Paul McCartney has announced plans for a new solo compilation titled 'Pure McCartney'.

The release will be available in both 2CD and 4CD versions (alongside digital and vinyl releases), with the iconic songwriter overseeing the curation himself.

The tracklisting moves from those early solo endeavours through his globe-trotting Wings career, as well as lesser noted endeavours such as the electronic-inclined The Fireman project.

"Me and my team came up with the idea of putting together a collection of my recordings with nothing else in mind other than having something fun to listen to," Paul comments. "Maybe it's to be enjoyed on a long car journey or an evening at home or at a party with friends? So we got our heads together and came up with these diverse playlists from various periods of my long and winding career".

"The word 'career' is a bit misleading because to me it has been more like a musical adventure than a proper job," he continues. "It pleases me, and often amazes me, that I've been involved in the writing and recording of so many songs, each of them so different from the others".

Pre-order 'Pure McCartney' HERE.

'Pure McCartney' is due to be released on June 10th. Tracklisting:

DISC 1
1 Maybe I'm Amazed
2 Heart Of The Country
3 Jet
4 Warm And Beautiful
5 Listen To What The Man Said
6 Dear Boy
7 Silly Love Songs
8 The Song We Were Singing
9 Uncle Albert / Admiral Halsey
10 Another Day
11 Sing The Changes
12 Jenny Wren
13 Save Us
14 Mrs Vandebilt
15 Mull of Kintyre
16 Let 'Em In
17 Let Me Roll It
18 Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five
19 Ebony and Ivory

DISC 2
1 Band on the Run
2 Arrow Through Me
3 My Love
4 Live and Let Die
5 Too Much Rain
6 Goodnight Tonight
7 Say Say Say [2015 Remix]
8 My Valentine
9 The World Tonight
10 Pipes of Peace
11 Dance Tonight
12 Here Today
13 Wanderlust
14 Great Day
15 Coming Up
16 No More Lonely Nights
17 Only Mama Knows
18 With a Little Luck
19 Hope For The Future
20 Junk

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It's remarkable how mono-lingual the pop world is.

How often do you hear French, or Spanish, or Polish, even, on British radio? Pretty much never, we can assure you.

But this means that avant pop talents can hone their skills outwith Britain. Take Brodka, whose stunning pop vision has remained locked out of British music because she sang in her own language.

The Polish performer will release her debut English language album 'Clashes' later this year, allowing UK audiences to catch up with her remarkable work.

New video 'Horses' is online now, and it's a surreal dreamscape, both striking and entirely inviting. Brodka says in the press note:

"It's about transformation and spiritual metamorphose. Mechanical horses. Glorifying of metal and cars. An escape into an imaginary world."

Check it out now.

'Clashes' is due to be released on May 13th.

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Proxima already comes with a bit of a rep.

The bass prodigy strikes hard, with his impeccable productions matching a cerebral flow to sub-low bedlam.

The producer is set to hook up with Neosignal for his next EP, a four track rinse out on sister label Neodigital that stretches those breaks until they shatter.

Out shortly, Clash is able to premiere new cut 'Ruff Scuff' and it's a potent example of where Proxima's head is at these days.

Brutal bass distortion allied to unrelenting torrents of percussive, it's a rib cage rattler that will seduce the crowds.

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Prolific Texan four-piece White Denim are at it again. Ten years on from the band’s formation, they are on the verge of dropping their seventh full length record. The most unusual thing about ‘Stiff’, though, is that it is the group’s first album working with an external producer – Ethan Johns. However, unusual is suitably apt when describing White Denim, and lead guitarist and vocalist James Petralli wouldn’t have it any other way. We caught up with him to chat about artwork, literal symmetry and learning how to not care.

‘Stiff’ is the first album since the band’s reformation with Jonathon Horne and Jeff Olson coming into the band on guitar and drums respectively. Before even thinking about making a new album, James and the band’s co-founder Steve Terebecki had a lot of thinking to do elsewhere. James says he had to think about where the band had been, what it had become and whether there was a future for White Denim:

“When we were discussing whether it was a good idea to continue with the group, we were a bit nostalgic about making those first records… it was very much a ‘anything goes’ sort of environment, we really didn’t have any expectations of each other and it was just fun. So we thought if we’re really gonna do this then we have to actively reset. We wanted to get back to that kind of spirit. We made fun tunes on the last record and we were definitely chasing something new (on this record). It was just a case of getting back to not caring that much about how people might perceive it or how technical certain things are, we just wanted to go with what feels good”.

