November 20th, 2020

The Great Escape unveils its First Fifty for 2021

Posted on 20 Nov 2020 at 10:04am
Arlo Parks, Baby Queen, The Magic Gang and Oscar Lang are part of The Great Escape’s First Fifty.

The road to the Great Escape festival is underway literally and figuratively this week with the announcement of the festival’s initial 50 artists as it hopes to return next year.

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Other Lives announce release of new acoustic album Sicily Sessions

Posted on 20 Nov 2020 at 9:11am
And with this Other Lives bring to an end their year which saw the release of the wonderful For Your Love album.

Other Lives will present early versions of all ten songs from For Your Love when their Sicily Sessions record comes out on December 11th.

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Album Review: Cabaret Voltaire – Shadow Of Fear

Posted on 20 Nov 2020 at 8:00am

Richard H. Kirk returns with Cabaret Voltaire for a first new album in over 25 years.

Depeche Mode’s September 1981 Top Of The Pops performance of Just Can’t Get Enough was one that cemented their reputation as unlikely synth-pop heartthrobs.

But it also sent a clear message to an admiring nation that this ‘new’ instrument was not only here to stay, but could make happy, joyous music that even the stiffs could totally endorse.

In Sheffield, things were different.

Cut off by more than just geography, the region was still heavily industrial, its teetering prosperity held in steel, coal and manufacturing; the mills clanked all night and it was long rumoured that on some days an acrid smell hung over the city, released from unidentified chemical by-products.

Cabaret Voltaire began in 1973, well before punk, in the guise of a multi-media art project that took inspiration from Dadaism, literary dystopians like William Burroughs and other lysergic nightmares.

By the start of the next decade, the now duo of Stephen Mallinder and Richard H. Kirk had also begun experimenting with samplers and keyboards, their work – a clattering, paranoid overture at the fringes of dance music – a long way away from daytime radio accessibility.

Notwithstanding, albums like The Crackdown earned them a significant trans-Atlantic cult following, one loyal even after they shifted towards house music with 1990’s Groovy, Laidback & Nasty.

The last album under the CV banner was released four years later, after which Mallinder departed.

Vampire Weekend’s Chris Baio details new solo record Dead Hand Control

Posted on 20 Nov 2020 at 7:34am
Chris Baio’s last solo release was Man Of The World in 2017.

Vampire Weekend‘s Chris Baio is making his next solo move after the band’s hugely successful return last year with Father Of The Bride.

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Arctic Monkeys share 505 from Live At The Royal Albert Hall album

Posted on 20 Nov 2020 at 6:53am
A live staple of the Arctic Monkeys is previewing their new charity album.

Arctic Monkeys have shared the version of 505 which will feature on their Live At The Royal Albert Hall LP when it’s released in December to raise funds for War Child.

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New Music Friday: The War On Drugs, The Cribs

Posted on 20 Nov 2020 at 5:16am

The War On Drugs and The Cribs are both part of New Music Friday – check out LIVE DRUGS and Night Network below.
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