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Belfast-born, London-based duo Bicep (Matt McBriar and Andy Ferguson) release their hotly anticipated second album, 'Isles', on 22 January 2021 via Ninja Tune. Two years in the making, 'Isles' expands on the artful energy of their 2018 debut 'Bicep', while digging deeper into the sounds, experiences and emotions that have influenced their lives and work, from early days in Belfast to their move to London a decade ago. 'We have strong mixed emotions, connected to growing up on an island' they say, 'wanting to leave, wanting to return'. 'Isles' is, in part, a meditation on these contradictions, the struggle between the expansive and the introspective, isolation and euphoria. Lead single 'Apricots' has a similar feel, steeped in a shimmering bath of warm synths, its spare percussion and arresting vocals bring the big room chills of 90s rave, while still evoking something lost or forlorn.
Karma & Desire [2LP]
Vinyl LP pressing. Includes digital download. Karma & Desire - a follow up to critically acclaimed records AZD, Ghettoville, Hazyville, and more - includes collaborations with Sampha, Zsela, Aura T-09 (co-runs Evar Records with John Frusciante), Vanessa Benelli Mosell and Rebekah Christel. The album will be accompanied by 'a broken romance espionage ethereal short film' by creative director and performance artist Lee Nachum aka Bootee that explores a number of dichotic themes. These themes are to be revealed across the campaign (and beyond) through both digital and physical creative marketing 'moments', which kicked off with a surprise 49min audio file from Actress entitled '88'. '88' was revealed by Actress in July and made available to stream and download for free through Bandcamp before retreating into the ether as quickly as it came. The release marked the first new music from the producer (outside of his Young Paint alias) since 2018's team-up with the London Contemporary Orchestra.
It Is What It Is [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Cream LP]
Thundercat is set to release his new album It Is What It Is on Brainfeeder Records on April 3, 2020, and shares the first music; 'Black Qualls (featuring Steve Lacy and Steve Arrington). The album, produced by Flying Lotus and Thundercat, features musical contributions from Ty Dolla $ign, Childish Gambino, Lil B, Kamasi Washington, Steve Lacy, Steve Arrington, BADBADNOTGOOD, Louis Cole and Zack Fox. It Is What It Is follows his game-changing third album Drunk (2017). That record completed his transition from virtuoso bassist to bonafide star and cemented his reputation as a unique voice that transcends genre. 'This album is about love, loss, life and the ups and downs that come with that,' Bruner says. 'It's a bit tongue-in-cheek, but at different points in life you come across places that you don't necessarily understand' some things just aren't meant to be understood.'
BRONSON [Clear LP]
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BRONSON, the brand new group by ODESZA and Golden Features, unveils their debut self-titled album on Foreign Family Collective / Ninja Tune. BRONSON is available on clear LP, limited edition black and yellow LP, and CD. GRAMMY-nominated duo ODESZA and acclaimed Australian producer Golden Features have come together to form the powerhouse group BRONSON. The self-titled album BRONSON pushes the soundscapes of their previous projects to explore the darker edges of dance music. The LP features heavyweight collaborations from lau.ra of Ultraista, Gallant, and Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs. The BRONSON album reflects on their respective needs to challenge personal struggles, both internal and external. Moreover, the trio recognized that their own battles were merely microcosms of the surrounding world. The hope was to craft a body of work that was reflective of that duality of lightness and darkness inherent to the human condition.
Healing Is A Miracle [LP]
The title of the new record is inspired by the wonder of how the human body heals itself - a miraculous process that we pay little attention to and by which the artist feels enthralled. Recorded in the wake of a seismic shift in her life following a move from New York to Los Angeles, where she is now based, the release sees her embrace her new locale and drawing on the input of three exciting collaborators she’s nurtured long and deep friendships with: Jónsi (Sigur Rós), Mary Lattimore and Nosaj Thing, all of whom are also based in the city and gently nudge out at the edges of Barwick’s organically-evolved sound.
Known for her stunning live performances, which have gained incredible praise over the years, she has supported and performed with artists including Bon Iver, Grouper, The War On Drugs, Sigur Ros, Sharon Van Etten, Flying Lotus, Angel Olsen, Mas Ysa, Yoko Ono and Nat Baldwin. Live tour dates in North America and Europe is planned to support the album release in late 2020/ 2021.
