Steve Gunn announces ‘Eyes On The Lines’ + shares ‘Conditions Wild’

Matador Records and Remote Control are excited to announce the release of Steve Gunn’s new album ‘Eyes On The Lines’, out Friday 3 June. To celebrate, Gunn has shared the first single from the record ‘Conditions Wild.’

Gunn’s music has always embraced expanse and movement, springing from the simple and profound relationship between humans and their environment. Eyes On The Lines, his Matador debut and follow-up to the pastoral and highly acclaimed Way Out Weather, is Gunn’s most explicit ode to the blissful uncertainty of adventure yet.

Accompanied by a full band – Nathan Bowles (drums, banjo, organ), Hans Chew (wurlitzer), James Elkington (guitar, lap steel, dobro), Mary Lattimore (harp), Jason Meagher (bass, guitar, flute), Paul Sukeena (guitar), Justin Tripp (bass, keyboards), John Truscinski (drums) – ‘Eyes On The Lines’ presents Gunn embracing his urban surroundings through a series of songs that showcase his extraordinary ability to match inventive hooks to deftly constructed melodies full of personality.

Day of the Dead share five tracks

unnamed-18On May 20th, 4AD will release Day of the Dead – a celebration of the Grateful Dead’s music created and curated by brothers Aaron and Bryce Dessner of The National. Today 5 of the album’s 59 tracks have been made available via instant grat with album pre-order, on streaming services and accompanied by a series of videos directed by Michael Brown, Nick Ciontea, and Christopher Bartlett.

The five songs shared today include the first new music from The War on Drugs since 2014’s critically-acclaimed Lost In The Dream with a cover of the Grateful Dead’s 1987 hit ‘Touch of Grey’. Phosphorescent and Jenny Lewis combine with the backing of the in-house band (featuring 4/5 of the National) that contributed to numerous recordings on the compilation, to cover 1971’s ‘Sugaree’. Former Grateful Dead member Bruce Hornsby collaborates with Justin Vernon and DeYarmond Edison, Justin’s reunited first band including Phil and Brad Cook and Joe Westerlund of Megafaun, for ‘Black Muddy River‘. Courtney Barnett puts her characteristic slant on ‘New Speedway Boogie’, off the back of numerous accolades for 2015’s GRAMMY-nominated album Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit.  For today’s final taste of the full album, The National cover Bonnie Dobson’s ‘Morning Dew’, a Grateful Dead staple since 1967, one of two songs that they contributed to the compilation.

Pre-order Day Of The Dead CD | iTunes | Google Play
Stream Day Of The Dead Spotify 

Future Of The Left share new single ‘the limits of battleships’

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Future Of The Left are once again contractually obliged to tell you that their new album the peace and truce of future of the left will be released in Australia on the 8th April 2016 via Remote Control Records.

Recorded by Anthony Chapman at Monnow Valley studios in Monmouth it contains thirteen songs (you are welcome to call them ‘tracks’, only not near the band) and is, once again, their best one yet, obeying the universal law that the new album is always the best one, otherwise it wouldn’t be released in the first place.

The album (and, once again, an accompanying mini album, to failed states and forest clearings which was recorded at the same time) will be available earlier to anybody who contributed to the pledgemusic campaign, which was launched in December 2015 and reached its funding target within three and a half hours (beating the five hours it took to fund the previous album how to stop your brain in an accident). details of the campaign can be found here.

Listen to ‘The Limits of Battleships‘ below!

Kaytranada announces debut album 99.9% & shares single ‘Bus Ride’

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After teasing its release at SXSW this week, KAYTRANADA is back to share details of his highly anticipated debut album 99.9%. Due Friday 6th May via XL Recordings / Remote Control Records, the album finds the Haitian born, Montreal raised producer delivering on the promise of his early self-released EPs and remixes.

Since the age of fourteen, when he first began to DJ and when his brother introduced him to music production software, his output has been relentless. He explains, “after he showed me the basics, from that day on I couldn’t stop making beats,” pumping out a handful of tracks per day for the next couple of years.

Having released singles like ‘Drive Me Crazy‘ with Vic Mensa and ‘Leave Me Alone‘ with Shay LiaKAYTRANADA has since cemented his reputation and his sound; an undeniable swing of the drums comparable to Dilla’s, a signature soulful touch in the melodies, and a healthy dose of funky bass lines.

