Lux Prima is an accomplished record – proof that two wildly different minds can work seamlessly together. (RO), Dedicated covers the full, but generic, spectrum of relationships: dizzying love, lust, and break-ups. Our journalists will try to respond by joining the threads when they can to create a true meeting of independent Premium. “And now we get to be parents,” he says. Along with Prodigy and Leftfield collaborations, Sleaford Mods began work on a new album. It’s no wonder she’s lent it to the likes of Perfume Genius, Drugdealer and Ariel Pink: it adds a touch of profundity to everything it meets. (Photo credit should read GUILLAUME SOUVANT/AFP/Getty Images). Yet you’d be hard pushed to find a moment over the past few years where Simz has commented on this issue herself. “I know it’s late for lullabies, but the future is yours and mine,” he sings, alongside upbeat whoops and Radio 2-friendly guitars. “Gotta live for something besides yesterdays,” Gallagher snarls on “Be Still”. Sleaford Mods. Grunge-rinsed, feminist-flipped, upcycled Fifties guitar an’ all: Crushing is a triumph. (Roisin O'Connor), This is Del Rey at her most assertive – personally, if not politically. The emotional cohesion the record loses in its shifting cast of singers/songwriters/genres it makes up in DJ-savvy textural variety. Assisted by producer John Hill, whose previous credits include co-writing Portugal. by Michelle Geslani. It is, she says, “The Kinks meet the Second World War, or Bob Seger meets Enya.” Neither of those is a particularly accurate description, but they do at least fit the album’s refusal to loiter in any one genre. It’s a masterclass in narrative songwriting. This isn’t it, but it’s pretty great all the same. As on Laila’s Wisdom, Eve conveys Rapsody’s natural feel for funk – “Michelle” (Obama) bounces in on a jaunty piano riff – but other tracks, such as closer “Afeni”, are pure soul. l enjoyed the muted, Afro-tinged authenticity of “Level Up” and the conscious, pasty-girl reggae of “Business Dinners” (on which she refuses to be an industry angel) and I loved the Robyn-esque rush of “Basic” (which sees her yearning to shed love’s complications). Sleaford Mods . “Now we do grown.” (Ian McQuaid), Bruce Springsteen seems to have told almost every tale in the grand old storybook of American mythologies, except perhaps one: a wide-eyed Californian dreamer finds the Golden State turns sour and flees back east, to some romantic speck of a town, to pine and rehabilitate. Ronson’s production is so sharp that you all but see the steel strings rise like a hi-definition hologram from your speakers. (Elisa Bray), Comprising songs from Segall’s eclectic (that’s putting it lightly) catalogue and performed by him and the Freedom Band (Mikal Cronin, Charles Moothart, Emmett Kelly, and Ben Boye), the album is delightfully short and sweet. [21] His vocal and lyrical style has variously been compared to Shaun Ryder,[22] John Cooper Clarke,[23] Mark E. Smith,[24] Ian Dury,[25] The Streets[26] and Half Man Half Biscuit[27] as well as various punk and oi! Halfway through Ellis changes into a gold lame suit and an animal mask and ends the set sprawled on the floor wrestling with a bomb. It’s often bleak and experimental: Cox’s vocals burst through like distorted, burbling fragments of static, or appear muffled amid the instrumentation. Sleaford Mods, Soundtrack: Break Clause. Where a full album produced by Kanye West (2018’s Nasir) didn’t pan out – perhaps because West’s perfectionism was a bad fit for Nas’s penchant for procrastination – “You Mean the World to Me” sounds like it would have been a standout on that record had it not been abandoned on the cutting-room floor. Keith Goldhanger first reviewed them at the tiny Old Blue Last and returns to share his thoughts as they play two nights at one of London’s largest venues. (Roisin O'Connor), The record frequently switches in tone: Banks can be both formidable and vulnerable, accusatory or filled with regret. Bowen arrives wearing shorts. You’ll already have heard “Nothing Breaks Like a Heart”, on which Miley Cyrus channels the quavering, fearless bluegrass spirit of her godmother Dolly Parton over a briskly plucked guitar. Among the more surreal moments since, they say, has been finding out they’d