"ATA," the second single from Olga Bell's highly anticipated LP Tempo (set for May 27 release One Little Indian) is available now, having premiered on Apple Music's Beats 1 Radio by DJ Julie Adenuga who raves, "Music lovers: every once in a while a tune comes around that makes you stop… Thank you, THANK YOU for making this music." Listen to the show here, and listen/share "ATA" on Youtube here. Bell has also confirmed new tour dates including shows with Nancy Whang, Empress Of and Yeasayer, plus her own European headline gigs. See below for details—with more to be announced.
Bell says of the track, "'ATA' was inspired by a 1958 Frank O'Hara poem called 'A True Account of Talking to the Sun at Fire Island.' It's filled with wordless instrumental stretches—space for thoughts to congeal, to clarify. Some elements of the beat were inspired by the Art Of Noise classic 'Moments In Love' (the snaps especially), and the wormy synth bass of the verses transforms into a high, bright lead when the sun finally speaks, in the middle of the song ('baby it's tough! but don't get low / our work is humble / daily I rise, daily you write')."
The first single from the album, "Randomness," recently received a "Best New Track" designation at Pitchfork after it was premiered by Dummy, who described the house-influenced track as "the fuel of self-manifestation." The Minister Akins-directed video premiered at i-D, who called the video "fire" and said of the track, "if you're anything like us, you've probably had [it] stuck in your head since it surfaced earlier this month." Check out the premiere here, and share/post the video here (full video credits at link). The track is available for instant download with album pre-order.
"This record is first for the body, then for the mind," says Bell, who began writing the album immediately after seeing the film Paris Is Burning. "I started every song by thinking about tempo specifically, listening to the metronome alone, feeling its relation to my body, to the pace of the day, the weather, the light. On fast days I listened to club music, most of it at least twenty years old, and on slow days I turned to early West Coast hip-hop and Portishead because of how physically charged and compelling these records feel despite their low BPM."
Having performed on Australia’s number 1 breakfast show ‘The Morning Show’ as well as performing for Rugby League team The South Sydney Rabbitohs during half-time, Sydney singer / songwriter Jo Cooper is now aiming to push her talents global with this feel good electro-pop single, ‘Touch The Sky’.
The fun party song features an explosively catchy chorus and energetic synth-driven instrumental, produced by Brisbane beat smith Stuart Stuart. Grammy Award winning engineer Bob Ludwig (Madonna, Daft Punk, Coldplay, Nirvana, Train, Mariah Carey, David Bowie) personally quoted the track as “Catchy as Hell”. Australia may be exiting summer right now, but here in the Northern hemisphere it’s right on time!
Check it out below:
A self-confessed workaholic, Jo has previously dealt with work stress that left her so ill she had to be rushed to hospital. Recording her debut album hasn’t been any less stressful for Jo, she had to deal with a difficult producer who overcharged her only to find out she needed to record the entire album again from scratch with another producer. ‘Touch the Sky’ sees the artist lyrically relinquishing all the stress in her life and focusing on the good.
‘It’s an uplifting song, about brushing off the day and going out and feeling good about life’, explains Jo Cooper.
This single follows the success of her 2013 song ‘Stupid Boy’, a track which gained international attention with its Ministry of Sound house remix. Produced by London electronic duo Hoxton Whores, the remix climbed into the top 100 reaching 20 on UK’s Music Week Club Charts. In 2014 Jo released her highly anticipated debut EP, "Running Free", along with her empowering single ‘Don’t Turn Back’, skilfully tackling the heavy topic of domestic abuse.
Her debut album is now in the works, due for release mid 2016, with single 'Touch the Sky' out May 20th.
Shura has announced details of her much-anticipated debut album, ‘Nothing’s Real’, which will be released on Polydor Records on July 8th. The album is available to pre-order today, with ‘The Space Tapes’ (a psychedelic rework of some of the record’s highlights, laid down straight to tape) among the tracks available instantly.
Having surpassed 30 million plays and become one of the most enduring blog successes of recent years, new single ‘Touch’ has also been made Track of the Day at Radio 1 from today. After teaming up with the legendary Talib Kweli on an alternative version, a brand new Four Tet remix of ‘Touch’ is additionally available to stream now. Shura will open for Chvrches around Europe later this month before playing a homecoming headline show at Shepherds Bush Empire on May 26th: further headline dates and festival appearances will follow (with the likes of Primavera, End of the Road, Parklife and a main slot at Great Escape already announced).
