THE HORRORS Announce Details of ‘Higher’

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“One of the pleasures of remixing is seeing how other people construct their music. Re-arranging the bricks in The Horrors wall of sound was a particular joy.” Andrew Weatherall

The Horrors release a very special, limited edition, deluxe boxed set of the singles and videos from Skying, available digitally on December 3rd followed by a physical release in March 2013. The set includes covers, reworkings and remixes from Andrew Weatherall, Seahawks, Connan Mockasin and more.

“We were driving through the deserts of California when we hatched the plan to release a boxed set of the singles from Skying, unaware that it would balloon into the monster that it did. We started off small, just one version per single. However, through chance encounters and wanting to involve more people whose music excited us, the box soon grew into an impressive collection of sonic tapestries and hypnotic grooves and it became apparent that this was no longer about the singles. It was now about this new music which had used the different elements of Skying as a springboard to other ideas. We encouraged everyone involved to be as obtuse as possible, to get as far away from the original source material as they could. The results are stunning, and I think it’s just a shame we couldn’t have done more.”

Tom Furse, The Horrors

The box set features an eclectic collection of musicians, DJs and producers from widely contrasting genres but all fans and friends of The Horrors:- Connan Mockasin, Seahawks, Andrew Weatherall, Blanck Mass, Peaking Lights, Cherrystones, Chris Watson, Daniel Avery, JTC and Andy Blake. 

“It was an honour to create these remixes and they’re probably the most enjoyable we’ve ever done. Having parts from the entire album to work with was an amazing luxury. To choose from the myriad sounds that spilled out from the folders was like walking into a psychedelic sweet shop with all the flavours of the universe on display.” –Pete Fowler, Seahawks

Amongst the collection’s many diverse interpretations is Chris Watson’s reworking of ‘Dive In’ Watson, one of the world’s leadingsound recorders of wildlife and natural phenomena and founder of post punk outfit Cabaret Voltaire, describes the field recordings he  included in his intriguing mix:

“I used Weddell seals singing at the intro recorded under the Antartic sea ice. The rhythms of the Humbolt current around the Galapagos Islands recorded with DPA hydrophones. Singing grey seals recorded out on the Farne Islands, Northumberland and the processed voices of Orca, killer whales, recorded in the sea of Norway.”

The images that make up the cover and boxed set package were created by celebrated young artist Leif Podhajsky who has previously artworked releases by Lykke Li, Tame Impala and Grimes.

Full track listing and artist collaboration information overleaf.

‘Higher’

Digital release 03/12/12

Physical release March, 2013

The Horrors are currently in the studio working on the follow-up to Skying.

www.thehorrors.co.uk

For further information please contact Sophie Williams at Some Friendly on;

Email; sophie@somefriendly.co.uk or Tel 07961 436 736  

‘Higher’

Limited Edition Boxed Set

12″ Vinyl One

A1. Still Life

A2. Still Life (Connan Mockasin Remix)

B1. Still Life (Still Living Still Giving Cherrystones Remix)

B2. Dive In  (The Pressure Ridges) – Chris Watson Remix

12″ Vinyl Two

A1. I Can See Through You

A2. Monica Gems (Daniel Avery Remix)

B1. I Can See Through You (Blanck Mass Remix)

12″ Vinyl Three

A1. Changing The Rain

A2. You Said (Peaking Lights Dub U Mix)

B1. Comes In Waves (Seahawks Skying Suite)

12″ Vinyl Four

A1. Moving Further Away (Andrew Weatherall Remix)

B1. Moving Further Away (Andy Blake World Unknown Mix)

CD One 

1. I Can See Through You (Blanck Mass Remix)

2. Monica Gems (Daniel Avery Remix)

3. Still Life (Connan Mockasin Remix)

4. You Said (Peaking Lights Dub U Mix)

5. Still Life (Still Living Still Giving Cherrystones Remix)

6. Moving Further Away (Andrew Weatherall Remix)

CD Two

1. Comes In Waves (Seahawks Skying Suite)

2. Moving Further Away (Andy Blake World Unknown Mix)

3. Dive In (The Pressure Ridges)

4. You Said (JTC Remix)

5. Wild Eyed (Andrew Weatherall Remix)

6. Moving Into Blue (Seahawks Skying Suite)

DVD

Still Life Video (Directed by Oliver Murray)

I Can See Through You (Directed by White Rabbit)

Changing The Rain (Directed by Pete Fowler)

About the Artists

Connan Mockasin

Connan Mockasin has a deliciously off-kilter and gloriously idiosyncratic worldview. His ingenious approach to invention and a unique charm caught the attention of Erol Alkan, who signed Connan to his label Phantasy. Connan is most known for his eccentricity, his miasma of psychedelic tangents, jazz interludes and echoing guitars.

Cherrystones

Cherrystones is the sound of psychedelia-soundtracks-folk-rock-prog-noise-moog-AND-library-records. Music that takes its inspiration from rock n roll and applied in a hip-hop context. For the last two years he has been amassing the choicest cuts that could very possibly put Madlib to shame.

