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Lung & Maxx Roach

Booty Call


    For our debut release we see two young Cardiff talents, Lung & Maxx Roach, come together to create two original tracks that are rather different to the sound that each artist is known for, but with clear influences from both. With Randomer providing a stomping remix of “Booty Call”, DPL001 is a varied release spanning across Dubstep and Bass Music. Lung & Maxx Roachare two talented young producers from Cardiff. Lung has gained rapid success after his debut “Afterlife” on Kokeshi, swiftly followed by a Kryptic Minds remix. Gaining a reputation for his ability to work atmospheres, melodies and subtle drum top-ends, he has a promising future ahead of him. Long time friend and lesser known producer Maxx Roach shares Lungs talents for melodies and atmospheres, drawing inspiration from Techno and House music. Coming together they have created two very unique tracks. “Booty Call” is a hard-hitting tribal 140 bpm track that draws inspiration from House and UK Funky rhythms, whilst “Crisbuit” reflects on the duo’s more melodic sides, creating a beautifully fluent and swelling Dubstep track. Randomer steps up to remix “Booty Call” and brings his unique percussive style to the original, slowing it down and focusing on the tribal nature whilst adding a mechanical vibe that comes together to form a truly unique interpretation.

    W. H. Lung’s arrival at their debut album has been less conventional than most. A trait shared with the music they make, which weaves between shimmering synth pop and the infectious grooves of 70’s Berlin. The band never had any intention of playing live when forming, aiming instead to be a primarily studio-based project.

    That approach was challenged when they released their debut 10” ('Inspiration!/Nothing Is') in 2017, which meant that they were quickly in demand. Booking requests started to flood in and W. H. Lung found themselves cutting their teeth on festival stages that summer. Though whilst some new bands may have let that interest change the course of the project, W. H. Lung stayed true to their original reticence and worked mainly as a studio band with their formidable live shows kept sporadic.

    W. H. Lung have allowed this album to naturally gestate over the course of two years . The result is a remarkably considered debut - the production is crisp and pristine but not over-polished, the synths and electronics radiate and hum with a golden aura and the vocals weave between tender delivery and forceful eruptions. There is a palpable energy to the songs, as experienced in 10 glorious minutes of opening statement 'Simpatico People'.
    “I think it’s important to erase the distinction between ‘high’ and ‘low’ culture,” states Joseph E. This colliding of worlds not only exists in the potent mix between whip-smart arrangements, lyrics and seamlessly danceable music but also in the fact that they are named after a cash and carry in Manchester. As Tom P. explains, “I thought it was funny juxtaposing those kind of austere associations with W. H. Auden and other initialed poets, writers, artists, etc. with the fact that it’s really just a Chinese supermarket.”


    STAFF COMMENTS

    Mine says: Possibly one of the most anticipated albums of the year here at Piccadilly (we wouldn't interrupt our Christmas do for just anyone but if it clashes with a W.H. Lung gig then that's where we end up!)... Like a joint effort from Talking Heads and NEU! thrown head first into 2019 with an extra portion of shimmery beats and hooks. PLAY IT LOUD!

    FORMAT INFORMATION

    2xDinked Edition LP Info: 180g Double LP in Gatefold Jacket.
    Pressed on Bone coloured vinyl.
    Includes an exclusive 260gsm Art Print.
    Printed On The Rough Side of 350gsm Card.
    Limited to just 400 copies.
    Includes Download Code.
    Hand Signed and Numbered By The Band.

    2xDinked Edition LP includes MP3 Download Code.

    2xLP Info: Black 180g double LP in gatefold jacket.

    2xLP includes MP3 Download Code.

    CD Info: CD In Card Wallet.

    Du Blonde may sound like a band, but in fact it is, and always has been, the work of just one person. Beth Jeans Houghton.

    Her new album Lung Bread For Daddy delves even deeper into self sufficiency, seeing Beth take the reigns on production, instrumentation, album artwork and direction of music videos. This project is entirely her own. “I know exactly what I want my record to sound like and apart from drums, I have the ability to play all the instruments, so I did” Houghton states.

    True to form, the first peak of the new album is the self directed video (Houghton has also made videos for Ezra Furman, Red Hot Chilli Peppers and LUMP) for lead single 'Buddy' which also stars a bathtub, 3 bottles of vegetable oil and 37 packets of spaghetti.

