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.

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Downloadable PDF of some of the coverage our acts have received in the last year or so. Click here to view/download.

“Like a 1960s gem unearthed in a junk shop…”

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Four stars in The Guardian, Q, The Mirror, the Sunday Times Culture and the Observer and 8 out of 10 in Uncut for the new Sarah Cracknell solo LP – the absolutely gorgeous Red Kite.

“I’m not a moaner!”

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Sarah Cracknell‘s gorgeous new solo LP Red Kite is out next week. Q love it (4 out of 5), Uncut love it (8 out of 10) and the Observer wrote a really ace piece on her here.

Return Of The Mountain People

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A handful of reviews of the Super Furry Animals recent phenomenal shows. Full marks in the NME. Can’t argue with that. What a band.

SFA’s past still sounds like the future.” NME 10/10

These homecoming gods showed us the old magic.” The Guardian 4/5

A giant psychedelic wig-out.” Evening Standard 4/5

In a musical landscape of homogenous music, we need their anti-establishment, psychedelic, experimental, defiantly alternative, furry fury to return.” The Independent 4/5

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