When Noel Gallagher announced his new album 'Chasing Yesterday' a couple of weeks ago, among the most exciting prospects was that his old mate Johnny Marr was going to make an appearance. To record his part on 'The Ballad Of Mighty I', the track they've worked on together, Marr went to a studio in west London armed with his guitar and little else, choosing not to find out or hearing anything about the track beforehand. The resulting track, Marr assures NME, is much like the rest of Gallagher's forthcoming album in that's "pretty rocking". We can't wait to hear it, but it has got us thin
Superfood's debut 'Don't Say That' – awarded 8/10 in this week's magazine – is full of nods to Blur, Supergrass and The Charlatans, but there's enough going on in these 13 tracks to make it much more than pastiche. You'll have heard the singles 'Right On Satellite', 'Lily For Your Pad To Rest On' and 'Mood Bomb', but the rest of the album has plenty to offer too. Hear it for the first time exclusively below.
Skepta won Best Video at the MOBOs yesterday for 'That's Not Me'. If you've seen the video already, you won't be surprised to hear it only cost about £80 to make. Some of the special effects look they’ve come straight off a free iPhone app.
Hazel Sheffield ventured to Bristol this July to witness the third anniversary of local indie + promoters Howling Owl. Label co-founder Joe Hatt offers an update on the interesting interim months. "The article certainly ruffled a few feathers in Bristol, but we knew it would and it comes with the territory; seeing our little world in print way, way, way outweighed any grumblings. The whole weekend Hazel was there for was a real culmination of all the work everyone has put in over the past three years, and we were proud to show outsiders the monster we've created.
Steve Reich met Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood in Poland in 2011. He was impressed by his classical work and when he got home, looked up Radiohead's music online. He spent an hour on YouTube listening to songs by the Oxford band until he fixed on two - 'Everything In Its Right Place' and 'Jigsaw Falling Into Place' - which he would use as material for 'Radio Rewrite', his latest album.