REVIEW: Miles Kane – Don’t Forget Who You Are

dfwyaSince the inception of The Little Flames, a graduation as frontman of The Rascals in 2007 and the explosion of his solo debut record in 2011, Miles Kane has catapulted from Alex Turner’s fellow Last Shadow Puppet into an indie-rock superstar. Now in 2013, fresh from rubbing shoulders with the Mod-Father himself Paul Weller, Miles Kane’s latest offering has an insurgent maturity that will appeal to an eclectic audience of cult fans and radio listeners.

It’s a well known fact that an artists second record can be a lot more difficult than their first, but Kane’s Don’t Forget Who You Are has no such trouble. It’s a natural progression from 2011’s Colour Of The Trap and will have fans’ tongue’s wagging even more.

Collectively, the record has it’s outrageous bellow-the-chorus-at-the-top-of-your-voice moments as well as some deeper intimate moments that let us peer into the mind of Miles Kane. The lead single from the album that we were treated to back in February, Give Up, is angry and passionate as Miles reveals his disenchantment with dating super-models (A problem not many of us will have in our life time I’m sure). Album opener Taking Over is one of the standout tracks from the eleven song ensemble. It’s Miles Kane at his very best. Taking Over is catchy, infectious, charged with emotion and backed by some mesmerising riffs as well as colossal mid-song solo. Proceeding this is the pre-order bonus title track Don’t Forget Who You Are. This is truly one for the fans and has one of the biggest chorus’ you could ever imagine.

More intimate moments come in the form of Out Of Control as Miles can be heard crooning about the enigma of love backed with an acoustic guitar and these feelings are echoed within Fire In My Heart.

With Don’t Forget Who You Are, Miles Kane has accomplished a feel-good Saturday night album. You’re drinking with your mates, you’ve got your best clobber on, you’re ready to go out and party and the album is filling you with all of the anticipation and excitement of  the night ahead. And don’t forget, the more intimate moments of the album are there to pick you up on the Sunday morning.

Finally, just a note to mention how good Miles’ band mates are. The introduction of George Moran has proved instrumental considering his guitar work and backing vocals are both equally astute.

The View From The Music gives this album an 8.5/10

The album is out on Monday 3rd June, pre-order here.

Image appears courtesy of Columbia Records.

 

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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.

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

The Vaccines Announce Biggest Show To Date & New Single!

Announce details of London O2 Arena show and new single. 

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The Vaccines have announced details of their biggest U.K. headline show to date at the O2 Arena in London on Thursday May 2nd 2013.

Tickets for the show will be priced at £26 and go on presale to the fan base via Ticketmaster on Wednesday 19th September and general sale at 9am on Friday 21st September via www.gigsandtours.com and www.seetickets.com.  To hear about it first, please join the newsletter at www.thevaccines.co.uk

The band have also announced details of the release of a new single, I Always Knew through Columbia Records on Sunday November 11th 2012.

Released on download and 7”, the single continues the theme of each band member writing a B-Side – this time drummer Pete Roberston contributes by writing and singing the B-side Make You Mine which was produced by Matt Boynton (Kurt Vile) at Vacation Island Studios  in Brooklyn.

The single is taken from their 2nd album, The Vaccines Come Of Age,  which made number 1 last week – it was one of the biggest selling number 1s of the year so far.

It 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 also set to head out on a U.K. tour in November – many of the dates have already sold-out.

