Here’s a punter’s-eye view of this year’s Hop Farm festival. All photos by Jimmy Blake. Jimmy’s write up of this year’s festival can be found at the links below.
This is the first in an occasional series of features where one of our writers reflects on their five favourite tracks by a particular artist. Here, Greg Salter kicks things off with Cat Power, who recently announced that her new record, Sun, is due on Matador in September. … Continue Reading
Waking up this morning, we were greeted with an announcement from Frank Ocean that he is bisexual. Rumours about Ocean’s sexuality had been circulating for a little while – a few journalists have been given the chance to hear Ocean’s forthcoming Channel Orange album ahead of its release and it emerged that it includes a number of love songs addressed to men. Despite the speculation, the announcement still hit with a fair amount of force – for a man operating within the R&B world (though Ocean would describe himself simply as a songwriter) to openly identify as anything other than heterosexual is, to date, unheard of. … Continue Reading
By Stef Siepel
The Weekly Froth! A weekly take on six tracks, most of which have recently popped up somewhere in the blogosphere. Bit of a mixed bag with a slight leaning towards house, disco, and remixes, but generally just anything that for some reason tickled the writer’s fancy.
Track of the week: ‘In the Dark’ by Drop Out Orchestra feat. Christopher Norman (NSFW remix)
Dutch producer NSFW had this awesome track earlier this year (‘Let U Go’), and Drop Out Orchestra has been churning out a lot of tunes the past months/years, but some of them are quite ace so no one is minding it probably. This remix is just so nice. It already starts with this catchy rhythm, and then the keys come in, some heavily distorted vocals, and this thing is up and running. Drop Out Orchestra really knows how to get the rhythm going, and their best works have this catchy feel that makes it both accessible and impossible not to dance to. After three minutes they put in a vocal part with the instruments on low volume, obviously working up to the return of the beat/main rhythm and the keys, which also play a huge role in this thing. Really good track/remix this. … Continue Reading
Looking back on the albums we’ve covered over the last six months to think about some of our favourite LPs of the year so far has been strangely difficult – there’s been a distinct lack of really ‘big’ releases that have caught the ear (compared to this point in 2010 and 2011, for instance) but still a wealth of really great albums that made it difficult to narrow things down to any coherent, ‘statement’ list. As a result, we’ve gone for records that might not be the big consensus choices, but which are representative of different aspects of the musical landscape from the first half of this year that our writers praised at the time, and stuck in these editorial ears. On top of these, we could also point you in the direction of albums by The Invisible, Scuba, Liars, Alt-J, Easter, 2:54, Grimes, Alex Tucker, Burial, Nicki Minaj (half of the time), The Twilight Sad and Ty Segall in his various guises. … Continue Reading
By Sam Cleeve
Latitude started out as something of an alternative to festival season’s mainstays – a little more gently pastoral than the post-GCSE armageddon of Reading and Leeds, a little less of the thrilling batshit-bedlam of Glastonbury, whilst altogether less embarrassing than getting caught doltishly gawking at a set from The Enemy at T In The Park. Luckily, that’s (largely) what it remains. … Continue Reading
By Tom Belte
It’s Bloc Weekend folks, but not as we know it. Bloc ticket holders are likely sweating with eagerness and excitement as they pour over a line up that looks to be the biggest of the festival’s history. This time, Bloc are retiring from the chalets of the Minehead Butlins, instead offering two days of unadulterated pleasure-seeking slap bang in the heart of Olympic London at the London Pleasure Gardens. … Continue Reading
By Leanne Sherman
Dedicated singer-songwriter and pianist Charlie Lankester has had a pretty damn good musical life since he began in the ’70s touring with Aussie band The Last Chance Café and then going on to perform keys for the past twenty years with the likes of Linda Gail Lewis, Otis Grand and The John Warwick All Stars – it doesn’t really get much cooler than that now, does it? Nope. And, he has an awesome beard. Props to you, sir! … Continue Reading
By David Atkinson
Last year, the first ever Wilderness festival transformed a charming corner of Oxfordshire into a paradise of music and all manner of artistic experiences. Wilderness doesn’t claim to have the biggest or best music line up, but rather it bills itself as “a celebration of the arts and outdoors”, but its thoughtfully curated line up holds some real treats for music lovers as well as a whole host of other bohemian experiences. … Continue Reading