // Lulworth Estate, Dorset, UK
Sep 12 // Rough Trade East // London, UK
Oct 01 //  O2 Academy Liverpool // Liverpool, UK
Oct 02 // Lemon Grove // Exeter, UK
Oct 03 // O2 Academy Bristol // Bristol, UK
October 04 // O2 Ritz Manchester // Manchester, UK
Oct 06 // The Leadmill // Sheffield, UK
Oct 07 // The Church // Leeds, UK
Oct 09 // O2 Institute Birmingham // Digbeth, UK
>> The full touring schedule is available here

Follow ‘Nick Mulvey’ on:
Official Website | Facebook | Twitter | Soundcloud

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More ‘Nick Mulvey’ on Music Pickings:
2014, May 12 – Album Sampler: First Mind (2014/05/12) / New Track ‘Meet Me There’
2014, Feb 20 – New Single: Cucurucu / New Album ‘First Mind’ (14/05/12)
2013, Sep 14 – New Album: Fever to the Form 
2012, Nov 22 − New EP: The Trellis

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New Album: Mount Kimbie – Love What Survives (2017/09/08) / New Track ‘Marilyn (feat. Micachu)’ & ‘Blue Train Lines (feat. King Krule)’

:: Yeah!

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Artist: Mount Kimbie
Title of Album: Love What Survives
Release Date: September 8, 2017
Label: Warp Records

Tracklist:
1 Four Years and One Day
2 Blue Train Lines (feat. King Krule)
3 Audition
4 Marilyn (feat. Micachu)
5 SP12 Beat
6 You Look Certain (I’m Not So Sure) [feat. Andrea Balency]
7 Poison
8 We Go Home Together (feat. James Blake)
9 Delta
10 T.A.M.E.D
11 How We Got By (feat. James Blake)

Upcoming Tour Dates:
Oct 27 // Invisible Wind Factory // Liverpool, United Kingdom
Oct 28 // O2 Ritz Manchester // Manchester, United Kingdom
Oct 30 // Art School // Glasgow, United Kingdom
Nov 1 // O2 Institute 2 Birmingham // Birmingham, United Kingdom
Nov 2 // Motion // Bristol, United Kingdom
Nov 3 // Roundhouse // London, United Kingdom
Nov 4 // AB // Brussels, Belgium
Nov 5 // Paradiso // Amsterdam, Netherlands
Nov 7 // Parkteatret //Oslo, Norway
Nov 8 // Kagelbanan // Stockholm, Sweden
>> The full touring schedule is available here

Follow ‘Mount Kimbie’ on:
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More ‘Mount Kimbie’ on Music Pickings:
2017, Apr 4 – New Track: We Go Home Together ft. James Blake
2013, Oct 29 – New EP: CSFLY Remixes (2013/10/28) / Track ‘Made To Stray’ (DJ Koze Remix)
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]

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New Album: Melanie De Biasio – Lilies (2017/10/06) // New Single ‘Gold Junkies’

:: The first taste of  ‘Lilies’

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As Melanie De Biasio explains in her own words; “For me, Lilies has a darkness, but it’s also luminous. After my experiences with (previous releases) ‘No Deal’ and ‘Blackened Cities’, I just wanted to retreat to a cave with my Pro-Tools, my computer, and my cheap, 100Euro Shure SM-58 microphone. I could have gone to a big studio, made a big production – but I wanted none of that. I wanted to go back to the seed of creativity, the simplest materials. I was in this room where there was no light, no night or day at all, no heat. Very uncomfortable. But I felt free. I was happy to have this feeling – ‘I don’t need more, I have everything I need here.’”

Lilies resonates with beauty, multi-instrumentalist De Biasio casting a mesmerising shadow over the proceedings alongside her long-term ensemble of players and will undoubtedly once again see her further the acclaim of fans both in Europe and further afield. [Press release]

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Artist: Melanie De Biasio
Title of Album: Lilies
Release Date: October 6h, 2017
Label: Play It Again Sam

Tracklist:
1 Your Freedom Is the End of Me
2 Gold Junkies
3 Lilies
4 Let Me Love You
5 Sitting in the Stairwell
6 Brother
7 Afro Blue
8 All My Worlds
9 And My Heart Goes On


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Upcoming Tour Dates:
14 Oct // Belgrave Music Hall & Canteen // Leeds, UK
15 Oct // The Deaf Institute, Manchester, UK
16 Octr // Scala, London, UK
18 Oct // Chabada, Angers, France
20 Oct // Théâtre de la Ville, Valence, France
21 Oct // Transbordeur, Villeurbanne, France
22–28 Oct // FESTIVAL LES ROCKOMOTIVES 2017 Rockomotives, Vendôme, France
25 Oct // Stereolux, Nantes, France
26 Oct // La Cooperative De Mai, Clermont-Ferrand, France
27 Oct // Le Rocher De Palmer, Cenon, France
>> The full touring schedule is available here

Follow ‘Melanie De Biasio’ on:
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More ‘Melanie De Biasio’ on Music Pickings:
2014, Dec 31 – Listen: I’m Gonna Leave You / New EP ‘No Deal’ (2014/12/16)

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