In many ways ‘Nothing's Real’ is the perfect title for Shura's debut album, which mixes the personal and the fantastical to beguiling, immersive effect. It features songs written and painstakingly recorded across two years in her Shepherds Bush bedroom - the site of which is blown up on the album’s striking artwork – but also reaches back further than that: into parents, childhood, past relationships and the possibilities of the future. All threaded together across the album’s often-affecting narrative, the record assimilates everything Shura loves – from early Madonna to Sci-fi, and War on Drugs to gaming – but is also the sound of an artist pushing themselves hard, further into the unknown. A phrase coined after a breakup, ‘Nothing’s Real’ confirms Shura as an important artist for the years ahead. Welcome – as the record was almost called – to her Shuniverse.
‘Nothing’s Real’ on iTunes: http://po.st/p7HNyY
‘Nothing’s Real’ in Shura’s Shop: http://po.st/peTMcf
Indie buzz band Pvris have released “You and I,” the companion video for their brand-new single. The clip, which can be seen HERE, was shot in Sacramento with director Raul Gonzo. The track premiered on the Radio 1 Rock show last night & had a subsequent play on Radio 1 today.
“You and I” is the latest in a flurry of video releases from the trio (Lynn Gunn, Alex Babinski, Brian MacDonald), following the February 10th premiere of “Smoke,” the February 12th debut of “Ghosts/Let Them In”, and the February 16th posting of “Eyelids.” All four videos will be featured in the deluxe version of the band’s debut album, White Noise (Rise). Available on iTunes here this new double-disc set includes a DVD with all of the band’s videos along with a CD that has full and unplugged versions of “You and I,” along with fan favorites like “St. Patrick” (which has over 6.6 million Spotify streams), “Holy,” (over 4 million streams), “My House” (which has racked up over 7 million streams), “Fire” (a BBC Radio 1 “Track of the Day”) and another new track titled “Empty” (both new songs were recorded with White Noise producer Blake Harnage).
The band, who recently made their network television debut on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” is hitting the road with Fall Out Boy and Awolnation for an arena tour that kicks off this Friday in the USA and runs until 26th March. A near-sold-out European headlining tour will follow. alongside a sold out UK run. Pvris have spent the past year and a half playing to packed-house crowds around the world, stealing the show on last summer’s Warped Tour (founder Kevin Lyman called them the tour’s breakout act) before joining the likes of Mumford & Sons, Kendrick Lamar and Deadmau5 on the Reading and Leeds festivals. This June they’ll join Florence & The Machine, Ellie Goulding and Disclosure on the Firefly Music Festival.
Led by 21-year-old vocalist Lynn Gunn, who the Huffington Post described as “a force that cannot be denied,” Pvris hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Emerging Artists Chart and No. 1 on their Trending 140 Chart. MTV.com lauded the group by writing, “Get acquainted with the mysteriously awesome Pvris before they become the biggest thing in rock. For fans of The Neighbourhood and Chvrches, Pvris are the best thing since sliced bread” and Alternative Press just spotlighted the band with a cover story. To date, the Boston-based group has over 12 million total YouTube views and 15,548,164 total streams in the US alone.
All of which explains why Buzzfeed called the trio an “Artist You Should Be Listening To Right Now.”
The track-listing for the "White Noise Deluxe" CD / DVD is as follows:
DISC 1 (CD)
You and I
Let Them In
You and I (Stripped)
DISC 2 (DVD)
You and I
Ghosts/Let Them In
PVRIS HEADLINE SHOWS:
1st April Concorde Brighton SOLD OUT
2nd April NORWICH UEA SOLD OUT
3rd April Riverside Newcastle SOLD OUT
4th April GLASGOW ABC SOLD OUT
6th April MANCHESTER ACADEMY SOLD OUT
7th April O2 FORUM, LONDON SOLD OUT
8th April CARDIFF GREAT HALL SOLD OUT
9th April BIRMINGHAM O2 INSTITUTE SOLD OUT
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