reached number five in the album charts, getting nominated for best breakthrough act at the Brit Awards and appearing on Later... with Jools Holland. Create a commenting name to join the debate, There are no Independent Premium comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts, There are no comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts. Tarantino bossa novas and Velvets drones are all imbued with a luminous, cultured seediness, like the entire Cannes Film Festival owning up to its social diseases. (RO), On his debut album, the 24-year-old Collard mixes sultry jams that recall the electronic funk of MGMT with nods to the greats: Prince, James Brown, Led Zeppelin and Marvin Gaye. But the detached chorister vocals of a decade in which he battled depression have thawed to reveal a millennial Sam Cooke crooning: “Can’t believe the way we flow, way we flow, way we flow...” The warm splashes of piano that washed over that song break through the anxious rattle of dance beats on the album’s eponymous opener, the singer so regularly reviewed as “vaporous” promises to “leave the ether, assume form” and “be touchable, be reachable”. Which is what’s happening. But beneath its hazy synths and electronics are songs of endurance and inner peace, of settling after a flurry of activity. It is certainly a drastic switch-up from Freedom’s Goblin (2018), which had 19 tracks and ran for 75 minutes. His sardonic yet sensitive approach to gender and sexuality on “I Wanna Be Your Girlfriend” is a reminder, if one was needed, why he was so well-suited to scoring the soundtrack for Netflix’s Sex Education. But then Idles – that’s Talbot as well as guitarists Mark Bowen and Lee Kiernan, bassist Adam Devonshire and drummer Jon Beavis – are nothing if not about contradictory. One minute you’re skanking along to the party brass of “Bloodline”; the next floating into the semi-detached, heartbreak of “Ghostin’”, which appears to address Grande’s guilt at being with Davidson while pining for Miller. (Mark Beaumont). Sleaford Mods’ CD-R albums – from the time before Fearn turned up with his drum machine – sell for huge sums. She joins forces once again with PJ Harvey collaborator John Harvey, and also enlists Welsh musicians Stephen Black (Sweet Baboo) and Huw Evans (H Hawkline) plus Clare Mactaggart on violin, giving Designer a generously textured feel. Sleaford Mods started in 2006 whilst Jason Williamson was living in Nottingham. We’ve been writing about Sleaford Mods for a while now. Beautiful arrangements and seamless production notwithstanding, you get the sense, each time she drop a project, that it serves a distinct, zeitgeist-shifting purpose. “Something magical happened one night,” she sings. The result is a quintessentially London record, as dark and moody as it is brash and innovative. Life’s not pretty. "[20], Williamson's voice on Sleaford Mods songs is sprechgesang, rapped with an East Midlands dialect. (Roisin O'Connor), There’s an increased anxiety, both corporeal and emotional, running through The Center Won’t Hold, a pent-up desire to break free from something – though they never seem quite sure what. And those quicksilver hooks just keep coming. The attacks have seemed more pointed because, in several early interviews, Idles professed their admiration for Williamson himself. You’re inclined to agree with him. Sleaford Mods [l653317] Label . The rider contains spinach and electrolyte-infused water. (Roisin O'Connor), The record is loosely conceptual insomuch as it’s punctuated with mock adverts for “WWAY HEALTH, our 24/7 care programme”. “Disconnect me from my bones, so I can float, so I can roam,” sings Brownstein – her singular voice all yelps and creaks – on “Hurry On Home”. (Helen Brown), With praise from Kendrick Lamar, five EPs released by the time she was 21, tours with Lauryn Hill, collaborations with Gorillaz and two critically praised albums – including 2017’s excellent concept album Stillness in Wonderland – fans and critics alike wondered what else Little Simz could do to find the kind of mainstream success enjoyed by so many of her male peers. (Roisin O’Connor), Big Thief’s frontwoman Adrianne Lenker has an uncanny ability to make you feel like you’re in on a secret. But don’t be put off: Miss Universe is a