Charlie Hilton, known for her work in the band Blouse, has shared ‘Pony,’ the first single from her debut album, Palana, out Friday 22nd January 2016 via Captured Tracks / Remote Control Records. ‘Pony’ exhibits synthetic infrastructures combined with the vocal quality of an artist comfortably resolute enough in her own skin to express both headlong vulnerability and a fervent willingness to assert her own voice as leader of the pack.
Listen to Pony below.
Though she maintains some reservations about the implications of something as abstract as identity, Charlie Hilton, known up until now for her work in the band Blouse, has now forged a new one with her debut solo album, Palana. The album’s title itself is a nod to Hilton’s given Sanskrit name, an identity she shed completely after high school in favor of the androgynous “Charlie,” and Palana’s overarching theme can be summed up by a quote from Hermann Hesse’s Steppenwolf, a phrase Hilton cites as a personal mantra:
Le1f, the NYC-based hip-hop artist, has shared his latest track ‘Umami/Water’ from his long awaited debut studio album, Riot Boi, which will be released this Friday 13th November via Terrible Records / Remote Control Records.
Daughter – the London-based trio of singer/guitarist Elena Tonra, guitarist/producer Igor Haefeliand drummer Remi Aguilella – have launched a second new song, the soaring and devastating ‘Numbers’.
The second of a visual trilogy created by filmmakers Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard (behind the BAFTA-nominated Nick Cave feature film 20,000 Days on Earth), ‘Numbers’ takes its narrative from the short story ‘Windows’ – one of three works of fiction written by Stuart Evers and commissioned by Daughter.
Yes!! Art Angels, the highly anticipated new album from Grimes, has been released digitally today via 4AD / Remote Control Records. The Art Angels physical release is Friday 11th December.
Grimes self-directed video for ‘Flesh Without Blood’/’Life in the Vivid Dream,’ released just last week already boasts over 2 million views. Watch it below if you haven’t had a chance to watch it yet.
The album was recorded primarily in Grimes home studio in Los Angeles, CA, where she relocated to in 2014. Like all of her previous albums, Art Angels was written and recorded entirely as a solo endeavour. The new album features more live instrumentation than ever before on a Grimes record. She plays piano, guitar and violin, continuing her evolution as a musician and a producer for her most ambitious album to date.
Grimes returns to Australia next year for Laneway Festival and sold out sideshows in Sydney & Melbourne.
After recently sharing ‘Dopamine,’ the first taste from their forthcoming sophomore album Is the Is Are, DIIV are back to share a new song in addition to details about the album’s release. Is the Is Are will be released on Friday February 5th, 2016 via Captured Tracks / Remote Control Records as a 17-track double LP and will feature ‘Dopamine’ alongside ‘Bent (Roi’s Song),’ which is available to hear below now.
The New York based four piece will visit Australia for the very first time in 2016 touring as part of the St Jerome’s Laneway Festival throughout February. The band will also play sideshows in Sydney on Tuesday 9th of February at Factory Theatre and in Melbourne on Thursday 11th February at the Corner Hotel with very special guests Totally Mild. Full tour dates and ticket information can be found below.
DIIV is the nom-de-plume of Z. Cole Smith, musical provocateur and front-man of an atmospheric and autumnally-charged new Brooklyn four-piece. Recently inked to the uber-reliable Captured Tracks imprint, DIIV created instant vibrations in the blog-world with their impressionistic debut Sometime; finding it’s way onto the esteemed pages of Pitchfork and Altered Zones a mere matter of weeks after the group’s formation.
Remote Control Records and Omnian Music Group are excited to officially announce their new partnership. Remote Control’s roster of Australian artists on the company’s Dot Dash label will now be released and distributed in America by the Omnian Music Group. In a reciprocal arrangement, which was finalised recently during CMJ, Remote Control will oversee the release of albums in Australia from the Omnian Music Group label collective which includes Captured Tracks, 2MR, Sinderlyn, Honor Press and many more. Omnian Music Group releases will continue to be distributed in Australia by Rocket.
