Australian production duo Hermitude have emerged from the studio, clutching some dazzling new projects.

Matching their own digital enhancements to a series of guests, the pairing are set to dominate 2019.

Superb new single 'Stupid World' is a neon-tinted return, pitting their own future-facing production against vocals from Bibi Bourelly.

Out now, it's become a sensation in their native Australia, and has branched out across a full remix package.

The final remix comes from American producer Machinedrum, whose frenetic, deeply rhythmic take pushes the track in a fresh direction.

Very much in keeping with his own work, Machinedrum's percussive approach leans towards breaks, while providing a rupture into a fresh dimension.

A dazzling combination, you can check it out now.

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Lauran Hibberd means business.

Amassing a stockpile of material and a snappy live show, the Isle of Wight newcomer is ready to make 2019 her own.

Set to support indie heroes Hippo Campus on their incoming UK tour, she's also prepping some new releases.

Opening her account for the year in fine style, Lauran Hibberd indulges her twisted sense of humour on biting new indie jammer 'Sugardaddy'.

All playful lyrics and that driving, absorbing riff, she says "it’s like wrapping bubblegum around depression…"

Lauran comments: “There’s a million love songs, but my dream is to live in a world where there’s a million songs about stuff like wanting a sugar daddy. I guess it’s a joke, it’s like wrapping bubblegum around depression.”

“The idea stemmed from life being life, I have sort of a twisted humour so at some point my brain came to this as a comical solution. I wrote this track with Boe Weaver, my trusted day one producers. Don’t be alarmed”.

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Until a few months ago the only we you could absorb Black Midi was through the live experience.

Little existed online, and until the Speedy Wunderground aided ‘bmbmbm’ release nothing official was on streaming services.

All of which meant that each show, each performance felt peculiarly intense, with their math-leaning dalliances soaring into vast, uncharted realms of guitar-aided noise.

Signed to Rough Trade, Black Midi have toasted the union by releasing new EP 'Speedway' online.

An extremely limited 12 inch drop will be available at shows, with 'Speedway' aligned against remixes from Proc Fiskal, Kwake Bass and Blanck Mass.

Bass player Cameron Picton has constructed a full visual for the EP – get involved below.

Photo Credit: Dan Kendall

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Rubod & Stroudinsky yearn towards music you have previously only heard in your dreams.

The French-Swiss composer/director duo are a self-contained unit, continually challenging themselves in the process.

New project 'Vol 1' charts their creative journey, recorded between London and Los Angles over a period of nine months between October 2017 and June 2018.

Out on March 1st, it's trailed by blissful new song 'Solstice', a work of quite beautiful ambiance.

As part of the project the pair have constructed a video for the song themselves, with Aurélien Rubod and Michael Stroudinsky directing and animating the video themselves.

Soothing, startling musicality, you can check out 'Solstice' below.

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Alexander Wolfe wants to get to the crux of the matter.

The songwriter digs deeper than most, tapping into emotions many would rather keep hidden.

New album 'Little Death' arrives on March 22nd, and it's his broadest, bravest effort yet.

We're able to share new song 'Avalanche', a stark, bruised offering that approaches the topic of "trying to start afresh…"

The songwriter explains: “I initially wrote the bones of 'Avalanche' with my friend Starling in a little studio in Hackney a couple of years ago. The instrumental was knocking around for a while and I loved how raw it was and I wanted to match that with really self-effacing, honest lyrics.”

“It was written as a stream of consciousness when I was feeling out of control, It's about trying to start afresh, it's like confronting yourself and saying, you're not doing good things, you're not being kind to yourself.  There's some stuff about self-medication and mortality on there.”

Tune in now.

Catch Alexander Wolfe at London's St Pancras Old Church on January 30th.

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Following a packed out January show, we return for February's instalment at Ace Hotel for 2019 with a line-up celebrating creative energies within London's jazz underground and it's conversation with club culture.

It's happening at Miranda, Ace Hotel, on Wednesday February 27th – and we have 100 free tickets only to give away for you to join us. The first 50 people to sign up via the form below will win a free pair of tickets for you and a friend to join us!

Poppy Ajudha

Informed by new movements in jazz but with a soulful tone, Poppy Ajudha's work is never short of excellent, as exhibited by her stellar debut EP 'FEMME' and recent EP 'Patience'.

Poppy's experimentation, moving from spoken word sections to dissections of toxic masculinity her songwriting shows remarkable depth, while retaining a velvet-soft surface.

Her recent feature alongside Tom Misch on 'Disco Yes' was tipped by none other than Barack Obama in his end of year cultural highlights list. 

Poppy Ajudha 'The Man You Aim To Be'

Also tune into 'Cranes In The Sky' cover recorded for Clash Live at Metropolis Studios…

Theon Cross

Theon Cross is a key component of London's jazz community. As a musician, collaborator, songwriter, and band leader, he's worked tirelessly to pursue a single-minded, yet completely open, musical vision.

