Critically acclaimed throughout their career, Dum Dum Girls reached new heights with the release of their most recent album Too True earlier this year. Their latest effort through long time label Sub Pop, Mojo noted that “this album is a perfect pop balance of cliche and rawness, with mythic ambition and songs that make you a three-minute hero”, earning it 8/10, sentiments backed up by Magnet (“Once it works its way through your ears, Too True won’t leave your head anytime soon”, 85%), the Boston Globe (“Sleek and sophisticated, this third full-length careens from muscular blasts of ’80s guitar rock to spectral ballads”, 4/5), and Q (“An engaging, easy on the senses combination of murk and shine, then.”)
Dum Dum Girls – Lost Boys and Girls Club on Youtube
Having drubbed up excitement through their early, self-released cassette and a glittery vinyl collaboration with Bella Union, Manchester’s PINS signed to Bella Union last years and put out their much anticipated debut album Girls Like Us. The Line of Best Fit called it “a belligerent beast, boasting bravado and a torrent of guitar swarm”, awarding it 7.5/10, with Uncut noting that the LP was “indubitably exciting” and giving 4/5. The Sunday Times perhaps called it best when they described the band as “Manc post-punk monochromatic minimalism, Adam Ant drums, Siouxsie declamation, banshees guitar – this is sublime”.
PINS – Waiting for the End on YouTube
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In what is becoming somewhat of a rite of passage for forthcoming Now Wave acts, Future Islands have followed in Eagulls footsteps by performing live on Letterman. Playing their new track Seasons from their forthcoming album Singles (due out later this month), the veteran talk show host seems genuinely enthused to have the trio on his show – exclaiming ‘That was wonderful!’ when they finish the song.
Future Islands play Sound Control with support from Ed Schrader’s Music Beat and Kristian Harting on Thursday 8 May. Tickets are £11.50 advance and are available from SeeTickets. Watch Future Islands play Seasons on Letterman below.
Having recently announced their signing to seminal independent label XL, Jungle have unveiled the video for their new single Busy Earnin’. Though they’ve only got a couple of videos out there, they’ve already got a name for making some incredible ones – and have brought in a 12 strong dance troupe to create the visuals for this latest track. Having been named on the BBC Sound of 2014 list, Jungle were tipped for big things this year – and they are more than living up to the hype.
Jungle play Deaf Institute on Saturday 22 March. Tickets are £8 and are available through SeeTickets. Watch the video for Busy Earnin’ below.
Made up of New York’s deep house wunderkind Nicholas Jaar and musical polyglot Dave Harrington, Darkside formed in 2011 while the two toured Jaar’s Space is Only Noise LP. Starting on the Berlin date of those shows, the two continued to collaborate when they got back to NYC, culminating in 2011’s Darkside EP. Though it retaining shades of his solo work, it showed a denser, more textured sound that prompted Jaar to call it “the closest thing to Rock and Roll I’ve ever done”.
Darkside – Golden Arrow on YouTube
Following an incredible, introspective take of Daft Punk with their full album remix of Random Access Memories (Spin called it a “noisier, weirder, and slinkier experience”, while Conquence of Sound gave it 4/5, noting “[it] delves into how we think about, talk about, and repurpose that music”), the duo finally released their debut album Psychic in October 2013. Genre blurring and eclectic, The Fly called it “perfectly executed, impenetrable”, awarding 8/10 – a score matched by Mixmag who noted the LP to be “nothing short of masterful”, while The Guardian (“Psychic is a solemn, autumnal affair–a perfect accompaniment to the nights drawing in”, 4/5), DIY (“rips up convention from the seams to the centre”, 8/10), NME (“winningly Lynchian”, 7/10) and Uncut (“a thing of fine-wrought beauty”, 7/10) all fell for the records unique soundscape
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As part of a feature on Top Dawg Entertainment, Anthony Tiffith – CEO of the record label – has revealed that Kendrick Lamar will be releasing the follow up to his world-wide smash Good Kid, M.A.A.D City through the company. Though no official announcement has yet been made, the interview for Billboard magazine. It was also said that Black Hippy, the rap collective comprised of Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul and Jay Rock, will be making an LP together.
Kendrick Lamar – Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe on YouTube
Kendrick Lamar will be headlining Now Wave’s stage at Parklife Festival at Heaton Park on Saturday 7 June and Sunday 8 June. Tickets are available, priced at £79.50 for both days or £49.50 for a day pass. Also playing for Now Wave will be Bonobo, Cyril Hahn, SBTRKT, Jon Hopkins, Jamie XX and more.