SXSW Music 2016 Preview

Posted in Music, SXSW
By Sam Bathe on 7 Mar 2016

SXSW Music kicks off next week, with the iconic festival taking over Austin for another year of the best up-and-coming acts. With the diverse line-up spanning the full spectrum of genres, there’s always something for everyone, with curiosity often rewarded by wandering into venues without looking at the bill. Show the rest of this post…

That said there are still certainly a bunch of must-see bands this year, with Spotify, Fader, Pandora and more, all returning with unnoficial day parties before SXSW proper kicks off each evening.

Our picks for the festival include: jangly indie band Day Wave, R’n’B-hip-hop fusion act Anderson .Paak, indie rockers Sunflower Bean, dreamy beats from Astronauts etc., Spanish all-girl garage rock band Hinds, classic rock’n’roll band Seratones, synth-pop act Porches and garage punk band Twin Peaks.

SXSW Music runs from March 15th-20th. Walk-up passes will be available from the Austin Convention Centre when SXSW starts later this week.

Rosamund Pike gets into trouble in the subway in Massive Attack’s new video ‘Voodoo In My Blood’

Posted in Music, Music Videos
By Sam Bathe on 24 Feb 2016



From their surprise EP released last month, the video for Massive Attack’s Voodoo In My Blood sees Rosamund Pike get into trouble in an underpass. A collaboration with Young Fathers, the track’s dark tone is more than matched by Ringan Ledwidge‘s gritty video, as Pike crosses paths with a mysterious floating ball, hell-bent on her destruction. With another EP planned for later in the year, it’s good time for fans of the iconic band, with Hiro Murai already directing a video for Take It There.

Animal Collective tell a technicolour love story with the trippy video for new single ‘FloriDada’

Posted in Music, Music Videos
By Sam Bathe on 8 Jan 2016



The first single from forthcoming album, Painting With, Animal Collective return with a trippy video for new single, FloriDada. With an epilepsy warning for the final minute or so, the video tells a psychedelic love story, with two bright, vibrant characters playing out a strange courtship. Animated by kyttenjanae and Caleb Wood, and directed by PFFR, the video ties into the themes of Animal Collective’s new album, with a procession of bright colors and experimental mediums. Painting With is out February 19th on Domino.

Wild Nothing share two new tracks ‘To Know You’ and ‘TV Queen’ inside the world of their new album cover

Posted in Music, Music Videos
By Sam Bathe on 26 Nov 2015

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Announcing his third full-length album alongside two brand new tracks, with Life of Pause Jack Tatum is hoping to reinvent the notion of Wild Nothing. Taking on a heavier, more diverse sound, Wild Nothing’s new music video plays To Know You and TV Queen back-to-back in a walk through the band’s living album cover. As Tatum explains, “I’m terrified by the idea of being any one thing, or being of any one genre,” and while his last two albums Gemini and Nocturne were both fantastic, seeing him try out new styles is certainly something to look forward too. Wild Nothing’s Life of Pause is out February 19th 2016 on Bella Union/Captured Tracks.

The London List Review: Bradford Cox opens for himself for a fantastic Deerhunter, Atlas Sound double-bill at Shepherd’s Bush EmpireThe London List

Posted in London, London List, Music
By Tim Baggott on 8 Nov 2015

If any other frontman chose to open for themselves on the final night of their UK tour, it would seem like a cynical move. But for some reason, Bradford Cox of Deerhunter and Atlas Sound, gets away with it tonight. Show the rest of this post…

A reverb-drenched, improvisational opening set from Atlas Sound saw each song take on a new form. Featuring a haunting rendition of Shelia from 2009′s Logos and an almost unrecognisable version of Cold as Ice from 2008′s Let The Blind…, the set was as spellbinding as it was unpredictable.

Perhaps acting as a Bradford Cox palette cleanser, when Deerhunter finally take to the stage they open with Desire Lines, a track sung by Lockett Pundt (guitarist). The set that follows is dominated by tracks from the latest record, Fading Fontier. Album opener All the Same was delivered with resounding confidence and was definitely the punchiest of the new tracks.

However, it was still the fan favourites from 2008′s Microcastle that received the best response from the crowd. The crushing guitars on Cover Me (Slowly) sounded colossal, filling the venue from wall to wall and the build up during the extended conclusion of Nothing Ever Happened whips the audience into an all-too-brief, beautiful frenzy.

Delorean break a relationship apart in the trippy, animated video for new summer single ‘Crystal’

Posted in Music, Music Videos
By Sam Bathe on 28 Jul 2015



Ahead of a new album in 2016, Delorean have released a psychedelic video for summer one-off single, Crystal. Directed by Joan Gausch, the video is an abstract look at the different stages in a relationship. Using a photogrammetry technique to create the models and textures, from more than 2500 still pictures, Gausch has created a mesmeric sequence to accompany the pulsing electronic track.

An alien crash lands in an ancient settlement in the video for Alagoas’ new single ‘Ghosts’

Posted in Music, Music Videos
By Sam Bathe on 30 Jun 2015




When an alien ship crash lands in an ancient settlement, the natives are mesmerised by its intoxicating movement and extravagant colours. Written and directed by Dvein, the music video for Ghosts boasts the same sense of momentum as the excellent Alagoas track, while the mysterious alien could be something straight out of a Pixar movie. Alagoas’ self-titled album is out now on Better Problems.

The video for Art Department’s latest single ‘Walls’ is as sultry and alluring as the track itself

Posted in Music, Music Videos
By Sam Bathe on 9 Jun 2015




Hugo Moreno‘s stunning video for Art Department’s new single, Walls, is a dark tale as the world turns from light to dark. With hover cars on the road, one man struggles in the retro-futuristic world, soon filling the city with his over-powering blight. Directed by Grandson & Son, Hugo Moreno and Jonny White, the alluring track has a fitting accompaniment in this 80′s-inspired video.

Panama colour test in front of the camera in the 80s-inspired video for new single ‘Jungle’

Posted in Music, Music Videos
By Sam Bathe on 27 May 2015



Directed by A Nice Idea Every Day, the video for Panama’s new single, Jungle, goes back to the 80s to colour test in front of the camera. Reading, lounging poolside or walking in the night air, the sultry video has a dreamy aesthetic inspired by Panama’s own inviting sound. Their debut album is due later this year.

Master & Dynamic introduce two new Marco Brambilla-inspired blue colourways for their signature MH40 over-ear headphones

Posted in Music, Technology
By Sam Bathe on 20 May 2015


Inspired by the midnight sky and jewel-toned displays of Marco Brambilla’s Apollo 18 Times Square installation, Master & Dynamic have introduced two new colourways for their flagship MH40 over-ear headphones. In navy/black and navy/silver, the MH40s come with rich blue cowhide and lambskin on the headband and CNC-milled forged aluminium for the ear cups. Custom 45mm neodymium is used for the high-performance drivers, while the cables are heavy woven with oxygen-free copper ensuring pure sound and reduced noise. The new MH40 colourways are available for $399 from the Master & Dynamic online store:

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