FOR Festival's stellar line-up is headed up by Haim, a quartet who've spent the last year eliciting not only colossal sales of their debut album Days Are Gone but also comparisons to those untouchable titans of transatlantic pop, Fleetwood Mac.
We dug out this near-perfect live rendition of Don't Save Me recorded for BBC Radio 1's Zane Lowe at the tail end of 2012. If the music sounds this sunny in a darkened studio in Central London, just imagine it in a converted monastery on the balmy Mediterranean island of Hvar, Croatia. Or click here and imagine no longer.
Refocusing on one of the more overlooked moments of last year. MØ's commanding pop meshing with the ice cool groove of Jungle - two artists who have since gone from strength to strength. We've been so obsessed with 'No Mythologies To Follow', the debut from the Danish singer (pronounced "moo" if you were wondering) that we jumped high for her to play our paradisal FOR Festival in Hvar, Croatia. The former DIY punk will showcase her physical performances of her badass Diplo collaboration 'XXX 88' and the defiant single 'Don't Wanna Dance'.
FOR Festival is today pleased to announce the second round of performers for the Croatian island festival. Joining the already stellar FOR 2014 line up will be reigning ladies of rock, Haim; the uncategorizable Grammy-nominated, Brit-winning singer Neneh Cherry, performing with RocketNumberNine; UK retro-psychedelic combo Temples; Vampire Weekend's Baio; and hotly-tipped newcomer MØ.
In addition, Erlend Øye (Kings of Convenience, The Whitest Boy Alive) will be performing his very personal History Lesson. Simply Øye and an acoustic guitar, it commences with a series of cover songs, starting from 1962 and continuing onwards, taking on classics from 65, 68 and so on until arriving at the commencement of his own oeuvre in the late 90's, including all his passions and pop music epiphanies up until the present day. It promises to be an intimate, illuminating live set from one of this generation's more unique voices.
Tickets to the 4 day island festival in Hvar, Croatia, are on sale now. With only 2500 tickets available for the weekend, they're disappearing quickly. Get yours while you still can!
DARKSIDE out-smoke stoner rock gods Black Sabbath with their hypnotic ascension of Planet Caravan. Nicolas Jaar's vocal delivery is faithfully effected in homage to young Ozzy's, while their compounding backing textures are really something else.
The cover became a staple of their early Psychic performances (this version cheekily bootlegged from their Maida Vale Session) and is hopefully still part of the set list when Nico and Dave Harrington play at FOR Festival in Croatia, as well as their own Australian shows at The Hi-Fi in Sydney on April 2 and Melbourne's Palace Theatre on April 4 (both dates supported by Movement).
Hot on the heels of their Ill-Studio exposé, 12Mail gallery in Paris offers 'Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow, Forever' by London polymath Trevor Jackson. The former label head, DJ, producer, graphic designer and artist presents an abstract celebration of the vinyl record in the form of large scale reproductions of microscopic details of those holy grooves, which is showing now until May 16. Represented in completely unrecognisable but beautifully impressionist, monochromatic form are seminal records by The Beach Boys, Fingers Inc., Public Enemy and Jean Michael Jarre, amongst others.
To accompany the exhibition Jackson composed two tracks using samples of the records featured within that deftly compliments the dusty ambience of the work. A limited number of 12"s were produced and are out there now for those who are quick. Stay tuned for our own special projects with Trevor to emerge soon!
New on Erol Alkan's Phantasy Sound, which has so far brought us favourites like Connan Mockasin and Daniel Avery, as well as Erol's own magick, Ghost Culture's debut EP Mouth offers a deftly sparse, modern update of the classic sound of acid. Melodic, engaging and most importantly very body moving, Ghost Culture is no doubt one to watch. We look forward to hearing the likes of Mouth in a forest on an island with the moon just barely visible for the smoke machine on high this June.
Modular and Carriageworks are joining forces to present 3 days of exclusive music performances, art, installations and contemporary ideas as part of VIVID 2014. Grounded in music and crossing art and design, Modulations looks at where these art forms intersect, overlap and influence each other.
Running from 6-8 June and featuring an exciting spectrum of internationally renowned and emerging artists, Modulations will be headlined by multi-award winning electronic pop legends Pet Shop Boys. Known for their collaborations across music, theatre, fashion and film, Pet Shop Boys are considered the most successful duo in UK music history. Their Modulations appearance, the only Australian performance of their 2013/14 Electric world tour, will be a rare opportunity to experience a truly spectacular multi-media concert, designed by acclaimed Creative Director Es Devlin, who has previously collaborated with Kanye West, Jay Z and Lady Gaga as well as designing the 2012 London Olympic Games Closing Ceremony. The Electric show incorporates film, lasers, breath-taking costumes and choreography - along with a catalogue of hits, and will be presented in an intimate and immersive environment, with an extremely limited capacity.
In addition to the Pet Shop Boys' exclusive performance, the program will also include Fred Deakin, formerly one half of UK electronic duo Lemon Jelly, whose work explores the realms of audiovisual remixing and interactive installations.
This isn't the first time we've confessed our love for Hamilton, Ontario native Jessy Lanza. We've worked her sparkling debut Pull My Hair Back to the bone since it's release last year - the album being a compelling partnership of Jessy's subtle but seeping r'n'b hooks and the pitched down electronics of co-producer, Junior Boy and Roland Tings remixer Jeremy Greenspan.
The good tastes of Cut Copy have recruited her as main support for their current North American tour dates (posted below with our interview and playlist) which kicked off yesterday. We're imaging this cruisy mixtape is her pre-show warm up.
The latest release from Sydney's Movement is the slow-burning Like Lust, which recently picked up Pitchfork's Best New Track tag, reached the #1 spot on the Hype Machine, and has clocked up 200,000 Soundcloud plays in just over two weeks.
Norwegian Erlend Øye has been an idiosyncratic presence in our world for going on 20 years now. Skog, Kings of Convenience, The Whitest Boy Alive — all Øye projects, spanning folk through electronica, tinted blue and gold with his hopeful vocals, affecting without a hint of preciousness. His contribution to the DJ Kicks series was landmark, bringing indie rock kids to the dancefloor well before the dance punk explosion in New York City ensured every 20-something owned a neon visor.
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