Chris Watson (The Pressure Ridges) 

Watson is one of the world’s leading recorders of wildlife and natural phenomena, he edits his field recordings into a filmic narrative. The unearthly groaning of ice in an Icelandic glacier is a classic example of, in Watson’s words, putting a microphone where you can’t put your ears. His works ‘Weather Report’ was named in The Guardian’s 1000 Albums to Hear Before You Die List. He is previously known for forming post punk outfit Cabaret Voltaire.

Daniel Avery 

While Daniel Avery may be better known for his residency behind the decks at London institution fabric, he is fast rising as a respected producer. His induction into the fabriclive mix series provides compelling evidence of this, a dizzy trip that highlights Avery’s skill as both a curator and a creator of some of the most inventive and forward thinking electronic sounds emerging today.

Blanck Mass

Blanck Mass is Benjamin John Power, a young musician in thrall to Carl Sagan, Ennio Morricone and the infinity of nature. His work is themed around complexity of the natural world. The debut album ‘Blanck Mass’ was produced at home in London 2010 featuring a collection of warm analogue synths, heavy sub and deep drones.

Seahawks

Seahawks were formed by Jon Tye & Pete Fowler back in 2009. Spurred on by their love of Yacht Rock and Cosmic Synth they somehow fused the two, resulting in a series of now super rare 12’s compiled on the Ocean Trippin CD. They remixed Badly Drawn Boy and Born Blonde, before releasing the ‘Another Summer With Seahawks’ collection and a 7” featuring pop sensation Autre Ne Veut. ‘Invisible Sunrise’ followed in 2011 along with lots more remixes.

Andrew Weatherall

Andrew Weatherall’s extraordinary twenty-five year career in music has been characterized by a series of unique partnerships. He has released nineteen albums, thirty or so EPs and singles plus more than two hundred and fifty remixes.

Andy Blake

Founded the legendary Dissident label famous for releasing analogue oddities on quality vinyl pressings from emerging as well as established artists. Now sadly defunct, Blake continues pushing music boundaries as a dj remixer.

JTC

Tadd Mullinix makes spaced-out house tracks as JTC (James T Cotton), one of his many guises devoted to a specific production style. This particular alias debuted in 2001 on Ghostly International with the “Mind Your Manners” single. He has since appeared on Ghostly’s State of the Union compilation and released another 4 EPs and album titles ‘Like No One’ in 2008.

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Track Of The Day: Dead Sons – Hangman

‘Remember remember, the 5th of November’ is how Dead Sons announced their latest single ‘Hangman’, and it is certainly not one to forget about! Taken from their forthcoming debut album ‘The Hollers and The Hymns’, the single represents a real coming of age for the band. Their honed sinful indie sound is more US desert than UK city, it’s menacing and delightfully monopolising and is epitomised within ‘Hangman’.

‘The Hollers and The Hymns’ has not received and official release date but we are sure it is on the horizon, we can’t wait any longer.

Pickup Hangman and b-side Electricity from HERE

Track Of The Day: The Hazy Eyed Smiles – Love Rages

Potentially the Track Of The Day with the longest title and potentially one of the best. What can we say about The Hazy Eyed Smiles? They have a solid indie sound with n edge of psychedelia – a sound not easy to produce – yet they hit it off nicely. This song is just a mere drop in the ocean, their Sound Cloud page should take up the rest of your day.

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Stream Brand New Album: TOY – “TOY”

Here’s the stream for the brand new album from TOY. Don’t forget to check out our review (RIGHT HERE) too!

Single, ‘Lose My Way’ released 3 September

Album, ‘TOY’ released 10 September

October headline tour

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TOY’s much anticipated self-titled debut album, heralded by Mojo as ‘British Alt Rock’s finest debut of 2012, will be released by Heavenly Recordings on Monday 10th September.

The album will be preceded by the release of a new single, Lose My Way on Monday 3rd September 2012, the video to which you can check out here.

The 7” single, features the B-Side Bright White Shimmering Sun, a live favourite which does not appear on the album.

Both tracks were recorded during the spring of 2012 with Dan Carey in his South London studio as part of the album sessions.

TOY have also recently announced details of a headline UK tour in October following the release of their debut album.  The tour takes in their biggest headline show to date at London’s Heaven on Wednesday 24th October.

The band recently played at this year’s Field Day Festival, supported Primal Scream on a number of Scottish dates and have played various festival dates over the summer including the Reading & Leeds weekender and most recently End Of The Road.  TOY complete the years UK festival run with Bestival and Festival No. 6 in Portmerion.

The UK headline tour runs as follows.  Tickets are available to buy now: http://www.artistticket.com/link/?s=TOY

Fri 19 Oct  Sheffied, Plug

Sat 20 Oct Birmingham, HMV Temple

Tues 23 Oct Norwich, Waterfront Studio

Wed 24 Oct London, Heaven – The Fly presents show…

Thurs 25 Oct Southampton, Talking Heads

Sat 27 Oct Brighton, Green Door Store

Sun 28 Oct Manchester, Ruby Lounge

Mon 29 Oct Newcastle, Cluny

Tues 30 Oct Glasgow, Sleazy’s

TOY are: Tom Dougall (vocals / guitar), Dominic O’Dair (guitars), Maxim Barron (bass / vocals), Alejandra Diez (synths / modulations) & Charlie Salvidge (drums / vocals).

