This week marked the release of 'Conversations', the intimate debut album from graceful pop four-piece Woman's Hour. Named after their nation's beloved female-focussed news and culture show on BBC Radio 4, the Kendal accented group have covered a lot of ground with their glacial body blows and striking monochrome visuals. Keyboardist Josh Hunnisett puts together this playlist of artists that inform his swelling textures, as he discusses the band's family dynamic and powerful visual aesthetic.
After winning over US fans during their select shows last month, Movement have made quick plans to return for a more extensive run in support of Twin Shadow's synth-pop. Catch this epic double bill in a city near you this September/October.
MOVEMENT US TOUR DATES (W/ TWIN SHADOW)
Wed Sept 17 || Pearl Street Nightclub || Northampton, MA
Thurs Sept 18 || Paradise || Boston, MA
Sat Sept 20 || Phoenix Concert Theater || Toronto, ON
Sun Sept 21 || Magic Stick || Detroit, MI
Tues Sept 23 || Metro || Chicago, IL
Wed Sept 24 || First Avenue || Minneapolis, MN
Fri Sept 26 || Waiting Room || Omaha, NE
Sat Sept 27 || Bluebird Theater || Denver, CO
Tues Sept 30 || Doug Fir Lounge || Portland, OR
Fri Oct 3 || Regency Ballroom || San Francisco, CA
Sat Oct 4 || The Cellar Door || Visalia, CA
Tues Oct 7 || SoHo Music Club || Santa Barbara, CA
Wed Oct 8 || Fonda Theater || Los Angeles, CA
Thurs Oct 9 || Belly Up Tavern || Solana Beach, CA
Fri Oct 10 || The Glass House || Pomona, CA
Tues Oct 14 || The Crescent Ballroom || Phoenix, AZ
Wed Oct 15 || Tricky Falls || El Paso, TX
Thurs Oct 16 || The Mohawk || Austin, TX
Fri Oct 17 || Republic New Orleans || New Orleans, LA
Sat Oct 18 || Bottletree || Birmingham, AL
Sun Oct 19 || Terminal West || Atlanta, GA
Tues Oct 21 || High Dive || Gainesville, FL
Wed Oct 22 || The Social || Orlando, FL
Sat Oct 25 || Black Cat || Washington, DC
Sun Oct 26 || Union Transfer || Philadelphia, PA
Tues Oct 28 || Terminal 5 || New York, NY
*live shot courtesy of Jeff Allen
London director Rollo Jackson is amassing an impressive catalogue of music videos and documentaries, of which 'Tape Crackers' represents a singular, obsessive highlight. Focusing on the memories, music and Moschino of one particularly avid junglist Mike Finch, Jackson spends some solid time at home with this rabid raver and his massive collection of tapes from the rave era, as he talks us through the minutiae of the movement. Presented in a humbly no frills, straight to camera fashion, Finch's zeal for the sound draws you in and takes you back, and even if you never wore the ecstasy patterned jeans or collected the double cassette packs you'll likely feel a little nostalgia pang. Worth seeking out, it's a wicked time.
Rising Australian dance faves RÜFÜS have the first crack at remixing The Presets' techno decadence 'No Fun'. Taking the intensity a few notches down, the group recreate a profound club moment with beautiful colour washes.
The 'No Fun' remix package drops 1 August (AUS) / 4 August (UK) / 5 August (US) and will also feature reinterpretations from Australian house star Lancelot, Montreal Mau5trap signing Eekkoo, Belfast techno maestro Phil Kieran and new UK outfit Wax Wings.
Bag Raiders' 'Nairobi / Savannah' EP is out now worldwide. Featuring the first new music from the duo in 3 years, the club-minded EP circles back to those dynamic dancefloor tracks that first put them on the map.
They've shared this raw energy with two remix producers - Zombie Disco Squad and Roland Tings - who dismantle the existing stems and really make it their own. You can grab a free download of Melbourne lab rat Roland Tings' deep sea 'Savannah' descent via XLR8R.
