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Mount Kimbie

New Album release

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Kai Campos and Dominic Maker of UK electronic duo Mount Kimbie like making up their own rules– even if that happens by accident. The pair’s 2010 debut Crooks & Lovers was specifically borne from UK bass culture and released on Hotflush— a label that continues to rewrite the parameters of the genre– but there was nothing hard-hitting or particularly dancey about the album. Instead, it explored small textures, meticulously cut-up samples, and clicking rhythms, carrying a constant soft hum along with its homemade melancholy.

And while many bass-leaning producers release material at a constant pace, Mount Kimbie have remained awfully quiet over the past two years, touring at a semi-constant clip but releasing little more than a few remixes since. While taking a break from studio work a few weeks ago, Campos explained that the pair had a difficult time working on new material while on the road, a form of procrastination that it sounds like he might regret at this point: “This was the longest I’ve gone without making new music since I was 15– making music became my job, and then I had no time to do it.” Full story here

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James Blake

English song bird James Blake is a man of many wonders, you must be thinking hmmm song bird is a strange way to explain a male dub step artist- but song bird is a very apt description, this classically trained pianist is a man of ethereal talent. His enchanting mix of heavy piano chords and rib vibrating base and beats mixed with soulful and emotional voice is a wondrous combination !

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Blake is primarily considered a dubstep producer and is frequently heralded as a leading figure in the “post dubstep” community, but he is also noted for his prominent soul influences. Blake was nominated the Critic’s Choice award by the 2011 BRIT Awards and the Sound of 2011 award by the BBC, and won second place in the latter. In addition, his self-titled debut LP, JamesBlake, was nominated for the 2011 Mercury Prize. Blake has also released material under the alias Harmonimix.

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James Blake began his final year at Goldsmiths in September 2009 studying popular music while recording songs in his bedroom. In July 2009, he attended the Latymer School and released his debut single “Air and Lack Thereof” on Hemlock Audio. It was a firm favorite with Gilles Peterson from BBC Radio 1, and Blake was invited to do a special mix on Peterson’s worldwide show, which included an exclusive Mount Kimbie track.

Blake released his debut EP’ The Bells Sketch’ on 8 March 2010 on Hessle Audio, followed soon after by CMYK on 31 May 2010 and Klaierwerke on 10 October 2010, both on R&S Records. All three EPs were met with significant critical acclaim: BBC’s Nick Grimshaw chose CMYK as his Record of the Week, the title track of CMYK was ranked 24th on Frontier Psychiatrist’s top 40 songs of the year, and all three of Blake’s 2010 EPs were collectively ranked 8th on Pitchfork’s top 50 albums of 2010.

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On 4 February 2011, Blake released his self-titled debut LP, James Blake, via ATLAS and A&M. Three singles were released for the album: ‘Limit to you Love,” “The Wilhelm Scream,” and “Lindisfarne”/”Unluck”. The album was very well-received by critics: on 29 September 2010, BBC’s Zane Lowe made “Limit To Your Love” his “Hottest Record in the World,” Pitchfork awarded the album Best New Music and ranked it the 12th best album of 2011 on their year-end list, and it was nominated for the 2011 Mercury Prize.

On 7 October 2011, Blake released his fourth EP, Enough Thunder, via ATLAS and A&M. Two singles were released for the EP: ‘Fall Creek Boys Choir,” a collaboration between Blake and Bon Iver, and “A case of You,” a cover of Joni Mitchell. On 12 December 2011, Blake released another EP through R&S ‘Love What Happened Here’. He has announced a number of small intimate tours for the coming year, Blake is an artist not to be missed your ears will thank you !

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Riders ! yeeeehhhhhaaaaaaahhh!

Music Stars have a reputation for being some what high maintenance, Electric Music stars are no exception, Electric Music Star Diplo recently in a show in New York requested

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Non-required, but greatly appreciated, items to be available at the request of the ARTIST or their personnel immediately following soundcheck:

  • Two (2) Air Horns
  • Two (2) Inflatable Animals (Bonus points for endangered or extinct species)
  • Four (4) Blank Maxell Cassettes (New in Package)
  • One (1) Paddle Swimmin’ Pool
  • 1983 G.I. Joe Storm Shadow Action Figure (New in Package)
  • One (1) Framed Picture of Diplo
  • One (1) Gorilla (Silverback is preferred, an Orangutan is also acceptable)
  • Ten (10) Magnum Condoms
  • One (1) Malawian Orphan
  • One (1) Arranged Marriage
  • One (1) Original Nintendo in the box (with receipt from Kiddy City)
  • One (1) Violin Player (to play while we eat our cheese plate)
  • Two (2) Matches and Lighter Fluid
  • One (1) Bonfire Pit
  • Two (2) Logs to sit on
  • Third season of Lost (on VHS tapes)
  • One (1) Parrot that is trained to say your name
  • One (1) dart board (with Nicolas Cage’s face on it)
  • Short Wave Radio
  • 1983 Yak Face Star Wars Return of the Jedi Action Figure (New in Package)

Among others stars who also requested excessive riders are Steve Aoki’s whose rider has been floating around and is possibly the most absurd, he has to get a local promoter to source him his ‘grass’.