brilliant collection of songs, an expansive melange of indie, jazz, pop and trip-hop that flits between a lo-fi sparseness and something The Strokes would play. (Roisin O'Connor), Why Me? Hopefully fans will, too. ", "Sleaford Mods Stream 'No One's Bothered', Announce 3rd LP 'Key Markets, "Sleaford Mods Announce New, Self-Titled EP And Share First Track "Stick In A Five And Go,, Wikipedia articles with MusicBrainz identifiers, Wikipedia articles with WORLDCATID identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Born out of part frustration/part accident, it quickly found its feet as an aggressive verbal onslaught on all that is contrived and connected to the day-to-day hammer of low paid employment and domestic situations arising from that trap. Flamagra – a playful yet melancholic, skittish yet meditative 67 minutes of cosmic genius – is one of Flying Lotus’s most accessible releases. [2][7][8], Williamson (born 10 November 1970 in Grantham, Lincolnshire) grew up in Grantham. [9][10] Fearn (born 1971 in Burton upon Trent) grew up on a farm in Saxilby, Lincolnshire.[6][11]. (Ellie Harrison), A heftier sound is never at the cost of melody, which shines through in Thomson’s vocals, the rest of the band’s backing falsetto, and the searing blues grooves stamped all over Future Dust. On it, O’Riordan, who recorded demos for the album’s 11 tracks before her death in January last year, sings: “Fighting’s not the answer/ Fighting’s not the cure/ It’s eating you like cancer/ It’s killing you for sure.” The band have spoken about how O’Riordan was singing about leaving many of the negative things in her life behind. If there’s a twist here, it’s final song “Georgia”, which takes its classic-rock licks straight out of the Eagles’ songwriting book. “House of Glass” is a sequence of frenzied mutterings with a buzzsaw guitar cutting through his attempts to convince himself of love’s existence. Not as much as the band’s early singles, though. The energy here is thrilling, the strong rhythm section provided by former Detroit garage band The Greenhornes’ bassist Jack Lawrence and drummer Patrick Keeler. It’s just we do that with big slabs of violent music.”. This time, with When I Get Home, Solange has effectively given us permission to rest. Sleaford Mods started in 2006 whilst Jason Williamson was living in Nottingham. Perhaps this will put her at the top where she belongs. The variety and scale of ambition on this album is breathtaking. His own sharpest critic, he winks at the journalists who’ve called him glacial as he drops from remote, icy falsetto into a richly grained, deeper tone to ask: “Doesn’t it seem much warmer?” (Helen Brown), While he recognises his roots and includes plenty of nods to grime, AJ Tracey's magpie’s eye for a good melody or hook extends far beyond that. Booking price. (Roisin O'Connor), On Deerhunter’s eighth album, frontman Bradford Cox takes on the role of war poet, documenting the things he observes with a cool matter-of-factness, and heart-wrenching detail. [1] The duo have released several albums to critical praise. Her Medusa’s stare – witnessed at her live shows as well as in her music videos – has become the stuff of legend. The tension is stormy: imagine a mid-period Fleetwood Mac song, covered by Cat Power. There’s no track on Jaime that is likely to make waves – not in the same way as some of the better-known Alabama Shakes tracks, such as “Hold On” or “This Feeling” (the latter of which was recently used to remarkable effect in the final scene of Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s Fleabag). (Roisin O’Connor), The album title of the year gives us an image of Brexit Britain trashed by Old Etonians David Cameron, Boris Johnson and Jacob Rees-Mogg, but the fifth studio work from the punk duo has more than social commentary to offer. Are you sure you want to delete this comment? Are you sure you want to mark this comment as inappropriate? She switches her vocal style song to song, moving from a lilting croon on “The Barrel” to the quirky elocution of the title track. Sleaford Mods are an English electronic punk music duo formed in 2007 in Nottingham.The band features vocalist Jason Williamson and, since 2012, musician Andrew Fearn. “Transition from Nowhere to Nowhere” is sung in a Ziggy