Remote Control director Harvey Saward says of the partnership, “We are very choosy at Remote Control in regards to who we work with. So choosy in fact that we haven’t taken on a new international label in over 10 years. With the consistent flow of quality music that comes to us via the Beggars Group of labels we just don’t see the need. However the minute I mentioned we’d met with Captured Tracks there was a chorus of “I love that label” from my work colleagues. From that point we just could not say no.”
“It was particularly pleasing that the Captured Tracks folk were keen to distribute our local label Dot Dash via Omnian. We’ve put a lot of effort into building the roster in the last few years. We are great believers in Australian music and it’s been exciting to see several Australian artists sign to overseas labels in recent years and start to forge successful international careers. However, for every great Australian band that attracts the interest of an overseas label there’ll be another 10 that miss out. We really believe that a strong sustainable Australian music scene needs some local labels that can have a presence and compete internationally. It’s just baby steps for Dot Dash in the US at this point but it’s so great to have Omnian’s support in getting things rolling.” Omnian Music Group was created by Captured Tracks founder, Mike Sniper, in 2014. Its purpose was to create an all-services company to help facilitate the needs of small labels and to coordinate partnerships with existing labels. Captured Tracks existing relationship with Flying Nun Records made the New Zealand stalwart an easy choice for the second label within the group, after Captured Tracks. Omnian has also created its own new labels since forming. The flagship reissue label, Manufactured Recordings, was made to host the vast majority of reissue content for the label group in all genres. Sinderlyn Records was started as a means to work with more current roster acts as a sister label (not subordinate) to Captured Tracks.
Remote Control Records was set up by Harvey Saward and Steve Cross in Melbourne in 2001. Since its inception Remote Control has worked with many local & international labels and countless Australian and international artists including Adele, The National, Radiohead, The xx, Courtney Barnett, Queens Of The Stone Age, FKA twigs, Jungle, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard and many more.
Dot Dash’s current roster includes Methyl Ethel, Pearls, Sunbeam Sound Machine, Client Liaison, Sui Zhen, Banoffee, Teeth & Tongue, Milwaukee Banks, Velociraptor & Jeremy Neale.
Teeth & Tongue is taking time out from working on a new record to play a special one-off club show at Hugs & Kisses on December 4th in Melbourne. This will be your last chance to see the band before mid 2016.
2015 has seen the band (and some-time solo project of Jess Cornelius) release a new single and video, tour the country with Courtney Barnett and team up with artist Keith Deverall for an incredible sold-out performance at Melbourne’s historic theatre Estonian House.
Synth pop genius/guitar hero Darren Sylvester is joining Teeth & Tongue for the evening (and bringing his outrageous band), and this being a summer party you can expect nothing but the hits. Weird pop, garage, synth-rock and something-wave, BYO dancing shoes and pointy elbows. DJ Serious Joe Kokomo on the decks.
It is with excitement that Jamie xx today announces a headline show for Sydney fans at the Enmore Theatre on Sunday 3 January. The much-anticipated news comes after The xx star SOLD OUT two huge solo shows at Melbourne’s Forum Theatre in record time last month. The new Sydney announcement will make this his biggest ever solo tour of Australia.
For tickets to the newly announced Sydney show, you can join the Handsome Tours email list before 3pm today for access to special pre-sale member tickets (available until 5pm on Wednesday 4 November unless sold out)., or General Admission tickets will be on sale 9am on Thursday 5 November via Handsome Tours.
Also announced today, Tornado Wallace and Harvey Sutherland have been added as supports for all three shows. The elusive and enigmatic Melbourne-based DJ/Producer Tornado Wallace is straight off the back of a huge European tour, where he has been discreetly taking on the world with his hybrid of house, techno and disco. And Melbourne analog synthesist Harvey Sutherland – who was named one of FACT Magazine’s “Australian Electronic Artists to Watch in 2015” – will also bring his DJ set to the party.