It’s refreshing to hear someone talk so candidly about the identity of a band and how that identity evolves with time. Surroundings change, sounds change and whether we like it or not, we all change as Mother Nature and Father Time take their toll. The most obvious sign of change in this case has been the introduction of Jonathan Horne and Jeff Olson on guitar and drums respectively in place of Joshua Block and Austin Jenkins. James expands on how they knew each other and how it came to be that they hooked up:

“I met Jeff a few years back at a White Denim gig and he said he was really into what we were doing. That night we were playing very different stuff from usual White Denim so I thought ‘if this guy likes this, I’m gonna remember this guy!’ and Jonathan is really good friend of Steve’s and has been in Austin forever playing a lot of free jazz and noise music so we thought it’d be a pretty interesting mix to get him in a straight-up rock n’ roll band.”

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Petralli is again charmingly honest talking about how the guys are settling in and the new band dynamic:

“They’re still kind of finding their feet so it’s being heavily led by Steve and myself. They’ve got a lot of back catalogue to learn and it’s not exactly easy material. They’re not dropping too many ideas yet, but the ones they do drop are generally pretty great. Before we never really had to talk about anything…over 10 years of working together we had worked out a way of working together without having to talk about too many things”.

2016 marks the ten-year anniversary of the inception of White Denim. The fact that they are where they are without ever (up ‘til now) having used a producer is massive testament to their continuing creativity and durability. So having Ethan Johns fully on board for Stiff is a big deal. Johns, who oversaw the entire production of the record has a pretty impressive track record and has worked with the likes of Paul McCartney and Laura Marling among others. On paper he seemed like the perfect fit to work with Petralli and co. However, James has another explanation for his choosing Johns as producer for ‘Stiff’:

“He was the only guy we had ever actually taken a meeting with, as we’ve always taken care of ourselves…But he talked to us about music and that he might wanna make a record for us and it was as though ‘this guy seems cool, he definitely speaks the same language as we do, and seems to want to make records the same way we do’. It was less a case of his track record, and more just the way he presented himself as a guy who likes to hang out, just playing guitars and drums and shit!”

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We were a bit nostalgic about making those first records…

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It’s clear James has a penchant for searing, yet endearing honesty. He goes on to describe how having an external figure in the studio helps the recording process in other ways: “It was really good to have someone to help especially as I was working with two new guys in the band. Sometimes to social aspects of music making can be pretty difficult to navigate so it was great to have an outside party steering the ship. It was cool, he had a lot of great ideas, and he’s a great musician so he played on the record too.”

Slotted right into the middle of the album are two tracks decisively different from the fast rock on either side. ‘Take It Easy’ and ‘I’m The One’ are far from the White Denim we have all gotten to know so well. As explained, it’s the placement of the tracks that’s most interesting and as James explains, there was another force at hand in choosing the track order: “To be honest, I didn’t really think about it as much as I have done on previous records. I didn’t have time to really analyse all the material in that way, it was more ‘yeah that seems good’. Also a lot of that comes down to giving Ethan more control, to make sure he could bring everything he wanted to the piece.

Going over the album you can’t help but notice little nods back to some of their old content most obvious of which is the fact that Stiff spelt backwards almost reads fits. Another nod is the track ‘Mirrored In Reverse’ which is a clear reference to the Fits track ‘Mirrored And Reverse’. With a chuckle, James admits that these are very much deliberate, but nothing more profound than that.

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“It was definitely a no-fucks-given situation!”

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It doesn’t often come up in interviews but occasionally album artwork can be of major importance and interest to the artist in question. The artwork for 'Stiff' is indeed immediately striking and has a bit of everything – a little bit cheeky, a not-so-subtle hint of innuendo and all very tongue in cheek. It comes courtesy of Eugenia Loli, an artist who Steve loves and produces a lot of collage work, and is similar to some of the band’s previous covers. The artist that White Denim have often worked with in the past wasn’t able to contribute on this one and James explains that getting Eugenia involved was a simple case of reaching out and asking: “(Steve) just got in touch with her and she kindly agreed to do the artwork for us. Personally I really like how similar the aesthetic is to what we used to do.”

