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Dogsbody

    Dogsbody is the debut album by Brooklyn-based Model/Actriz (Cole Haden, Jack Wetmore, Ruben Radlauer, Aaron Shapiro). Inspired by the repetition of electronic music and propulsive sounds of post-punk, Dogsbody was named ‘Best New Music’ by Pitchfork – as well as featured in Rolling Stone, Alt Press, SPIN, Dazed, The Needle Drop, and more.

    Having toured with Gilla Band, Machine Girl, Liily, The Soft Moon, !!!, and Girl Pusher, Dogsbody is Model/Actriz’s debut into a new lyrical and physical landscape.

    TRACK LISTING

    1. Donkey Show
    2. Mosquito
    3. Crossing Guard
    4. Slate
    5. Divers
    6. Amaranth
    7. Pure Mode
    8. Maria
    9. Sleepless
    10. Sun In

    Self-produced American songwriter London O’Connor announces a partnership with New York City-based record label True Panther Sounds as well as the remastered official re-release of his critically acclaimed debut album ‘OΔ’. 

    Upon self-releasing ‘OΔ’ on SoundCloud, London’s diary-like accounts and immediate pop songs wooed both critics and fans alike. His energetic live show atop his one-of-one light cube impressed on both sides of the pond just months after the initial release of the album. His first chapter ‘OATMEAL’, the present and relatable ‘Nobody Hangs Out Anymore’ and the I-hate-everything anthem ‘GUTS’ were instant streaming favourites that all wound up getting play on BBC Radio 1 and American radio stations, while the epic album closer ‘SURVIVE’ found a whole new meaning when a room full of music lovers and industry folk in France sang along in sync with O’Connor mere days after the tragic events at The Bataclan Theatre.

    ‘OΔ’ (pronounced ‘Circle Triangle’) is a post-any-genre narrative told through vivid and visual production he made from the contents of his backpack while sleeping on floors and couches in New York City. It details the suburban world he grew up in and fled from in Southern California years before. The cinematic album also acts as a rallying cry and arrived hand-in-hand with a direct message from O’Connor: “If when you hear it, you feel like its talking about where you live, then I want you to leave.”

    The original version of the album lingers on the internet along with a tweet of his actual cellphone number. The creative direction of London’s body of art and the viscerality of its themes to overcome one’s environment liken the symbol ‘OΔ’ in the eyes of his fans to one perceived like the emblem for the Rebel Alliance.

    “A singular talent” - The Guardian

    “Effortless and blissful, like falling asleep in the grass” - Dazed

    “A dreamy tribute to growing up bored in the suburbs and finding adventure in the nether regions of his imagination” - The Fader

    “‘OΔ’ works like a mini motion picture” - Pigeons And Planes

    “As expertly constructed a pop album as anything that will be released this year” - Pitchfork

    “Mercurial, genre-shifting” - Stereogum

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Millie says: This album is unbelievably catchy, it’s an electro-pop sensation. It cleverly dips in to many different genres while all at the same time retaining a distinctive style. Oh and it’s impossible not to sing along to ‘I hate your gu-uuts’!

    TRACK LISTING

    (open) 00 00
    Oatmeal
    Natural
    Steal
    Nobody Hangs Out Anymore
    Guts
    Coordinates 00 36
    Love Song
    09 87 (Where Is Your Home)?
    Survive

    Shlohmo

    Dark Red

      'Dark Red’ is the second full length album from Shlohmo, aka 25 year-old Los Angeles native Henry Laufer. The record is an uncanny marriage of his everevolving, richly textured sound with shades of 90s IDM, R&B, cassette-tape Jungle and, in an unexpected turn, sludge metal. “It sounds like if Electric Wizard tried to make an R&B record,” he says, “or Boards Of Canada meets Burzum by the River Styx.”

      Shlohmo’s music thus far exists in the poles between the subtly textured tracks of ‘Bad Vibes’ and the booming sinister synths and hi-hats of his production work and remixes (such as his split EP with Jeremih, Banks’ ‘Brain’, remixes for Drake and The Weeknd). ‘Dark Red’ utilizes Shlohmo’s existing palate but also mines the noises and imperfections inherent in analogue production and naturally damaged sounds. Side-stepping current trends that lean towards pristine, computer-generated production, ‘Dark Red’ explores natural distortion, fuzz and noise as compositional tools, intentionally distressing sounds to echo the feeling of the icy menace and emotional charge found on early black metal tapes. The result is a deeply personal listen, Shlohmo’s boldest statement yet.

      This isn’t an album which fades into the shadows. The eerie, squalling synths of ‘Ten Days Of Falling’ usher in a world of phosphorescent disintegration and decay; from the looming claustrophobia of new single ‘Buried’ to the minimalist pindrop orchestration of ‘Remains’ and the carnal hum of ‘Ditch’, there is palpable anxiety and discord. ‘Relentless’ and ‘Slow Descent’ explore an internal sense of pain and sorrow that adds a stark emotional charge to the record.

      Laufer explains, “When I started working on ‘Dark Red’ about two and a half years ago, I had just moved back to LA and built a small studio in my apartment, mostly with my dad’s old gear from the 80s. I had just lost some people close to me and was dealing with another loved one's health issues. I was all over the place mentally, and I think it reflects in this record whether I like it or not.

      “The only thing I did know going into it, was that I wanted this one to be loud, and not just loud but really really f***ing loud. I wanted the sound of the thing to be devastating and violent. Recordings that force you to feel something even if that something isn’t good. I’m proud to have made something polarizing, a record that's strong and undeniable even in its moments of pure anxiety and confusion. It’s tragic and painful at times, but that’s all part of it and I want that to be heard and felt. You don’t have to like it, just listen to it.”

      Tobias Jesso Jr.

      Goon

        Tobias Jesso Jr. releases his debut album, ‘Goon.’

        ‘Goon’ is out via True Panther Sounds and features production from Chet ‘JR’ White (formerly of Girls), Black Keys’ Patrick Carney and Ariel Rechtshaid (Vampire Weekend, Haim, Sky Ferreira).

        Tobias has already been picked by Time, Pitchfork, Fader and Stereogum as an Artist To Watch In 2015. Pigeons & Planes called him “one of the most consistently impressive new acts in music.”

        STAFF COMMENTS

        Andy says: Massive piano-led ballads, in the style of John Lennon or Harry Nilsson. Great songs.


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