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This week there's a surprise release from Thom Yorke & Robert Del Naja, something different from Polar Bear and a stirring short film courtesy of Alt-J. Elsewhere there are tracks from Actress and Sauna Youth, videos from Slaves and Best Coast, albums from Ghostpoet and Daniel Avery and upcoming live dates from Jungle and Duke Garwood.

Tracks: Polar Bear, Sauna Youth, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Gonzales, Actress


Videos: Alt-J, Best Coast, Slaves, Newham Generals


Albums: Ghostpoet, Thom Yorke & Robert Del Naja, Daniel Avery, Swervedriver


Live: Jungle, Duke Garwood, The Cribs

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    FKA Twigs Choreographs Catch Me Daddy

    After making his name with a run of brilliant music videos, including work with Plan B and the love letter to Rave Culture he created for Chase & Status’s Blind Faith, director Daniel Wolfe has made the leap to features with Catch Me Daddy, a film already touted as one of the biggest debuts in British cinema for a decade. For a key scene Wolfe turned to FKA Twigs for help with choreography; watch a clip as it streams ahead of the film’s release.

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    Deal Real Legacy

    One of Soho’s most missed vinyl vendors will be open for business once again this spring, albeit a few doors down from its original location. Not just the best place to buy Hip Hop in central London, Deal Real Records became a platform for a whole generation of artists, many of whom will help celebrate during its temporary run: Harry Love, Kano and former employee Kate Tempest will all curate events when Deal Real Legacy opens in April.

  • Polar Bear

    Don’t Let The Feeling Go

    The Leaf Label

    In what feels like a remarkably quick turnaround Polar Bear unveil the first track from Same As You, a pending new long player scheduled for release at the end of next month. As with last year’s In Each And Every One the new set signifies a stylistic switch for the band, the glitchy electronics of its dynamic predecessor making way for Don't Let Go's gorgeous bass-led groove and a life-affirming mantra - as sung by Seb Rochford and Hannah Darling - that in many ways captures the energy and emotion of the pending new record.

  • Sauna Youth


    Upset The Rhythm

    After emerging through the same tight knit scene as Male Bonding, Fair Ohs and Cold Pumas, former Brightonians Sauna Youth set out their stall with 2012’s ferocious Dreamlands, an album that nailed the band’s DIY ethos and went as far as it could to capture the energy of their frenetic live shows. Sophomore offering Distractions will be their first offering since relocating to London and, by the sounds of lead single Transmitters, promises a refined version of the moreish Punk and Hardcore they served up on their debut.

  • God Speed You! Black Emperor

    Peasantry or ‘Light! Inside of Light!'

    Constellation Records

    Clamorous Canadians Godspeed You! Black Emperor delight their devoted following with news of the forthcoming Asunder, Sweet and Other Disorders, their sixth album to date and first since 2012’s comeback Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!. The always enigmatic octet have been roadtesting the music for a while, delivering the new material by way of a long-form piece known by fans as Behemoth. The epic nature of the album is made clearly evident with an eight minute "snippet" of opening track Peasantry or ‘Light! Inside of Light!'

  • Chilly Gonzalez

    Sweet Burden

    Gentle Threat

    Piano playing polymath Chilly Gonzales teases towards the release of his forthcoming Chambers album with new track Sweet Burden, a beautiful piece that like the rest of the album re-imagines the Romantic music of the 19th Century as contemporary Pop. Whilst billed as a follow up to his two landmark Solo Piano albums Chambers finds the inimitable maestro perform with Berlin’s Kaiser Quartett, who’ll join him for a trio of sold-out dates at the Barbican’s state-of-the-art Milton Court Concert Hall this coming April.

  • Actress


    A new exhibition at London’s Slade Research Centre brings together two artists who on paper - or canvas - couldn’t be more wildly removed, either in their discipline or practice. Fine artist William Stein and outré electronics icon Actress first worked together when Stein provided the artwork for the producer’s acclaimed album Ghettoville album last year, a brief that sparked a creative exchange which now continues with HALF/LIVING. This week Dazed Digital previewed part of the hour-long piece Actress created for the show.

  • Alt-J


    Directed by Thomas Rhazi

    Whilst the underlying message is anything but optimistic and the stark inner-city setting is equally uneasy there’s an undoubted beauty in the stillness of Pusher and a real elegance in the way in the video unfolds. Working around an original idea from Alt-J frontman Joe Newman, Parisian director Thomas Rhazi’s seamless one-shot follows a passionate public speaker as he tries in vain to connect with an unresponsive audience of anonymous clones.