There’s no doubt album covers are interesting things – there are plenty of ‘best artwork of the year’ lists and awards, but it’s rare that ‘best album’ and ‘best artwork’ awards match. It makes you think about the relationship between the two. Pratelli puts forward his own view on their relationship as well as the artwork for ‘Stiff’: “I like sitting with the artwork while I’m listening to a record. It’s something I’ve always done since I was a kid. I think it’s pretty important but it’s difficult for us because we’re not visual artists. This is the first time we’ve not had some kind of collaboration with the artist, but I like this one for sure, I think it’s funny and also relates to the tunes. Having said all that, I love a lot of records with terrible covers, I’ve even made a lot of records with terrible covers! At least if it’s terrible you hope people will find some kind of humour in that!”

Petralli gives off an enviable laid-back aura, and seems to live in a place not consumed by social media presence, but a place where people simply “hang out, just playing guitars and drums and shit”. In the most endearing way possible, that quote sums up Petralli and White Denim as a band. As we continue to chat about the band’s record history, touring and all round White Denim vibes, he musters the line: “It was definitely a no-fucks-given situation!”

This is a band who are consistently creative, prolific and, above all, in the constant pursuit of fun.

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'Stiff' is out now.

Catch White Denim at the following shows:

October
5 Glasgow ABC
6 Leeds University Union
7 Manchester The Ritz
8 Bristol The Academy
10 Nottingham Rock City
11 London Roundhouse

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Roving reporter Reshma B is back once again with the latest goings-on from the world of reggae and dancehall…

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“Love your brothers and love your sisters,” sang Martin James Norman Riley, a distinguished vocalist known to music lovers the world over as Jimmy Riley who passed away around the dawning of March 23rd. Mr. Riley grew up in the musically blessed and economically stressed Waterhouse section of Western Kingston, and attended school with Slim Smith, with whom he would later record the timeless 'My Conversation' as a member of the seminal Jamaican harmony group The Uniques. He also applied his rich and soulful voice to solo recordings like 'Love & Devotion' produced by Sly & Robbie and a cover of Marvin Gaye's 'Sexual Healing' that topped the UK reggae charts. His musical legacy is further enriched by the fact that he was the father of Tarrus Riley, with whom he often shared the stage.

In an Instagram post, Tarrus Riley reaffirmed that “Jah Jah Run Tings, so I nuh need fi worry. Give thanks for all blessings seen n unseen from this time forth forevermore.”

Police in Croydon have reportedly instituted a ban on bashment music, claiming that it’s tied to crime and disorder. A letter from police advised one club was criticised for playing "what this borough finds unacceptable forms of music”. Dice Bar owner Roy Seda says he has had uncover cops in his club monitoring the music and has been forced to sack DJs for playing dancehall, even though customers often request the popular music. “They think I'm a racist”, he told a local newspaper. “All I can say is I am really sorry but the Metropolitan Police has told us [not to play bashment] and, if we do, I will lose my license. Someone has to stand up and say this isn't right”.

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TRACKS
Chino McGregor and his brother Stephen a.k.a. 'Di Genius' have just dropped a hard-hitting track called ‘Zero Tolerance’. The sons of reggae legend Freddie McGregor are best known for dancehall-style cuts but their latest release finds them dropping revolutionary rhymes over a heavy roots track. Watch for their album ‘G.M.T.A.’ coming later this year.

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Check out Stephen McGregor talking about the latest Big Ship production…

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RIDDIMS
DJ Frass is dominating the dancehall with his new ‘All Inclusive’ riddim, a minimalist, high-energy beat that builds to a frenzied climax. Sean Paul liked the track so much he voiced two songs – the girls tune ‘Wine It’ and a more conscious cut called ‘Give Thanks For Life’. Hot new DJs Jahmiel and Vershon represent well in the juggling with ‘You Can Do It Too’ and ‘Feeling High’ respectively, but the sure-shot has to be Mavado’s ‘Big Bumpa Gal’ because as usual, it’s all about the girls. Check out this interview with new artist Jahmiel, on how he linked with the Gully Gad…

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ALBUMS
Since stepping on the scene in 2013, Alkaline has proved to be one of dancehall’s more controversial artists. From his extremely hardcore lyrics to the fuss over eyeballs – which he initially claimed were tattooed black, although it now appears that they were contact lenses – Alka keeps people talking. He has been criticised for emulating Vybz Kartel’s style and image, but there’s no doubt that the artist has plenty of talent of his own.

