NEWS: Bloc Party announce new album!

Four - Bloc Party

Bloc Party have officially announced details of their fourth album, and it’s called Four! The past few years have been an anxious time for fans. As the band went on hiatus and various members set out to do different things, the fate of the group seemed up in the air. But with a handful of live dates recently set and videos of the band in the studio, this was almost an inevitable announcement.

Four will be released on the 20th of August. You can pre-order it over here, where you have a variety of bundles to choose from. You can also read a post Kele wrote on the album and the past few years over here.

Check out the album trailer below, where you can hear snippets of some songs. Bloc Party’s past three albums have not disappointed. This is exciting!

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BRAND NEW: Childish Gambino – “Silk Pillow ft. Beck” [Week 3]

T R O P H I E S - by Sam Spratt

Gambino is back, again – this time with Beck featuring on a verse!

This is the third track from his upcoming mixtape, and it seems like he’s given it a title himself this time – “Silk Pillow”. The track is still uploaded as “untitled”. Perhaps we’ll get a set of track titles once the full mixtape drops?

In keeping with this mixtape’s trend, it’s a great track, so make sure you grab the free download while you can!

Above artwork by the excellent Sam Spratt.

BRAND NEW: Los Campesinos! – “Tiptoe Through The True Bits”

Tiptoe Through The True Bits

I’ve been waiting for this all day, and now at 11.20pm, it’s finally here. Los Campesinos! had been hinting at this song’s release on Twitter for a few days now, and the wait was well worth it.

The song’s lyrics seem to allude to the break-up Gareth went through prior to the band jetting off to Spain to record 2011’s Hello Sadness, and mixed with light brass riffs, delicate guitar slides, and a serene dual vocal section – well, it’s as amazing, gut-wrenchingly dark, and poetically beautiful as you’d expect.

It was recorded at the same time Hello Sadness was, but it didn’t quite fit on the album. The band also noted that it’s not a single, but just a free download for everyone. LC! are pretty nice like that.

See the blog post with artwork and lyrics over here, and download the song over here [direct link]. Free music doesn’t get any better than this.

They also have a new, limited edition t-shirt for sale. You might wanna get one.

LIVE: Dead Letter Circus, live at Zierholz UC, Canberra (24-05-12)

Dead Letter Circus

Dead Letter Circus were set to open Zierholz when they passed through Canberra late last year. Since that plan fell through and the venue hadn’t opened, it only seems fitting that they’re back to play the newly opened bar this time around on their Sleepwalker tour.

Melbourne band Twelve Foot Ninja kicked the night off at 8.30, for what was a respectably-sized crowd. With a strong reputation for explosive live performances, they didn’t disappoint. They also set themselves apart stylistically, with what could only be described as a mix between heavy, gritty prog, and funky guitar jams. Despite the crowd seeming a little lukewarm at the time, they did a great job of warming everyone up.

Texan’s Fair to Midland were up next, and they certainly threw themselves straight into things. Vocalist Darroh Sudderth flung himself across the stage, with his eccentric and entertaining stage presence holding the crowd’s attention through most of the set. Their music was grandiose in scale, and that translated well, but it felt like Sudderth’s vocal levels were all over the place. It also could have been the acoustics of the venue that affected their sound, but that said it’s a small complaint in comparison to the performance they gave. “Musical Chairs” and “Dance of the Manatee” sounded particularly great, and they proved themselves to be a band to keep a very close eye on.

Dead Letter Circus took to the stage, this time without guitarist Rob Maric. In his place was Clint Vincent of Australian band Melodyssey, who filled in superbly, nailing every delay-filled riff they brought out. They ran through plenty of fan favourites like “Reaction”, “Next In Line”, and “Disconnect and Apply”, and for the most part, it was a brilliant set list. Kim Benzie’s voice soared as usual, and bassist Stewart Hill took to the stage with such energy that it felt as if he was stealing the show on more than a few occasions. We got a drum solo from Luke Williams, and they also ran through their latest single, “Wake Up” – which sounded significantly more impressive live than it does recorded. It was slightly disappointing that they didn’t close the night with “This Is The Warning”, but when the rest of the set was so tight, it was hard to care too much.

Dead Letter Circus are consistently excellent live, and it’s rewarding them in more ways than one. With a solid fan-base and regular rotation on triple j, they’re showing everyone else just what it takes to succeed. Aspiring musicians: watch carefully, and learn how to captivate an audience. Dead Letter Circus have nailed it.

BRAND NEW: Childish Gambino – “Untitled ft. Nipsey Hussle” [Week 2]

American Chariot by Sam Spratt

Donald Glover is a busy man. Following on from last week’s new track, he’s updated his website with another. This week’s untitled song features Nipsey Hussle, and is produced by Boi-1da. It’s official that this is the second track from his new mixtape, making last weeks’ the first.

Blogs last week reported his first mixtape track as “We Ain’t Them”, and a few have already dubbed this one “Black Faces”. Being one of those people who likes his tracks tagged properly, I asked artist Sam Spratt (the man responsible for the excellent artwork for these tracks!) who said that “The tracks are all Untitled“.

Judging by the download URL <http://childishgambino.com/iamronald/week2/untitled%20(prod.%20Boi-1da).mp3.zip>, we can also assume that we’ll be hearing new tracks on a weekly basis for what could be a while too. And that Donald is changing his name to Ronald. ;)

Read the second note from “Big Ghost”, and download the new track over here – before it gets taken down in place of the next one!

Artwork above by Sam Spratt.

VIDEO: Screaming Maldini – “Life In Glorious Stereo”

Screaming Maldini

Cheery pop melodies, a dash of brass, and some exquisite vocal harmonies. Could you want anything more with your quirky, loveable, indie-pop?

Yup, we have hand-claps, tension-building riffs, and great lyrics too. Anything else? You want a good video for it as well?

Isn’t it just your lucky day then.

“Life In Glorious Stereo” is the latest single from Sheffield six-piece Screaming Maldini, and it’s straight from their self-titled debut album (which is set for release in the northern hemisphere’s autumn). The single will be out on June 18 via Hip!Hip!Hip! Records. It’s really fucking good.

Photo via the above video.

VIDEO: Quakers – “Fitta Happier”

Quakers

Rap and Radiohead are not a new combination. The Jaydiohead mash-up hit the internet at the turn of 2008, and by all accounts it was pretty well received – if you haven’t heard anything from it yet, I felt “Reckoner’s Encore” was the clear standout of the project.

Quakers are a 35-piece (yes, thirty-five) hip-hop collective, and they’ve flipped one of Radiohead’s most memorable riffs on its head to rap some original verses over it. Quakers’ core is made up of producers Fuzzface (Portishead’s Geoff Barrow), 7-Stu-7 (Portishead’s engineer Stuart Matthews), and Katalyst (Australia’s very own Ashley Anderson). They’ve referenced the title of the bridging track of Radiohead’s OK Computer, and borrowed the main brass riff from Kid A‘s “The National Anthem” (and a bit of the riff from “Optimistic” too!). The track doesn’t reach for the messy, climactic heights of the latter, but that’s probably a good thing. It features rappers Guilty Simpson and MED, who both have a verse each.

Take a listen below.