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An interview with Tama Sumo

Delivered... RA - The Feed | Scene | Thu 13 Dec 2012 11:02 pm
Soundwall gather the Panorama Bar resident's thoughts on the relaunch of Süd Electronic, Berlin gentrification and getting married.

The xx’s Romy Madley Croft: ‘In Leeds, we had our first moshpit’

Delivered... Tim Jonze | Scene | Thu 13 Dec 2012 11:00 pm

The xx followed up their debut with a critically acclaimed follow up. The secret? Taking a year off to hang out with their friends, says Romy Madley Croft

Read our review of Coexist from our albums of the year roundup

Hi Romy, Coexist was voted No 8 on the Guardian's Albums of 2012. How does that feel?

Oh great, thanks very much!

What's your memory of recording it?

Firstly, we all took a year off after coming back from touring and had a bit of a life – we moved out of our parents' houses and saw our friends and wrote a bit. Then we found a space we liked, put some equipment in there and spent about six months going there every day. It wasn't a fancy studio or soundproofed – it was just a nice space we wanted to be in.

Was it important to actually live a bit before making another album?

It really was, although it wasn't really an option not to. It was what we all craved. We started touring aged 17/18 and the album came out when we were 20 … we hadn't stopped really. We needed some time to take it in, and some new experiences to write about that didn't involve a tour bus.

How did you feel when you finished it?

We actually finished it about five times because Jamie [Smith] produced it and he's definitely a perfectionist! Perfecting the imperfections, I think he calls it. I don't always know what that is, but I'm glad he does it! So there were a lot of fine tunings. We started playing songs live a long time before the album came out, all through the festival season, and it was strange playing to people with blank expressions, trying to sell our music to people all over again. So it was quite a relief when it was finally released.

It's a refinement of your sound rather than a reinvention. Is that fair?

Yeah, I suppose so. We didn't go into making this album thinking we would reinvent our sound, or with a plan at all. We were more relearning how to make music together.

Before anybody had heard it there was talk – because of the stuff you'd been posting on your blog – that it might be a more dance-orientated record …

It's funny because Sunset, Reunion and Swept Away are actually quite upbeat for us. We love playing those ones live, and you can spot house references there, although I guess they're not like a house record Jamie might play in a DJ set. But we've always taken bits of sounds from certain genres – pop, R&B, hip-hop – without sounding like them directly. I think maybe on the next album we might take more of a leap in sound, but this time we just wanted to make music.

How has 2012 been for you?

Incredible. Last Christmas, we were putting Open Eyes online, our first thing in ages. I remember getting that ready at my computer on Christmas Eve and I really didn't know then that we would have another album out and all around the world again. At the time, everything was up in the air – we hadn't even finished the record.

What was the best moment?

I think playing Primavera in Barcelona last May. That was our first time onstage in front of people for a couple of years. It was also great playing live in Australia and seeing people recognise the new songs for the first time. Oh, and we played Leeds and we got our first-ever moshpit! It was hilarious and brilliant. I'd not seen people moshing to Islands and Chained before!

What's your favourite song of 2012?

Probably a song by John Talabot called So Will Be Now. He's been supporting us and it's great because I get to hear it every night.

And your favourite album?

Chromatics' Kill For Love has probably been the record I've listened to the most. I also discovered that they did a version without drums so now that is the thing I listen to when I go to sleep. I'm grateful that they did the songs in a different way.

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News : LISTEN: Wavves Preview Their Upcoming Record With New Track, “Sail To The Sun”

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LISTEN: Wavves Preview Their Upcoming Record With New Track, “Sail To The Sun”

Feeling a slight chill? Wavves is here to warm up your December with a brand-spanking-new track, “Sail To The Sun.”

Lo-fi? Check. A fuzzy, power chord mixture of garage-rock wails and surfer-punk drums? Check. It’s everything you’d expect of the beach kings, but here’s the twist: Wavves' new LP, to be released in the spring of 2013 via Mom + Pop, will be produced by John Hill (whose credits include such pop cornerstones as Rihanna, P!nk, and Santigold). Although you can be sure to expect the same salt-water-logged, sand-in-your-hair feel as their previous work, perhaps a few new tricks will be found up their sleeves due to Mr. Hill’s influence (the intro to “Sun” was a nice surprise). Just don’t expect anything too polished. If this new track has taught us anything, it’s that old habits die hard. You can take the band out of the garage, but you can’t take the garage out of the band.

