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Posted on Friday, May 29, 2015

Algiers Interview: Politicised, Genre-Mashing Trio Who Want To Break Down Barriers And Readjust The Social Status Quo

People say bands aren’t politicised any more. Then again, they say you shouldn’t fuse punk with gospel, so what do they know? Just ask Algiers, a three-piece that combines these disparate genres to rally against consumerism and political conservatism. Vocalist and guitarist Franklin James Fisher, bassist Ryan Mahan and guitarist Lee Tesche hail from Atlanta, a home city for which they shared mutual disdain. “People act as if the South’s history of exploitation and slavery happened so long ago that it’s no longer relevant,” Fisher says. “In fact, its violent history is still quite recent.


Laura Snapes

Posted on Friday, May 29, 2015

The Slits Are Punk's Underrated Pioneers: New Film 'Here To Be Heard' Aims To Right The Wrong

William E Badgley's new crowdfunded film aims to give punk pioneers The Slits the credit they deserve. NME's Laura Snapes talks to the director about why the quartet's legacy is so important. The punk heritage industry has left few stories untold, but The Slits’ contribution to musical history still feels neglected. Not only did female musicians of the era have to do rather more system smashing than the men, but their innovation went much further than three chords and the truth.


Louis Pattison

Posted on Friday, May 29, 2015

Leftfield In The Studio: Neil Barnes Reveals Details Of New Album Influenced By "Very Dark Episodes"

Sixteen years after their last album and one member down, the iconic dance act Leftfield are set to return with a new LP. NME's Louis Pattison finds out the details. These days we’ve come to expect big gaps between albums. Nonetheless, there are NME readers who won’t have been born when Leftfield’s last LP, 1999’s ‘Rhythm And Stealth’, hit shelves. Neil Barnes, what have you been up to for the last 16 years? “I’ve been doing other things,” laughs the Leftfield founder. “I built a studio. I spent a long time bringing my family up.


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Posted on Friday, May 29, 2015

Listen to Avicii's cover of 'Feeling Good'

Sponsored content Avicii has debuted new song ‘Feeling Good’, a reworking of the classic Nina Simone single with Audra Mae on vocals. Taking the chance to work with Oklahoma-based singer-songwriter Mae for a second time – as well as showcase his love of the soul sound of the 1960s – Avicii’s version of the song sees him dial back on the bombastic sound for which he is best known and deliver an understated, chilled version of Simone’s original. “It’s great to work with Audra Mae again.


Lisa Wright

Posted on Thursday, May 28, 2015

Gorillaz' 'Demon Days' Turns 10: Shaun Ryder Tells The Real Story Behind 'DARE'

This week, Gorillaz' second album 'Demon Days' turns 10. To mark the occasion, we spoke to Shaun Ryder about his contribution to the record - 'DARE' - and how its lyrics really came about. Shaun Ryder: "I used to bump into Damon [Albarn] over the years. I wouldn’t say he was my best friend, but I’d bump into him and then I got a call to ask whether I’d come and do a track for his Gorillaz album. It was the second [album] and I hadn’t heard the first one – I knew about them, but I hadn’t heard the album. It’s a fucking great album though; he’s a talented fella.

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