Review: TOY – “TOY”

Stream the brand new album HERE.

Let it be said that one of the most fashionable forms of guitar music at the moment is psychedelic rock. The Horrors grew to represent that sound within their third release ‘Skying’ and more recently, Richard Hawley embarked on a similar sound in 2012 with ‘Standing At The Sky’s Edge’. TOY have done the same. They have established themselves to have a popular sound on the live circuit with impressive slots at Reading & Leeds, Latitude, Bestival and supporting The Horrors. Much comparison can be drawn between TOY and The Horrors who incidentally are also good friends.

Three of the five members of the London based band are former members of Joe Lean & The Jing Jang Jong who have embarked on a new career, which in our opinion is going to be nothing but successful.

The impressive first single they released in 2011 ‘Left Myself Behind‘ was limited to 100 pressings which remarkably sold out in a day which we believe, has set the stall out for the band and their album will be just as successful. Having garnered much deserved hype from NME and other critics alike, the bands latest single (released today, 3rd September) has been a very popular selection within our Track Of The Day catalogue.

The album itself opens with the irrepressible ‘Colour’s Running Out’. The distortion pedals are out, the riff is as contagiously infective as chicken pocks and the vocals drift in and out of the track with consummate ease. ‘Colour’s Running Out’ sets out the stall for the rest of the album and sets you up for a moody yet sparkly outing. Think dim lights and leather jackets with sequin trousers and you will truly comprehend what this record is about.

Mesmeric track ‘Dead And Gone’ is another of the strongest offerings on the album. It’s a 7 and a half minute epic track which unfortunately completely flies by when you listen to it. As we have done over the past week or so, you’ll lose a lot of your life to this track as you will listen to it again and again. The track itself is the epitome of simplicity, yet completely entrancing. For the large part its dark and moody, it’s black, until five minutes in where it explodes into an outro of an ocean of colour and rainbows.

Recent single ‘Lose My Way’ is also an album highlight and displays a softer side of emotion, as does the distorted sounding ‘Make It Mine’.

However, as the saying goes, the best is saved until last. Curtain closer ‘Kopter’ is a NINE MINUTE long song. But don’t let this put you off, it’s a full on explosion of sound that will leave you wanting more from one of the best things to come out of 2012.

The View From The Music is9/10 – On a personal level, you’ve waited all your life for this record. Sure comparisons with The Horrors are going to follow TOY around for a long time but they have an astute, share worthy sound that will see them become one of indie-rocks greatest exports for years to come.

TOY – TOY

Heavenly Records

10th September 2012

Double LP/ CD/ Digital Download

PRE-ORDER HERE

The Vaccines Announce Headline Tour!

The Vaccines have announced dates of a headline November UK tour to follow the release of their second album The Vaccines Come Of Age, on Monday September 3rd 2012.  

The November tour comes off the back of an exceptionally busy Summer for the band who have played main stages at Field Day, Isle of Wight, T in the Park, supported The Stone Roses in Heaton Park, Manchester, The Red Hot Chilli Peppers in Europe and played shows in Russia, South Korea and Japan over the summer months.

The Vaccines most recently appeared on the main stage at this year’s Reading & Leeds festival weekender, attracting one of the biggest crowds of the weekend.

Tickets for the November tour go on sale from 9amWednesday 29th August and are available to buy here for non Scottish dates: gigsandtours.com & here for all Scottish dates: www.gigsinscotland.com.

Across the dates The Vaccines will be supported by Fucked Up, Diiv, Deap Vally, and Pale.  Fucked Up will be special guests at London Alexandra Palace.

The dates are: 

15th Nov Plymouth, Pavilions

17th Nov London, Alexandra Palace

19th Nov Leicester, De Montford Hall

21st Nov Manchester, Apollo

22nd Nov Liverpool, University

23rd Nov Doncaster, Dome

25th Nov Glasgow, O2 Academy – SOLD OUT

26th Nov Glasgow, O2 Academy

27th Nov Newcastle, O2 Academy

29th Nov Birmingham, O2 Academy

30th Nov Bournemouth, O2 Academy

The Vaccines Come Of Age was recorded at the ICP studios in Brussels and Distillery in Bath with producer Ethan Johns, 

The album will also be released as a deluxe 2 CD edition featuring 3 bonus tracks, Runaway, Possessive and Misbehaviour. The second CD features a recording of their recent live show at the Brighton Centre on May 7th 2012.

Forthcoming (2nd) single, Teenage Icon will be released through Columbia Records on Sunday September 2nd 2012.  The first single from the album No Hope was released in early July.

The Vaccines Come Of Age follows their platinum selling, Brit nominated and NME award winning debut, What Did You Expect From The Vaccines? which was released in March 2011.

The Vaccines are: Arni Arnason (bass), Freddie Cowan (guitar / vocals), Pete Robertson (drums) & Justin Young (vocals / guitar).