Check out the track for yourself for a little taste of summer.

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Media : WATCH: Dirty Projectors Get Down In The Dumps For “Offspring Are Blank” Video

Delivered... info@filtermmm.com | Scene | Thu 13 Dec 2012 8:31 pm
WATCH: Dirty Projectors Get Down In The Dumps For “Offspring Are Blank” Video

Last time we checked in on one of our favorite groups, Dirty Projectors, they had just released a pretty solid EP. Now the experimental Brooklyn quintet is back with a video for "Offspring Are Blank" off of 2012's critical triumph Swing Lo Magellan.

Directed and starring the group's frontman--David Longstreth--the video (which was premiered on Pitchfork yesterday) follows Longstreth as he walks through piles of trash in a hazmat suit and plays with the rest of his band in the peaceful beauty of crystal-clean nature. It could work as a pretty convincing recycling PSA if you ask us!

Dirty Projectors have also just announced two exclusive tour dates covering both coasts: New York's Carnegie Hall on January 11, 2013 and the Troubadour in Los Angeles on February 5th.

You can check out the entire video for "Offspring Are Blank" below and if you're lucky enough to go to the Carnegie Hall show, make sure to pick up one of the 250 hand-numbered copies of a special “Offspring Are Blank” white label 7" single backed with the brand new song “There's A Fire.”

Berliner Luca Lozano talks up his Klasse label and New Year’s Eve plans

Delivered... Lauren Salm | Scene | Thu 13 Dec 2012 8:00 pm
Although work of such caliber shouldn't need a formal introduction, we think it's appropriate that everyone get a closer glimpse into the life and tunes of house-techno phenomenon Luca Lozano. The British-born Berlin-based record-label owner, producer, and DJ set the bar for his career first by releasing "Berlinetta" on Claude VonStroke's Dirtybird Records. Since then, Lozano has gone on to produce a large amount of original EPs and remixes on his own Klasse Recordings, as well as Trapez and OFF. Describing his own sound as somewhere in between house and techno with jazz and old hip-hop influences, Lozano's style never ceases to surprise and wow crowds all over the world. We had the opportunity to chat with him about his background, his Klasse Recordings, and his hopes for the future.

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Among ourselves, we communicate in various languages. We cover countries from Korea to Croatia, from Brazil to Belgium, from Sri Lanka to Zimbabwe. German is our Lingua Franca.

Media shape the public perception. This is true as well for the question of migration and integration of immigrants, and has been acknowledged in the German gouvernement's "Nationaler Integrationsplan" 2007. Berlin-Brandenburg is a vibrant metropolis and fast-growing media hub. It needs a multicultural medium that caters to all ethnic groups and helps to build connections among them. The programme of radio multicult.fm reflects the diversity of this region.

Besides encouraging the integration of migrants and post-migrants, we work to promote a greater mutual understanding among the different ethnic groups of Berlin and Brandenburg. In this area, media like radio multicult.fm are as necessary as they are trend-setting; also, because the number of journalists of foreign descent still has to improve very much in Germany.

In the future radio multicult.fm will become a 'talent-workshop' for prospective journalists in several media professions.

Our characteristic musical flavour is indispensable to Berlin-Brandenburg's media scene: World music.

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Jam City vs Girl Unit

Delivered... RA - The Feed | Scene | Thu 13 Dec 2012 7:01 pm
The Night Slugs pair interview one another for Hyponik, touching on k-pop and Girl Unit's forthcoming artist album.

