This year’s Tremors album by Vienna based artist SOHN was on constant replay here at the Riot headquarters. Lucky for us he has just released a new song called “The Chase”, an atmospheric synth-soul number that showcases his trademark intricate electronic production juxtaposed with stellar soulful vocals.
When the album Heathen was released back in 2002 it came with a sticker that said “Classic Bowie circa 2002”. This worked as a sort of humorous comment on the fact that most of this artist’s albums had been labelled as subpar in face of his classic material, a persistent shadow for those who commit the sin of being too good too soon. But there is a lot of truth on that little sticker: Heathen is by far one of the great David Bowie records, probably his most mature work yet.
One for your sunday evening. Manchester producer Andy Stott premieres “Violence”, the first single from his upcoming album Faith in Strangers. We’re really enjoying this sort of schizophrenic experiment on abrasive synth noise, somehow alternating between the calmness of whispered vocals and the wrath of distorted bass lines.
Taking a visual trip to 70s New York at CBGB, a mythical nightclub opened in 1973 in the East Village. Initially intended as the home for Country, Blue Grass and Blues bands (hence the venue’s initials), it soon became famed for being the starting point for the careers of such punk-rock and new wave acts as the Ramones, Talking Heads, Television or Blondie.
Introducing Phoria, a Brighton five piece alternative-electronica band who have an EP out titled Display (full stream below). We recommend listening to these songs with your eyes closed in a relaxed environment in order to get a total musical experience.
Iceage have released a new track from their upcoming third album Plowing Into The Field Of Love. From the previews we got so far it seems like the new collection of songs showcases a band unafraid of change, filled with curiosity and musical ambition.
BowieMonday is here and our track of the day is “Station To Station”, a pivotal track by The Thin White Duke. The song was recorded in December 1975 at the Cherokee Studios in Los Angeles - at the heights of severe cocaine addiction - and reflects both sonically and lyrically a dark time of confusion and paranoia. In retrospective, it’s a sort of plea by a british artist lost in the pitfalls of the american star machinery, begging to return to europe (he would later say of Los Angeles ”The fucking place should be wiped off the face of the earth”).
Coming from Toronto, TRUST is the solo project of producer Robert Alfons, whose sophomore album Joyland was released earlier this year. Its press-release describes that record as “an eruption of guts, eels, and joy”, and judging by the video below, those words are totally spot-on.
Iceland-based composer (and former Brian Eno protégé) Ben Frost is touring his Aurora album and will be playing a show next month at the Amplifest festival in Portugal. Our song of the day is “Venter”, the album’s centerpiece, a noise/drone driven track where he teams up with drummer Thor Harris (of Swans) to create a sonic landscape filled with tension, using this huge build-up that goes on and on until, eventually, all hell breaks loose.
It seems November is shaping up to become a great month for us. Swedish indie band I Break Horses have just been added to the lineup of the Vodafone Mexefest festival happening here in Lisbon, the same festival where Perfume Genius will be playing.
Inventions is a new band formed by Matthew Cooper, the producer behind ambient project Eluvium, and label mate Mark T. Smith of Explosions in the Sky. As you may have noticed by the banner on the left side of this page, their self-titled debut album has been on repeat this week here at the Riot headquarters.
Let’s start the week with a little bit of krautrock. Continuing with our #bowiemondays feature, today we’re highlighting the song “Blackout”, an obscure abrasive number from the Heroes album. The musical atmosphere here is industrial and the verses are served as a series of assaults, with something resembling a chorus appearing only a minute-half in.
This has been on our playlist for the last few days. Brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence from Disclosure have produced the new Mary J. Blige single from her forthcoming album The London Sessions.
Mike Hadreas is confronting his demons. In “Grid” - the new single from the forthcoming Too Bright album - he takes yet another step away from the confessional piano ballads from previous records, taking his new sound into a sort of dark, new-wave territory, driven by pulsating synths mixed with demonic screams.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman Karen O is releasing her first solo album Crush Songs, described as a very personal project based on a collection of lo-fi, bedroom recordings created between 2006 and 2010. ”These songs were written and recorded in private around that time. They are the soundtrack to what was an ever continuing love crusade. I hope they keep you company on yours.”