    Lung Bread For Daddy sees a meeting in which Beth’s previous two albums, 2015’s ‘Welcome Back To Milk’ and her debut ‘Yours Truly, Cellophane Nose’, take a seat at the table and make amends. Veering wildly between proto-punk, psych rock and the wholesome song writing of the 1970’s, taking the listener on a journey through the landscape of her past. It is an honest and often uncomfortable look into the life of a person who’s experiences have been touched by a myriad of characters, homes across continents, periods of extreme loneliness, mental illness and a search for an understanding of personal identity. “My lyrics are always autobiographical. I have to be able identify with what I’m singing, and telling my story is therapeutic”.

    Houghton's insatiable thirst for creation on her own terms has seen her take charge of every aspect of Lung Bread For Daddy including the brutal self portrait that adorns the cover of this record. Painted from a photograph taken during one of her lowest points, the image depicts Beth devoid not only of makeup, but self worth and confidence. “I look tired and pretty much destroyed, which is a feeling I’ve known many times over; in the aftermath of relationships and that of making a record. Lyrically the album is very naked so I’m carrying on the nudity of my previous album covers, only this time it’s emotional instead of physical.”

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Barry says: A wonderfully off-piste distorted wonder from Beth Jeans Houghton as 'Du Blonde' here : distorted riffage, snappy percussion and haunted echoing vox, think stoner rock, garage and rock and/or roll all wrapped into one cohesive whole. Fully brilliant.

    FORMAT INFORMATION

    Coloured LP Info: Sunflower yellow vinyl.

    It is a glorious day when not one, but TWO Francis Lung LP's land on my desk. Former member of well-respected Manchester music-maestros Wu Lyf, now pulling out all the stops on his own terms. This one begins wtih the tender hazy balladry of 'Something Blue'. Softly plucked guitars, swelling lap-steel and McLung's pitch-perfect silken vocal wanderings. It's a subtlly morose but chillingly effective starting point, setting the scene in terms of melodicism and tentative optimism. 'Where Life Comes To Live' follows up with Americana tinged guitar strums and slide-guitar / vocal counterpoints setting the backdrop to the skittering percussives and mellow instrumental wanderings before hushed vocals swim over the top. 

    'Over The Top' is quite frankly, a brilliant concept executed to perfection. So the story goes, McLung was sketching out a vague idea for a song when the phone rang, upon answering it the sketch languished before being feverishly revisited at some inoppotune moment later. The concept for this one is that the initial sketch is what we hear when the track begins, in all it's solo acoustic glory, then the phone rings, McLung answers and is confronted with a complete re-write of the sketch on the other end of the line. It's a clever turnaround of the oft-overused intro riff / redux theme, and here it is bombastic, fully fledged and brilliantly enjoyable. 

    As if that wasn't worth the entry price alone (it is), there is another side to this vinyl record! (wonders never cease). Anway, 'Back One Day' is reminiscent of jagged indie-pop, with slo-mo drum stabs and jangles abound, interspersed with almost immobile swoony gloom. it's a delicate but perfectly handled mix of head-nodding indie pop and simmering unease, that seems all the better for the moments of optimistic respite. 

    The closing duo of 'Age Limits' and 'You Know What I Mean' feel like somewhat of a thematic comedown from the more sunny moments of this collection, with the gradual chord falls and simmering unease suddenly punctuated with rays of light on 'Age Limits' closing moments, and the saturated and brittle 'You Know What I Mean', almost entirely restricted to guitar and vocals, with sweeps of compressed bass closing things out in spectacular fashion.  

    FORMAT INFORMATION

    Ltd LP Info: Limited numbered white LP, insert and CD version of the album.

    Another one from the Lung camp, this time it's the resplendent 'Mothers Son' also known as 'Vol. 2'. Things get a little bit more upbeat than on the haunting and beautiful 'Faeher's Son', starting with the first single from the album, 'Dance 4 Sorrow' A steady percussion backdrop and funked-out guitars being shortly joined with glitzy lounge keys and flickering guitar stabs before going full mellow disco with a meticulously mixed two-part guitar counterpoint. Snappy reverbs and McLung's instantly recognisable vocal prowess fitting in perfectly with the shimmering instumentation. 