With love pouring in from Spin, Mixmag, Dancing Astronaut, Do Androids Dance, Less Than 3, and many more fine folk, and a forthcoming release on the horizon, 2014 is shaping up to be a good year for Bag Raiders. Stay tuned for more new music from the duo soon.
Get the Nairobi / Savannah EP here.
Cut Copy took some time out from their Summer of Festivals today to premiere a brand new track 'Lights Shine On' via Stereogum. Conceived and recorded during the 'Free Your Mind' sessions, it brings a heady anthemic throb to the giddy balearics of the record.
It's taken from the forthcoming Deluxe Edition of 'Free Your Mind', which features five new tracks (three previously unreleased) and is out digitally on July 18 (Aus) / 21 (UK) / 22 (US). You can preorder it now.
Right after its release, the band embark on wave 2 of their Summer of Festivals including dates at Pukkelpop, Rock en Seine and a host of US shows. Full details at cutcopy.com
By now you'll have seen the official photos of this year's FOR, giving a fleeting glimpse of an unimaginable weekend taking in secret acoustic sets on boats, renowned DJs playing on a secluded clothing-optional beach, stage (and moat) invasions, juicy fresh seafood and near-continuous sunshine.
But perhaps the best way to look back on something is via the collective eyes of the people who were there. We asked FOR attendees to submit their choice shots, and the results are now live for everyone to view above and on FOR's Facebook page.
Special congrats to Petra Šparica, whose sunset shot won our competition and bagged her a package of Modular and FOR vinyl, CDs and rarities.
Roaming party animal Beni celebrates the release of his new 'Protect / Can't Hide' EP in Australia tomorrow (14 July in the Uk), packaging some of his best work to date with versatile remixes from Prince Club, Indian Summer and wordlife. Losing sleep in anticipation, he's cooked up this playlist of club heaters, touching on the menacing 'Can't Hide' and 'Protect's 90s vocal house. Feel the energy and read on as we get to know this magnetic character.
Look behind the development and inspiration of The Presets and Googeplay's inventive 'No Fun' Cube.
If you're yet to play with it, the Cube displays six full-length music videos across the hexahedron surfaces, each with individual narratives, allowing you to twist, turn and manipulate your own unique audiovisual interpretation of 'No Fun' in real time. The video was directed by Barnaby Roper (Banks, David Bowie, Kanye West) and can be viewed here.
'No Fun' is now available on iTunes worldwide.
It's difficult to recall the time when accessing music wasn't so easy. From November 1980-October 1982, Melbourne radio presenters Bruce Milne and Andrew Maine and graphic designer Michael Trudgeon published 'Fast Forward', an innovation on the fanzine format created to spread sounds and ideas among music communities. Housed in a screen printed softcase, the bi-monthly package contained a cassette tape of post-punk related interviews and music, with a corresponding fold out magazine.
Online archive Spill Label has lovingly scanned and ripped the 13 issue's contents, preserving an incredible point of access and reference to the era's local and overseas underground culture. The cassettes offer the only documents of Rowland S Howard's 'Shivers', performed by The Young Charlatans, and Pel Mel's demo of 'No Word From China', alongside interviews with The Fall, Pere Ubu, The Cramps, The Cure and Kraftwerk, arguably all at their prime and most eager to discuss their work, often accompanied by rare live recordings.
Admire excerpts of the astonishingly progressive design below.
Zurich Open Air, Opfikon, Switzerland
Alhambra Lounge, Brisbane, Australia
Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, Australia
Newtown Social Club, Sydney, Australia
Newtown Social Club, Sydney, Australia
Samsung Hall, Manila, Philippines
The Republik, Honolulu, HI
The Beacham Theatre, Orlando, FL, USA
Grand Central, Miami, FL, USA
Cannery Ballroom, Nashville, TN, USA
9:30 Club, Washington, DC, USA
Union, Philadelphia, PA, USA
Paradise Rock Club, Boston, MA, USA
Terminal 5, New York, NY, USA
Virgin Mobil Corona Theatre, Montreal, OC, USA
Phoenix Concert Theatre, Toronto, ON, USA
St Andrews Hall, Detroit, MI, USA
Metro, Chicago, IL, USAView All Dates