Los Angeles artist HÄANA has shared the stage with everyone from The Rolling Stones to Moby, with her magnetic presence winning acclaim from all corners.
Closing 2016 with typical style, the singer went back into the studio lately, laying down a series of fresh ideas.
Deciding to tackle a song she has loved for some time, HÄANA worked up a version of Massive Attack’s ‘Teardrop’.
Slowing the track to a funereal pace, HÄANA finds renewed emotion in the songwriting, a space to truly call her own.
Bulgarian cellist Irina Chirkova assists, while the arrangement itself is a remarkably stark fusion of the digital and the organic.
Clash is able to premiere the visuals, and they’re a rather special, evocative adjunct to the music itself. Tune in now.
Let's be honest here: it's been an absolute shitter of a year and the sooner it's over the better.
But if we owe 2016 anything at all, it's to see it out in style. Across the country a host of top parties have been organised, with some big name selectors set to guide the nation into 2017 with a spring in its heels.
MOTION have pieced together some very special bills, with parties set to erupt on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.
Ahead of this, Clash asked a few names involved for their guide to the perfect New Year banger…
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The outrageous acid house version of 'I Feel Love'…
The song is powerful enough for a moment like that, it's a bit melancholic but uplifting at the same time and the lyrics fit pretty well too!
This is one of those 'unite the dancefloor' moments, absolute banger. Obviously the tune's a nod to the past but with a foot firmly in the future, perfect to see in 2017.
It bangs any day, any time of the year…
Few years ago I had to open the night midnight time after live acts at Arma17 Sick Years party and I did it with this record. I think it’s perfect for the NYE case too. It is positive, sexy, melodic, beautiful with the most suitable name as we all need to start a new year.
First rule: anyone who tries to be too clever with what they play at midnight is a twat. You can't go too hard though. A couple of years back I played 'N*ggas In Paris' but I had another few hours to DJ after that and you just can't keep up that level of intensity til 3am. I ended up on the mic about 2am, it was a bad night.
The next year I learnt my lesson and played 'Senorita', which is probably about right. Last year it was 'Where R U Now'. This year Murlo has the midnight slot at our party in Bristol, so I'll be haranguing him to play his 'Work' remix – and if he's too shy then I'll run it for him.
90's emo, festival belter to catch the shufflers off guard.
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MOTION hits Bristol for parties on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day – tickets.
Christmas is over, and those turkey sandwiches are gradually losing their appeal.
Time for another party, then, to blow away the cobwebs. Thankfully, New Year's Eve is fast approaching, and promoters across the land are gearing up for one of the busiest nights of the year.
House production team The Basement Boys are in town, playing a special set at London's Ministry Of Sound venue on New Year's Day.
As a warm up, The Basement Boys have pieced together this very special New Year's playlist…
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1. Michele Chiavarini – 'Let Me See You Clap Your Hands'
This track is the ultimate make u dance song! The piano riff alone is sick, but it's arranged in such a way that hands organically go flying in the air when it's played!
2. Sylvester – 'You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)'
Works like you would not believe. People this song so loudly that you can simply. It the music off and they'll keep singing!
3. Ninetoes – 'Finder'
The tenor pan sound in this track is so infectiously original that it drives dance floors crazy! This is another track that is arranged perfectly!
4. Crystal Waters – 'Gypsy Woman'
What can you say about the infectiousness of this track. Everybody sings it whenever it gets played!
5. Bohannon – 'Let's Start 2 Dance'
If you don't feel like moving, you will when this one gets played! If you don't know the song, others around you will and when they start losing it, so will you.
6. Mass Order – 'Lift Every Voice'
I have seen people lose their voices trying to sing this track that is an ode to Chicago House!
7. Dennis Ferrer – 'Hey Hey'
This track demands crowd response! Still to this day works like a charm.
8. Loleatta Holloway – 'Love Sensation'
Most people wound not even know who Loleatta is, but everybody in one way or another knows 'Love Sensation'. Probably 20 percent of all house tracks have sampled it.
9. MAW – 'Backfired'
India's vocal performance on this track is so incredible that people just start dancing, especially girls.
10. Donna Summer – 'I Feel Love'
Looooove, ooooove, ooooove!! Everybody starts singing and hands fly to the ceiling! The electronic groove is killer, but Donna's super, ultra sexy performance on this track is second to none.
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Brian Eno has shared a four minute segment of his new ambient album 'Reflection'.
The record is a return to ambient climes, and will be available physically as well as digital download.
Alongside this, Brian Eno has promised a "generative" version for Apple TV and iOS users, blending new visuals with the music.
Mary Anne Hobbs played a four minute segment of 'Reflection' on her 6Music show, including an Eno-penned preamble.
