Daughn Gibson is a striking, bold voice, with his two studio albums revealing a songwriter is quite sustained power.
New record 'Carnation' is due to be released shortly, a darkly humorous record which shares much with American fiction writers such as Raymond Carver.
As a prelude, Daughn Gibson has placed new track 'It Wants Everything' online – a Southern gothic fable penned from the point of view of a drunk and belligerent "jester of circumstance”.
Check it out now.
'Carnation' is set to be released on June 8th.
Adam Horovitz has always been a man of many talents.
After all, the Beastie Boys rapper has spent his life creating art – musical or otherwise – and his current endeavours simply follow suit. Making music, remixing friends and scoring documentaries, the MC has also found time to star in While We're Young, a new venture from Noah Baumbach.
“It definitely wasn't something I was planning on,” he explains. “The director, Noah Baumbach, is an old friend of my sister and I invited him to come see this band I have with a friend of mine. He came, and we were just having drinks afterwards and he was like: hey, you want to be in my movie? So that's how it happened.”
Famed for his often curious choice of cast, Noah must have seen something indelible within the rapper. “I don't know why he thought it would be a good idea to have me be in his movie,” Adam admits. “Clearly, it wasn't my body of work as an actor.”
A rare full length feature film appearance, Adam Horovitz admits that he, rather mistakenly, expected the process to be rather a lot simpler than it actually was. “I thought it was going to be a lot easier,” he says, before correcting himself: “Not easier, but I thought I was going to be a lot cooler.”
“I showed up, I was like: yeah, it's not big deal. I've been all over the world! What's the big deal? And then I was sitting down opposite Ben Stiller with cameras and everything and I was like: oh shit. This is a real thing. This isn't like me and my two stupid friends making a video.”
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In the film Adam Horovitz plays a sort of informal counsel to Ben Stiller, as the central character attempts to adjust to the knowledge that his youth has, for the most part, gone. “Accepting your place in the world, your current state of being,” the rapper explains. “I guess we're all trying to do that. I accept that I'm not 22. It was interesting, it was definitely interesting.”
Once again, though, the rapper found his experiences of the acting process didn't quite meet reliaty. “When he said, do you want to be in my movie and then I read the script the next day it definitely wasn't what I thought it would be,” Horovitz admits. “Not that I had a thought about what it would be, but I was like: oh, OK. This is like an actual thing that you have to be an actor to do.”
Thrust in front of the glare of the cameras with a script to memorise, Adam Horovitz was forced to focus in a manner the free-form world of the Beastie Boys didn't quite preclude. “It was more, I guess, a learning process preparing for it because I've never really prepared for anything in my life before. If that makes sense.”
Equally, familial ties placed extra pressure on the actor. “Basically, my sister stressed me out. She said: you'd better prepare for this. But being on a set… I've done all of that stuff before. I guess actors, when they're in a serious movie, there's not a lot of hanging out, chit chatting. Everybody's in their zone, focussed.”
Out now, While We're Young is a warm, charming and frequently funny film, aided in no small part by a sweet turn from Horovitz himself. Asked to evaluate the final product, the Beastie Boy admits he was slightly surprised by the finished project. “I thought I did good,” he says. “It's weird watching yourself doing that sort of thing but I didn't hate it. I wasn't embarrassed, which is nice. I can't say that about everything. I've certainly done embarrassing things caught on film before.”
Close friend James Murphy arranges the sound, but it appears that Ad-Rock's services weren't required. “I guess James Murphy is better at it than me,” he laughs. “That's the message I'm getting sent. I've known Noah for about 20 years and, y'know, he asks James to do what… two, three different movies? But that's cool. James is cool.”
Recently completing a handful of soundtrack projects himself, Adam Horovitz has found that, even with the Beastie Boys now over, he can't break out of the habit of creating something new each day. “Force of habit I make music almost every day,” he states. “Some sort of music. Just on my computer. Some people play video games or whatever and I make music. I don't know that anything will ever come of it but it's just… it's what I do.”
“It makes me happy, working on music,” he admits. “I guess also because the program I use, Reason, is kind of like a video game, so it's kind of like I'm playing video games. It's like playing Tetris. It's like sonic Space Invaders.”
