Believe it or not, but once upon a time the only way to hear The Libertines' music was to track the band down to a whichever decrepit boozer they were playing that week.
Now, though, it's somewhat different. The ramshackle four-piece thrive on chaos, and their return has been nothing if not chaotic – but away from the lurid headlines, The Libertines have delivered a perfectly fine third album and played some truly inspiring shows.
Shows like this one. The band hit the O2 Arena in London last night (January 30th) for a packed out date, the biggest UK headline performance of their career to date.
Clash photographer Katy Cummings was on hand to capture the action…
D∆WN has shared her incredible Machinedrum-produced new single 'Not Above That'.
The singer released last year's 'Blackheart' full length to astonishing acclaim, but she's not ready to stop there.
Forthcoming solo record 'RED•emp•tion' is the final part of a trilogy, an ambitious songwriting arc that breaks free of any formal definition.
New single 'Not Above That' is out now on Local Action, and it's an incredible return. Machinedrum is on production, and his approach is difficult to pin down.
There are loose shades of footwork's rhythmic dexterity, of PC Music's incredible hyper-real colours, even of that out-there R&B sound, but what truly shines through is D∆WN's otherworldly delivery.
Impossible to pin down and thoroughly new, you can check it out now.
For a while there, it seemed as though 'Oil On Ice' was going to slip through the tracks, become one of those mythical lost tunes.
JT The Goon sculpted the riddim more than 18 months ago, with Rabit giving it a high-profile spin on Rinse FM. An infectious, near irresistible ear worm, it captured the attention of Blackdown – who then spent months tracking it down.
After a mammoth digital journey, it's finally gaining a full release. Keysound take charge of ushering 'Oil On Ice' out into the watching world, and it couldn't have found a more apt home.
Those grime-charged beats sit within familiar ground for the label, but it's more the track's insistence to exist in its own space, on its own terms, that fits the Keysound mindset.
The full EP contains several VIP versions – Clash is able to premiere 'Oil On Ice' (VIP Version 2), and it's a spring-heeled monster.
Check it out now.
The Libertines are back.
The good ship Albion is set to sale down the Thames once more this weekend, with the four-piece set to play a headline slot at London's O2 Arena on Saturday night (January 30th).
It's the culmination of a remarkable comeback that has combined press infamy and fan worship, alongside their first studio album in a decade.
With just a few hours to go until stage time, The Libertines have sneaked out a tour playlist to Clash. There are some surprises in here – sure, every expects to see The Clash or The Smiths beside the band's stereo, but James Blake, Thundercat and Digable Planets are amongst the more left field choices.
Tune in below.
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The Smiths – 'This Charming Man'
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ELO – 'Last Train To London'
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The Move – 'Fire Brigade'
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The Maccabees – 'Pelican'
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Digable Planets – 'Black Ego'
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James Blake – 'Retrograde'
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The Clash – '1977'
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Thundercat – 'Turbotron'
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Paul McCartney – 'Another Day'
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The Libertines will play London's O2 Arena on January 30th.
Bombay Bicycle Club have confirmed that they are taking a break.
The band released their debut album while still in their teens, and since then it's been an explosive mixture of studio albums, live dates and side projects.
The group's future has been the subject of much speculation for some time, with Bombay Bicycle Club confirming the news a few moments ago.
Placing a note on Twitter the band confirmed: "Right now we aren’t working on new music and don’t have plans to do so any time soon…"
Some words from us pic.twitter.com/QbBrniQIlW
— Bombay Bicycle Club (@BombayBicycle) January 29, 2016
Henry Wu is a name you should know. Part of Peckham’s 22a collective (which we included in our roundup as one of seven of the labels which defined 2015), the crew has been throwing down jazzy, soulful ideas for some time now. Henry recently hooked up with producer K15 and Alex Nut’s esteemed Eglo for a brand new collaborative ‘Wu15’ EP, which veers across hip-hop, house and soul, and has enjoyed lots of club bumping in the process.
Now the DJ / producer has pieced us together a special mix, an eclectic thirty minutes of jazzy percussion swings, breakbeats and smooth melodic house. There’s no tracklist supplied, but Wu’s told us that there’s some IG Culture, Seiji, Karizma, Kaidi Tatham, Ge-ology and Mark De-Clive Lowe in there.
It’s rich, dreamy, and pure vibes. Click play and ease into the weekend.
John Joseph Brill has shared new track 'False Names' – tune in now.
The songwriter recently went into Liverpool's Elevator Studios, working on new material. Emerging with an EP, the material will see the light of day this Spring.
Lead track 'False Names' will be released on March 18th, and it's an entrancing return from a striking talent.
"We'll go spinning through the neon, winning new friends…"
The Raveonettes have shared new track 'This World is Empty (Without You)'.
The Danish duo recently kicked off a new project, with RAVE-SOUND-OF-THE-MONTH set to bring fans a monthly blast of new material over the next 12 months.
There's no plan, no end game in sight – simply a spur to move the band forwards. RAVE-SOUND-OF-THE-MONTH opens with a new Raveonettes cut, with 'This World is Empty (Without You)' available to stream now.
Distorted but utterly heartfelt, this is prime Raveonettes' fare. Check it out now.
Susanna has shared engrossing new track 'Burning Sea' – check it out now.
The Norwegian artist is a cult figure, releasing a string of albums over the past decade. Gaining prominence as an interpretor of other artist's material, her own writing stands up as engrossing, emotive fare.
New album 'Triangle' arrives on April 22nd, with Susanna deciding to place lead cut 'Burning Sea' online. An emphatic, poetic return, the track is “the experience of giving in to something, surrender, and feeling trapped at the same time, both wonderful and dangerous. I wrote this song in LA where a lot of the material for the album came to life. I am very fascinated by the sunny, beautiful and urban in combination with the pumping undercurrents of creativity in that city.”
Check it out now.
Gideon Bensen is probably best known as a member of The Preatures, with the Australian group taking their sound worldwide.
Turning solo, Gideon will release new EP 'Cold Cold Heart' next month. Out on February 12th, new track 'Talk Talk' airs first on Clash.
It's a crisp return – pop, but never obvious, the chorus gets its hooks in you and refuses to let go.
Check out the video below.
'Cold Cold Heart' will be released on February 12th.