Hit the show HERE around the 1:08:45 mark.
'Reflection' is out on January 1st.
When news of George Michael's death broke on Christmas Day, the pop world seemed to pause to remember a true great.
Tributes poured in, with stories of the singer's legendary generosity making their way online.
Liam Gallagher was as shocked as the rest of us, tweeting:
It better not be true bout George Michael
— Liam Gallagher (@liamgallagher) December 25, 2016/blockquote>
A follower attempted to troll the former Oasis frontman, prompting a brutal putdown:
@migualez Your a massive cunt good job your a nobody as if be coming down your chimney and volleying you in the face
— Liam Gallagher (@liamgallagher) December 26, 2016
Sheer class. Liam Gallagher's solo album follows in 2017.
AJ Tracey has demolished 2016.
A star role on Last Japan's 'Ascend' sent his profile sky-rocketing, with even Drake dropping his name on Beats1.
Closing 2016 with an emphatic new EP, the rapper decided to "buss the fans suttin for Christmas".
'Final Flash' features a beat from Erzo, and it's perfectly balanced – the sub-zero synths crash against an emphatic flow that places emphasises on the words as well as the energy.
Tune in now.
The news of George Michael's death has sparked an outpouring of mourning from fans across the globe.
The singer was discovered at home yesterday (December 25th), having passed away peacefully.
News shocked fans, with some of pop's most vital figures revealing their deep felt admiration for a talent whose achievements stand for themselves.
— Pet Shop Boys (@petshopboys) December 26, 2016
— Elton John (@eltonofficial) December 26, 2016
Oh God no …I love you George …Rest In Peace x
— Robbie Williams (@robbiewilliams) December 26, 2016
Very sad to hear about George Michael. He was a lovely person.
— Johnny Marr (@Johnny_Marr) December 26, 2016/blockquote>
I pray George Michael finally finds peace. A deeply private man with an awe-inspiring talent that couldn't help but make him a superstar.
— David Walliams (@davidwalliams) December 25, 2016
I would not be the artist I am if it wasn't for you. @GeorgeMichael
— Sam Smith (@samsmithworld) December 26, 2016
Heartbroken at the loss of my beloved friend Yog. Me, his loved ones, his friends, the world of music, the world at large. 4ever loved. A xx https://t.co/OlGTm4D9O6
— Andrew Ridgeley (@ajridgeley) December 26, 2016
George Michael has passed away at the age of 53, it has been confirmed.
The BBC reports that South Central Ambulance Service attended a property in Goring in Oxfordshire at 13:42 GMT today (December 25th).
A statement from George Michael’s publicist explains that he "passed away peacefully at home".
The statement reads: "It is with great sadness that we can confirm our beloved son, brother and friend George passed away peacefully at home over the Christmas period.”
"The family would ask that their privacy be respected at this difficult and emotional time. There will be no further comment at this stage."
Born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou in North London, George Michael formed Wham! With Andrew Ridgeley. The pair enjoyed enormous success, including the evergreen seasonal smash ‘Last Christmas’.
Turning solo, George Michael steered his way to becoming an international star, selling more than 100 million albums across the globe.
Run The Jewels have surprised fans by releasing new album 'RTJ3' a few weeks early.
Billed as a "CHRISTMAS F***ING MIRACLE" by the hip-hop pairing, the record is now available to download for free.
The third full length from El-P and Killer Mike was due to drop on January 13th, but they've clearly decided that 2016 needs to go out with a bang.
A surge from fans initially knocked the duo's official website offline, but it's back now in time for your Christmas listening.
— Run The Jewels (@runjewels) December 25, 2016
So get involved HERE. Merry Christmas!
Status Quo’s Rick Parfitt has died at the age of 68.
The guitarist passed away in hospital at Marbella, Spain after contracting a severe infection following a fall.
News of his passing was confirmed in an official statement, with the band and their long-time manager paying their respects.
“This tragic news comes at a time when Rick was hugely looking forward to launching a solo career with an album and autobiography planned for 2017 following his departure from Status Quo’s touring activities on medical advice.”
“He will be sorely missed by his family, friends, fellow band members, management, crew and his dedicated legion of fans from throughout the world, gained through 50 years of monumental success with Status Quo.”
Status Quo first gained success as a psychedelic pop group, with their hit ‘Pictures Of Matchstick Men’ becoming a phase-drenched hit.
Tiring of this, the band turned towards denim-clad boogie with huge success. An enormous concert draw in the 70s and 80s, their tireless work ethic kept pushing ahead right to the present day.
Widely regarded as a decent, down to earth musician, tributes are pouring in for Rick Parfitt. Our thoughts are with his friends and family.