Julianna Barwick will release her new album “Healing Is A Miracle” on Ninja Tune. Her first studio release since 2015 - album will be available on CD and Vinyl.
New Me, Same Us [LP]
Little Dragon is the pioneering Swedish four-piece fronted by enigmatic vocalist Yukimi Nagano, with multi-instrumentalists Håkan Wirenstarnd and Fredrik Wallin on keyboards and bass respectively and Erik Bodin on drums and percussion. The band return with their sixth studio album, 'New Me, Same Us' this spring, their first album release since signing with Ninja Tune. Yukimi has lent her trademark vocals to Gorillaz, Flume, SBTRKT, Kaytranada, Christian Rich, De La Soul, DJ Shadow, Tinashe, Mac Miller, Big Boi, Faith Evans, and ODESZA. The band has remixed Rhye, Childish Gambino & more. Additionally, artists such as NAO, Lianne La Havas, Nick Mulvey and Rosie Lowe all have covered Little Dragon. 'Tried', their recent collaboration with BADBADNOTGOOD received great support from the likes of Pitchfork, The FADER, NPR, Annie Mac and more. GRAMMY-nominated for 2014's 'Nabuma Rubberband', Little Dragon have long been seen as one of the most sought-after groups to work with. This year Little Dragon play a huge run of headline shows in March/April 2020. A 32-date tour across the UK, EU and North America that will see the band playing in front of over 40K fans, including the Hollywood Palladium (5K) and London's O2 Brixton Academy (5K cap).
The best musical mavericks never sit still for long. They mutate and morph into new shapes, refusing to be boxed in. Floating Points has so many guises that it’s not easy to pin him down.
Floating Points’ first album in four years, Crush, twists whatever you think you know about him on its head. It’s the producer at his most “unhinged,” he says, a tempestuous blast of electronic experimentalism whose title alludes to the pressure-cooker of the current environment we find ourselves in. It’s the sound of the many sides of Floating Points finally fusing together: the carefree selector, the considered composer and the passionate label curator. But it’s also a sound that, while it’s born out of despair and frustration with the overwhelmingly dark forces around us, manages to provide some hope for compassion. Crush on that.
A View Of U [Silver, Black, White Marbled LP]
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Machinedrum releases his fourth album on Ninja Tune. A View of U is available on silver, white, and black marbled LP and CD. Machinedrum (Travis Stewart) returns with his definitive new album 'A View of U' featuring an incredible cast of collaborators including Sub Focus, Chrome Sparks, Father (Awful Records), Freddie Gibbs, Mono/Poly (Brainfeeder), Tigran Hamasyan, Jesse Boykins III, Rochelle Jordan and Tanere'lle. The use of 'U' in the title 'A View of U' represents the Universe aka the Infinite. The central theme of the album is the concept of having an out of body experience (OOBE). 'The feeling of being out of your body feels infinite. It feels like time has stopped. It feels like the birth of creation,' explains Travis. Machinedrum has previously been featured in Billboard, Mixmag, Dazed, VICE, Time Out, Stereogum, The Quietus, Drowned in Sound, Narc Magazine, Clash, Earmilk and more. Travis has also contributed to guest mixes for major stations around the world including NPR, BBC Radio 1 (including an Essential Mix in 2013), BBC 1Xtra and KEXP, plus local tastemaker stations such as The Lot Radio, Red Light Radio and NTS. Machinedrum is also one half of JETS (Innovative Leisure) with Jimmy Edgar, one half of Sepalcure (Hot Flush) with Praveen and one half of Dream Continuum with Om Unit. His solo work has garnered over 50 million streams worldwide. He has additionally collaborated with the likes of DJ Rashad, DJ Spinn, D'WN, Lone, Azealia Banks, Roots Manuva, Boards of Canada, and more.
