Mogwai – Remurdered [Listen]

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Scottish post-rock band Mogwai have announced a new studio album called Rave Tapes. This will be the follow up to their last album proper, 2011’s excellent Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will.

To precede the new album, the band have released the track Remurdered. The track continues the band’s push towards a more electronic sound with an 80s feel; complete with John Carpenter style synths punctuating the song over a pulsating bass line. The track has a brooding but also uplifting tone, similar to the mood of their tracks from last years soundtrack to the french television series Les Revenants.

Listen to Remurdered below:

The new album has been produced by Paul Savage, who also worked with the band on their previous albums Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will and Young Team.

Rave Tapes will be available on January 20th 2014 – released through Rock Action, the bands own label in the UK and through Sub Pop in the US. The Album is available to order through the bands own store at mogwai.sandbaghq.com and the track Remurdered can be downloaded for free at the bands website.

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The tracklist is as follows:

1. Heard About You Last night
2. Simon Ferocious
3. Remurdered
4. Hexon Bogon
5. Repelish
6. Master Card
7. Deesh
8. Blues Hour
9. No Medicine For Regret
10. The Lord Is Out Of Control

KHUSHI – Magpie [Listen + News]

I first heard this track on Adam’s blog, songsfortheday a few days ago and it’s since gained a high play count on my iTunes. It’s also become quite popular since I posted it on Listen Up! a cool new website from the creator of the brilliant BIRP monthly playlists. Now that I’ve given away where I find all my music, let’s bring our focus back to KHUSHI.

Khushi is launching his long overdue EP next Tuesday (8th October). The event is happening at the Hoxton Bar & Grill, click here for details. I recommend anyone who’s free that evening to come by and check it out. As you can tell from the track below, it’s going to be very good.

Nils Frahm – Says [Listen]

‘I hear myself breathing and panting, the scraping sound of the piano’s action and the creaking of my wooden floorboards – all equally as loud as the music. The music becomes a contingency, a chance, an accident within all this rustling. My heart opens and I wonder what exactly it is that makes me feel so happy.’ - Nils Frahn

Hailed as neomodernism; the soft repetitive sound of Nils Frahm and his antique piano is as beautiful as the likes of Goldmund or Eluvium. I bought his LP Felt (2011) a couple of months ago after discovering his music on Erased Tapes website – which by the way is a fantastic source of ambient and classical music.

The first track I heard of his was called Familiar which was an instant hit for me. The organic sounds reminded of Helios‘ track Dragonfly Across An Ancient Sky. I especially like the irregular breaths of air Nils takes as he plays, It brings a realism to it and draws you in, as if you where watching him play the piece right before you.

His newly released track, Says conjures a slightly different sound to his usual piano based compositions. An electronic backdrop is created for this piece, which sets a slightly eerie and futuristic atmosphere, while the soft pattering of the piano makes itself known sparingly throughout the piece. The sci-fi sound is unexpected of Nils Frahn, but works so damn well.

How Sad – Indian Summer [Listen]

It’s shamefully been 2 months since we post. Sorry for the absence, but I think we all needed time to absorb some music, and what better way to kick back into gear with this fantastic artist.

How Sad released their debut EP Indian Summer on the 20th of August. I had previously had their early release track Indian Summer on repeat and have been eagerly awaiting more from the Canadian indie pop group. This is feel-good music, the kind you can’t help but share around with your friends. I can’t stress enough how much I think you should spare £3 from your pocket and download it. I’m going to post my two favourites from the EP, Hot Blur and Indian Summer, but make sure to check out the rest if you feel it’s your kinda thing.

Drenge – Face Like a Skull [Listen]

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It’s not often that a music recommendation comes to me by way of the MP for West Bromwich East, in fact, it has never happened before.

In his resignation letter, written to the party leader Ed Miliband, Labour MP Tom Watson stated:

“John Humphrys asked me why you were not at Glastonbury this weekend. I said Labour leaders can’t be seen standing in muddy fields listening to bands. And then I thought how terribly sad that this is true. So: be that great Labour leader that you can be, but try to have a real life too. And if you want to see an awesome band, I recommend Drenge.”

I couldn’t resist investigating this recommendation further and was pleased to discover that Drenge are in fact a rather good band, producing an excellent strain of garage rock straight out of Sheffield in the UK. Consisting of brothers Eoin Loveless and Rory Loveless, Drenge have a brilliantly chaotic but highly melodic sound that is utterly infectious.

The group’s latest, riotous single Face Like a Skull pulls in it’s influences from a wide range of sources; from the sounds of groups like The Vines, The Black Keys and Nirvana to the lyrical style of fellow Sheffield band Arctic Monkeys. A barrage of riffs and youthful exuberance flow throughout the track and the production is pitched perfectly to capture the gritty basement-like sound of the group.

