Echo Lake – ‘Era’ LP

Era is the second album from London based band Echo Lake. Watch the video for lead single ‘Waves’ below.

Debut album Wild Peace was released in June 2012, after the then five piece had surfaced 18 months prior to a flurry of blog attention. The record is a near-perfect encapsulation of their early sound, with critics calling it “dazzling, hypnotic and deliriously seductive” and “truly magnificent”. However loud the acclaim, the release was inevitably overshadowed by the shock death of drummer Peter Hayes a few days before release.

The band recovered in private. The songwriting pair of guitarist Thom Hill and vocalist Linda Jarvis would spend two years working on the tracks which would form Era in East London’s Holy Mountain Studio, the first time the band had spent in a professional studio. The album is a result of this experience; far maturer, denser and considered than the band’s home recorded debut. Points recall the textures and expansive ambition of Spaceman 3, Neu! and Deerhunter yet the album is never stylistically referential to any particular period or style.

Instead, at seven tracks and 45 minutes length Era is a deep, singular work deserving of full and repeat listening. The album’s defining tracks are ‘Dröm’ and ‘Waves’, both built around hard, totemic rhythm sections and maximal dynamics. By contrast ‘Era’ is a perfect guitar-pop track; submissive, alluring and playful in restraint. The ten minute closer ‘Heavy Dreaming’ leaves the album on a triumphant tone, and ends a near three year silence from one of the UK’s most promising bands.

The band will play two live dates – a London launch, and a hometown Birmingham show – around album release, before embarking on wider touring over the spring and summer.

LIVE DATES:
12/3 – ‘Era’ London launch show – Hoxton Bar Kitchen (Tickets)
19/3 – ’Era’ Birmingham hometown launch show – Hare & Hounds (Tickets)

Pre-order ‘Era’ CD / very limited LP vinyl via NPIP – http://bit.ly/1yUr4UZ
iTunes pre-order ‘Era’ with ‘Waves’ track instant DL -http://hyperurl.co/7jcyjo


Jire – Kiowa Polytope EP (Release)

Jire‘s debut EP ‘Kiowa Polytope’ – “an astonishing emotional warmth” & “one of the most striking debuts we’ve heard in 2014″ – is out now, and available to buy on limited edition 12″ or DL now (link), via iTunes DL, or stream via Spotify.

1 – Kiowa Polytope
2 – Materiality Notion
3 – SSTNSLNC
4 – Kēl


Jire – SSTNSLNC (Stream)

Jire is the project of 18 year old South London composer and producer Nathan Geyer. With a background in classical composition, Geyer creates fluctuating sonic structures imbued with a deep emotional resonance. The ‘Kiowa Polytope’ EP – his first public tracks – is borne from found sounds, acoustic improvisation, contemporary electronic production and minimal classical technique, taking inspiration from across the visual arts and literature. Centrepiece ‘SSTNSLNC’ is based on the samples the producer took from the Sistine Chapel, breathed into life with quaking sub-bass.

Pre-order the limited edition vinyl here.


Halls – Aside (video)

Directed by Halls himself, ‘Aside’ is the third and final video from second album ‘Love To Give’. The Extended Edition of the record – featuring album outtakes, covers and new material, including an ambient collaboration with producer Richard Formby – is out now on iTunes. The original edition is still available on limited 180gm 12″/CD here.


Halls & Richard Formby – Farfisa Revox (Stream)

Featuring on the upcoming reissue of ‘Love To Give’ and premiered today on Dummy, this collaboration between Halls and producer Richard Formby is “all effects, modulations, notes and patterns were created on the spot, one recording, no multi-tracking and no overdubs. It’s a brief snapshot.

“We were on tour and it was the morning after playing a show in Leeds,” says Samuel Howard, aka Halls. “Richard invited us to his studio in the city and we went there, all of us, and played around with his gear. Whilst he was showing the others the recording room, Ian and I started improvising on an old Farfisa keyboard. The keyboard was a bit broken, one of the keys only made white noise. Ian took the left-hand side and started playing an arpeggiated pattern of bass notes, fairly slowly, with his left hand. We added more patterns bit by bit, and by the time both our hands were playing arpeggiated patterns Richard had turned on the Revox – I think it was an A77 or a B77 – and was running effects through the recording too, a panned delay. We didn’t realise he was recording at the time, we only found out after. The improvisation was recorded on some knackered reel of tape, hence the distortions and alternating speeds. We kept playing until we couldn’t go on. It got quite intense in the studio..”


Halls – Love To Give (Extended Issue Album)

Halls’s sophomore album ‘Love To Give’ was originally released in February 2014. This August’s extended edition is a chance at a wider view of Samuel Howard’s vision for the album, including new original material, covers, reinterpretations, and an ambient collaboration with producer Richard Formby. Check out this cover version of Cat Power’s ‘The Greatest’, and the full extended tracklisting, below.

Halls plays London’s Hoxton Bar Kitchen on Friday 25th July (tickets), and the reissue is due August 18th.