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  • Inflatable Boat or Dingie, suitable for 2-3 people
  • 4 confetti blast machines& enough confetti for multiple blasts
  • 1 handheld CO2 air blower with full tank
  • 1 hotel room (suite) within a 2 mile radius of the venue
  • $100 cash dinner buyout or promoter paid for dinner
  • 1 Large Cheese Pizza
  • 1 small bottle of Listerine or similar antiseptic mouthwash
  • 2 bottles of Cristal
  • 3 Large black american apparel V-Neck t-shirts
  • 6 pairs of mens underwear (briefs style)
  • 6 pairs of mens socks (crew style)

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Here are some other riders of artist like Groove Armada and Aussie act Pendulum

The outright unusual…

Groove Armada rider (30 towels and chocolate milk?)

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  • 48 cans of Stella or Heineken Export
  • 1 Bottle of good quality red wine
  • 48 small bottles of still water
  • 4 Chocolate milk drinks (pref. Chocamel)
  • 2 x 12.5g Drum Tobacco
  • 1 x 25g Golden Virginia Tobacco
  • 2 identical fridge magnets of local interest & novelty beer bottle opener
  • 30 large towels
Full rider here.

Pendulum rider – (lucky they’re not playing/touring anymore right?)

  • 48 x ½ litre bottles still mineral water
  • 12 x Bottles / Lucozade Sport / or any isotonic energy sports drinks
  • 1 x large bottle of Whiskey (Jamesons / Talisker or Glenfiddich)
  • Deli Tray to include: French sticks, wholemeal bread, tub of butter, a selection of good cheese and meat platter
  • Large selection salt free mixed nuts.
  • 12 cans of Relentless energy drink

Mark Ronson

 

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You could be forgiven for passing Mark Ronson’s too-cool-for-school vibe on the phone off as indifference. That is, until the conversation turns to the Summerdayze, Summerfeildayze and Feildayze-bound producer’s musical tastes and who he’s looking forward to seeing on the festival tour. Then, it’s hard to stop him talking. “I’m particularly looking forward to seeing Araabmuzik, Hudson Mowhawke, of course M.I.A. and the Chemical Brothers,” he tells inthemix in the lead-up to the New Year’s visit. “I think this year is a good mix of commercial and underground stuff. I think in the past years it’s been quite commercial, but this time there are a whole lot of great dance acts and some great hip-hop acts.”

But the super-producer’s unsure of what will go into his own set, mainly because he’s been busy in the studio with little-known names like Paul McCartney and Alicia Keys. But Ronson did promise, however, that the vibe of the set will be like “taking a journey through a glorious jukebox of best soul, dance and hip-hop from about 40 years, all put together. But I’m not just going to be playing a golden era set,” he adds. “I’m heavy on a lot of new stuff as well. It will be quite a mix.” check out the full ITM interview here

XX

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The xx are a UK  musical phenomenon of gargantuan proportion though its a more subtle gargantuan they can be really understood, composed of members Oliver Sim, Romy Madley-Croft Baria Qureshi and Jamie Smith. The forming members of the band Oliver Sim and Romy Madley-Croft met while attending the Elliot school with the other members joining along the way and began performing in 2005.

Since that time The xx have released xx  their debut studio album released on 17 August 2009 by Young Turks. The self-produced album was recorded at XL Studios in West London between December 2008 and April 2009.

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Upon its release, xx received general acclaim from music critics, and it was subsequently included in several publications’ year-end lists. In 2010, it was awarded the Mercury Prize. xx spent eighty-seven weeks on the UK Album Chart, and was certified platinum by the British Phonographic Industry- As of September 2011, the album has sold 405,000 copies in the UK.

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The FACT magazine named xx the best album of 2009 and the fifty-third best album of the 2000–09 decade. The song intro was also featured in the NBC coverage of the 2010 winter Olympic games. The Guardian named it as 2009’s top album of their Top 50 Critics Poll and The album won the 2010 Mercury Prize, the annual music prize awarded for the best album from the United Kingdom and Ireland. It is general consensus that the xx are a band that will and do have legendary clout these guys are going to do and have done great things. The xx Producer and co writer Jamie Smith (xx) has worked with the likes of legend Gil Scott Heron and had cross over success with collaborated with Rihanna on the song ‘Drunk on love’ and is a featured collaboration on Alicia Keys new Album ‘Girl on fire’- the list of  collaborations and achievements goes on.

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Disclosure

 

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Discolure, UK wonder duo brothers Howard and Guy Lawrence are on the vigorous surge up in the music world at only 18 and 20, their single Tenderly released  in January has caught the eye of a number of big hitters -as a result their remix of Jessie Wares Running has seen the duo work with people like SBTRKT, Hot Chip and Skream. Heading down under this year for the summer festivals Summerfeildayze, Summerdayze and Feildayze they are set to release their new album early next year. Read their full interview here ITM