News : Q&A: Everything Taddy Porter Touches Turns To Gold: Under The Influence Of Optimism And ‘60s Jams

Delivered... info@filtermmm.com | Scene | Thu 13 Dec 2012 6:30 pm
Q&A: Everything Taddy Porter Touches Turns To Gold: Under The Influence Of Optimism And ‘60s Jams

After watching Taddy Porter’s music video for “Long Slow Drag”—the piano-laden heartbreak hit from their 2010 self-titled record—you might feel irked by the sadistic ending. A flaming photo of Brewer is dropped onto a trail of gasoline, ultimately leading to—yep, you guessed it—Brewer and the rest of the Oklahoma rock quartet. 

Luckily, that scene was simply one of many in a well-executed video. We spoke with Brewer last week, who reassures fans that life is much less threatening at the moment. In fact, the band is currently taking a hard-earned break after touring for over two years straight—but not for long.

Taddy Porter’s sophomore album, Stay Golden, drops February 26 via Primary Wave Music, and Brewer has lots to say about this imaginative follow-up full-length, which was created with the help of two prominent producers: Mark Neill (The Black Keys/Dan Auerbach) and Dave Cobb (Shooter Jennings, Chris Cornell).

Songs on the first album were featured on programs such as Entourage, Monday Night Football, and The Newsroom (just to name a few) and Stay Golden is sure to make just as many special appearances, if not more. 

Find out all about Brewer’s past in geology, his recently played albums, the first single "Fever" and the ominous date of December 21 below.

Continue reading at FILTERmagazine.com

Dana Ruh talks the subtleties and minimalist melodies of her hit "Sula"

Delivered... Christine Kakaire | Scene | Thu 13 Dec 2012 6:00 pm
"Sula" has been steadily climbing Beatport's minimal charts with its harmonious union of form and function. The track's rugged techno aesthetic is held together with a deeper house swing, and while it's steady and functional, it also bears a human touch, with stacked layers of falling, scraping, and dragging sounds that breathe life into the more rigid mechanics. The lady behind the tune—Berlin-based producer, DJ, and Brouquade label owner Dana Ruh—treated us to a bit of behind-the-scenes insight about the making of the track.

T in The Park Continues to Add more to the 2013 Lineup

Delivered... Spacelab - Independent Music and Media | Scene | Thu 13 Dec 2012 6:00 pm
T in The Park Continues to Add More to the 2013 Lineup

VIDEO: Squarepusher Interview on Taking Ufabulum Live

Delivered... Spacelab - Independent Music and Media | Scene | Thu 13 Dec 2012 6:00 pm
Squarepusher talks about pushing the Ufabulum live show beyond "just trying to make it look cool." ALSO: bonus live session from KCRW.

News : FILTER Good Gift Guide, Day 9: Booze Roundup: Spirits To Get You In The Holiday Spirit

Delivered... info@filtermmm.com | Scene | Thu 13 Dec 2012 5:49 pm
FILTER Good Gift Guide, Day 9: Booze Roundup: Spirits To Get You In The Holiday Spirit

’Tis the holiday season and here at FILTER we believe in giving gifts that keep on giving. So in the spirit of the holidays, throughout December we’ll be posting our Good Gift Guide ideas for your picky loved ones.

December and January are no doubt two of the most beautiful and best-decorated months of the year, but they are also the coldest. There's Jack Frost nipping at your nose and folks dressed up like Eskimos, yet there is a simple way to brave the cold—and it's legal, for those of us who have been around for at least 21 years.

No, we're not talking about the cheap beer jacket, though we like that one too. It's something even more magical: a booze invisibility cloak, if you will. 

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Grammy for MIDI Creators Dave Smith, Ikutaro Kakehashi; First Connection Mystery Solved

Delivered... Peter Kirn | Scene | Thu 13 Dec 2012 5:09 pm

The year we made contact: the first-ever MIDI connection, recorded for posterity. Think about that the next time you plug in a MIDI cable. Photo evidence now proves that the first public MIDI connection was made between a Sequential Circuits Prophet 600 and a Roland Jupiter 6. Now, get those instruments and an Instagram filter and recreate this shot, if you like. Courtesy Dave Smith (personal collection).

