Here is a round up of the last weeks best picks of new releases;
Bloody Knees release their new single ‘Reel’ – check it out below. The new single comes ahead of the band’s London headline show at The Underworld on October 18th.
Cranking up the pace from previous track ‘Spinning’, ‘Reel’ showcases Bloody Knees at their boisterous best; an adrenalised and anthemic teaser of their notoriously raucous live set. “I am going to be the one who is going to reel you in” snarls frontman Bradley Griffiths, oozing the confidence and charisma of a frontman who is ready for the main stage.
2. Fatherson – Charm School
Fatherson today share the new video for Charm School, taken from their forthcoming album Sum Of All Your Parts out on September 14th.
The second track to be taken from the album, Charm School – first played on Annie Mac’s Radio 1 Show – is, according to the band, “An observation on having to mind your p’s and q’s all the time – and the need to jump through hoops for other people. A charm school is an elocution school where people are taught manners above all else – which might be a little unrealistic for real life”.
04 Oct – Leeds, Hyde Park Book Club
05 Oct – Manchester, Night People
06 Oct – Birmingham, Sunflower Lounge
08 Oct – Nottingham, Rock City
09 Oct – London, Scala
10 Oct – Norwich, Waterfront Studio
11 Oct – Brighton, Patterns
28 Oct – Newcastle University
02 Nov – Glasgow, Barrowland
3. Arkells – Relentless
Following the announcement of their highly anticipated new studio album Rally Cry, today Arkells drop lead single Relentless via Last Gang/Entertainment One. The single can be listened to here.
Relentless marks fresh ground and a new approach to song-writing for the band, as told by frontman, Max Kerman: “My dad showed me this South African artist named Chicco and this tune of his with this afro-pop, keyboard driven, epic, cinematic groove. We were so inspired by it, we ended up sampling a track for the first time and worked collectively to build a tune around it. Rock bands aren’t as known to dip their toe into the sample world, but in 2018 we’re game to throw all conventional rules out the window. Lyrically, I was thinking about the idea of being a part of something bigger than myself. I was thinking about the band, and how we lean on each other, and how each guy brings something different, but contributes to a larger idea. We find strength in each other.”
Catch Arkells live:
Nov 21 – Bristol, UK – The Fleece
Nov 22 – Manchester, UK – Club Academy
Nov 23 – London, UK – Heaven
Nov 25 – Glasgow, UK – King Tuts
Nov 27 – Leeds, UK – Belgrave Music Hall
Nov 28 – Birmingham, UK – Hare & Hounds
Nov 29 – Brighton, UK – Green Door Store
4. King Nun – Heavenly She Comes
HEAVENLY SHE COMES follows their comeback track CHINESE MEDICINE and is the second piece of music to surface from the band’s long-awaited debut EP, I HAVE LOVE, set for release by Dirty Hit in November.
Following their incendiary performances at Reading and Leeds Festivals, the band have also announced their own headline UK tour in November, including a show at London Camden Assembly. The full list of dates is as follows, with tickets on sale now at: www.kingnun.com
Tue 13 MANCHESTER Jimmy’s
Wed 14 LIVERPOOL Sound Basement
Thu 15 SHEFFIELD Café Totem
Fri 16 GLASGOW Garage
Sun 18 LEEDS Hyde Park Book Club
Mon 19 NOTTINGHAM Bodega Social Club
Tue 20 NORWICH Waterfront
Wed 21 LONDON Camden Assembly
Thu 22 BRISTOL Louisiana
5. Neneh Cherry – Broken Politics
Following the release of her first earth-quaking single in 4 years at the beginning of August, counter-culture pop icon Neneh Cherry shares a new song Shot Gun Shack, produced by Four Tet. Neneh also reveals the name and track list of her fifth solo album Broken Politics, which was produced in its entirety by Four Tet.
Continuing her blurring and conflation of the personal and the political, new single Shot Gun Shack tackles the link between violence and deprivation using poetic logic. A ‘shot gun shack’ or ‘shot gun house’ was the most popular type of house in the Southern United States from the end of the Civil War to the 1920s, originating in New Orleans.