Tracks 1-9 Original album tracks
10 Portrait In Blue
11 The Greatest (Cat Power cover)
12 Love To Give (In Blue)
13 Aside (Ides version)
14 21 Nov SE23
15 I Guess I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times (Beach Boys cover)
16 The Wind
17 Farfisa Revox (Richard Formby collaboration)


Throwing Shade – Sweet Tooth (Live Session)

Throwing Shade in session for Urban Outfitters, performing 19 Jewels EP cut ‘Sweet Tooth’.


Throwing Shade – Pure Life (video)

New video for ‘Pure Life’ from the ’19 Jewels’ EP (order).

The ’19 Jewels’ EP launch party takes place on Thurs 5 June at the Scotch Of St James, London. Throwing Shade will be performing live, alongside fellow NTS Radio DJs Reverie, James Massiah, and producer Darq E Freaker. For FREE entry and more info visit this link.


Throwing Shade – 19 Jewels EP (stream)

Stream Throwing Shade‘s ’19 Jewels’ EP in full now over at Dazed Digital. Read the Q+A and text on “London alt-pop’s new hope… shaping London’s future-facing underground” here.

Order the EP on very limited 12″ vinyl with artwork by Rachel Noble (link), or on iTunes (link) now.


Throwing Shade – Pure Life (stream)

Check the kaleidoscopic second track from Throwing Shade’s ’19 Jewels’ EP, ‘Pure Life’. The London producers debut EP is out May 19th and available for pre-order on very limited 12″ vinyl with artwork by Rachel Noble and iTunes DL now.


Doomsquad – Head Spirit (For Our Mechanical Time) (video)

Toronto sibling trio Doomsquad continue their UK tour this week. Check out the new video for Kalaboogie track “Head Spirit (For Our Mechanical Time)” above, and the Kit Grill remix of “Ovoo” below.

May 03 Nottingham UK – Stealth VS Rescue
May 05 Leeds UK – Nation of Shopkeepers
May 06 Bristol UK – Start the Bus
May 07 London UK – Hoxton Bar & Kitchen
May 08 Brighton UK – The Great Escape @ Blind Tiger Club (afternoon)
May 08 London UK – No Pain In Pop @ Cafe OTO (evening)
May 10 Brighton UK – The Great Escape @ The Green Door
May 14 – Grotteingen NL – Subsonic
May 16 – Rennes FR – 1988 Live Club
May 22 – Berlin DE – Monarch


Throwing Shade – Sweet Tooth (Stream)

Throwing Shade’s debut EP ’19 Jewels’ will be released through No Pain In Pop on 19th May 2014. Stream lead track ‘Sweet Tooth’ below.

Pre-order the EP on very limited 12″ vinyl with artwork by Rachel Noble (link), or on iTunes (link) now.

1 Sweet Tooth (ft. Emily Bee)
2 Once
3 Pure Life
4 Real Bad
5 ODC

Throwing Shade is a London producer and NTS Radio presenter. Following on from her ‘Mystic Places’ 12” (released on Kassem Mosse’s Omnira imprint in October ’13), this new EP, entitled ’19 Jewels’ offers a further, intoxicating glimpse at her unique “cosmic R&B” and “digital soul”. Drawing in iridescent strains of popular music – from African and Asian modes to the grimey axis of London’s contemporary sound narrative – Throwing Shade creates a diverse and abstract sound patchwork on ’19 Jewels’, intangibly borne in the here-and-now.


Ukkonen – Aika EP (Stream/video)

Following last November’s ‘The Ancient Tonalities of..’ debut for NPIP, we’re proud to share ‘Aika’, the latest Ukkonen EP.

Interpreting the original ‘Luomus’ piece as a soundtrack to a multifaceted narrative, filmmaker Sim Hutchins contemplates tragedy, bigamy, jealousy, perdition, salvation, rebirth and retribution through processed VHS visuals and digital manipulation.

Stream the full 28 min long EP below, and buy the limited handstamped 12″ vinyl or DL now direct from NPIP.


Karen Gwyer – Missisissipippi (video)

Dazed feature the new Karen Gwyer video, for the New Roof EP‘s ‘Missisissipippi’ track. Directed by Ross Blake, it’s “an epic take on the music video by one of London’s underground radicals”.


Doomsquad – Kalaboogie (out now/stream)

Doomsquad’s debut LP ‘Kalaboogie’ is out now, and is available to stream over at Dazed Digital, or buy via No Pain In Pop and iTunes.

“The Montreal/Toronto trio take care to temper surrealism with folky, multicultural undercurrents, weaving the aboriginal music of their North Canadian upbringing into the visionary sounds of Gang Gang Dance, Fever Ray and Gazelle Twin. Subtly entrancing and sulphurous, ‘Kalaboogie’ stretches out like a volcanic winter, soaring over Doomsquad’s native Canadian wilds and effortlessly outpacing the long shadow of Neil Young and Joni Mitchell.”