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We always did it together in the same room. Writing, recording, everything.
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Alongside this, Ad-Rock is currently sifting through the Beastie Boys tapes for a potential archival release. “There are specific tapes that I want to go through and edit and mix around and do something with,” he says. “I feel like, somebody'll like 'em!”
“Specifically, the one thing that I have on my mind is that in a few different practise spaces we would practise at every day and just jam and make music and no one's ever heard any of that stuff,” he says. “It's pretty bad, so that's probably the reason. Some of that music is what turned into other songs of ours. And so I thought that would be cool: if you like our band then you would be interested in hearing where this sort of thing came from.”
The musician's current career seems to be formed by two strands: one nostalgic, the other grasping towards the future. Together, Ad-Rock and Mike D are penning a joint memoir, one that will encompass the Beastie Boys' career in its entirety.
“I don't know what it's going to end up to be,” he admits, “but what we're writing so far is just picking different things to write about. And then I'll write some of them and he'll write some of them. And then we send them to each other and comment on them – that's what we've been doing. I don't know what it's going to end up to be like but that's what we got so far.”
The two are working with an editor who will then help assemble something more structured, but Ad-Rock points out that this joint writing style directly echoes the manner in which Beastie Boys actually worked. “For the most part we always wrote lyrics together,” he states. “The three of us would be together almost every word that we said. And so that was maybe a backwards way to do things, but that's how we always did it. We always did it together in the same room. Writing, recording, everything.”
Two years from the death of close friend and collaborator Adam Yauch, there's still a sense of loss hanging over the conversation. Jovial, self-deprecating when discussing his acting role, the rapper's voice turns austere when reflecting on life without Beastie Boys.
“Well, that's what I'm doing now,” he states. “Just trying different things to see what I enjoy doing. We're writing this book, I was in a movie, I'm working on some music with friends, doing some soundtrack work. Trying to see what happens next.”
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While We're Young is out now.
Titus Andronicus are, somewhat loosely, a punk band.
A punk named after a William Shakespeare play, who write concept albums based on the American Civil War and kinda just do whatever the hell they feel like.
The kind of punk band. New album 'The Most Lamentable Tragedy' will be released on August 7th, a concept record billed as a “work of fiction”.
It features the protagonist meeting his doppleganger, the revelation of long held secrets and what the press sheet bills as “the shocking revelation that the very thing that sustains him may be the thing to destroy him”.
New track 'Dimed Out' is online now – check it out below.
In actual fact Lina Stores – the London deli described by Google as a ‘Family-run veteran deli piled high with homemade pasta, cheese, cured meats and groceries’ – has little to do with Gourmet’s SS15 collection; that is, the shoes themselves are not a product of the eatery.
But something (the brand name, trainer colourways, clever visual merchandising) means the partnership makes for a pretty perfect match. Accompanied by a clip shot in the store – notably voiced over by founder Greg Lucci – it’s enough to make you nostalgic for all those ‘supermarkets sell clothes too’ type features that made the cut in every glossy about a decade ago.
The collection itself actually references ‘one of the most heralded private car collections in the world’ (!). Newbies include the Netto (a functional low top runner and part of the GRMT DNA line), while the women’s collection too now boasts adaptions of the Quadici Lite and 35 Lite series.
Some tracks take time to find an audience.
Initially released as 'Retrospect' on Love & Other, Kokiri's latest has definitely tread a lengthy and somewhat awkward path.
Hammered by Annie Mac and Pete Tong, strong radio support saw the tune licensed to Ministry Of Sound. Re-tooled as 'Turn Back Time (Retrospect)', the tracks gain a full release on June 14th, just as the summer sun will begin to rise.
A host of remixes have been secured, with Clash able to bring you something special. Preditah owes his roots to the grime scene, but the producer has never been constrained to any one genre.
Lending a roughneck flavour to Kokiri's beat, 'Turn Back Time (Retrospect)' gets turned into a bass-weighted monster.
Check it out now.
With its furious rhythms and pitched up synths, shangaan electro can sometimes be an intimidating prospect.
Nozinja returns to his romantic roots, though, on new track 'Nwa Baloyi'. Sure, the electric tempos are still in place but there's a softness, a tenderness to the arrangement.