The track deals with the ever-present and always-global issue of gun violence in society. The track’s name was the result of inspiration that sprung from a half-remembered conversation Cherry had at the funeral of late jazz great Ornette Coleman. “I don’t even remember who said it, but I was like, ‘Shotgun shack! That’s a cool term,” she says with a laugh—but the themes dealt with in the song are far from funny. “It’s about gun culture—the notion of war zones and the tragedies that guns bring there,” Cherry explains matter-of-factly. “The dealing of arms. Street culture. The gun is a powerful thing—dangerous, but powerful.”
Live Shows in 2018/19
6th September 2018
Stockholm – Tradgarden
11th September 2018
Ramsgate – Music Hall (SOLD OUT)
12th September 2018
London – Village Underground (SOLD OUT)
26th September 2018
Paris – Le Cafe de la Danse (SOLD OUT)
14th February 2019
London – Roundhouse
6. Muse – Simulation Theory
Muse have announced that their new studio album, ‘Simulation Theory’, will be released on November 9th through Warner Bros. The eleven-track record was produced by the band, along with several award-winning producers, including Rich Costey, Mike Elizondo, Shellback and Timbaland. Each of the album’s songs will be accompanied by a video.
Recent singles, ‘Something Human’, ‘Thought Contagion’ and ‘Dig Down’, as well as brand new track ‘The Dark Side’, are all available immediately as a download when you pre-order the album. ‘The Dark Side’ is instantly recognisable as a classic Muse track, featuring Matt Bellamy’s unmistakable soaring vocals and blistering guitars and the driving rhythm section of Chris Wolstenholme and Dominic Howard that have become a hallmark of Muse’s stadium-filling sound.
‘Simulation Theory’ will be released in three formats: Standard (11 tracks), Deluxe (16 tracks), and Super Deluxe (21 tracks). The expanded tracklisting features an acoustic gospel version of ‘Dig Down’, The UCLA Bruin Marching Band feature on ‘Pressure’, a live version of ‘Thought Contagion’, acoustic versions of several tracks, including ‘Something Human and ‘Alternate Reality’ versions of ‘Algorithm’ and ‘The Dark Side’.
7. Otzeki – Angry Fix
OTZEKI mark their busy summer festival diary with the release of a Remix EP for their latest single ANGRY FIX. Championed at Radio One by Huw Stephens, ANGRY FIX is taken from the debut OTZEKI album BINARY CHILDHOOD – Huw Stephens’ Album Of The Week – and is described by MIKE ROBERTS [vocals and guitar] and JOEL ROBERTS [keyboards and Ableton] as “a multi-layered dissertation on the internet, introversion, constant online self-expression, and the struggle between our co-existing private and public personas”.
8. The Slow Readers Club – For All Here To Observe
Manchester four-piece The Slow Readers Club have announced the release of a new acoustic EP, For All Here To Observe, out September 14th via Modern Sky.
The news arrives as the band are announced as headliners for the Friday night of Head For The Hills Festival 2018 (14 Sept), plus also confirm themselves on the bill of Lincoln’s brand new 2Q Festival (3 Nov).
The upcoming For All Here To Observe EP will feature tracks spanning their entire career, from their eponymous self-titled debut album to this year’s Build A Tower, recorded as stripped back acoustic versions and produced and mixed by Phil Bulleyment (Beady Eye, Dutch Uncles).
Opening with their most recent single ‘Supernatural’, the EP sheds an emotive reinterpretation on tracks including ‘I Saw A Ghost’ and ‘Forever In Your Debt’, taken from 2015’s Cavalcade, and ‘Block Out The Sun’, taken from their 2011 debut, as well as ‘On The TV’ and ‘Lunatic’ from Build A Tower.
THE SLOW READERS CLUB TOUR DATES
14th – Head For The Hills Festival, Ramsbottom
12th – Belfast, Limelight
15th – Dublin, Button Factory
3rd – Lincoln, 2Q Festival
8th – Glasgow, School Of Art
11th – London, Scala
14th – Manchester, O2 Apollo