His first official album, ‘Level Unlocked’ is slated to drop on Zojak Records this month. Judging by the first single, ‘Champion Boy’, which was watched over half a million times in its first two weeks of release, Alkaline will continue to keep his fans enthralled and his haters annoyed.

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GIGS
If its April it must be time for Coachella. California turns upside down each year as one of the most popular music festival plans to take over for two consecutive weekends. This year if you are a reggae fan then its all about Chronixx and Protoje, the two who collaborated on hit song 'Who Knows' will be performing on Saturday 16th and 23rd April. For more info and tickets click HERE.

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TO WRAP UP
Coldplay and Beyoncé may have stirred up charges of ‘cultural appropriation’ by shooting their latest music video, ‘Hymn For The Weekend’, in the streets of Bombay, but putting such controversies aside, the gorgeous clip serves as a timely reminder that if you haven't visited this part of the world it should be on your bucket list. When Major Lazer shot their ‘Lean On’ video in India last year, they outdid themselves. The video, which has racked up over one billion views, has become a global hit.

Last month, shortly before they became the first American music group to perform in Cuba in over half a century, Major Lazer completed their second tour of India, kicking things off in Mumbai. Although it’s not the nation’s capital, Bombay – as the Brits named it – is a cosmopolitan city that’s not just the epicentre of the Bollywood industry, it’s a hub for just about everything cool taking place in the country. So it’s no surprise that Major Lazer attracted an enormous audience to Bombay’s Mahalaxmi race ground. The dancehall/EDM mashup outfit took over the night in their usual style, throwing down nonstop hits from remixes from Sean Paul to Elephant Man on this occasion without any guest artists, a reminder that the sound system itself has become the star.

The audience was packed with diehard fans taking instructions from Walshy Fire who MC’d most of the night with Jillionaire behind the decks leaving Diplo free to get the crowd going by all means necessary – whether walking over them inside a giant plastic ball or shooting confetti bombs all over them. The Major Lazer crew, which originally started as Diplo, Switch and Skerrit Bwoy (the later who have now been replaced) has expanded to include four female dancers whose moves had all the boys focused. Meanwhile both Diplo and Walshy kept the girls on their toes by going topless through much of the show. The concert wrapped up on a high note with an extended performance of ‘Lean On’. While the rest of the crew wore white, Dipo donned a traditional black Kurta as he expressed himself about this country. “Major Lazer loves India,” Diplo declared. “The whole world loves India, and India is one of the most amazing places in the whole universe”. See Ya Next Month!

Words: Reshma B

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As soon as you hear the “Roska! Roska! Roska!” tag in a track you can tell it’s gonna be a good’un. Having just dropped a release under his Bakongo moniker (from which we recently premiered the mighty ‘Tee Oh Ell’), the UK underground mainstay and genre-bending producer has mixed us up a block-rocking blend of swinging Funky, grimy 130 and jacking house for our DJ series.

The man himself says: “I’ve gone all tribal and UK Funky on this mix ahead of my Bakongo release on Melé’s Quadrants label and my Roska release on my own imprint RKS. Tracks old and new including some forthcomings on my label.”

Check it below.

Tracklist:
Jus Now x T Williams – You Got Me (Dub)
Bakongo – Grind
Zara Larsson – Lush Life (Roska Remix)
Dantiez Saunderson – Red Room
Majora – Rio Citrus (Roska’s Fusion Mix)
Roska – Hey Cutie
Champion x Jus Now – Volume II
Chrystal – No Flex (Roska Remix)
Jello – Speed Trip
Roska – Live Life ft Princess Nyah
Redlight – Planet X
Donae’O – African Warrior (Instrumental)
Archive – Keep Guard
Roska – Elevated Level
Murder He Wrote – DS9 Riddim
Distro – Nothing To Prove (Roska x Majora Remix)
Jay Swift – Toppa 2
Murder He Wrote – Stopwatch
Roska – Level Up
Rudimental – Sexy Sexy ft Natalie May

