FKA twigs & Jungle nominated for Mercury Prize | Jungle play The Albert Hall, Thursday 26 February
Following on from Now Wave favourites James Blake and Alt-J winning the award, FKA twigs and Jungle have been included on the shortlist for the 2014 Mercury Prize. Arguably the most important honour in music, the duo are currently among the frontrunners to win.
Since playing their debut Manchester show in October 2013, Jungle’s rise has been nothing short of meteoric. Starting with a series of 7″ singles that sold out within minutes of being made available, the self-styled collective signed to XL early this year and began recording their eponymous debut LP. Having already sold out their forthcoming show at The Ritz, tickets have just gone on sale for a 2015 date at The Albert Hall – available for £16 from See Tickets.
Picked out as one to watch from the very beginning, the swirl of blog hype around her quickly turned into much more tangible plaudits: The BBC featured FKA twigs on their much vaunted Sound of 2014 list, and this accolade would be the next logical step for one of the most exciting British prospects in recent years. Her forthcoming show at the RNCM is sold out.
SOHN at Gorilla | Wednesday 17 September
Born and raised in London – but now spending the majority of his time perfecting his craft in Vienna – the rise of Christopher Taylor over the course of the past two years has been little short of astonishing. Starting 2012 as a virtual unknown, Taylor put out his debut EP The Wheel in the February of that year under the name SOHN. Creating his own distinct electronic soundscape, the release was distinctive enough to cut through the noise and earn him a deal with seminal indie label 4AD – through whom he released followup singles Bloodflow and Lessons last year, before putting out his debut LP, Tremors, in early 2014.
SBTRKT at The Albert Hall | Tuesday 30 September | Last few tickets remaining
Now Wave are proud to announce the return of SBTRKT to Manchester this September. The working name of Aaron Jerome, the project has become one of the most innovative and influential of the decade so far, with his eponymous debut album quickly being regarded as one of the most seminal in recent years.
With the first LP featuring artists such as Jessie Ware and Sampha, Jerome appears to have carried on his collaborative spirit into his follow-up record, with Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig providing the vocals for New Dorp, New York, this first track from Wonder Where We Land. Elsewhere on the tracklist, Chairlift’s Caroline Polachek, Warpaint, ASAP Ferg, and Koreless feature, with both Ware and Sampha returning once more.
Debut Manchester show from Foxygen | Thursday 30 October | Ruby Lounge
Formed out of high school in 2005 by Jonathan Rado and Sam France, Foxygen have consistently been a band that are difficult to pin down. Taking 7 years to release their first album Take The Kids Off Broadway (by which point they had added Shaun Fleming and Justin Nijssen to their line-up), their influences take in the full spectrum of out-there sounds, ranging from 60′s psyche, post-punk and new avant-garde. Although their first release earned enormous acclaim, 2013′s We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic has become renowned as their masterpiece. Awarded Best New Music and an 8.4/10 by Pitchfork (who commented, “The more time you spend with Ambassadors, the more clearly that commitment and joy comes through”), approval was near universal from critics.
In 2014, Foxygen will be releasing their third record, called …And Star Power. Described by the band as “A svelte 82-minute run time of psych-ward folk, cartoon fantasia, soft-rock indulgences, D&D doomrock and paranoid bathroom stompers. A cinematic auditory adventure for speedy freaks, skull krunchers, abductees and misfits”, it promises to be their most ambitious effort yet.
Adult Jazz | Deaf Institute | Wednesday 12 November
One of Now Wave’s favourite albums of the year so far (alongside the likes of Ought and FKA twigs), Adult Jazz’s Gist Is has received the seal of approval from critics across the board. Displaying a maturity and deftness of touch teamed with playfulness and melody, the record was called “unapologetically impressive and precise” by Drowned in Sound (7/10) – something backed up by rave reviews from the likes of Pitchfork (7.4/10), Best Fit (8.5/10) and NME (8/10). Indeed, anyone who saw their performance on Now Wave’s stage at Sounds from the Other City was left in no doubt as to their boundless potential – something previously hinted at on their debut release Am Gone/Springful back in January.
In late 2011, Nicholas Murphy found himself at a loose end. To fill the time, he recorded a cover of No Diggity and passed it on to a few friends. Before long, it was the most blogged track on Hype Machine, and Chet Faker was born. Having spent much of his youth spinning house and disco tracks, this project allows Murphy a chance to exhibit his soulful voice, teamed with an ear for RnB hooks and innate love of dance music. His debut LP, Built on Glass, has become one of the most loved of the year, with Murphy continuing to astound as he matures as an artist.
All Forthcoming 2014 Now Wave shows
SEP 17 | SOHN | Gorilla | £12
SEP 19 | Alt-J | Apollo | Sold out
SEP 20 | Alt -J | Apollo | Sold out
SEP 26 | Famy | Soup Kitchen | £6
SEP 27 | Woman’s Hour | Deaf Institute | £9
SEP 30 | SBTRKT | Albert Hall | £17.50
OCT 4 | Childhood | Deaf Institute | £8
OCT 4 | Dry The River | Academy 2 | £12.50
OCT 4 | FKA twigs | RNCM | Sold out
OCT 7 | Outfit | Gullivers | £7.50
OCT 11 | Cloud Boat | Soup Kitchen | £7
OCT 15 | The Amazing Snakeheads | Sound Control | £9
OCT 16 | Hundreds Waters | Deaf Institute | £8
OCT 23 | How To Dress Well | St Philips Church | £12.50
OCT 24 | Jungle | Ritz | Sold out
OCT 27 | Money | Eagle Inn | Sold out
OCT 25 | Sounds of the Near Future ft Kaytranada + Hudson Mohawke and more | Warehouse Project | Sold out
OCT 28 | John Wizards | Deaf Institute | £9
OCT 30 | Foxygen | Ruby Lounge | £11
OCT 31 | The Antlers | Ritz | £13
NOV 1 | Eagulls | Sound Control | £8
NOV 5 | The Knife | Academy | £25
NOV 8 | 1-800 Dinosaur ft James Blake and more | Warehouse Project | £25
NOV 12 | Adult Jazz | Deaf Institute | £7.50
NOV 17 | Christopher Owens | Deaf Institute | £12.50
NOV 18 | Ought + Kult Country | Sound Control | £12
NOV 21 | Chet Faker | The Ritz | £10
NOV 22 | Merchandise | Sound Control | £9
NOV 24 | Mac Demarco | Irish Centre, Leeds | £13
NOV 28 | Wytches and Telegram | Deaf Institute | £18