Set Fire To The Stars

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The mighty Gruff Rhys finally releases the soundtrack to the Dylan Thomas movie Set Fire To The Stars via crate-diggers extraordinaire Finders Keepers. The soundtrack – a mix of astral jazz and blissful Americana is out on September 30th.

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Mapping the Rendezvous

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Next month, Courteeners return with a huge record and their biggest UK tour to date. The band release Mapping the Rendezvous via Ignition Records on October 28th. The UK tour starts in Stoke on Trent on November 10th. Hear album tracks The 17th and No One Will Ever Replace Us here.

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The Return of Paul Draper

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Paul Draper, the former frontman of one of Britpop’s most iconic rock’n’roll bands (Mansun) returns after a twelve-year hiatus. His first recordings are released on EP ONE. They’re ace. Album on its way – watch this space for info.

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Born Again

The first reviews of Underworld‘s Barbara, Barbara we face a shining future are in. More to come very soon.

“Rich in possibilities… Born again.” Q
“Recharged… It’s elemental Underworld… their most generous work in years.” Mojo
“Their best since 1999’s Beaucoup Fish.” Uncut
“Hypnotic, weird and wise.” GQ
“Vintage Underworld.” Mixmag

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Barbara Barbara, we face a shining future

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It’s fair to say that Barbara Barbara, we face a shining future finds Underworld creatively reborn. Its seven tracks are fleet-footed, raw and spontaneous – a direct result of a strict working process in the studio that saw the band (Rick Smith and Karl Hyde) write entirely new music each time they met. That process has helped produce an album that stands alongside the recently reissued classics dubnobasswithmyheadman and Second Toughest In The Infants.

So what can one expect from that shining future then? The opening punch of a two-note detuned bass riff crunching over relentless percussion; the elegiac swoop of strings as they stretching out across off-world electronics; a demented lupine howl that curls itself into an unshakeable earworm; celestial techno and South American acoustics; voices that warp into harmonic riffs; found lyrics that form fine-tuned monologues; head music to dance to… and the best Underworld record in years.

Barbara Barbara, we face a shining future is released in March.

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Season’s Greetings, Courteeners Style

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The onward march of one of the biggest bands in the UK continues. Courteeners tour is packing them in all over. The record is all over radio. Just announced for next year’s Reading and Leeds Festivals. Bigger things to come in 2016!

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Very Proud…

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Gaz CoombesMatador has been nominated as an album of the year by the folks behind the Mercury Prize.