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After coming to prominence as the frontman of the Mercury Prize-winning Klaxons, recording with Arctic Monkeys and crafting his Shock Machine project, James Righton releases his debut solo album “The Performer”.

‘The Performer’ stands in stark contrast to the electro-hedonism of Righton’s work with Klaxons. Instead, it spins through various points from 1970 onwards. It touches on the suave art-lounge of Roxy Music, the jangly grooves of R.E.M., the sumptuous psychedelia of latter day Beach Boys and the songwriting gift of Nick Lowe. In short, it uses classic elements as the groundwork for something which feels a natural fit for now.

The album flits between two core themes. Fatherhood has changed Righton’s life. It’s altered the relationship with his wife Keira Knightley, which he explores on the 90s-tinged pop-rock of “Start” and the crescendo that soars through “Lessons In Dreamland, Pt2”. But there are simpler emotions too, with the unrequited love and sweet harmonies of “Edie”, a song he wrote for his daughter when she was just a few days old.

“The Performer” was written, performed and produced by James Righton, with the help of some select collaborators. James Ford (The Last Shadow Puppets, Simian Mobile Disco) performed drums throughout and bass on two tracks; Sean O’Hagan (High Llamas, Microdisney) contributed string arrangements; saxophone was provided by Jorja Chalmers (Bryan Ferry) and Josephine Stephenson (Thom Yorke, Ex:Re) contributed additional piano and string arrangements.


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Asa Moto

Playtime EP

    The brothers Dewaele tempt Ghent outfit Asa Moto back to their irresistible Deewee imprint for a third EP,  this time delivering six radically different pieces of music, providing something for everyone. Dance floor : covered. Kitchen: covered. Hi Fi: check. Car: sorted. EarPod: done. Up to you to find out which one was made for which.
    The unhinged action opens with the wonky electronix and odd synth-funk of "Soon Please", a shoulder rolling hit of gurgling bass and garbled sequencing which sounds like a load of amphibians on amphetamines. "Kifesh" and "Playtime"  stomp and romp their way through New Beat idents, NDW vocals and electrodisco bass, coupling cosmic quirk with krautish sound design. Skipping to the B-side we get hit with the rolling bass meets City Pop melody of "Hynek Maneuvre" (as tasty an Asian fusion dish as you'll sample all year), the warping leadlines and bleeping rhythms of "Worrying", and classic synth pop of "Twenty Six". Slo-mo with energy! 


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