It’s been almost 30 years since MIDI was first demonstrated at the winter NAMM show, 1983. Marking the anniversary, The Recording Academy is giving a coveted Technical Grammy to the two people most associated with its creation – so-called “father of MIDI” Dave Smith (then founder of Sequential Circuits, now Dave Smith Instruments) and Roland founder and engineer Ikutaro Kakehashi. Actually, it’s a bit interesting to me that Mr. Kakehashi is being left out of some of the news; it was the fact that MIDI could connect between two pieces of gear that demonstrated its value. In other words, it takes two to tango.

We’ll be looking more in depth at the history of MIDI for the anniversary. In the meantime, back to that connection: Dave is at last able to clear up the mystery of what gear make the historic first public link.

Dave deserves credit for shipping the first-ever MIDI-equipped synth, the Prophet 600. In fact, BBC recently marked the anniversary of MIDI with the first shipments of that hardware in December 1982.

Most people, however, including the MIDI Manufacturing Association, mark the connection as the seminal moment. The date is undisputed: it was a public demo at NAMM 1983 that first introduced MIDI to the world. And the Dave Smith side of the equation – then branded Sequential Circuits – was the Prophet 600.

It’s the Roland side that produced some confusion. Called upon to remember back across the decades, various reports described the first link as connecting the Prophet 600 to Roland’s JX-3P. That synth does deserve credit as the first Roland synth to ship at NAMM. But Dave digs up a photo that finally proves it wasn’t a JX-3P at NAMM; it was a Jupiter 6.

It’s a good thing this news is coming out now: there’s still time to rustle up a Prophet 600 and JP-6 and recreate that first demo.

More on the announcement:
Dave to Receive Technical GRAMMY® Award [Dave Smith Instruments]

Got questions for Dave before CDM talks to him? Or were you at NAMM in 1983? Let us know.

Another NAMM ’83 shot, courtesy Dave Smith Instruments. From left, John Bowen (in the red jacket), Roland’s Jim Mothersbaugh, Dave Smith.

Hear forthcoming Burial tracks, plus MIDI gets a Grammy, Tiesto’s time off, and Justice’s new EP

Delivered... Ken Taylor | Scene | Thu 13 Dec 2012 5:00 pm
Dave Smith is a pioneering force in electronic music—so why is it possible that you've never heard of him? Well, for starters, the man has stayed relatively behind the scenes, inventing things like Sequential Circuits synthesizers and the MIDI protocol. Read on to find out more about this upcoming Grammy recipient, and check out a whole lot more, in today's news.

Syncing with No Fear Of Pop: Charlatan – “Kinetic Disruption”

Delivered... Michael Aniser | Scene | Thu 13 Dec 2012 4:40 pm

While there has been quite a lot of talk this year on the coalescence between noise and techno and house, as far as we can see not that much emphasis has been put on appraising the differences between that breed of mainly American artists coming straight from the noise underground…and their predominantly British counterparts, whose access usually stems from more dancefloor-friendly subsets. Among the stateside proponents, be it Container, Thought Broadcast, and perhaps even Austin Cesear, what is striking is a certain reluctance to let their tracks be built in a straightforward manner.

This sonic disposition appears to be the result of a conscious decision to let noise textures that those artists have mastered command the outcome of a composition, with the principal 4/4 beat remaining in a rather unobtrusive position. “Kinetic Disruption”, taken from Charlatan‘s new LP Isolatarium, is a perfect example of this approach. While Digitalis boss Brad Rose has been experimenting with beat structures under the Charlatan name for quite some time now, intricately constructed, deeply textured noise arrangements remain the artist’s familiar suuroundings. The track’s rhythmic backbone stays pronouncedly fragile, incapable of stabilizing or carrying the eight minute-long, noise-infused soundscapes. something you’d somehow expect from a piece of techno (compare “Kinetic Disruption, for example, to the hauntological beat explorations by Pye Corner Audio‘s “The Black Mill Video Tape” from his recent Sleep Games LP, a piece that clearly positions itself on dancefloor’s fringes as well, yet placed within a rhythmic framework that is much more dominant and straightforward). The result is considerably more abstract and reduced than your average techno banger, leaving its almost hypnagogic noise roots intact and in the foreground. A thrilling, challenging piece of music.

Isolatarium is out on Type Recordings. Order it now over here.



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