Marie Davidson & L'Oeil nu
Renegade Breakdown [LP]
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Marie Davidson is back with a new album, a new band, and a bold new sound. Arriving under the banner of Marie Davidson & L'Oeil nu, a trio formed of three old-time friends and long-term collaborators with shared roots in Montreal's DIY scene: Marie, Pierre Guerineau and Asae'l R. Robitaille (the former two are also husband and wife, and partners in the group Essaie pas). Renegade Breakdown is a reaction to years in which she spent most of her life on the road, navigating the club and festival lifestyle -- while also a forward-facing, innovative pop record that builds on the classic tenets of Marie's music to create something that strikes out towards a broader audience. With dark humour and interpolated musical influences'from Fleetwood Mac to Kraftwerk, and jazz classics such as Billie Holiday and Chet Baker'they spin each of its entries in wildly imaginative directions. Renegade Breakdown follows her breakout 2018 album Working Class Woman, which was lauded by Pitchfork, The Guardian, The New York Times, Resident Advisor, as well as being ranked highly in end-of-year (and decade) lists by Mixmag, The Quietus, Bandcamp and many more. Meanwhile, the track 'Work It' garnered worldwide dance-floor anthem status, helped by a Soulwax remix, the iconic duo's re-work garnering a GRAMMY nomination.
Actress x London Contemporary Orchestra
Producer Darren Cunningham aka Actress, joined by the London Contemporary Orchestra, premiere new material as well as expanded arrangements of their dark and brooding electronica. Showcased last year at The Barbican Centre London and Strelka Institute Moscow and in conjunction with Boiler Room this 12" release named simply Audio Track 5 serves as an introduction to a larger body which will be released on Ninja Tune and Boiler Room TV as both a Long Player and performance piece in Autumn 2017. Over a decade of releases Cunningham has built a reputation as a fine creator of cerebral abstract techno, or R&B concrete, crafting pulsing kickdrums, jittering percussion and chopped sample loops into churning, rumbling tracks soaked in static. But he has also been on record saying he wants to make classical stuff for a modern generation. In this new collaboration, commissioned and curated by Boiler Room and the London Contemporary Orchestra with support from Arts Council England, the London Contemporary Orchestra bring a new dimension to Cunningham's choice of sounds. With the producer in effect using them as a new instrument, matching his electronic loops with precise manipulation of their acoustic instruments, together they form a heightened kind of chamber music.
Pattern of Excel
Black Country, New Road
For the first time [LP]
'For the first time' is the highly anticipated, debut album from 'Black Country, New Road' - a new UK based seven-piece, who have gained huge tastemaker press and radio support in the UK, US and internationally including NPR, KEXP, WFUV, The Fader, The Guardian, Loud & Quiet and more, off the back of just two singles releases in 2019. They are the latest stars from the famed Brixton Windmill scene - other acts from this scene include black midi, Squid, Fat White Family and Shame. First single 'Athen's France' was released on tastemaker label Speedy Wunderground, helmed by producer Dan Carey (Kate Tempest, Natasha Khan), 'Sunglasses' followed on Thurston Moore affiliated, Blank Editions. Recorded with Andy Savours (My Bloody Valentine), the album is the perfect capturing of a new band and all the energy, ferocity and explosive charge that comes with that.
Carbon Dated/Second Wind [Vinyl Single]
May 2012 saw the release of Blockhead's fith LP ''Interludes After Midnight,'' In the two years since the critically lauded ''The Music Scene,'' Blockhead nee Tony Simon, has traveled the globe and emerged with a collection of eclectic songs that twist, turn, and grind their way into the listener's psyche. This 7'' includes two unreleased tracks 'Carbon Dated' and 'Second Wind' which although not included on the initial album, are still no less immersive, with a sound that will keep you listening - this is classic Blockhead.
Interludes After Midnight
Black Sands: 10th Anniversary Edition [Limited Edition Red 2LP]
Bonobo announces 10th Anniversary edition of Black Sands. Limited, special edition release will be available on double vinyl, housed in a gatefold sleeve, featuring new cover art taken by the artist himself and an art print of the original cover art. Marking a decade since the release of producer and multi-instrumentalist Simon Green's celebrated breakthrough record, the album captured a unique moment, and is adored by critics and fans alike. Influenced by the divergent, bass-driven strands of the UK electronic music scene at that time, Green artfully fitted those evolving sounds into his own wider vision. Ten years on, and the record stands as the launchpad for Green's stealthy but unstoppable rise to being one of the biggest electronic artists of our times. He now boasts six albums to his name, including career-defining 2017 album 'Migration', which reached the UK Top 5 and received two GRAMMY nominations.
North Borders Tour: Live [Deluxe w/Book & DVD]