    'A Selfish Man' begins in a smilar manner with a withdrawn guitar part setting up beautifully for the silken plate-reverbed single-note guitar riffs dancing around the swung percussion and pulsing bass. It's the counterpoint of the vocals and guitars here, following a similar trajectory that really form the backbone of the piece, lending a minimalistic but noticeably melodic sheen. 

    Opening up the flipside is the heartbreakingly reflective 'No Telling' much akin to the slowcore lullabies of Low. Tender, perfectly balaced piano tinkling and subtle horns, topped with achingly emotive vocal musings. 'Something Black' takes things up a little more, with clicking percussion and twinkling guitars swirling around a rolling bassline, fascinating chord progressions and a perfect balance of simmering sadness and shining optimism. 'So Solemn' could admittedly be more solemn, but is glorious nonetheless, with a staggered drum machine backline and shimmering electric keys, it is a fitting end to yet another fascinating journey. 



    STAFF COMMENTS

    Barry says: Yet another shimmering wonder, bright guitars, tender keys and truly mindblowing songwriting prowess. Pick them up whilst you can!

    FORMAT INFORMATION

    LP Info: Limited numbered black vinyl, including insert and Cd version of the album.

    Lung Dart

    Ebbs

      Lung Dart release their debut EP, entitled ‘ Ebbs’ , on Monday the 27 th April 2015 .

      When not playing instruments or sat gazing into their computers, LUNG DART take sounds from their every‐day, using the voice memo app on their phones. The sounds you can hear within the 18 minutes that is EBBS, include some of London’s most famous places, one in par1cular being the grey mass of bilge that they call Wembley Stadium. You can hear it’s empty hallways and kegs of Carlsberg knocking together from the night shiIs James and Tim would work for an unnamed recruitment agency. Other sounds include; some wind on a hill in Leicestershire, a broken washing machine in Peckham, a heavily breaking train on the Northern Line, a broken tape player, a steamy table tennis game in Hackney, an iPhone dropping into a box of cutlery in BaQersea Park and some birds in Bow.


      FORMAT INFORMATION

      Ltd 12" Info: The 12” vinyl release will be limited to 300, hand screen printed and individually number.

      Finally, a new deep cut from Melbourne’s visceral post-punk band Total Control. Typical System, their second LP, was written, recorded, created over the past two years and is set for US/Worldwide release via Iron Lung Records
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      Total Control emerged from Australia’s dynamic punk scene in ’08, releasing a succession of 7”s that developed from an aggressive post-punk band sound to studio forays into electronic forms from minimal wave to house. Their debut LP, Henge Beat, was commended as one of the few records released in 2011 that evaded the ease of classification and competent tribute act status of most modern bands.

      Subsequently, they have released three very different records: a split 12” with Thee Oh Sees, a 7” single on Sub Pop and a house remix 12”. Typical System develops on the incongruent demands of their debut LP and ensuing releases, a further development on their continually evolving sound.

      Resilient and hard hitting rock ‘n’ roll outfit White Lung are set to release their third album ‘Deep Fantasy’ via Domino. The band is every bit as confrontational as before but they’ve managed to open their sound up just enough to draw listeners in before kicking them in the face (in a good way).

      ‘Deep Fantasy’ was made primarily in Vancouver with producer Jesse Gander (who did both ‘Sorry’ and their 2010 debut ‘It’s The Evil’) in just two, ten day-long sessions at the end of last year and the start of this one.

      Vocalist Mish Way is more provocative and melodic than ever on ‘Deep Fantasy’, surveying lyrically addiction (‘Drown With The Monster’), body dysmorphia (‘Snake Jaw’) and sexual dynamics (‘Down It Goes’).

      White Lung

      Songs Of The South

      The angry female fronted Vancouver punks release new seven inch single 'Songs of the South' - comprised of 'Blow It South' and 'Down With You'.

      After being credited as having one of the best live shows of SXSW earlier this year and their 2012 full length 'Sorry' receiving critical acclaim from the likes of Pitchfork, Stereogum, Noisey, Spin and Rolling Stone White Lung look set to become a successful crossover band – following in the steps of Fucked Up & The Men


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