The debut album from one of the most talked about electronic artists of 2011, New York producer Nicolas Jaar. Already highly regarded for his previously released EPs and remixes as well as running his own label clown and sunset and all before finishing university. Jaar was originally born in New York but soon moved to Santiago, Chile, where he was grew up listening to artists like Mulatu Astatke and Erik Satie, as well as Chilean-German electronic music producer and DJ Ricardo Villalobos who Jaar claims has been his prime influence. He returned to New York in his teens and by 17 he had released his debut EP The Student on the Wolf + Lamb label, which was met with great praise from critics.
Now the 21 year-old is releasing his first full length album, which draws on so many musical elements such as blues, jazz, ambient, classical music, minimal techno and house it’s hard to pin Space into any one genre. Despite it’s musical complexity Jaar’s debut doesn’t alienate the listener, his album is an experience. One can easily be submersed in the sounds of waves lapping the shore or get lost in the intricate melodies and vocal samples of french films and Ray Charles, which are all intertwined with down tempo beats and clicks. Space Is Only Noise is an album to lose yourself to.
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Space Is Only Noise is available to download here.
Last week I put on my grandmothers tea dress, styled my hair in victory rolls, drew on my stockings and prepared myself for a step back in time to 1940s London. The bi-monthly Blitz Party was set in an old victorian warehouse of the trendy Village Underground, Shoreditch, with its exposed brick work and high ceilings, an ideal location for 1940s London. The venue looked like the set of a WWII movie, complete with sandbags, searchlights, blackout curtains and oil lamps, set to relive the spirit of the Blitz.
As I entered it instantly felt like I had wondered into a hidden world of wartime glamour. Hundreds crowded in beneath the bricked arches of the East End, sporting an array of splendid costumes that both amused and intrigued. Ladies head to toe in vintage dress, land girl get-ups and nurses outfits topped off with a forties rouge pout. The gents looked dashing, some in their military uniforms, others donning flat cap and braces combos, all waving their union jacks with pride.
London's finest swing bands, performers and DJ's took to the stage and brought the night alive with retro sounds from a bygone era. Couples twirled across the floor showing off their most impressive jive and lindy hop moves.
Ration books replaced drink menus at the Spitfire bar where they served authentic kentish ale and a vast selection of gin cocktails.
Home made scotch eggs and doorstep sandwiches were on sale for those hungry soldiers. A nice gent in military gear handed us a block of mild cheddar, which went down a treat!
I would definitely recommend to all those looking for a unique night out in London, and want something different from the usual generic bar or club. For more details on upcoming events click here. Hopefully see you at next The Blitz Party for another night of wartime revelry and forties glamour.
Andy Butler is back with a new line up and a new label for Hercules And Love Affair’s second album Blue Songs. The only other member of the previous line up to remain is DJ Kim Ann Foxman, new members include singers Aerea Negrot and Shaun Wright and producer Mark Pistel. The album also features a guest appearance from Kele Okereke on the track Step Up.
The first self titled album Hercules And Love Affair was very well received by critics and was a breath of fresh air in the dance genre so the followup album was always going to be difficult, in-light of the previous’ success. Blue Songs has moved away from the rich disco/house sounds of the first album and more towards the sounds of late 80’s house. The house genre is explored and brought right up to date with the signature Hercules And Love Affair flair. The album is in no way as breakthrough as the first and at times feels a bit inconsistent with itself, especially the middle section of the album, but in my opinion, this is still a very good album and certainly any worries over the ‘difficult’ second album are forgotten. Well worth a listen.
Brighton based singer/songwriter Fin Greenall a.k.a Fink will be making a rare appearance at Notting Hill Arts Club this Sunday. He will featuring as second headliner to 10 piece orchestra Milk White White Teeth from Leeds. Fink’s music is a mix of blues, folk and dub, and he has a real skill of incorporating interesting rhythms into his playing style. His career began in electronic music but he soon realised that his real talent lay in songwriting and he released his debut album Biscuits For Breakfast in 2006 to wide critical acclaim. The performance promises to be a stripped down and intimate offering from this extremely talented musician.
WAH Nails is the hippest nail salon in the capital. Where 'it' girls and the fashion crowd flock to get their nails decorated. WAH are responsible for the famous cult following of the leopard print finish inspired by Louis Vuitton animal print patterns.
Not only does WAH promise to 'translate fashion trends into fingertip art', but having a Wah-manicure is the most delightful experience; choose the pattern and add your own sprinkles.
I opted for the fluffy cloud nails, a perfect match to my day dreamy personality. A must-must-have for festivals this summer!
Noah and the Whale are set to return with the first single from their new album on February 28th. L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N taken from the band's third album Last Night On Earth will be released on March 7th.
The indie folk band recently listed Tom Petty as one of their influences in recording the upcoming album and this is very evident in L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N. Check out the new video- L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N
The happy uplifting tune is a welcome change from the bands previous album, making it aptly suited for the run up to summer.
Noah and the Whale recently announced UK dates to bookend the new albums release. For information on upcoming shows visit the bands Myspace.
The latest realease from the south london duo and their highly anticipated second album No More Idols. Soul singer Liam Bailey lends his vocals this track with sample vocals from Loleatta Holloway’sLove Sensation also sampled on Black Box’sRide on Time. Standard Chase and Status, this tune is huge and is certain to feature heavily this summer. This track is a big nod to the late 80s rave scene brilliantly depicted in their nostalgic documentary-style video (check the full directors cut below). Certain to get ex-ravers feeling a little nostaligic and those who werent around, slightly envious.
Producing since the tender age of 14, Fantastic Mr Fox turns beats, basslines and bursts of 8-bit mania into his own brand of abstract R&B in what has been touted ‘the new breed of dubstep’. In his first show of 2011, Fantastic Mr Fox is kicking off what promises to be an even more incredible year. Don't miss out on the free Vice launch party at The Old Blue Last, 27th Jan where Fantastic Mr Fox will be headlining.