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Words: Felicity Martin

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Until their split in 2010, art punks Mika Miko became known for their notoriously frenzied shows at LA dive bar The Smell, part of the same messy lo-fi scene that spawned Abe Vigoda and No Age. Slices of three and half minute-long pop weren't exactly their bag, so fans were surprised when vocalist and guitarist Jen and Jess Clavin reinvented themselves as Bleached, and returned with a very Californian take on garage rock and ‘60s girl group pop. Their debut, ‘Ride Your Heart’, brimmed with catchy choruses and breezy surf-guitars, a cross-pollinated sound of Vivian Girls' ramshackle sweetness, Dum Dum Girls’ indie jangles and the warm fuzz of The Primitives.

Breakups and flat eviction have fuelled their follow-up, ‘Welcome the Worms’, but the Clavin sisters aren't wallowing in despair. Together with bassist Micayla Grace, their second album is an all-round punkier, slicker, catchier and heavier affair. The earworm choruses of 'Keep on Keepin On' and 'Sleepwalking' could have appeared on Brody Dalle's ‘Diploid Love’. Elsewhere, once surfy guitars now blaze with sharpened Runaways style precision. The girls sound tougher and more confident, especially Jen's silky vocals which have been stripped of the Spector-esque fuzz which made every track on ‘Ride Your Heart’ sound like an ‘Only In Dreams’ outtake. ‘Wasted On You' is a muscular assault shot through with Riot Grrl attitude, while 'Desolate Town' channels Hole with its sneering punk.

Their sound may have hardened up, revisiting the Clavin’s roots growing up on a diet of Misfits and Ramones, but Bleached aren’t immune to love’s keen sting. “C’mon dry your eyes, it's good to feel just a little alive,” Jenn croons on the glam strut of 'Wednesday Night Melody', a tribute to going out and drinking through the pain. At its core, just like their debut, ‘Welcome The Worms’ deals with boy crushes, sunny days, leather jackets and mascara-streaked breakups, but these girls just might just stomp on any boys who dare to try and break their hearts.

7/10

Words: Dannii Leivers

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Deep Forest were one of the first French electronics acts to have won a Grammy.

The next one after their triumph? Daft Punk.

During a 20 year career Deep Forest have worked with everyone from Peter Gabriel to Lokua Kanza, and many more. The project recently completed work on a new album, as composer Eric Mouquet explains.

"Composing a new album is always something special and quite a magical process. I compose and experiment in the studio for months, crafting sounds, taking notes, exploring new machines, playing, improvising and finally letting the music evolve without any pre-conceived idea. One day without any special reason, everything starts to make sense, the different ideas gather in a logical form and there it is: the finished, brand-new album."

New album 'EVO DEVO' is forthcoming, with Deep Forest set to play a one off London show at the Scala on June 10th. Before then, however, Clash is able to provide a special preview…

'Sings With The Birds' veers close to ambient climes, a slow exhalation of gentle euphoria that delights in the everyday.

Tune in now.

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Holy Fuck have shared new track 'Xed Eyes' – check it out now.

The Canadian band may have taken six years to deliver their new album, but they're not intent to move as quickly as possible.

Forthcoming LP 'Congrats' drops on May 27th, with Holy Fuck having premiered new material during their feral set at London festival Visions last year.

New cut 'Xed Eyes' is online now, exploring uneasy textures and analogue electronics amid its kosmische sprawl.

Check it out now.

'Congrats' will be released on May 27th.

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An incredibly rare Boards Of Canada record has turned up on Discogs, priced at $4,500.

The seminal electronic duo returned in 2013, with the lead up campaign for 'Tomorrow's Harvest' featuring a number of special events.

Record label Warp dropped 12 inch vinyl promos in three different records, featuring small snippets of music from what was later revealed to be the pair's new album.

Now, one of those promos has hit Discogs. The copy was left at Other Music in New York – one was found, the other was given to the store itself.

It's a remarkable object – incredibly rare, it featured in an absorbing campaign by one of the finest electronic groups in existence.

Check out the Discogs page HERE.

(via The Vinyl Factory)

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