Stardust croon, while “Rated R Crusaders” shows Furman exploring his Jewish identity in the era of the Israel/Palestine conflict. Swift has a habit of putting her worst foot forward. Williamson formed the band with Simon Parfrement, who he worked with alongside a studio engineer at Rubber Biscuit Studio in Nottingham on their first four albums. (Roisin O"Connor), Mikey Shuman shares vocal duties with Tyler Parkford; his voice falls somewhere between the sleazy drawl of his QOTSA bandmate Josh Homme and Alex Turner’s more adenoidal tone on opener “We Should Be Dancing”. (Elisa Bray), Given our current preoccupation with the Eighties, you could argue that Lost Girls is hardly breaking new ground – and yes, nostalgia is a fairly generic formula. “If he’s a serial killer, then what’s the worst that can happen to a girl who’s already hurt?” she asks. Sleaford Mods: Invisible Britain (2015) as Himself. Sleaford Mods' third Berlin show took place at Kreuzberg's legendary SO36 club. “I’ll change them all day long, mate,” Talbot says. In a Galaxy is a record that takes you far beyond the borders of the world you’re familiar with, and into something altogether more colourful. There are sax solos (more than one), and pounding rhythms that make you want to jump in a car and drive down a highway at sunset, and blistering electric guitars next to classic troubadour acoustics. The documentary explores the band itself as well as examining the current political situation in the United Kingdom focusing on opposition to austerity.The film was crowdfunded through Indiegogo. All Tracks by Sleaford Mods (62) Tracks Sampled by Sleaford Mods (53) Tracks that Sampled Sleaford Mods (1) Covers of Sleaford Mods Songs (1) Album Austerity Dogs. And if any two records could portray how quickly someone can grow from a boy to a man, it’s these. Fellow Mercury Prize nominee Jorja Smith and winner Sampha sound like old friends in their guest spots – they fit comfortably into Carner’s landscape, built from classic hip-hop beats and warm piano loops. At an age where the pressure is on to have everything worked out, Harding sounds delightfully free. Social Cues is an album where Shultz bares his soul, and apparently shakes off a few demons in the process. (Roisin O'Connor), This self-titled record, a loose but beautifully crafted collection of folk-rock songs, explores the kinds of anxieties intrinsic to the modern age – the longing to be at once noticed and invisible; the paralysing effects of limitless information, and the desire to do good versus the desire to be seen doing good. Their debut album, 2017’s About U, was raw, poignant and just the ride side of melodramatic, queering the mainstream, one sad-pop anthem at a time. artists. Sleaford Mods’ CD-R albums – from the time before Fearn turned up with his drum machine – sell for huge sums. Written in the aftermath of Hackman’s split from fellow musician Amber Bain – aka The Japanese House, who released her own reflection on their break-up on her debut album Good at Falling – Any Human Friend is a satisfyingly dismal affair that is certainly not suitable for the four-year-old who inspired it. Robert Peacock. On “He Loves Me”, she grapples with maintaining a relationship with God when she’s long since stopped going to church. Since then, they've released a string of consistently great albums, from 2008’s Made in the Dark (featuring their only Top 10 single to date, “Ready for the Floor”) to this, their seventh and best record, A Bath Full of Ecstasy. [19] The lyrics usually contain profanity, which is, according to Williamson, the way in which he speaks and "not just fucking swearing". It lacks a centrepiece to match the arresting depth and space of Sweetener’s “God Is A Woman”, but Grande handles its shifting moods and cast of producers (including pop machines Max Martin and Tommy Brown) with engaging class and momentum. Whether it’s in the physical structure of a property that’s shaped you over the years, or in the familiar sounds of the music and culture that your people have crafted, there seems to be a call to return to what is familiar. The band took to the stage on a hot sweaty June night and played to a sold out audience. The production here is superb. 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