Debut album 'Fyah' being the first under his own name saw Theon working alongside some of the foremost names in UK jazz and makes for essential listening. Theon joins us performing a solo set that is not to be missed. 

Ben Hayes

Ben Hayes' background is in jazz and the endless possibilities afforded by that tradition.

A conservatory trained musician – studies included a stint at Trinity School of Music – the aspiring producer was then drawn towards electronic music.

Based in South East London, Ben quickly immersed himself in the area's creative community. Open to new sounds, new ideas, his fluid, down-tempo style quickly took hold, attracting like minds in the process. 

Expect a soulful and future-facing solo performance.

Also on the bill we have one of South London's finest selectors Alex Rita (Touching Bass/ Steamdown) alongside our very own DJ Sophie Simone and Clash DJs spinning into the early hours RSVP details below…

The first 50 people to sign up via the form below will win a free pair of tickets for you and a friend to join us!

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In the final years of the 20th century approaching the new millennium R&B had arguably reached its creative and commercial peak. In one corner were the sonic innovators and alchemists of sound like Missy, Timbaland and Aaliyah and in the other were legends like Whitney and Mariah breathing new life into their careers.

Add to this the pop pavericks like Macy Gray and Kelis and you have a thrilling period of musical triumphs. 1999 was a year bang in the middle of that golden period and as well as spawning the best song of the decade it was also chock full with hits and amazing deep cuts to savour.

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Destiny’s Child – Bug A Boo'

The first instance of Queen Bey making her first step this is as pristine a banger as you’ll ever hear.

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Q-Tip – 'Breathe And Stop'

Insane production characterised all the best R&B of this period and it doesn't get more insane than Q-Tip in his finest flow.

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Whitney Houston – 'It’s Not Right But It’s OK'

Even legends of a different era were getting in on the act and Whitney moved her sound forward into the future on this late period gem.

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Donnell Jones – 'U Know What’s Up'

Here’s Left Eye back again providing the perfect foil to Donnell’s smooth emoting.

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The Roots/Erykah Badu – 'You Got Me'

Some jazzy musings from one of the most enduring groups of the period paired with one of the finest voices.

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Faith Evans – 'All Night Long'

This might be unfairly forgotten now but it aches with a sultry charm and style.

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Macy Gray – 'I Try'

This song was inescapable in ‘99 and for good reason. It’s amazing.

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Mary J Blige – 'Deep Inside'

A killer banger from one of the greatest voices of all time.

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Mariah Carey – 'Heartbreaker'

Always a close ally of the most exciting sounds and styles, Mariah showed she wasn’t going to be left behind.

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Words: Martyn Young

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The Fall's 1986 album 'Bend Sinister' is set to be re-issued later this year.

The album was recorded alongside John Leckie, and marks the final part of a trilogy alongside the producer.

Both accessible and containing enormous depth, it's often held as a vital entry point for those new to Mark E Smith's catalogue.

Spruced up for a new edition, the incoming re-issue drops on March 15th and will be available on CD and vinyl.

The 2xLP design looks beautiful, while the 2CD batch features six unreleased songs and a 24 page booklet penned by Daryl Easlea.

Pre-order the album HERE.

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Lucy Dacus has launched a new holiday-themed song series with a new Valentine's themed drop.

The songwriter recently took part in the boygenius project, working alongside Phoebe Bridgers and Julien Baker.

Returning to solo duties Lucy Dacus has introduced a new holiday-themed song series, simply titled '2019'.

It opens with a Valentine's Day inspired song, with 'La Vie En Rose' finding the American artist updating the Edith Piaf original.

Moving between French and English, it seems to rejoice in the inspiration love can provide. Lucy Dacus explains:

“From the first time I heard it, I thought ‘La Vie En Rose’ was a perfect song. Hearing it, I knew that, one day, I would fall in love.”

“I want someone to listen to this while running at top speed to the doorstep of the person they adore, ready to profess their deep, undying love. (PS, there’s a longer story about singing this song as a duet with my middle school janitor, but it is not concise).”

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Scottish duo HYYTS push the boundaries of pop to the limit.

Across a flurry of singles the group have sketched out a unique alt-pop vision, dazzling with colour and laced with potent melody.

New single 'Bullet' is their next statement, a soaring return that once more asks continual questions of how we define synthetic pop.

Digital melodies link to potent lyricism, with the single upping the game yet again. The visuals, too, are a real feast of challenging imagery, with director Harry Barber helping HYYTS to make their fetish desires into a reality.

Adam says: "We were really interested in it being quite shocking and a little bit scary…" 

"We teamed up with filmmaker and director Harry Barber and basically put ourselves into a bunch of sado-masochistic scenarios in a house on the outskirts of London. Harry absolutely nailed bringing the ideas we had to life and really got behind the whole project. When I showed it to my dad he was freaked out and said that I scared him so I think that can only mean we did what we set out to do."

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HYYTS will play a headline show at Glasgow’s Poetry Club on January 31st.

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