Here’s some of the best new music around in my opinion, including Brit Critic Choice Jack Garratt’s new ‘Surprise Yourself’ that just premiered with the Independent in the past few hours.
Well this is a terribly sad start to the year. The icon that is David Bowie has passed away due to illness with cancer. Thank you for everything sir, you were truly a legend.
Where did 2015 go? No idea but thankfully there was some great music released over the past twelve months. Here is a list of my favourites, in case you were wondering… which you weren’t. As lists can be a bit boring, I made it into a Spotify playlist too –
- Tink – Ratchet Commitments
- Rihanna, Kanye West And Paul McCartney – FourFiveSeconds
- Dilly Dally – Desire
- Santigold (feat. BC) – Can’t Get Enough of Myself
- Sleaford Mods – No One’s Bothered
- Pleasure Beach – Go
- Parlour Tricks – The Storm
- MØ – Kamikaze
- Boots – C.U.R.E.
- Alessia Cara – Here
- Dead Sara – Something Good
- Kendrick Lamar – King Kunta
- Kurt Vile – Pretty Pimpin’
- Churches – Leave A Trace
- Foals – Mountain At My Gate
- Oscar – Breaking My Phone
- Benjamin Clementine – Cornerstone
- Alabama Shakes – Future People
- Jack Garratt – Breathe Life
- Skepta – Shutdown
- FKA Twigs – Glass & Patron
- Only Real – Can’t Get Happy
- Leon Bridges – Coming Home
- Molly Nilsson – 1995
- Travi$ Scott ft. Kanye West – Piss On Your Grave
- Everything Everything – Spring / Sun / Winter / Dread
- Missy Elliott ft. Pharrell Williams – WTF
- Izzy Bizu – Give Me Love
- Villagers – Courage
- Waxahatchee – La Loose
- Django Django – First Light
- Joanna Gruesome – Honestly Do Yr Worst
- Ezra Furman – Lousy Connection
- Petite Meller – Barbaric
- Donna Missal – Keep Lying
Here’s how things broke down, what do we think?
Independent Track Of The Year: FKA Twigs – Two Weeks
Independent Album Of The Year: Enter Shikari – The Mindsweep
Independent Video Of The Year: Flying Lotus – Never Catch Me
Best Difficult Second Album: Young Fathers – White Men Are Black Men Too
Special Catalogue Release Of The Year: Cities Of Darkscorch Boardgame
Most Played New Independent Act: Jungle
Best Live Act: All Time Low
Hardest Working Band: Swans
Independent Breakthrough Of The Year: Wolf Alice
Independent Label Of The Year: Transgressive Records
Best Small Label: Erased Tape Records
Golden Welly Award For Best Independent Festival: Brainchild Festival
Indie Champion: Marc Riley, BBC 6 Music
Pioneer Award: Digby Pearson, Earache Records
Innovator Award: Peter Quicke, Matt Black and Jonathan More of Ninja Tune
Outstanding Contribution To Music: Skepta
How have I not heard about this! There’s a new documentary out on Daft Punk, entitled Daft Punk Unchained. It was aired on French channel Canal+ but, as far as online, I could only find the trailer at the moment. I am determined to find this baby though –
Also check out this documentary Revolutions On Air, from Red Bull Music Academy, all about the “Golden Era of New York Radio”. Well worth a watch.
Some interesting news in the way of collaborations and reformations lately, namely Birdy and Rhodes have teamed up for ‘Let It Go’ and the visual treat that is this video –
Also Bloc Party are back, sort of. They’ve reformed with half the original line-up and two new members. Haven’t caught any of the new music yet but this is their new press shot.
Well now, it seems that PRS for Music has taken legal action against Soundcloud. In an email sent out to PRS members, the body explains that “after careful consideration, and following five years of unsuccessful negotiations, we now find ourselves in a situation where we have no alternative but to commence legal proceedings against SoundCloud.”
PRS is responsible for collecting publishing royalties for musicians, for things like radio plays and public performances. The issue with SoundCloud stems from the fact that despite having over 175m unique listeners per month, SoundCloud “continues to deny it needs a PRS for Music licence for its existing service available in the UK and Europe, meaning it is not remunerating our members.”
PRS describes this move as a “difficult decision”, but “one we firmly believe is in the best, long-term interests of our membership.” In its letter of claim, PRS has identified 4,500 musical works by PRS members which are available on SoundCloud, “so that they understood the scale of our members’ repertoire and its use on the service. We asked them to take a licence to cover the use of all our members’ repertoire or otherwise stop infringing.”
This marks the latest step in a turbulent year for SoundCloud. DJs and producers who once relied on the platform have openly criticised it after a succession of mix takedowns, in many cases, it seems, due to pressure from Sony. Earlier this month, several high profile accounts were suspended or deleted due to copyright claims – in certain cases, over music that the uploader owned the rights to.
Wolf Alice are back with a good track and an even better video. Plus, some newer acts such as Viola Beach and White Giant.
Lauren Mayberry from Churches has again made public the kind of comments that she has to put up with as a female musician. With the release of Churches’ new video, a fairly elegant and simple film, Mayberry has seen numerous comments on a 4chan thread; many of which describe her as looking like a ‘slut’ in the video. What is 4chan by the way? I didn’t know either but, in short, it seems to be a place where gobshites go to conjugate. This isn’t the first time Lauren Mayberry has felt the need to name and shame these kind of people, she wrote an open letter for the Guardian some time back on the subject also.
Fair enough if you’re attracted to a musician, that’s always been an element of that in popular music (I’m sure Elvis’ looks didn’t harm his gaining female fans) but when did it get to the stage where guys meet in forums to tell each other how they would like to “lick her asshole sweat”. What the fuck. Grow up, be a man and stop acting like a little teenage sad-case. I completely support what female artists bring to the music scene and I stand by the opinion that many are putting out the most interesting music of late. Good music is good music. Here’s a reminder of that, including the Leave A Trace video in question –
Damn, who are these guys? Here is Desire from Dilly Dally and I love it. Feels new but with a slight nostalgia of The Breeders, Pixies… even a little Nirvana maybe –
And if you feel like a bit of dancing after that, here’s Hot Chip’s new one. Happy Friday.