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 remaining November dates are available to buy via gigsandtours.com  and 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

16th Nov Cardiff University – SOLD OUT

17th Nov London, Alexandra Palace – SOLD OUT

19th Nov Leicester, De Montfort Hall – SOLD OUT

21st Nov Manchester, O2 Apollo – SOLD OUT

22nd Nov Liverpool, University – SOLD OUT

23rd Nov Doncaster, Dome – SOLD OUT

25th Nov Glasgow, O2 Academy – SOLD OUT

26th Nov Glasgow, O2 Academy – SOLD OUT

27th Nov Newcastle, O2 Academy – SOLD OUT

29th Nov Birmingham, O2 Academy – SOLD OUT

30th Nov Bournemouth, O2 Academy – SOLD OUT

2nd May 2013 London, O2 Arena

 

Track Of The Day: I Am Giant – Purple Heart

I Am Giant have announced their new single ‘Purple Heart’ will be released on September 10th2012. Currently winning support on BBC Radio One as Zane Lowe’s ‘Next Hype’ as well as on XFM, Kerrang! Radio and Q Radio, ‘Purple Heart’ is the first single taken from the band’s forthcoming album ‘The Horrifying Truth’, released this October.

In what is proving to be a mammoth month for the London based 4-piece, I Am Giant have just played three shows as support to rock legend Slash on his Australian tour, before returning to the UK for their headline tour this September, including a single release show for ‘Purple Heart’ at The Garage in London on September 13th.

With an impressive 56,000+ loyal fans on Facebook and over 1,000 international members of their ‘IAG Army’, I Am Giant have amassed a huge worldwide following with four #1 rock singles and a #2 album in New Zealand, music videos featuring skate and surfing icons Tony Hawk and Kelly Slater, a UK tour with Taking Back Sunday, performances at Big Day Out in Auckland and Sydney, opening for Stone Temple Pilots in Singapore, touring throughout Asia several times, and playing the prestigious Viper Room and Mercury Lounge in the US.

This October sees the highly anticipated European release of I Am Giant’s debut album ‘The Horrifying Truth’, recorded with acclaimed producer Forrester Savell (Karnivool, Dead Letter Circus, The Butterfly Effect).

On ‘The Horrifying Truth’, I Am Giant have bound together what they describe as “a collection of stories, thoughts, observations and exploration” into a cohesive and hard-hitting explosion of sound and melody. From the first song and forthcoming single ‘Purple Heart’ to closer ‘After The War’, the sharp lyrical themes draw the listener into the band’s growing awareness of mortality and loss of innocence.

And yet, I Am Giant have produced an album fuelled by youthful idealism, not despite but because of the hard-learned lessons that are a reality of modern life. ‘The Horrifying Truth’ is pure, unadulterated rock, with its heart on its sleeve and an unquenchable fire in its soul.

I Am Giant release the single ‘Purple Heart’ on September 10th. Their debut album ‘The Horrifying Truth’ is released this October.

I AM GIANT UK TOUR 2012;

12th Sept – BIRMINGHAM – Roadhouse
13th Sept – LONDON – The Garage (single launch show)
14th Sept – LYMINGTON – Windfest Festival
15th Sept – PETERBOROUGH – Club Revolution
16th Sept – LEICESTER – Soundhouse
17th Sept – DONCASTER – Leopard
19th Sept – GUILDFORD – Boileroom
20th Sept – SOUTHAMPTON – Joiners
21st Sept – BRIGHTON – The Hope
11th Oct – READING – Sub 89
12th Oct – MANCHESTER – Retro
15th Oct – GLASGOW – The Hug & Pint
16th Oct – NOTTINGHAM – Rescue Rooms
17th Oct – SHEFFIELD – Corporation
18th Oct – PORTSMOUTH – Wedgewood Rooms
19thOct – KINGSTON – The Peel

Vote For Your Favourite Track Of The Day!

Here’s the tracks for you to choose from, just select your favourite! If you need a reminder, the links are below the form!

If you need a refresher, find the videos behind these links but make sure you come back and vote for your favourite!

  1. Laurie Ann Layne – Local Honey
  2. Wet Nuns – Why You So Cold?
  3. Spiders- Subtle Differences
  4. Griswolds – Heart Of A Lion
  5. Rival Sons – Pressure And Time
  6. Learn To Swim – I Can See Right Through You
  7. Drop Dead Pin-Ups – Runaway