Featured vocalist Bafana Kunene sings: "I love you Miss Baloyi – she is my rock, she is my stone, she is everything you can imagine".
Check it out now.
Nozinja is set to release new album 'Nozinja Lodge' through Warp Records on June 1st.
Nosaj Thing – real name Jason Chung – first began catching wider attention some six years ago.
A producer loosely linked to the Low End Theory coterie – itself governed more by approach than any shared aesthetic – it seemed that the Los Angeles beat maker was willing to break any rule placed in his way.
Fast forward six years and across a series of albums Nosaj Thing has deftly subverted notions of what his music should sound like and how it should operate.
Recently working with both Toro Y Moi and Kendrick Lamar before heading into the studio under his own steam, new album 'Fated' touches on everything from hip hop to IDM, ambient and straight up pop.
Out on May 4th, Clash invited Nosaj Thing to name a few vital influences on his new record.
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DJ Rashad – 'Pass That Shit'
Rashad's music hit me right away since I first heard it. His sound inspired so many of us in such a short amount of time. RIP Rashad.
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Whoarei – 'Adore'
My friend Adam Guzman does 90% of the graphic design for my records and art directs our label, timetable records. He found Whoarei on a blog and told me to check it out… got so hyped, we signed him. He's 22 from NorCal and already has an effortless style of his own. He's on my new album coming out and when I was in the studio with Kendrick, I felt like his sound would fit so I played it for him and he started to record on it. The track ended up on 'To Pimp A Butterfly'. His debut LP will be out soon on Timetable.
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Katie Gately – 'Pivot'
I don't remember how I found Katie's music but I just emailed her after I heard it and she happened to be in LA. We just vibed out and ended up making a track together called '2K'. She ended up taking over the session and started manipulating her voice. I hope to work with her again soon.
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Motor City Drum Ensemble – 'Raw Cuts #6'
Chaz from Toro y Moi put me onto mcde a while back and this tracks been on constant rotation when I do DJ gigs. I'm just really into this groove with the nice chords.
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I can't really achieve true silence at home but I just like to tune everything out and just clear my mind before I work. It takes me a while to get in the right zone to start writing. I'm just learning how to better my focus.
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'Fated' is set to be released on May 4th through Timetable / Innovative Leisure.
Few joint releases in electronic music are truly collaborative.
Due to conflicting schedules and the ease of communication, many so-called collaborations rely on email chains and Skype sessions.
'Desert Rose' is the result: a rippling, percussive electronic jam which exists in the slipstream between house and techno.
Released on 12 inch vinyl on May 11th (digital follows on May 25th), fans can grab three versions of the track. Clash is able to premiere a much deeper, NYC Mix from northern talent Burnski.
Beneath that trademark shuffle there's a tense, metallic techno groove, the two elements playing against one another to create a real sense of tension and release. The stuttering vocal samples burst out of the mix, with the jagged keys adding some flavour.
Check it out now.
James Canty is a one off.
Exiled from his native Essex, the songwriter has played everywhere from Dresden dive bars to Barry Island bingo nights.
Along the way, the English artist has developed a light, poetic touch – as endearing as it is devastating.
Working with Joe Wills, new EP 'Love' touches on the big subjects – love, passion, inspiration and death, even – in a manner which is fresh, approachable.
The musical palette borders on baroque pop, with gentle harpsichords and whimsical psychedelic effects fluttering around his utterly English vocal.
Out on May 4th, Clash is able to premiere the video for the title track. A stark, monochrome clip, it focusses on James Canty and allows the songwriter to display some of his natural charisma.
Check it out now.
Seth Troxler announced plans for a one off party earlier this year, taking control of London's Tobacco Docks for a celebration of Acid House.
Taking place on August 8th, the party's line up was kept under wraps. Now, the extrovert selector has announced who will be joining him at Tobacco Dock…
A day long celebration of Acid House, the line up includes Marshall Jefferson, DJ Harvey, Jackmaster, Skream and more.
The Martinez Brothers will be on hand, while Craig Richards has also been named on the line up.
Tickets are on sale now.
Seth Troxler's Acid Future takes place on August 8th.