99.9% continues that tradition, and new track ‘Bus Ride,’ which features acclaimed percussionist/producer Karriem Riggins as well as rising Toronto vocalist River Tiber, demonstrates that KAYTRANADA has stayed within his canon while demonstrating growth on the new album.

Stream ‘Bus Ride’ Spotify | Apple Music | Google Play
Buy ‘Bus Ride’ iTunes | Google Play

Introducing: LISS

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Danish teenagers Liss have shared their brand new single and video ‘Sorry’. Recently premiered as Annie Mac’s ‘Hottest Record’ on BBC Radio 1, ‘Sorry’ is an enchanting slice of R&B built around singer Søren Holm’s distinct, soulful vocal.

The video for ‘Sorry’ was filmed and directed by the band themselves.

‘Sorry’ is the follow up to Liss‘ debut single ‘Try / Always’ released in November last year via the highly-respected Danish label Escho.

Described by The Guardian as “a liquid piece of fast-paced funk pop that imagines what might have happened had Michael Jackson recorded with Arthur Russel,” and Crack Magazine simply as “nonchalantly effortless pop,” it was an irresistible first statement from the Aarhus, Denmark-based quartet, and a compelling introduction to Liss‘ unique brand of Nordic Soul.

Stream ‘Sorry’ via Spotify | Apple Music | Google Play
Purchase ‘Sorry’ via iTunes | Google Play

Day Of The Dead – a celebration of the Grateful Dead

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4AD / Remote Control Records are pleased to announce the release of Day Of The Dead, a celebration of the Grateful Dead’s music created and curated by brothers Aaron and Bryce Dessner of The National.

For both Aaron and Bryce, the Grateful Dead were a gateway to playing music together; the first music the brothers investigated deeply. The two recall their first-ever jam session at 14 years old with The National’s future drummer Bryan Devendorf playing the Dead’s ‘Eyes of the World’ for several hours in Bryan’s attic in suburban Ohio. The brothers were drawn not just to the Dead’s songwriting, but also to the detail, spontaneity, and depth in the instrumentation. A life-long love affair with the Dead, shared with the Devendorfs, was born in those teenage years and crested when The National were invited to play a HeadCount.org fundraiser with Bob Weir in March 2012. The band assembled for this event learned over 25 Grateful Dead songs, and most of those players went on to form the “house band” heard on many of Day of the Dead’s tracks.

The compilation is a wide-ranging tribute to the songwriting and experimentalism of the Dead which took four years to record, and features over 60 artists from varied musical backgrounds, 59 tracks and is almost 6 hours long.

More details can be found here.

Thunder (Vol. 1)

01. The War on Drugs  Touch of Grey
02. Phosphorescent, Jenny Lewis & Friends  Sugaree
03. Jim James & Friends  Candyman
04. Moses Sumney, Jenny Lewis & Friends  Cassidy
05. Bruce Hornsby and DeYarmond Edison  Black Muddy River
06. Ed Droste, Binki Shapiro & Friends  Loser
07. The National  Peggy-O
08. Kurt Vile and the Violators (featuring J Mascis)  Box of Rain
09. Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy & Friends  Rubin and Cherise
10. Perfume Genius, Sharon Van Etten & Friends  To Lay Me Down
11. Courtney Barnett  New Speedway Boogie
12. Mumford & Sons  Friend of the Devil
13. Lucius  Uncle John’s Band
14. The Lone Bellow & Friends  Me and My Uncle
15. Lee Ranaldo, Lisa Hannigan & Friends  Mountains of the Moon
16. Anohni and yMusic  Black Peter
17. Bryce Dessner  Garcia Counterpoint
18. Daniel Rossen, Christopher Bear and The National
(featuring Josh Kaufman, Conrad Doucette, So Percussion
and Brooklyn Youth Chorus)  
Terrapin Station (Suite)
19. Angel Olsen  Attics of My Life
20. Wilco with Bob Weir  St. Stephen (live)

Lightning (Vol. 2)

01. Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy  If I Had the World to Give
02. Phosphorescent & Friends  Standing on the Moon
03. Charles Bradley and Menahan Street Band   Cumberland Blues
04. The Tallest Man on Earth & Friends  Ship of Fools
05. Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy & Friends  Bird Song
06. The National  Morning Dew
07. Marijuana Deathsquads  Truckin’
08. Cass McCombs, Joe Russo & Friends  Dark Star
09. Nightfall of Diamonds  Nightfall of Diamonds
10. Tim Hecker  Transitive Refraction Axis for John Oswald
11. Lucinda Williams & Friends  Going Down The Road Feelin’ Bad
12. Tunde Adebimpe, Lee Ranaldo & Friends  Playing in the Band
13. Local Natives  Stella Blue
14. Tal National  Eyes of the World
15. Bela Fleck  Help on the Way
16. Orchestra Baobab  Franklin’s Tower
17. Luluc with Xylouris White  Till the Morning Comes
18. The Walkmen  Ripple
19. Richard Reed Parry with Caroline Shaw and Little Scream
(featuring Garth Hudson)  
Brokedown Palace

Sunshine (Vol. 3)

01. Real Estate  Here Comes Sunshine
02. Unknown Mortal Orchestra  Shakedown Street
03. Hiss Golden Messenger  Brown-Eyed Women
04. This Is the Kit   Jack-A-Roe
05. Daniel Rossen and Christopher Bear  High Time
06. The Lone Bellow & Friends  Dire Wolf
07. Winston Marshall, Kodiak Blue and Shura  Althea
08. Orchestra Baobab  Clementine Jam
09. Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks  China Cat Sunflower -> I Know You Rider
10. Bill Callahan  Easy Wind
11. Ira Kaplan & Friends  Wharf Rat
12. The Rileys  Estimated Prophet
13. Man Forever, So Percussion and Oneida  Drums -> Space
14. Fucked Up  Cream Puff War
15. The Flaming Lips  Dark Star
16. s t a r g a z e  What’s Become of the Baby
17. Vijay Iyer  King Solomon’s Marbles
18. Mina Tindle & Friends  Rosemary
19. Sam Amidon  And We Bid You Goodnight
20. The National with Bob Weir  I Know You Rider (live)

The Murlocs share video for Young Blindness

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The Murlocs have released Young Blindness, their second full-length LP today via Flightless / Remote Control Records.

In addition, the band have shared their video for ‘Young Blindness.’

Frontman Ambrose Kenny-Smith described the video:

“I kinda grew up fast as a kid. I was always hanging out with older people so I cut my teeth early on. Years later I realise how oblivious I was to my surroundings. The idea of the song and it’s visual can be taken in anyway. In the end it all comes back around to the idea of being naive and learning as you go along.”

Listen to Young Blindness via Apple Music Spotify | Google Play

Purchase Young Blindness via iTunes | Google Play | JB

Milwaukee Banks share video for ‘Reincarnated’

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Melbourne based hip-hop / electronic duo Milwaukee Banks have today released their debut record Deep Into The Night via Dot Dash / Remote Control Records. To celebrate, the pair have shared an incredible video for ‘Reincarnated.’

Dyl and Edo explain the inspiration behind the track: 
“We like exploring the supernatural as inspiration for new material. The idea of reincarnation is spiritual (something we truly believe in) but it’s also reflected in the cyclical nature of society. We’re rebirthing the good and the bad, over and over again. We’ve seen it all before but we can’t break this cycle. You wonder if the world is even changing for the better sometimes. Or if it’s changing at all. ‘I open up my eyes I can see them telling lies’.

“We were really into the idea and vision Jono had for the video, taking the concept of reincarnation on a philosophical and spiritual level, and turning that idea into something fictional using elements of the real world.”

From Director Jonathon Lim:
“When I first saw Dyl’s explanation of the track, I immediately began to think of cultures that embrace reincarnation. I was in the airport in Malaysia, which has a huge Indian population, so my mind began ticking with everyone around me.

Reincarnation is one of the core beliefs of Hinduism. In Varanasi, in the North of India, it is believed that sins accumulated in previous lives can disappear if one dies there. Resulting in over 300 bodies cremated on the banks every day.

It’s an interesting challenge to be able to take something as different as Hindu Cremation ceremonies from the North of India and recreate it in an inner city Melbourne context.”

You can stream and purchase the record here.