  • Best Coast

    California Nights

    Directed by Adam Harding

    Ahead of their major label debut Best Coast unveil a brand new video for its title track, and whilst Bethany Cosentino or Bobb Bruno only appear for the most fleeting of moments the trippy clip prominently features one of the duo’s most endearing muses, their home state of California. The montage features desert fauna, silhouetted palm trees and flaming sunsets, all of which are transformed with psychedelic streaks of pinks, greens, oranges and yellows.

  • Slaves

    Feed The Mantaray

    Directed by Youth Hymns & Slaves

    Isaac and Laurie, the two tearaways from Tonbridge Wells who form hotly tipped duo Slaves, leave the confines of Kent far behind them as they journey to the bottom of the ocean in the new video for Feed The Mantaray. The blindingly colourful clip features bad language, crude animation, an immaculate Mini Minor and a strangely human-looking manta ray keen to exact his revenge on the raucous Punk and Garage loving pair.

  • Newham Generals


    Godfathers of Grime Footsie and D Double E loosen up a little on Levels, foregoing the spiky snares and moody synths of old in favour of club-ready bass lines and a video shot on location in Fabric. Production comes courtesy of Taiki & Nulight and My Nu Leng, both affiliates of pioneering imprint Black Butter Records, a label that's become one of the underground's best trusted barometers since releasing debuts by Rudimental and Jessie Ware.

  • Ghostpoet

    Shedding Skin


    There’s a fresh feel to this third album from Ghostpoet, which comes thanks in the most part to the increased involvement of his long-serving live band. The trio’s presence on the record is evident throughout, with guitars and drums dominating where once samples and synths were the staple. As well as adding a new edge to Ejimiwe’s urbane oratory, Shedding Skin’s live feel also serves to compliment an eclectic cast of guests that includes Maximo Park’s Paul Smith, rising singer Nadine Shah and repeat collaborator Lucy Rose.

  • Thom Yorke & Robert Del Naja

    The UK Gold

    The insistent narrative of controversial new documentary The UK Gold is made all the more urgent by its score, a stark collection of new work by Radiohead’s Thom Yorke and Massive Attack’s Robert Del Naja. The two titans of innovative British music have both been vociferous campaigners for those political groups who share their ideals with filmmaker Mark Donne, and whilst they worked separately on the score their shared passion and symbiotic styles create a body of music that’s both cohesive and utterly compelling.

  • Various Artists

    New Energy (Collected Remixes)

    Phantasy Sound

    Daniel Avery’s immersive debut Drone Logic combined heads-down Techno and dreamy psychedelia with incredible effect, resulting in a record that felt as at home on the headphones as it did on the dance floor. This duality becomes even more pronounced with a double album of remixes featuring some of the Fabric resident and Rinse FM regular’s best respected peers: Factory Floor open the proceedings, with Roman Flugel, Special Request, Perc and Beyond The Wizard’s Sleeve amongst those adding their own interpretations.

  • Swervedriver

    I Wasn’t Born To Lose You


    More a resurgence than a revival, the renewed interest in Shoegaze has been made all the more interesting by the newfound vitality of those returning acts who were once so central to the loosely connected scene. Oxonian icons Swervedriver, whose essential debut Rise was one of the most melodic moments of the early Nineties movement, make an impassioned return with I Wasn’t Born To Lose You, an enveloping album from a band who succeed in sounding as relevant in 2015 as they did nearly twenty five years ago.

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    O2 Brixton Academy, London

    Wednesday 3rd June

    As Jungle prepare for their sell-out show at Camden’s Roundhouse next week - the second time they’ll have performed at the iconic venue in five months, having previously appeared at the 2014 Barclaycard Mercury Prize Awards Show - the duo offer up good news for any fans who were unable to get a ticket: this June they’ll play their biggest gig to date at Brixton Academy. Support on the night comes from South Londoners Beaty Heart.

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    Duke Garwood

    The Deaf Institute, Manchester

    Saturday 11th April

    Whilst not as widely known as some of his famous admirers - Kurt Vile, Savages’ Jehnny Beth and longtime collaborator Mark Lanegan have all gone on record with praise for the multi-faceted performer - Duke Garwood none the less perfected his own take on contemporary  Blues with last year’s Heavy Love, a sweeping collection with all the wildness and natural beauty of a prairie sunset. His tour supporting the album starts in Manchester this April.

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    The Cribs

    New Slang@McClusky’s, Kingston-upon-Thames

    Thursday 26th March

    The Brothers Jarman will break up a run of stateside shows this spring for a special appearance at New Slang, one of the UK’s longest serving and best respected Indie nights. The gig marks the release of the Wakefield trio’s sixth set For All My Sisters, an album they recorded in Yorkshire, Portland and finally in New York and which they themselves have described as being their poppiest since 2007's Men’s Needs, Women’s Needs, Whatever.