Listen to Face Like a Skull below:

The acerbic nature of the sound runs through all the output of the band so far. Eoin’s baritone vocals perfectly complement his snarling guitar and Rory’s powerhouse drumming. The previous single Backwaters is a perfect example of this — introducing a blues rock sound to the mix.

Listen to Backwaters below:

Drenge release their self titled debut album on 19th August; it will be interesting to see if the parliamentary endorsement ends up being good for the band, or whether it becomes a bit of a curse for them. As a music lover, I don’t care — I’ll take my recommendations from anywhere that I can get them.

For more information see the groups facebook page.

Dedwardians – Bang Bang Die [Listen]

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Bang Bang Die provides us with a furious blast of rock n roll to get our blood pumping – even on a swelteringly hot day like this. Bang Bang Die is the first song from new London band Dedwardians.

Taking their influence from the sound of Lil Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis; Dedwardians fill it full of Rockabilly and Punk swagger – the song evolves like a bar fight and never relents in its pace.

Listen to Bang Bang Die below:

Fronted by ex-The Glitterati vocalist Paul Gautrey, Dedwardians us give a fresh take on a classic sound and I’m certainly looking forward to their future output.

The band have already played a few recent gigs in London, check their Facebook and Twitter for information on upcoming shows.

AOU – Demo EP [Listen & Free Download]

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I usually have the music that is submitted to us playing in the background while I work, and once in a while I stop, turn it up and go, ‘wait who is this?‘. I’ve just finished listening to AOU’s new demo EP and didn’t want to waste a minute in sharing it with you.

AOU, are a new musical collective based between London and Paris. Their style is described as indie/electro/tropical and they’re influenced by groups ranging from Kraftwerk and Joy Division to Metronomy and Air. Personally I feel they have a similar sound to Lower Dens with their progressive rocky beats and melodic vocals.

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AOU are William Moreau, Guy Stevenson, Quentin Sarda and Mattis Moviken. The group came together in 2012, each member hail from different musical backgrounds which contribute to their unique sound. Their EP is currently available to stream and free to download for a limited period from thier website, get it while it’s hot: www.aouband.co.uk

Cayucas – A Summer Thing [Listen]

No explanation needed for this post. I actually tanned on the weekend, I didn’t know such thing was possible in England. To contribute to this weather I’ve chosen to start the week with Cayucas, I feel like this artist has exploded this summer. Their album Bigfoot which was released in May has done very well, and for good reason too. Their feel-good pop vibes are just what everyone wants right now.

These guys are currently touring the US, and are thankfully making their way to the much anticipated End of The Road festival this year – and then continuing through Europe in Autumn. Check out the whole album, it would go well with a BBQ by the sea, a smokey bonfire in the woods, or just your headphones on a sweaty bus.

Mark Isham – The Bliss of Evil (Bad Lieutenant Suite) [Listen]

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It’s probably been about four years since I saw this film, and I enjoyed it as much – if not more the second time last night. Werner Herzog is one of favorite directors, his ability to make great narratives as well as documentary films is something I admire greatly. Last night watching The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call – New Orleans, I picked up on something I hadn’t noticed before, the suite composed by Mark Isham. It’s very subtle in the film, and only comes in a few times in the film .

Mark Isham is probably best known for the score he did for Crash (2004), which had some of the most heartfelt, tear jerking tracks, (remember that scene with the little girl and the cloak?). I didn’t know that Mark Isham had written anything for Bad Lieutenant, but now I know it makes sense. This suite is called This Bliss of Evil, and this segment is so beautiful and so fitting for the reflective scenes in the film – I just had to share it with you all.

Just in case your eyes are a bit dry…

Way Yes – Tog Pebbles [Listen]

Suddenly I have a new favourite band. I love playful music; anything that sounds like fun to make, which is why artists like Animal Collective and Kishi Bashi were instant hits for me. Way Yes are a 5 piece band from Columbus, Ohio, and boy do they know how to produce great sounding music. The first song I heard from them was called Cinnamon, I instantly sent it to my friend and was like, ‘Oh my god it’s Kermit the Frog singing’. The song couldn’t help stretch a smile across my face, but at the same time I was thinking, ‘this sounds bloody good’.


I proceeded to checking out all their other releases. Cinnamon came from their first EP Herringbone, they released a full length album in 2012 called Walkability, and now they have just released their latest album, Tog Pebbles. Like good cheese; their sound has matured from Herringbone (2010), to what is now a cool combo of upbeat and chilled tracks that employ a mix of jungly beats and synthy-pop sounds.


The vocals have taken a step back in the mix too, adding greater importance to the instrumental parts in the songs. Two tracks from Tog Pebbles really stick out for me, Holy Drop and Colerainbecause besides the feel-good crescendos, the lyrics carry an unexpected, meaningful weight . They also have the best album art designed by John Malta. We don’t rate music on Universal Wax, so i’m just going to give this artist my most prestigious seal of approval. Now go check them out!